Fan Fiction Contest

What is fan fiction?

Fan Fiction are stories written by fans of a TV series, movies, books, and so on, using existing characters and situations to develop new plots. For more information, read Natasha Yim’s Fan Fiction article (page 8) in the December 2017 Redwood Writers newsletter.

The Fan Fiction Contest is OPEN for Submissions!

A message from Contest Chair Margie Yee Webb:

Scroll down for all the contest details:


First prize:
A half-price scholarship*

Half scholarship (worth $288) applied toward registration for the 2017 Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference* 

Second prize: $50

Third prize: $25

Winners announced:

Sunday, April 9, 2017,

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting
2-4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel
Santa Rosa

Winning stories will be published online.
The first-place story is published in winners’ flier.

*In addition to the $100 cash prize, the 1st place winner will be awarded a half-price scholarship (worth $288) toward the registration fee for the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference (MCWC) held August 3-5, 2017. The winner will be responsible for paying the remainder $288 fee (50% of $576 fee) to attend the conference. Lodging and transportation is not included. This MCWC prize has no cash value and is non-transferable.


In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Solano counties.


Submission dates:

Open: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Close: February 19, 2017, at 9 p.m.


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Michele Drier

Michele Drier, born in Santa Cruz, is a fifth-generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. In journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for investigative series. Her 12 books include the Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries and The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, a series of paranormal romances ( She is president of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime ( and co-chair of Bouchercon 2020 in Sacramento (


Laurel Anne Hill

Award-winning author, Laurel Anne Hill, grew up with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life. Sand Hill Review Press recently released Laurel’s spirits-meet-steampunk novel, The Engine Woman’s Light. Her published short stories total thirty. She’s a speaker, editor, and the San Mateo County Fair’s literary stage manager.


Linda C. McCabe

Linda C. McCabe—author of the epic historic fantasy Quest of the Warrior Maiden, which received Best Historic Fantasy in the 2013 BAIPA Book Awards—was notorious as “Athena” in the Harry Potter fandom. She spun theories, wrote fanfic, and championed the Harry/Hermione-ship. McCabe’s fifth-year fic, Secrets, Lies and the Daily Prophet, won’s Readers’ Choice Award for best novel-length story. McCabe is writing the second volume in her planned trilogy.

Contest Chairwoman: MARGIE YEE WEBB

Margie Yee Webb

Margie Yee Webb is an award-winning author and photographer for the gift book, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, and as co-creator of Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On Cats anthology. A past vice president of the California Writers Club and a Jack London Award winner, Margie currently serves as membership chair and speaker coordinator for Gold Country Writers in Auburn. Additionally, she served as a mentor in GCW’s 2016 mentorship program, and the 2017 contest chair, having won third place in its 2016 59-word contest (

Submit up to 1,500 words of a fan fiction. Any submission greater than 1,500 words WILL NOT BE READ.

Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.

  • DO NOT place your name or contact information anywhere on your story submission. This is a blind judging.
  • Work must be previously unpublished by a traditional publisher. (Self-published works are acceptable.) Submissions must be complete stories.
  • Format: Manuscripts must be double-spaced and use 12-point, Times or Times New Roman font in a Word document (.doc) or PDF.
  • First Page: Center your title half way down, followed by a description (up to 100 words) of the original TV series, movie, book, characters, etc. your story is based on.
  • Second Page: Start story on the second page. Please number your pages.
  • Only ONE submission per entrant.
  • Please use the online form (use link, below) to submit your entry and payment. Only submissions uploaded via the online form will be accepted for judging.
  • Immediate family members of judges and chairs of this contest are not eligible to submit.
  • Word count: Submissions can be a maximum of 1,500 words for the story, and a maximum of 100 words for the description.
  • Upon submission, if you choose to pay with a check, please make check out to “CWC Redwood,” and write “Fan Fiction” on the memo line.
    Please mail check to:
    Redwood Writers
    P.O. Box 4687
    Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Questions should be addressed to:

Submissions open January 8, 2017

Want to enter more writing contests? Visit the Contests page for future contests.

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