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    About SPEW, SPEW Rules & How To Join

    The Society for the Promotion of Evaluations for Writers
    (by Readers)

    “Better reviews make better fanfics”

    Head of SPEW: Jessica/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
    Vice President of SPEW: Nobody... yet!

    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.

    Review Schedule

    Reviews are due once a month, and the "review schedule" is as follows:

    -> Early in the new month: New Review thread and Monthly Activity threads are posted. Sign-ups for SPEW Buddies open.

    -> Approximately 5 days later: Sign-ups for SPEW Buddies close and Buddies are assigned.

    -> Last day of the month, Midnight EST, Review and Monthly Activity threads are closed.

    Review Requirements

    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
    -> Class Activity at Hogwarts
    -> Story or Drabble Challenges
    -> Review Award Committee Duties
    -> Other Activities (specified in the monthly review thread)

    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..

    Monthly Activities

    In addition to SPEW reviews, SPEW members are required to complete one of our monthly activities each month. The activities currently offered are:

    Drabble Challenge
    Featured Author/Category/Subject

    The rules for each individual activity will be addressed in the individual threads every month. Though, please note that to fulfil your monthly requirement using the Featured Author option, you must review that month's Featured Author.

    Each month, to maintain membership, SPEWers must complete at least one monthly activity. Monthly activities may be completed any time between when the threads are posted, to the last day of the current month, at which point the threads will be closed and all further submissions will be considered late. Late submissions are only allowed twice, and a member can miss the monthly requirement completely only once before further action is taken (which is handed out to the discretion of the current leader of SPEW).

    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.

    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.

    The Review Award Committee:

    -> Spire/inspirations
    -> Soraya/babewithbrains
    -> Meg/MissMeg
    -> Hannah / h_vic
    Last edited by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor; 05-16-2012 at 10:48 PM.

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