Wow! Here’s a bit of news that combines two of my favourite things – short-form speculative fiction and Second Life.
The Future Fire is a UK-based speculative fiction e-zine, and they’ve just released their ninth issue as a free-to-download PDF file. Normally that would just be a prime candidate for a Friday Free Fiction mention, but there’s a little extra involved this time round.
The Future Fire is running a short fiction writing competition … but with a twist. Take it away, editor Djibril:
"… in this issue, we launch the The Future Fire / Black Swan writing competition with a first prize of $500.
"There’s a small technical barrier to entry, but no cost involved: the contest requires you to register and enter the Second Life virtual world and visit the Black Swan sim, which is a spooky, atmospheric island with a raised pathway, sculptures, events, and inhabitants.
"Visit for as long and as often as you like, and then write a story of up to 2,000 words inspired by your experience and submit it to The Future Fire by midnight on December 10th 2007."
Full details (and the SLURL for The Black Swan) can be found on The Future Fire‘s website.
So, all you writers who have yet to investigate Second Life, now you have a great excuse! Drop me an email if you’d like some guidance from someone who knows the lay of the land.
Thanks to Ariel at UK SF Book News Network for the heads-up.