It is the mark of a good fairy-story, of the higher or more complete kind, that however wild its events, however fantastic or terrible the adventures, it can give to child or man that hears it, when the “turn” comes, a catch of the breath, a beat and lifting of the heart, near to (or indeed accompanied by) tears, as keen as that given by any form of literary art, and having a peculiar quality ... In such stories when the sudden “turn” comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart's desire, that for a moment passes outside the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through.
Tolkien Reverse Summer Bang (TRSB) is back for 2020!What is the TRSB?
A Tolkien-fandom-wide event celebrating the talent of our fanwork creators, co-run by Raiyana and Narya, your friendly community mods. This challenge is open to all characters, genres and ratings, and all canons that fall under the Tolkien fandom umbrella.
This includes movieverse, lesser known works by Tolkien, and/or other works with a clear link to his life or creative output – for example, the 2019 Tolkien film, fan-made films like Born of Hope, and game canons such as Lord of the Rings Online.
No, but, Raiy, what is it specifically?
A Reverse Bang is a type of Big Bang event in which artists submit art prompts (up to 3 in total). The art prompts are then claimed by writers who will write a piece of long-ish fiction (min. 5,000 words) based on the prompt chosen.
Big Bang? Wait, are you going to make me write a novel, Narya?!
No, minimum word count is set at 5,000 words. And you have three months. Trust us, it's doable ;)
OK...what are the timings?
April 1 – Art suggestion form open
April 17 – Sign-ups open
May 10 – Artist sign-ups close
May 15 – Art Draft due. Suggestion form closes.
May 17 – Art Drafts open for previews to signed-up authors
May 22 – Author sign-ups close
May 24, 19:00 CET – Claims open (what time is that for me?)
May 31 – Post-Claim Check In – This is to ensure that our collaborators have got in touch with each other
June 7 – Art due from artists who chose the “total free rein for author” option at sign-up
June 28 – Check in. We will be asking how your collaboration is progressing
July 26 – Check in (authors should be roughly halfway through writing fics by now)
August 2 – Art due from all remaining artists; final version of the art must be provided to the author.
August 16 – Deadline to abandon your fic to a pinch hitter AND final check in. We will ask:
- Whether you have discussed posting logistics with your artist (if you’re embedding art in your AO3 story, for example)
- Whether you have specific posting needs re publicizing date/time frame August 30 – Fics due in AO3 collection (unless you’re writing a last minute pinch hit, in which case we can be a little more flexible)
September 6 – Collection reveals; staggered Tumblr reblogs begin.
Alright, you've made me curious. Where can I find out more?
The full FAQs can be found here. Please read this before you make your final decision on whether to participate.
This all sounds great! Where do I sign up?
Starting from 17 April, you can sign up here (Artists) or here (Writers).
Artists should sign up using their Tumblr, DeviantArt, Dreamwidth or AO3 name, depending on which is their primary platform. Please tell us in your signup which one you have used.
Authors must have an AO3 account to participate and should sign up with their AO3 username. This is to make it easier for us to track who has and hasn't put their finished fic in the collection. If you don't have an account as at signups, don't panic - please either join their waiting list in plenty of time, or contact Raiyana or Narya, and we'll help you to get one.
I want to join in but I don't want to commit to a 5k word fic.
That's fine! We encourage treats of all lengths. If you think you might like to write a treat but don't want to commit to a full collaboration, sign up anyway so you can have access to the gallery, and then simply don't participate in claims. The signup itself is not an obligation.
You can also sign up as a beta-reader or a pinch-hitter only.
I’ve signed up; now what do I need to do?
Now it’s time to get creative! Artists, start working on your masterpieces. Why not look at our suggestion spreadsheet for inspiration? This contains lots of ideas from potential writers who might want to claim your art! Authors, if you like you can suggest a prompt to our artists until 15 May (though the sooner you do this, the more likely it is that an artist will notice your suggestion and make use of it).
Otherwise, sit back and wait for the mods to get in touch with information about claims!
by Narya on April 10, 2020 23:25
My Slashy ValentineSign-ups for My Slashy Valentine are open!
From the Years of the Trees through the Fourth Age – it’s time once again to make your Tolkien FPS fanfic dreams come true… Have you always wanted to read a certain pairing or scenario, but couldn’t write it yourself? Do you want to have it written for you – specifically and especially for your own sweet self - and share your own gift in exchange?
If so, you're in luck because it is time for My Slashy Valentine! The exchange focuses on the Elves, Men, Dwarves, Valar and Maiar of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium. Maybe it’s Gildor and Glorfindel you love, or perhaps Boromir-on-Theodred strikes your fancy... or maybe Lúthien and Thuringwethil is your OTP? From the Years of the Trees to the Fourth Age, from sultry tales of the Silmarillion to romances in the Ring Wars – spread the word, recruit your friends and fellow authors, and have some fun!
- Sign-up Period: December 1st to December 15th
- Assignments to be distributed by December 22nd
- Deadline for first time participants: January 31st
- Deadline for veteran participants: February 7th
- Archive opens: February 14th, 2020
by Spiced Wine on December 02, 2019 15:50
Welcome to Doriath Week! There’s been so much love and creativity surrounding the Noldor recently that we have decided to dedicate seven days to some of the Sindar. We really hope that you will join us!
This event will take place in October, between Monday 21st and Sunday 27th.
The prompts are thus (but you can totally do your own thing if you want!):
Day 1: Thingol and Melian — Enchantment, Stillness, The Girdle, Light
Day 2: Lúthien — Beren, The Silmaril, Change, Family
Day 3: Dior and Nimloth — Children, Kinslaying, Choice
Day 4: Daeron — Friendship, Cirth, Music, Mereth Aderthad
Day 5: Beleg and Mablung — The Children of Húrin, Nirnaeth Arnoediad, Loyalty, Protection
Day 6: Saeros and Nellas — Túrin, Justice, Innocence, (Un)Kindness
Day 7: Love and Loss
We accept any kind of fanwork. To get involved tag your post #doriathweek and make sure to tag us @doriathweek so we definitely see!
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Even if you are not on Tumblr, I can let the organisers know if you just put on your work that it is for Doriath Week.
by Spiced Wine on July 27, 2019 21:46
Faerie is once again open
Hello! Some of you may remember that a few years back we were flooded with spam bots. At that time the site was closed save to existing members.
As of 18th July, Faerie is once again open to new members, who will be validated by myself and Narya (to screen out spambots).
We welcome all new members.
As you probably know, Faerie accepts fanfic of all genres and all ratings, books, films, games, anything — as long as it is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works in some way.
I’d like to just reiterate one of the rules as set down by the archive’s founder, Esteliel. Please do heed it. Since 2011, when it opened, Faerie has been a friendly, supportive place and it will remain so. If there are fics you don’t like, find some you do like. Everyone is welcome here — except those who use it as a platform to air their dislikes.
- Harrassment and bullying of other writers or commenters via such means as flames or MSTs is not allowed. This archive is intended to be a peaceful place where all fans of Tolkien fanfiction can come together, whether they prefer slash or het, elves or hobbits, stories with OFCs or apocryphal HoME canon. Please respect that the preferences of other writers and readers do not need to follow your own preferences.
by Spiced Wine on July 19, 2019 19:14