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Hello, and welcome to the Quill Awards, the WDC improvement on the Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, etc.!
Please come nominate items and best of luck to all of you!
Thanks to jay for the awesome 2012 banner and headers!
And humongous thanks to A.T.B: Quills★1376303 and "Invalid Item" for the incredibly generous trophy gracing the Quills!
How to nominate an author or work
Have you found an item that is excellent, well written or well thought-out, and an asset to the WDC community? Do you know an author that consistently provides quality work and/or whose efforts serve the WDC community? If so, read on!
Step #1: Check to see what category the item/author fits into.
Remember, genre nominations will be processed later by judges, so don't nominate people in those!
Don't worry too much about getting it into the right category; we'll make sure it gets there.
Step #2: Check to see it's eligible!
Hint: Was it written/created in 2012? It's eligible! Was it heavily modified in 2012? If yes and it's a non-static item (like a shop, contest, or group), it's probably eligible! If the answer's still no, it's probably not.
Click on each award to see any category-specific rules.
Step #3: Add a post with the category name in the title, and a link to the item and (if you'd like) a couple sentences explaining why it's extraordinary in the body of the post.
The sentences you write will be posted in "2012 Quills Nominations" (no names will be posted for privacy) so make sure they're good!
For help linking items, see "Linking Help And Practice" .
If you'd like to nominate anonymously, follow the same process, but e-mail Andrew C. graduated! directly instead of posting in the forum.
If in doubt, nominate and we'll check it for you!
And you're done!
A couple things to keep in mind when nominating...
If you want to nominate your own work, you must nominate at least three other items for every work of yours you nominate.
To prevent self-nominations, secondary accounts may not nominate anyone.
An author may have no more than two nominations in any category. If an author is nominated multiple times in a category, he or she will be asked to pick those he or she wishes to appear from those nominated.
You may nominate as many items as you wish, as long as you follow the other rules. So go forth and nominate!
and a couple more things in general...
Nominations will close in mid-January 2013. Finalists will be announced in early February for the requisite categories and the awards ceremony will take place in late February or early March 2013. The awards ceremony will last approximately 4 hours.
The awards to be handed out will be mostly funded by donations. If you wish to donate, please send GPs to group #1375927. Those donating 10K or more GPs will be listed here for all to see, and those donating 40,000 GPs or more will receive a Fundraising (or similar) Merit Badge!
And of course...
Have a fun time!
(all times are WDC time, all dates are 2013, and all dates are subject to change):
Sunday 27 January, 11:59 pm: Nominations close!
Wednesday 30 January: List of genre nominations revealed
early February: Ceremony poll opens (to determine date)
early February: Genre voting begins!
mid-February: Genre voting ends
mid-February: Ceremony poll closes
late February: Invitations sent out
late February: The PreQuill Red Carpet Gala
late February/early March: The 6th Annual Quill Awards Ceremony!
Awards that receive less than 4 nominations will not be given out.
Awards that receive more than 8 nominations will have 3-7 pieces selected as finalists through a combined public voting and private judging process.
Judges' decisions are final. No if's, and's, or but's. Judges reserve the right to not grant an award in any year if no nominees are deemed worthy of an award.
Awards are offered in the following 48 categories (***Please click on them for more info; nominees for awards in brackets will be selected following the end of the regular nomination period so you may not nominate in those categories! Click on them for more information regarding this.):
Non-Static Awards: (11 categories)
must have been created and/or reasonably active in 2012
Best Forum (Non-Contest)
Best Interactive or Campfire
Best In and Out
Best Single-Person Activity
Best Image/cNote Shop
Best New Contest
Best New Group
Static Awards: (19 categories)
must be static or book items created in 2012 unless otherwise noted
Best Short Poem, Structured
Best Medium-Length Poem, Structured
Best Long Poem, Structured
Best Short Poem, Freeverse
Best Medium-Length Poem, Freeverse
Best Long Poem, Freeverse
Best Poetry Collection
Best Short Non-Fiction
Best Long Non-Fiction
Best Non-Fiction Collection
Best Flash Fiction
Best Short Story
Best Long Story
[Best Long Fiction ]
Best Short Story Collection
Best Fiction Collection
Best Mixed Collection
Overall: (18 categories)
must have been created or reasonably active in 2012, depending on the type; nominees in this
section may also be nominated in either Static or Non-Static sections; genre awards may vary
from year to year; nominees will be categorized following the end of nominations
[Best Action/Adventure ]
[Best Comedy ]
[Best Drama/Emotional ]
[Best Erotica ]
[Best Fantasy/Sci-fi ]
[Best Gay/Lesbian ]
[Best Horror/Suspense ]
[Best Mystery/Crime ]
[Best Nature ]
[Best Romance/Love ]
[Best Spiritual/Inspirational/Philosophy ]
[Best Young Adult/Children's ]
Best Newsletter Editing
Best Original Idea
Special Contributions to WDC
Best New Portfolio
For a list of this year's nominees, please see "2012 Quills Nominations"
Don't forget to stop by "Quills Guide and History-Under Constru-!"
Click on the category above to see what the prize is for that category. (Prizes vary from category to category.)
To see what the prize for each award is, click on the descriptions above. Honorable Mentions will be handed out as the judges deem appropriate and will be appropriate Merit Badges.
If the winning author wishes to take the GP equivalent of any MBs and awardicons for his or her awards, he or she should contact me as soon as possible after the nominations are announced. If the prize is an awardicon and the item has an awardicon of equal or greater value, the winner will be contacted to see if he or she prefers the awardicon, a GP equivalent, or a Merit Badge.
NOTE: Awards may change according to donations. They will not decrease, but they may go up according to donations given. If you would like to donate, please send GPs to "The Quill Awards Panel and Bank"
Donations: The quickest, easiest way to help out is to send a GP donation to group #1375927 to help us run the Quills! Those donating 40K or more GPs will receive a Fundraising or similar Merit Badge, limit 1 per awards season.
Kind Donors, 2012 season (10K GPs and over; sponsors of awards are listed under that award)
-The Doorman (20K)
- Sisco ~ Loves W.Com! (75K)
-Anonymous red case (54.321K, go figure!)
-A.T.B: Quills★1376303 (154.321K, I smell a pattern...)
-blue jellybaby (50K)
-"Midnight's FundRaiser Event of the Year" by Emily ~ World Traveler (100.65K)
-Quihadi (1 John 1:9-10) (40K)
-PDG Rocks! Hannah (10K)
-Breaker ~A Vigilante Ranger~ via "GSS CHRISTMAS AUCTION RESERVE BANK" (76.45K)
-Devil's Delight - Cherry (30K)
-Your name here?
Thanks to all!
Judging: If you would like to help judge the Quills, please fill out this form: "The Quills Judging Form"
Other ways to help:
-If you have suggestions for improving the Quills, please use this survey: "Quills Suggestion Box"
-If you are interested in hosting the 2012 or future Quill Awards ceremonies, or in presenting or sponsoring one of the awards, please indicate so by filling out a form in the Suggestion Box above or e-mailing me directly.
DISCLAIMER: The Quill Awards do not claim and have never claimed to be the sole arbiter of quality work and service on WDC. The Quills are merely a substantial effort at recognizing and celebrating individual and community work on WDC throughout the year. It is a collection of extraordinary people and works, not the only collection.