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Genre help, pretty please!

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Topic: Genre help, pretty please!
Posted By: ps02em
Subject: Genre help, pretty please!
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 8:47am
Urgent query!  Does anyone know if magical realism would be acceptable for the genre 'fairy tale/fantasy'?  I have an exciting idea for MR but need to adapt v quickly if that's not going to be permissible.  Any advice much appreciated!

Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 11:36am
Hi, the answer to the question 'will x be okay for this genre' is almost always 'yes', in my experience. Provided the magical elements of your magical realism are prominent enough, I'd expect you to be okay. For another opinion, you could always show your story to a couple of beta readers - there's a forum in the Creative Writing Forum with a link to the list.

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Posted By: NERdling
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 7:01pm
I would say yes and very confidently. There have been a number of magical realism stories in FT/F over the years that have done very well. Also, my own story for R1 was magical realism and took 1st in my group. 

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Posted By: taaaylor
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 7:33pm
Tbh, most SFF readers can't even accurately identify MR vs contemporary fantasy vs low fantasy because the genre lines themselves depend on who you ask (esp their feelings about the Marquezian nature of MR). Don't sweat it. It's all fantasy. Good words and good luck! :)

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Posted By: Paul Bee
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 8:07pm
The judges barely pay attention to genre
Don't over think it lol

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Posted By: ps02em
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 10:19pm
Brilliant, thank you

Posted By: ps02em
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 10:20pm
Ha ha, thank you, I was just scared having heard from a couple of people who were disqualified on technical not-hitting-the-brief stuff!

Posted By: ps02em
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 10:21pm
Ha ha, thank you!  (Tbh it's highly possible I'm technically defining it wrong, so...with 1 hr 39 mins to go, my story is what it is!)

Posted By: ps02em
Date Posted: 14 Jan 2023 at 10:21pm
Awesome, thank you - and congratulations!

Posted By: Elcamino 2024
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2023 at 5:39pm
Thanks for asking this question, I asked it above. The answers are really helpful.

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