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Hourglass nomineePermanent AccountHourglass winnerScrivenshaft Winnertwinsuns
July 29th, 2007
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Howdy everyone!

So, I hope you've all finished your read of Deathly Hallows, because I've decided to re-open The July Scrivenshaft Challenge! Feel free to incorporate any ideas that may stem from information revealed in the seventh book, and have fun with it!

Entries are due to Scrivenshaft@unknowableroom.org by 11:59CST August 15. Judges, if you do not want to judge this round because you do not want to be spoiled, just shoot me an e-mail at scrivenshaft@unknowableroom.org and let me know.

Have fun, y'all!

Edit: Go join the group "Unknowable Room" on facebook if you have it! *grins*

The Challenge is now closed!

Introducing the Review Team

Review TeamPermanent AccountSolarism
July 25th, 2007
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Good morning, UnknowableRoom!

In the wake of DH, we are experiencing a great influx of fics. Thank you all so much for your literary efforts. They've been a joy to read.

Today, I'm proud to announce the creation of a new UR.org-sponsored program, the UR.org Review Team, which is being headed up by yours truly. (While the Review Team is not officially endorsed by the UR.org administrators, it is a great independent community service entity that is aimed at improving the quality of site reviewing as a whole.) We are currently looking for volunteers to become professional, compassionate constructive reviewers for the overlooked fics of our site.

Review Team members will follow a standardized review method and will systematically go through a private list of compiled fics, disbursing intelligent, opinionated, and helpful feedback to each one. They will review stories of all calibers and publishing dates, giving the same treatment and attention to every individual story.

The goal is to encourage and reward authors for their hard work, improve the quality of writing on the site, and set an example for civilian UR.org reviewers. (After all, no one likes a "OMG THIS IS SO GOOD LOL PLZ UPDATE SOON PLZ" review... Let alone ten of them in a row.)

If you are interested in pledging your time to this worthy cause, please review our (WIP) page and go to our section of the forums for more information. Thank you so much.

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Dede

It's OUT!

Hourglass nomineeModPermanent AccountWiki StaffThe Owl Post StaffHourglass winnerChristyCorr
July 20th, 2007
12 comments

So... It's out! Have you got your copy? Why not hop by our Deathly Hallows discussion forums and chat with other roomies about it?

And, just to reinforce our spoiler policy...

Important notice

When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, someone hacked the official UR email account and sent emails with spoilers in the subject to several users. WATCH OUT THIS TIME.

Official spoiler policy

If your fic or art has spoilers, please tick the corresponding checkbox when you upload it. A spoiler warning will be added to it.

If you see a fic or summary in red font anywhere around the website (favourites' list, main fic listing, etc.), that means that it has spoilers for Deathly Hallows.

No icons or signatures containing spoilers should be anywhere in the website.

Any fic or art known to include spoilers of any sort without the appropriate tagging will be edited by the admins with no previous warning. Icons will be deleted, and signatures will be edited by the admin in charge of the forums (me). If you see any, please contact us at administration at unknowableroom.org.

Please, please don't ruin your fellow fans' reading experience by spoiling them without previous notice.

The eventual removal of spoiler notices will be divulged here, but it won't happen for a while.

That being said, happy reading!

July Scrivenshaft

Hourglass nomineePermanent AccountHourglass winnerScrivenshaft Winnertwinsuns
July 20th, 2007
4 comments

The July Scrivenshaft Challenge is now closed! I'm really looking forward to reading these entries!

Potential judges, I plan on sending out the e-mails once everyone has generally had time to digest Deathly Hallows, so I won't be choosing judges until near the end of the month--I'll let you know when I do.

Have a great read, everyone!

Deathly Hallows

Hourglass nomineeModPermanent AccountWiki StaffThe Owl Post StaffHourglass winnerChristyCorr
July 16th, 2007
21 comments

Important notice

When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out, someone hacked the official UR email account and sent emails with spoilers in the subject to several users. WATCH OUT THIS TIME. Avoid checking your email on Friday. It is, in fact, wiser to avoid surfing the internet at all if you're afraid of spoilers. :)

Official spoiler policy

Copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows have already leaked online, and some people have read them. Therefore, I believe it's high time to spell out UnknowableRoom's official spoiler policy. It applies to both fanart and fanfiction.

If your fic or art has spoilers, please tick the corresponding checkbox when you upload it. A spoiler warning will be added to it.

If you see a fic or summary in red font anywhere around the website (favourites' list, main fic listing, etc.), that means that it has spoilers for Deathly Hallows.

No icons or signatures containing spoilers should be anywhere in the website.

Any fic or art known to include spoilers of any sort without the appropriate tagging will be edited by the admins with no previous warning. Icons will be deleted, and signatures will be edited by the admin in charge of the forums (me). If you see any, please contact us at administration at unknowableroom.org.

Please, please don't ruin your fellow fans' reading experience by spoiling them without previous notice.

The eventual removal of spoiler notices will be divulged here, but it won't happen for a while.

That being said, happy reading! I hope you all have wonderful midnight parties this Friday/Saturday! :)

May Scrivenshaft

Hourglass nomineePermanent AccountHourglass winnerScrivenshaft Winnertwinsuns
July 08th, 2007
12 comments

As promised, here are the results for the May cycle of the Scrivenshaft Challenge!

Congratulations to all winners, both Scrivenshaft and Hourglass Awards alike! Great writing, everyone!

(Don't forget about this month's Scrivenshaft in all the OotP movie excitement--it's due July 19 to scrivenshaft@unknowableroom.org by 11:59pm CST.)

Have some extra time on your hands, why not pop by the Wiki and edit a few pages?

Have fun,
Erin

Hourglass results

Hourglass nomineeModPermanent AccountWiki StaffThe Owl Post StaffHourglass winnerChristyCorr
July 08th, 2007
29 comments

Hourglass Awards results are in!

As promised, here is the list of the first, second and third place winners of the Hourglass awards!

Winners are more than welcome to grab the banners in this page, made by the wonderful Juli, and use them anywhere.

Congratulations to all the participants! I helped judge a few categories, and I can say without a doubt that it was extremely hard to vote for all and pick the best fic; there were several brilliant contenders.

Holly/everblue3 did a brilliant job maintaining Hourglass and overseeing the vote count. Special thanks to Kerstin, too, who did the vote tallying in her awesome statistic-y way, and to all the judges who shaped the results you're about to see!

And now, without further delay, the winners are...

Best Angst Fic

First place: "To Live Nobly", by vea

Second place: "Counting to Five Thousand", by Rhetor

Third place: "Gum Wrappers", by Imari

Best Comedy Fic

First place: "The Six Degrees of Drunkenness", by Beedaily

Second place: "The Diggory Papers", by MachiavelliJr

Third place: "The Not-So-Secret and Completely Manly Diary of James Potter", by newyorkcitycop

Best Drama Fic

First place: "Three", by ChristyCorr

Second place: "A 12-Step Program", by FalseEeyelashes

Third place: "Silence Between Leaves", by Sarinileni

Best NC-17 Fic

First place: "Lust or Love", by Sarinileni

Second place: "Rush", by infinitesimal

Third place: "After the Game", by Mynuet

Best Parody Fic

First place: "Snogwarts", by Oy_Angelina

Second place: "The Small Green Bottles of Doom", by Triskelion

Third place: "Peter Pettigrew and the Forbidden Donut", by SchlongsAndPadfood

Best Romance Fic

First place: "The Beautiful Game", by koonelli

Second place: "A Keen Observer", by DeepDownSlytherin

Third place: "Hopelessly Addicted", by ChristyCorr

Best Drabble or Drabble Collection

First place: "The Two-Step of Death", by Lady_Game

Second place: "Whisper in my Ear", by WinglessFlight

Third place: "The Insecurity of the Wicked", by carondelet

Best One-Shot

First place: "Twice as Bright", by thirty2flavors

Second place: "Valedictory", by thirty2flavors

Third place: "To Love a Hero", by Pantz

Best Novel-Length Fic

First place: "Commentarius", by Beedaily

Second place: "My Deliverance", by twinsuns

Third place: "After the End", by Arabella and Zsenya

Best Overall Fic

First place: "The Shoebox Project", by ladyjaida and dorkorific

Second place: "Be All My Secrets Remembered", by La Reine Noire

Third place: "Inability to Act", by ghostofbambi

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A note to our dot-obsessed members: Hourglass nominees will retain their dots (now grey) until next year, when new nominees will be chosen by our members. Hourglass winners will get orange dots.

Wiki

Hourglass nomineeModPermanent AccountWiki StaffThe Owl Post StaffHourglass winnerChristyCorr
July 05th, 2007
13 comments

Our Harry Potter wiki needs help! We're trying to tidy it up for Deathly Hallows--there's a list of essential articles that have to be completed here. Take a look at our editing help section and you're good to go!

If you have no time to edit, why not check out our Letter Project fics?

Don't forget that Cycle XII of the Scrivenshaft Challenges: Bee In Your Bonnet is now open. The deadline is July 19th, so get writing! If you can't write, why not volunteer for the Judging Pool?

Scrivenshaft XII

Hourglass nomineePermanent AccountHourglass winnerScrivenshaft Winnertwinsuns
July 03rd, 2007
12 comments

I'd just like to announce that Cycle XII of the Scrivenshaft Challenges: Bee In Your Bonnet is now open! You've got to get crackin' though--this cycle ends on July 19th.

Questions and comments? Let me know below--and don't forget that you're more than welcome to sign up for the Judging Pool if you can't write an entry this month.

Stay tuned this weekend for the results to Cycle XI!

Have fun,
Erin

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