Hello, all, and welcome to the second running of the Fiction Junction Review Drive 2012 for the Summer Term!

The hard-working members of SPEW (Society for the Proper Evaluation of Writers) scoured the entire archive, category by category, for any story that met the requirements I set. The requirements are as follows:

  • Stories validated or updated between December 1, 2010 and November 30, 2011.
  • Of these stories, one-shots with two or fewer reviews and
  • Chaptered stories with an average of one review or less per chapter.

This is how the activity works: a maximum of eight points will be available for EVERY story listed. You all review the stories listed, and points will be given based on the quality of your review. This is a great opportunity for members to show a bit of house pride and put up some points. Not only that, it gives the authors of these stories the lovely, warm feeling of receiving reviews.

As mentioned, points will be awarded on the quality of the review. A few lines that say what the reader liked about the story will earn one point, whereas a review with detailed, in-depth analysis and constructive criticism will earn up to four points. The scores to these reviews will be edited in to the review posting thread by a mod, and the points earned for reviews posted will be subtracted from the Points Available for the stories reviewed. If a story has less points available than a review has been awarded, you will still receive the full awarded points, as discouraging quality reviewing is rather counter-productive.

Minor rules and notes: If you don't like a story, DO NOT REVIEW AND BRING NOTHING BUT CRITIQUE TO THE TABLE. Nobody likes receiving reviews that are nothing but things the reviewer didn't like. It's okay to bring up points that could be improved, but these points must be accompanied by encouragement and a caring demeanour. Any reviews not complying with this directive will NOT receive points. Basically, if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't.

There is no limit to the number of reviews you can submit nor a limit to the number of points you can receive; it is all determined by your participation level. Ideally, we would like to see each one of the listed stories receive at least one review, but the ultimate goal is to award maximum points for each and every one. Everybody wins!

Anyway, as of right now, the activity is officially open. For a review to receive points, it must be posted and time-stamped for today's date, May 5th 2012, and the end of the activity, which will be July 31st, 2012. Please post your review links with the provided form in the Review Drive Submission Page. The applicable stories are split into General Categories and Romance Categories for your convenience. Any questions are to be posted in this thread.

With that, go forth and review!