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The Scrivenshaft Challenges are run bimonthly, centering on the Harry Potter universe and various characters therein. It was named for the small shop in Hogsmeade where quills, stationary, and other materials for writing were purchased by Hogwarts students. We believe that challenges offer authors the opportunity to take a simple prompt or framework and let their creativity run wild. At the end of each challenge period (usually one calendar month), a masterlist of submitted stories will be posted and a new prompt will be unveiled.
Feel free to look around, and if you have any questions, send us your thoughts in the form at the bottom of the screen.
Schedule of Cycles
Please find below the listings of the cycles of the Scrivenshaft Challenge: past, present, and future. Note that awards were not given for Cycle V and VI.
Cycle XIV - December 2007
Cycle XIII - September/October 2007
Cycle XII - July 2007
Cycle XI - May 2007
Cycle X - March 2007
Cycle IX - January 2007
Cycle VIII - November 2006
Cycle VII - September 2006
Cycle VI - April 2006
Cycle V - January 2006
Cycle IV - November 2005
Theme: September First: A Journey
Cycle II - July 2005
Cycle I - May 2005
The following is a breakdown of how each challenge cycle will be conducted:
As awards are judged, winners will be selected that best fit the following categories:
RAISING THE BAR: This award is given to that one entry that would be the most well-written, comprehensive entry. A story of this quality should seem to set the standard for "what writing could be." This award is chosen primarily on an average rating from 1-10 on overall quality, as well as arguments made in the commentary box allotted for each entry.
RISING STAR: This award, though not chosen directly by the judges, is reserved for that writer who has either never entered the Challenge before or is considered to be underappreciated. After the award is presented for Raising the Bar, the most valuable entry written by an up-and-comer is given this award. To these authors we say, "We expect great things from you."
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: This award will highlight the entry that makes provokes reflection, giving the reader pause, considering the ramifications, life lessons, warnings, etc. A winning entry need not be philosophic, but it should offer the opportunity to reflect, chew on the words, and to find the meaning that is hidden between the lines.
CHEERING CHARM: This award will shine a spotlight on the entry that is most uplifting. A winning entry should make you smile or sigh in satisfaction, whether through a well-written romance scene, a happy ending, or a comedic moment. Not necessarily sappy, the winner of this award should be a story that lifts your spirit.
EUREKA!: This award will be presented to the most insightful entry. This award is made for that entry that allows for a new perspective in understanding a character, uncovering a plot, or solving a mystery. Whether the entry is surprising, alarming or flat-out scary, the award is all about discovery and revelation, and will leave you with your hands in the air and a light-bulb above your head.
OUTSIDE THE BOX: This award is meant for that entry that teems with imagination and creativity. Winners of this award are innovative in their plot and character structure, their organization, or perhaps the way they pull you into their story. There is nothing dull about a winner of this award, for there are so many different things to discover if you only look outside the realm of what's normal.
BRILLIANCE OF BREVITY: It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the winner of this award would say that 500 is enough. This award goes to the best drabble entry, that scene that wastes no time, but still forces you to consider, think, and become immersed in the words. This award is limited to entries of no more than 500 words.
Why not try a Scrivenshaft icon? The icons below were made by Musetta. To use an icon, right-click on the picture and select "Save Image As" to save the image on your computer. Then, go to the Manage Usericons page and "browse" for your saved icon. Click "upload" to upload the icon to your UR.org account.
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Last updated by Eos the March 31st 2008, 1am.