For our authors interested in the upcoming second volume of the Paul Spragg ReCollections, we've got official confirmation of the Paul Spragg Short Trips Opportunity on the Big Finish website. The deadline is expected to close at the end of June 2021.
A quick checklist of what to expect for submissions in terms of content:
The publishing requirements of the competition are that you haven't worked with Big Finish before (ideal for any newcomers and fresh-faced authors) and the submission hasn't been published anywhere else. Further details, in depth, can be found at the link above. Best of luck to all involved and happy writing!
Good news! An update for writers interested in submitting to the Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2. We've just received news that the Paul Spagg Memorial Opportunity from Big Finish will be running in 2021, but has been delayed for a variety of reasons at the moment.
We'll be keeping an eye out for more information as things develop. Until then, keep writing!
A quick but important update regarding News content on our website. News about news, if you will.
As of a few hours ago, we now have a Twitter account where you can receive notifications from our News page of upcoming productions, contributor achievements, new releases and more. This account will be available to access alongside our preexisting Facebook page.
It's been a while since our last transmission. We've been busy behind-the-scenes on a rather unusual set of side-projects. Some of which, if you're regular readers, you'll recognise from our Theories and Addenda page and some tackling a form of writing that we've never quite tried before. Working with writers and editors, we can announce our new major project for the year.
The Paul Spragg 'ReCollections': Volume 2
For the past several years, Big Finish Productions have been running a short story competition commemorating a colleague and friend, Paul Spragg. It was originally suggested 2016 by Ian Atkins, the former producer of the Doctor Who: Short Trips range, and offers an opportunity for new writers to submit their work to the organisation for production. It's a phenomenal opportunity for a good cause.
In 2019, Divergent Wordsmiths (that's us) put our "writing hearts on their writing sleeves", as Ian said himself in our "Introduction", and published The Paul Spragg 'ReCollections' Anthology. An independent, not-for-profit volume of stories from all the contributors, still eager and enthused, who wanted a home for stories that were submitted, but didn't make it to the winning position. These were stories from the past year or from years previous that covered all manner of Doctors and situations. We do this as a means of further celebrating Paul Spragg and giving authors who've already done the work for the competition, an opportunity to see it through to its conclusion.
As such, for this collection, we will only be accepting submissions that have been made to the Paul Spragg Memorial Opportunity and we will be doing so after their submission window has closed. It's a great opportunity to get your work out there, practice the format for submissions and challenge yourself. Now, there's been no announcement yet (keep an eye out on the Big Finish page for updates in that regard), but we will be running the second volume of ReCollections regardless. So, if you have any old submissions or -- if there's a subsequent announcement from Big Finish and you have something new -- dust them off and consider giving them another home, here, at Divergent Wordsmiths.
We'll have more information and goodies to share with you, readers and writers both, as time permits.
"Good grief. We're there already. The month of April 2021 marks the first-year anniversary of Eden By Annihilation's publication by Divergent Wordsmiths. An occasion that, originally, was going to spark off the development of a second novel continuing the cosmic wanderings of the Sixth Doctor, Peri and Frobisher. However, what I failed to anticipate was that a short while after the end of the first novel, I was already drawing up plans for the next. Pages and pages of ideas in ink. Swirling like a percolating coffee pot.
It’s no underestimation to say that this trio has had an unerring ability to get under my skin in the best way possible. Despite the brevity of their tenure, there was a good sense of camaraderie to the three in the vein of the best Doctor/companion teams. Here were a trio that could be picnicking one moment and zapping Cybermen the next and yet, they weren’t terribly well explored in the twenty/thirty years of expanded universe media. Frobisher, the ever-faithful whifferdill, has still had cameos to this very day in comics, audio and novel, but this unerring link between comic strip and videotape remained as it ever was. Incomplete. As open-ended as the vanishing of Liz Shaw or the musing farewell of the Seventh Doctor and Ace.
As a writer, that’s difficult to resist, but where to begin? I wouldn’t be able to do justice to it in a directly visual follow-up to John Ridgway’s full-motion panoramas. My medium was the written word. The same words you're reading now. It would have to be in prose. Better, it would have to be a novel. A good challenge and a possibility to flex those creative neurons. The World Shapers, the final illustrated voyage of the trio, concluded in October 1987, almost a full year after the Sixth Doctor’s exeunt from his trial on television. In that borrowed time, the TARDIS had visited slavers on the hijacked Mayflower, the contrapuntal motion of Raygun Gothic Zazz, an old man’s gentle respite in Scotland and a mythology-cracking development on the planet Marinus. As steady an array of worlds as those visited before (and during) the '86 hiatus. I knew where I wanted to go next, a neat little place on Trailblazer Prime, but something caught the Doctor’s eye in Natasia Tor.
The story itself is one steeped in the headlines and pop culture of 1987. One year after, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Aliens debuted in cinemas. One year after, NASA’s Challenger shuttle has exploded on a clear blue day and Chernobyl’s radiation cloud has fallen over Ukraine. It’s a bitterly Cold War at the present. Everything has an urbane formality, almost a chill, to it. But, nevertheless, the characters themselves refused to stay confined to that box (bless 'em). Over time, they've become a halfway-house rendition of how they appeared in Doctor Who Magazine and where they ended up at Big Finish. This is a Sixth Doctor of passion who’s been pitted against both the mad Astrolabus and obsessive Toymaker, a Peri who's negotiated both the Elohim of Paradise 5 and the dungeons of Sylvaniar, and a Frobisher who became both bounty hunter and worshipped as a living god (oops).
Life returns to the Doctor, Peri and Frobisher after 33 years in stasis and one which has, so far, endured the test of time in the big ("They seek him here, they seek him there...") and small (who knew the Doctor's fourth self was also a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh?). That was a well and truly worthwhile experience and, best of all, it's a way for others to get into Doctor Who books that doesn't cost a mazuma. With more to come, alongside Divergent Wordsmiths' other projects, in the future."
Just over a week ago, Facebook and the Australian government entered negotiations regarding a new news media bargaining code set to be introduced on digital platforms. As part of negotiations, Facebook placed an eight-day ban on news and news-related media on their platform in Australia. Now, that included what you would typically expect (e.g. newspapers, broadcasters, etc.), but it also affected entertainment companies like Big Finish Productions.
Fortunately, Divergent Wordsmiths wasn't affected by the ban. However, an announcement was made on our Facebook page to rely on viewing the website more directly. It was unclear at the time how long it was going to last or how the situation was going to change (if at all).
You'll notice that this is all in the past tense. I'm happy to report that the ban, lasting a total of eight days, has been lifted for Australian readers and contributors after a compromise between both parties. Normal service has resumed with our Facebook notifications.
I'm thrilled to announce a small treat for the holiday season from Divergent Wordsmiths!
A Christmas Cutaway stars Peter Cushing's Dr Who in a comfortable Christmas interlude from Iain McLaughlin. Creator of Doctor Who companion, Erimemushinteperem (better known as Erimem to her friends) as played by Caroline Morris. He is the author of Big Finish audio drama "Eye of the Scorpion", Thebes Publishing novel "The Last Pharaoh" (with Claire Bartlett) and much, much more across Doctor Who, Blake's 7, Sherlock Holmes, Kerides the Thinker and James Bond.
Available to read in full now from our Theories and Addenda page on the website.
Merry Christmas to all of you at home. Enjoy!
Divergent Wordsmiths presents
UNBOUND IMAGININGS, VOLUME 2
Well-known and beloved among the peoples of the Earth, there are many a myriad Time and space that have yet to be explored in Doctor Who. Beyond the horizons of even our own Doctors' vivid conceptions, experience eight bold, new adventures in this second volume of Unbound Imaginings!
Foreword by Josh Wanisko (Forever Fallen, Farewell to Kindness)
Afterword by J.A. Prentice (The Undying Truth, The Hollow Inside, A Half-Share of the Universe)
One of Divergent Wordsmiths' ongoing side-projects in between our major releases is the development of the Gallifrey Historia. A collaborative effort to construct a largely consistent historical text of events relating to the Doctor's homeworld in the constellation of Kasterborous.
Today, after many months of work, we're delighted to release the first volume, "Trial by Ordeal". An entry covering the aftermath of the televised The Five Doctors and the audio drama Time in Office. As the Doctor regenerates after the traumatic events on Androzani, the life of his sixth persona runs parallel to a darkening vein on his homeworld. The emergence of new players in a Gallifrey wearied by failed governments and seemingly non-stop crises.
Conspiracy, inquisition, rebellion and power plays. Available to read in full now from here.
It's almost time to unveil our new Doctor Who anthology release for 2020. We can confirm that Unbound Imaginings, Volume 2 will be debuting in full on the 2nd December 2020 (GMT+10).
More details will become available on the release date itself. However, we can tell you now that this new volume contains contributions from Kevin M. Johnston, Chris Taylor, Noé Géric, Tom Hannah-Golden, Cecil J. Finchley and Tim Bradley with Alan Camlann and Andrew Hsieh on editorial duty. We have a few surprises we're going to keep under wraps until the beginning of December. Look forward to seeing you then!
All the best from us at Divergent Wordsmiths!
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