I’ve discovered a new word for “interactive fiction” and a contest to go with it: mifiction.
By definition, mifiction is interactive fiction written for the youth market, mainly young people aged 14-24 years. My children read something like this in the Eighties, little stories written in second person and printed on cheap paper:
You are walking through the forest. A panther is closing in on you. You come to a river that flows beside a cave. You have two options. You can hide in the cave or jump into the river. If you jump into the river, go to page 25. If you hide in the cave, go to page 30.
That’s before cell phones morphed into entertainment centers. This new mifiction is high tech stuff.
The word mifiction appears to be the coinage of Mobile Interactive Horizons Ltd, a company registered in the UK and, according to their publicity, founded “to publish interactive text for standard mobile devices such as phones and PDAs.”
The company is conducting a contest for writers interested in breaking into mifiction publishing. They plan to launch about ten new stories in February 2010.
The contest is open to writers 16 years and older. Entries must be in English. Most genres are acceptable, including action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, romance, war and sports
The guidelines call for entries that do not exceed 3,000 words. Because mifiction is designed to be read on small screens, the entry must be divided into sections of 200-300 words each.
Cash prizes will be awarded: first place £300; second place £200 and third place £100. Six runners up will receive £50 each. In addition, all winners will be offered a publishing contract with mifiction.
All entries must be submitted electronically to [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. (GMT) on Monday, 30 November 2009.
For all the details, go to http://www.mifiction.co.uk/ (Update: Website is no longer live)
NOTE: Address any questions about the contest to the mifiction website.