This thread is a follow up to:
- CL Short Story Project 5: Discussion Thread
- The CL Short Story Anthology: Vol.4: Download and Feedback Thread
- The CL Short Story Anthology: Vol.3: Download and Feedback Thread
- The CL Short Story Anthology: Vol.2: Download and Feedback Thread
- The CL Short Story Anthology: Vol.1: Download and Feedback Thread
For the full project details, please refer to those threads.
Format, Genre & Restrictions
You will be writing a piece of supernatural fiction.
This has been decided by voting. You are free to mix in other genres or themes, as long as the story can be recognized as falling into the above.
Supernatural fiction (properly, "supernaturalist fiction") is a literary genre exploiting or requiring as plot devices or themes some contradictions of the commonplace natural world and materialist assumptions about it.
In its broadest definition, supernatural fiction includes examples of weird fiction, horror fiction, fantasy fiction, and such sub-genres as vampire literature and the ghost story. Elements of supernatural fiction can be found in writing from genres such as science fiction. Amongst academics, readers and collectors, however, supernatural fiction is often classed as a discrete genre defined by the elimination of "horror", "fantasy" and elements important to other genres. The one genre supernatural fiction appears to embrace in its entirety is the traditional ghost story.
In the twentieth century, supernatural fiction became associated with psychological fiction. The result is that the supernatural is only one possible explanation for what has been described. A classic example of this would be The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, which offers both a supernatural and a psychological interpretation of the events described. The ambiguity is considered to add to the effect. A similar example is Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story The Yellow Wallpaper.
More on Wikipedia
This topic is extremely flexible if you maintain a supernatural angle. Go wild with it.
Think carefully about your approach this time, and pick an angle you are most comfortable with or interested in!
Now that the topic is settled and explained, here are the more specific rules.
You shall plan your story to take up around 2500 to 8000 words. Supernatural Fiction benefits greatly from being rich of detail, similar to Science Fiction and Crime. The weirder and less easy to explain by the laws of physics, the better. Where in Crime Fiction, logic is a key element, in Supernatural Fiction, you get the best results when you let logic clash with the inexplainable.
The following Not Safe for Work Restrictions apply:
There may be no purely sexual scenes in your story. While your story may have sexual aspects, taking it too far will have you disqualified. Tasteless smut will not be tolerated! You can get away with implying a scene like this, if it furthers the plot and does not become excessive. Remember that we have younger users on here!
Regarding Fan- and Tie-in Fiction
Do not write fan or tie-in fiction. Work on your own, original story instead.
Do not restrict yourself to already existing franchises or characters, and best keep in mind that the reader will not have existing knowledge on any one franchise you might try to touch on anyway.
This means no Anime, no Space Marines, no Holmes, no Ice and Fire, no Trolls, and also no CL users.
The project starts today, July 5th.
You will have until Monday, the 11th of August to submit your story.
This timeframe is supposed to allow you fully sketch out your story. I hope that an extended timeframe will help you come to terms with it, without forcing you to rush the execution!
As an added point:
Please submit a short concept / synopsis or general idea by Saturday the 19th of July!
Even if you do not have a great, fully fleshed-out idea yet, please do communicate your ideas anyway. You may either post on this thread, or PM me about it, in case you consider your idea solid enough and do not want to spoil others who will follow the thread.
Please use this opportunity to gather feedback and discuss your concepts! Formulating your ideas and putting them out there does a lot to progress it, so don't be intimidated or insecure about your initial thoughts!
Please be aware that you may hand your submissions in earlier, though, since that'll help me getting things done quicker after the deadline drops. As last time, the stories will be edited into ebook formats, and the more time you give me to get your story finalized for the format, the better.
Also make sure you have enough time to proofread and edit your story!
Submitting Your Story
Do NOT post your full story, or huge chunks of it, on this thread or anywhere else on the forum!
Submissions solely via the forum or PM will NOT be accepted!
Instead, either PM me a properly formatted .rtf (Wordpad) document or similar. Alternatively you may send the document file via Skype (@ DarkChaplain). Copy/Pasted text and external websites are a no-go! Google Docs is fine, as long as I can grab said file from there.
The document itself may not use colored text. Keep it simple, keep it clean. Make sure your formatting makes it easy to read your story.
If you require your story to feature a second font type, which may be used to show machine-speak or other curiosities (which is not uncommon in Science Fiction), please let me know ahead of time.
An additional request: If you use italics, please mark them as you would on the forum by placing two *asterisks* around the word or phrase! This will help me when formatting your stories for the ebooks!
Now, Good Writing!
PS: I hope this won't overlap too much with the next project...