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Call for Submissions

Spark: How Fic Can Set Your Writing On Fire

Inspired by our Spark writing newsletter, Improbable Press is seeking submissions for: Spark: How to Set Your Writing On Fire.

This book is designed to encourage all writers, whatever their writing goals—whether that's going pro or writing more fic, Spark the book will encourage, offer how-tos, be of use.

Submit an essay for the book! Here's how:

* Bring us your unique voice

If your voice is profane, humourous, serious, scholarly, or all of those things in turn, bring that to your essay. We need all sorts of voices, both solemn and silly. Bring your you, your natural way of writing.

* Pick a section below

We want focused, positive essays of 2,000 to 3,000 words to vaguely fit one of the sections below (write for more than one topic if you wish). If you're an artist, you can also draw for us, please give us a shout with your ideas.

* Submit your finished essay by 2 March 2019.

For best results, pitch your idea before you write. For each accepted essay or artwork IP will pay $10. For questions only please contact editor@improbablepress.co.uk. Otherwise send your completed essay with its title in the subject line by 2 March 2019 to:

Atlin Merrick — submissions@improbablepress.co.uk

Sections

Spark: How Fic Can Set Your Writing on Fire


—Fic and Fiction: It's All F***ing 
Fine

Art is vital to a life well lived and it doesn't matter what kind of art you love it's all fine. We want thoughts on why fic is real writing, on famous ficcer who went on to produce art people love, how fic adds, how what we learn from fic—about ourselves, the world, an event, a time—has grown our writing. How, above all, it's all fucking fine.

— Revelations, Friendship & Other Biggies: When fic shapes us

Women's sexuality is largely ignored by mainstream media but fic and fiction written by women often focuses exactly on that. Here we want stories of how fic affects our understanding of ours and others sexuality, illness, possibilities. How fic gives us words, permission, companionship.

—Going From Fic to Pro: Yes? No? Maybe?

How did your favourite fic writer go pro? How does any writer do it? We want the origin story of well-known writers you love and what you learned from their journey. Or how you started getting paid for your writing. Why you wanted to. Though not everyone wants or needs to go pro and if that's you, tell us why.

—Writing Nitty Gritty: Getting down to the business of doing

It's easy to have ideas, it's harder to write the story resulting from them. How do you actually do? How do you write about a viewpoint character whose experiences differ from yours? How do you find the words to write about topics you know nothing about? Tell us your tips and tricks for getting down to the business of writing and research and how you know when it's time to make stuff up.

—Staying the Course: Coping with setbacks and self-doubt

Almost all of us look at our words sometimes and pronounce 'em "horse shit." How do you get yourself around that? Or other writing set-backs? What do you do when you get edits on a story and they've left you doubting yourself? What do you do when you disagree with an editor? How do you keep yourself going forward when the writing life tries to pull you back?

—Take Away Message: What writing fic means to us

This is about the joy of writing, the apprenticeship of those old stories we wrote for that fandom we're no longer in, it's about the inspiration we get from each other's fic, art, from TV shows, conventions, actors, whatever makes this journey easier. It's about getting and giving back to fandom and the world in general. It's about how something called fic set us on fire and made us more.