The Society for the Promotion of Evaluations for Writers
“Better reviews make better fanfics.”
Head of SPEW: Jessica/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Vice President of SPEW: Soraya/babewithbrains
SPEW is dedicated to leaving quality reviews - and having a lot of fun doing it. Membership comes with review requirements, a “newbie tiara” that might or might not be cursed, and a complimentary straightjacket. We are, in short, an insane but dedicated branch of the fandom.
To find links to the author pages of all our members, please visit our account at the main fanfiction site by clicking here.
For examples of the SPEW-quality reviews our current and future members should aim for, please visit our Review Archive forum by clicking here.
Reviews are due once a month, and the "review schedule" is as follows:
- On the 16th of each month: A new Review thread is posted. Sign-ups for any monthly SPEW activities open.
- The last day of the reviewing month, which is ALWAYS the 15th Midnight PST, Review and Monthly Activity threads are closed. All monthly requirements must be completed by then.
Every review period, SPEWers must post in the review thread with:
At least three quality reviews.
Two reviews and a note certifying participation in at least one of the following:
- SPEW Buddies or other SPEW-based activity (whether it qualifies as a review replacement will be noted in any activity thread)
- Class Activity at Hogwarts
- Story or Drabble Challenges outside of SPEW
- Membership in another beta boards group with monthly requirements (SBBC, PA, moderator duty)
- Review Award Committee Duties
If a SPEWer has not completed all their reviews by the time the thread has been closed, they will be contacted by the Head of SPEW and will be required to turn in their missing reviews plus one penalty review by no later than the 1st of the following month..
In addition to SPEW reviews, SPEW members are required to complete one peer review of another SPEWer's review thread. The rules for this activity will be explained at more length in the SPEW Review forum and stickied for your reference and convenience.
Each month, to maintain membership, SPEWers must complete all the required activities. Peer reviews and activities may be completed anytime between the beginning of the new review period (the 16th of the month) to the last day of the current review period (the 15th of the month), at which point the threads will be closed and all further submissions will be considered late. Late submissions happen, as everyone is busy, but in order to remain in good standing with the group, all late reviews must be turned in by the 1st. Penalties and specifics will be posted in the SPEW rules.
Current SPEW Events
AIM Chats: Neither required nor official, SPEW chats are still nearly constant, and usually quite fun.
SPEW Buddies: A good way to get to know fellow SPEWers. Participants are randomly assigned a buddy. They must review at least one story by their buddy, and are encouraged to talk about writing, life, and anything else that comes to mind.
SPEW Review Award: Within SPEW there is a committee which meets at the end of every review period, reads the reviews of their fellow SPEWers, and honours one outstanding achiever per period. While this portion of SPEW is currently on hiatus, we would love to bring it back by popular demand.
SPEW Review Most Improved Award: This award is determined by the RAC and handed out when it seems appropriate or if a member has taken great and meaningful strides to improve their reviews.