It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or more complete kind, that however wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the “turn” comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality.
J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy-Stories
Welcome to Faerie, an archive for Tolkien fanfiction. We welcome all sorts of stories, poetry and non-fiction writing, regardless of genre, rating or pairing.
The Silmarillion Writers Guild 10th Birthday
At the end of the month, on July 28, the SWG will celebrate its tenth birthday.
This has been an incredible ten years for me and, I know, a lot of our members as well: Ten years filled with new friends and new insights, overzealous muses and hungry bunnies, a little drama and a lot of enthusiasm, and thousands and thousands of fanworks. My comods and I have been discussing and planning for months now how to celebrate our tenth birthday. In true Tolkienian fashion, we wanted it to be a way to give back to the members and friends who have shown this community so much love and support over the last decade.
We have two gifts that we've put together and would like to share with the Tolkien fan community: a brand new shiny Silmfic prompt generator (and a writing contest with a drawing for prizes for anyone who wants to take it for a spin!) and a birthday card collection so that you can show love and appreciation for the people who make this fandom such a wonderful place.
Silmfic Prompt Generator and Prize Drawing.
Over the past month, my comods and I have been collaborating to build a Random Silmfic Prompt Generator.. If you've ever been in the mood to write but had trouble coming up with an idea (or if you loved all those BINGO prompts from B2MeM 2012 ...), this generator was made with you in mind! With ten categories--one for each year we've been in existence--and thousands of prompts within those categories, it results in all but endless combinations of prompts that are almost certainly unique to you. You can roll in as few or as many categories as you want, and you can reroll as many times as you want. Maybe you just want a new character to explore in a character study; maybe you want to challenge yourself to write something using all ten categories. (And trust me, when you roll all ten, it gets pretty bizarre pretty fast!) It is intentionally flexible so it can be used in any way you see fit to inspire your fanworks.
Now we can hardly unveil this new gizmo without encouraging people to use it. During the month of July, we encourage our members to play with the prompt generator and create fanworks based on it. On August 1, we will be holding a drawing for anyone who participates to win some Silmarillion-themed prizes. (I will have more details on these very shortly; Mr. Felagund is handling this part of the event and has come up with many ideas, but I honestly just haven't had a chance to sit down with him and make some decisions because *pointed look at generator and birthday cards* ... I've been otherwise engaged!)
10th Birthday Prize Drawing Rules
All stories written using the Silmfic prompt generator during the month of July are eligible for the drawing.
In order to be eligible, stories created for the contest must
be posted to the SWG archive at silmarillionwritersguild.org. Stories posted to our LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, Yahoo! or Tumblr groups are not eligible.
select 10th Birthday Celebration Contest from the Challenges list. Please note that there is also a 10th Birthday Celebration NO CONTEST option for those who wish to write using the generator in honor of our birthday but don't want to be entered in the drawing; make sure you select the correct challenge.
list the prompts you used to create the story in the Story Notes or Chapter Notes.
You can roll for just one category or all ten. You can reroll in a category if you want to, so if you end up with an impossible prompt or something you're just not comfortable writing, feel free to try again. And again and again. (Seriously, we have no idea if and how many times you reroll! Have fun with it!)
Each story posted will result in one entry into the drawing. (So if you post five stories, you will have five entries into the drawing.)
Each participant is eligible to win only once.
If you win, you must be willing to provide a mailing address for us to send your prize to you.
If you post an entry as part of an existing collection, please make sure to select 10th Birthday Celebration Contest from the challenges list and identify the prompts you used in the chapter notes for the piece or pieces that you are entering. This is how our mods will know from the table of contents of your collection which pieces in the collection are being entered, so it is important to place the prompts in the correct location.
You can add a chapter to an existing work-in-progress using the prompt generator. Again, make sure to select the correct challenge and include your prompts in the chapter notes for the chapter(s) you are entering.
The contest begins July 1 and ends on July 31 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). We will draw winners on August 1. Winners will be notified at the email address they have listed on the SWG archive, so please make sure this is correct if you are participating. If we do not hear back within a week, we will re-draw a new winner. If you expect to be offline during the week after the drawing, please let us know ahead of time so that we do not give away your prize if you win and cannot respond within a week.
As always, questions are welcome here or at email@example.com.
Of course, fandom--even the fanfic community--is about more than just writing. There are the readers, reviewers, betas, researchers, podfic readers, volunteers, artists, and friends who keep us coming back, day after day and year after year. During the month of July, we hope to provide a way to acknowledge and celebrate the myriad people in our fandom lives who make this community fun.
During the month of July, we invite participants to send birthday cards to the SWG members who make the fandom a better place for them. Our generous volunteers have made over one hundred (!) beautiful digital cards that you can select from and send to the SWG members of your choice along with a personalized message. Our birthday card form includes instructions and allows you to easily select what you'd like to send and to whom. The master list of birthday cards includes full-sized images of all the cards you can choose from. See here: birthday card form.
On August 1, we will begin compiling digital albums of cards for each recipient that they can enjoy and return to whenever they want.
by Spiced Wine on July 02, 2015 13:48
Challenges at Library of Moria: International Day of Slash & International Day of Femslash
Come and join the fun, everything is possible from 100-word-ficlet to long story or any kind of fanart!
The International Day of Slash @ Library of Moria.
The International Day of Femslash @ Library of Moria.
by Spiced Wine on June 23, 2015 14:43
Ardor In August Fic ExchangeCritical Dates:
Sign-up period: June 6th - June 21st Assignments to be distributed by June 28th Deadline for first-time participants: August 16th
Deadline for returning participants: August 23rd
Archive opens: August 30th, 2015
By popular demand, we will reveal to you the name of your recipient at your request. Some people find it easier to write or to personalize a story if they know the identity of their recipient. Other people find that thought absolutely horrifying! Now, you can have it either way. If, at any time during the writing period, you wish to know the identity of your recipient, you may ask us. Since other writers do not want to be "spoiled," we ask that you please keep this information to yourself!
All stories must be a minimum length of 1,200 words. Stories must be complete and in their entirety.
Submissions must be new, complete, and previously unreleased, and written specifically for the assignment you receive.
If you have defaulted on ANY previous Slashy Santa-sponsored exchanges, you will NOT be permitted to participate in this round. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. This may be a disappointment to some of you, but it is far more disappointing for a hard-working participant who strove to meet the deadline to discover they did not receive a story because their writer dropped out.
Manners are mandatory!! Be kind to your readers, be kind to your writer, be kind to your overworked admin. Just as you are required to turn in a finished, beta'd story, you are required to acknowledge the person who wrote for you in a timely fashion. If you're going to be out of town when the archive opens, consider making an LJ post to that effect, or alerting the moderator if you think it's going to be more than 3 or 4 days before you can get in touch with your writer. Even if you *hate* the story you are given-- and we certainly hope that's not the case!-- common courtesy dictates that you should at least say "Thank you for writing this for me." If you cannot gracefully thank the author who wrote for you, you may be asked to sit out the next round and contemplate the meaning of the word "Courtesy."
Stories shall not be released to the general fandom on any group, list, or website until they are released on the Slashy Swap collection. After the publication, feel free to post or archive your work anywhere you would like.
Authors are responsible for posting their own stories on or before the due date at the Slashy Swap collection at AO3. If you have any questions, difficulties or need an AO3 invitation, please email the moderator: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROHIBITIONS / RESTRICTIONS
No fiction involving a minor in a sexual situation, even in flashback, no matter how vaguely alluded to, will be permitted. Period.
No het pairings as anything other than secondary characters or plots.
No bestiality. (Tolkien characters that manifest as cognizant beings are fine. If in doubt, ask us.)
No RPS (real person slash) will be accepted. No blatant Mary Sue, Marty Stu, or self-inserts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can I ask for femslash?
Yes! We had our first femslash stories during the My Slashy Valentine 2013, and we'd love to have you join us.
Q: I see a main focus on Elves, Men, Valar and Maiar. What about Dwarves and Hobbits?
A: In previous swaps there was less emphasis on Dwarves and Hobbits, but due to the release of the Hobbit movies, that's starting to change. We're happy to try and accommodate any request, though it is dependent on having writers able to fill these requests. You can help this process by spreading the word to your fellow Dwarf and Hobbit writers.
Q: I just received my assignment and it fits perfectly into part of a series I've been working on. Can I use it anyway?
A: We'd prefer your story to be original and created solely for your recipient, but so long as your submission fits the assignment you received, can be read and understood as a standalone, and it's new and unreleased, then go ahead.
Q: Yikes! I've been working on my story, but there was a family emergency and I don't think I'll make the deadline. What should I do?
A: Let us know! The Slashy Swap team have families too and understand that emergencies sometimes happen. The sooner you tell us, the easier it will be for us to come to a mutually agreeable solution.
Q: Unfortunately, the emergency has turned into something longer term and I won't be able to finish my story after all.
A: Again, please let us know as soon as possible so we can find a replacement to finish your assignment.
Q: I signed up for the previous exchanges, but never turned anything in. Can I still participate?
A: No. It simply isn't fair to those who met their obligations, or to the person who didn't get a story.
Q: Do I need to have my work beta read? I don't have one!
A: While we will not strictly enforce the use of a beta, we strongly encourage it. At the very least, please proof read and run a spell and grammar check. If you need help finding a beta, let us know and we'll direct you to some beta resources. Remember, you're writing a gift for someone, so make your story as perfect as it can be.
Q: HELP! I received the worst assignment in the world! What were you thinking? I can't write this!
A: It was likely an oversight. Please contact us and we will do what we can to find another assignment that is more to your taste and ability. If you already confirmed you would accept it, we can't make promises, but we'll do the best we can to help.
NOTE: In some rare instances, it may not be possible for a request to be filled to the requestor's exact specifications. This may occur if no author is willing to write the elements in the request (some examples are BDSM, fetish, rape, MPREG, or character death). In this case, the participant will be asked to revise their request so that we'll be able to match it.
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So, are you ready to sign up? Good! Click here.
by Spiced Wine on June 04, 2015 20:33
New York Tolkien Conference Story CollectionThis is a direct copy-paste from The Silmarillion Writers Guild post by Dawn Felagund, on LJ.
The SWG will be represented at the upcoming New York Tolkien Conference on June 13. Several members will be in attendance (Oshun and I will be presenting) and our group will have space in the meet-and-greet room. As part of the latter, I would like to put together a collection of fanworks from SWG members: stories, drabbles, poems, meta, essays, art, podfic ... if you've made it, I'm willing to take it! I am hoping to show off what we do and show the diversity of fanworks in our community.
If you'd like me to include something of yours, this is the place to let me know. I am not imposing a lot of limitations at this point, although if I get a ton of offers (a problem I am hoping I'll have! :), I may have to take only one or two selections per person.
Here is how I'm hoping to set up the collection: a printed copy of your work (for works that can be printed) with a QR code that attendees can scan with their phones/tablets to continue viewing later. Obviously, I'm hoping some people will become so engrossed with what they find that they abscond with the binder and find some place to sit and read! But I'm also hoping that they'll find enough to intrigue them that they run out of time to read it all and so will want to revisit it on their own time. If your work can't be printed (audio, video, etc), I will include a summary and any notes you wish to attach with a QR code where the work can be found online.
Here's what I need if you want to participate:
At a minimum I need a link to your work(s) that you want included. If you have more than one, please list them in the order of preference for inclusion. I will use the summary found on the site unless you tell me to do otherwise. If you have a revision you'd rather I use, please email it to me.
If you want me to include any summary material or notes beyond what I can find at the link, please include that as well.
If the work is very long, I recommend including just the first chapter or an excerpt; I will include a QR code where the reader can continue reading online. Likewise, if you'd like to include just an excerpt of a short story, just let me know.
All Tolkien-based works are fine, so if you have LotR or Hobbit stories that you're proud of and want to share, please do feel free to include them.
Crossover and AU works are fine, but no non-Tolkien works, please. (This is a Tolkien conference.) All genres, subjects, and ratings are fine.
Comment here with what you'd like me to include or email me at:
Questions can be directed to both places as well.
This is the first year this conference has run, but from my conversations with the organizers and what I know of some of the other attendees/presenters, it is fandom-friendly. After all, they did accept my paper talking about Tolkien fan fiction and offered us a space without my asking in the meet-and-greet room! :)
I want to conclude by saying that I know many people are probably reading this and wanting to contribute but feeling shy or uneasy or as though their work is not good enough. I know my saying, "Please don't feel that way," doesn't have magical powers to make those doubts go away, but I will say that I am so immensely proud of what the members of this group have built over the last ten years and of the tremendous talents and knowledge that is contained within our virtual walls. I would be pleased to take any work from our members with me, so I hope I have a lot of offers. :)
by Spiced Wine on May 31, 2015 21:31