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Mellon Awards Rules and Information


Mellon Awards Rules and Information


General Rules
1. General disclaimers
2. Basic rules of conduct
3. What are the Mellon Awards?
4. What makes the Mellon Awards different?
5. About the moderator

Story Eligibility
1. When can an eligible story have been posted?
2. Are crossovers allowed?
3. What about het?
4. Original characters?
5. Can an author/story receive multiple nominations in a single category?

Process & Timeline
1. Getting things started
2. Recommending stories
3. The nominations process
4. Voting
5. Announcing the winners

Category Descriptions
1. Awards by pairing
2. Characterisation awards
3. Thematic awards
4. Other awards

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General Rules

1. General disclaimers

This community is concerned with RPS (real person slash) fiction. RPS involves the portrayal of well-known figures as fictional characters who are homosexual, bisexual, or engage in homosexual activities. This does not mean that the authors or those involved with the community intend to imply anything about the orientation, lifestyle, activities, or real lives of any real people, celebrities or otherwise. The stories recognised here are fiction, and should be treated as such. Also, this community is not designed to be involved with, or in competition with, any other awards community. This community's attitude with reference to other awards is "the more the merrier." This community was created to honour writers and give readers a chance to show their appreciation of creative, original, and quality material. We feel that there is no such thing as too much praise for the talented and dedicated people in this fandom, and have no desire to "oust" other awards.

2. Basic rules of conduct

Flamers will not be tolerated in this community. Anyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to friend the community. Membership will remain closed for practical reasons, but a thread will be opened for authors and readers to
discuss the recommended/nominated stories, and anyone should feel free to leave comments to threads or to directly email the moderator (viktoriaangelique@gmail.com) with any questions or concerns. Any inflamatory, excessively negative, or hateful comments on community threads will be deleted. Keep in mind the Golden Rule: treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.

3. What are the Mellon Awards?

Simply put, the purpose of the Mellon Awards is to award originality and quality in lotr rps fiction. After about a year of pondering the idea, the community was created in spring 2007 as an opportunity to honour as diverse a group of authors as possible in the fandom, with categories designed to focus on many different pairings, concepts, and ideas in lotrips slash. This year is something of a "trial run," so I, the moderator, encourage everyone to get involved and let other people know about the community in order that it might suceed and run through another awards "season" next year. Keeping that in mind, the Mellon Awards are run by a single person, and are a bit no-frills (the community account, for example, is unpaid). It's up to you, the readers and writers in fandom, to promote the community, to suggest stories that deserve recognition, to nominate your favourites, and to vote when the time comes.

4. What makes the Mellon Awards different?

The principal difference between the Mellon Awards and other lotrips awards both past and present is the categories. Some categories revolve around a pairing, some around a topic, and some around a particular quality in writing. The idea is to recognise authors that might not otherwise be given awards because their pairing is not the most popular, or they write in a genre that is overlooked, or their fiction is difficult to piegonhole into the categories offered by other awards.

5. About the moderator

Hi, my name is Viktoria Angelique, and I'll be your moderator this evening. I've been reading and writing lotrips under the LJ name
v_angelique since November 2005. My complete lack of an OTP, and a penchant for various genres, especially on the AU side of things, is part of what made me want to start an awards community like this one. I welcome your questions, concerns, and feedback, and encourage you to email me at viktoriaangelique@gmail.com. I will address all email as quickly as possible (within a few days in most cases). Please keep in mind that, though I dedicate a lot of time to fandom, I am not wealthy, and therefore am doing everything I can for this community with Photoshop and a free account. Also, in the name of fairness, my own stories are not eligible to win a Mellon Award. I'm all for objectivity, wherever possible.

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Story Eligibility

1. When can an eligible story have been posted?

Because this is the first year of the Mellon Awards, any story posted 1 January 2006 or later is eligible. The cutoff will be the same as the final date for nominating stories, which is TBA but will probably be at the end of September.

2. Are crossovers allowed?

I'm not sure exactly how this is going to work, but at this point I'm thinking yes, as long as at least one member of the main pairing was an actor in The Lord of the Rings. There may also be a requirement that at least half the "supporting cast," if there is one, be lotrips, or that the story not clearly be set in another fandom (the most obvious examples I can think of right now are stories that are clearly Lost, Troy, or Pirates RPS). I welcome suggestions on how to handle this, however, in the discussion thread.

3. What about het?

By definition, RPS is slash. However, het is okay if it is in a supporting context. Threesomes are also permisible. For example, if one main pairing is slash but another het, that's okay. If a male character is with a female character, or vice versa, at some point in the story, but also with a same-sex character in another part, that's fine and dandy. If the story is a Billy/Dom/Ali PWP, excellent. Main pairing is Cate/Viggo with no slash involved? Sorry, doesn't work. Incidentally, femmeslash is perfectly welcome. There will be a category for it, but it is also eligible for any of the general categories.

4. Original Characters?

Original characters are welcome. The same guidelines apply as with crossovers (see above).

5. Can an author/story receive multiple nominations in a single category?

A story may only be nominated once per category. As there are no awards for "scenes," this should be fairly self-explanatory anyway. A story can be nominated for any number of categories, however (so a Monaboyd could theoretically be up for Best Monaboyd, Best Portrayal of Dominic Monaghan, and Best Portrayal of Billy Boyd). An author may be nominated twice per category for two different stories. If an author is nominated for three or more stories, the story with the least number of nominations in that category will be dropped (though the author will be notified). In the case of a tie, the author will be invited to pick which two stories make it through to the final voting.

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Process & Timeline

1. Getting things started

This is the most crucial phase of the awards, the make-or-break, if you will. The entire point of the Mellon Awards is to get a lot of people, and stories, involved. So please, let everyone know about the community! Be concise and respectful, and follow community guidelines when "pimping" on other community journals (banners under a cut, don't pimp if the rules say no pimping, etc). I'll be trying to let as many authors and readers as possible know about the community myself, but I need your help! I'll be providing a small banner soon that you can use to advertise, and don't forget to give the community name (
mellon_awards) and encourage people to friend the community or use LJ's new "track" feature for updates.

Spring and early summer will be dedicated to hammering out the details, and this is where your feedback can be extremely helpful. I've started a discussion thread where you can give feedback and ideas, discuss concerns about the rules or setup, suggest additional categories, etc. Please feel free to talk with me and amongst yourselves, or to email me with any concerns you'd rather not post about there.

2. Recommending stories

As the summer wears on, I'll be asking for suggestions for stories people might want to consider in the nominating process. There is a thread in the community of recommendations made by myself and others, which I hope will grow quite large by the time nominations start. Of course, you're welcome to "pimp" your own eligible stories on your LJ as well, and encourage others to nominate you. When suggesting recommendations for the recs thread, please leave a comment with the story title, pairing, and author's LJ name, and a link whenever possible. You don't need to recommend stories by category, just general recs are fine. I'll do a quick check to be sure the story was posted on or after 1 January 2006, and is indeed lotrips, and then I will put your rec(s) on the thread.

3. The nominations process

Nominations will take place in the form of screened comments starting, most likely, September 1st. You must be logged into LiveJournal to nominate, and you may nominate up to three stories per category. Nominations need not be pulled from the recommendations list, though you should feel free to use it as an aid to jog your memory. There will be a thread open during the nominations period with a handy form listing all the categories, so all you have to do is type the title and author for the story you're recommending. You may nominate for as many or as few categories as you wish. The nominating period will last one month, at the end of which I will tally the votes for each category and announce the nominees. The total number of nominees per category will depend entirely on how many people submit nominations, but will be somewhere between four and six most likely. In some cases, there may be fewer nominees for a particular category due to limited nominations given, or more due to a tie. If fewer than three stories are nominated in any category, the category will be dropped, but the authors will be notified. The nominees will be informed by email wherever possible, and by LJ comment if not. The list of nominees will be announced one week after the nominations period ends, and then the authors and readers will have several weeks to "campaign" before voting starts. Incidentally, I will not be nominating or voting for stories in the name of objectivity.

4. Voting

The voting period will last one month, most likely the month of November. Voting will also take place in the form of screened comments, similar to the nominations process, though each person may only vote once per category. You are on the honour system if you have multiple LJs--I will likely not have time to check every single LJ to make sure no one is voting twice, but I may recognise double accounts, and I'm going to assume that we're all mature enough here not to pull that. If anyone is found to be voting twice, none of their votes will count. At the end of the month, votes will be tallied. In the case of a tie, multiple stories will be given an award.

5. Announcing the winners

It may take a little while for me to tally votes, as I will be a first year law student and exams may coincide with the voting period. However, votes should be tallied within two weeks and each winner will receive a lovely banner and icon at the time of the winners announcement. Nominees may also receive a banner and/or icon, time permitting.

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Category Descriptions

1. Awards by pairing

For these awards, we're referring to main pairing. If two pairings receive equal "screen time," that's fine, but the pairing in question must clearly receive at least 50% of the focus in the story. Also, I'd love to have a separate category for every single pairing out there, but it's just impractical. Therefore, we have the characterisation awards, which reward authors who write in more unusual pairings. I tried to represent the pairings in this section that have at least ten or so stories a year posted. That said, the pairing awards are:

Best Monaboyd
Best Domlijah
Best Orlijah
Best Vig/Bean
Best Orlibean
Best Dombilijah
Best Viggo/Orli/Bean
Best Other Pairing (non-crossover)
Best Crossover
Best Femmeslash

2. Characterisation awards

These awards honour authors who write a particular character very well. Please note that these awards are for story, not author, and that they refer not necessarily to how well the character conforms to canon/fanon but to the quality of the writing in general. The character does not need to be in a main pairing, but must have a significant role in the story.

Best Characterisation of Sean Astin
Best Characterisation of Sean Bean
Best Characterisation of Cate Blanchett
Best Characterisation of Orlando Bloom
Best Characterisation of Billy Boyd
Best Characterisation of Marton Csokas
Best Characterisation of Ian McKellen
Best Characterisation of Dominic Monaghan
Best Characterisation of Viggo Mortensen
Best Characterisation of Miranda Otto
Best Characterisation of Craig Parker
Best Characterisation of Andy Serkis
Best Characterisation of Harry Sinclair
Best Characterisation of Liv Tyler
Best Characterisation of Karl Urban
Best Characterisation of David Wenham
Best Characterisation of Elijah Wood

3. Thematic Awards

These awards are based on theme or genre. I think they're fairly self explanatory.

Best AU
Best RPS/FPS Crossover (LOTR FPS or any other fandom)
Best Historical
Best Fantasy or Sci Fi
Best Vampire Fic
Best New Zealand Fic
Best Post-Filming
Best Artistic or Literary Fic
Best Songfic (incorporates a song or uses an excerpt to set the stage)
Best Drabble or Ficlet (500 words or less)
Best PWP
Best BDSM (does not include minor mentions of kink--see Best Use of Kink category below)
Best Threesome (or Moresome)
Best Gen-fic
Best Multipairing

4. Other Awards

All the stuff that doesn't fit above. Explanations in parentheses where needed.

Most Humorous
Most Original Premise
Most Unique Characterisation (specify the character)
Best Use of a Fandom Cliche (specify the cliche)
Best Use of Foreign Language
Best Appropriation of Non-original Material (quotes, poetry, etc)
Best Use of Location
Best Use of Kink
Best Exploration of Relationships (includes friendship, family, multi-relationship fic, etc)
Best Overall Characterisations
Best Unusual or Unexpected Characterisation (ie; the best characterisation that ignores canon/fanon)
Best Use of a Supporting Cast or Character (if an individual character, please specify)
Best Use of Original Characters
Best Plot Device
Best Plot Twist
Best AU Author
Best Multipairing Author (authors who write more than three pairings)
Best Humour Author
Best Erotica Author
Best BDSM/Kink Author
Most Original Author

Suggestions for categories welcome on the discussion thread!

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