• Sondi Warner

January #SameLove Contest

Wattpad is the OG home of fanfic. (Hello, After!) And while some readers consider these epic tales of hero worship to be a guilty pleasure, others declare their passion with freak flags raised high. So, this month I’d love to pay homage to the fanfic writers of the universe by hosting a fanfic writing contest. What better way to ring in the New Year than with a new ship?

I want you to write a 1000-word short story shipping your favorite fictional characters. Bring on the sex and romance! Of course, there are rules, so…

Here are the rules:

  1. For this contest, you MUST use only fictional characters. Sorry, friends. No celebrity pairings and no pulling from real-life. Not sure what else qualifies as fanfic? Read a breakdown of the genre in this informative article by Medium writer, Joanna Smith.

  2. Subject matter: We’re celebrating #SameLove, including all the letters of the LGBTQ+ family. (I see you, Aces.) Bonus points if your story features polyamory, but it’s not a requirement. Mature stories are allowed, with the exception of stories that feature rape, domestic abuse, self-harm, and/or gratuitous violence.

  3. Judging: I will personally be judging your work on the mechanics of writing (10 points), cohesion of plot (10 points), and entertainment value (10 points) for a total of 30 points. In the event of a tie, an outside judge will be called in to choose the winner. Unfortunately, I cannot provide feedback once the judging is done. Busy schedule, guys.

  4. You MUST submit your work via the Contact Form on my website, RE: #SameLove Contest. Include a cover letter detailing whether your story is rated Mature and for what reason. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. You are also welcome to post your work wherever else you feel comfortable sharing it, including Wattpad.

  5. This contest will run from January 1, 2020 to January 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM (CST).

In order to make sure I have plenty of time to read over your submissions, the winner will be announced March 1, 2020.

What about the prizes? Since I’m hosting this through my Wattpad page, special guidelines apply. I would love to shower you with money, cars, and trips to exotic locales! However, Wattpad Guidelines and my bank account won’t let me do that. Therefore, I hope you’ll be enticed by the following…

Here’s what you’ll win:

  1. A shout-out on social media and on my website, www.lesserknown1.com. I will also read your story on my IGTV show, Behind the Scenes w/ LK1.

  2. A glamorous graphics prize-pack, including a Twitter Banner, Facebook Cover Photo, Wattpad Header, and badge for your short story.

  3. Inclusion of your story in my 2020 Edition of the #FamService companion book to the Overlay City Series.

I want to make 2020 the year that writers like you realize how much your voice counts. Join the contest and spread the word. Share this blog post across social media, and follow me on Twitter & Instagram to keep up with other LK1 news. I look forward to reading you!

© 2020 by LESSERKNOWN1