Monday, July 2, 2012

Random House Lets Star Wars Fanfic Be Heard

Attendees at San Diego Comic-Con have the chance to record their fan fiction and win a professional recording of their work from Random House. Each fan gets five minutes in which to tell their story, which can be about Star Wars or one of a few other properties owned by Random House, such as Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The con is currently sold out, which means that I won't be scrambling to try to get over there specifically for this.

The PDF of rules attached to the website listed above contains some pretty nifty legalese, first declaring that the works should not " infringe any copyright, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy (except to the extent that the Fan Fiction is derivative of the Underlying Work, which is the essence of fan fiction)" and then defining fan fiction. Random House holds all the rights to the stories.

I love this. It's a great way to get fan fiction some publicity, as well as to put fanfic authors in touch with the creators and owners of the original material. The fan works will be judged by what is being called the Random House Audio Team, but whom presumably know as much about literature as they do about audio, since the stories will be judged on characterization, wording, and such.

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for any news on whether this event will also be held at New York Comic-Con.

1 comment:

  1. Argh I'm sad that SDCC is sold out.

    But yeah, maybe if they get enough participation they'll do the same thing at NYCC!