Hello fanficers! Bri and I have a few things we need to tell you, though it's not enough to do an entire 'State of the Fanfic Address' but needed to be said. We also have a question we want to ask you and a plea for help, so please read the entire thing! Colors for Challenges Previously only mod challenges and the occasional other challenge has been allowed to have colors for awards, but after quite a few people asking we have come up with a colors for challenges policy. That policy is as follows: 1. Only 1 non-mod challenge where colors are eligible may be running at a time. If your challenge currently is colors eligible (i.e. the winner(s) get colors as a prize) and someone else wants to host a colors eligible challenge, it will be discussed how long your challenge will remain colors eligible if it is an ongoing challenge. If it's a one time challenge, the new host will be given a date as to when they may host their challenge, which will be sometime after the previous challenge has ended. If it's an ongoing challenge and the decided time is up, you may continue your challenge but winners will not receive colors. 2. Only free standing challenges that would be open to writers of any era may be color eligible, no discussion threads or indices may host a challenge for colors. 3. Color eligible challenges must have a clear winner. It can be discussed between the host and the mods how many winners there are and how long the colors may be given. The mods have the final decision on how many people and how long the winners will receive colors based on the complexity of the challenge. 4. If your challenge only has a few people participating over a certain period of time, your challenge may become no longer colors eligible. (This will be discussed between you and the mods, before the decision is made.) The host of course would be free to continue the challenge without the winners getting colors. Awards We didn't get as many people responding to the awards survey awhile back as we hoped, but the feed back we did get was great! We got enough that we feel as though we can give the awards another shot with a few changes to previous years. Overwhelmingly people stated they wanted winter awards, fewer categories, a few fun categories, some kind of prizes and to keep the eras separate. Regarding Prizes We love this idea, but we are going to need your help. We can't give colors to all winners because even with fewer categories we would be looking at potentially >30 winners across the three eras and that's just too many. So we were hoping some of you could volunteer to do something for a winner: write a short story for a winner, make a icon, make cover art, do a drawing, ask someone you know to do any of these thing, etc. Creativity is great! If you would be willing to do so, please let us know here in the thread or via PM and how many things you would be willing to do. If you don't know what you want to do yet, that's fine, just let us know you plan on helping out with prizes! Running of the Awards Years ago the awards were run by the mods, but then the tides changed and the mods were simply around to make sure everything was on the up and up. As always, to keep it fair, you aren't allowed to be nominated in an era where you are volunteering. But with so few people really participating in the awards, we want everyone to participate. So with that in mind, we were thinking about going back to the old way and we would run the awards, but we want to know your opinion on this matter. This wouldn't be to take the awards out of everyones hands, but more to cut down on confusion with the move/truncation issue and to allow for maximum participation. As with most things having to do with this years awards, this could change in following years as fanfic continues to change. Again, please post your thoughts here in this thread or via PM. Thanks for reading, and as always we welcome thought, comments, rotten tomatoes, etc. ~Mav and Bri tl;only skimmed: 1) If you want to do a challenge and want to award colors for the challenge, reread the guidelines before asking. 2) If we are going to have prizes for awards, let us know if you are willing to volunteer to make/create something. 3) Let us know if you are okay with the mods running the awards.