FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Revised 09 May 2014 (New FAQs in orange)

WHAT IS THE TEMPORAL LOGBOOK?
The Temporal Logbook is an unofficial and unauthorized not-for-profit charity short-story collection featuring original Doctor Who fiction by new and upcoming writers. The stories will involve the first eleven television Doctors, in a series of exciting adventures across space and time. The collection will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing. 100% of the proceeds from this publication will be donated to our chosen charity Positive Living Society of British Columbia (formerly BC Persons with AIDS Society) http://www.positivelivingbc.org.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE TERM “PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED”?
“Previously unpublished” means that your story should not have been already published in any medium prior to being published in The Temporal Logbook.  This includes stories appearing in print (hard and soft copy); as part of another collection, book, magazine, newsletter etc.; published online in any format (e.g. blog, website, forum, social media, fan fiction site, forum, mailing list); or published electronically (e.g. CD-Rom, computer game, e-zine).  Stories are to be new, original and first time compositions.

THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES SAY “BASED ON DOCTOR WHO AS BROADCAST ON BBC TELEVISION”. DOES THIS MEAN NO USE OR REFERENCES TO COMICS, BOOKS, CONTINUITY OR COMPANIONS?
Yes. Stories should only make use of the characters as featured on the BBC television series (this includes the original series and the post-2005 series). Stories should use television Doctors 1 through 11 (Hartnell to Smith). You can feature any of the companions that have appeared in the television series alongside Doctors 1-11.

Submissions can include any monsters, villains, adversaries that have appeared in the television series. However, be creative. Try and develop your own aliens, monsters, villains or foes. Using your own antagonist(s) will be a better gauge of your abilities as a writer than relying on old monsters / villains. Having said that, however, we are not opposed to publishing a story featuring a returning antagonist from the TV series.

We would prefer you not to submit continuity-laden stories; stories that are sequels to television stories; or stories that team up the Daleks and the Cybermen invading Gallifrey. Be original and be creative.

Do not use, or refer to any elements, continuity or creations from the Virgin or BBC novels, Doctor Who comic strips, Doctor Who Magazine, animated Doctor Who (e.g. Scream of the Shalka, Dreamland), online audios (e.g. Scream of the Shalka), the two 1960s Peter Cushing movies, or Big Finish audios. Any stories featuring any of these elements will be automatically rejected.

HOW MANY STORIES ARE YOU PUBLISHING?
We are publishing 11 stories – one for each television Doctor (eg. Doctors 1-11 aka Hartnell, Toughton, Pertwee, Baker, Davison, Baker, McCoy, McGann, Eccleston, Tennant, Smith).

I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA.  CAN I STILL SUBMIT A STORY?
Yes, we will accept stories from anywhere in the world providing the story is written in English.

ARE YOU ACCEPTING POETRY?
No.  We are not including poetry in the collection.

ARE YOU ACCEPTING SCRIPTS?
No.  As mentioned numerous times in the Submission Guidelines we are only accepting short stories.  Please note a script is not a short story.  These are two completely different types of writing.

ARE YOU ACCEPTING SCREENPLAYS?
No.  As mentioned numerous times in the Submission Guidelines we are only accepting short stories.  Please note a screenplay is not a short story.  These are two completely different types of writing.

IS THERE A WORD LIMIT?
Yes. Submissions should be in the range of 3000-7500 words.

SHOULD THE STORY BE IN CHAPTERS?
Generally short stories do not have chapters.  Scene breaks or changes in scenes should be indidicated by using * * * * * to indidicate a change.

WHAT AGE RANGE SHOULD THE STORIES BE TAILORED TO?
Stories should be aimed at the same level and/or above as in the New Adventures.

CAN I SEND IN MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS?
No. Please only submit one story at a time.

TO WHERE DO I SEND MY COMPLETED STORY?
Completed stories should be submitted as an attachment in either a Word (.doc/.docx) or Rich Text (.rtf) document attached to an email. Submissions are to be emailed to penciltippublishing@shaw.ca. In the ‘Subject’ line of your email, please include your story name, your name and that it is a submission for The Temporal Logbook (e.g. Temporal Logbook Submission – The Devil’s Brigade – James Smith).

IS THERE A DEADLINE?
Yes. Completed stories must be submitted by June 28, 2014 (12:00 midnight Pacific Daylight Time).

WHICH DOCTORS CAN I WRITE FOR?
You can submit stories featuring television Doctors 1-11 as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

CAN I SUBMIT A STORY FEATURING THE WAR DOCTOR?
No. We do not consider him to be an incarnation of the Doctor. Stories should feature Doctors 1-11 as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

CAN I SUBMIT A STORY FEATURING CLASSIC SERIES MONSTERS?
Yes. However, if you do feature a classic monster or villain in your story, please try to use them in new and original situations. Above all, be creative.

WHICH VERSION OF THE MASTER CAN I USE?
You can use any of the versions that have appeared in the television series to date. This includes the versions as played by Roger Delgado, Geoffrey Beevers, Peter Pratt, Anthony Ainley, Eric Roberts, Derek Jacobi, and John Simms.

CAN I USE CHARACTERS FROM THE 1996 TV MOVIE?
Yes. You can use the Paul McGann Eighth Doctor, Grace, Chang-Lee and / or the Master.

CAN I SUBMIT A STORY FEATURING MULTIPLE DOCTORS?
No.

CAN I CREATE A SEQUEL TO A PREVIOUS TV STORY?
Yes and no. While we don’t wish to limit potential storylines we would prefer that writers submit original stories and storylines.

MUST THE DOCTOR BE TRAVELLING WITH A COMPANION?
No. We will accept stories where the Doctor is travelling without a companion, and we will accept stories where he is travelling with a companion(s) that you have created specifically for your story.

CAN I USE ANY OF THE BIG FINISH COMPANIONS AND/OR CHARACTERS?
No. Stories using any Big Finish companions, characters, monsters, villains, etc will be automatically rejected.

WHO IS PENCIL TIP PUBLISHING?
Pencil Tip Publishing is a new small independent publisher based in Vancouver Canada producing the sort of books we’d want to read. Our books focus on genre and cult television, original fiction and short story collections.

WHEN WILL THE COLLECTION BE PUBLISHED?
A definite publication date has not yet been set, but we are tentatively aiming for publication in late 2014.

WHERE ARE PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK GOING?
100% of the proceeds from this publication will be donated to our chosen charity Positive Living Society of British Columbia (formerly BC Persons with AIDS Society) at: http://www.positivelivingbc.org.

CAN I CONTACT YOU IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Yes, please feel free to contact us at any time. We love hearing from our readers and writers. You can write to us at penciltippublishing@shaw.ca.

9 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. I created my own “companion” (a wish fulfillment of myself actually) and used to interact along with the shows while I watched. Now I may get to use my “wish self” in an original way.

  2. Truly fantastic ~ not only to receive the opportunity to share in further adventures, but to do so to benefit a great cause. Thanks (from all of us) for the opportunity.

  3. Will the book only have 11 stories in it, if you publish one from each Doctor or will some Doctors have more than one story?

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