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    The 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards - Results!

    For the past two months, judging committees have been working their way through the Quicksilver Quill nominations, deciding which stories represent the best writing produced by MNFF authors over the past 12 months. I am now pleased to say that all committees have come to a decision, and I can announce the 22 stories that have been given awards this year.

    I am also excited to reveal this year's winning banner, designed by the very talented, the opaleye. You can see a preview here:



    The banners have all been edited with the winner's details and I'll be sending them out in the next hour or so. Please let me know if you notice any spelling errors (they'll all be my fault.)

    Okay, enough waffling from me. Just a couple more notes - two categories have joint winners, where the judges simply could not choose between them. Not every category has a chaptered and one-shot winner but most do. Judges will be thanked in a separate post. Here is the list of the 2011 QSQ award winners:


    Best General Story: Glass Ginny by WeasleyMom

    A realistic portrayal of difficult emotions. I was drawn in, even wishing for more at the end. The depth of emotion suppressed and then unleashed in the story was exceptional. The characterisation is excellent and believable –Ginny’s gradual break-down was incredibly moving and it was handled so well. This was an incredibly emotional and wonderful story.

    Best Dark/Angsty Story:
    - One-shot: What Lies Behind by C_A_Campbell

    The story was incredibly well-written. The author definitely brought Theo alive in my eyes. She gave him a backstory, and made him more three dimensional than he appears in the books. This is one of the best uses of second person I've seen. The characterization was beautiful and kept the story moving from the beginning. At the end I found I had tears in my eyes.

    - Chaptered: Lacuna Mentis by hestiajones

    I just LOVE the mystery here. The entire time I was reading the fic I was attempting to piece things together, reformulating my theories constantly, and it kept me guessing pretty much up to the end, which was just brilliant. This was quite riveting to read. It captured my imagination, and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. The characterisation was excellent - Theo's character is flawed and lonely, confused, depressed and occasionally angry, and he propels the Darkness of the story forward.

    Best Humor Story:
    - One-Shot:
    The Seven Potters by Gmariam

    In this fic, Gmariam introduces us to the various aspects of Harry's personality in such a way that can be appreciated both as a character analysis and as a parody of other fan fictions where Harry's characterization is based solely on just one of those aspects of his personality. It is a nice change from the Harry we normally see, as well as being very well written and well structured. It was subtly humorous and unlike anything the panel had ever read. Hilarious and creative, this story is definitely deserving of the Best Humor One Shot QSQ.

    - Chaptered: Taking Direction by WeasleyMom

    Taking Direction is a fresh and hilarious look at book vs. movie canon. This fic shows the differences between the books and movies in a way that makes the book-loving reader snort with laughter rather than the usual reaction of grumbling and ranting. This piece was laugh-out-loud funny in many places, and quite a few judges find themselves eagerly awaiting updates. It was a creative and original idea and leaves the reader wanting more.

    Best Canon Romance Story
    - One-Shot:
    How To Wait by WeasleyMom

    I believe this might be my favourite story nominated. This truly is a powerful story. Weasley Mom managed to write something about this pair that is so often unstated, and that's that they really understand each other despite the fact that they're pretty different. The characters are very in-character, and the situation is so real, such a normal problem for a couple, but it's something that hurts and I feel like that was portrayed so well here. Throughout the books we see a lot of Hermione and Ron fighting, and I feel like this one-shot really solidified the reason of why they stayed together.

    - Chaptered: Because You Came by hestiajones

    This fic encompasses one of the main things a good canon romance should have: we know how the ending goes, so it's up to the author to make the journey still intriguing and unique. This story definitely did that. The characterisation of Draco is fabulous. He's not the leather trousered fanfic version, but still the rather selfish, snide and petty boy from Hogwarts and yet we can see that he's growing up. Also, as a miscellaneous character piece - I like how even Goyle, a supporting character, was really fleshed-out and true to what we see in the books.

    Best Non-Canon Romance Story
    - One-Shot:
    The Substitute by hestiajones

    This piece is written extremely well. The emotion is just so amazing, and the story was fascinating. The plot is fresh, it is creative, and furthermore, it is very well rounded in terms of being well written and believable. The pairing is a bit shocking at first, but it isn't unreasonable, really. It's dealt with well, and the age gap is really reflected in the way they interact.

    - Chaptered: In the Ashes by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

    This story is raw and it’s intense. The plot moves and the characterisation is complete and really great. Oliver and Katie are really well characterised by the author, and it all feels very natural. In the Ashes is emotionally involving and has well rounded characters. It is very well written and immediately engaging.

    Best Same-Sex Pairing Story: It Takes Two To Tango by lucca4

    I thought this was a very realistic approach to how two girls who are best friends realise that they are attracted to each other. The problems in their relationship were dealt with very well. The "tango" metaphor was also beautifully written. The author chose missing moments in canon to explore a relationship of sorts between Parvati and Lavender, and made it quite realistic at that too. The author had spot-on characterization of both Lavender and Parvati.

    And: Monochrome by Equinox Chick

    Carole made an often overused Marauder Era pairing believable with stellar characterisation, solid plot and poetic style. There was so much emotion packed into this piece and you could really feel the sexual tension. She also added a gut-wrenching plot twist that left readers gasping. It has all the awkwardness of two boys who lust/love each other but can't truly act on due to society pressure. The complexity of the teenage 'love triangles' added quite a lot of depth to the story.

    Best Alternate Universe Story
    - One-Shot:
    Going Against Salazar’s Grain by hestiajones

    I think this fic is amazing and despite its short length, there is a lot in there. It left me quite in awe. One, the writing is impeccable, and two, the way in which the premise is explored really makes sense. Natalie peels back Albus’s traits slowly and carefully until we finally get to see his Sorting. AU is notorious for its poor characterisation and yet this fic proves it is possible to explore an AU premise and keep the character in a recognisable state. I just think this is so wonderfully done.

    - Chaptered: Halfway to Infinity by Eponine

    The world building is amazing, and the characters are real and relatable to me. Lottie is a great main character in that I want to root for her, but I shake my head at her behaviour quite often. I really connected with the characters even though Lottie isn't always a very likeable person. She is flawed and human. I love that. The plot was very clever and obviously planned out in so much detail. I loved all the twists and turns, and sudden cliff-hangers. Halfway to Infinity is a really excellent example of how good Alternate Universe can be.

    Best Poetry: The Lady Hufflepuff by minnabird:

    This poem both retains the influence of the poem which it mirrors, yet works in its own right. The rhyme and rhythm is effortless, the story epic and tragic. It's a brilliant ode to Hufflepuff house as well as a clever, beautiful piece of writing.

    And: The Lost Weeks by the opaleye:

    This poem is an amazing work of art. The language and imagery are gorgeous, the story beautiful and emotional. The challenging sestina form flows wonderfully and leaves the reader with the feeling of having read something both difficult yet simple, deep and moving.

    Best Marauders' Era Story:
    - One-Shot:
    Whatever Happened to Saturday Night by Simply Being

    I love the fast pace of it all, the drunkenness of it and how the Marauders are portrayed. This fic is so unique and manages in under a thousand words to capture so many emotions. Saturday Night is a great tribute to the end of the Hogwarts era, the time when the Marauders were the kings of their world. This fic is so different from any other ME fic I've read. It captures the spirit of the Marauders so well and makes you feel off balance just like the characters would in a time that is so uncertain. The tone makes so much sense considering the age of the Marauders.

    The Marauder judging committee would also like to give a special mention to Doubt by lucca4. They had a tough time picking between the two, and really wanted this fic to be given recognition for its unique structure and excellent characterisation.

    - Chaptered: Juggling by Equinox Chick

    This is a beautifully written story and it manages to fit so well with canon. Carole has done a lovely job with the group dynamic as usual. It's a brilliant story both in terms of plot and the characters. The Marauders are spot on, and it's also interesting to see their dynamic from a different perspective. Dita is a wonderful character, really different from your typical Marauder OC. I liked how the tone of the piece changes throughout as the characters and the world around them changes, first starting off childlike and gradually getting darker. Carole wrote a believable and loveable OC and almost made me wish that James had run away with Dita. As a diehard James/Lily fan, that's the best compliment I could give.

    Best Post-Hogwarts Story
    - One-Shot:
    All the Time in the World by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

    I really love how this story was built. Everything tied up wonderfully, and I loved the ending as well. It’s very realistic. The characterisation is perfect. I could see the Harry from the books in this adult version, and his character was very well developed by the author. The emotion of this fic was very real, and I found it completely heart-breaking. I thought it was well-paced and was completely drawn in from beginning to end.

    - Chaptered: In the Ashes by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

    The characterisation in this fic is very good and really makes the story. The dynamic between the pair of them feels real. There are various elements to this fic that give it a nice feel of balance: at times it is heartwrenching and yet at others it's very lighthearted and amusing; there's romance but also the intrigues and backstabbing of the world of professional quidditch. It's a story with a little bit of everything, but it doesn't feel fragmented for that. The world building is excellent and though this may seem like a romance fic at times, it definitely has a place in the Post-Hogwarts category.

    Best Next Generation Story:
    - One-Shot:
    The Bookshop Owner's Gift by h_vic

    This is a very refreshing take on Rose/Scorpius. As the nominator said, this pairing has almost become a cliché yet Hannah has avoided that and written something completely original. The Bookshop Owner's gift was just magical and the characterisation was excellent. It was almost as much about the romance between books and readers as that between Rose and Scorpius. That said, the romance aspect of it was very masterfully woven in. It was quite realistic, and also very sweet.

    - Chaptered: High by Equinox Chick

    Carole certainly weaves an excellent story that fits into canon, her characterizations are wonderful and her plot lines intriguing. Carole does a really excellent job of characterizing these characters. We hardly know them from canon, apart from who their parents are, but they seem like really logical extrapolations of what those characters' children would be like. The way she has weaved multiple character arcs and plotlines is brilliant - there is so much in this fic and it is written so vividly that it feels real.

    Best Original Character:
    - Chaptered:
    Dita from Juggling by Equinox Chick

    Though we never even learn her last name, Dita is such a rich and fulfilled character. So much of her feelings and passions and ways of thinking are artfully woven into a relatively short story. As a Muggle, she adds an interesting view to the world of magic, and her relationship with James provides a fascinating contrast between Lily and Snape's friendship. This character also adds a different-than-usual take on what had changed the James Potter from Snape’s Worst Memory to the man who Lily fell in love with and married.

    Adrian won a QSQ! Thanks to Minnabird for the beautiful banner. Click on it to read Stolen Magic - the story of the second wizarding war through a very different character's eyes.

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    I'm back!

    Judging the QSQs is a huge task and one which could not be completed without the help of a lot of people. Category leaders form committees who then read and evaluate the stories nominated in their categories (and there are often a lot!). Through discussions and votes, the teams then come up with a winner. Overall the process takes about two months, and everyone involved puts in a lot of work. This year I would like to acknowledge those people, and therefore want to say a big thank you firstly to the mods and members who led the committees, who were:

    the opaleye
    Equinox Chick
    ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
    Karaley Dargen
    Mugglemathdork
    Gmariam

    This lot kept the committees going, ensuring the nominations were judged fairly, and poking people when necessary. Without these people the judging would most definitely never have been finished on time and so I give them a huge round of applause.

    And I cannot forget the people below, who made up the twelve different judge committees, often helping with more than one committee. I and all the committee leaders would like to thank you for your hard work, and especially those who went above and beyond to help out in tie breaks, or tough situations:

    Kerichi
    Merlynne
    Clabbert2101
    Penelope Rose
    Sapphire at Dawn
    Apollonious
    crazy717
    rachelnotrach
    lucca4
    ron lover
    minnabird
    laurskii
    babewithbrains
    muggle girl marauder
    Russia Snow
    AidaLuthien
    Radcliffefan07
    hogwartsbookworm
    Maple_and_PheonixFeather
    padfoot11333
    harry4lif
    hestiajones
    Welshdevondragon
    Evora
    H_vic
    Sainyn Swiftfoot
    MissMeg

    I hope I have got everyone there, but if you think your name should be on the list then please let me know.

    And that's it - I'm done - I've been your host, coolh5000 and I'll see you again next year

    p.s - you are allowed to talk in this thread - to congratulate the winners and have a little party if yourself are a winner.

    Adrian won a QSQ! Thanks to Minnabird for the beautiful banner. Click on it to read Stolen Magic - the story of the second wizarding war through a very different character's eyes.

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    Congratulations to all the winners! As soon as all these icky exams are over, I'll definitely get round to reading some XD

    Also -- I'd like to thank Hannah!Bob for all her hard work with the QSQs. Without you, it would be nothing, so thank you

    And I wasn't sure you were allowed to mention the head judge, but Ariana did so I will too Thank you to teh Ebil One for being a wonderful head judge.
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    Huge Congratulations to all the winners!

    And thank you to ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor/Jess and the opaleye/Julia for choosing me to be on both Committees, I had a great time =) and of course a huge thank you to Hannah for all her hard work!

    One again HUGE congratulations to the winners =D

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    WOW the awards are out...it seems like just yesterday Jess asked me to judge...it was a great experience, we had so much fun picking the winners...GREAT JOB everyone!! Even though I wasn't nominated (and therefore didn't win) anything, it was so awesome being part of the QSQs for the first time! =) Congrats to all the winnerss again and thanks to everyone!!

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    Congratulations, everyone. There were so many amazing stories this year! It's been a pleasure to read them! I do hope that everyone goes forth and reviews soon!
    This completely gorgeous banner, which makes me happier than a squirrel, was made by Hokey

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    Congratulations to the winners!

    And thank you to Carole, for being such a wonderful head judge. You did such a nice job of keeping it a relaxed process, yet also making sure that everything was done out time so my judging this year was free of stress .

    Thank you to Hokey for the beautiful banner. And thank you to everyone who nominated and judged --I'm so grateful to you <3.

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    Congratulations, everyone!

    Thank you to everyone on my committee, too. You were all so helpful and I really enjoyed working with you all

    And a huge thank you to Hannah who always works so hard for us. You were amazing as the QSQ leader and also as a committee leader.

    Hisssss!

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    As a writer, I would like to say thank you to all the committees (nine of them) who sat through so many of my stories and gave them a fair shot.

    As a moderator, I would love to thank the members of my team, who never slacked and made all of their deadlines with time to spare. You lot are stars, and I would recommend any one of you to judge in the future.

    And thank you to Hannah/coolh5000/Bob the Snake for being so behind this awards programme. Without her, none of this would've been able to happen. She is superb, and I shower her with adulation and possibly chocolates.
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    Congrats, all. And thanks so much to all the committee leaders and especially Hannah. <3

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