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TORn Amateur Symposium - November 2013. Call For Submissions Thread.

TORn Amateur Symposium
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Following on from the success of the first TORn Amateur Symposium, we are pleased to present the Second TORn Amateur Symposium (TAS2), this November! Thank you to everybody who contributed to TAS last time - we've included links at the bottom of this post to everyone's essays. It is never too late to join in. Our committee of 3, (Brethil, elaen32 and DanielLB ), and judging by all your feedback, really enjoyed the first Symposium. So without further delay, here are the details you need to know for TAS2:

Overview:

TORn Amateur Symposium is an opportunity for us to share our written ideas on Tolkien-related subjects, in a more detailed way than the usual posts on the boards.
Some general categories to consider writing topics within are:

- Flora/Fauna of Middle Earth
- Art, Literature and Philosophy
- Natural Science, Geology and Weather
- Peoples and Cultures of Middle Earth.

These are just some suggestions based on the last symposium. But remember, your ideas are limitless! Geography, history, ethnology, linguistics, botany, mythology and onomastics ... if you can write an essay about it, we'd love to read it!

Below is our proposed schedule for the TAS2:

Submission and deadline dates:

Sunday 22nd September- Introductory thread/Call for submissions thread

That’s this one!

Don’t panic yet! All you have to do is express interest in writing an essay for TAS. Either respond to this thread, or alternativel PM Brethil or DanielLB. And of course, get those thinking caps on! Through the symposium process, we will stay in contact with anyone that expresses interest in writing an essay for TAS.

Sunday 6th October - First reminder thread

This will be a reminder thread for everyone, and we will repeat the details and answer any question you might have. You can express interest in submitting an essay all the way until the closing date. So we want to make sure everyone has had a chance to think about writing an essay.

Sunday 20th October - Second reminder thread

This is the last reminder thread and not the closing date. Between this thread and the first reminder thread, we would like to confirm with you your proposed topic and possible title (via PM). These will all be included in this thread. People are welcome to express interest all the way up until the closing date.

Sunday 03rd November – Submission closes thread

By this date, all submissions will have been sent to us (see “How To Submit Work”). Another summary of all the entries (and provisional dates) will also be posted.

Saturday 09th November - Anything after this date will, unfortunately, not be accepted.

The week period between this allows us to check all submissions, order all essays into appropriate sessions, and allow for last minute editing. If you are unable to submit before then, not to worry, there is always the next TAS (March/April time). We will accept late submissions, but only if you let us know ASAP.

Sunday 10th November - First TAS threads

All those hours of hard work from everyone will be presented on this date, and the following days!

TBC November - Feedback thread

As part of the symposium structure, we are always interested in ideas on what can (or should) be done, and what may or may not have worked. Feel free to tell us what you thought about the structure of the symposium, and any problems you experienced through this process. We will also tell you about the next TAS and provisional dates. The date for the feedback thread will be confirmed once we know how we are going to stagger each of the essays.

Some Guidelines for the TORn Amateur Symposium:

We're not looking for flawlessly polished, professionally cited work. This is for fun and enjoyment, and to share our common love of the JRR Tolkien universe: thus the title! We would like to see your original ideas, which tie in somehow to the works of Tolkien; they can be written from an academic, opinion or real-world perspective. Citations and references, although not required, may be helpful at times to readers, and feel free to use them as appropriate to support your writing. Discussion of the work is most heartily encouraged, keeping in mind both the "by the fans, for the fans" nature of the creations, as well as the dual spirit of fun and inquiry which we would like to promote in this Symposium series. We expect to have a Symposium 3-4 times annually. So if you miss a date, don't worry overmuch; you can always submit at the next round.

We have great regard for the creativity of our members, and very much look forward to reading your thoughts, TORn brethren!

Some changes from the last symposium:

The first TAS had a a word limit of 2,000 words for each essay. For this TAS, we have removed the limit altogether. As a result, your piece can be as short or as long as you like. However, we do recommend not writing too excessively, due to the short time-frame of TAS, and the limited time of potential readers and responders to your essay. We think a word count of 2,000 - 3,000 is a good length.

We have also altered the way in which essays will be posted when the Symposium officially starts. Previously, essays were grouped into similar categories, and a new session was posted each day. From the feedback thread, it was suggested that too many essays were posted too often. So we will confirm when (and how often) essays will be posted, once all the authors have submitted their work. Depending on the number of essays, we will stagger them over a 1-2 week period.

We would also like all authors to submit a short (100-300 words) abstract of their essay. This is simply to provide an overview of your essay to potential readers. Keeping in mind of the guidelines above, this only has to be very short. These will be posted in the session thread with the link to your essay. An abstract might cover: what you are writing about, why you are writing about it, what evidence/details/points you make, and what conclusions you come to.

We will happily answer any questions you might have about these changes. Feel free to ask!

How To Submit Work:

It starts with an idea (doesn't it always!) You can describe your idea in the Call for Submissions thread (that's this one!). Feel free to PM DanielLB or Brethil with any questions or concerns that you may have. We ask that all essays are submitted by Sunday 03rd November. Of course earlier submission is fine, feel free to submit your piece when you feel it is ready. And if Real Life interferes, just let us know - expressing interest isn't a commitment, and if you need to, you can post in the next Symposium - or just read along with us!

Please submit your pieces via the TAS email address, which is tornamateursymposium@gmail.com. If possible, submit your pieces as Word or other document format attached to your email, rather than in the body of the email. If possible, please submit your abstract within the body of the email. Brethil, DanielLB and elaen32 all have access to the email account and to the TAS account and will be reading and responding to emails/postings and queries as soon as we can.

We will do a quick look-over of the piece for any potential editing concerns (like those troublesome, sneak-attack typos) and to make certain that all pieces comply with TORn's ToS guidelines. (We can't post anything in that may be in violation, but if questions arise we will contact the author to resolve any issues.) All finished pieces will then be posted for display and discussion on a given date.

Queries:

If you have queries or concerns, please send a PM via the TAS id- it will be read by Brethil, Daniel or elaen32, depending on who gets there first. Please try and give us a little time to respond, since we may be at work or not otherwise in a position to give an immediate answer. If, however, you think that your query would be of more general interest to others, then you can also post it as a reply to this, or subsequent TAS threads.

July TAS essays:

The links below will take you to the TAS threads. All links to the original essays can be found in the respective original post.

The Physics of The Hobbit: Part 1 & 2, by DwellerInDale
Models of Dragon Ontology, by Nordwharf
On the communication between animals and the free peoples of Middle Earth, by Rembrethil
Sentient Animals in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien, by Elizabeth
Falling into untended age: Ithilien as a post-pastoral land, by squire
Sudden climate change or anthropogenic interference? An evaluation into the loss of a vast forest in Lindon and South Eriador, by DanielLB
The Real Villain of The Hobbit - An Analysis on Greed, by Cirashala
The Battle of Five Armies - An analysis into the size of the armies involved, by Arandir
Would You Destroy It? A Look at the Corrupting Nature of the One Ring, by Rangerfromthenorth
Concepts of healing in Middle Earth as illustrated in The Lord of the Rings, by elaen32
Intuition in The Lord of the Rings, by Lothwen
The Silmarillion as Awakening to the "Real World" and Adulthood, by Telain
Who was the original owner of Orcrist?, by DarkJackal

We are incredibly excited about TAS2, and look forward to the wonderful essays that will be submitted. Happy scribbling!

Elaen, Brethil & Daniel

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Subject User Time
TORn Amateur Symposium - November 2013. Call For Submissions Thread. TORn Amateur Symposium Send a private message to TORn Amateur Symposium Sep 22 2013, 9:55am
    Fog on the Barrow-downs. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 22 2013, 2:18pm
    My working title is "Narrating Middle-earth" noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Sep 22 2013, 4:10pm
        Sounds great! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 22 2013, 6:52pm
        That's one huge topic! sador Send a private message to sador Sep 27 2013, 6:40am
            Perhaps "The men of Gondor will never submit"- but I just did (my essay I mean ) // noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Oct 3 2013, 3:49pm
                Yes, happily the Men of Gondor have submitted... Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Oct 3 2013, 4:29pm
    My submission: Galadriel: political animal of Middle-earth Demosthenes Send a private message to Demosthenes Sep 24 2013, 2:37pm
        Great to hear from you Demosthenes! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 24 2013, 3:28pm
    I have several pieces already written.... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Sep 24 2013, 3:42pm
        You've been busy! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 24 2013, 4:16pm
    If I can find the time... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Sep 24 2013, 4:18pm
        Looking to boost your karma? Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 24 2013, 4:21pm
    Revealed in this Wrath: The Matter of Glorfindel Ninrandir Send a private message to Ninrandir Sep 24 2013, 5:40pm
        Fantastic! Looking forward to it! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 24 2013, 5:52pm
            I hope to do the community justice! Ninrandir Send a private message to Ninrandir Sep 24 2013, 6:08pm
                It sounds great :-) DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 24 2013, 6:28pm
    TORn Amateur Symposium Greater Smials Send a private message to Greater Smials Sep 25 2013, 2:11am
        Welcome Greater Smials! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 25 2013, 2:43am
            Thanks! Greater Smials Send a private message to Greater Smials Sep 25 2013, 2:53am
    Sadly, I can't... Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Sep 25 2013, 3:30pm
        Good luck with school Lothwen! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 25 2013, 3:36pm
            Thanks Brethil! Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Sep 25 2013, 3:46pm
        Sorry to hear you can't contribute this time Lothwen elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Sep 25 2013, 8:50pm
            Yeah Lothwen Send a private message to Lothwen Sep 26 2013, 9:18am
    Music and race in the movie adaptations Ida Send a private message to Ida Sep 25 2013, 4:14pm
        Welcome Ida! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 25 2013, 4:18pm
        *Waves to Ida* Hello! DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 25 2013, 4:22pm
            Thanks for the warm welcome! Ida Send a private message to Ida Sep 25 2013, 4:43pm
                That's what a Fellowsip is for Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 25 2013, 5:11pm
        oooooooooooooooo swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Sep 29 2013, 4:22am
    Wow you guys! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Sep 25 2013, 8:29pm
        Good luck! Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Sep 29 2013, 4:47pm
            Thank you elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Sep 29 2013, 6:41pm
                WE hope so too Fearless TAS leader! // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 30 2013, 12:09am
    Húrin's Endurance: Applicability for the Addict Bow&Helm Send a private message to Bow&Helm Sep 26 2013, 8:42pm
        By all means, B&H elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Sep 26 2013, 9:17pm
    Could (or should) I re submit my essay On Cirdan? malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 26 2013, 8:52pm
        Tie up the mysteries CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Sep 26 2013, 9:06pm
            I might give it a shot... malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 26 2013, 9:14pm
        How long is it? ;-) DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Sep 26 2013, 9:31pm
            Well at the last count it was nearing 23,000 words... malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 26 2013, 9:34pm
                Installment idea: interesting! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 26 2013, 9:42pm
    If I may jump in to say... demnation Send a private message to demnation Sep 28 2013, 3:04am
        Will be happy to have you reading along with us Demnation! // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 28 2013, 3:06am
    I have something bumping around in my brain... Dame Ioreth Send a private message to Dame Ioreth Sep 28 2013, 4:07pm
        Follow that bump! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Sep 28 2013, 4:09pm
    i will.... Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Oct 4 2013, 3:38pm
        Wonderful topic! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Oct 4 2013, 4:33pm
    Great to read so many interesting titles and ideas! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Oct 6 2013, 10:48am
        We all send you healing wishes!!!!! // Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Oct 6 2013, 2:13pm
    Sunday 6th October - First reminder thread TORn Amateur Symposium Send a private message to TORn Amateur Symposium Oct 6 2013, 3:34pm
        About that music essay... Ida Send a private message to Ida Oct 14 2013, 6:05pm
            Both have there advantages. :-) DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 14 2013, 7:01pm
                Haha, not really, no! Ida Send a private message to Ida Oct 14 2013, 7:06pm
                    That's a good idea. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 14 2013, 7:12pm
                        Thanks! Ida Send a private message to Ida Oct 14 2013, 7:16pm
    TORn Amateur Symposium Essay Topic Vardamir Send a private message to Vardamir Oct 8 2013, 9:21pm
        *Thumbs up!* DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 9 2013, 6:27am
    "Fighting the Long Defeat" MilleniumRoger Send a private message to MilleniumRoger Oct 10 2013, 4:05am
        Welcome to delurk-ingdom :-) DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 10 2013, 6:41am

 
 
 

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