What in Oz happened to King Rinkitink?
L. Frank Baum wrote King Rinkitink some time before it was published as the tenth Oz book. How would he have ended it if Dorothy and the Wizard hadn’t shown up to save the day? In celebration of the centennial of the publication of Rinkitink in Oz in 2016, the Oz Club will sponsor a contest for people to come up with the best ending for the original story.
With the exception of the Nome King being referred to as Kaliko in the first 19 chapters, it is easy to believe that the text of Baum’s original manuscript was unchanged to that point. The challenge is to write an ending that Baum would likely have written…without the deus ex machina of Dorothy and the Wizard that exists in its present state.
Knowing Baum’s ingenuity, the characters likely would have overcome the obstacles in a very clever and engaging way.
The rules are actually simple.
1) Understand that the Nome King is actually Roquat.
2) Disregard chapter 20 to the end. Write something new that you feel would make sense. Write as close as you can to the spirit and feel of L. Frank Baum.
3) Wrap up the story satisfactorily, with no “dangling threads.” Bilbil does not need to become Bobo unless you choose so.
4) Be creative!
King Rinkitink Contest Guidelines
1) Contest is open to all entrants.
2) Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2016 [DEADLINE EXTENDED!].
3) You may submit more than one story, and each entry will be considered.
4) Each story should be typed, double-spaced, with unstapled, numbered pages. Digital entries are preferred, and can be submitted in Microsoft Word, Rich Text, Text, InDesign, or PDF formats. Entries must be at least four chapters in length, and feature Inga, Bilbil, and Rinkitink overcoming the situation as presented at the end of chapter 19.
5) Entries should be submitted to Rinkitink Contest, c/o Marcus Mébès, 5901 Yarbrough Road, Shreveport, LA 71119, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors wishing their manuscripts returned must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with each entry.
The winning entrant will be awarded $100. The winning story will be published with the existing text for the first 19 chapters as a joint venture between the International Wizard of Oz Club and Pumpernickel Pickle publishers. The winner and non-winning entries will be published in the 2016 issue of Oziana. Winner will be contacted by November 1, 2016.
If you have further questions, please contact Marcus Mébès at email@example.com.
We look forward to reading your stories!