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A Short AU Challenge

Challenge Details

It seems that most AU stories are novel-length. The author starts with some change and writes the rest of the trilogy from that point on. These are nice, of course, but it would be lovely to see what people can do with shorter pieces. Can you still create an AU universe in a short number of words?

So here's the challenge: change canon in some significant way, and write an AU piece centering on that change -- but tell it in 5,000 words or less.

Thanks to Marta for this great idea.

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Gandalfs apprentice - Gandalf’s No Good, Rotten, Really Bad Day
General Audience
Last Updated: 13 Oct 07
A few things go wrong at the Prancing Pony, and Manwe wants Gandalf to explain how it all happened. Humor/AU. 2006 MEFAwards WINNER--FIRST PLACE--BEST PARODY

Jay of Lasgalen - Dark Elf
General Audience
Last Updated: 08 Jun 05
A dark, AU drabble. Setting: The banks of the Anduin, during the chapter 'The Great River'.
Larner - An Enemy Made
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 27 Jan 10

AU--If the journey to Rivendell had lasted but a day longer and Frodo had requested that Sam give him the mercy stroke should it appear the Morgul shard would take him--what then?

The Lauderdale - Orcs in Hobbiton
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 12 Mar 11

AU. Two years after Sauron won the war, his Orcs have come to a Shire under Saruman's dominion. The hobbits that are its proper inhabitants are caught in the middle. Told in drabbles and drabble-increments (200, 300, etc.) Warning: Deals with post-war occupation and the kind of subject matter that often entails. Coarse language, references to rape and other violence, but non-graphic.

Honorable Mention for the MEFA 2010 Cross-Cultural: General category.  Thank you, elfscribe!, for the nomination!


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 23 Mar 07
Entry Date: 07 Jan 09

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Challenge Info

Created: October 12, 2005

Challenge Topic: AU/Crossover

Entries: 6

Originator: Marta

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