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In 2011, there will be another changing of the guard in our Universe Author line up. Already I have received a couple of interested queries about what it takes to become an Edge of Propinquity universe author. I will list those requirements below. Please read the entire list.

I will be taking applications for Edge of Propinquity universe author from now until September 30, 2010. Acknowledgments for placement (or not) will be made in October and official announcements will be made in November.

Edge of Propinquity Universe Author Requirements:

1. To have an original story setting that meets the theme and genre of the Edge of Propinquity. This means that your story is about a hidden world within a modern day setting of mundane society. I want to feel like I could walk out my front door and go about my day with your story going on around me without me knowing. No heaven/hell, alternate dimension or superhero story settings.

2. Understand you will need to turn in a story of 2000-6000 words to me every single month for one year on the 5th of the month. This is a one year contract. No more, no less. Your manuscript will need to be clean and in the format I specify.

3. Understand you will need to turn in an accompanying original story image with your story or work with the Edge of Propinquity photographer to get that image done.

4. By September 30th, you will need to turn in me a 1-2 paragraph description of your setting and a 12 episode arc outline of your intended storyline. This outline needs 2-5 sentences about each story.

5. Send submissions to gaaneden@gmail.com with the subject line "TEoP Universe Author Application: [Your Name]"

6. All submissions must be sent in plain text in the body of the email. Emails with attachments will be deleted without being read.

7. If accepted as an Edge of Propinquity universe author, you will need to provide me with a 100x100 black and white headshot as well as a 150-250 word bio for the website.

I have published people who have never been published and bestsellers. Let your story idea speak to me. I promise you, if you get me what I want, in the format I want it in, and in on time, I want to publish you – known or not.

Thank you,
Jennifer Brozek
The Edge of Propinquity



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Aug. 23rd, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Does this pay $50 per story or is that only for guest authors?
Aug. 23rd, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
No, it does not. There is pay but that is discussed between author and editor.
Aug. 24th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Would fiction which moves in and out of Lovecraft's Dreamlands count as a hidden world for the purposes of TEOP?
Aug. 24th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
I think it might but I am a little concerned about doing something in the Lovecraft arena because of where the rights to the Lovecraft world stand. I honestly haven't done the research to know if it cool for someone who does not have the license to make money of the Lovecraft Mythos.

If you happen to know the answer to that or where I can read up on it, I'm a pretty big lover of the Lovecraftian Universe.
Aug. 24th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Well, here's a boiled down version of Lovecraft copyright stuff: http://lovecraft.wikia.com/wiki/H.P.Lovecraft_copyright_status

The thing with Lovecraft is, because he encouraged other writers to play in his sandbox while he was alive, unless someone is doing heavy plot-borrowing from specific stories, anything is fair game fiction-wise. Without realizing it, Lovecraft was one of the pioneers of the creative commons concept. It's one of the main reasons why his work has been so influential.

Chaosium gets pissy if people use "Cthulhu" or "The Call of Cthulhu" in gaming because they've legally peed on the "use in gaming" tree, and movies have some occasional problems because of the way movies work, but for ordinary fiction it's pretty open.

In addition to that, because the "Cats of Ulthar" was published in 1920 and anything prior to 1923 is in the public domain everywhere, stuff set in the Dreamlands shouldn't even remotely be an issue.
Aug. 24th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
Ok. Looking this over, it looks like the use of the Dreamlands could be fine in a TEoP universe story.
Aug. 24th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Woo hoo! I'll get you something in the next few days. :)
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Wow! Very exciting opportunity!
Aug. 24th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Yippie, can't wait to see who gets this slot! You get such cool writers.
Aug. 25th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
very interesting opportunity..
one that I would attempt to take advantage of if it comes up again at a later date

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