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TORn Amateur Symposium - November 2013. Second (and last!) Reminder Thread.

TORn Amateur Symposium

Oct 20 2013, 10:52am

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This is the second, and last, reminder thread for essays to be submitted by Sunday 3rd November 2013. Since we're all spread across different timezones, there is no specific time for submission and we will be flexible.

After the closing date, there is a one week reviewing period. During this time, we'll contact all authors that have submitted making sure any edits that are required are complete. We don't want to leave anyone behind, and thus *will* accept late submissions if you get in touch with us ASAP, but would obviously prefer if people could submit on time. Anything after Saturday 9th November will, unfortunately, not be accepted for this TAS. Authors will be able to check/edit their essays at anytime (again before 9th November), and we will send them a link to their essay as well.

You do not have to have "signed-up" already to be able to write for TAS - just let us know if you would like to write an essay for us! And of course, if you cannot submit in time, do not worry, we are planning another Symposium mid-2014 and you can always submit your work to that Symposium.

Here is a reminder what TAS is about, how to submit, and all the important dates:
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 20th October - Second reminder thread (that's this one!)
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.

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.

A listing of working titles and topics our members are working on at the moment:
'Music and race in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.' By Ida
'The cause of fog on the Barrow-downs.' By DanielLB
'Bilbo - All That is Gold.' By Dame Ioreth
'Revealed in his Wrath: The Matter of Glorfindel.' By Ninrandir
'The Often Maligned God of Arda: How Eru is the True Hero of Middle Earth.' By rangerfromthenorth
'Galadriel: political animal of Middle-earth.' By Demosthenes
'The Sea Longing.' By swordwhale
'Narrating Middle-Earth.' By noWizardme
'Húrin's Stand: Applicability for an Addict'. By Bow&Helm
'Tolkien's Dreams: The Role of Dreams in Tolkien's Narrative' By Elaen32

Note, this isn't yet a complete list!

Subject User Time
TORn Amateur Symposium - November 2013. Second (and last!) Reminder Thread. TORn Amateur Symposium Send a private message to TORn Amateur Symposium Oct 20 2013, 10:52am
    "onomastics"? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 20 2013, 8:06pm
        You cheeky monkey CG!!// elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Oct 21 2013, 7:45pm
            Isn't he cheeky?! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Oct 22 2013, 9:42pm
    With regards to the abstract... Ida Send a private message to Ida Oct 21 2013, 10:54am
        Together with the essay please. elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Oct 21 2013, 11:06am
            Thanks! Ida Send a private message to Ida Oct 21 2013, 11:08am
    Very excited about this! rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Oct 21 2013, 2:37pm
    Wow cool! Looking forward to reading these essays. elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Oct 22 2013, 4:13am
        Hello Elentari! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Oct 22 2013, 9:37pm
    Looking good! cats16 Send a private message to cats16 Oct 22 2013, 4:22am
        We are too Cats! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Oct 22 2013, 9:39pm
    *Closing date reminder* TORn Amateur Symposium Send a private message to TORn Amateur Symposium Oct 30 2013, 11:42am
    *scribble scribble scribble* TORn Amateur Symposium Send a private message to TORn Amateur Symposium Nov 3 2013, 10:28am


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