11125Re: [MEFAwards] the 2012 MEFAs are coming - and we want your help
- Jun 17, 2012I'll be happy to help out as a banner maker again.
Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:04:58 AM, Marta wrote:
M> Hey guys,
M> Over the last few months I've been discussing with several MEFA
M> volunteers how we can improve the awards for the upcoming year. And
M> we've finally gotten through all that. I'll make another announcement
M> later tonight about the changes, but the big thing to know is that the
M> 2012 MEFAs are coming, and soon! Specifically, here’s the schedule for
M> the 2012 awards:
M> --- (1) July 1-31: Nominations season
M> (After this, new pieces cannot be nominated for the awards.)
M> --- (2) August 7: Deadline for authors to finalize any nominations
M> (After this, any nominations that are not finalized will be withdrawn
M> from the awards and will need to be renominated in future years.)
M> --- (3) August 23-31: Check ballot season
M> (After this, pieces usually aren’t moved to new categories or
M> subcategories. The only exception is if the author finishes a WIP
M> --- (4) September 1: First reviews are displayed at the mefawards.org website.
M> (After this, all final reviews will be displayed at the website and
M> cannot be edited. Reviewers should use the “hidden” or “notes”
M> [previously draft] status if they need to edit reviews.)
M> --- (5) October 1: Deadline to enter a reviewing goal.
M> --- (6) January 31 (2013): Last day of voting.
M> (After this, no new votes can be entered. Any reviews with the notes
M> status will not be counted unless they are given a final or hidden
M> status before this date.)
M> The most important thing is this: the MEFAs will start accepting
M> nominations in just under two weeks. And that’s coming quickly.
M> So just what can you do to help out?
M> NOMINATORS: Now is the time to work out just what you want to
M> nominate. Basically, you can edit anything that hasn’t competed in the
M> past (or that was a WIP at the end of the awards in which it
M> competed), provided it meets our eligibility requirement, is at a
M> publicly-available link, and meets other eligibility requirements. You
M> can find the pieces nominated in 2011 at http://www.mefawards.org/,
M> and past years’ nominations are listed at
M> http://archive.mefawards.org/ . You’ll need the title, author’s name,
M> author’s email address, and link where the piece is available.
M> AUTHORS: You can help us out most by keeping an eye on whatever email
M> address you use for fandom websites and listservs. If you’ve changed
M> this in the last year, you should make sure your MEFA account is up to
M> date at www.mefawards.org. (If you need help doing that you can email
M> me at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.) Also, if you decide you don’t want to
M> compete this year, you should email me and let me know so I can put
M> you on our don’t-nominate list.
M> Then there are more formal volunteers, the members who help me doing
M> specific work behind the scenes. Specifically:
M> LIAISIONS: We need volunteers to help guide authors through the
M> process of getting their stories ready to compete. This involves
M> contacting authors and answering any questions they have about the
M> MEFAs (you can ask me if you don’t know the answer), and making sure
M> forms describing the stories are filled out correctly. You need to be
M> around regularly (ideally, at least once a day) between July 1 and
M> August 7. It also helps to have participated in the awards for at
M> least a year, and to have a generally positive and helpful attitude.
M> PROMOTERS: Want to help spread the word about the MEFAs? Promoters
M> post announcements at other Tolkien-centric websites, forums, and
M> listservs. You also need to keep an eye on those forums for MEFA
M> questions and relay them back to me if any seem to need an official
M> answer. The main thing is you need to know a place that would welcome
M> our announcements, where you can promote the MEFAs. You also need to
M> check your email regularly, between now and January 31. (Even if
M> someone promoted there last time, please feel free to volunteer;
M> there’s always a chance that person might not volunteer again.)
M> BANNER-MAKERS: Have an interest in graphic design? We’re always
M> looking for people to make banners and icons to recognize nominated
M> stories, people who meet their reviewing goals, and of course the
M> eventual winners. This can take as much or as little time as you are
M> willing to give to it, but obviously
M> RATINGS PANEL: Often authors aren’t sure what rating to give a story,
M> or readers will question whether the rating listed is appropriate.
M> When that happens I rely on the ratings panel, a group of MEFA members
M> who read the stories involved and tell me what rating they think the
M> story should have. I’ll give them official guidelines for what each
M> rating should cover. They will then read the stories and decide which
M> rating is more appropriate. You need to be able to read stories fairly
M> quickly and see where they fit in our guidelines. Most of the work is
M> July 1-August 15, but occasionally I also need your help later in the
M> awards as well.)
M> (Actually, the use of “rating” is inappropriate. The MEFAs is moving
M> to something called content advisories – which is basically one rating
M> for sex, another for violence, and a third for other mature themes.
M> I’ll say more about this when I post the PM results later tonight, but
M> the goal is to give more information to readers who might have no
M> problem with any kind of sexual content but prefer to avoid violence –
M> or vice versa. In any event the ratings panel will be looking at
M> whether those content advisories are appropriate.)
M> So: if any of those sound like your cup of Earl Grey, please send me
M> an email at mefasupportATgmailDOTcom. Even if you’re not sure you can
M> handle it, drop me a line and I’ll be glad to tell you more about what
M> we need.
M> One other way to help is with your wallet. The MEFA website relies on
M> having a website, and the company that provides it does like to be
M> paid occasionally. This costs around $10 a month and is our only
M> expense; the rest of the awards run on our volunteer’s talents and
M> elbow grease. I realize that money can be tight these days, and you
M> are certainly free to participate without contributing $$$ toward that
M> particular bill, but we certainly appreciate every donation – if only
M> because every contribution means it’s that much longer before I have
M> to be here again with my hand out. :-)
M> You can donate at http://bit.ly/KR1EsU. I also accept checks and cash
M> if you can’t use PayPal for some point; email me at
M> mefasupportATgmailDOTcom and I’ll email you my postal address.
M> Looking forward to working (and playing) with you all in the 2012 MEFAs.
M> (MEFA Admin.)
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