The Fiction Press Supernatural Stories Awards 2008
I've decided to make awards. The winners will be announced every two months. I'll need people to help me. I'll create a community where the stories will be listed. I'll choose mainly supernatural/romance stories. I'll probably create a freewebs website.
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Hi, this is omgitskandice. Right now, I'm the one handling this, but if there are any takers, please feel free to PM me. Because of the small number of staff, I am thinking about scaling down the competition.

OK, I'd like to do a quick recap to make sure everyone is all on the same page .There are 4 main categories and 6 subcategories comes out to 24 potential categories in which stories can be nominated:

Main Categories:

Supernatural/General (a catch-all)

Supernatural/Romance (includes Drama and Friendship, etc)

Supernatural/Action (for stories that focus on the action and adventure)


Sub Categories:

Best All-Around Best

Most Memorable Characters

Best Plot

Best Story That Never Seems To End

Best Written (taking into consideration grammar, spelling, writing style, etc)

Best Story That Makes Me Cry Laughing

Please, I need people that are willing to read and nominated stories. Judges will only be recruited if you can prove that you are fair and know what you're doing

If you are nominating a story, post it here, putting the title in bold and the author in italics. Also, include the heading "I want to nominate:" to avoid any confusion.

There will be prizes and when they all ahve been decided on, they will be posted in this thread.

The FPSSA is not based on votes. The process goes as thus: Story is nominated, then judged to narrow down the number of nominees. After nomination is closed, the judges will decide the winners together.

11/24/2008 . Edited 12/3/2008 #1

In addition, please let the author know that you have nominated them for an award.

A story can be nominated for as many awards as applies to the story, but if someone has already nominated that story, please do not do so again. You may show your support for that story by giving reason why you believe it should win.

Because of the current obsession created by Stephanie Meyer's stories, stories whose plots and/or characters parallel her stories will not be considered.

And thanks to Freaky Fred, who gave me this wonderful idea of creating a community where those who want to participate can subscribe. The community will be one of the places winners will be posted. It should be up and running shortly.

Lastly, if you had the opportunity to get your story nominated please include your nomination in your story updates. We are trying to get as many people involved as possible. But we have to ask you not to tell your readers to nominate you in order to keep this competition as fair as possible.

11/24/2008 . Edited 12/2/2008 #2
Freaky Fred

I want to nominate:

Becca's Becoming by I. Degolier (Best Written)

Haha, I hope that format's okay; I included the url, though, I'm sure you can see that...

11/24/2008 #3

YAY! Okay, everyone, that's exactly how it should be formatted. Now that you have nomiated the story, it will be judged and it will be determined whether or not it will make it to the Finalists List.

11/24/2008 #4
A.S. Leer

Due to a lovely PM I received, I would like to nominate...well, myself, really. I don't know precisely what's going on here, but if I've done something wrong, I'll be checking here on a regular basis to see what's up in any case.

Twilight Moon (aka Hush) by Arianna Sterling (Supernatural/Romance) Alister Rowan, 18-years-old, is a vampire Hunter. Or at least, he thinks he is. That’s the way he was raised, definitely. He grew up learning to kill the bloodsuckers. He planned to spend his entire life doing it. Then he made the mistake of going along with this plan for his siblings. Alister had to infiltrate the vampire Armand’s home. Then a problem arose: Armand decided that Hunter or not, Alister was going to belong to him.

Oh...there's this insane thing on the Nominate board that I saw which says 'no spelling errors' and that's ridiculous. I have spelling errors and I know it, but it isn't like there are a lot of them. I don't want to go back and edit until after I have written the entire first draft is all. Hopefully that won't affect things.

Arianna Sterling

11/25/2008 #5

Note: Nominating does start now. It will close at the end of the year. Any nominations posted after Dec 31, 11:59 (Pacific time, cause that's me) will not be considered. Awards will be announced on January 4th, no matter how little or how many stories are nominated.

11/25/2008 #6

I nominate: Dance Parhelia by Quarter.Queen (best characters)

11/26/2008 #7

Okay so the first two stories that have been nominated so far I think can go on to the next roud of the awards. The story has been nominated recently I will be looking over now....

11/28/2008 #8

Okay, um, I want to nominate Moon Rising by Beast King. (Best Plot)

Changes in the Night by omgitskandice. (Most memorable characters)

Earthbase 12 by the goddess walks. (Best Story That Never Seems To End)

Amaranthine by Freaky Fred. (Best Story That Makes Me Cry Laughing)

And last, but certainly not least, I would like to nominate Dance Parhelia by Quarter. Queen. (Best Story All-Around)

Okay, now I hope I did all that right. Phew. May the best story win! :)

11/29/2008 . Edited 11/30/2008 #9

Ok so I have actually been reading Dance Parhelia by Quarter. Queen and think that one to be very good and to go on to the next round. Lol I have been Changes in the Night by omgitskandice and that one is also a very good read. Um, by the way, VelvetyCheerio? What categories are you nominating these stories in so we know what exactly they should be judged on based on category? I guess I'll also be taking a look at the other stories you have nominated...

11/30/2008 #10
Laura Lopez

new memeber here needing to catch up!! :D O.k. so Laura Lopez and my link is....

11/30/2008 #11
Laura Lopez

that is awesome, you can edit them. haha Anyway, here's a repost of the nominations I wanna make so far. lol It's a lot. :D

Canislupis by CanisLupis7 (Best Story that never seems to end)

Darkness Run by Love is a Ring Toss game (Best Story that never seems to end

How High by Euphorialie (Best Story That Makes Me Cry Laughing and Most Memorable Characters)

Once Bitten by mandybeth ( Best Plot)

Half Blood by 8SaysTillSunday (Best Written)

Dangerous Game by Crazy Talk (Completed-Best Story That Makes Me Cry Laughing)

So now it should be easier to understand. lol

11/30/2008 . Edited 11/30/2008 #12
Laura Lopez

ok so i hope no ones reading that earthbase story hope i can finish it today!! lol

11/30/2008 #13

lol i didn't read it. Whoa, the stories you nominated, do those need to be read Laura?

11/30/2008 #14
Laura Lopez

Umm..yeah Guacamole, sorry, I guess I should have nominated them at seperate times so that it wont be so hectic. And then I have a few more, but I have no clue what to put them under so I'll nominate them later. Sorry again. :) And sorry if it's hard to understand, I'll make it look better later on, I'm actually reading right now. lol

11/30/2008 #15

You can edit your post using the MOD button. If you wouldn't mind, Guacamole, can you please judge them? I will try to find other judges willing to look through them. If you'll give me a couple days. Remember though that they don't all have to judged until the new year, so no rush. Have to go. I have 10% battery left.

11/30/2008 . Edited 11/30/2008 #16
RyAnn Leigh

I would like to, myself. That seems really odd and somehow wrong but, well, here I go. The Slave of Heaven by Ryan Leigh. I would like to nominate for...Best Plot? Never done this before so please excuse my uncertainty.

11/30/2008 #17
I. Degolier

Hi Guacamole and Laura Lopez: I'd like to help with the judging and omgitskandice said I should talk to you guys about it. I can't judge the Best Written category because one of my stories was nominated there, but I'll take any other entry. Just tell me which stories you want me to take in which category, and I'll look through them. :-)

12/1/2008 #18

It seems really strange and for some reason wrong, but I would like to nominate myself. The Visitors by LeonAle. I think I'll nominate it for Best Plot. I'm not sure if we're able to nominate ourselves, so please excuse me if I do.

12/1/2008 #19
I. Degolier

I can't speak for the moderators, but IMHO I don't see anything wrong with nominating your own work. Fictionpress is a big site and it can be hard to get recognized by others, so there's no need to feel bad about promoting your own work if you're proud of it. Also, the bigger the pool of nominees, the more exposure the FPSSA's get. It's totally up to the moderators, of course, but for what it's worth, there's my $0.02 on it.

12/1/2008 #20
Laura Lopez

Hey there I.Degolier, I'd say I could tell you what to read right now but I can't. I'm just not sure what Guacamole already read, and I've only started reading Earthbase 12. I don't think it matters what category you read, as long as you read the story, and whatever category it's in is what you'll be looking out for it to be good. But I get your point about not reading in your own category that you were nominated in. So yeah, just wait for Guac to tell you what's been read already.

To Guacomole: I just wanted to ask if you could post up the stories you have read, what you are reading now. Just so I and other judges know what we have to be reading. Or if you could do me a big favor and list down; Stories already judged and Stories that need to be judged. And whenever someone is done if you could edit your post and move stories to where they need to be. I think that would be easier. Not sure. lol :D

12/1/2008 #21

I'd like to nominate The Slave of Heaven by Ryan Leigh. I would like to nominate it for Most Memorable Characters.

12/2/2008 . Edited by omgitskandice, 12/2/2008 #22

I would like to nominate The Slave of Heaven by RyAnn Leigh for Best All-Around Best story.

It rocks.


12/2/2008 #23

Lol sorry I wasn't able to read this earlier guys I was kept away from the computer all day by my sister. Um I will make a list of stories, I haven't read many because I've been kept away this week so hold on list will be up soon. I. Degolier, that would actually be super awesome if you could read through the stories that have been nominated for best written it would help me out alot! Actually, I do have a proposal to all the people who are/will be judging. Should we each judge a different category to make things less confusing? Oh and here's a list of what I have been reading I actually have it now

Becca's Becoming by I. Degolier

Twilight Moon by Arianna Sterling

Dance Parhelia by Quarter. Queen

Changes In the Night by omgitskandice

Lol I actually used to read How High by Euphorialie but don't even remember what that's one about anymore. I want to start reading other's that have been nominated but first, if we do decide to judge a certain category then I need to know which one's to read....

12/2/2008 #24

Oh also, since we have not decided yet about judges judging seperate categories I will for now read The Slave of Heaven by RyAnn Leigh but also Amaranthine by Freaky Fred. The others that Laura has nominated i will look over once I know for sure!

Oh ahaha Yay i have finished reading Amaranthine by Freaky Fred so I will be going on to the next story! (I have added on to the post of this earlier).

12/2/2008 . Edited 12/2/2008 #25
Laura Lopez

Guacamole: Well, what we are doing now, is eliminating stories, to lessen the nominations. If it isn't the best ever, then it's gone. And then once this round of judging is done what us judges are going to do is all agree on what stories to win in each category, so in the end, I'm sure we will all read all the stories that make it to the next round.

I'd also like to ask all judges, not to leak who made it to the next round and who won before omgitskandice posts it up, I'm sure that would make everyone mad.

omgitskandice: Just wanted to make sure that is how it is, the whole judging thing. I don't want to get it mixed up and I screwed everything up, so yeah, that is how it is right? lol

12/2/2008 #26
I. Degolier

If they haven't been taken already, I will read Once Bitten by mandybeth and The Visitors by LeonAle. Guacamole, I'd love to help with the Best Written category, but I can't since Becca's Becoming was nominated there. ;-) I will wait for omgitskandice's response before I start reading, though, since I will have to change stories if she wants only one judge to read all the stories in a certain category. It may be more time-intensive, especially for the categories with really long stories, but it's probably the best way to evaluate the stories since they can only really be compared against other stories nominated in the same category.

12/2/2008 . Edited 12/2/2008 #27

Oh yeah that's true....well then judge for whatever other category you would like to because I'm fine with judging for anything. Those stories have not been taken yet that I know of so go ahead and read them! And wait a sec, so we're voting on who's going to win in the end? I thought that the people were also going to?

12/2/2008 #28
Laura Lopez

we are the ones that are going to choose the winners. Or I'm pretty sure that's how it is.

12/2/2008 #29

Good news!!! There is a new thread, especially for stories that have been judged. You can check on the progress of your story. But there's one rule: no one can post but the judges.

Judges: please post the stories (in the same format as they were nominated, if you don't mind, but instead of putting "I want to nominate" please put "I have judged") that you have finished judging under the new thread. And can you do it as soon as possible? To clear up confusion, I will delete the posts on this thread that also declare the judged stories so this topic can be for nominations.

LL: If you choose whether or not to disclose the status of your judged stories, that's up to you. But it means that you will have to PM each time you've finished with a story and notify me of your decision. If you're okay with that, well, it just means that people are going to have to visit the FPSSA website to see whether or not they made the cut.

Guacamole: Yes, the judges are the ones deciding in the end. That way it won't turn out to be a popularity contest because I'm sure the readers aren't going around assessing each story. That's why I asked that you guys are able to objectively judge these stories. They are winning their awards solely based on talent and not how many readers vote. (Because what if author A had 65 readers who will of course vote for her story, but author B has a sotry that is more deserving of the award but only had 29 readers who may or may not vote?)

12/2/2008 #30
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