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Quicksilver Quill Awards

Hello, and welcome to the seventh annual Quicksilver Quill awards!

Since 2006, the Quicksilver Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year giving 22 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, in addition to the writing awards, we are adding an exciting new element -- 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.

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.



Categories

Best General Story
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Best Humor Story
Best Canon Romance Story
Best Non-Canon Romance Story
Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Best Alternate Universe Story
Best Poetry
Best Marauders' Era Story
Best Post-Hogwarts Story
Best Next Generation Story
Best Original Character

Nomination threads open today 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.

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.

Rules

+ Only stories written (or in the case of chaptered fics updated) since the 1st June 2011 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 be removed. Try to consolidate your nominations as much as possible.
+ 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.
+ 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

As with last year, I will be opening a thread in this 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 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.

 

Nominations


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:
Author:
Chaptered/One-shot:
Reason for nomination:



Any nominations which do not use the appropriate form will be removed.



Finally…

If you have any questions, please post below!

Posted by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor on 06/02/12 20:28 (494 Comments)

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Nomination category: Best General Story and Best Alternate Universe Story
Title of story and link: While You Tell Me Stories (http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=90178)
Author: Dawnie
Chaptered/One-shot: Chaptered
Reason for nomination: Dawnie writes an intriguing and capturing AU story that stays true to Rowling's characters. It is very well-written and is updated regularly with each chapter leaving you begging for more. The characters have real depth and the plot is very involved and twisting, continually keeping you on your toes.
- dragongurl on 06/06/12 0:58
Nomination category: Best Canon Romance story
Title of story and link: Raindrops; http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=89214
Author: Gmariam
Chaptered/One-shot: Chaptered
Reason for nomination:
This is one of the best James Potter/Lily Evans stories I've read this year. There are some twists in the story that makes the plot spin around, which is nice as we know how it'll end. Not to much Marauder, but just enough. The characters acts as most people would do when faced with the same problems, you feel the depth put into these two people, and yearh also Sirius.
- Ribe featherquill on 06/08/12 6:45
Nomination category: Best Non-Canon Romance Story
Title of story and link: Much More Than A Game http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=89456&warning=5
Author: Hypatia
Chaptered/One-shot: Chaptered
Reason for nomination: This is probably the best story that I have EVER read on these boards. It engrosses the reader and leaves you wishing for more. The characters are realistic and the plot is elaborate. It also has the unique quality of making Voldemort likeable, even endearing, without straying from his original character.
- PeppermintToads on 06/11/12 1:08
Nomination category: Dark/Angsty Fics
Title of story and link: Hindsight http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=91172
Author: BrokenPromise
Chaptered/One-shot: One-shot
Reason for nomination: BrokenPromise weaves a tale in which we get to know Draco Malfoy as a person rather than as Harry's school nemesis.
- PeppermintToads on 06/11/12 1:13
Nomination category: Best General Story and Best Alternate Universe Story
Title of story and link: Halfway to Infinity http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=51571
Author: Eponine
Chaptered/One-shot: Chaptered
Reason for Nomination: This is one of the best stories I've read in my life and definitly the best story I've read on Fan Fic. The plot is fast moving and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The characters are realistic and you connect with them.
- Amazinghpfan on 06/20/12 18:42
@Amazinghpfan Halfway to Infinity is actually already a QSQ Winner, taking that honour last year for Best Alternate Universe. Thank you, though, for showing interest in our process. :) ~tobeornottobeagryffindor
- ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor on 06/26/12 5:06
Nomination Category: Best General Story and Best Alternate Universe Story
Title of story and link: Daughter of the Dark Side http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=78601
Author: Lyra Lestrange
Chapterd/One-Shot: Chaptered
Reason for Nomination: This is a really good story and my 2nd favorite story on Fan Fic. It's very interesting the whole time and the plot is fast moving. The characters are realistic and you can connect with them. It inspired me to write my own fan fic. (Btw I'm Amazinghpfan, I just changed my account)
- Ginny Lovegood on 06/27/12 20:21
@Ginny Lovegood - Daughter of the Dark Side is not eligible for the 2012 QSQs. All nominations must have been posted or updated on or after June 1st 2011. This story does not meet that qualification.
- ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor on 07/12/12 5:13
Nomination category (this should be award category, not archive category): Best Poetry
Title of story and link: Her Hand http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=91670
Author: Nagini Riddle
Chaptered/One-shot: Chaptered
Reason for nomination: Have you read this poem? It is so good and well written. I loved the beauty of the words and the meaning as a whole. I trully recommend this to anyone and everyone to read it! It is so beautiful and sweet. That's why it should win!!!(: I hope your poem wins, Nagini Riddle!!!(:

~crbluvsravenclaw a.k.a cris!(:
- crbluvsravenclaw on 07/15/12 2:38
Quicksilver Quill Awards
Hello, and welcome to the seventh annual Quicksilver Quill awards!

Since 2006, the Quicksilver Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year giving 22 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, in addition to the writing awards, we are adding an exciting new element -- 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.

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.


Categories

Best General Story
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Best Humor Story
Best Canon Romance Story
Best Non-Canon Romance Story
Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Best Alternate Universe Story
Best Poetry
Best Marauders' Era Story
Best Post-Hogwarts Story
Best Next Generation Story
Best Original Character

Nomination threads open today 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.

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.

Rules

+ Only stories written (or in the case of chaptered fics updated) since the 1st June 2011 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 be removed. Try to consolidate your nominations as much as possible.
+ 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.
+ 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

As with last year, I will be opening a thread in this 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 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.
 
Nominations

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): Best dark/angsty story
Title of story and link: The Boy in The Shadows
Link: http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/viewstory.php?sid=91806
Author: IsThisLove394
Chaptered/One-shot: One-shot
Reason for nomination: The author let's the actions in the story speak for themselves without being over dramatic or emotionally manipulative. The emotions are plausable, in character and portayed well. The one-shot fits perfectly into the potter universe, everyone is in character and it's a very touching story.
- CoalBlackCat on 07/23/12 9:48
I'm really sorry!! I don't know what happened with that comment, my computor is playing up! I hope you'll consider the nomination anyway.
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