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The Fiction Archive begins each new Round Robin by posting a chapter written either by an established author, or by someone who has previously contributed to the Fiction Archive. Then you, the creative readers of the Fiction Archive, take over and write the next chapter. Steve Miller will choose the most creative (and logical) entry and publish it online, here in the Fiction Archive section for active Round Robins. Then, after seven or nine chapters, either Steve or the author who started the Round Robin will close the story with an exciting ending. The resulting serial will be stored in its entirely in the “Original Fiction” part of the archive.

The Rules/Submission Guidelines

0. The first chapter of a new Round Robin is posted in the Fiction Archive. These initial offerings are often solicited by Steve Miller from writers who have contributed to the Fiction Archive previously. On some occasions, kick-off chapters may also be selected from Fiction Archive submissions, or from Round Robin chapters that did not see print.

1.As your first step, please read the existing Writing Round Robin chapter(s) and pay close attention to the story's tone, style, and genre. Think about the characters that have been established and how they and the story's plot will naturally evolve over the course of the novella. Then, using the previous chapter(s) as a model, write the next chapter.

2.To be eligible, your chapter must be between 500 and 4,500 words and written in English.

3.We will accept only those chapters submitted via email to, and which have the title and chapter number of the Round Robin to which you are submitting in the message headers. The submitted files must be in RTF, Text, or Microsoft Word 2001 (or earlier) formats. No responsibility is assumed for incomplete, lost, late, damaged, illegible, or misdirected email; technical, hardware, or software failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; or failed, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmission which may limit a user's ability to participate in the contest.

4. To be eligible, submissions must be received by 11:59:59 Midnight PST on the date of the deadline posted on the main Fiction Archive Round Robin page.

5.We will choose chapters on the basis of their merit.

6.We reserve the right to edit submissions. We also reserve the right to toss submissions that have not been spellchecked before we get them.

7. More than one chapter may be chosen for publication during any given period, if authors pick up on different sub-plots in the series. If this occurs, readers will be notified on the Fiction Archive Round Robin page.

8.We will post a new chapter post online every other week. The author of the winning chapter will be informed by email prior to the chapter's publication in the Fiction Archive.

9. Submitted chapters and all rights attached thereto will be shared between Steve Miller, the submitting author, and all other contributors to a particular Round Robin.

10. At present, no payment is offered for participation in the Round Robin.

11. The Round Robins are open to all authors — published and non-published.

12. Direct all questions and concerns about the Round Robin to Specify which Round Robin you have a question about in the header of the e-mail.

13.Please include your full name, the name you wish the chapter to be published under (if different from your full name) at the end of your entry.

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