Fan Fiction Challenges :  CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 

 

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LATEST UPDATES, JANUARY 31, 2017: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "The Hunt for Red Arrow", by Chris Bishop /// January 26, 2017: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "All in the Line of Duty", by Isabelle Saucier (NCS) /// January 19, 2017: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "The Ghost of Christmas Past", by Caroline Smith /// December 31, 2016: HAPPY NEW YEAR! CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE: "Supermarionation is Go! A Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Calendar Tribute for 2017" free to download! /// December 25, 2016:  MERRY CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "A Bittersweet Christmas", by VMR /// December 17, 2016: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "Brief Encounter", by Marion Woods /// December 12, 2016: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: Reposting of "Rock-A-Bye Angel", by Chris Bishop and Marion Woods /// December 5, 2016: CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE: "The Thin Line", by Marion Woods

 

 

2016 Kalikimaka (Christmas) Challenge

 

 

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UPDATE: JANUARY 31, 2017:

This is the last week for the Christmas Challenge, 2016/2017 Edition!  And listed below, is the last story for this edition:

THE HUNT FOR RED ARROW  Original series Suitable for all readers

by Chris Bishop. Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be an adventure. Ask Melody Angel.  ff 620  Christmas Challenge.

In addition, many pictures have been posted on the Christmas Images page.  Some of them long overdue!

 

With six new stories posted, one reposted story and our unofficial calendar for 2017, this year's Christmas is another success, and we thank everyone who had participated to it.  Our writers, most especially, for having taken the time to write and share these stories with us, and of course, those who have read these stories visited our pages, and thus support this website.  Without you, Spectrum HQ would have no purpose.  So we give you a big thank you!

 

2017 marks the year of 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' 50th Anniversary.  So in the coming year, we plan to celebrate this great event for us, the fans, in a number of different ways.  We'll have new materiel posted, of course, and we are planning a few changes that we hope will be possible. 

 

As far as fan fiction is concerned, we take the opportunity here to tell you that you can, at all time during the year, send us stories to post on the website.  It doesn't have to be related to any of our challenges: Christmas, Halloween or otherwise.  You just need to write a 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' or a 'New Captain Scarlet' story.  You can present us with other kind of works as well:  illustrations, essays, articles, whatever you feel you want to share with the fans.  This is the 50th Anniversary of Captain Scarlet, so let's make this special!

 

For any fan fiction, be sure to read Fan Fiction Submission Guidelines.  For other stuff, write us at spectrum_hq@hotmail.com, and we'll gladly answer all your questions. 

 

The Christmas Challenge will come back next year.  In the meantime, don't go away!

 

 

UPDATE: JANUARY 26, 2017:

This is the penultimate week for this edition of the Christmas Challenge!  And this week, we have our first New Captain Scarlet story for this year:

ALL IN THE LINE OF DUTY   New series Suitable for all readersAction-oriented/low level of violence

by Isabelle Saucier. Regardless of the uniform, the man in red will get the job done (New Captain Scarlet story). Christmas Challenge. ff 619

 

 

UPDATE: JANUARY 19, 2017:

After a short break last week, Spectrum Headquarters resumes our Christmas Challenge today with a brand new story:

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST (2) Original series Suitable for all readers

by Caroline Smith There are surprises for everyone at the Christmas Eve party for senior staff on Cloudbase. Christmas story. ff 618

 

 

UPDATE: DECEMBER 31, 2016:

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

This is the end of Year 2016, and for the occasion, as every year, Spectrum Headquarters offers you its FREE downloadable unofficial calendar.  And this year, it's something different!

 

Click the link below, and you will be taken to a page with more information.  You'll also be able to download the various formats of our calendar, or to view it online.

SUPERMARIONATION IS GO!  Original series Suitable for all readers

A Gerry and Sylvia Anderson tribute for 2017, by Caroline Smith (montages, photo editing, backgrounds, captions and musical arrangements), with Marion Woods (beta-reading)  Isabelle Saucier (beta-reading and web presentation) and Chris Bishop (musical arrangements, web presentation and other formats).  ff 617

 

 

UPDATE: DECEMBER 25, 2016:

Merry Christmas to everyone, all over the world!

 

And yet again, on this fourth week into our Christmas Challenge, we offer you a new story!

 A BITTERSWEET CHRISTMAS  Original series Suitable for all readers

by VMR Being the leader of criminal syndicate has its perks but it also can be a barrier. A before Spectrum Patrick Donaghue story.   ff 616  Christmas Challenge.

 

 

UPDATE: DECEMBER 17, 2016:

On this third posting for the Christmas Challenge, we say 'Happy Birthday, Captain Scarlet!' with our traditional 'birthday story', usually always posted on this date:

BRIEF ENCOUNTER  Original series Suitable for all readersAction-oriented/low level of violence

by Marion Woods Everyone enjoys a surprise on their birthday, but this particular year Captain Scarlet gets rather more than even he expected. ff 615  Christmas Challenge.

 

 

 

UPDATE: DECEMBER 12, 2016:

Second week into our 15th edition of the Christmas Challenge.  This week, we resubmit for you a story that had been posted on this website many years ago:

 ROCK-A-BYE ANGEL  Original series Suitable for all readersAction-oriented/low level of violence

by Chris Bishop and Marion Woods After a Mysteron attack in Tibet, Captain Scarlet and Harmony Angel find a baby boy and bring him back to Cloudbase. ff 205  Christmas Challenge.  This story is also available in PDF formatOriginally posted December 25, 2004. 

 

 

 

UPDATE: DECEMBER 5, 2016:

It starts now!  The first week of our Christmas Challenge postings.  And we started with a brand new story, written by one of our most regular collaborators.

THE THIN LINE  Original series Suitable for all readersSexual innuendo

by Marion Woods. A family wedding at Christmas what could possibly go wrong? Captain Blue finds out for himself.  ff 614. Christmas Challenge

 

 

 

UPDATE:  NOVEMBER 19, 2016:

CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 2016/2017 EDITION NOW LAUNCHED! 

 

"Kalikimaka" is the Hawaiian word for Christmas... So you have guessed it:  this is the official launching of our annual Christmas Challenge!

 

As always each year, a few days after the end of the Halloween Challenge, we announce the Christmas Challenge.  This year's marking the 15th Edition of the Challenge.  For the occasion, as you can judge from the picture above, our friends from Spectrum have decided to take a much deserved rest, and this time decided to escape from the snow and cold of the Northern Hemisphere and headed down to more hospitable settings!

 

Like the Halloween Challenge,  the Christmas Challenge is an occasion for stories to be provided for the enjoyment of Captain Scarlet fans of all ages and in every corner of the World!  New writers answer the call of both Challenges each year, and we are hoping that for the Christmas Challenge, they will also answer the call!

 

Of course, it's not ONLY for newcomers!  Long-time collaborators are ALSO invited to participate as well!

 

The Christmas Challenge is this website's gift  for the Christmas Season, to all Captain Scarlet fans, to either the classic series or the new CGI series.  Nearly as popular as the Halloween Challenge, the Christmas Challenge has become a Holidays tradition on the Spectrum Headquarters site. 

 

So as always, we make a call to  writers and artists to, once again, participate in great number to this new edition of the challenge, with new stories that will prove as entertaining as those that have been submitted to us in the previous years. 

 

If you are a regular visitor to this website, you already know what the Christmas Challenge is all about.  But for those of you who are new to the site or the challenge, here's how it goes:   

 

Christmas Day is coming in about a month, and then, a week later, we'll enter the very special year 2017:  The year of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' 50th anniversary!  For the occasion, the Spectrum Headquarters website invites you all  to participate to the Holidays Celebrations, by also participating to the  2016/2017 edition of the CHRISTMAS FAN FICTION CHALLENGE.  

 

The main event of the Christmas Challenge is, of course, to write a Captain Scarlet and Christmas-based fan fiction story.  But there is also a lesser event in which you might want to participate, by submitting other kind of projects, like drawings or montages.  See the rules below for more on this subject.

 

Of course, this challenge is rather short notice, which is the reason why it always last well BEYOND Christmas Day.  Posting of stories will last all of December, if possible starting on the first week, will continue throughout all the Holidays Season, and will end around January 31st, 2017.

 

In the previous years, during the Christmas Challenge, so many various stories, of very good quality, have been submitted to this site. And this is all the question:  can YOU do the same this year, and answer the Challenge?   Will you have the inspiration to write a Captain Scarlet/Christmas related-story, be it from the classic series, or based on the more recent CGI series? Will we discover new writers, as we did in previous years?  Last year, we had six new postings.  Will we beat that number this year?

 

Answer the Challenge and find out - and see your story posted on this website during the Holidays Season!  And don't forget:  2017 is Captain Scarlet's 50th anniversary!  So why not celebrate the event as well with a very special story?

 

Remember, the information you can find on the Spectrum Headquarters site is there to help you write your story with better accuracy of the Scarlet mythos and backgrounds (Classic or CGI series).  Feel free to consult it! 

 

So if you have a project  for a Christmas story, that you're sure will be finished on time, contact the webmaster at scarlet1bishop@hotmail.com, or submit your story  directly at spectrum_hq@hotmail.com There is more then enough time! 

Announcement and submissions of Christmas-related stories will appear on a list that you will find that you will find on this page.    Consult it often to know what stories are coming your way! 

 

Also listed on the Christmas stories page are the  stories submitted in the previous years. Feel free to check them out too for a good read... or to see what other writers offered already! Maybe that'll inspire you.  These stories are available all year's long.  

 

Read for rules and more  information below.

 

 

TO PARTICIPATE:

 

RULES AND CONDITIONS OF THE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE:

 

As always, the same basic rules as any fan fiction challenge project apply:

 

 

FAN FICTION:

  • The story could be related to Christmas itself, New Year's Celebrations, or to one of the many subjects generally associated to them, or can simply be set during the Holidays Season. The story should keep true and faithful to the Captain Scarlet mythos, either from the Original Captain Scarlet series, or the New Captain Scarlet series. 

  • The story could be as short as one page, or as long as you wish.  

  • You can write your story alone, or team up with another writer.

  • Slash stories will not be accepted

  • Accepted will be one-shot stories, or two or three-parts maximum.  If more than one part, note that, to avoid an unfinished story,  all the parts should be completed before posting.  Contact the webmaster for more information or for special arrangements.

  • Check our Submission Guidelines before submitting your story. If you need the service of a beta-reader, and don't have one at your disposition, ask the webmaster for the possibility of finding one. Take note that the use of beta-reader is not required, but recommended.  Please take beta-reading time into consideration when you submit your story!  

  • The stories will only be accessible from December 1st onwards, and January 31st will mark the last day stories related to the Christmas Challenge will be posted, giving  a little more time to writers to complete their stories (the Holidays Season being a busy period in the year for everyone). Depending on how many stories are received, one or more stories will be posted each week. The stories will  STILL be accessible after that,  but the Challenge will be closed.  The limited date to send your story to this website will be  January 25,  so we'll have time to prepare it for posting.

 

PICTURES:

 

You can also submit other projects, like drawings or pictures  - to be put with your story if you are a writer, or as a stand-alone artist rendition of a Christmas/Captain Scarlet  scene.  Your contribution would make a nice addition to the Christmas Challenge, and will be posted on the Christmas pictures page.  There's already a few items from previous editions, so you can visit the page, if ever you want some inspiration or ideas to what you might send.

 

Accepted will be original drawings, paintings, pictures, montages, collages,  comic strips, gif animations, etc.  Just contact the webmaster and propose your project(s).

 

We hope a lot of you will be able to submit something.  Don't be shy, and contact us to inform us of your projects  at this site regular e-mail scarlet1bishop@hotmail.com

 

A SPECIAL NOTE: As always, we won't refuse multi-parts stories ,  or stories out of theme, that will come along during the time this Challenge will last.  These stories will be posted as 'regular' Captain Scarlet stories, but they will not be considered part of the Christmas Challenge, and won't have a link through the Christmas page.  Depending on the webmaster or this website's collaborators' availability, for beta-reading (if required), these stories might get posted only after the Christmas Challenge.  The webmaster will contact you in case of delay.

 

 

 

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