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November 24, 2014
7:13am EST

by Andrew
Rated: ASR | Message Forum | Writing.Com | #1376303
Recognizing the best of WDC

Hello and welcome to the 7th Annual Quill Awards, recognizing the best of Writing.Com in 2013! *Bigsmile*

Thanks to jay: 13! for the awesome 2013 images (banner, headers, sigs)! *Cool*
And thanks also to A.T.B: aerobugger on IG and "This Is Why We Write for the generous trophy gracing the Quills! *Delight*

The Quill Awards aim to recognize the contributions of members of Writing.Com to the site and to writing in general by presenting awards meant to highlight quality work in categories ranging from community efforts (such as contests and groups) to writing ability (such as poetry and stories). Ultimately, the Quills wish to build the community at WDC by promoting high quality work and good faith between members of the site.

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.
         *Checkb* Remember, genre nominations will be processed later by judges, so don't nominate people in those!
         *Checkb* Don't worry too much about getting it into the right category; we'll make sure it gets there. Wink
Step #2: Check to see it's eligible!
         *Checkv* Hint: Was it written/created in 2013? It's eligible! Was it heavily modified in 2013? If yes and it's a non-static item (like a shop, contest, or group), it's probably eligible! If the answer to that is no, it's probably not eligible.
         *Checkv* 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.
         *Checkg* The sentences you write will be posted in "2013 Quills Nominations (no names will be posted for privacy) so make sure they're good!
         *Checkg* For help linking items, see "Linking Help And Practice.
         *Checkg* If you want to nominate anonymously, follow the same process but e-mail Andrew directly instead of posting in the forum.

*Star* If in doubt, nominate and we'll check it for you! Smile

And you're done!

A couple things to keep in mind when nominating...
*Bulletr* If you want to nominate your own work, you must nominate at least three other items for every work of yours you nominate.
*Bulletr* To prevent self-nominations, secondary accounts may not nominate anyone.
*Bulletb* An author may have no more than two nominations in any single category. If an author is nominated multiple times in a category, he or she will be contacted and asked to select those he or she wishes to be official nominations.
*Bulletb* 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 general things...
*Star* Nominations will close in mid-January 2014. Finalists will be announced in early February for the requisite categories at the PreQuill Gala. The awards ceremony will take place in late February or early March 2014. The awards ceremony will last approximately 4 hours.
*Star* 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 in the forum and those donating 40,000 GPs or more will receive a Fundraising (or similar) Merit Badge!
*Star* New for this year, we now have an item alias! Just type in {item:quills} and it'll link right back here! Smile

And of course...

          Have a fun time!

(all times are WDC time, all dates are 2014, and all dates are subject to change):

         *Quill* 17 January, 11:59pm: Nominations close.
         *Quill* 26 January: List of genre nominations revealed
         *Quill* 3 February: Poll sent to nominees to determine date for ceremony
         *Quill* 5 February: Genre and finalist voting begins
         *Quill* 12 February, 11:59pm: Ceremony poll closes
         *Quill* 19 February, 11:59pm: Genre and finalist voting ends
         *Quill* late February: Invitations sent out
         *Quill* 23 February, 6-7:30pm: "The PreQuill Gala (7th Annual Quills) (finalists and reviewing shortlist announced, several awards presented)
         *Quill* 2 March, 1-5pm: "The 7th Annual Quill Awards Ceremony

*Star* Awards that receive less than 4 nominations will not be given out.
*Star* Awards that receive more than 10 nominations will have 30%-50% of the nominated pieces selected as finalists through a combined public voting and private judging process.
*Star* 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 of sufficient quality.
*Star* The Quill Awards Judge Handbook   is distributed to all judges and available for anyone to read to see how judging is done.

Awards are offered in the following 50 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. Categories may change as the panel deems appropriate, depending on numbers of nominees and other factors.)

Non-Static Awards: (12 categories)
must have been created and/or reasonably active in 2013 (read rules for specifics)

Best Forum (Non-Contest)
Best Interactive or Campfire
Best In and Out
Best Single-Person Activity
Best Image/cNote
Best Image/cNote Shop
Best New Contest
Best Contest
Best Raffle/Auction
Best New Group
Best Group*
Best Blog

Static Awards: (21 categories)
must be static or book items created in 2013 unless otherwise noted

Best Short Poem, Structured
Best Medium-Length Poem, Structured
Best Long Poem, Structured
Best Short Poem, Free Verse
Best Medium-Length Poem, Free Verse
Best Long Poem, Free Verse
Best Poetry Collection
Best Short Non-Fiction
Best Long Non-Fiction
Best Non-Fiction Collection
Best Flash Fiction
Best Short Story (1)
Best Short Story (2)
Best Long Story
Best Novella
Best Novel
[Best Prose: Language ]
[Best Prose: Content ]
Best Short Story Collection
Best Fiction Collection
Best Mixed Collection

Overall: (17 categories)
must have been created or reasonably active in 2013, 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 Reviewing
Special Contributions to WDC
Best New Portfolio
Best Portfolio

*Star* For a list of this year's nominees, please see "2013 Quills Nominations

Awards will be at least 35K GPs in value (awardicons, merit badges, and/or GPs) per category, usually more. Genre awards will be at least 60K GPs in value. Best Contest and Best Group will receive awards worth 85K GPs or more in value. In all, we are planning on handing out approximately 3.5 million GPs worth of awards.

In addition, all nominated items will be listed on WDC in perpetuum (even invalid links are left up for that reason); nominated authors will all be added to the Quills Alumni group at the end of the season, will be listed in records, and will receive a signature for their use.

The Quills are meant to be an honor and thus, no requests for GP equivalents of merit badges or awardicons will be accepted. However, if the prize is an awardicon and the item in question already has an awardicon of equal or greater value, the winner will be contacted to see if he or she prefers the awardicon or a GP/Merit Badge equivalent.

NOTE: Awards may change according to donations. They will not decrease, but they may go up according to donations and sponsorships. If you would like to donate, please send GPs to "The Quill Awards Panel and Bank. If you are interested in sponsoring an award, contact Andrew

Donations: The quickest, easiest way to help out is to send a GP donation to group #1375927 to help us run the Quills! Bigsmile Those donating 50K or more GPs will receive a Fundraising or similar Merit Badge *Badge*, limit 1 per awards season.

Kind Donors, 2013 edition (10K GPs and over; sponsors of awards are listed under that award)

                                                           -Marci~My 1st NaNoWriMo 15K
                                                           -Nix ~Steampunk Auction 2016432 50K *Badge*
                                                           -L. D. Dailey 10K
                                                           -Angels in my Ear 20K
                                                           -A.T.B: aerobugger on IG 54.321K *Laugh* *Badge*
                                                           -~ Sisco ~ NaNoWriMo 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Anonymous 100K
                                                           -Highmage - D.H. Aire 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Pumpkin PATch 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Fran - 1st NaNo - Team Pink! 50K *Badge*
                                                           -"Merry Misfits of WDC 12.345K *Laugh* (seems we've got a pattern going!)
                                                           -"Roots & Wings Group 146K
                                                           -"Invalid Item 285.2K
                                                           -Maryann - 2016432 10K
                                                           -"WDC Power Reviewers Group 10K
                                                           -Jeff » Write-A-Thon Blue Team 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Wordsmitty 40K
                                                           -"The Paper Doll Gang Home Page 50K
                                                           -The StoryMaster 100K *Badge*
                                                           -hooves 50K *Badge*
                                                           -M.A.GEORGE 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Connieann 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Alexi Mason 2014 NaNo Challeng 50K *Badge*
                                                           -♥Pay It Forward!♥ 49.999K Smile
                                                           -Rhonda 100K *Badge*
                                                           -Pumpkin PATch 10K
                                                           - Lyn 25K
                                                           -scorpialex 42K
                                                           -njames51 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Gabriella: 155K *Badge* (Merit Badge forcibly delivered over copious complaints)
                                                           -AngelaG ~Pumpkin Addict~ 51K *Badge*
                                                           -Joey's lost his mind! 25K
                                                           -~ Sisco ~ NaNoWriMo 10.7K
                                                           -~ A.J. Lyle ~ 10K
                                                           -Osirantinous 30K
                                                           -Lady Katie-Marie -Published :) 10K
                                                           - Sparky 20K
                                                           -jefferymaine 100K *Badge*
                                                           -"ONE SIZE FITS ALL RAFFLE 56.1K
                                                           -ShelleyA~5 Years at WDC 20K
                                                           -best4writing- A Lesbian GrANNy 41K
                                                           -DeKalb Daddy 25K
                                                           -Anonymous 100K
                                                           -WilliamWriter NaNo 2014 40K
                                                           -S. L. Stiles 50K *Badge*
                                                           -wizzie-in time out 250K *Delight* *Badge*
                                                           -Calli Seren 200K *Delight* *Badge*
                                                           -Ben Langhinrichs: all mused up 50K *Badge*
                                                           -"Cupid's Lucky Arrows Game-2015 263K
                                                           -HuntersMoon 50K *Badge*
                                                           -Simple Dykie 100K *Badge*
                                                           -Olivia K. 24.5K
                                                           -Tornado Day 100K *Badge*
                                                           -"Invalid Item 91.6K
                                                           -"Cupid's Lucky Arrows Game-2015 263K

Thanks to all!

Judging: If you would like to help judge the Quills, please fill out this form: "The Quills Judging Form and take this quiz: "Quills Awards Judge Quiz

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 2013 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.

-If you are interested in helping out in another capacity (i.e., editing nominee lists, managing groups, organizing things, etc.), please email me directly! Smile

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, but not necessarily the only collection.
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