11120Re: [MEFAwards] the 2012 MEFAs are coming - and we want your help
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On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM, Marta <marta.fandom@...> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> Over the last few months I've been discussing with several MEFA
> volunteers how we can improve the awards for the upcoming year. And
> we've finally gotten through all that. I'll make another announcement
> later tonight about the changes, but the big thing to know is that the
> 2012 MEFAs are coming, and soon! Specifically, here�s the schedule for
> the 2012 awards:
> --- (1) July 1-31: Nominations season
> (After this, new pieces cannot be nominated for the awards.)
> --- (2) August 7: Deadline for authors to finalize any nominations
> (After this, any nominations that are not finalized will be withdrawn
> from the awards and will need to be renominated in future years.)
> --- (3) August 23-31: Check ballot season
> (After this, pieces usually aren�t moved to new categories or
> subcategories. The only exception is if the author finishes a WIP
> --- (4) September 1: First reviews are displayed at the mefawards.orgwebsite.
> (After this, all final reviews will be displayed at the website and
> cannot be edited. Reviewers should use the �hidden� or �notes�
> [previously draft] status if they need to edit reviews.)
> --- (5) October 1: Deadline to enter a reviewing goal.
> --- (6) January 31 (2013): Last day of voting.
> (After this, no new votes can be entered. Any reviews with the notes
> status will not be counted unless they are given a final or hidden
> status before this date.)
> The most important thing is this: the MEFAs will start accepting
> nominations in just under two weeks. And that�s coming quickly.
> So just what can you do to help out?
> NOMINATORS: Now is the time to work out just what you want to
> nominate. Basically, you can edit anything that hasn�t competed in the
> past (or that was a WIP at the end of the awards in which it
> competed), provided it meets our eligibility requirement, is at a
> publicly-available link, and meets other eligibility requirements. You
> can find the pieces nominated in 2011 at http://www.mefawards.org/,
> and past years� nominations are listed at
> http://archive.mefawards.org/ . You�ll need the title, author�s name,
> author�s email address, and link where the piece is available.
> AUTHORS: You can help us out most by keeping an eye on whatever email
> address you use for fandom websites and listservs. If you�ve changed
> this in the last year, you should make sure your MEFA account is up to
> date at www.mefawards.org. (If you need help doing that you can email
> me at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.) Also, if you decide you don�t want to
> compete this year, you should email me and let me know so I can put
> you on our don�t-nominate list.
> Then there are more formal volunteers, the members who help me doing
> specific work behind the scenes. Specifically:
> LIAISIONS: We need volunteers to help guide authors through the
> process of getting their stories ready to compete. This involves
> contacting authors and answering any questions they have about the
> MEFAs (you can ask me if you don�t know the answer), and making sure
> forms describing the stories are filled out correctly. You need to be
> around regularly (ideally, at least once a day) between July 1 and
> August 7. It also helps to have participated in the awards for at
> least a year, and to have a generally positive and helpful attitude.
> PROMOTERS: Want to help spread the word about the MEFAs? Promoters
> post announcements at other Tolkien-centric websites, forums, and
> listservs. You also need to keep an eye on those forums for MEFA
> questions and relay them back to me if any seem to need an official
> answer. The main thing is you need to know a place that would welcome
> our announcements, where you can promote the MEFAs. You also need to
> check your email regularly, between now and January 31. (Even if
> someone promoted there last time, please feel free to volunteer;
> there�s always a chance that person might not volunteer again.)
> BANNER-MAKERS: Have an interest in graphic design? We�re always
> looking for people to make banners and icons to recognize nominated
> stories, people who meet their reviewing goals, and of course the
> eventual winners. This can take as much or as little time as you are
> willing to give to it, but obviously
> RATINGS PANEL: Often authors aren�t sure what rating to give a story,
> or readers will question whether the rating listed is appropriate.
> When that happens I rely on the ratings panel, a group of MEFA members
> who read the stories involved and tell me what rating they think the
> story should have. I�ll give them official guidelines for what each
> rating should cover. They will then read the stories and decide which
> rating is more appropriate. You need to be able to read stories fairly
> quickly and see where they fit in our guidelines. Most of the work is
> July 1-August 15, but occasionally I also need your help later in the
> awards as well.)
> (Actually, the use of �rating� is inappropriate. The MEFAs is moving
> to something called content advisories � which is basically one rating
> for sex, another for violence, and a third for other mature themes.
> I�ll say more about this when I post the PM results later tonight, but
> the goal is to give more information to readers who might have no
> problem with any kind of sexual content but prefer to avoid violence �
> or vice versa. In any event the ratings panel will be looking at
> whether those content advisories are appropriate.)
> So: if any of those sound like your cup of Earl Grey, please send me
> an email at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom. Even if you�re not sure you can
> handle it, drop me a line and I�ll be glad to tell you more about what
> we need.
> One other way to help is with your wallet. The MEFA website relies on
> having a website, and the company that provides it does like to be
> paid occasionally. This costs around $10 a month and is our only
> expense; the rest of the awards run on our volunteer�s talents and
> elbow grease. I realize that money can be tight these days, and you
> are certainly free to participate without contributing $$$ toward that
> particular bill, but we certainly appreciate every donation � if only
> because every contribution means it�s that much longer before I have
> to be here again with my hand out. :-)
> You can donate at http://bit.ly/KR1EsU. I also accept checks and cash
> if you can�t use PayPal for some point; email me at
> mefasupportATgmailDOTcom and I�ll email you my postal address.
> Looking forward to working (and playing) with you all in the 2012 MEFAs.
> (MEFA Admin.)
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