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[Sep/Oct 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:48:13 PM »
School



A day in Hogwarts by Noshiba-Photographe

It's the start of the school year in most places and Bea rightfully noticed that we didn't have a related theme yet!
(Apprentices is the closest one I think.)

The most famous school in fantasy is of course Hogwarts. Pratchett's Unseen University, Brakebills University from Lev Grossman's Magicians or Rothfuss' Arcanist University from the Kingkiller Chronicles are other prominent examples. Others aren't so formal or traditional, sometimes there are only traveling teachers who teach history for an egg (Pratchett's Tiffany Achings series) or it's walled off in a convent (Lawrence's Book of the Anchestor series).

To make it short: There are many different schools in Science Fiction (Storm Trooper University is probably named something different but surely exists) and Fantasy and we want you to add another one. The age, race, topics of education or number of students don't matter.

Give us a school/university setting and let something interesting happen!


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The setting has to be a school.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close September 30th/October 1st, 2019 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 01:57:42 PM »
Oh, very interesting.
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2019, 01:59:17 PM »
I told Mrs. JMack, former teacher, about this prompt. She told me what to write.  ;D
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2019, 03:44:30 PM »
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2019, 03:50:51 PM »
Eek. Magic schools and the like are one of my least favourite fantasy tropes. Have to think long and hard about this month.
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2019, 03:57:13 PM »
Who says it needs to be "magic" schools?
As long as it's a school, and it's in a SFF setting, it's acceptable :D

A young student on a field trip finds a talking sheep, for example and to follow welsh stereotypes ;)
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2019, 06:13:30 PM »
Eek. Magic schools and the like are one of my least favourite fantasy tropes. Have to think long and hard about this month.
Science Fiction it is then.
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2019, 07:17:37 AM »
I really wanted to write something in Weather thread and I even thought the plot but did not have time. Hopefully, I will write something this time :)
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2019, 01:36:16 PM »
Who says it needs to be "magic" schools?
As long as it's a school, and it's in a SFF setting, it's acceptable :D

A young student on a field trip finds a talking sheep, for example and to follow welsh stereotypes ;)

 ;D

Eek. Magic schools and the like are one of my least favourite fantasy tropes. Have to think long and hard about this month.
Science Fiction it is then.

Science Fiction is quite tempting. Military academies do have more appeal than most school settings.
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2019, 02:06:34 PM »
The only "school" illustration I have in my folder of inspirational art is this one :



I think that would make a great basis for a humorous fantasy story.

Not what I'm gonna go for, if I have the time and headspace to do anything at all this month.
Things are still bad for me, and last month I lost interest in my own story... This month I stimply won't have much time until quite late in the month. So hopefully I'll find the time around then.
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2019, 02:13:43 PM »
Yes, I hope you manage to find the time and enjoy your writing again!

That image is a great prompt ;D
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2019, 08:48:48 AM »
No submissions? :'(

We might have to keep this theme for another month, then...
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2019, 03:47:02 PM »
School just isn't a theme that excites me.

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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2019, 06:16:27 PM »
Bogged down by the WIP, but am currently halfway through a School story. Will hopefully finish in time.
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Re: [Sep 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2019, 08:52:55 PM »
I think another month. I like the theme, but I’ve been totally unable to write this month.   :(
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