We did it! With a lot of help from ChrisJournal and a little from Krardon we created a web-based board in which to hold our version of Avon’s contest.
The board is great, if I do say so myself. It isn’t simply a place to post a submission or bits of conversation like Yahoo. It has places in which to discuss the publishing industry, places in which to post your personal work in progress, places for every aspect of the game right down to “shameless self promotion”. We even have a chat room!
We are limited by technology, of course. We can’t offer the invite function, though players are welcome to invite anyone they please to join us through their regular email. Stories aren’t presented one at a time. They are all entries on the board. Nor can we offer a slider to rate a submission. Instead we vote through a poll function.
But everything else needed for a community is in place. Except for one thing.
Come join us at http://fanlit.chrisjournal.com/