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Nominate for the Paula Wilshe Award [Sep. 24th, 2005|01:04 pm]
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Forwarding this on behalf of Flamingo

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In 2003, we introduced the Paula Wilshe Award for New Writers in SH.
This award honors Paula Wilshe, who passed away on July 22, 2003 and has
been greatly missed. Paula loved to encourage new writers in the fandom,
so this is one small way of remembering her and celebrating our writers.
We gave this award for the first time at Zcon 2003 when Kaye Austin
Michaels won it, and again at Sharecon 2004 when it went to Jat Sapphire
and Dana Austin Marsh in a tie. Once a writer wins this award, they are
no longer eligible for future Wilshe awards.

Any writer who has had Starsky & Hutch fanfic (gen or slash) published
for the first time (in a zine or on the internet) between January, 2000
and September, 2005 is eligible to be nominated. It is perfectly
acceptable for a writer to nominate herself.

That's a five-year span. Why five years? -- considering how fast people
get into and out of fandoms today, it's likely some nominees might
already be out of the fandom. After a lot of input and discussion we
settled on 5 years to give folks who have been working at their writing
for a while to get some acknowledgment. Even if they ended up getting
into another fandom a few years ago, we're still enjoying what they
produced for us in their SH years. And typically, fans that haven't been
in the fandom for decades compete for other awards, like the Huggies,
with much better-known and better-established writers. Very few new
writers break into those established awards, which isn't very
encouraging. And the primary purpose of the Paula Wilshe award is to
*encourage* writers -- something Paula was known for. By giving the
award every year at Zcon and Sharecon, it means writers in this time
bracket have a few years to compete for it, leveling the playing field a
bit.

Not sure if your favorite writer is eligible within the time span -- ask
her!

You can send the nominations to me directly at:

flamingoslim@erols.com

or to my partner, who's helping me with the bookkeeping on this; that's
Anne at:

amoroz@verizon.net

Please put "Paula Wilshe Award" in the subject line.

We will respond to your nomination with an email that acknowledges that
we've received it. If you have sent it a nomination and haven't heard
back from one of us, send it again. We appreciate it.

If at all possible, when sending nominations, please include the
writer's email address, so we can verify their eligibility, and where
they were published (if on the internet, try to send the url, the list
name, whatever). If you don't have a clue, that's okay, it won't
disqualify your nominee, but it will make our work harder. You can send
in as many writers for nominations that you want. The top 10 nominees
will be listed for the vote.

The winning writer will be announced at ZebraCon at the main party on
Saturday night, so the announcement will be part of the con's main
event. The winner will not have to be there to receive the award
(another reason for the email address, so we can contact the winner!).

We will be taking nominations until October 4 -- that gives you around
10 days I think. I'll be posting the top 10 nominees on October 5th (I
hope). Voting will continue until October 15, the drop-dead date for
final voting. Winners will be announced at the con, and will be
announced on line when we get back from the con.

Deadlines are good. I keep telling myself that.

Flamingo
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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-24 10:01 pm (UTC)

This is just out of curiosity...

I want to assure everyone that I'm not starting some sort of anti-award campaign, or anything like that. I don't care if people have awards. Also, this isn't based on sour grapes, because it never entered my mind that anyone would even nominate me for some award, let alone that I'd win. Unless perhaps there was some award for being annoying.

I'm just curious, is all.

Do awards encourage writers? Does anyone write because they might win an award? If you see that So-and-so has won an award for her story Such-and-such, do you feel encouraged to write?

Because to me, it all feels so distant, and utterly impossible, since I'm not anywhere near popular enough to appear on a list of nominees, either as a writer or a person, that the idea of an award doesn't factor into my writing at all. I mean at all. Zero factoring. Zip. Nada.

As I say, this is all just out of curiosity.
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[User Picture]From: true_brit
2005-09-26 02:47 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

I think that's a valid question but, speaking as a writer who has never published anything (except for an excerpt I posted just tonight... and there was alcohol involved in that sudden decision, oddly enough!) I would have to say none of us do it for the accolades. Is that your motivation? No, nor mine either. :D

If I see that So-and-so has won an award for her story Such-and-such, I might feel encouraged to read Such-and-such, whereas just looking at a dry summary of it I might not have been so inclined.

On the other hand, based on e-mails I have exchanged with "real" writers i.e. people unlike myself who have posted their work or been published in print, it's gotta be a good feeling to know your work is appreciated, even admired.

In my mundane, hum-drum little daily life I feel pretty pumped if I get "Employee of the Month". It's a real boost, but that's not why I show up there day after day.

Y'know....?
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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-26 03:04 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

"I would have to say none of us do it for the accolades. Is that your motivation? No, nor mine either. :D"

Exactly. I've never once sat down to write a story thinking, 'I'm going to write this story so that people will praise it and give me awards.' And that's not what keeps me writing, when Real Life gets rough. It's just that I want to tell this story that's taken over my brain.

"...it's gotta be a good feeling to know your work is appreciated, even admired."

Oh, absolutely. Getting positive email is the major thing that gives me back my energy when I've finished a story.

Certainly it must be nice to win an award. The thing is, I wonder how it can encourage writers, because I'm not sure any writer thinks she's going to win. And only one writer per year even can. So, I would say it would give a boost to the winner, and encourage people to read her stories, but how much of that would spill over to other writers? Or would they just feel discouraged because they didn't win?

It's difficult, because the desire to reward good writing is a valid one. There aren't many awards for Starsky and Hutch fan fiction, and no awards just for Slash even yet, as far as I know. Correct me if I'm wrong. I voted for awards in other fandoms, many years ago. But I stopped doing that, when I started to wonder about their value. Maybe they have no value, and they're just 'Awards'. :-)))
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[User Picture]From: kimberlyfdr
2005-09-26 03:15 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

When I write, I never do it with the idea in mind "maybe this will win an award." Honestly, when I write I don't even do it with the audience's reaction in mind. It's merely "the boys have a story to tell, let me write it down." Writing is fun for me because I'm just as much a viewer in the overall plot as any other reader and it's amazing to see how all the pieces fit together in a story. I look at awards as another form of feedback. Getting nominated or winning an award is another way of saying "hey, readers have seen your work and they like it." Do I write for awards? Nope. Do I appreciate it if I get nominated or win one? Of course. But the bottom line is that I don't write for the reaction of others, I write for the enjoyment of myself.

Now, looking at awards from another perspective (as a reader) I do tend to take a second look at those stories that get nominated or win because I want to see if my reaction mirrors the reaction of others. Sometimes I agree that such and such a story was the best one in that zine and other times I totally think another story deserved accolades. I don't pick my favorites based on what wins awards, but those noted do allow me to put them on the list of "hey, people are talking about this story, I should read it and see what I think."

There aren't many awards for Starsky and Hutch fan fiction, and no awards just for Slash even yet, as far as I know.

I guess it depends on what is deemed to be alot of awards. There's the Huggies, the Sizzlers, and the SCREWZ awards that I know right off the top of my head and they're all slash awards (zine awards). There might be others I'm forgetting, though.
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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-26 03:22 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

"...But the bottom line is that I don't write for the reaction of others, I write for the enjoyment of myself."

Yeah, this is how I feel, too.

"I guess it depends on what is deemed to be alot of awards. There's the Huggies, the Sizzlers, and the SCREWZ awards that I know right off the top of my head and they're all slash awards (zine awards). There might be others I'm forgetting, though."

Ah. See, they're zine awards, and I don't read zines, or publish in them, so I don't follow their awards. I was thinking of awards for Slash published online, which is all I know about.

My impression so far, is that awards are mostly for the readers, create publicity for fan fiction, reward good stories, and make the winners feel good.

But do they encourage writers? :-)
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[User Picture]From: kimberlyfdr
2005-09-26 03:27 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

It's a two-fold issue. As a winner, you're a writer, so it might encourage you to say "hey, people like my stuff, that's nice" and that in turn gives you the joy of continuing to share your work publicly. As a new writer, seeing the stories that have won the awards might give you an example of what strong writing looks like and help you in making your own work stronger and better. So, yes, I think it encourages writers, both old and new. Should it be the only reason you write? No. But it's a nice stop along the way to say "hey, readers want to note this work for being good."
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[User Picture]From: true_brit
2005-09-26 03:39 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

Just me thinking out loud...

Perhaps they encourage the writers who didn't win to hone their craft just a little more? Look at their work and say, okay, perhaps there's something lacking here...

Cos I absolutely, totally agree with the writing-for-ones-own-personal-pleasure idea - why else would I be 170k words into my own, and my very first, WIP - but if a writer publishes, shouldn't there be some sense of pride that says "this is undeniably really well executed" and "all flaws have been eliminated", and stuff like that. Cos, lets face it, there are a helluva lot of writers out there writing for their own delectation who really oughtta be ashamed for unleashing their work upon an unsuspecting public.

(Okay, this is me shutting up now!)

And the motto of the above comment is: Never give a drunk access to the internet


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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-26 03:48 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

Oh, and sure I agree completely with the concept of honing your craft and eliminating flaws and all that. I don't think it's incompatible with writing for your own pleasure.

But I don't know if the awards encourage the bad writers to do that, if their own shame doesn't. I don't know. Maybe it does.

Is there some writer out there, who has read about an award being given to some other author, who has decided henceforth to be a better writer so they can be the next winner?

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[User Picture]From: true_brit
2005-09-26 04:10 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

Maybe we should create an award for the very worst fan-fic on the web. And the prize could be for the winner to forfeit the right to ever publish again.

And just because it was my idea, I can never be nominated. Not ever!

LOL
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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-26 04:13 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

Okay. And I want to be on the panel, so that I can never be nominated either. Gee! Do you think we'll find ourselves lacking in volunteers to run the award? :-)))
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[User Picture]From: true_brit
2005-09-26 04:18 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

There'll be more judges than nominees at this rate! Though maybe some of the international contingent won't get to hear about this loophole, so we can pick on, I mean, nominate them for the actual awards.
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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-26 05:06 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

The thing to do is to keep the loophole quiet from now on. Post it in very, very small print. :-)
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[User Picture]From: morganlogan
2005-09-26 10:32 pm (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

I dunno, it might be fun to try to write the very WORST fan fic ever. although I think I already tried to do that, once. (oh his lapis lazuli orbs)

re: awards, I have to say, as an eligible writer, hell yeah receiving recognition from your peers would be an amazing thing.

but I am of the opinion that awards are only meaningful if you actually win. if that makes any sense. in other words, there's no information to be gathered, really, from failing to win one, because there are so many factors involved in the process that you have no control over. it doesn't mean anything about your skill, if you don't win, imho.

however, if you *do* win, then at least you know there are some people out there who really appreciate what you are doing. and I think that's where the benefit comes in: recognition, at least for me, has a very real tendency to make me work harder not to disappoint in future.

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From: gwynfyd
2005-09-27 01:07 am (UTC)

Re: This is just out of curiosity...

"I dunno, it might be fun to try to write the very WORST fan fic ever."

It would be. Like the 'Naked Came the Stranger' thing, back in the 60s. Remember that? Those writers had a hoot concocting that mess, and made a little money, too, when the book became a best seller.

"but I am of the opinion that awards are only meaningful if you actually win. if that makes any sense."

Perfect sense. There are so many factors involved, when the time comes to nominate or vote for someone. People do vote for their friends. They vote for someone because their stories are easy to read, or they like a certain style rather than another. None of which means that any really bad authors will win best author awards. Most award winners are good writers, no question. The problem is, that the way award-winning authors write isn't the only way. If you win an award, voted on by your peers, it usually means you're popular. Your writing style, subject matter, and so forth, is popular. That doesn't mean it's bad, as I said, but there are other ways of writing which are good, but just not so popular, and so they don't get recognition.

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[User Picture]From: true_brit
2005-09-27 04:05 am (UTC)

very WORST fan fic ever?

it might be fun to try to write the very WORST fan fic ever

Sort of like Vogon poetry, but on the subject of two manly men getting it on

...and he parted the twin globes and pressed his head between them, like they were big, thick, squishy pillows and he was a man in a noisy apartment trying to get some sleep.

"Oh, yeah, babe!" his partner screamed excitedly, "Lick me right there!", and his legs spread outwards like a spill on linoleum.

And the other man, drooling drippily, said, "Slurpy... slurp... slurp," matching his words to the action of his moist oral appendage...


That kinda thing?
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[User Picture]From: morganlogan
2005-09-27 06:07 am (UTC)

Re: very WORST fan fic ever?

yeah!

"He panted, his hot breath panting pantily over the throbbing member, and then proceeded to suck it into his gaping maw like a Hoover vacuum gone berserk.

His partner gasped and his balls starting roiling like two puppies trapped under a Persian rug."





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[User Picture]From: true_brit
2005-09-27 06:59 am (UTC)

Re: very WORST fan fic ever?

...His manhood stood tall and proud, pointing skywards like the Washington Memorial, only without the public access staircase going up inside. Oh, and it wasn't made of brick either... so not quite like the Washington Memorial, unless that had been built out of blood vessels and muscle, and had a skin of - well - skin over it, but other than that it was just like it... Oh, and BIG, too (because they both are)
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