The SWG will be represented at the upcoming New York Tolkien Conference on June 13. Several members will be in attendance (Oshun and I will be presenting) and our group will have space in the meet-and-greet room. As part of the latter, I would like to put together a collection of fanworks
ETA: You do not need to be an SWG member to send me something to include. Our fandom is bigger than one group, and I would very much like to represent the diversity of the Tolkien fanfic community.
If you'd like me to include something of yours, this is the place to let me know. I am not imposing a lot of limitations at this point, although if I get a ton of offers (a problem I am hoping I'll have! :), I may have to take only one or two selections per person.
Here is how I'm hoping to set up the collection: a printed copy of your work (for works that can be printed) with a QR code that attendees can scan with their phones/tablets to continue viewing later. Obviously, I'm hoping some people will become so engrossed with what they find that they abscond with the binder and find some place to sit and read! But I'm also hoping that they'll find enough to intrigue them that they run out of time to read it all and so will want to revisit it on their own time. If your work can't be printed (audio, video, etc), I will include a summary and any notes you wish to attach with a QR code where the work can be found online.
Here's what I need if you want to participate:
- At a minimum I need a link to your work(s) that you want included. If you have more than one, please list them in the order of preference for inclusion. I will use the summary found on the site unless you tell me to do otherwise. If you have a revision you'd rather I use, please email it to me.
- If you want me to include any summary material or notes beyond what I can find at the link, please include that as well.
- If the work is very long, I recommend including just the first chapter or an excerpt; I will include a QR code where the reader can continue reading online. Likewise, if you'd like to include just an excerpt of a short story, just let me know.
- All Tolkien-based works are fine, so if you have LotR or Hobbit stories that you're proud of and want to share, please do feel free to include them.
- Crossover and AU works are fine, but no non-Tolkien works, please. (This is a Tolkien conference.) All genres, subjects, and ratings are fine.
- Comment here with what you'd like me to include or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can be directed to both places as well.
This is the first year this conference has run, but from my conversations with the organizers and what I know of some of the other attendees/presenters, it is fandom-friendly. After all, they did accept my paper talking about Tolkien fan fiction and offered us a space without my asking in the meet-and-greet room! :)
I want to conclude by saying that I know many people are probably reading this and wanting to contribute but feeling shy or uneasy or as though their work is not good enough. I know my saying, "Please don't feel that way," doesn't have magical powers to make those doubts go away, but I will say that I am so immensely proud of what the members of this group have built over the last ten years and of the tremendous talents and knowledge that is contained within our virtual walls. I would be pleased to take any work from our members with me, so I hope I have a lot of offers. :)