Winners, winners, we have winners!
First of all, let me say that in a contest such as this one the real winners are those who get to enjoy the fanworks. Thank you ALL who wrote stories, left comments for the authors, volunteered prizes, re-typed up long lists of html (I'm looking at YOU, karenai ! <3) and gave your time to judge, reread, tally points and score fics.
We had a theme, "Breaking Up and Making Up," that some of our writers called "deceptively simple" and which led to quite a variety of fic. 23 very different stories in fact. We had two contests for those 23 stories--a popular poll and a judged contest. The popular poll was closed today and the results are here.
THE RUNAWAY WINNER OF THE POPULAR POLL AND THE PRIZE OF A ONE YEAR LJ ACCOUNT SUBSCRIPTION IS ENISY FOR HER STORY "SO THAT HE MAY ASCEND".
And now for the winners of the judged contest. You guys gave the secret panel of English majors a fun time. We can now reveal this motley crew. I recruited them because of their wonderful attention to details, experience in writing and grading, familiarity with Bleach canon, and because I knew they couldn't say no to me. XD Special thanks to nehalenia who while being a judge got accepted into a creative writing graduate program with a teaching assistantship and a scholarship! I appreciated her time and opinions given that she's on the front lines of writing workshops and so busy these days. And she also had time to write a gift fic "I Want to Apologize to You" that was not in the competition for prizes. Thank you also to jaina who is a bastion of good sense and professionalism, to karenai with her hawkeye for characterization, and to vayshti who established the criteria worksheets and had more fun with the fics that with the usual papers she grades, I'm sure. We all appreciated the joy and effort that fans put into making stories about the characters they love.
FIRST PLACE WINNER, THE THAW BY yet_adored PRIZE CHOSEN: A ROMANTIC ISHIHIME FIC BY _debbiechan_
SECOND PLACE WINNER, THE DYING LIGHT BY vitiates PRIZE CHOSEN: A ONE YEAR LJ ACCOUNT SUBSCRIPTION
THIRD PLACE WINNER, SO THAT HE MAY ASCEND BY enisy PRIZE CHOSEN: A SMUTTY FIC BY nehalenia
and because there were just too many good fics, we decided to award
HONORABLE MENTION TO DON'T THINK I'LL FORGIVE YOU JUST CUZ YOU'RE ME BY balladbird PRIZE CHOSEN: $25 ANIME STORE GIFT COUPON
HONORABLE MENTION TO A GUIDE AT THE THRESHOLD BY sagebrush_2008 PRIZE CHOSEN: A GIFT ART BY THE AMAZING mezzo_marinaio
note--in the event that the fic writers become too busy to fulfill their prize requests, the lovely vayshti has offered to step in as a back-up writer. Deb and Neha are raring to go with their charges so far though! Again, thanks to all who participated! See you at the next contest!