I've been writing fan fiction for YEARS now, and I've gotten rather tired of the way fan fic is seen, and the way fan fic authors are always portrayed and thought of. You know, the overweight/socially challenged/living in mother's basement/engulfed in fantasy due to inability to deal with life mode? And the assumption from the pro world that fan fic is of course trash, therefore, if we write SW we couldn't possibly be doing anything of publishable quality ... really creases me. I just finished something I'm rather pleased with, and when I started looking around for something to DO with it other than the archive here, I found it ... Yes, there actually is a professional writing contest that will read fan fiction! So then I got to thinking about it. What if ... WHAT IF ... other professional-level writing contests were out there that might accept/read fan fiction? And what if fan fiction authors submitted quality writing that was favorably looked upon? I have already found one other contest that I plan to submit to, and it seems that there could be others. What about a writing workshop for fan fic authors who would like to see their work, and fan fic in general, taken a bit more seriously??