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  • Marta
    Feb 3, 2005
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      --- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, "Ainaechoiriel" <mefaadmin@e...>
      > Sorry I've been busy with computers and files that are 450MB in

      Sorry to hear that you're so busy.

      We have a month, so I don't think there's any huge hurry on this
      stuff. But I did finish the categorization guide, which I'm including
      in this post. I'm also emailing it to you as an attachment, for your

      I think I'm ready to start working on FAQs. What would people like to
      see explained more clearly? What was confusing last year?



      Categorization Guide

      Authors whose stories are nominated for the 2005 Middle-earth
      Fanfiction Awards must choose their first, second, and third choices
      for the categories they want each piece to compete in. They also may
      suggest a subcategory. (Some sub-categories are mandatory: drabbles,
      poetry, and WIP.)

      The first, second, and third prize awards are given out to the works
      with the most votes in each category. They do not necessarily have to
      be about the theme of the award. For example, a piece about Feanor
      could win "The Ainulindale Award" (1st place, Silmarillion), even
      though Feanor's story occurs after the events described in the

      In many cases the same story will fit in several categories; in this
      case authors are asked to choose the category they think is the
      <b>best</b> fit.


      1. Races & Places

      Works in the "Races & Places" category should be noteworthy in their
      focus on the characteristics and culture of a certain race (or
      multiple race).

      A. Men - Stories in this category should be about one or more Men
      (either male or female), or give some insight to one or more of the
      Mannish cultures.

      1st: The Faithful of Numenor Award
      2nd: The Kings of Gondor and Arnor Award
      3rd: The Ruling Stewards Award

      B. Elves - Stories in this category should be about one or more Elves
      or Half-elves, or give some insight to one or more of the Elvish

      1st: The Lothlorien Awards
      2nd: The Imladris Awards
      3rd: The Grey Havens Awards

      C. Hobbits - Stories in this category should be about one or more
      Hobbits, or give some insight to one or more of the Elvish cultures.

      1st: The Ring-bearer of Bag End Award
      2nd: The Master of Buckland Award
      3rd: The Thain of the Great Smials Award

      D. Dwarves - Stories in this category should be about one or more
      Dwarves, or give some insight into one or more of the Dwarvish

      [prizes to be determined]

      E. Villains - Stories in this category should be about one or more of
      the various traitors to the Valar, or the people allied to these
      traitors. This would include Morgoth, Sauron, the Nazgul, Orcs,
      balrogs, wargs, trolls, evil men (such as Haradrim and the Corsairs),
      and traitors within the other races (such as Saruman or Grima
      Wormtongue). Pieces that give some insight into the peoples allied to
      Morgoth or Sauron also fit well in this category.

      [prizes to be determined]

      F. Cross-cultural - Stories in this category should feature equally
      characters from various races - for example, about the relationship
      between Legolas and Gimli or about the fellowship as a whole. Pieces
      about a member of one race reflecting on another race also might do
      well here -- for example, Elrond trying to explain about death to one
      of Isildur's heirs.

      [prizes to be determined]

      2. Genres

      Works in the Genres division are noteworthy because of their dramatic
      conflicts, or use of mystery, or some other such genre-specific

      A. Humour - Stories in this category should have humour as a primary
      ingredient. They may either portray a humorous situation native to
      Middle-earth, or may be a parody.

      1st: The Tom Bombadil Award
      2nd: The Bilbo Baggins Award
      3rd: The Barliman Butterbur Award

      B. Adventure - Stories in this category should feature action as a
      primary ingredient - for example, an adventure or a battle sequence.

      1st: The Battle of the Black Gate Award
      2nd: The Battle of the Pelennor Fields Award
      3rd: The Battle of Helm's Deep Award

      C. Drama - Stories in this category should feature a dramatic conflict
      as a primary ingredient. Stories about conversations or interactions
      between two characters (of any race), or about political or social
      ceremonies usually fit well in this category.

      1st: The Turin Turambar Award
      2nd: The Frodo Baggins Award
      3rd: The Nimrodel and Amroth Award

      D. Romance - Stories in this category should feature at least one
      romantic relationship, either same-sex (slash or femslash) or
      different-sex (het), as a key ingredient.

      1st: The Beren and Luthien Award
      2nd: The Tuor and Idril Award
      3rd: The Nimrodel and Amroth Award

      E. Horror - Stories in this category should feature horror as a key

      1st: The Morgoth Bauglir Award
      2nd: The Eye of Sauron Award
      3rd: The Witch-king of Angmar Award

      F. Mystery - Stories in this category should feature mystery or
      suspense as a key ingredient. Pieces where the plot involves the
      discovery of some previously unknown fact might fit in this category.

      1st: The Shadows of Cuivienen Award
      2nd: The Barrow-wights Award
      3rd: The Pukel-men Award

      G. Crossover - Stories in this category should draw both from
      Tolkien's books (or Jackson's movies) and some other fandom.

      1st: The Pirates of the Caribbean Award
      2nd: The Hidalgo Award
      3rd: The Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Award

      H. Alternative Universe - For the purpose of the Middle-earth
      Fanfiction Awards, an alternative universe piece is one that deviates
      from its source material (whether the books or movies in some
      important respect.) For example, a story where Boromir survives the
      Ring War, or where Frodo does not sail West, might compete in this
      category. AUs are also eligible in other categories if an author
      believes they fit them better.

      [awards to be determined]

      I. Movieverse - Stories based on Peter Jackson's movies in addition to
      or instead of Tolkien's books are eligible for any other appropriate
      category. However, some pieces are more about the movies' version of
      events or explain some difference between movieverse and bookverse.
      Pieces in this category should be based primarily on the movies'
      version of events (though they may draw some inspiration from the
      books), and they should offer some new insight into the movies.

      [prizes to be determined]

      J. Nonfiction - Pieces in this category should be non-fiction of
      fictions. Argumentative or speculative essays, research articles,
      reviews on the books might be placed here. Analyses of fandom trends
      or essays on likely historical models for fanfic might compete here as

      [prizes to be determined]


      Works in the Time/Books division give some new insight to the events
      described in canon (books or movies) -- perhaps a gapfiller or a new
      perspective on an event portrayed in canon, or a story about the lives
      of the characters before or after the canonical events.

      A. Silmarillion - Pieces in this category should be about events
      described in <i>The Silmarillion</i> and tolkien's other posthumous
      events -- set in the Age of the Trees, the First Age, the Second Age,
      and the earlier parts of the Third Age.

      1st: The Ainulindale Award
      2nd: The Valaquenta Award
      3rd: The Akallabeth Award

      B. <i>The Hobbit Award</i> - Pieces in this category should be about
      the events of <i>The Hobbit</i>, or in "The Quest for Erebor" (in
      <i>Unfinished Tales</i>). Stories about the White Council and the
      driving of Sauron from Dol Guldur also fit well here, as do stories
      about the lives of <i>The Hobbit</i>'s principle characters before or
      after the Quest for Erebor.

      1st: The Shire Award
      2nd: The Mirkwood Award
      3rd: The Lonely Mountain Award

      C. <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> - Pieces in this category should be
      about the events of <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, or about events
      happening in other regions of Middle-earth during the same time (such
      as the assaults on Lothlorien or the death of Dain). Events in the
      lands mentioned in LotR before the Ring War (i.e., Grima's rise to
      power) or about the characters of LotR before the events in the books
      might also fit well here.

      1st: The Fellowship of the Ring
      2nd: The Two Towers
      3rd: The Return of the King

      D. The Post-Ring War Awards - Pieces in this category should focus on
      events after <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, through the present day.

      [awards to be determined]



      There are three <b>mandatory</b> subcategories: drabble, poetry, and
      work-in-progress. If your work is one of these three types, then you
      <b>must</b> mention this as a subcategory.

      Some reminders:

      * A drabble is exactly one hundred words (not counting the title,
      which is allowed up to seven additional words. Variations of this form
      (double drabbles, triple drabbles, and drabble series, for instance)
      should run in the drabble subcategory.

      * All verse, even if it does not fit one of the classic poetic forms,
      should be entered under the poetry subcategory. This includes filks
      and free verse.

      * Works-in-progress must have been updated within twelve months of the
      end of nomination season (April 1, 2005). Furthermore, any piece can
      only run once as a WIP. If a WIP was nominated in 2004, it is
      ineligible to compete in 2005.

      Beyond that... you may suggest any subcategory you like. Some

      * Length - If your prose piece is a vignette (a single scene usually
      less than 5,000 words) or a novella (a longer piece, usually longer
      than 50,000 words) and you would like it to compete against other
      similar works, feel free to suggest this as a subcategory.
      * Location - If your piece is set in a certain region or kingdom, you
      can suggest this as a subcategory.
      * Time Frame - Last year, many of the "Races & Places" categories had
      "pre-Quest" or "post-Quest" subcategories. Silmarillion also had
      "First Age" and "Second Age" subcategories. If you're interested in
      your piece competing in such a subcategory, please note it.
      * Sub-genre - For example, if your drama piece is also an angst piece
      and you would be interested in in running against other angst pieces,
      note it.
      * Key character or pairing - if your piece focuses on a certain
      character, feel free to note that as a possible subcategory.

      Basically, you can suggest any subcategory you like, and you can
      suggest as many as you like per story. Not all subcategories will be
      viable, and each piece can only compete in one subcategory. But the
      categorizers will decide which subcategories to actually use and which
      stories will compete in them.
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