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Welcome to the 2015 Quicksilver Quills!!!

by Padfoot11333 @ 06/23/15 16:12  

Hello, and welcome to the TENTH annual Quicksilver Quill awards!

Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favourite MNFF awards ceremony has rolled around once again. Since 2006, the Quicksilver Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year giving 15 writing awards across twelve categories. Each year, stories are nominated and judged by our members. Some of MNFF’s finest readers and writers assess each nomination and decide upon the winners. 

This year there will be a few changes. Rather than having the twelve categories we have always had, we are condensing the categories due to the number of stories posted this year. In each category there may be one or two winners, and winners may be separated into one-shots and chaptered.


Categories

 

  • Best General Story (contains best General, Mystery, History, Marauder Era, Humor, and Alternate Universe fics)
  • Best Dark/Angsty Story
  • Best Canon Romance Story (contains the SSP of Dumbledore/Grindelwald)
  • Best Non-Canon Romance Story (contains all other SSPs)
  • Best Poetry
  • Best Post-Hogwarts/Next Generation Story

Nomination threads open today and will close at either the end of the day on the 23rd July or once thirty-five stories have been nominated, at which point there will be a one week break in order to assign judges to each category. Judging will begin soon after. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination either via the forums or as a comment on the archives. We are looking to find the absolute best stories from the last twelve months. They should be well-written, have engaging plots and characters, and be a good representation of the category for which they are nominated (though they don’t necessarily have to have been submitted to the corresponding archive category). In short, they should be the stories that make you go WOW.

 


The rules are similar to previous years but please refresh yourself with them anyway to make sure you nominate the right stories in the right categories. There is also at least one new rule for you to take note of. 

Rules

+ Only stories written (or, in the case of chaptered fics, updated) since the 1st June 2014 are eligible to be nominated.
+ Stories do not have to be in the corresponding archive category to be nominated. For example, a story may be in a romance category but if you think it is particularly funny, it can be nominated in humour.
+ An author or story can win more than one award in the same year. We reserve the right to place a cap on the number of awards given to any one author/story at a later date.
+ An author is eligible to win in a category they have been either winner or runner up in before.
+ Winning stories from previous years may not be nominated again in any category, though with the twelve month rule, we do not expect this to be an issue. 
+ Please use the form provided in the first post of each nomination thread and ensure you provide a working link. Nominations that do not follow the correct format will be removed. 
+ Do not second nominations “ seconding clutters up threads and gives an unrealistic indication of how many stories have been nominated. Having more than one nomination does not increase a story’s chances of winning.
+ Any author can be nominated, including moderators.
+ New Rule: Each person may only nominate a maximum of FIVE stories across the six categories. Unfortunately, this is a necessary step to keep the number of nominations under control, as an ever-decreasing number of judges means we simply don’t have the resources to judge overly large categories. Please try and keep all your nominations for a category in one post to make it easier to keep track of how many stories you have nominated.
+ New Rule: There is a cap on the maximum amount of stories able to be nominated this year at thirty-five. Again, due to the low estimated participation of judges it is simply not realistic to judge more stories than this. This means that nominations
will be done on a first come, first serve sort of basis.

These are changes from last year’s rule of twenty-five per member and no limit on total stories. It does allow for fewer nominations per member, but it is an unfortunate necessity. 
+ The judging committees reserve the right not to present an award in any categories where they do not feel the standard of nominations is high enough. However this will only be done as a last resort.

Judging

As with the past few years, I will be opening a thread on the forums for members to volunteer to be judges. Judging can be demanding but also fun, and we really value the input of as many members as possible in the judging process. You can find more information on judging in the sign-up thread. We do require that one be a member of the forums in order to judge, as judging does take place within the forums.

Finally…

If you have any questions, please post below! Any nominations, also post below, using this form:

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.)
Story Title
Author
Character Name: (only use for Original Character nomination)
One-Shot/Chaptered
Reason for Nomination:


Comments
wanderlust0293029 written on 06/30/15 10:19

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Dark
Story Title: Astriferous
Author: Padfoot11333
One-Shot/Chaptered: 1 chapter
Reason for Nomination: This story is so good!!!

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Poem
Story Title: Gravses
Author: Oregonian
One-Shot/Chaptered: it's a poem...
Reason for Nomination: It made me cry!


Fynnsmom written on 07/06/15 15:24

Nomination Category: Best Non Canon Romance
Story Title: Someone Like You : http://www.fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=93489
Author: Kerichi
Character Name: Lorelei
One-Shot/Chaptered: Chaptered
Reason for Nomination: This is a Snape/OC romance that takes place during his 7th year of teaching at Hogwarts and uses canon while exploring a romance that echoes and references aspects of the Hades and Persephone myth. the story has vivid characters and builds from Snape's reluctant attraction to romance.

Nomination Category: Best Post Hogwarts/Next Generation Story
Story Title: The Green Knight Rises: http://www.fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=93487&index=1
Author: Kerichi
One-Shot/Chaptered: Chaptered
Reason for Nomination: This story is a Scorpius pov Next Generation fic. He and Rose are living together and dealing with family and jobs and what they want out of life. Strong characters and a plot with romance, humor and suspense make this a good story.

Nomination Category: Best Canon Romance
Story Title: Four Funerals and a Wedding Four Funerals and a Wedding: http://www.fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=93477
Author: Kerichi
One-Shot/Chaptered: One-Shot
Reason for Nomination: This story gave us a portrait of Astoria. I could see the romance between Draco and Astoria starting this way. It was realistic in that in the midst of all of the funerals following The Battle, Astoria took a chance on romance and she won. She's made to look beautiful and playful--something Draco needed at that time.


Fynnsmom written on 07/06/15 20:21

Sorry to bother you with this again but I still can't get into the beta forums as an active user. I want to volunteer to be a judge, I'm the most prolific reviewer so I've read a lot of stories and reviewed them. I think it would be fun to be a judge and read even more stories.


Fynnsmom written on 07/08/15 16:56

Here are two more nominations. My beta forum account isn't activated yet.


Nomination Category: Best Non-Canon Romance

Story Title: James and Me

http://www.fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=92026&chapter=1

Author: Northumbrian

Character Name: Annabel

One-Shot/Chaptered: Chaptered

Reason for Nomination: Many stories make the Potter children out to be "little heroes" who take after mom and dad, who are pampered and close to perfect. This story shows young James in a position where he doesn't attract all of the girls. The girl he's after is a former neighbor girl who is the little sister of James' childhood friend and she's not at all impressed with him. This is also interesting because it's a sequel to another story by the same author that follows the Potter kids and the same neighbor kids playing and growing up together. It's like a continuing story.





Nomination Category: Best Non-Canon Romance

Story Title: Possibility

http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=93497&chapter=1

Author: The Ravenclaw Sheerio

One-Shot/Chaptered: One shot

Reason for Nomination: This shows Dudley Dursley in a different light. He's with his family dropping Harry off to take the Hogwarts Express when he notices a beautiful girl (witch) and is drawn to her. The girl is Cho and she's drawn to him too. Read it and see what happens. It's a very sweet story.


Nagini Riddle written on 07/08/15 17:13

Nomination Category: Dark/Angst
Story Title: After http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=93464&chapter=1
Author: HeyMrsPotter
One-shot/Chaptered: One-shot
Reason for nomination: I enjoyed the exploration backwards in time of how death affects different people. The language was vivid, and I was able to relate very well to the story.


Fynnsmom written on 07/08/15 17:24

I said earlier that I would like to judge but I didn't answer the questions. I am expressing my interest in judging again:

Do you fully understand the rules and commitment required to be QSQ judge? Yes. I know it will be a lot of work but I will enjoy it because I love reading fan fiction from the Potter universe.



How many committees would you be prepared to sit on? I'm thinking up to three.




Are there any categories you are particularly keen to judge? Not really. I've read many stories in every category.




Are there any categories you would not be happy to judge? I don't really care for poetry that much. Also I don't think it would be fair to the poetry authors because I'm not really sure what good poetry is.




Would you be prepared to lead a committee if necessary? I don't think I can. If selected this would be my first time judging.




Can you think of any potential problems/issues that would affect your ability to judge? I don't have Professor Trelawney gazing into her crystal ball to advise me but I can't think of any problems that would affect my ability to judge.


Nagini Riddle written on 07/08/15 17:29

Nomination Category: Best Poetry
Title: Scorch Marks
http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=93459&chapter=1
Author: BrokenPromise
One-shot/Chaptered: One-shot
Reason for nomination: She does a wonderful job with the form. It never feels force, and the higher-level vocabulary thrown in made me extra happy. It was like having a lovely dinner with an exquisite dessert.


storylover99 written on 07/16/15 19:34

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Next-Gen/Post-Hogwarts
Story Title: Friends and Foes
Author: Northumbrian
One-Shot/Chaptered: chaptered
Reason for Nomination: I thought this story was so good! I loved the way that Northumbrian brought new ideas. I can't wait to find out what happens!

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Poetry
Story Title: broken brights
Author: Padfoot11333
One-Shot/Chaptered: n/a
Reason for Nomination: The end is so good, it brings the whole thing together and it made me so happy.


storylover99 written on 07/18/15 8:54

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Dark-Angst
Story Title: China White
Author: Amicably Manic
One-Shot/Chaptered: one shot
Reason for Nomination: I really liked it, I thought it was so well written. I think it could win.

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Dark
Story Title: flicker from view
Author: iLuna17
One-Shot/Chaptered: one shot
Reason for Nomination: I thought this was handled so well. It was so dark and I think that's what D/A is for.

Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.) Post hogwarts Next Gen
Story Title: A family matter
Author: Tobeornottobeagryffindor
One-Shot/Chaptered: chaptered
Reason for Nomination: The only bad part is that it's not finished!


jordankots written on 07/18/15 9:06

Nomination Category: Post-Hogwarts
Story Title: All Fall Down
Author: Padfoot11333
Character Name: (only use for Original Character nomination)
One-Shot/Chaptered: Chaptered
Reason for Nomination: i love this, it's hot and fun and beautifully written.


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