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EDIT: 5th Feb 2012 - We apologise for the continued problems with story submission and are still doing our best to fix things. We will update here once the queue is functional again. Thank you for sticking with us.



We are currently experiencing problems with submitting stories. We are working on the problem and doing our best to find a solution. In the mean time, if you encounter an error when submitting your story, please wait a few hours and try again. We will update here as and when we know more. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!
Posted by coolh5000 on 01/25/12 12:06 (18 Comments)

Strike Against Censorship!
Here at MNFF we generally avoid anything political as we believe everyone has the right to free speech and free thought.

Today however, this freedom is being threatened and we must speak out. MNFF is a creative fansite, encouraging members to use existing material to inspire their own content. Under the controls of SOPA and PIPA, we would not be able to offer this service and MNFF would likely be shut down. JK Rowling herself has said she has no problem with fanfiction, but our creative use of trademarks and copyrighted imagery would be in breach of these acts and we would be silenced.


"Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to your school!" yelled Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Andrew Slack of the HPA shared this with us: Today an untold number of people across the world are standing up for a human network that is changing the world for the better. Today, we are showing an old order that the time is over when American people would look the other way as laws like SOPA and PIPA get passed to supposedly "protect" artists. Today, the Internet strikes back to expose the Orwellian language for what it is.
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is joining wikipedia, Boing Boing, Reddit, Mozilla, Word Press, Google, and thousands more doing our duty to protect our rights! Check out their web site now...its the same as Wikipedia and thousands of others: The Harry Potter Alliance

Join the largest online protest in history: tell Congress to stop this bill now!
Posted by Roxy Black on 01/18/12 15:30 (12 Comments)

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:



Click!




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: 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.
Posted by coolh5000 on 11/03/11 15:38 (5 Comments)

Now Hiring Moderators
As the queue grows larger, the number of staff members must grow as well! We're looking for new additions to our mod family!



For the next three weeks, we will receive any and all applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires time and dedication. Please do not apply if you do not feel that you are able to handle the job.



As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:


- Moderate a certain number of stories every week.

- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.

- Participate in periodic moderator meetings via AOL Instant Messenger.

- 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: .


- Leadership.

- Motivation to help others.

- Courtesy toward others.

- Respect.



We also only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. All applicants must have an AOL Instant Messenger screenname as well as a Livejournal as these are the two tools moderators use to communicate to one other. Applicants should also 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:




Screenname/Name:

How long have you been part of MNFF?

Stories on MNFF:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

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.






Applications and recommendations should be sent to mnffstaff1@gmail.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. Applications will be open until November 20th. Good luck!



Posted by mudbloodproud on 10/30/11 17:59 (3 Comments)

Site Issues Resolved
After several hours without the forums today, we think we've finally got our issues resolved and the site is now back up and running again.

Unfortunately we were not able to restore those chapters that were in the queue so we would now invite those authors to resubmit. If you have any issues, please let us know.

Thank you all for your patience.
Posted by Roxy Black on 09/14/11 10:02 (20 Comments)

Site Issues
Over the last couple of days the archives have been experiencing a few problems that have resulted in us being forced to close the queue again for the time being.

Any chapters that were in the queue have unfortunately been deleted, however we will hopefully be able to restore them when we reopen. Please bear with us while we investigate these issues.

We'll post again when the queue reopens, for now please enjoy the stories that are already up on the site. The beta forums are also open for writing help, challenges, discussions and games.
Posted by Roxy Black on 09/10/11 18:05 (16 Comments)

New Look
As many of you may have noticed, Mugglenet Fanfiction has transfigured itself into a new layout over the last few days. Our troublesome adverts have now been hard-coded into the skins which should hopefully make them more comfortable and less disruptive to your pages. We apologise again for having to include them but this is out of our control.

With the advent of the new design, however, we have been able to bring back a few old friends. We now have a selection of 10 skins for you to pick and choose from, allowing you to show some house loyalty (or disloyalty) and enjoy some beautiful artwork that was designed by MNFF members in the past. Simply select your chosen design from the information box on the right and enjoy!

Please make sure you change your skin preferences within your Account Info page. If your account is still set to an old skin, you may find the design you are currently using disappears after certain tasks.

As ever, if you spot any glitches or errors, please report them over on the Beta Forums.
Posted by Roxy Black on 08/07/11 10:48 (13 Comments)

Quicksilver Quills 2011
Nominations opened today for the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards - MNFF's annual award ceremony, created to recognise the best writing that MNFF has produced in the last twelve months.



There are twelve categories in this year's awards, honouring the main categories on the archive. In order to nominate your favourite stories from the past year, you will need to create a forum account and be sorted. Once you are in your house, simply visit this link in order to read the rules and nominate.



Nominations are open until the 15th August, so you have plenty of time to make your mind up!
Posted by coolh5000 on 07/02/11 17:16 (6 Comments)

Mysterious May
There is a new challenge for oneshots as well as chaptered stories in the Great Hall!

We're trying to blow the Mystery category up, but also get mystery stories into all the other categories on the archives.

There are four prompts, including a co-authored story, plus the extra credit.

Anyone can participate in the challenge, but you need to have an account on the MuggleNet Fan Fiction Beta Forums and need to get sorted. All this works very quickly and easily, and then you can jump right in.

For any questions, you can email me through the archives, or send me a message on the forums.

I really hope to see some fresh faces in there this month! The challenge will remain open until the 13th of June.
Posted by Karaley Dargen on 05/09/11 15:09 (12 Comments)

Addition to Email Problems Post
There have been a few changes to mod categories since the staff page was last updated. Please contact the following mods for information about your story:

History: theblacksister
Mystery: Karaley Dargen
Poetry: luinrina
Post-Hogwarts: Viv
Next-Gen: solemnlyswear_x
MWPP: mudbloodproud
Ron/Hermione: Karaley Dargen
Harry/Ginny: Viv
Ron/Hermione & Harry/Ginny: Colores
Other Pairings: luinrina
Harry/Hermione: solemnlyswear_x
Hermione/Draco: NikkiSue
Harry/OC: luinrina
Ron/OC: mudbloodproud
Hermione/OC: Phoenix5225 (phoenixmnff@gmail.com)
James/Lily: Colores
Severus/Lily: theblacksister
Draco/Ginny: theblacksister
Remus/Tonks: Phoenix5225 (phoenixmnff@gmail.com)
SSP: mugglemathdork/mgle_teacher
AU: mugglemathdork/mgle_teacher

For those categories that do not have a specified moderator (General, D/A, Humor) please email me directly at phoenixmnff@gmail.com and we will track down the mod who worked with your story.

We realize the huge inconvenience this places on everyone, and we appreciate your patience as we get this bug worked out. Thank you!
Posted by Kim on 03/04/11 10:54 (7 Comments)

Email Problems
I wanted to keep all authors in the loop regarding a problem the mods are having when sending emails after a rejection or validation.

We have discovered that although we are filling out the email forms and submitting them to the authors, they are not all making it to their destination. In order to attempt to fix the problem, we are - beginning tomorrow March 4th - going to be keeping track of rejection letters we send out. This way if an email does not make it to an author, we can pull up the document with what we had stated in the message and communicate it to those questioning our rejections.

As far as validated chapters, all I can recommend is to keep an eye on your account and watch from there.

Please remember to contact the moderator in charge of each category when you have issues with rejections. The names and categories are listed on the staff page to your left.

We thank you in advance for your continued patience and welcome any questions in the space below.
Posted by NikkiSue on 03/03/11 19:46 (3 Comments)

Admin
As the queue grows larger, the number of staff members must grow as well! We're looking for new additions to our mod family!



For the next two weeks, we will receive any and all applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires a lot of time and a lot of dedication. Please do not apply if you do not feel that you are able to handle the job.



As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:

- Moderate a certain number of stories every week.

- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.

- Participate in periodic moderator meetings via AOL Instant Messenger.

- 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:

- Leadership

- Motivation to help others

- Courtesy toward others

- Respect



We also only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. All applicants must have an AOL Instant Messenger screenname as well as a Livejournal as these are the two tools moderators use to communicate to one other. Applicants should also 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:




Screenname/Name:

How long have you been part of MNFF?

Stories on MNFF:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

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.





Applications and recommendations should be sent to mnffstaff2@hotmail.com, NOT the staff email. 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. Applications will be open until December 25th. Good luck!

Posted by mudbloodproud on 12/10/10 17:13 (6 Comments)

Through the Keyhole A Charity Anthology from the authors of Mugglenet Fanfiction
Harry Potter has always inspired charity work, whether that is through the HPA, charity events or JK Rowling herself.

This year, Mugglenet Fanfiction has been working on a very special project. We asked our authors to write their own original stories and poems to create an anthology that weve called Through the Keyhole. This anthology is now on sale and can be bought as both a paperback and a download through Lulu.com.

We wrote the book to support a charity by the name of Room to Read. This charity builds schools and libraries in countries around the world where education was previously inaccessible. They have already distributed over seven million books and helped over four million children learn to read.

Obviously, the ability to read and write is what has brought Mugglenet Fanfiction together as a community and we couldnt think of a better charity to support.

Each sale of the book will give around 3 (just under $5) to Room to Read. This is the total profit from each book sale as the rest of the price goes on production costs.

We hope that youll all join us in thanking the authors whose work has been published in helping us raise money for this fantastic charity, and hope you enjoy the work yourself.

Take a look by following the link: click me!
Posted by Roxy Black on 11/18/10 20:11 (6 Comments)

The 2010 Quicksilver Quills Results
Happy Halloween to everyone on MNFF! We hope you're having a good day, and that this news might make it even better. I am here to announce the winners of this year's QSQ awards. The decisions were made by teams of judges who read all the nominations and picked the stories they considered to be the highest quality. We've provided comments to give you an idea of why each fic/person won. Winners will receive award banners within the next few days.



The Winners




Best Beta Reader: Natalie/hestiajones



The care and attention to detail that Natalie clearly puts into her beta work really made her stand out among the other candidates. Not only did she correct errors, but she also took the time to explain the rule behind the mistake the author had made, so that they could actually learn from their mistakes and better understand where they went wrong. It is clear from her work that Natalie treats beta reading as an opportunity to improve writing in general, which is an amazing quality to have in a beta reader.



Best General: Fred and George's Busy Day by Northumbrian



Neil wrote this amazing piece with fabulous characterisation of our favourite Weasleys and gave an identity to some of those whose stories we didn't know, all melding together in a fantastic and very believable fiction. The story also gave us a good look at life in the DA underground. It has touching moments merged with Weasley wit and some stunning originality. It has action, drama, intrigue, and... romance? All in all, this fic is sparkling.



Best Dark/Angsty:Distantly by psijupiter



It is impossible to shake off that dark, tragic feeling that Psi wrote so well, no matter how many times you read the story. This is so different from any other Andromeda fics and it is just a stand out example of what makes a great D/A read. It is beautifully written with soft, poetic prose. The characterisation of the Andromeda is fantastic and the bleak reality of her life feels authentic. The dark quality to it is undeniable, but it's handled in a way that's incredibly poignant and touching. This is a definite gem of a fic.



Best Canon Romance:


- One-shot: What Would You Do? by ron lover



I loved this fic - it was an excellent example of canon romance and there was a good mix of fluff and tension. I loved the setting these few months are the happiest of the Potters lives and that really comes across, even with the tension present. There were so many little touches that made this fic Harry and his love of red hair, the ways he takes after James- theyre all believable and fit beautifully into canon. All the characters major and minor, were well done. This story was just a great read.



- Chaptered: Trickster by Willow Rosenberg



This was a very fun read. I've never been so entranced in a story. It hit every mark that could be expected and more. The way Lily and James were characterized is phenomenal. I was completely engrossed in their relationship; giggling when they were getting on well, sighing/annoyed when they were annoyed. The supporting characters were wonderfully entertaining and amusing and there were several plots running alongside the romance.



Best Artist: Dinny/Evora



Dinny's art is incredible. Each of her characters actually is a character, and always recognisable. The level of detail when she draws scenes is astounding. She always takes the light source into account and shows a clear understanding of how light works. Although she mostly draws with pencil, her work always looks clean and polished, and never like she just sketched something and left it at that. Dinny is still somewhat new in Dean's Corner, but she has already impressed a lot of people with her absolutely fantastic talent and dedication.



Best Marauder: Veils by Equinox Chick



Petunia is so often portrayed as such a horrible person because of what little we know from pre-Harry days and then we only see her through Harry's eyes. The little bits of sisterly bonding and love are not overplayed and hints at the close relationship the sisters had when they were younger. A bit of humour runs through the story and you know something is going to happen, but you just aren't sure what. It is a well-written story from beginning to end and leaves you with another prospective on Petunia. Characterisation is what made this fic truly sparkle. Not once do you feel like a character didn't sit right or sound right. From the relative nonentity of the bride's and groom's parents to the ones we know, such as the 'happy' couple, Marge, and the wedding crashers.



Best Same Sex Pairing: The Dance We Do by Equinox Chick



This story featured a femmeslash pairing that was not only freshly original with Bella/Amelia, but stayed in character, had the right amount of sexual tension, and stayed realistic to canon. It was engaging, and overall the simple complexity of Bella and Amelia's relationship throughout the story was rather clever.



Best Non-Canon Romance:

- One-shot: Waking by the opaleye.



This story is compelling, interesting and believable. I loved everything about this fic. The writing was powerful and really drew the reader in. I think perhaps the thing I liked most about this was that the relationship felt real and natural. It was excellently written and I liked the structure. The emotions felt so raw and so real. Its the perfect non-canon romance in all respects.



- Chaptered: Lavender, blue - A Gryffindor true by Equinox Chick



The fic was wonderfully written and engaging throughout. The most powerful element in this story for me was the way it wove seamlessly into the canon events in book seven. Everyone's characterization is top notch, and the story not only has the believable, non-canon romance, it has the full plot and full appearance of the other characters as well. All the minor characters were well-characterised and I felt they were given as much attention as the main ones. Definitely worthy of a QSQ



Best Historical: A Prize Above Rubies by Equinox Chick



When reading it, I got the atmosphere of the story immediately and yet the characters didnt take a back seat to the setting as so often happens in Historical stories. There was a plot, and there were subtleties of familial ties that were established throughout the story, but the feel of the times was brought about so wonderfully through the narration and dialogue! I think Rubies serves as an example of how to write a historical story and make it seem authentic without laboring to set up the entire atmosphere at the beginning of the story.



Best Next Generation: Our Little Secret by Kerichi



It has a strong plot with a steady flow. I like how it gets straight into the action from the very beginning. What I like the most about this story is the characterisation - each character is his or her own. There is just enough of their parents in them to make you happy, but they are their own people. It's an original concept of getting the two together, and I like that the fic is not just focused on the romance. Rose and Scorpius' relationship develops quite well. It's quick enough to keep the story moving, but paced enough to make it seem natural.



Best Reviewer: Amanda/Ahattab33



Amanda is a really great reviewer, very enthusiastic, and always makes authors feel good about what they've written. She has a great way of stating concrit clearly without being harsh or sugar-coating - she just gives her honest opinion in a polite way. She covers fics in a lot of depth, going into several elements and really explaining what, and why she enjoyed. Her reviews have a great tone and any author would squee with joy to at receiving one.



Best Post Hogwarts: Memento Mori by Liandrin



This was truly a unique little one-shot. I particularly loved the dialogue, and even more so the subtle way the author interweaves character through the description of what they are doing while they are talking. The writing was just beautiful, but not flowery, and that can be a hard line to walk. The biggest strength was the characterization. Draco's characterization is just the highlight of this piece--wow! He was the proud and somewhat arrogant Draco we know, with that twinge of conscience and need to do what is right. I finished the story and really wanted to read more of it.



Best Other Character: Mark Moon in Moon by Northumbrian



Mark Moon is a wonderful character. He's well rounded, brilliantly described and by unlocking his and Lavender's past we get a cracking story. The description of Mark by the other OC Janey Scott is very well done. His character is well developed as well as interesting. He doesn't play a 'background' role in a story in which he should be the focus. The story is great and he fits right into it and the HP world. The choice to go from a one-shot to a full story was a good one in this case as it gave us a more complete picture of Mark.



Best Poetry: The Clarion Call by hestiajones



This poem was a clear winner. The connection to HP was very strong without being overbearing and taking away from the lyrical nature of the poetry. It shows the very real choice of not submitting to Voldemort's terror tactics. Natalie's work here is simply wonderful. There's just something special about this poem.



Best Humour: Aberforth Dumbledore: A Love that Dare not Bleat its Name by Equinox Chick



This story is not only amusing in the way in which it was written, but it gives a plausible explanation for Aberforth's goat incident. It had a sweet, storybookish style that was pleasing and seemed true to the age of the narrator. It stayed true to canon without sacrificing the characterization of those involved.



Best Alternative Universe:

- One-shot: The End of Fear by MagEd



This was a pretty perfect example of an AU fic - it totally recreated the world five times, and even though it included some common AU cliches, they honestly didn't feel cliche because the way they were written. Harry and Ginny always came across as themselves, even in the completely different AU situations. The scenarios were all believable and all the mentions of other characters fitted in well.



- Chaptered:
Accursed Miracle by MorganRay



The concept of this story, that someone can be brought back and their soul placed into a souless body has possibility. It pulls you in and the characterization is good. Even changing the one major canon fact, the dead stay dead, is acceptable as this is the major reason for it being AU. In an AU sense, we felt it was a really great example of the category. There were little details given about the world that really made it feel real and believable.
Posted by coolh5000 on 10/31/10 13:57 (6 Comments)

The 2010 Quicksilver Quills
Hello!



Today sees the opening of nominations for the 2010 Quicksilver Quill awards - an annual event held to celebrate the best work of our members.



To find out more, and nominate stories, please head over to the beta forum here (click me). You will need to register an account to nominate but registration is quick and easy so don't let that stop you.



We have made a few changes to the rules this year, so make sure you read them carefully before nominating. The QSQs are a great way to reward the hard-working people and excellent writers on the site and the more nominations we get the better so please head over there and nominate.



Thank you!
Posted by coolh5000 on 07/23/10 16:44 (10 Comments)

New Moderators
We've sifted through the applications and decided on our final four new moderators. Congratulations to Karaley Dargen, ProfPosky, Viv and jenny b! They'll make fantastic additions to the team, so look out for their names in your validation letters soon!
Thank you to everyone who applied. If you didn't make it through this time, don't worry. MNFF hires periodically so just get involved around the site and apply next time!
Posted by Roxy Black on 05/21/10 8:16 (5 Comments)

Now Hiring Moderators
As the queue grows larger, the number of staff members must grow as well! We're looking for new additions to our mod family! We are also looking for site coders.

For the next two weeks, we will receive any and all applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires a lot of time and a lot of dedication. Please do not apply if you do not feel that you are able to handle the job.

As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:
- Moderate a certain number of stories every week.
- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.
- Participate in periodic moderator meetings via AOL Instant Messenger.
- 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:
- Leadership
- Motivation to help others
- Courtesy toward others
- Respect

We also only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. All applicants must have an AOL Instant Messenger screenname as well as a Livejournal as these are the two tools moderators use to communicate to one other. Applicants should also 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:

Screenname/Name:
How long have you been part of MNFF?
Stories on MNFF:
Strengths:
Weaknesses:
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.

Site coders should submit the following form:

Screenname/Name:
How long have you been part of MNFF?
What coding languages do you know?
Qualifications: (Names of other sites you coded for, classes taken, etc)
Possible Problems (Please be honest):
Names of people who will be recommending you:
Site coder applicants are also required to send two recommendations and are recommended to send any/all samples of their work.

Applications and recommendations should be sent to [email]mnffstaff2@hotmail.com[/email], NOT the staff email. 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).' Or in the case of Site coders: Coder Recommendation for (username). Once your complete application has been received (including the necessary recommendations), you will receive a confirmation email. Applications will be open until May 9th. Good luck!

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Please note the following:

Applications for moderators will be closing in a few hours.

However, we are extending the deadline to get your recommendations in for 72 hours. So, recommendations must be received by Wednesday, May 12th.

Thank you to all who applied. If you don't have your recommendations in, please get them in asap.


Applications and recommendations are now closed. Watch for an announcement soon of the new moderators. Thank you for your responses.
Posted by mudbloodproud on 04/25/10 17:27 (7 Comments)

MNFF Technical Issues
Hello everyone,

I'd just like to apologise for the sheer amount of technical issues that are appearing all over the site. I know that they are very frustrating and confusing and that they continue to appear despite being reported to us several times.

We are still looking for a permanent coder to join our staff so if you or anyone you know has experience with various coding languages and database systems and would be willing to volunteer for our site, please get in touch to mnffstaff@hotmail.com .

Until a proper coder is found, we ask for your patience as we try to discover the cause of our problems and fix them.

To achieve this end, we will be updating the database to the latest version of eFiction in two weeks time. This shouldn't be disruptive as it is only a minor update but as usual we ask you to make sure you have saved all of your work to your own computers in case anything ever goes wrong.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and patience and I'm so sorry that these issues go on.
Posted by Roxy Black on 03/27/10 18:22 (9 Comments)

Poetry on MNFF
Our poetry category is a small but creative section of the archive here at MNFF. We're currently giving it a bit of a face lift, so if you like reading poetry, writing poetry or feel like you would like to get involved but aren't quite sure how to them please drop by the beta forums and say hello in Poetry Anyone?. There are some new challenges coming down the line and the opportunity to get involved with Room to Read so if you want to know more come and join us. Please drop me an email via my user id if you have any questions.
Posted by Magical Maeve on 02/16/10 18:33 (19 Comments)

The Site Returns and with a New Category!
Welcome back everyone!

We're very sorry about the recent downtime. I hope you found our updates via facebook and twitter useful. Please note that these will be our main modes of contact if the site is down, so even if you don't have your own accounts on facebook or twitter - feel free to bookmark the pages as you can view our updates without having to respond.

We are now back for the foreseeable future though and will try to bring you news of any further downtime before it actually happens next time.

With the return of the site we bring you news of a new category. Thanks to the suggestions on the Beta Forums and the mods pointing out that there are two kinds of Post-Hogwarts fictions, we have split this category and created a new Next-Generation category. In future please submit any fictions that are about the generation after the second war (So from Teddy Lupin onwards) to this category. If you have one of these fictions in Post-Hogwarts at the moment, please do move it over. We hope you'll find this new category to your advantage and thank you all for the suggestion.
Posted by Roxy Black on 01/12/10 11:08 (11 Comments)

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