Originally published at Con or Bust by Yoon Ha Lee. Please comment there ( comment(s)).
Item Name & Description: I will write sf/f to a brief, mutually-agreed-upon prompt for you. I will do my best to accommodate any reasonable prompt, but there are some things that I can’t learn how to do fast enough; for example, strongly historical sf/f is probably out, ditto non-parodic romance. I have to warn you that I write the worst sex scenes ever, in case you were going to go there. But origami spaceships? Metaphysical guns? Anime in-jokes? No problem.
If you like, I can elaborate upon the setting or characters of one of my existing pieces of original fiction (see my website for a list), including the StoryNexus game Winterstrike (but note that I am offering static fiction, NOT a game add-on).
Your fiction will be at least 500 words long.
If bidding goes over $50, it will be at least 1,000 words long.
If bidding goes over $100, it will be at least 2,000 words long.
I will endeavor to be done by the end of March.
In the event that bidding goes over $250, it will be at least 4,000 words long. In this case, I will endeavor to be done by the end of August.
I reserve the right to seek publication for the finished work, but you will see the final draft first. (Heck, if you really want, you’ll see the actual rough draft, before I go back in to fix things. I promise my rough drafts are frequently hilariously bad, for extra entertainment.) Furthermore, 50% of the proceeds from the piece’s first sale, if it happens, will be donated to Con or Bust.
I can attempt to include a dedication to you if you want it, but not all publications will print dedications. (My observation so far is that reprint anthologies never include them.) I will, however, list a dedication on my website listing for the piece in that case (again, if you want; if you don’t want, that’s fine too).
As an example, my story “Ghostweight” [Clarkesworld], which was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2012 and was reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction 29, ed. Gardner Dozois, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2012, ed. Rich Horton, was written to charibdys’s prompt “origami and consequences.” I have also written a number of pieces of flash fiction to request.
Starting Bid: $15
Notes: See above.
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