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FanStory: Miranda Langston created a 20 Syllable New Year contest! It got 18 reservations! As promised, we've created it again with a cash prize. But this time with a Valentines theme! View the new contest here. Thanks Miranda! And thank you to everyone that has created a themed contest for our special year!
January 5, 2020 at 2:53PM

FanStory: This year, as part of our celebration, you can choose the FanStory gift pack as a prize if you win a contest with a cash prize. Inside the pack will be this limited edition mug that celebrates our 20th year and other goodies!
January 3, 2020 at 12:43PM

We are happy to introduce a new feature as part of our 20 year celebration! Last year we introduced ranked posts. Once your poem, story or book chapter gets 26 reviews it will be considered for All Time Best status. If it receives this status it will be ranked. If you continue to promote your post it can move up the rankings. This year the top five ranked stories, poems and book chapters will receive a prize at the end of the year. Everyone knows that every writer loves a good mug! So if your post is in a top five spot you'll win a customized mug that has your posts rank!
January 2, 2020 at 2:48PM

FanStory: Welcome to 2020 and to our 20 year celebration! It's going to be fun! If you create a contest that has a "20 theme" we will check it out. If we place the 20 year logo on it and you get 18 reservations we will run it again with a cash prize! Just make it clear to us and everyone that it is a 20 year contest - the title is important too.
January 1, 2020 at 11:12AM
    Rosemary Everson1: Where do I find the 20 Prompts of Fan Story which you were referring to? Rosemary Everson1
    January 1, 2020 at 1:14PM

FanStory: Are you a teacher in a public or private school? Or do you know of a teacher that may benefit from FanStory for their students? If so, please contact us.
October 23, 2019 at 10:05PM
    Venessa Lee-Estevez : I am a teacher in a public school. I actually have a colleague that would probably be very interested in this website. She does plenty of project based assignments with her students and teaches them about poetry styles.
    November 3, 2019 at 9:53AM
    NannieD: Sorry, no.
    November 16, 2019 at 7:54PM
    Alchera: Happy Christmas to all tha Fanstorian staff!
    I am retired now!
    December 25, 2019 at 3:30PM
    emmaysavage: O'm a private tutor and do recommend Fabstory
    December 26, 2019 at 10:07AM
    Tina Crute: My daughter is a teacher, but its Physical Education.
    December 31, 2019 at 5:04PM


We are happy to announce the Dean & Michael Horror week! One week of spine tingling writing contests. We've flooded Halloween week with story and poetry contests that will thrill and terrify. That includes poetry and prose contests! Enjoy! View the contest listing.
October 15, 2019 at 6:26PM
    Gloria ....: Very nice tribute, Tom.
    October 16, 2019 at 11:25PM
    FanStory: Thanks. :)
    October 17, 2019 at 10:07AM

FanStory: We updated your profile to include your membership status. Click on the new Membership option from your profile toolbar. You can quickly check your payment status. We've also included the number of posts that you have written! You can also easily upgrade to the Premier Shield if you don't already have it.
September 27, 2019 at 4:49PM
    woodna1: Thank you
    October 8, 2019 at 4:08PM
    AvL: Thank you.
    October 8, 2019 at 4:58PM
    Maria Millsaps: Thank you, that's awsome!!!
    October 11, 2019 at 1:01AM
    Lynar: For me it is a bless day. Thank you.
    October 15, 2019 at 10:51AM

FanStory: We hope you are as excited as us about the new feature! What is the best ranked poem of 2019? The best ranked story? Now for the first time ever you can find out. To view the new listing click here.
April 18, 2019 at 11:52PM
    Gloria ....: Yep, I think it's cool too, and I dithered away about an hour scoping it all out. So where is the listing to be accessed once it slips off here?
    April 19, 2019 at 2:37AM
    giraffmang: It's on the 'Read' tab just under 'Up Next'
    April 19, 2019 at 5:44AM
    phill doran: ...or you can just browse Dean's profile...
    April 19, 2019 at 6:58AM
    humpwhistle: Yes, I like the new feature, Tom. But where will we find these listings once the 'Update' has expired?
    April 20, 2019 at 11:27AM
    FanStory: Great. From the "Read" menu above (choose Ranked Writing).
    April 20, 2019 at 11:50AM
    jsholmeg: Buenos dias, Amigos!!!
    May 8, 2019 at 1:08PM
    kahpot: A great idea
    August 7, 2019 at 3:35AM
    Debbera1: Thank you I am glad yo be back, I have missed you!
    September 21, 2019 at 1:35PM

FanStory: If your email address has changed be sure to change it here. Click here to check it and update it.
April 15, 2019 at 4:51PM
    victor 66: Thank you.
    April 18, 2019 at 1:16PM

FanStory: Congratulations go out to Violet. It is our most popular color choice for profiles! In second place finished Alpha Green and Periwinkle. In third place finished Cherry.
April 10, 2019 at 8:27AM
    Irish Rain: Yay! for Cherry!!!
    April 10, 2019 at 11:30AM
    damommy: Yay for periwinkle. lol
    April 10, 2019 at 5:13PM
    WryWriter: Guess that leaves me Alpha Green. YAY!
    April 11, 2019 at 12:43AM
    rosehill (Wendy): I can't believe that coffee wasn't on the top of the list. I love my new look and the reminder of how I achieve everything I accomplish in a day.
    April 12, 2019 at 5:47AM

FanStory: A new feature has been released. Customize the look of your FanStory pages! Choose from 30 different color schemes! Get started here.
April 3, 2019 at 11:36PM
    FanStory: I will let everyone know in a week what the most popular color choice is. Any predictions? - Tom
    April 3, 2019 at 5:08PM
    Gloria ....: I tried pretty well all of the colours, and settled on a nice silver, but I'm going to predict pink.
    April 3, 2019 at 6:03PM
    Susanjohn: Oh la la French Green :-)
    April 3, 2019 at 6:26PM
    damommy: After this fades of Profile Thoughts, where would we go to change colors again?
    April 3, 2019 at 8:19PM
    Irish Rain: On the new version of Fanstory, go to 'settings'...and then 'edit colors' Miss Yvonne.
    April 3, 2019 at 8:37PM
    IndianaIrish: Thanks, Tom, for giving us this option! Maybe more members might give the New Version a try.
    April 3, 2019 at 9:48PM
    damommy: Well, duh to me. Thanks, Irish Rain.
    April 4, 2019 at 10:34AM
    flylikeaneagle: Thanks Tom, what fun colors.
    I chose red for my status.
    April 4, 2019 at 10:04PM
    Debra White: I like the original blue!
    April 5, 2019 at 10:18AM
    Dean Kuch: My guess will be the original blue, Tom.
    Perhaps purple.
    I chose black, heh-heh...
    April 6, 2019 at 12:59AM
    royowen: Thank you
    April 6, 2019 at 2:33AM
    Ms. Snyder: You know what would have been a lot cooler? If we could have seen someone's profile as their color when we visited their profile. Cause if I visited Gloria's profile it would be neat to see it in Silver or Irishrain's in Cherry a little of each writer's personality. Just sayin'... Oh and ya. Steal Green for me its a little of the old, but a little new. Cheers, Fonda
    April 6, 2019 at 2:47PM

FanStory: We've upgraded the site in many areas. Our goal was to focus on ease of use and better communication with others.

Key areas to look at are your feedback page and reply page.

Also from your "MY" menu (or profile) choose "Contests". That will bring you to your contests page. This page has been completely overhauled to make it easier to track contests and enter contests. It is now like your own private contest page as you make reservations.

The buddies feature has also been completely changed (yes it existed before but was limited) to allow members to easily stay in contact with others.

There are changes throughout the site in look and feel. But we went to great lengths to make this upgrade seamless. Hopefully nothing should seem unfamiliar just enhanced. If you have any questions please let me know.

March 22, 2019 at 10:45PM
    Joy Graham: Whenever I have just one review, I can't get into it. I just went through ten reviews so I know it works. Heavy sigh...
    March 23, 2019 at 1:50PM
    FanStory: Try now. Earlier the loading speed was very slow for some accounts. But it should be okay now. Thanks.
    March 23, 2019 at 6:36PM
    Joy Graham: It seems to be fine now. Thanks Tom :)
    March 23, 2019 at 10:07PM
    Nichola: Hi Tom,

    Thank you for the welcome. Do you have the rest of my written work archived? I was a member once before.

    March 31, 2019 at 11:28PM

FanStory: Writing a script is fun and challenging. It's also a great way into the business of making money with your writing. FanStory needs more script writers. Last year we only had 16 ranked script writers. Compare that to the 700 ranked poets. So this year we are going to do our best to encourage writers to get involved. We are starting off our campaign with a writing contest for script writers! It only takes four scripts to get ranked. So make this your first. We'll have more contests after this one. Check out our new script contest. Have fun!
January 4, 2019 at 11:56PM
    michaelcahill: I'm in. Really, that's where the money is when it comes to writing.

    Scripts should be the hot corner here!
    January 4, 2019 at 5:48PM
    Brett Matthew West: Script writing is both challenging and rewarding. Script writing is also, as Michael and Tom stated, probably the best way to make money as a serious writer.

    I am currently in the throes of creating a daily Talk Show here on FanStory called Cracker Croakers (Featuring Candice and Colton).

    So, I can vouch for the work required and the enjoyment of writing scripts.

    I invite you to check my Talk Show out some time at your convenience.

    I have also inquired of Tom as to the possibility of having a Script of the Month like FanStory does everything else. Be interesting to hear what his response is.
    January 6, 2019 at 2:28PM
    Alexander Vasa: No one writes scripts properly on this site. So if you want to go where the money is, the producer will discard your script if it is not formatted correctly, something I have not seen here once. So here is a link for you to see how it is done properly, and remember, scripts are read by actors, not an audience, so learn how to write them properly. The scripts on this site will not pass muster, and the script still needs a 'call to adventure' ' answering the call', etc, the nine stages of a proper story. But for scripts, the formatting is extremely important and if you don't do it you will go straight to a slush pile that is not read. So if you want to learn, you won't learn it here as I haven't seen one that would pass muster. So try this link so you're not wasting your time.
    January 9, 2019 at 5:24PM
    Greg Powell: Murder in L.A. Lower Alabama Is actually published and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble,wwwRosedogbookstore
    January 26, 2019 at 12:30PM
    Sally Saffer: I have just joined this group and am a little overwhelmed by the amount of information available. I will need to spend a little time browsing through the site to determine how I can best enjoy the many options available. Thanks for the welcome!
    February 18, 2019 at 1:02AM

FanStory: Our new trophies are custom designed. That includes names and ranking information engraved by laser (right onto the trophy itself). If you won a trophy you should receive it by Monday of next week.
February 8, 2018 at 5:32PM
    Mustang Patty: My hubby just sent me a picture of mine. It is awesome!!!
    February 8, 2018 at 6:19PM
    FanStory: Good to hear. :)
    February 9, 2018 at 3:37PM
    joycetreasures: Ok, thanks for the information.
    February 13, 2018 at 9:47PM
    Trudi Perkins: That's awful sweet of you to do this. Many thanks.
    February 14, 2018 at 5:45AM
    Dorinda Palmisano: What a handsome trophy. What a wonderful token of accomplishment.
    April 11, 2018 at 1:08AM
    Auto-Manic: Trophy aye.
    April 15, 2018 at 3:32PM
    April 25, 2018 at 4:49PM
    Angela Hayes: Thank you for the information.
    May 6, 2018 at 3:57AM
    Henry King: Thank you for the head up.
    May 8, 2018 at 4:16PM
    Timothy casarez: I hope to get one of these one day..Timothy
    June 1, 2018 at 3:38PM
    kleck140: Thanks!
    June 18, 2018 at 6:54PM
    Urial: Thank you! It supports my writing!
    June 26, 2018 at 2:42PM
    Urial: Thank you for the consideration!
    August 14, 2018 at 2:41AM
    krys123: It's a beautiful trophy, metaphorically I associate this monumental achievement, as a paradox financially. It's a financially challenging achievement to acquire, but still beautiful as ever.
    August 20, 2018 at 12:07AM
    BeasPeas: Thank you for the information. Marilyn
    October 3, 2018 at 10:44PM
    misscookie: It would be grand if I earn that honor
    October 18, 2018 at 3:25PM
    HarryT: Im old but I was not around January 1900.
    December 5, 2018 at 7:31AM
    Pat Fleming: It said 7 day money back guarantee, it is not past 7 days according to my Bank Statement that money was deducted from my account on the 31st. Today is the first.
    January 1, 2019 at 9:07PM
    Miss Sherry: It would bring me much joy!
    January 3, 2019 at 4:19PM
    Alexander Vasa: A.C. Crispin - 40 - Giving Your Work Away?

    Sometimes, I can?t think of anything to post about in this blog. It?s a distinctly anxious feeling, rather like the experience of the newspaper editor protagonist of Terry Pratchett?s Discworld novel, TRUTH, when he looks at the giant printing press, just squatting there waiting, waiting for content. ?I must feed it,? he thinks, half in a panic, and, grabbing his notebook, races out into the night in search of a story.

    Gotta love Pratchett!

    Anyway, this time when I couldn?t think of anything to post about, I asked someone in the Aol Authors Lounge if she had a suggestion. ?Why not write about those sites that get people to post their work for free?? she suggested. ?Write about how that can compromise their publishing rights.?

    Well, BINGO!

    Great idea! Thanks!

    There are tons of ?post your work here? sites on the internet. Some are incredibly sleazy, others are a little nicer looking. The main things they have in common are these:

    1. They will post anything, no matter how poorly written. There is no editorial gatekeeping involved.

    2. They tell you that the feedback you?ll get from posting on their site will help you become a better writer.

    3. They all ask for money from you, the writer (or reader). Either in the form of donations, or as a subscription.

    4. Some actually go so far as to imply that posting your work for free on their site, or even paying to have it placed there, will increase your chances of finding an agent or a publisher.

    5. They all post your work in such a fashion that it?s easily accessible to the public. Anyone can read and comment on it. When you post on such a site, most commercial publishers would regard your work as ?published? even though you weren?t paid for it.

    I reviewed a few of these sites in order to write this post:,, and One site,, I?d run into previously, due to complaints from authors who?d posted there.

    Here are the problems I?ve noted with such sites, and some advice regarding them.

    1. If you think you might EVER want to try and sell a story or a book to a commercial venue, then DON?T post it on one of these sites, especially in its entirety. The feedback you get as an unpublished writer can be seductive, I realize, but posting on such a site can, if publishers want to be picky about it, ?use up? your First North America rights. (Remember?publishing rights are NOT the same thing as copyright. See my earlier post on this subject.) If a publisher deems that you?ve published the piece, even though you weren?t paid for it, then the best that you can hope to get for it is the payment for a REPRINT. Which is a fraction of the money the piece would be worth as a first-rights sale. And since these sites don?t pay the authors in the first place?well, I think you see my point. If you want to get feedback on a piece that you have no intention of ever submitting, or a small excerpt, that?s probably okay, though IMHO it won?t be all that useful.

    2. The feedback you receive is from other unpublished writers, even those who style themselves ?reviewers.? In many cases, this amounts to the blind leading the blind, sorry. One of the pieces I reviewed on had five stars and was rated ?publishable.? I beg to differ. The writing was purple, and the story logic just didn?t hold together. The chapter rambled, and the writer obviously hadn?t done his research into police procedure, ballistics, and forensic procedures. And yet this writer is posting every chapter of his detective novel, and getting these five star reviews. By the time he?s posted the whole novel (thus effectively rendering his book a reprint, see above), he?s going to think he?s really hot stuff. He?s in for a rude awakening. Also, some of these ?reviewers? get their ego-boo off trashing the writing of other aspiring authors. Most distasteful.

    3. When you put your writing up on a site like this, it may be hard to get off. I?ve been told by several authors that, has refused repeated requests to remove stories or poems they posted there. The site owner seems to think they have the right to have the pieces there in perpetuity. When you consider that newbie writers might post there on impulse, then later change their minds and decide to try and submit their work elsewhere, this can be a real problem.

    4. These sites often try to imply that posting your work for free on their site will not only help you become a better writer, but that agents and publishers could see your work there. Yeah, right. And Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny will offer you publishing contracts, too. I can?t stress too strongly that legitimate agents and publishers just don?t have the time to go searching for more slush to read. They have all the slush they can handle ? and more ? delivered straight to their office via the US Mail every week. Ask Miss Snark, and I?m sure she?ll back me up on this one.

    Now, a word before I go. There are a number of legitimate online magazines. Some pay, some do not, but they are well respected for their content, and they do editorial gatekeeping.

    There are also password-protected online critique groups that are NOT the same thing as these ?we post everything for everyone to see? sites. Critters is one such group. I think Zoetrope has another. These sites are designed for writers to workshop pieces, just as they would in a real-life writing workshop. The public can?t wander by and access the stories, because they?re password protected. The purpose of these sites is not to allow just anyone to read the story posted, but for a select group of other writers to read it so it can be workshopped..

    These sites are not the kind of sites I?m talking about.

    I?m also not talking about fanzine sites. Fanzine sites are where writers post stories written in someone else?s universe. These writers can?t possibly sell their Star Wars, or Star Trek or Alien story, so they post it so other fans can read it. (This is in violation of copyright law, of course, but most franchises ignore the practice as long as the authors don?t try to make any real money off these writings.)

    Fanzine writing can have its own problems for aspiring writers. It can be seductive, and so much fun that the author never does move on and write in his/her own universe, despite earlier avowals that that?s what they wanted. However, as a hobby, for those who either want to indulge themselves for a while and play in someone else?s sandbox, or fans who really don?t have any desire to establish a writing career, then fanzine writing can be fun and harmless. Just make sure you don?t make money at it! (Some fanzine writers, publishers and artists do actually make some money at it, but they keep it very much sub-rosa, lest the franchise holder find out and shut them down.)

    So?write on, write well, and resist the temptation to give your work away!

    -Ann C. Crispin
    Author: STORMS OF DESTINY/Harper
    January 7, 2019 at 6:39PM

FanStory: We've updated our club page! Now all clubs are shown ordered by the most recent events. The date the club event was added is also shown. Now it is easy to see which clubs have new events that you may want to enter. More active clubs are naturally listed first. View the club page. Also, check out the new Grammar Club!

Club owners if your club stops having events your club will automatically be removed from the club listing (roughly 90 days or more with no events).
January 31, 2018 at 6:23PM
    flylikeaneagle: Thanks, Tom, and fans. flylikeaneagle
    January 31, 2018 at 11:55PM
    Raul1: Would love to have trophies like that one someday. Nice.
    May 9, 2018 at 7:30PM


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