Thanks for your question. The fandom showcase is actually being put on by the Archive of Our Own Tumblr, and you can submit anything you want to AO3 at any time (provided you have an account).
Fanhand receives submissions for publication at any time, from any fandom! You can submit to us here if you’re interested.
The open access fan studies journal Transformative Works and Cultures has released another issue! The issue’s seven articles, two Symposium pieces, roundtable, and three book reviews all relate to topics such as fan labor, gift culture, community, and work (official announcement). All articles:
Fifty shades of fan labor: Exploitation and Fifty Shades of Grey by Bethan Jones
The media festival volunteer: Connecting online and on-ground fan labor by Robert Moses Peaslee, Jessica El-Khoury, and Ashley Liles
Cognitive capitalism, education, and digital labor (edited by Michael A. Peters and Ergin Bulut) by Simone D. Becque
Gaga feminism: Sex, gender, and the end of normal (J. Jack Halberstam) by Anne Kustritz
We’ll be posting nifty quotes from the issue in the following weeks, as per usual.
If you don’t know, Transformative Works and cultures is a great way to inform yourselves of all things fandom!
We’re an academic phenomena!
Here’s the thing.
I read a lot of scripts. A lot. From professionals to aspiring writers to complete newbies. Features and pilots. Specs and treatments.
And 8 times out of 10 the fan fic that I’ve read over the last, oh, 15 years is leagues better than this stuff. It’s more inspired. It’s more compelling. It’s genre bending and creative and heartfelt. It’s well-paced and intense and funny and sexy and meaningful. It’s smart and thoughtful and good. It’s novel-quality. Better than, sometimes.
Rare is the script I don’t want to put down, but how often have we stayed up until 3am to get to the last chapter of a 100k fic? And it’s not even a fan fic author’s day job. This is what they do on the side. In their spare time. For free.
So my point is, fan fic authors, you’re good. You’re good writers and great storytellers. I know it doesn’t always feel like it, especially if you’re one of the authors who’s not a BNF and doesn’t get the notes/hits that a few do. And because some people still view fic as “not real writing.” You guys know the shit that gets made into movies. You’re better than that. So be better than that. If writing is what you think want to do, then just know you’re already doing it. You’ve already started.
And you’re more talented than you might think.
Take this to heart when you submit this season! Remember, we love to see your work!