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Global Transformers Writing Competition

Postby Verno » Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:02 pm

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I recently sent IDW the following letter, and while I'm yet to receive a reply, I thought I'd repost it here to get your thoughts on the idea.

Dear IDW,

A goal of mine is to one day find work at a distinguished Comic Book institution like IDW, but like all my fellow Writers with a similar dream, we have a tough task ahead of us.

By IDW’s own admission, you’re unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts or proposals from Writers -- my understanding of this is so as to avoid any copyright complications, and that is perfectly understandable. But when IDW openly accepts work by Artists, Colourists, Designers and Letterers, there is something of a double-standard that I, and others, can’t help but notice.

Now, I’m by no means suggesting IDW should change its policy in regards to accepting work by Writers, but nor should IDW simply show them a brick wall. The answer? A global Writing Competition.

I can already hear the alarm bells ringing in your head, but have no fear, allow me to expand on the idea.

I’m a big Transformers fan, and I’m not alone -- the franchise and fanbase gets bigger every year. To accommodate this large number of fans from all over the world, there are a number of Transformers fan sites, complete with forums, such as TFW2005, Seibertron, The Allspark -- and even Ozformers, an Australian forum for fans down-under, like myself. And, of course, here we are on IDW's own forum, complete with Transformers section. (I'm using the Transformers franchise simply as an example. The same could work with any number of other franchises.)

The heavy-lifting for this Writing Competition would be done by the fans on these forums.

The Premise:

IDW announce that, in partnership with these forums, they’re hosting a Writing Competition. Writers submit their work to one (and only one) of the fan forums within a submission period. Once that closes, the readers on said forums go to work, reading and rating each of the submissions until a final vote is cast and a single winner (or two) from each forum is announced. These winners (of which there may be 10 to 15, depending on how many forums you get involved) have their story passed on to IDW, with the promise of nothing more than getting on the desk of one of the Editors.

IDW avoids having to trawl through mountains of stories to find the genuine nuggets of brilliance. If IDW then look further into the work of some of these Writers, then excellent. If not, no harm done -- at least these Writers got a shot at being noticed, like their Artist-brothers in other fields get to.

Basically, it’s a competition to ‘even out the playing field’, so to speak. You can go onto an art-sharing website such as DeviantArt and look at simply astounding Transformers artwork done by fans and the response is immediate -- that’s the beauty of a visual medium. But Writers can’t get the same immediate response -- reading takes an investment of time, and works of fan fiction are generally overlooked because, although one might be good, it’s stuck alongside work that may not be so well crafted. This is an opportunity for those pieces of fiction worthy enough of gaining attention to do so.

It’s just an idea I thought I’d put to you for your consideration -- a proposal, funnily enough. Should you have any questions, I’m more than happy to answer them.

I truly believe this is an idea IDW could and should get behind, if for no other reason than to have a greater interaction with fans of their titles.

I hope to be hearing from you soon.

Cheers,
- Verno.


Do you think such an endeavor would work? Do you think the fandom would get behind something like this and do the 'heavy-lifting' in selecting their board's candidate? I'd be very appreciative of any and all your thoughts.
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Re: Global Transformers Writing Competition

Postby Dr Va'al » Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:18 pm

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What makes you say that they receive unsolicited work from non-writing creators? :-?

Other than that, the idea sounds really good to me! I've seen a lot of really good fan-fiction and fan-comics, and I know a lot of people who write but don't share. It could be really really interesting to see what they could do into an 'officially' sanctioned comic! :D
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Re: Global Transformers Writing Competition

Postby Verno » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:48 pm

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Va'al wrote:What makes you say that they receive unsolicited work from non-writing creators? :-?


On IDW's website it says the following:

Creative Submissions

Writers

IDW is unable to accept unsolicited manuscripts or proposals at this time. Samples mailed to IDW’s offices cannot be returned.

Artists and Colorists

Please do not send links to blogs or art forums. To ensure your work gets seen, submit lo-res jpegs (72 dpi) to letters@idwpublishing.com. Please keep attachments under 10 MB in size. We reply when able although it’s not always possible to send a direct response or critique. But know that your samples are being seen by IDW’s editorial team and we will contact you if any suitable opportunities come up.

Designers and Letterers

We do in-house design and lettering so our needs in these areas are few and far between, but they do occasionally come up. Send samples to letters@idwpublishing.com and title your subject clearly and accordingly.

So it seems they're happy to accept work in any of the other mediums except Writing.

Va'al wrote:Other than that, the idea sounds really good to me! I've seen a lot of really good fan-fiction and fan-comics, and I know a lot of people who write but don't share. It could be really really interesting to see what they could do into an 'officially' sanctioned comic! :D

Very much so, yes.
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