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Call for Authors: AwesomeDude 20th Anniversary Event  [message #78777] Fri, 31 May 2024 17:06 Go to next message
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Please note that Timmy has authorized this post (his literal words were, "Go for it.")

The AwesomeDude site (now found at https://awesomedude.org) opened its doors on April 3, 2004, under its founder Mike, the original Awesome Dude.  As the 10th anniversary of the site approached in April 2014, Mike invited his team of authors to submit stories to help commemorate this milestone.  For those who are interested, this collection of 14 "Turning Ten" stories that were submitted back then is found here:  https://awesomedude.org/collections/tenth-anniversary/index. htm.

This year, 2024, marks the 20th anniversary of the site.  Tragically, Mike missed this anniversary, as we lost him in September of 2023.  Nonetheless, we of the successor team want to honor his memory and celebrate this anniverary with a new story event.  All who are reading this are invited to participate.

Here are the basic ground rules:

1.  Submissions are due by no later than the first week of August, 2024, with the goal of publishing them in September 2024.

2.  New, original stories are preferred, although we will consider reposts of stories published elsewhere, especially if they seem particularly appropriate for this event.  But we reserve the right to say no.  

3.  While this is a 20th anniversary event, there is no requirement that the stories hit this theme of Turning Twenty or anniversaries in general "on the nose" -- especially if doing so would seem contrived or artificial.  They could also involve other themes that arise from this site and Mike's passing last year, themes of nostalgia and reminiscence, or themes of hope for the future.  The transition from 19 to 20 means the end of being a teenager, and that could trigger something.  Or maybe the number 20 itself has some connotation, such as a room or apartment number, or the game of 20 Questions, or twenty lashes with a wet noodle. Think about something that was happening back when you (or your parents or your grandparents) were 19 or 20.  The important thing is to have a good, engaging story.  Get out your mind-maps and see what emerges.

4.  Submissions should be handled as described here: https://awesomedude.org/story-submissions/story-submissions. htm. Any questions you may have can be sent to dude@awesomedude.org.  Indeed, if you think you may be interested in submitting something, please let us know at that email address so we can keep an eye out for it.

I want to emphasize that we are not trying to "poach" from IOMFATS or seek some kind of defection.  We want to make the pie bigger for everyone.  So please give this opportunity your most sincere consideration, and have fun with it.

All the best,

Rutabaga

Edited to correct links. Yes, this forum has foibles! ~ timmy

[Updated on: Mon, 03 June 2024 14:17]

Re: Call for Authors: AwesomeDude 20th Anniversary Event  [message #78786 is a reply to message #78777] Tue, 18 June 2024 14:06 Go to previous message
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A quick note to thank those who have responded to this invitation.  We actually have our first story in hand, and a number of other people have promised stories.  

Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have at dude@awesomedude.org.

All the best,

Rutabaga
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