Every year the winners of the QSQ awards are awarded a banner to celebrate their achievements. The QSQs mean a huge amount to the winning authors and many of them display their banners for months afterwards, so obviously we want to make sure they are something special.

Each year, we run a competition to find a bannermaker to make the banner for the winners. The past banners have been stunning and really are the perfect way to celebrate the achievements of the QSQs. The time has come to open the annual competition once again (perhaps a little later than usual which means there's a slightly shorter time scale than I would have hoped).

This year, we ask for bannermakers to provide a duo of banners to celebrate the winners of the QSQs and the judges. These banners can be identical or different but should follow a similar theme and contain different information.

The QSQ banner should include the following information:
- 2014 Quicksilver Quills
- Category
- Author
- Title (please remember that the title and author name of fics can be quite long so make sure leave plenty of space)

The judging banner should include
- 2014 Quicksilver Quills
- The word Judge
- Username

They should all be within the allowable size limits of the forum (500px width max and 300px height, though for signature text purposes, 250 or less is preferable). Other than including the above information there are no other restrictions – be as creative as possible. Remember that the QSQs celebrate the best of the best on MNFF, and we want something really special to reward the winners. If you have submitted an entry in a previous year that hasn't won and would like to jazz it up and try again then go for it. There are no limits on the number of entries you can submit.

Examples of previous banners can be seen below:

(credit to Hokey for the first three, the opaleye for the fourth but huge apologies, I can’t remember the maker of the fifth – possibly luinrina – PM if you can correct me!)

The bannermaker will receive credit for their work when it is displayed by the winners.

You have until the end of the day on the 24th September to create your banners. Please do not post them here or anywhere else on the forums – they should be PMed to me. We try and keep the banner secret until the great reveal on the day of the results. Our category leader staff will vote on their favourites rather quickly, so the winning bannermaker will have two options. You should either be available to edit in the text for the last five days before the 30th September reveals, or provide the name of the fonts used (and whether they are stock or downloaded fonts; if downloaded, please provide a download link for that font in case it can't be found and try to avoid ones that cost money) and an editable copy of the banner so I can have it done.

If you have any questions, please PM or post here.