Let us all offer a round of applause for our wonderful judges: AS, KH, MG, AM1 & AM2!
I will mention, for interest's sake, that for every authour who wrote a second story for this challenge, it was the second story that fared best in judging. Fascinating. In light of this, from heretoforward, I am happy to now make it standard policy that writers may contribute more than one story to a challenge.
This makes a nice seque to announcing our voter-selected topic for Challenge 2018-1:
By accident, Harry and Ginny stumble upon a hidden Portkey and are swept away. What happens next, and how do they get back?
Awards will be made for Most Adventuresome, Most Romantic, Best Overall, and People's Choice. Please stay tuned for a followup announcement in about a week, specifying rules for Challenge 2018-1, and opening the voting process on possible topics for Challenge 2018-2.
Please cast a vote for your favourite via http://siye.co.uk/trinkets.php?peopleschoice=Y, and cheer on our judges as they sift carefully through the criteria to arrive at their selections for 'Most Adventuresome', 'Most Unexpected' and 'Best Overall'.
I'll chime in again on Dec. 1 with challenge awards, and our topic selection for 2018-1.
NOTE: this is a bit unusual, but for StarFeather's story "Harry Potter and Druidic Magic", it seems that only Chapters 4 and 5 are to be considered as the Challenge entry. I am inclined to allow this since it's a fine story and various of us in the past have submitted Challenge entries that are part of a longer series of stories. For fairness to the other entrants, however, judges and People's Choice voters should take into consideration how well these two chapters, as an isolated unit, stand alone as a distinct story.
Dear friends! It is almost upon us -- another submission deadline to another exciting SIYE challenge!
As a reminder, the topic for Challenge 2017-3: Somebody is going on a magical creature hunt -- tell us about it!
Categories for the challenge include 'Most Adventuresome', 'Most Unexpected' and 'Best Overall'. Stories must be marked as complete by midnight, Nov. 15, in order for award announcements to be made on Dec. 1. By way of old standard caveats, please note that judges are not required to read stories that are classified as 'Restricted', and are permitted to skive off after the 20,000th word of long stories.
For this challenge, we had waived the strict requirement that stories focus on Harry/Ginny, although I believe most stories are fairly HG-centric thus far.
Those people who have judged in the past, please expect a note from me sometime in the coming ~week asking you again for your participation. Those who have not judged in the last, but are interest in doing so are asked to contact me via my profile.
Finally, votes and ideas for the Challenge 2018-1 topic are still being tallied. Comments are a bit distributed, but input will be considered from anyone who replies to this new item, or to any of those time-stamped as below:
"So I thought to myself, 'Oi James, now you're done for! It's dead dark an' you'll never find your way back!', then suddenly a second Hinkypunk -- a good Hinkypunk this time -- pops up behind me, an' he's lighting up the gap in the hedge, an' I say, 'Oh bless you, bless you, li'l mate!', an' I run run run all the way back home, and snuck back in bed 'fore anyone even noticed I was gone!"
"You're bluffing, Jamey!" Albus Severus scowled at his older brother. "No way you went down to the stream last night, no way there's a Lethifold behind the gorse, and way no way he took Griffy!"
"Leffy-fooled took Gwiffy-Wiffy!" Lily Luna clapped her hands, grinning cheekily at Albus's glare.
"No bluffin'." James gave his younger brother a deathly serious smirk. "Only way to get your stuffed Griffin back now 'sif we go down there together. You lure the Lethifold away, an' I'll grab Griffy."
"Al fools leffy-fool 'n' Jamey grabs Gwiffy 'n' Lily Luner's gonna watch!" Lily danced about the room, singing her assessment.
"Oi crumbs." Albus's face sank wearily into his hand. "When do we go?"
James thought for a moment. "Maybe Tuesday night, as it's full moon an' we shan't need the Hinky-"
"Biscuits and milk!" Ginny sailed into the room with a loaded tray, then froze, reading their faces. "Oh my! What are you three planning now??"
After a moment of awkward silence, Lily shrugged. "Nuffin' Muvver."
Two wonderful stories in and six more weeks to discover some others, right? Time to rattle some keys and jolt us readers with your great tales of tails, yarns of barns, and furry fantasies!
Give the time stretch between the earliest stories that those about to come our way, I am going to add our first two entries to Featured Story prominence.
Finally, please continue to cast votes for favorite 2018-1 challenge topics within the 2017.09.01 discussion space (scroll down SIYE home page). Note that the newest topic suggestions, plus vote-getters from the 2018-1 ballot, will be recycled as options for the 2018-2 challenge.
And so it's that time again, time to vote for our favourite stories of the last two months. Although a few of the categories are a bit thin on the ground with nominations it has been decided to keep to the schedule of a two-month cycle in order to hold the Annual Awards early next year.
And so I now hand the reins over to yourselves. Please vote for your favourite stories. Voting can be found here -
I *think* I'm away on the 29th (calf shopping!) so voting will close and the winners will be announced on Thursday 28th September.
ginnyweasley777 on 2017.09.20 - 03:31AM (0 Comments)
Cheers to Albus Severus + Challenge 2017-3 Update
We at SIYE are thrilled to mark Albus Severus Potter's first ride on the Hogwarts Express this morning! Cheers, little fellow -- it will all work out, yeah?
Challenge 2017-3 Update:
We're off to a roaring start. Welsh Green, or Hungarian Horntail you ask? Nay, the roaring is all the applause for two great stories already in the mill, and hopefully more to come!
A special note: we received a question about whether it is permissible for an author to submit two stories to the same challenge? The answer is that, to the best of our research, nobody ever said no (and indeed the Hemmingway 6 challenges actively encouraged multiple entries) so all writers with multiple beastly tales are welcome to contribute them!
By way of reminder, the topic for Challenge 2017-3 is Somebody is going on a magical creature hunt -- tell us about it! Categories for the challenge include 'Most Adventuresome', 'Most Unexpected' and 'Best Overall'. Stories must be submitted by midnight, Nov. 15, in order for award announcements to be made on Dec. 1. The strict requirement that stories focus on Harry/Ginny is relaxed for this challenge, although it's impossible to deny that HG stories are always real crowd pleasers.
Let's Begin Voting for 2018-1 Topics:
Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry. Tell us about it.
By accident, Harry and Ginny stumble upon a hidden Portkey and are swept away. What happens next, and how do they get back?
Harry has never been abroad before. His first trip is with Ginny. Where do they go, and why?
In the rubble of the final battle, Harry and Ginny both think that the other has perished. What do they do?
Harry secretly discovers that the Mirror of Erised can be used for time travel! Ginny secretly learns the same thing, and both begin using the mirror, without realising that the other is doing so too. Oi, there's a recipe for trouble!
Harry's and Ginny's hectic lifestyles come to a screeching halt when one of them suffers a debilitating accident. How will things change as the couple adjusts to a slow recovery?
Please let us know your preferences! Please also feel free to make new suggestions, which will be added to the above list.
Ginny enters the Room of Requirement hoping to learn what she needs to know for her O.W.L.s, but the room has a more important lesson in store for her.Rating: PG Category: Peter Pan Challenge (2007-4), Peter Pan Challenge (2007-4) Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Words: 10594 Chapters: 7 Published: 2007.08.31 Updated: 2007.08.31 Hits: 9837 Reviews: 13
It was just after midnight; very early Christmas morning, when Harry receives an unexpected visit...from Death. He is gifted with a memory of a memory of a Christmas past and gets a glimpse at a possible future...or two. Rating: R Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Fluff, General, Humor Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.12.14 Updated: 2017.12.14 Status: Completed Hits: 433 Reviews: 4
The war is over, Harry and Ginny are back together but does it mean end of problems for Harry and Ginny?Rating: R Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance, Tragedy Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mild Sexual Situations, Rape, Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 13 Published: 2014.08.30 Updated: 2017.12.13 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 19323 Reviews: 66
All space and time is relative. The only constant is the speed of... fire. Victory in tatters; great deeds undone; the world is unraveling, and Ginny has vanished. Yet somehow, with the shared strengths of a cadre of highly implausible allies, Harry finds the will to persist through a bewildering tangle of centuries and realities, all hurtling toward an explosive, time-bending eruption. An impossibly charring sequel to the utterly fractious Splinters.Rating: PG Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: Chapters: 7 Published: 2017.10.31 Updated: 2017.12.12 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 2521 Reviews: 48
The war is over. Harry is looking forward to living in a magical world without Voldemort. Before he can, however, Gringotts calls him in for a meeting...Rating: G Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Words: Chapters: 3 Published: 2017.12.05 Updated: 2017.12.10 Status: Completed Hits: 1523 Reviews: 16
Sequel to Darkness Within. This story begins the night before Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts. Canon couples accurate to JKR. The romance between Harry and Ginny will develop slowly due to their ages. Please note rating and warnings. Rating: R Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Drama, Romance Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Sexual Situations, Violence/Physical Abuse Words: Chapters: 20 Published: 2017.07.30 Updated: 2017.12.10 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 10372 Reviews: 104
Two mysterious beings that claim to be Nephalem send Harry's soul back in time to fix the mistakes of the powerful and save his world from more than just Voldemort. This is a change in the Time Travel trope where Harry originally never went to Hogwarts, where events spiraled out of control and Voldemort had risen with the Philosophers Stone and Diary Riddle forced another side to the conflict.Rating: R Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Romance Warnings: Death, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations Words: Chapters: 5 Published: 2017.07.31 Updated: 2017.12.08 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 2375 Reviews: 16
An attempt to hand deliver a letter to Little Whinging leads Ginny and Harry on a journey of discovery.Rating: PG Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts Genre: Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Romance Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.12.04 Updated: 2017.12.04 Status: Completed Hits: 1111 Reviews: 23
It's time to decorate the Potter family Christmas tree. Harry loves Christmas, Ginny's going balmy, James and Lily won't stop arguing and all Albus wants is a bloody good snog from his boyfriend - is that too much to ask? Rating: PG-13 Category: Holidays, Holidays Genre: Fluff, General, Humor Words: Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.12.01 Updated: 2017.12.01 Status: Completed Hits: 522 Reviews: 6
Ginny Weasley was always overlooked. Always the youngest, always the smallest, and was never really given the chance to let her voice be heard. But sometimes the best insight comes from those who were always in the background. Her story of redemption, loyalty and love, proves that she was never just the Weasley brothers' little sister.Rating: PG-13 Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Humor, Romance, Songfic Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Violence Words: 229274 Chapters: 31 Published: 2010.07.18 Updated: 2017.11.02 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 93303 Reviews: 132
** Winner of Most Adventuresome, Best Overall and People's Choice in the Magical Creatures ChallengeGinny is looking for an adventure. She's wondering if she's in over her head when she joins an expedition searching for the Isle of Drear and Quintapeds. She's thrilled to find Harry Potter, who she hasn't seen in years, is part of the expedition. HP/GW, LL/RSRating: PG-13 Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Warnings: Violence Words: 19924 Chapters: 3 Published: 2017.10.11 Updated: 2017.10.23 Status: Completed Hits: 2451 Reviews: 23
It was Ginny’s idea originally to send the children to the local muggle primary school. She found the idea fascinating and was keen for her children to learn about the muggle world as much as possible before they started their magical education. Harry hadn’t considered the idea until Ginny suggested it when Albus was only days old. His only reservations came from his own experience at any school that wasn’t Hogwarts and Ginny gently reminded him that this would be different.
Three little Potters with emerging magic and an unsuspecting muggle primary school, what could possibly go wrong?Rating: G Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB Genre: Comedy, Fluff, General, Humor Words: 4042 Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.10.27 Updated: 2017.10.27 Status: Completed Hits: 945 Reviews: 9
All space and time is relative. The only constant is the speed of... fire. Victory in tatters; great deeds undone; the world is unraveling, and Ginny has vanished. Yet somehow, with the shared strengths of a cadre of highly implausible allies, Harry finds the will to persist through a bewildering tangle of centuries and realities, all hurtling toward an explosive, time-bending eruption. An impossibly charring sequel to the utterly fractious Splinters.Rating: PG Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance Warnings: Mild Language Words: 23995 Chapters: 7 Published: 2017.10.31 Updated: 2017.12.12 Status: Work in Progress Hits: 2521 Reviews: 48
** Winner of Most Unexpected in the Magical Creatures ChallengeLittle Luna has been invited to sleep over on Little Ginny’s 5th birthday. After an eventful birthday party, an adventurous night is waiting for the girls.Rating: G Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP Genre: Humor Words: 1025 Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.11.11 Updated: 2017.11.11 Status: Completed Hits: 536 Reviews: 4
In the summer after Dumbledore's death, Harry feels lonely and forlorn. He already felt miserable when he had to break-up with his girlfriend, Ginny, but now his beloved owl and faithful companion Hedwig has disappeared.Rating: PG Category: SIYE Challenges, SIYE Challenges Genre: Drama, Romance Words: 7858 Chapters: 1 Published: 2017.11.11 Updated: 2017.11.11 Status: Completed Hits: 709 Reviews: 7