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On September 15, 2017, The Silmarillion will celebrate its 40th anniversary of publication. It was Tolkien's life's work, it took more than his lifetime to publish, and it is the reason we are all gathered here, so we cannot let this occasion pass without a celebration.

In honor of The Silmarillion's 40th anniversary, we will be putting together a compilation of stories, poems, and artwork about--what else?--The Silmarillion. More specifically, we will post a story and/or artwork each day for forty days, beginning on September 15, giving a fannish retelling of this book that we all love.

What Is This Event?

We will be putting together a compilation of stories, art, and poetry that spans the entire Silmarillion. What is a compilation? It's a permanent, themed collection of fanworks, housed on its own section of the site, similar to an online magazine. A new fanwork will be released daily, beginning on September 15th and for forty days afterward. You can see past examples of compilations we've done with Akallabeth in August and the SWG Fifth Birthday.

We have created a list of forty important events from The Silmarillion that will serve as prompts. If you want to create a type of fanwork that is not fiction, poetry, or art, let us know the type of fanwork when signing up and what you might need from us, e.g., file hosting.) Prompts will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

Your fanwork should be set roughly in the time period of the event you choose. (Note that, yes, that gives you some leeway to write about things that a little before or after your event, if they're not on the list.) That's the only requirement! Your fanwork does not have to be specifically about that event. For example, if you claim the prompt "Lúthien Dances for Morgoth," you can write about Lúthien actually performing that dance. Or you could write about what Melian is experiencing as her daughter faces down the Dark Lord. You can write about what is going through the Fëanorians' minds as their long-thwarted objective is achieved by a girl dancing. Or you can write about what's going down in Ossiriand with a bunch of Wood Elves who don't even know who Lúthien is. Just as long as the fanwork occurs around the time of that event, you are free to be creative!

Participants are now welcome to claim more than one prompt if they wish to do so.

Please note that each prompt has a due date associated with it. You must send your fanwork to us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org on or before that date. We will post your fanwork to the Silmarillion 40 webpage and our archive on the reveal date. If you are unable to complete your prompt, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can find a pinch hitter.

To Participate

  1. Please begin by familiarizing yourself with the full Silmarillion 40 guidelines on our site. By signing up, you are indicating that you have read and understand the guidelines, including the publication rights the SWG will acquire.
  2. Check out our list of prompts.
  3. Comment on this post (comments are screened) or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org and include the following information:
    • Your SWG username*
    • An email where we can contact you
    • Prompt(s) you want (please let us know if you will be writing or creating art for each)

*If you don't have an SWG account already, provide the username you'd like us to use. We will register an account for you when we post your work using the username and email address you provide.

If you'd be willing to collaborate with a person creating fiction/poetry or artwork for the same prompt, you can let us know that as well.

Formats of fanwork other than writing and artwork are welcome; please just let us know what you'll be creating and what you'll need from us (such as file hosting for a podfic, et cetera).

We will contact you to let you know the prompt you will be completing and remind you of the due date. If you don't hear from us within 24 hours, feel free to query.

If you'd be willing to pinch hit, please let us know.

Questions on this post are welcome as well. We may unscreen your question if it will be useful to others and doesn't contain personal/contact information.

Signal boosts are welcome and appreciated!

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