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  • Marta
    Hey guys, (Apologies for the late educational post - between Labor Day and Rosh HaShannah this week got a bit wonky for me schedule-wise.) Sometimes you want
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      Hey guys,

      (Apologies for the late educational post - between Labor Day and Rosh
      HaShannah this week got a bit wonky for me schedule-wise.)

      Sometimes you want to find stories by a certain story length, or you
      want to see just the stories of a certain type (for instance, you want
      to read poetry). For whatever reason, the MEFA website makes this easy
      enough to do.

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      FINDING STORIES BY LENGTH

      --- 1. Log in to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2010/
      --- 2. Click the "Stories" link at the top of the page.
      --- 3. Click the link to display the filter.
      --- 4. Click the "Clear All Filters" button.
      --- 5. Select the length you want.
      --- 6. Click the "Display Selected Nominations" button.

      The available options are:

      --- (a) True Drabble: single pieces, exactly 100 words
      --- (b) True Drabble Series: a series where each part is a true drabble
      --- (c) Ficlet: single pieces, less than 1,000 words but not including drabbles
      --- (d) Ficlet Series: a series where each part is a ficlet
      --- (e) Short Story: 1,001-10,000 words
      --- (f) Medium Length: 10,001-40,000 words
      --- (g) Novel: 40,001+ words
      --- (h) N/A: for poetry or non-fiction

      These are based on the info authors report, and it's always possible a
      mistake was made. If you find a story that's wrong you should report
      it to mefasupport(at)gmail(dot)com.

      Once you do this, it will bring up all the stories (excepting ones
      you've told the website to skip) and you'll be able to read and vote
      for the ones you like. This is particularly useful for people who want
      to read novels, since you probably want to start on them early if you
      haven't already read them. (You may be able to squeeze in a half-dozen
      drabbles in the last week of the awards, but probably not a half-dozen
      novels.) This lets you look over the stories of any length you like
      and see what might be appealing to you.

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      FINDING STORIES BY TYPE

      You can also find all the stories of a certain story type if you like.

      --- 1. Log in to www.mefawards.net/MEFA2010/
      --- 2. Click the "Stories" link at the top of the page.
      --- 3. Click the link to display the filter.
      --- 4. Click the "Clear All Filters" button.
      --- 5. Select the type you want.
      --- 6. Click the "Display Selected Nominations" button.

      The available types are:

      --- (a) Drabble: including single pieces of 100 words, or series where
      each part is 100 words.
      --- (b) Incomplete: including pieces of all types (non-fic, poetry,
      ficlet series, full-length story) where the author is either adding
      new parts or is seriously revising the currently-posted parts
      --- (c) Non-Fiction: including essays and research aids
      --- (d) Poetry
      --- (e) Story: including everything else - from Ficlets up to Novels
      but not including WIPs

      You can also find stories of the same type by pulling up the
      subcategory you want, as we discussed a few weeks ago. Stories in the
      same subcategory are always the same type.

      --- i. Subcategories ending with "Incomplete" contain WIPs.
      --- ii. Subcategories ending with "Drabble Series" contain drabble series.
      --- iii. Subcategories ending with "Drabbles" contain true drabbles.
      --- iv. Subcategories ending with "Mixed Drabbles" contain both
      drabble series and true drabbles.
      --- v. Subcategories in the "Poetry" main category contain poems.
      --- vi. Subcategories in the "Non-Fiction" main category contain non-fiction.

      Everything else, including the "General" subcategory of each main
      category, contain the story type "Stories."

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      For more info:

      --- How do I find a story to vote for?
      http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2010/index.php?page=FAQvoting#vot_15

      --- Do you categorize based on length?
      http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2010/index.php?page=FAQcategories#cat_10

      --- What are the mandatory subcategories?
      http://www.mefawards.net/MEFA2010/index.php?page=FAQcategories#cat_4

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      P.S. - Don't forget, annmarwalk is posting reviews to the
      [mefa-reviews] Yahoo group and the [mefas] LJ. Join up at either or
      both places to get reviews by email or on your LJ friends page.

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      Marta
      (MEFA Admin.)
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