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Fan Fiction and Fan Art Contests Return to Southern Oaks Library

It started in 2006 and it continues to grow.  Another round of fan fiction and fan art contests are about to get underway at the Southern Oaks Library.  The first contests were such a smash hit, you just knew there had to be sequels.

The Metropolitan Library System Southern Oaks Library 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 20, beginning at 2 pm.

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 Star Trek universe, but one that was not authorized by the copyright holders, 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.  “Our contest actually began on January 19, 2010, and we’re accepting entries through March 15 at 9 pm.”

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, 606-3478.

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. And yes, there will be prizes.

            Winners will be announced at Southern Oaks on Saturday, March 20 starting at 2 pm.  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