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Narrowing down the challenge topics

Sincere appreciation to readers and writers who have offered suggestions for challenge topics!  Since we need to narrow our choices down to 1 topic by Aug. 1, GinnyWeasley777 and GHL have whittled the list down to 6 possibilities which, in no particular order, include:

 

1.  Write about a secret source of tensions at the Burrow.

2.  Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry.  Tell us about it.

3.  James, Albus and Lily Luna are throwing a long-anticipated retirement party for their illustrious parents.  Help everyone celebrate with some stories of our two hero's extraordinary and unconventional careers.

4.  Harry ran away for all the wrong reasons.  Ginny has finally tracked him down.  What happens next?

5.  Someone is going on a magical creature hunt.  The challenge would be to tell why they are hunting the creature, do they find it, and tell about the journey.

6.  Come on now -- did Harry truly have to wait until spring of his sixth year to snog a certain redhead?  Think of another good opportunity to get our favourite pair together earlier.  Carpe diem!

 

Please use this forum to express your preferences.  If you're vocal and persuasive, others may listen.

Note that if your idea hasn't made it this far, or if it isn't chosen on Aug. 1, then do know that it's still under consideration for the future.  Feel free to keep reminding us!

ginnyweasley777 on 2016.07.14 - 12:44PM (26 Comments)

Challenges Will Be Returning

Pending official approval, GinnyWeasley777 and GHL have agreed to assume the mantle of SIYE challenge coordination.

Normally, the new challenge cycle would have started on July 1, however GW & GL have proposed to instead announce the next challenge on August 1, and to plan to run three challenges every year, on four month cycles (start dates of August 1, Dec. 1 and April 1).

Here's an example of how a proposed challenge cycle would run:

  - Aug. 1.  New challenge topic is announced

  - Nov. 15  Submission deadline; judging begins

  - Dec. 1   Winners are announced, and the next new challenge topic is revealed

 

Tentatively, we would like to have an ongoing solicitation for new challenge topics within the News forum...  starting right now!  Below are a few of the topics discussed in last month's challenge News item.  Please either tell us which one(s) you enjoy most either as a reader or an authour, or else please suggest new candidates!

Running List of Possible Topics

   1.  James and Lily Potter are still alive.  Write a brief story involving the two of them meeting Ginny.

   2.  Lily Luna decides she's had enough of living under her parent's spotlight and takes off to another country. She doesn't tell anyone where she's gone.

   3.  Harry and Ginny go out on a bender. The next morning they notice that something is missing... Uh oh...

   4.  Write about a place that is special to Harry and Ginny.

   5.  Write about a secret source of tensions at the Burrow

   6.  Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry. 

   7.  James, Albus and Lily Luna are throwing a long-anticipated retirement party for their illustrious parents. Help everyone celebrate with some stories of our two hero's extraordinary and unconventional careers.

   8.  Harry ran away for all the wrong reasons. Ginny has finally tracked him down. What happens next?

   9.  Someone is going on a magical creature hunt. The challenge would be to tell why they are hunting the creature, do they find it, and tell about the journey.

  10.  Seeing names on the Potter Family tapestry left Harry with more questions than answers.  He begins to do some research.  What interesting stories does he uncover?

  11.  Really wicked topic suggested by *you*

ghl on 2016.07.07 - 11:48AM (18 Comments)

Sir Ollivander Is Stepping Down

Sir Ollivander is resigning from the positions of Senior Administrator and Chief Challenger at Sink Into Your Eyes web site effective the end of June.  He is stepping down from his areas of leadership and responsibility to become a regular member of SIYE.  The staff of SIYE have been aware of this move since the beginning of June.

My private and family life is beginning to take on more of a priority.  Working with SIYE is beginning to take a back seat when it comes to managing my time and energy.  I don’t want SIYE to suffer from my lack of attention.

Since December of 2003, I became an avid reader of SIYE stories.  Little by little, I was asked to join different positions in SIYE to the point of Senior Administrator under the owner, Robert.  I have enjoyed running the web site and adding my contributions.  I even had the pleasure of meeting Robert when on vacation near his hometown a few years ago.  Although I am leaving my positions, I will still be around, reading a story here and there.  I wish to thanks everybody who have made my jobs so easy.  Take care and best of luck to all.

Tom

Sir Ollivander

SIYE Administration

 

 

Sir Ollivander on 2016.06.25 - 08:20PM (16 Comments)

The SIYE Challenge Is Suspended Until Further Notice

At the height of its popularity, the SIYE Challenge received 15 to 25 submitted stories per Challenge.  The judges had a lot of reading to do.  The last few years has seen the Challenge submissions dwindle down to 2 or 3 per contest.  A few occasions we were worried that we would have no submissions.  With such a very low turnout lately, the Challenge is being put on hold at this time.  I would like to thank a) those judges that continued to help out by reading and judging the stories and b) those authors that accepted the Challenge and came up with original stories to meet the it.  Overall, we received over 550 stories over the years.

Sir Ollivander on 2016.06.15 - 07:32AM (39 Comments)

And The Winners Are....

For this Challenge, we had eight judges and the People's choice Award voting on the two stories submitted.  It was a virtual clean sweep.  And the winner is...

The award for Best Overall, Most Useful, Most Unexpected and the People's Choice Award goes to:

Biscuits Deferred by GHL

The winning story is now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section.  The Challenge category is back open.

My thanks to judges AM, JG, HW, NS, ZA, EB, SM, & FD.  Without judges taking the time to read and judge, the Challenge would not be happening.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2016.05.31 - 08:49PM (10 Comments)

The Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2) is now Closed

The deadline has passed and The Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2) is now closed.  The judges are being given their instructions to judge the two stories that have been submitted.  Remember, the categories are Best Overall, Most Useful, and Most Unexpected.  The People's Choice Award is open to all SIYE members and can be voted on only once.  Make your vote count. The winners will be posted at the end of the month.

The People's Choice award: http://siye.co.uk/trinkets.php?peopleschoice=Y

 

Sir Ollivander on 2016.05.16 - 08:40PM (0 Comments)

The Trinkets Are Back

Greetings to one and all!

With the help of our Administrator Emeritus Jenny Elf, I think that I've finally figured out how to work of Silver Trinket Award system. Logged in members can vote at their home page. There are quite a few nominations to wade through, so please take your time voting. Winners will be anounced on 1 June. Thank you for participating and thank you again Jenny for your patience with me.

Mischief managed everyone!

Spenser Hemmingway

 

PS: http://www.siye.co.uk/trinkets.php

Spenser Hemmingway on 2016.05.02 - 10:13AM (19 Comments)

The Potter Trunk Challenge Update #1

After Harry got over his shock at receiving something from his parents, he expanded the trunk to full size and went inside.  On the table in the den was the second letter.  He grabbed it, sat down and read it.

The Potter trunk library was better than the Hogwarts library.  Those books deemed not suitable or restricted at school was fully accessible in the trunk.  Also, the potions lab was better stocked than Snape's classroom.  Plus Snape wouldn't be standing over you, yelling insults at you, while you practice your potions.  The study room/den was a nice and quiet room to read or study without interruptions.  It could easily turn into a sleep room if needed.

Harry looked around the various rooms and through about it.  Given a kitchen & loo type room and one could live in the trunk.

What would be your reason of creating such a trunk for your child?  Write down your answer as a story and submit it for the Challenge.

Sir Ollivander on 2016.04.24 - 08:26PM (0 Comments)

The Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2)

Two owls Harry had never seen before came thought the window at #4 Privet Drive.  Between them they carried a trunk about the size of a loaf of bread. They landed on Harry’s bed. Harry removed the trunk and gave the owls some treats before they flew off again.  Harry looked at the trunk and saw it had an envelope attached that was addressed to him but he did not recognize the hand writing.  He opened the letter and read it:

Harry,

We left this trunk with the goblins of Gringotts to deliver to you on your 12th Birthday if anything happened to both of us. Inside the trunk are three rooms set up as a Library, a Potions lab, and a study room/den. The library will expand as needed when books are added to it. The trunk also has a charm on it that allows you to enlarge and shrink the trunk without the Ministry’s knowledge. Just tap the trunk with your wand and say “Enlarge” or “Shrink” and remove your wand when the desired size is achieved.  You cannot enlarge the trunk bigger than its original size or shrink it smaller than a match box. There is also a second letter inside the trunk to explain why we did all this.  We love you and hope this trunk can help you in your life.

Love,

James & Lily Potter

The Challenge is to write a story explaining why James and Lily left Harry the trunk and what changes will it make in his life.  Although the trunk was delivered on Harry's 12th birthday, the time frame can be later.

The categories for judging are Best Overall, Most Useful, Most Unexpected, and the People's Choice Award.

Rules:

1. All general submission rules apply. Stories over 20,000 words are discouraged but not prohibited.  R-rated stories are allowed but discouraged. Judges are not required to read stories over 20,000 words or any R-rated stories.

2. All entries must be submitted under The Potter Trunk Challenge (2016-2) sub-category of SIYE Challenges and be submitted by midnight SIYE Time, Sunday, May 15, 2016.

3. Only completed stories will be accepted.  Multiple chapters are allowed as long as all the requirements are in the chapters and the story is completed by the deadline.  All stories still go through the same approval process as normal submissions.  Please don't wait till the last minute.

NOTE:  This Challenge is based on a suggestion by Calvin W.

Thanks, Sir Ollivander

Sir Ollivander on 2016.04.03 - 02:53PM (12 Comments)

And The Winners Are....

The judges voted a bit differently as there was just one story in the Apparition Challenge.  And the conclusion is:

The award for Best Overall and Most Embarrassing goes to:

Wondrous Apparition Provided by Magician by Just Horsing Around

The winning story is now prominently listed in our Featured Stories section.

My thanks to judges HW, JG, TM, AM, GL, and NS.  Without judges taking the time to read and judge, the Challenge would not be happening.

The Challenge category is back open.

 

Sir Ollivander on 2016.02.29 - 12:15PM (2 Comments)

Completed Reads
This is Love by Rosebeth
Harry deals with his feelings for Ginny on the train home after seventh year.
Rating: PG
Category: End-of-Term Challenge (2004-2), End-of-Term Challenge (2004-2)
Genre: General
Words: 1511
Chapters: 1
Published: 2004.05.01
Updated: 2004.05.01
Hits: 3306
Reviews: 18


Recently Updated/Added
The Road not Taken by potterfan2008 (PG-13)
The summer before his third year, Harry stormed out of his relatives' house and met a large dog. Instead of taking the Knight Bus, Harry throws his lot in with Sirius Black. Join him as he fights for his godfather and gets to know his best mate's little sister just a bit better.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Mild Language, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words:
Chapters: 4
Published: 2016.07.27
Updated: 2016.07.31
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 1286
Reviews: 31


Meaning of One, Part Two: Chambers and Secrets by Sovran (R)
Ginny and Harry’s second year at Hogwarts brings new experiences, new friends, and new challenges. Along the way, they learn more about what it means to be who they are, even as Hogwarts seeks to cope with who they are feared to be.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, General, Humor, Tragedy
Warnings: Violence
Words:
Chapters: 28
Published: 2007.05.14
Updated: 2016.07.30
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 353811
Reviews: 1094


The Things You do for Love by HPmum2014 (R)
AU Harry is not the Boy-Who-Lived, there is no Potter prophecy. He has grandparents, parents and a sister he is very close to. When he overhears some devastating news about his grandmother, he turns to his best friend, Ginny Weasley, who offers her help.
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Fluff, General, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 2
Published: 2016.07.29
Updated: 2016.07.30
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 288
Reviews: 3


The Space Between by YelloWitchGrl (R)
Harry and Ginny's lives have finally evened out. They've faced trauma, and loss, more than most have, but they've fought hard to find a normal. If only things could stay that way... Old enemies find new ways to seek revenge. This story is the sequel to Bound. It would be extremely helpful if you read that first. Warnings are to be safe. It's probably overkill. Please message me if you have any questions or concerns.
Rating: R
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Tragedy
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Rape, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words:
Chapters: 30
Published: 2014.12.14
Updated: 2016.07.29
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 43322
Reviews: 250


Darkness Within by MollyandArthur (R)
Tom Riddle opened the Chamber of Secrets while he was a student at Hogwarts. He committed another horrific act that same year. Now decades later, the students of Hogwarts continue to be impacted by his crimes. How will Ginny and her friends handle the darkness within?
Rating: R
Category: Pre-OotP, Pre-OotP
Genre: Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Disturbing Imagery, Rape, Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 1
Published: 2016.07.28
Updated: 2016.07.29
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 257
Reviews: 4


Faintest, Slimmest, Wildest Chance by theotherone (R)
Harry left Ginny to keep her safe, but Hogwarts during Voldemort's reign was anything but. Although they both survived, each bears scars from their year apart. The end of a war and the death of a brother don't make for an easy romance, but as long as there is the faintest, slimmest, wildest chance.... The Weasleys gained and lost a member in one night. Will they ever be whole again?
Rating: R
Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB
Genre: Drama, Romance
Warnings: Intimate Sexual Situations, Mild Language, Negative Alcohol Use
Words:
Chapters: 37
Published: 2015.11.10
Updated: 2016.07.28
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 28540
Reviews: 231


The Aurors by FloreatCastellum (PG-13)
The last thing Harry Potter wants is to be lumped with a trainee Auror, especially not one that idolises him. As he guides her through the realities of being an overworked Auror and tentatively settles into adult life with Ginny, a dark plot brews on the horizon...
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Violence
Words:
Chapters: 17
Published: 2016.02.28
Updated: 2016.07.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 17450
Reviews: 222


Don't Let Me Down by Bekah Jo (PG-13)
After the Dark Lord has been defeated during the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry is finally able to rekindle his relationship with Ginny and work on building a normal life. When He, Ron, and Hermione are given the chance to return to their beloved school, everyone is ecstatic, except Harry. An amazing opportunity has Harry thinking his future lies elsewhere.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: General
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Words:
Chapters: 10
Published: 2016.07.05
Updated: 2016.07.27
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 3648
Reviews: 45



Featured Stories
The Space Between by YelloWitchGrl (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
Harry and Ginny's lives have finally evened out. They've faced trauma, and loss, more than most have, but they've fought hard to find a normal. If only things could stay that way... Old enemies find new ways to seek revenge. This story is the sequel to Bound. It would be extremely helpful if you read that first. Warnings are to be safe. It's probably overkill. Please message me if you have any questions or concerns.
Rating: R
Category: Post-Hogwarts, Post-Hogwarts
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Tragedy
Warnings: Dark Fiction, Death, Disturbing Imagery, Extreme Language, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mental Abuse, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use, Rape, Sexual Situations, Spouse/Adult/Child Abuse, Violence, Violence/Physical Abuse
Words: 193426
Chapters: 30
Published: 2014.12.14
Updated: 2016.07.29
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 43322
Reviews: 250


Aphrodite's Destiny: Love Changes Everything by Mistress_Lrigtar (PG-13)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Romance **
When nearly ten-year old Ginny Weasley brews a love potion with her best friend, Luna Lovegood, the results are nothing like what she expects them to be. She soon finds that not only has her life been irrevocably changed, but that of the boy she has always dreamed of, Harry Potter. They have unknowingly entered into the strongest and rarest of all bonds, the Spiritual Bond, and unlike other bonds, it is unbreakable. Follow both Ginny and Harry on their journey as they navigate the road of friendship and true love.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Drama, Fluff, General, Romance
Warnings: Death, Intimate Sexual Situations, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Words: 81682
Chapters: 9
Published: 2015.04.03
Updated: 2015.11.14
Status: Work in Progress
Hits: 20920
Reviews: 101


Harry & Ginny, in the Chamber of Secrɘst by GHL (PG)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Comedy **
*** Honorable Mention in The Portraits Challenge *** This is all your fault! Yes, you know who you are... You couldn't let the kids rest on their Fuddle Fog laurels... Just had to request a sequel, yeah? September, 1992: the action shifts to Hogwarts, where the hunt for a cursed diary is bogging down. With Ginny stuck in detention, Harry finds himself racing down an unfamiliar corridor, desperately fleeing a lovesick dyslexic. Blundering into a dead end, Harry evades capture and chances upon a brilliant stroke of luck: a gallery of grateful gossips, snitches and spies, all very eager to set our plucky protagonists back on the trail. Will our delightful duo succumb to the 'Air of Slytherin'? And what about a DADA professor who (surprise, surprise) is not quite who he claims to be?
Rating: PG
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Action/Adventure, Comedy
Warnings: Mild Language
Words: 18599
Chapters: 3
Published: 2015.04.15
Updated: 2015.05.06
Status: Completed
Hits: 8594
Reviews: 45


The Portrait Network by potterfan2008 (PG)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best One-Shot **
*** Winner of Best Overall, Most Adventurous, and The People's Choice Award in The Portraits Challenge ***Harry found himself in a room of abandoned portraits and cleaned them up. In return for this act of kindness, the portraits decide it is only right to help Harry with the Triwizard Tournament. A simple interaction changes the whole year for Harry.
Rating: PG
Category: The Portraits Challenge (2015-2), The Portraits Challenge (2015-2)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Words: 17310
Chapters: 1
Published: 2015.05.15
Updated: 2015.05.16
Status: Completed
Hits: 5457
Reviews: 24


Love Bond by HPmum2014 (R)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Completed **
After Ginny helps Harry defeat Voldemort, a bond forms between them. A worried Molly, knowing of a prophecy that involves Ginny, tries to keep them apart. AU *slight Molly bashing*
Rating: R
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, General, Humor, Romance
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use
Words: 23003
Chapters: 9
Published: 2015.06.03
Updated: 2015.06.26
Status: Completed
Hits: 18027
Reviews: 62


These Cuts I Have by melindaleo (PG-13)
** Winner of the DSTA for Best Drama **
The war has been won, yet the aftershocks continue. The scattered survivors are left to pick up the pieces and find ways to move on. Join the various members of the extended Weasley family as they struggle to rebuild and cope with the consequences. And of course there are still Death Eaters left to find.
Rating: PG-13
Category: Post-DH/AB, Post-DH/AB
Genre: Drama
Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations, Negative Alcohol Use
Words: 194934
Chapters: 31
Published: 2015.06.16
Updated: 2016.01.13
Status: Completed
Hits: 58048
Reviews: 471


Biscuits Deferred by GHL (PG)
*** Winner of Best Overall in the The Potter Trunk Challenge ***Shadows were closing in. Time grew short and options scarce... and so the young parents prepared a gift for their infant son.Years later, their caring gesture nearly foundered... yet thanks to a dozen sacrificial biscuits, Harry Potter's twelfth birthday is graced by a single present -- one that will someday yield the greatest gifts of all.
Rating: PG
Category: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe
Genre: Angst, Drama, Romance
Warnings: Death
Words: 19874
Chapters: 4
Published: 2016.04.24
Updated: 2016.05.14
Status: Completed
Hits: 4805
Reviews: 66





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