For Writers and the Readers Who Love Them
One cannot really promote anthrofiction, especially as a serious genre of fiction, without a definition. After much thought I’ve come up with the following:
an·thro·fic·tion [ànthrə fíkshən] or an·thro fic·tion noun
I do two things with this definition: Give a basic definition, which sometimes intersects with other genres of fiction. And narrow the definition to try to differentiate it from other genres that often contain anthropomorphic characters.
Perhaps it would help to define anthropomorphic. The 2001 Encarta World Dictionary says:
an·thro·po·mor·phic [ànthrəpə máwr fìk] noun
Any nonhuman character who speaks, lives like a human, or has human traits such as jealousy or greed, qualifies. By this definition there are many genres of fiction with anthropomorphic characters, or anthros. Science fiction often features aliens and robots; fantasy has all manner of nonhuman races and magical creatures; horror features werewolves, vampires, and ghosts; and of course children’s literature is full of talking animals.
How this Relates to the Contest
Characterization is a skill that comes with experience. As long as you understand and use basic sentence structure and paragraphs, and include one or more anthropomorphic characters in an important role, your story has an excellent chance of being accepted for the contest.
One of the criteria I and several of the regulars use when judging the stories is the sophistication of the characterization—especially your anthropomorphic characters. So do some research, understand the natural state of your characters’ species, then design your characters and the society they live in. Make us believe your characters are real and you will produce a more satisfying story.
2006-Nov-26 – First publication.
2009-Feb-19 – Added sound to the definitions. Released definition under Creative Commons license.
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