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Fan Fiction and Fan Art Contests Return to Southern Oaks Library

In the worlds of fan fiction and fan art, sequels are good things.  That’s why another round of fan fiction and fan art contests is currently going on at the Southern Oaks Library.  The first contests were such smash hits in 2006 and 2007, you just knew there had to be a Part III.

And that’s why the Metropolitan Library System Southern Oaks Teen Advisory Board, the Scarlet Kitsune Anime Club, Atomik Pop!, and Speeding Bullet Comics are co-sponsoring a fan fiction and fan art contest with winners to be announced at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, on Saturday, March 21, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

What distinguishes fan fiction and art from the kind that doesn’t have the word “fan” in front?  Both are works, in words or graphics, about a generally recognized creation that was originated by someone other than the fan writer or artist.  For instance, a story about one or more of the characters from the “Twilight” series of books, but one that was not written or authorized by author Stephanie Meyer, would be fan fiction, and would qualify.

It would ordinarily be a violation of copyright, and still would be if it were created for profit, but many copyright holders have found that fan fiction keeps their concepts alive and provides good publicity.

Today, fantasy, science fiction, manga (Japanese comics) and animation (Japanese animation) provide the largest segment of the fan fiction and art worlds.

You can learn more about the worlds of fan fiction and art from your Metropolitan Library System.

“Most people like to tell stories, and now is their chance, as long as the story is about a well recognized work of fiction, movie, TV show or video game,” said Southern Oaks Library Teen Advisor John Hilbert.  “We’re accepting entries from January 12, 2008 through March 15 at 6:00 p.m.”

Fan art may be in any medium and contain original characters, but must contain copyrighted characters as the main theme.  It should be anime or video game related but other entries may qualify, and only one entry will be accepted per person.

Similar rules apply to fan fiction, which must be under 2,000 words in length. 

For the complete set of rules, contact the Southern Oaks Library, 631-4468.

The contests are for participants of all ages and entries can be submitted through email to: jhilbert@metrolibrary.org , or by dropping them off at Southern Oaks Library c/o John Hilbert.  Submissions can also be given to any of the sponsors.  Prizes include $50 Visa Gift Cards, gift certificates, and much more.

Winners will be announced at Southern Oaks on Saturday, March 21 starting at 2:00p.m.  The announcement party is open to all ages but children younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  You must be present to win.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.