Tokyopop’s new Rising Stars contest is a lot more specialized. They’re having a prose Dreaming competition (link no longer available). They haven’t yet announced official rules, prizes (aside from “the opportunity to be published by Tokyopop”), or entry forms, but the gist is this: Write a 20- to 40-page story using the characters, concept, and the world of Queenie Chan’s The Dreaming. Due date is April 15.
I do like this paragraph:
Your story should stay true to canon as set out in The Dreaming manga, without revising or contradicting the existing manga story and/or characterizations. What does “canon” mean? It’s all the information that can be gleaned from the original three volumes of The Dreaming manga; in other words, anything that the great Queenie Chan has established about her characters and world in print.
It’s interesting to see both the emphasis on staying true to the existing story and the use of the adjective “great” to praise the creator.
I’m surprised to see the emphasis on writing. Can Tokyopop be seeking to match up their own creative teams? American publishers have traditionally used separate creators for different parts of the process in order to turn out work faster and avoid copyright claims. Or is Tokyopop responding to criticism about its young creators perhaps needing more help with story structure and other editorial concerns? Or do they just want to sell more books from this series as aspiring creators seek out the source material?
Regardless, aspiring comic writers get few enough chances to get “discovered”. Here’s wishing the entrants good luck.