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Hi all...I posted this in the contest section but wasn't sure if that was the right place or if this section would be more appropriate....
_________Tales of the Guard Tower
"Tales of the Guard Tower" is an interactive, online cooperative effort written by numerous contributors but all done within the same constraints of universe, milieu, and possibly even characters. This series of short e-stories will tell exciting tales of adventure, political intrigue, mystery, horror, and yes, even love. The constant element within each story must be the "Guard Tower ". The characters, history, location, and even items within each submitted story can be reused by other authors to enhance and tie each story together into a more comprehensive story. Authors are not limited to time, real-world, or fantasy, but must take advantage of and not detract from submissions of previous authors. This experiment in writing will draw various talents and interests, and that is the point. The early-submitters must generate good plots and get the ball rolling for everyone else, so start early. Or, if you prefer, you can wait for some of the more interesting characters to develop and continue the story arc or perhaps tell one that is happening concurrently with another!
Guard Tower Games will be posting all submissions that pass a hig-level quality test on its web site. All Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, Friday, December 1st, 2006. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, December 16th, 2006. Stories will be judged by a panel chosen by Guard Tower Games and will be scored on their originality, interest, imagination, readability, adaptability, and overall entertainment of the story. Grand Prize is $100 in online gaming merchandise, and runner up Prizes not to exceed $50 in online gaming merchandise.
If you're interested in contributing to the "Tales of the Guard Tower" e-publication, please read the following contributor guidelines :
1. Stories to be submitted can be fast-paced, action-driven, dangerous, dramatic, suspenseful, plot- twisting, breathtaking or more methodical, serious drama and/or light-hearted comedy, possibly even works of poetry. Stories should be based around specific characters, with individual problems to overcome (or fail to overcome). These characters should be strong enough to carry on their impact into other stories and who can maybe live again in another author's story. For example, a character may return in another author's story in a prequel, sequel or as a past ancestor or future descendant of another character.
2. Stories can be told from various points of view. The intent is not to restrict the style of any author.
3. Dialogue should be skillfully done and included within each story. The senses of characters should also be considered as descriptors and enhancements within the story.
4. If there is a web of plots within your story, the author should cut back and forth between them in a style sufficiently dexterous so as not to lose/confuse/bore the reader.
5. Originality is important, but good writing can also stem from the inspiration/nudging of another author. However, direct mimicry, although a compliment in some cultures, will be considered a violation of our policies. Fred Saberhagen borrowed heavily from G.K. Chesterton's Lepanto poem for his Berserker series origin, Issac Asimov would try from time to time to do something in the vein of Conan Doyle or P.G. Wodehouse, things like that are not discouraged here. Outright plagiarism is.
6. Stories are not limited by size, but we are looking particularly for authors who can submit stories between 5,000 and 8,000 words.
7. Only electronic submissions will be accepted (it is an e-story after all). The format for the submission should either be Microsoft Word or WordPad or some other Rich Text Format. Text (.txt) only files [notepad] should be avoided as experience shows some people will use accent marks for proper nouns...and this cannot handle those.
8. Check your spelling before you submit anything to us! If your characters or places have 'foreign' names, please submit correct spelling and some sort of pronunciation guide. For story cohesion, we may contact you to change a name.
9. Legal Disclaimer: Be aware that your submission to Guard Tower Games, Ltd entitles Guard Tower Games, Ltd the rights of publishing your submissions on their web site and their e-book collection. Any work which you generate and submit to Guard Tower Games, Ltd, under the terms of this agreement, belongs to the author, but Guard Tower Games, Ltd. still holds the rights of publishing it on their web and if anthologies are to be published in hard copy [inclusive of downloadable ebooks], rights to the work's inclusion in an anthology edition. Also, as the endeavor is a cooperative one, rights to characters, plotlines, story arcs and so on must be waived for the length of the venture for the benefit of one's fellow writers. Should an opportunity arise for a contributor to make a profit off of their writing in this effort in another venue, given the appropriate credit/attribution and the respecting of the reserved rights as delineated earlier of the effort, there should be no difficulty in coming to an arrangement mutually satisfying to all.
For all manner of complicated reasons, this is the only way in which Guard Tower Games, Ltd. can proceed with this project. If you are not happy with this, do not submit any work. And, clearly, if the circumstances warrant, we would always be willing to discuss unique situations with you further.
If you would like to send in a story, or if you have any further queries, do not hesitate to get in touch. Feel free to email us directly to discuss this if you have any additional questions Email Submissions to: Editor@GuardTowerGames.com
GTG received a few emails regarding this last posting and there seems to be some confusion as to where the new stories can start and if they have to start with the end of the last story. i hope the response below clarifies it a bit more. if not, please feel free to email us at Editor@GuardTowerGames.com
There IS a story already posted that was submitted to the GTG web site. By no means do you have to continue the story or use any of the characters in the story. You can write one completely independent of what story/stories may be already posted. However, part of the overall judging will be to tie into some aspect of the story. For example, I just scanned through the story that was posted out on the web site. You can tie your story into this one by simply referring tothe following examples:
.... the natural stone staircase leading up to the Guard Tower.... refer to a half-buried and ruined cannon barrel that was embedded decades or centuries earlier....or refer to something about the new Guard Tower that was built overlooking the valley.... refer to the valley itself that was being overlooked by a Guard Tower...anything at all. You can even refer directly to a character in another story or even carry on that same character into a new adventure...it's all up to you. The time can be before the stories that are posted or long after. One story I just received referred to the posted story by continuing exactly where this story left off. However, what you cannot do is conflict with an existing/posted story. For example, If someone is killed in a story, you cannot bring them back to life without some excuse...maybe by magic.
I hope this helps. If not, I will be happy to talk to you about it further by email to make sure we have a common understanding.
Editor, Guard Tower Games.
Please note, gents and ladies, that if you decide to write for GTG, you CANNOT use any setting/characters/anything from any Games Workshop game/derivative, otherwise GW will sue you.
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
This is not entirely correct. Please see Guideline #5 above:... You actually CAN borrow from other works but you cannot copy it.Originality is important, but good writing can also stem from the inspiration/nudging of another author. However, direct mimicry, although a compliment in some cultures, will be considered a violation of our policies. Fred Saberhagen borrowed heavily from G.K. Chesterton's Lepanto poem for his Berserker series origin, Issac Asimov would try from time to time to do something in the vein of Conan Doyle or P.G. Wodehouse, things like that are not discouraged here. Outright plagiarism is.
J.R.R. Tolkien actually borrowed heavily from ancient works...anyone know which one?..... anyone?...anyone? That might be a prize unto itself if anyone gets it....have to raise that one with Mr. Mazur... In short, we like originality and you should feel confident in your own writing.
Last edited by GuardTowerGames; June 10th, 2006 at 13:40.
No. An entry into the record that I believe that GTG is HIGHLY SUSPECT. Everyone do a google search for Lori Jareo. She got smacked down. In fact, I'll C&P.Note I marked copyright infringement there.Originally Posted by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_Jareo
Now, for a quote from the Evil Empire:Hence, I am correct in the wording of my previous post.Originally Posted by http://www.games-workshop.com/legal.htm
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
Not to dwell on Phobos' reply ( as he seems to be of the sensitive sort ), but Lori Jareo's publication was significantly more than borrowing and she should have been called on the carpet for that. GW's written claims that all of the words they listed are Trademarked would not pass muster in any court. "Talisman" being trademarked as a word is ridiculous. However, the Talisman genre is trademarked. GW itself borrowed much of their genre from Gary Gygax and he from numerous other authors.
Simply put, be original and no plagiarism.