@airspeed Ok, I know I’m a bit late for his topic but about the fan-fiction contest, I don’t think it’s such a bad idea. I know of several fandom that have these kind of contest and that make them easier to judge.
We could give the participants a prompt (like, a very precise theme) and a word limit. In about 500 (or more, or less, if you want) words, I believe an author (beginner or pro) is able to produce a great work of fiction that can be judge objectively if given a particular theme.
The best stories would be chosen by their creativity, how well they exploited the theme and the quality.
That’s just an idea of course, I just wanted to hear what you think and I would be glad if we could give it a try
Because firebending would be so cool if the fire was pink