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Recognizing the best of WDC in 2021
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Hello and welcome to the 15th Annual Quill Awards, recognizing the best of Writing.Com in 2021! *Trophyg*

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The Quill Awards were founded in 2007 by Andrew , with the aim of recognising 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.

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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, fill out the nomination form at "2021 Nomination Form for Quill Awards We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Quills at the link provided.

The full list of nominations is available at "2021 Quill Nominations.

A couple things to keep in mind when nominating...
*Bulletr* You cannot nominate yourself.
*Bulletr* To prevent self-nominations, nominations by secondary accounts will not be accepted.
*Bulletb* An author may have no more than two nominations in any single category. If an author is nominated multiple times in a category, s/he will be contacted and asked to select those s/he 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 January 31 2022. Finalists will be announced in March 2022 for the requisite categories at the PreQuill Gala. The date of the awards ceremony will be announced in due course. The awards ceremony will last approximately 4 hours.
*Star* We have an item alias! Just type in {item:quills} and it'll link right back here! *Smile*
*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 50k GPs or more will receive an exclusive Quills Sponsor merit badge!
Merit Badge in Quill Sponsor
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Thank you so much for your recent support of  [Link To Item #quills] .  It is greatly appreciated.  *^*Delight*^*

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*Star* Awards that receive less than 4 nominations will not be given out.
*Star* Awards that receive more than 20 nominations will have 5-10 of the nominated pieces selected as finalists.
*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 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:
must have been created and/or reasonably active in 2021 (read rules for specifics)

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

Static Awards:
must be static or book items created in 2021 unless otherwise noted

Best Lyrics
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 Chapter
Best Novella
Best Novel
Best Short Story Collection
Best Fiction Collection
Best Mixed Collection

must have been created or reasonably active in 2021, 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

[Genre Awards ]
Best Newsletter
Best Reviewing
Special Contributions to WDC
Best New Portfolio
Best Portfolio

*Star* For a list of this year's nominees, please see "2021 Quill Nominations.

Merit Badge in Quill Award
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Congratulations on winning the 2019 Quill Award for Best Psychological for  [Link To Item #2205678] . *^*Delight*^* For more information, see  [Link To Item #quills] . An image illustrating the custom awardicons for The Quill Awards Merit Badge in Quill Honorable Mention
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Congratulations on being named Honorable Mention for Best Community for  [Link To Item #1982168]  at the 2020 Quill Awards. *^*Delight*^* 
For more information, see  [Link To Item #quills] .

Awards will include a custom awardicon and exclusive Quill merit badge for the winner and an exclusive Quill Honorable Mention merit badge for the runner up. In all, we are planning on handing out approximately 4 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 be listed in records, and will receive a signature for their use.

The Quills are meant to be an honour and thus, no requests for GP equivalents of merit badges or awardicons will be accepted.

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 group #1375927. If you are interested in sponsoring an award, contact Elle - on hiatus or Jayngle Bells . For more information on sponsorship tiers, see "Note: Just a reminder that sponsorship of individ...".

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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 an exclusive Quills Sponsor merit badge.

Thanks to all!

Judging: If you would like to help judge the Quills, please let Elle - on hiatus or Jayngle Bells know.

Other ways to help:

-If you have suggestions for improving the Quills, please email Elle - on hiatus or Jayngle Bells with your idea. Many of our best improvements have come from your suggestions!

-If you are interested in presenting or sponsoring one of the awards, please e-mail me.

-If you are interested in helping out in another capacity (i.e., editing nominee lists, managing groups, organising things, etc.), please email Elle - on hiatus or Jayngle Bells ! *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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