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.
My Slashy Valentine 2015From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true… Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self! And share your own gift in exchange! That’s right, it’s time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy… or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!Sign-up period: December 10th to December 21st Assignments to be distributed no later than December 27th Deadline for first-time participants: February 1st
- Deadline for returning participants: February 8th
- Archive opens: February 14th, 2015
- All stories must be a minimum length of 1,200 words, which translates to roughly 3 full pages in Word. Stories must be complete and in their entirety.
- Submissions must be COMPLETE, new and previously unreleased, and written specifically for the assignment you receive.
- If you have defaulted on ANY previous Slashy Swap-sponsored exchanges, you will NOT be permitted to participate in the My Slashy Valentine 2015 exchange. 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 after the archive opens on February 14th. After the publication date on this site, feel free to post or archive your work anywhere you would like. Authors may post their own submissions here on the Slashy Swap LJ community after the publication date on this site if they choose.
- Authors are responsible for posting their own stories to the Slashy Swap collection at AO3 on or before the due date. If you have any questions, need an AO3 invitation or have difficulties, please email the moderator: email@example.com
- No fiction involving a minor in a sexual situation, even in flashback, no matter how vaguely alluded to, will be permitted. Period.
- No songfics.
- 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 QuestionsQ: Can I ask for femslash? A: 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: Do I have to write or receive an explicit story? No, if you do not want to write or receive an explicit story, you definitely don’t have to! You ensure this by designating on the form the highest rating you’d like your gift story to be and the highest rating you’d like to write. 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: I’m not entirely sure I want to sign up or I missed the sign-up deadline… can you put my name down as just a pinch-hitter? A: Absolutely! We’re always in need of pinch-hitters. Email us, or reply to this post. Q: How exactly does pinch-hitting work? A: If a Pinch-hit is necessary, the assignments will be offered up via email to everyone on our pinch-hit list and will be available on a first come, first served basis. If a pinch-hitter is needed within the last week of the writing period, *ALL* interested pinch hitters may claim the request and the minimum word count will be dropped in the interest of time, in which case a participant may receive two or three short ficlets as opposed to one longer story. Q: I’m a newbie. Why do I have to turn in my story a week earlier than everyone else? A: It has been our unfortunate experience that first-time participants are more likely to drop out, and often without telling us they’ve quit. The earlier deadline for new writers allows us time to find pinch-hitters. WE WANT YOU to be an active participant! If you’re a new writer and you become overwhelmed, don’t vanish— talk to us! We will work with you as much as possible so that you can have a successful Slashy Swap experience. 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 Moderators 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 pinch-hitter for 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 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 request’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. Are you ready to sign up? Go here: Sign-up Form
by Spiced Wine on December 13, 2014 22:28
Multiple UploadsHello, every-one.
This news item has been up a few times before, but ends up getting buried by others, so:
Could all authors please upload/update no more than two stories twice a week on non-consecutive days. For example, Sunday and Wednesday.
Some people only update once every few weeks or longer, and they deserve that their update (or new story) spend time on the 'Most Recent', which is often the first thing a visitor sees. Please do not flood the front page with stories as it is unfair on other members. Courtesy is key and what we aim for on Faerie.
Please see No 7 on the Rules. Thank-you!
by Spiced Wine on October 04, 2014 19:18
The Closure of HASAAs some of you may know, the long-running Henneth Annun Story Archive will be closing at the end of the year. Please read the full article on HASA here.
This is very sad news. If any-one who reads this knows authors who post at HASA, or who used to and then left the fandom, perhaps you could try to let them know? They may wish to save their stories, even though they are no longer in the Tolkien fandom.
If you have stories and reviews on HASA, please feel free to post them on Faerie, and upload reviews if you wish. Reviews can never be replaced.
This is a good time to be grateful to the owner-admins of sites like HASA, SWG, MPTT, and of course, Faerie, who build these wonderful archives.
by Spiced Wine on September 15, 2014 20:24
Spam ReviewsHi every-one.
There has been a couple more spam reviews, this time to an anonymous account that I cannot trace back. If you get any of these spam reviews, could you, if you have time, check the name of the spammer. If it is a clickable link, it will go back to the spammers bio page, where it will show how many spam reviews they have posted. If there are a few could you let me know? The last time we got spam-bombed, I kept the spammers bio page open and just kept clicking on their spam reviews and deleting them. I can't do this if the spammer is anonymous, unfortunately, but you can still delete their reviews (or I will if you wish). Many thanks.
by Spiced Wine on June 11, 2014 10:39