|Welcome to the 2015 Quicksilver Quills!!!|
Hello, and welcome to the TENTH annual Quicksilver Quill awards!
Nomination threads open today and will close at either the end of the day on the 23rd July or once thirty-five stories have been nominated, at which point there will be a one week break in order to assign judges to each category. Judging will begin soon after. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination either via the forums or as a comment on the archives. We are looking to find the absolute best stories from the last twelve months. They should be well-written, have engaging plots and characters, and be a good representation of the category for which they are nominated (though they don’t necessarily have to have been submitted to the corresponding archive category). In short, they should be the stories that make you go WOW.
If you have any questions, please post below! Any nominations, also post below, using this form:
Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.)
|Posted by Padfoot11333 on 06/23/15 16:12 (3 Comments)|
|The Carol Challenge!|
So whether you are getting ready for a summer of pavlova and days at the beach like me or you're up in the wintry North, Christmas is only a couple of weeks away and we are bringing the festive cheer to MNFF!
This month we are taking some classic (and modern) Christmas songs and giving them a Harry Potter twist. Check out the list of titles below and choose one (or more) to base your poem/song on. You can go with the original music or just write a completely new poem to fit the title. The choice is yours. I have provided the original carol/song title in brackets. I'm sure there is something to suit everyone.
Please do not use more than 4 consecutive words from the original song.
This challenge is open until December 25th, 11:59pm GMT. For more information click here.
Please post a link to your entry in the comments below or the challenge thread in the Great Hall on the Beta Boards. Use the form below:
|Posted by the opaleye on 12/09/14 4:59 (0 Comments)|
|2014 Quicksilver Quill Awards - Results!|
|Posted by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor on 09/30/14 12:45 (1 Comments)|
|Welcome to the Ninth Annual Quicksilver Quill Awards|
Hello, and welcome to the ninth annual Quicksilver Quill awards!
Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favourite MNFF award ceremony has rolled around once again. Since 2006, the Quicksilver Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year giving twenty-seven writing awards across twelve categories. Each year, stories are nominated and judged by our members. Some of MNFF’s finest readers and writers assess each nomination and decide upon the winners.
This year, there will once again be twelve categories. In each category, there may be one or two winners, and winners may be separated into one-shots and chaptered.
Best General Story
Nomination open today and will close at the end of the day on the 23rd July, at which point there will be a one week break in order to assign judges to each category. Judging will begin in August. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination either via the forums or as a comment here on the archives. We are looking to find the absolute best stories from the last twelve months. They should be well-written, have engaging plots and characters, and be a good representation of the category for which they are nominated (though they don’t necessarily have to have been submitted to the corresponding archive category). In short, they should be the stories that make you go WOW.
The rules are similar to previous years but please refresh yourself with them anyway to make sure you nominate the right stories in the right categories. There is also at least one new rule for you to take note of.
+ Only stories written (or, in the case of chaptered fics, updated) since the 1st June 2013 are eligible to be nominated.
+ Stories do not have to be in the corresponding archive category to be nominated. For example, a story may be in a romance category but if you think it is particularly funny, it can be nominated in humour.
+ An author or story can win more than one award in the same year. We reserve the right to place a cap on the number of awards given to any one author/story at a later date.
+ An author is eligible to win in a category they have been either winner or runner up in before.
+ Winning stories from previous years may not be nominated again in any category, though with the twelve month rule, we do not expect this to be an issue.
+ Please use the form provided in the first post of each nomination thread and ensure you provide a working link. Nominations that do not follow the correct format will be removed.
+ Do not second nominations – seconding clutters up threads and gives an unrealistic indication of how many stories have been nominated. Having more than one nomination does not increase a story’s chances of winning.
+ Any author can be nominated, including moderators.
+ New Rule: Each person may only nominate a maximum of TWENTY-FIVE stories across the twelve categories. Unfortunately, this is a necessary step to keep the number of nominations under control, as an ever-decreasing number of judges means we simply don’t have the resources to judge overly large categories. Please try and keep all your nominations for a category in one post to make it easier to keep track of how many stories you have nominated.
This is a change from last year’s rule of three per category. It does allow for fewer nominations per member, but it permits people who read more heavily in certain categories to concentrate on what they know and love best. I don’t anticipate any abuse of this policy. However, if certain categories or individuals spiral out of control, I reserve the right to re-impose a per-category cap to keep the categories judge-able.
+ The judging committees reserve the right not to present an award in any categories where they do not feel the standard of nominations is high enough. However this will only be done as a last resort.
As with the past few years, I will be opening a thread in the QSQ forum for members to volunteer to be judges. Judging can be demanding but also fun, and we really value the input of as many members as possible in the judging process. You can find more information on judging in the sign-up thread. If you would like to be a judge, please sign up in that forum. If you are not a member of the forums, it takes under a minute to set up an account and send a Sorting Hat request via PM to SortingHat. All judges must be sorted members of the forums simply because it is the only way you can see the judging forums.
If you have any questions, please post below! Any nominations, also post below, using this form:
Nomination Category: (Best General, Poetry, etc.)
|Posted by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor on 06/04/14 22:18 (3 Comments)|
|MNFF turns Nine!|
|Today, November 14th, MuggleNet FanFiction celebrates its ninth birthday! We've had nine amazing years of amazing writing and we're so happy to see so many people still enjoying the brilliant work of almost 4000 authors right here on our site!|
As we enter year ten, the world of Potter promises to give us new inspiration, new characters and new experiences. JK Rowling is penning the Fantastic Beasts movie and continues to bring us new information via Pottermore. We promise to stay right here giving you the chance to explore these new realms and the hundreds of alternate worlds created by our authors.
Keep an eye out for our celebrations all year as we lead up to our celebration of a decade in fandom!
From all the staff, thank you!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 11/14/13 11:59 (2 Comments)|
|The Great MNFF Tumblr Challenge!|
As the MuggleNet Fanfiction presence on Social Media grows, so does our need for fun and interesting content! Our Tumblr page recently passed another follower milestone, and to celebrate we will be running a competition to produce new content that will encourage more Tumblr users to check out all the wonderful fanfiction that our site has to offer.
If you are a Tumblr user already, you will be familiar with all the beautiful graphics and art that is produced over there. Your challenge is simple: create content based on a particular fic. We’ve already had several users create graphics and art for various fics so check out these examples:
A Palisade of Persuasion
Going Against Salazar’s Grain
But don’t feel the need to stop at gif sets and edits. Any kind of art or creative content will be welcome. If you like making fanvideos then pick a fic and bring it to life! If you want to cosplay a scene from a fic and send in the photos then that’s great too! Be creative and, most of all, have fun.
The only stipulation is that your creations are based on a fic from MuggleNet Fanfiction and that somewhere in your Tumblr post you credit the fic and link back. Having an excerpt from the fic will help, too, but it’s not necessary. If you click on the examples above, you’ll see what we mean.
Anyone as long as you are following at least one of MuggleNet’s or MuggleNet Fanfiction’s social media sites. This could be tumblr, facebook, twitter, instagram, you name it! If you aren’t following us on social media, you must be a member of MuggleNet Fanfiction itself.
Well, apart from creating content for our site, there will be a few perks for taking part.
An overall winner will be chosen by a team of MuggleNet Fanfiction moderators. The winner will be featured on the main MuggleNet site as well as our various social media sites, and receive an official WB Deathly Hallows Key Ring!
Any exceptional creations will be featured on the main MuggleNet site as well as our various social media sites.
For MNFF Beta Board users only: All entries will receive 5 participation points with an extra 2 points for each additional piece of content. Please keep track of what you have entered by linking to them in this post using the following form.
Link to entry: (Please link to each entry you submit. This could be the direct link to the MNFF tumblr or your personal tumblr blog. If you have explicit or profane content on your personal tumblr blog that is not family friendly then please link to the MNFF tumblr instead. This means you might have to wait until it is reblogged by MNFF.)
How to Submit
1. If you have a Tumblr account and wish to post your creations yourself, then that is fine. Just be sure to tag your post with ‘mugglenet’ and ‘mugglenet fanfiction’.
Then submit a link to your post on the MuggleNet FanFiction Tumblr Submissions page here.
2. If you do not wish to post your creation to your personal tumblr, then submit your post on the MuggleNet Fanfiction Tumblr submissions page here.
3. If you do not have a Tumblr account, then please email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Tumblr Challenge Submission’. Please include whatever name you want us to credit you with.
+You must be a member of MuggleNet Fanfiction OR following one of the Mugglenet or MuggleNet Fanfiction social media sites.
+You must base your creations on a fanfiction story that is posted on MuggleNet Fanfiction.
+You must credit and link to said fanfiction.
+No sexually explicit or violent imagery, please!
+If you are posting your creation yourself, tag your submissions with ‘mugglenet’ and ‘mugglenet fanfiction’.
This challenge will run from now until December 7th, 11:59pm GMT.
|Posted by the opaleye on 11/08/13 20:05 (1 Comments)|
|Quicksilver Quill Awards 2013|
|As you know the QSQs are about awarding the best writing MNFF authors have had to offer that year. Nominations are received across twelve categories and separated in one-shot and chaptered stories. This year, due to a few joint winners, we have 27 winners in total across the 12 categories.|
Like in previous years, winners of the awards will also receive a personalised banner, created by one of MNFF's finest bannermakers and chosen through a special competition. This year's winning banner was created by the very talented minnabird and you can view a sneak peak by clicking here (you might want to wait until after you've checked the winners though as it might spoil one category for you! Banners will be sent out to winners in the next few days.
One-Shot - Noble Souls by Gmariam
The insight the author gave into how much of an influence Grindelwald was having on Dumbledore is chilling. It felt philosophical, especially the arguments regarding morals, and the visible influences Grindelwald had on Dumbledore was stunning. The elegance with which this story is written is just breathtaking. All in all, the judges loved the inclusion of the music and how historically accurate it was and how well it fit the story, which really made it stand out as an exceptional fic and a clear winner.
Chaptered - Pulling the Strings by Acacia Carter
This story was so well structured, with unfailing logic in every step of the investigation despite the escalation in the plot. The targets and the methodical nature of this story make it so gripping, and the characters just played off one another so well to make this happen. In terms of characterisation, this is the perfect example of what is definitely the most gripping mystery I have ever read, with stellar characterisation of both OCs and canon characters. And despite its incompleteness, it's intricate, amazingly well-honed, and stunning from top to bottom.
One-Shot - Growth by teh tarik
The author told the story of Merope and Tom Riddle so well, with such a brilliant exploration of Merope’s character — her disastrous upbringing, her desperation and just the obvious discomfort she experiences from the start of the story to the end. But what rendered the judges speechless was the exquisite style and the command the author had over her words, so much so that the story was described as “sick and gorgeous” and, above all, unforgettable.
Chaptered - Other Side of Glass by teh tarik
There was so much depth in emotion and darkness in this story, to the point that the judges could really feel the grief for Fred from start to finish. The prose was flawless, the characterisation spot-on and loyal to canon, the plot beautifully crafted and the liberties the author took in terms of style and spacing so effective. There were also so brilliant moments that would make most readers want to laugh and ache and cry at some point or another, especially the exploration of the afterlife. This story stayed with our judges long after reading, and we are all now eagerly awaiting the next update!
We were unable to choose a single winner in this category largely because we were faced with two examples of what a good humour story should be. Both these epitomise the truism that you shouldn’t sacrifice characterisation for laughs because despite having read our winners several times each, the judges were still laughing over and over.
Fear and Loathing in Florida (Mostly Loathing) by minnabird
The humour is balanced just right between bitterness at their plight and helplessness. From the confusion over Doritos (and how well they're described - ha ha), to the humidity in Florida, this is very funny with laugh out loud moments. Its humour isn't brought about by OOCness or absurdly improbable situations, but rather that it IS in-character and the situation is not all that unlikely.
Morning After by HalfASlug
The characterisation and the situation were very plausible and relatable (I mean, who hasn't woken up after a bender wondering where their pants have gone?). This screamed winner partly because it caught the stages of hangover very well, but mainly because this story also proves that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice characterisation for humour.
One-Shot - One, Two, Three by Alice Mac
This story takes an AU situation and truly brings out the pain of it. It's got a lyrical quality to it and almost reads like a very long prose poem to explore Hermione and Harry's loss of Ron. I think it did its job beautifully. It showed a journey through the grieving process for them, and it really did feel like a journey. This fic made my heart ache and I finished it feeling very sad. The emotion was so real and so powerful.
Chaptered - Unbreakable by hestiajones
Natalie is so good at writing dark stories that draw you in deeper and deeper as the story goes on. It has a gripping plot and is really quite chilling. Unbreakable takes something that has become a trope in recent years (Ron's death) and turns it into an original story. The characterisation of everyone here is so very strong, and so very IC. The plot is incredible, very intricate, and it works on many levels.
One-Shot - Danny from Footprints in the Sand by Equinox Chick
Danny is just so realistic, so thoughtfully drawn, that one could bump into him at the grocery store or the gym or on the street and have no doubt about how real he is. Also he comes across as a person in his own right, rather than just in relation to Oliver -- more specifically, the way he perceives the Wizarding world and the way the author uses our knowledge of it and of Oliver Wood is very accomplished. Not only do we get a chance to witness the type of person he is and how he relates to other people, we get to see his humanity.
Melea from Wind's Nocturne by Acacia Carter
Despite being a non-human character, Melea is extremely well-rounded and maintains an echo of human thoughts and emotions, which fits perfectly because her character is an personification of the forest around her to connect nature to mankind, and her human qualities don't overbear that truth. And as a dryad, the mythology the author constructs around Melea is very thorough and compelling, which is coupled with superb writing.
Chaptered - Adrian Radley from Stolen Magic by coolh5000
There is a lot to love about Adrian's character. The way he struggles with morality and his beliefs while everyone around him doesn't always agree with him, and the way this affects him socially, emotionally, and intellectually was amazingly done. He has a very believable mixture of naivety and yet thoughtfulness, as he struggles to understand what is going on which is real for most people his age, but particularly poignant for a boy in his circumstances. Finally, his inner strength to do what he thinks is right by standing with his family at the cost of several friendships really sells his Hufflepuff sorting, as well as a candid view of the 'other side' of the war.
Chaptered - Love and Order by Gmariam
Marauder era stories need more than a romance at their centre, they need to acknowledge the times and the war that was being fought around them. Love and Order does this brilliantly, giving us a cracking plot and well-thought out characters. Sometimes you just have a gut feeling about a story being great. For me that story is Love and Order. I do think gmariam has done something here that is a step above the typical ME romance fic. The cast of the story is extensive, from Order members to Marauders to Death Eaters to the Ministry, and yet I never felt any of them were underdeveloped in any way. Gina took her time in building chemistry between Frank and Alice while never forgetting the era the story is set in.
One-Shot - You Can Write The Book by teh tarik
I thought the author did a beautiful job giving life to a character barely mentioned in the books. We see the world Dennis inhabits, but also his struggle to inhabit it without Colin. The imagery and characterization in this story is lovely - I just kept thinking 'wow' at the writing. The telling of Colin’s life through the pictures he took was unique and sad and beautiful. This, I think, is the perfect PH fic in that it really shows someone’s grieving, but at the same time, shows him celebrating Colin’s life, and that is what made this story so special.
Gaps Between by lucca4
This was a really excellent story, well-written with great characterisation. The author did a stunning job of fleshing out Dennis Creevy post-Hogwarts. This story is incredibly well-written and very chilling. Although the pairing isn't necessarily an original rare-pair, the execution of it, the drawing in of other characters and the events of the story made this very original.
Chaptered - Laid to Rest by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
As a Post-Hogwarts story, this, to me, had everything. The story is dark, intense and intriguing. The author writes dark characters well, and flawed characters very well. The characterisation was excellent and even the most minor of characters were well-fleshed out and believably portrayed. The story did a great job of portraying the Post-Hogwarts world through minor characters and the whole story was impeccably written. The plot was certainly intriguing and the judges can’t wait to see how it ends!
Nineteen Days Later by HalfASlug
This story is so poignant and I found myself really believing in these events just after the war and getting drawn into the emotions. The plot really worked as well. For a story that only covered a few hours, a lot was happening and I think it was a great interpretation of the Post-Hogwarts world, particularly in the immediate aftermath of the battle. The emotions were so well written and the story moved fluidly between angst and happiness. It was great to see the stories of so many characters that we know and love continued past the books and follow the author’s interpretation of how their lives continued was the battle was over.
One-Shot - The Last Casualty by trinsy
This story absolutely charmed us. It is a fantastic exploration of what it could mean to be in the next generation, really getting into the psyche of Teddy but also of the people surrounding him. Teddy and Victoire together make a microcosm of the world they grow up in, and the feeling of loss lingers, yet hope and recovery are also there. It has great pacing, it is well-structured, and the characterisation shines.
Chaptered - Uncovered by Death by Equinox Chick
This story manages to construct a Next Gen world that feels as real as a continuation of canon. This is about Draco's son finding a footing in a world full of people his father resented, a world in which his family's dark history is still freshly remembered. The mystery in it is so compelling and the suspense is tightly held.
The Girl In Madam Malkin's by the opaleye
This poem is beautiful, emotional and painfully sad. Everything about this poem's language and structure works toward its theme of brokenness and grief - I love the stuttering, choked feel of the line breaks. Everything about this poem is subtle and that subtlety adds a richness simply because the message isn't forced on the reader. It's honestly one of the most heart-wrenching poems I've ever read. The language was simple but effective
The Absent Guests by hestiajones
I loved the simplicity of this one, because it let the emotions come alive. I just thought it was so sweet, and the language worked so well to draw Petunia's little orderly world. This was such a lovely, startling and compassionate portrayal of Petunia. I love the voice of this poem, especially the tiny bits of humor with which the narrator presents Petunia's otherwise quite sad situation.It has a very striking opening, but it was the ending lines of this poem that really made it for me, that captured Petunia's voice so beautifully. It had a particularly good use of repetition.
One-Shot - Blackberries by Equinox Chick
Blackberries is a beautiful portrayal of George and Angelina coming together after a long time, but it's so much more than that. It's George figuring out how to live without Fred, all the while trying to ignore his love for a woman he still believes was Fred's girl. The two struggles are happening together at the same time, and therein lies the originality of this fic. The characterization was flawless; Carole did a wonderful job of showing George's serious side, and of capturing Angelina's personality over the course of a handful of flashbacks. The structure is fabulous, with the call of the Quidditch match ratcheting the drama up throughout the fic and breaking up the memories until it climaxes with her injury. This structure was a brilliant decision.
Chaptered - Love and Order by Gmariam
Love and Order is brilliant in the way it so beautifully fleshes out two near-OC characters, surrounds them with great supporting characters and an incredibly suspenseful, gripping plot, and develops of their relationship...it perfectly accomplishes this interwoven plot, characterization, and romance, all of which are basically invented by the author. Gina has essentially created Frank and Alice from nothing, given them unique personalities and challenging jobs, got them both into the Order and pulled them into a gripping plot placed in the middle (or beginning, rather) of the first war. The magic in this fic is really impressive, much of it created or tweaked by the author. The emotions are real, and we get to know Frank and Alice as they learn more about one another and are placed in extremely dangerous situations. This is actually a fantastic Marauder Era story, because it really makes the world come alive, but it's also a great canon romance of a tragic and very very relevant couple.
Seven Simple Years by HalfASlug
It's hard to fathom what an amazing accomplishment this series of missing moments is. The scope is really something. To start with, the characterization is magnificent. Ron and Hermione's thoughts, feelings, and actions are completely convincing at every age they are shown at, from when they're first-years till they're would-be seventh-years. It's not easy to capture the 14 year old Ron, but the author does so well with this that it feels like canon. In every chapter, they, and their thoughts and feelings and situations, seem so real. I think that the depictions of Ron and Hermione's complicated, ever-changing feelings and thoughts towards each other were the fic's greatest strength; they were really spot on.
One-Shot - Heart's Desire by Squibstress
When a story grips you like this one, it’s hard to forget. It has everything we want in a fic - from fleshing out older characters, to creating vivid worlds, relationships, and personalities for them. There is something truly magical about the storytelling, here. It’s a bit old-fashioned, and truly enchanting.
Chaptered - A Palisade of Persuasion by Equinox Chick
This fic is stunning. Daphne and Lee have such a palpable chemistry. And while the romance is central and integral to this fic, Carole has fleshed it out with so many wonderful and vibrant peripheral characters that add so much colour and life to the narrative, too.
Same Sex Pairing
One-Shot - Footprints in the Sandby Equinox Chick
Danny was a brilliant and realistic character, and the depth of his characterisation as an OC was simply amazing. His interactions with Oliver seem so natural and believable, and it was a refreshing change to see Danny be content with his sexuality, even if the way others feel about it is more complex. Danny’s voice was written with remarkable clarity, while Oliver’s more vulnerable side came out in this story beautifully, and their romance was written in an honest and unsentimental manner that really made the story shine.
Chaptered - Rat by DragonDi
This was such an ambitious and memorable story that hit many high points in terms of plot and characterisation. The author’s presentation of Remus/Sirius as a pairing was done so beautifully, and in an AU situation at that. Its divergence from canon also means the relationships between the Marauders could be examined more closely, and the author carried this out so well. What was great about this fic was that while being an incredibly gripping, suspenseful story, the pairing was always at the forefront, and there was something so thrilling about reading romance interweaved with action.
|Posted by the opaleye on 09/30/13 17:47 (2 Comments)|
|The Terrible Two-Shot Halloween Challenge|
|For many of us summer has been and gone, and we are now at the mercy of autumn and the coming winter. The days are growing shorter, the evenings cooler, and it is almost time to welcome that “night of all nights”, as Poe once wrote, Halloween.|
Your challenge, dear writers, is to embrace the ghouls, the fear, and the dark beyond, with a two-shot, using our prompts below.
Sometimes one chapter is not enough to fully develop character and plot, and committing to something more than a few chapters can be daunting to say the least. The art of the two-shot is to build your world, flesh out your characters, develop your plot, perfect your pacing, and bring everything to a final and satisfying conclusion.
All fics must be comprised of two chapters - no more, no less.
All fics must be between 4000 and 15,000 words, total. This means you could have one chapter of only 1500 words, and the second chapter of 2500 words.
All fics must be in the queue by October 31st, 11:59pm GMT.
You MUST be a Sorted member of the Beta Forums to enter. Please click here for more information.
Let the terror begin!
Ferocious Beasts and How to Avoid Them
“But see, amid the mimic rout,
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes! -it writhes! -with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.”
-from The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe
With all the Newt Scamander hype, why not crack out some creatures? And what better time to do that than on the spookiest night of the year?
While doing something reckless and stupid on Halloween, your character(s) will encounter a fearsome magical creature. They will have to use their remaining wits and NO MAGIC to get themselves out of an extremely sticky, and possibly bloody, situation. Only time will tell whether they make it out alive.
The Masque of the Red Death
“There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre,
something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited
-from The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
Nothing embraces debauched mystery like a masquerade ball. For this prompt, we are once more taking inspiration from the most macabre of story-tellers, Edgar Allen Poe. Your two-shot must take place at a masquerade ball and during the course of the ball there is a death (or more than one) under suspicious circumstances.
This is your chance to embrace the bacchanal, the intrigue, and the grotesque.
What A Tangled Web We Weave
“And where should a man bring his sweet to woo
But here, where such hundreds were lovers too?
Where lie the dead lips that thirst to kiss,
The empty hands that their fellows miss,
Where the maid and her lover, from sere to green,
Sleep bed by bed, with the worm between?
For it’s turn of the year and All Souls’ night,
When the dead can hear and the dead have sight.”
-from All Souls by Edith Wharton
Who thought meeting in a graveyard on All Hallows Eve could be so romantic? But one half of this couple is not who they say they are, and the other isn’t telling the whole truth either. Will their inauspicious romance end just as grimly as it began? Or can they overcome the spectres of the past?
At least one of your main characters must be canon.
Edit: The forums are back up and running.
|Posted by the opaleye on 09/20/13 21:54 (2 Comments)|
|The Epistolary Birthday Challenge - TTB Biweekly Drabble Challenge|
|Check out our latest drabble challenge in The Three Broomsticks over on the Beta Forums!|
Ah, September, scene of lovely children rushing to Platform nine-and-three-quarters, tripping over owls in cages in their haste to get onto the train. What more fitting subject could there be for a September Challenge?
Well, actually there's this one. Every year a certain birthday gets lost in the excitement of the new year at Hogwarts. I'm talking about Hermione. Dagnabbit, we NEVER see her birthday celebrated in the books. We see Harry's frequently, and Ron's (mind you he's whacked out on Love Potion, but still ...) so let us all get our typing fingers flexed and write some birthday love for Hermione.
This should be in the form of a letter (or several), with someone sending Hermione birthday wishes. It can be anyone, and I mean anyone. Don't let the fact of Voldemort's death put you off his declaration beyond the grave that he loves her. Obviously, your writer might have other things he/she wishes to say, so don't restrict it to 'Happy Birthday, Mione!' because that would be boring.
This competition will close on September 24th at 10pm BST.
You must be a member of the Beta Forums to enter. Click here to go to the challenge thread.
|Posted by on 09/18/13 10:44 (1 Comments)|
Previously, most poetry challenges on the beta boards have been exclusive to members of our small but lively group, Poetry, Anyone?
However, all poetry challenges will now be open to ALL Sorted members of the Beta Boards. So head on over to our forums, get yourself Sorted and start poeting! This month's challenge, All Aboard The Hogwarts Express, explores the journeys we take while reading the books.
|Posted by the opaleye on 09/02/13 20:04 (1 Comments)|
|Quicksilver Quill Awards 2013|
|Hello, and welcome to the eighth annual|
Quicksilver Quill awards!
Since 2006, the Quicksilver
Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year
giving 23 awards across twelve categories. Each year stories are
nominated by our members and then judging panels made up of some of
MNFF's finest readers and writers assess each nomination and decide
upon the winners.
This year, we will also once again be hosting the Forum Quicksilver Quills! You will find more information about these and how they will be run in the Forum Awards sub-forum. You must be a member of the beta forums to be eligible to participate in the Forum Awards.
In the writing awards there will once again be twelve categories. In each category there may be one or two winners, and winners may be separated into one-shots and chaptered.
Best General Story
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Best Canon Romance Story
Best Non-Canon Romance
Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Best Alternate Universe
Best Marauders' Era Story
Best Next Generation Story
Nominations are open now and will
close on the 23rd July, at which point judging will
begin. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination either via the forums
or as a comment on the archives. We are looking to find the absolute
best stories from the last twelve months. They should be well-written,
have engaging plots and characters, and be a good representation of the
category they are nominated in (though they don’t necessarily have to
have been submitted to the corresponding archive category). In short,
they should be the stories that make you go WOW.
rules are similar to previous years but please refresh yourself with
them anyway to make sure you nominate the right stories in the right
stories written (or in the case of chaptered fics updated) since the
1st June 2012 are eligible to be nominated.
+ Stories do not have
to be in the corresponding archive category to be nominated. For
example, a story may be in a romance category but if you think it is
particularly funny, it can be nominated in humor.
+ An author or
story can win more than one award in the same year. We reserve the
right to place a cap on the number of awards given to any one
author/story at a later date.
+ An author is eligible to win in a
category they have been either winner or runner up in before.
Winning stories from previous years may not be nominated again in any
category, though with the twelve month rule, we do not expect this to
be an issue.
+ Please use the form below and ensure you provide
a working link. Nominations that do not follow the correct format will
+ Each person may only nominate three stories per category.
+ Do not second nominations -- seconding clutters up
threads and gives an unrealistic indication of how many stories have
been nominated. Having more than one nomination does not increase a
story’s chances of winning.
+ Any author can be nominated,
+ The judging committees reserve the right
not to present an award in any categories where they do not feel the
standard of nominations is high enough.
Judging is done by our members and your can find more information and sign up to judge over on the beta boards. If you don’t have an account on the beta boards, you can sign up for one and follow procedures to be sorted into a house. You can then sign up for judging.
Most of the nominating will be done on the forums but
if you don’t have a forum account then you can nominate stories by
posting a comment on this post. All the above rules still apply. To
nominate in this way please, use the following form for your post:
Nomination category (this should be award
category, not archive category):
Title of story and link:
Reason for nomination:
Any nominations which do not use the appropriate
form will be removed.
/> If you have any questions, please post below!
|Posted by the opaleye on 06/23/13 3:35 (1 Comments)|
|MNFF goes Social and Convention-al|
It's a busy time here at Mugglenet Fanfiction as we prepare for a summer full of fun and festivities.
First things first you might notice a couple of differences here on our archives. Our wonderful podcast AudioFictions has been added to our navigation bar so you always know where to find your latest podcast episode. You'll also find a new Social Media block on the right hand side of your page where you can find links to our facebook, twitter and tumblr pages as well as our RSS feed to keep you up to date with the latest fictions.
In even more exciting news our aforementioned podcast will be hosting a panel at LeakyCon this month! LupinPatronus and TheGreatOm will be heading to Portland to represent us so make sure you check them out if you're heading that way too! If you haven't bought a registration yet but would like to, check out This Link or look out for the Leaky ads around the page!
Last but not least congratulations to Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor who won the Harry Potter wand in our milestone celebrations.
As I said we've got lots in store for you all this Summer so make sure you're checking back here and on our social media sites for updates on challenges, classes and those all important QuickSilver Quill awards!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 05/30/13 21:15 (1 Comments)|
Voting is now OPEN for the winner of the Milestone Celebration competition.
Voting is open until April 10th so get reading!
|Posted by Rosie on 03/27/13 2:00 (2 Comments)|
Today is a momentous occasion here on MuggleNet Fan Fiction. We've hit the 10,000 fictions mark.
From all of the staff here on the site, we'd just like to thank every single author who has submitted their work to make our archive such an amazing source of fiction for fans of Harry Potter.
We've been around for eight years now and in that time we've developed a fantastic community of writers that warm our hearts and sparks our collective imagination on a daily basis.
We hope to see many more fabulous fictions coming our way in future years, but for now, there's 10,000 stories to read on this archive and I think that calls for a celebration!
We are giving away a 'Harry Potter' wand from the WB Studio Tour in London to one lucky member of our archives. All you have to do is submit a one-shot fiction to our 'Milestone Celebrations' category in competition submissions.
Your one-shot must describe a celebration within the Potter world. They can be celebrating anything you'd like, but your fiction must include a party and be over 1200 words.
The deadline for this competition will be two weeks from today, the 18th March at 5pm GMT/Midday EST.
Please note that the deadline has been extended until Sunday 24th March at Midday EST
We'll then be asking our readers to vote for their favourite fiction and the story that receives the most votes will win the coveted prize!
If you have any questions, ask them in the comments of this post!
Thank you for all your hard work over the last eight years! Good luck with the competition, and make sure you check out as many as possible of the 10000 stories now available here to you on MNFF
|Posted by Rosie on 03/04/13 17:59 (3 Comments)|
|Happy Birthday MNFF!!|
|Today, the 14th November 2012 marks the eighth birthday of Mugglenet Fanfiction!|
Created in 2004, our site quickly became a highly popular source for quality writing and we're so glad to still be here all these years later!
Thank you for sticking with us and help yourself to a virtual slice of cake!
|Posted by Rosie on 11/14/12 16:41 (2 Comments)|
|Stories We Love|
We have over 9800 stories here on our archives that have been collected over the past eight years, and we want to know your favourites!
We're looking for the best quotes from fanfiction and the stories that they come from.
To start us off, we're looking for the most romantic lines in our catalogue of tales! Is there one quote that makes your heart melt, that you can't help but go back to over and over?
Please help us out and post your favourite romance quotes, and their fic titles and authors, in the comments below!
|Posted by Rosie on 11/07/12 11:12 (13 Comments)|
|The 2012 Quicksilver Quills - Results!|
There were so many little touches in Carole’s characterisation that made everything fit so well into canon. Ginny was both the girl we know from the books and a character who has matured and changed because of the conflicts of her sixth year, and Dean was very much a likeable character. This, therefore, is a perfect example of a non-canon romance story. The relationship works without breaking canon characterisation. It picks up the characters from the books with the backstory they share and builds something from there. Also, the deviation from canon feels natural, rather than forced, and that's what makes this story a winner.
|Posted by coolh5000 on 10/03/12 22:40 (6 Comments)|
Hello everyone! We are really pleased to announce the return of our fantastic audiobook podcast - Audiofictions!
We're really excited to see this fantastic service return and we're in a much more stable service this time so we're here to stay!
Don't forget to subscribe for your latest episode featuring fantastic stories from around MuggleNet Fanfiction!
Keep an eye out for their homepage here on MNFF soon, but in the meantime you can visit them at their forum on our beta boards - The Black Lake!
Let us know what you think about the podcast in the comments below!
|Posted by Roxy Black on 06/04/12 0:11 (6 Comments)|
|Quicksilver Quill Awards|
Hello, and welcome to the seventh annual Quicksilver Quill awards!
|Posted by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor on 06/02/12 20:28 (524 Comments)|
|Now Hiring New Moderators|
|Hello! We’re looking for new additions to our mod family, to help the site run smoothly and be an enjoyable and interesting place for all who use it. |
We are accepting applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires time and dedication, so please only apply if you feel you have to time to contribute.
As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:
- Moderate a certain number of stories every month.
- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.
- Answer any questions Mugglenet Fan Fiction members may have.
- Tend to the Beta Forums.
There are several characteristics we look for in our moderators, such as:
- Motivation to help others
- Courtesy toward others
We only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. Applicants should have or should be willing to create an account at the Beta Forums. All applicants must be at least 13 years of age.
Please fill out the following form when applying:
How long have you been part of MNFF?
Stories on MNFF:
Qualifications: (Beta work, PI accreditation, real life qualifications)
Possible Problems (Anything you see that may hinder your ability to mod. Please be honest)
Why you want to mod:
Names of people who will be recommending you:
You will also be required to include three recommendations. At least one of these recommendations must be from another member of Mugglenet Fan Fiction. Remember that the best recommendations are ones that are objective and highlight both strengths and weaknesses. Many members are willing to give constructive recommendations, including some moderators. Please though, respect the availability of mods and members when asking for recommendations. Recommendations must be received within two weeks of application.
Applications and recommendations should be sent to email@example.com. NOT the staff or any of the mods emails. ALL recommendations should be sent directly to this email, not through the applicant. Please be sure that the recommendations are clearly marked, with the subject line reading 'Mod Recommendation for (username).' Once your complete application has been received (including the necessary recommendations), you will receive a confirmation email. Good luck!
|Posted by mudbloodproud on 05/24/12 0:10 (9 Comments)|