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Captain’s Log – March 6th, 2017

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Strange New Worlds was a series of short stories by Star Trek fans that was published by Pocket Books from 1998 to 2007.  In a move Gene Roddenberry approved of, Pocket Books created a way for Star Trek fans to get their fan fiction published.  It was a great idea and it finally returned in 2016.  Here is what Wikipedia said about the previous 10 volumes:

Each Strange New Worlds collection contained a Grand Prize, Second Prize, and Third Prize winner, along with as many as twenty honorable mentions, meaning that an anthology could contain no more than twenty-three stories in total. Every writer was paid ten cents a word for their story and is entitled to a share of royalties on the anthology, with the top three writers receiving additional bonus advances of $1000, $600, and $400, respectively.

Authors who have been published three times in Strange New Worlds are, as outlined by the rules, no longer eligible for further publication. Getting to such a point has become known as making one eligible for a “Wardy,” named for Dayton Ward, the first writer to fall into this category.

I can say that Axanar has taken a page from the Strange New Worlds book and we will be running our own Fan Fiction competition!  Diana has been creating a set of guidelines and we will be announcing them shortly!  So sharpen those pencils, change the ribbon in your typewriter, and fire up that word processor!

Alec

5 Comments

  • Ultrawoman says:

    I look forward to it!!!

  • Amil S. Boddie-Willis says:

    REALLY good news, Alec, and a REALLY great idea to do your own fan story contest!! Seriously, that’s just pure GENIUS!!… P 🙂

  • Lee Benjamin says:

    Great idea!

  • Jed says:

    Fantastic! Will these guidelines resemble those published by CBS last year regarding production of fan films?

  • Curious Reader says:

    Question: Since Gene Roddenberry died in 1991 – how was he able to actually approve a series of stories/books first published in 1998 — 7 years after his death?