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VOTING POLL CLOSED: WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED!
We had a wonderful turnout of submissions for the “Poppin’ Eric’s Cherry" Contest; congratulations to ALL of our talented emerging authors for taking that first big step by sharing their creations with us!
Thanks to everyone who took the time to read the entries and vote for their favorites. Special thanks to Zigster and s. meadows for co-creating contest banners for the winners; and to our lovely judges for their time and commitment to the contest!
The process for selecting our winners was divided into two parts: Judges' Selection and Voting Poll.
Our judges were provided with the text of a story, as well as a scoring rubric and comments sheet, but they did not have the name of the author. They read each story anonymously.
The scoring rubric covered criteria such as writing style, grammar usage, diction, characters, dialogue, structure, and creativity. Each category was assigned a numerical value which totaled 100 points.
The comments sheet was designed to give the writers constructive feedback on their story. Each writer was sent a feedback letter compiled by all five judges, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the story, as well as suggestions for improvement.
Once each judge scored and commented on all thirty-one stories entered into the contest, a judges’ chat took place to pick seven finalists for the voting poll. Then each judge was asked to submit her ranking of the seven finalists, resulting in our Judges’ Selection winners.
FF readers had the opportunity to vote on the seven finalists as well. These results produced our winners for the Voting Poll. Now, without further delay…
Voting Poll winners:
Judges’ Selection winners:
Special Honorable Mentions:
Although these four stories were not selected as finalists for voting consideration, they stood out in quality and originality, and the judges would like to recognize these authors with Honorable Mentions. Please take the time to read and review these very special stories, if you haven’t done so already. They are not to be missed!
(In alphabetical order by title):
How many licks does it take to get to the center of…Eric Northman? In this heart-breaking (yet humorous) account of how a first love is lost and of how nameless bodies will do nothing to sate the pain, a man learns that he cannot seek solace until he learns to dance again.
This haunting, dark tale takes readers back through time and history, exploring the enduring connection between a young Viking and a mysterious woman. Rich detail and strong writing, paired with a creative and unusual plotline, make this a truly memorable story.
Compelling writing, laced with light humor, really sets apart this touching story. Follow the emotional journey of human Eric and Sookie, from the joys of childhood to the pain of adolescence. Strong characterization and a well-developed plot enhance this lovely ‘relationship’ tale.
This daring and original story ventures into darkness when a young man’s trust is betrayed and his freedoms are taken away. Blackmailed and tormented by his own feelings of guilt, he must learn to cope with the aftermath of his life-altering summer abroad. Profoundly written and emotionally charged, this story calls attention to the very real danger of trusting the wrong people.
Congratulations again to all of the winners, honorable mentions, and finalists. We are thrilled that this contest has generated so many new talented authors to the fandom, and we look forward to reading even more fabulous fan fiction from them in the future!
Keep writing, our lovely cherries, keep writing!
Meads and VL1
Wanted: Virgin and Almost-Virgin writers from all walks of life!
Have you always wanted to write, but never felt like you had an opportunity? Have you gotten your feet wet once but are nervous about trying to post again? Well here is your chance to write a one-shot and finally say goodbye to your publishing virginity!
We want you to pop YOUR cherry with the most swexy Viking vampire in history! Yes, that’s right, spend the night with Eric Northman and then give him over to us!!
As you know, Eric Northman is very old… over 1000 years, so he is having trouble remembering how he lost his… um… cherry. Was it on a tiger rug in front of a fire, or maybe while covered with whipped cream on a kitchen counter? (yes, they had Formica and whipped cream back then!) For heaven’s sake! Let us know!
We want your most creative story about how Eric entered manhood! Or, if you prefer, you can write a story about how Eric helped someone else lose their virginity! We just want cherries popped and Eric Northman involved! The story can be canon, AH, or AU (All-Human or Alternate-Universe); and please feel free to pair up Eric with anyone… woman or man! (giggles)
This contest is ONLY open to first-time writers (Virgins) and one-time published authors (Almost-Virgins). Haven’t you always wanted to gain ‘experience’ with a Viking?
Rules and Guidelines
You MUST be a new writer!
Submissions will be accepted from November 1st 12:00 AM PST to December 13, 2009 11:59 PM PST.
Entries may be Canon, AU, AH and of any genre (e.g., angst, humor, family, suspense, etc.).
Entries must be rated T or M based on the guidelines set forth by fanfiction.net (FFn).
Any and all pairings accepted.
Entries may be from any character’s point of view, but each entry must feature Eric Northman.
Limit of two entries per author. Sorry, but no collaborations will be accepted.
Entries will be accepted from fanfiction.net (FFn) and only from authors with no previous submissions (“Virgin”status) or only ONE previous submission (“Almost Virgin” status) on the FFn website.
Entries must be between 2,500 and 8,500 words. The official word count will be assessed during the validation process via copy/paste of the entry (excluding header and A/N) into Word 2007. There is NO wiggle room with this maximum, so PLEASE do not e-mail/PM us with exceptions.
Entry must be able to stand on its own as a one-shot but may be continued once the contest has ended.
Entry MUST be beta'd. We encourage new authors to check out the available Betas listed at the bottom of this profile. The judges cannot serve as Betas for any of the contest entries.
Submitting an Entry
Very Important: Please PM the “Poppin’ Cherries” profile (FFn) to make your submission official. We can not/will not go hunting for your submission. PM the contest profile with the link to your story once you have published it.
All entries must use a “Poppin’ Eric’s Cherry” contest header, which is below, and include a reference to the contest in their summary/story description.
Entries will be validated for quality, grammar/punctuation, and rules compliance when the entry is submitted. After an entry has been validated, it will be added to the contest community (C2) at http://www.fanfiction.net/community/Poppin_Erics_Cherry_One-Shot_Contest/75492/
Authors will be PMed or e-mailed when their entries have been validated. If an entry is disqualified, the author will be PMed and may modify and resubmit the entry by the submission deadline, if s/he so chooses.
After the submission deadline has passed, there will be an open/public voting round featuring a group of finalist entries.
Open Voting dates to be determined.
In addition to Open Voting, there will be a Judges’ Selection round. The judges will assess all submitted entries and will do so anonymously – all identifying information (author, status, etc.) will be removed from each entry before the judges read it.
All winners will be announced by mid-late December.
The top two places of the Open Voting round and the top two Judges’ Selection round choices will receive prizes.
Open Voting – 1st place: Your choice of the DVD set ofSeason 1 or 2, plus major Pimping of your fic!
Open Voting – 2nd place: A, plus minor Pimping of your fic!
Judges’ Selection – 1st place: Your choice of the DVD set ofSeason 1 or 2, plus major Pimping of your fic!
Judges’ Selection – 2nd place: A, plus minor Pimping of your fic!
In addition to the prizes listed above, the winners will also receive a custom made banner designed by Zigster!!
Judges: These FFn writers popped their cherries with the Viking (multiple times!) and promise to make YOUR first time sweet and memorable! ALL submitted entries will receive reviews and personal feedback from our ‘Viking-experienced’ judges:
Please include the following header with all entries:
“Poppin’ Eric’s Cherry” One-Shot Contest
Status (Virgin or Almost-Virgin):
The Sookieverse forum. We encourage you to visit there to ask questions about the contest, pimp your entry, or discuss the contest in general: http://forum.fanfiction.net/topic/55534/19821235/1/
We reserve the right to make minor modifications to the rules and dates at any time; judging categories may change depending on the number of entries and author status of those entries.
Made with love by Zigster! Thank You!
Attention New Writers:
FFn says that: a beta reader (or betareader, or beta) is a person who reads a work of fiction with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story prior to its release to the general public.
Please make sure to have your contest entry read for typos and grammar mistakes by a Beta Reader! Remember, any entry that has not been beta'd will be disqualified. To have your entry beta'd, just send any of the lovely ladies below a PM and ask them if they would like to be your beta reader; or else, you may work with any beta of your choice! FFn has a search option for Beta Readers by category. There are many beta readers listed under SVM. Feel free to read their profiles and contact them directly. Thank you!
The following have volunteered as Beta Readers for the Poppin' Eric's Cherry contest:
Miss Construed: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2035443/Miss_Construed
The poll will remain open for the next week, and two (2) choices are permitted when voting. After the poll closes, we will announce the 1st and 2nd place winners based on reader votes, the Judges' Selection round 1st and 2nd place winners, and some Honorable Mentions. Please be sure to read all 7 of our fantabulous finalists before casting your votes... links to their stories can be found in the poll, or else you can check out the "Favorite Stories" listed for this profile to access all of our finalists. And, if you are looking for more good reading to fill your time over the holidays, check out the C2 contest community for ALL of the wonderful entries from our budding authors!
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