Note, the fanfiction contest has been extended into 2021 due to the postponement of JemCon 2020.
Welcome to the JemCon 2021 Fan Fiction Contest! We have an opportunity for you to put your creativity to the test. The JemCon team is very excited to receive your stories.
This year's fanfic contest will be open from March 1st, 2020 to January 31st, 2021.
Jem, Riot, and Pizzazz have been asked to star in a comic melodrama performed on a historic Mississippi riverboat (like the recently retired Minnesota Centennial Showboat,) and their various bandmates get up to things, of course.
The original story you submit should be set in Minneapolis or the surrounding Minnesota area.
Your story should include Jem, Pizzazz, and Riot. Other characters can be included, and what happens on this journey is up to you, but these three must make an appearance somewhere in your story.
Your fanfic must also include the following elements:
- A showboat
- The Mississippi river
- A moustache
Rules and Guidelines
All entries must be typed and presented in a serif or sans-serif 10- to 12-point font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
Acceptable file formats include Microsoft Word, Open Office, rich text, plain text, or PDF documents.
All entries must be "PG-rated," meaning no foul language or mature content.
By entering this contest, the entrant agrees that the submitted work is their own original story. Authors are allowed to submit multiple stories.
All entries will be reviewed by a panel of volunteer readers, who will select a winner based on the following criteria:
- Originality, creativity and "universal appeal"
- Style and ease of reading (i.e. grammar, spelling and punctuation)
- Adherence to the theme and the rules listed above
- Don't forget to include all the elements... Jem, Pizzazz, Riot, a moustache, a riverboat, a show, the river, and your story must be set in Minneapolis
The winning story will be featured in the JemCon 2021 Program. The winning author will also receive a special surprise pack!