Academy Channel One is now back ON THE AIR...
ALL REALITY PROGRAMMING -- ALL THE TIME
Your premise is this...put some favorite characters from the XWP Universe into a reality format show...either one that has already been on the air (Survivor, American Idol, The Apprentice, Big Brother, The Great Race, Surreal Life, So You Want To Be A Rock Star, Cops, etc.---there are tons of shows to choose from) or you may creatively "invent" your own reality show.
Why X & G?
Because everyone misses them. That's why. Plus, there are so many more intriguing opportunities available if you use them.
What???? Did I hear someone say they couldn't write classic X & G characters? Oh p'shaw. Sure you can. If I can...ANYONE can. Not that I call what I do...writing. But all right...if you must write Uber or original...then you will have to abide by a condition. If you write anything other than classic X& G Universe you must "create" your own reality format show. No using an established show.
Pssst...Helpful hint #1...combine two (or more) of the established shows into one format...TA DA!...new show. Helpful hint #2...I'm real easy...uhhhh...lenient when it comes to interpreting the Roools. Helpful hint #3...take shameless advantage of Hints 1 and 2.
Comedy, drama, murder, mayhem...go after those big ratings, baby!
ROOOL #1: Entries may be classic X&G, Uber or Original. The choice is always yours. See above for the qualifying condition. Now, writing an X & G story will get you a bonus 3 vote/point head start AND if you also mention a few amazons, you'll get an addition 2 more vote/points (OZ's Prerogative). Throw in some Gods and Goddesses...no extra points for them, they are just cheap and easy. <.g.>
Oh and in this XenaVerse...No one is dead if you don't want them to be. EPHINY LIVES! Whoo hoo!
AHEM...to fill-in the loophole that is sure to be arriving momentarily <.g.>...
HEY! <.waving frantically.> What about J & M?
And there it is now...
Janice & Melinda will be considered XWP Universe characters and not Uber for this challenge. ANY characters that appeared on the show during its 6 year run will be considered classic X & G Universe for this challenge and can be used in an established reality show format. So yeah, Annie, Mattie and Harry are okay as well.
ROOOL #2: Participants are limited to only one entry. Participants may write with a partner or solo, the choice is yours.
ROOOL #3: The entries will be posted anonymously and voted upon by the readers at large. If you are writing Uber or original...please do not use characters that can be readily identified with you. UNLESS...you wish to participate without actually competing. Then feel free. Your entry will be posted with your identifying info on it and will not have a voting link attached. Please let us know at the time you enter whether or not you are competing. I am psycho, not psychic and Steph likes to do the fancy-schmancy pages and keep everything all nice and neat and categorized. We encourage everyone to play...whether you want to compete for the prizes or not.
Of course, the prize packets in the Academy Challenges are always really nice. :o).
ROOOL #4: Story length is a maximum of 50 pages, normal margins (1" top/bottom- 3/4" left/right) and minimum of 11 font. (Steph's Prerogative)
ROOOL #5a: Please do not reveal your participation to anyone who has the potential for being a voter...the only exception being...
ROOOL #5b: You may use a beta reader, but please keep the number of beta readers to a reasonable limit...anything more than three will be considered a violation of...
ROOOL #5c: Posting any entry on any other sites or lists (private or public) before the end of the contest is a BIG NO NO.
ROOOL #6: There is no number six.
ROOOL #7: Please do not stuff the ballot box or lobby for votes...we at the Academy have gotten very good at identifying this behavior. We won't publicly embarrass you but we will quietly eliminate you from the contest. The Academy folks are everywhere and know everything...we will find out.
The Academy "Roools Committee"
reserves the final say on everything and anything concerning this challenge. It's our sandbox <.Nyah.>
Now unfortunately Roools #8b and #8c had to be added recently because of a nasty trend that seemed to be developing. Granted it only really applied to a couple of bad bardie types...not you...I mean, most people don't do this to us...but...
The entries will be added to the Academy archives and will live forever on the contest page. Do not ask that they be taken down. If you want your contact info removed, we can do that...but the story entry stays. Don't like this Roool...don't enter. Your submitted entry means that you understand the Academy's position and agree to abide by it. This in no way means we are claiming your characters or rights to your story. They are yours. We are just refusing to remove it from the Academy.
Why, you ask.
Steph really, really, really hates putting up those "removed from the web" messages on the Challenge pages. And if da Boss ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Got it? <.g.>
Please turn in your best copy of your story. As in past challenges, as a courtesy, we will allow revisions so long as they are sent before the deadline. But please don't expect these overachieving Munchkins to recode your story 10 times.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS April 30th...Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you send in your entry, PLEASE specify if you are competing or not and what email/name you would like on your entry after the voting period is over.
I will acknowledge receipt of it within 24 hours, if I do not...please send it again to or contact me at PHIL728@aol.com
The WINNER and an Honorable Mention will each get a personalized tile box (designed, by our own Academy Artist Munchkins), a Reali-Xe TV T-shirt and some other items from the Academy Treasure Chest of Goodies along with a gift certificate from Amazon, SCP, Godiva, B&N, Starbucks or any other favorite retailer that sells gift certificates.
Any questions...email me at the above link and I'll do my best to try to explain what was going on in my mind at the time this was written. The answers probably won't be pretty. <.bg.>
Good luck and happy writing.
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