July 27th, 2014

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Many Paths to Tread is Five Years Old!

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Five years ago today, the Many Paths to Tread Archive was opened. Founding mods were ceshaughnessy AKA Cathleen, dreamflower02, pearltook1 and dawn_felagund, who also designed and built the website. labourslamp AKA Celeritas also was a mod. Later rhapsody11 became one of our co-mods as well.

Cathleen, Pearl and Celeritas are currently on hiatus as co-mods, but we hope that one day real life will allow them to join us again.

To celebrate, we set up a special Comment Fic Challenge. which was to be unveiled today, but the stories are not yet complete, so we will be extending the challenge for another ten days! If you have not yet taken the chance to contribute, go have a look and maybe join in! We are also extending the Art Challenge for the same amount of time. We as yet have no entries there, but hope some of you might feel inspired to contribute!

Thank you all for the support you have given the archive over the years!
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Coming Soon: Many Paths to Tread presents the 2014 Tree and Flower Awards!

MPPT 5 Anniversary

In celebration of our Fifth Anniversary, we are pleased to announce the third Many Paths to Tread "Tree and Flower" Awards!

Here are the rules:

1. Only stories posted at the Many Paths to Tread Archive are eligible.

2. Stories or art must have been posted at the MPTT Archive by July 26 of this year to be eligible. All stories posted to the site prior to that date are eligible. Stories may be updated after that, but the story must have gone up at the archive on or before that date.

3. No stories or art which won an award in the previous year are eligible for a second nomination, except a story which was nominated in the Work-in-Progress category in a previous year may be nominated in a different category when it is completed. Lists of previous winners will be posted for nominators to check prior to making nominations.

4. No self nominations.

5. Nominations will be made to posts at the LiveJournal Community. (If you have trouble accessing LiveJournal, you may email the mods at: manypaths@lotrgfic.com to make nominations for you.)

6. Stories may run in only one category; if the story is nominated in two or more categories the earliest nomination will count. (We ask that nominators check other nominations prior to making their nominations, to avoid duplicates. This is very important. Please check other categories a story may be nomintated in.) Nominators may nominate one story per category, but may make nominations in as many categories as they wish. In the event that a category is not viable, the mods may choose to move the story to another category; a story must have at least two nominations to be viable.

7. Nominators are permitted to promote the stories they have nominated, though they cannot ask people to vote for any particular one.

8. Nominations will open on July 29 and will run through August 15.

9. The first round of voting will begin on August 29, and will continue to September 15. Votes will be cast in a poll, the link to which will be announced at both this community and at the Yahoo! email group on September 28.

10. Places will be first, second, third and Honorable Mention in each category.

This is a simple old-fashioned "ticky-box" awards, but we hope everyone will enjoy participating in it! Come and help us celebrate our Fifth Anniversary!
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

August 2014 Non-fiction challenge

The August Challenge will once again have the theme "Nonfiction." You will not receive an element for this challenge; rather, we encourage all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's legendarium. You are free to choose your own topic!

The August challenge entries will be due Thursday, August 21 and will be revealed on Saturday, August 23.

Please tag your essay "non-fiction" and " '14 august". Use the following special header for your nonfiction entry: Put "Nonfiction" as the theme, and as "type" indicate whether it is an essay, research, tutorial or other type of nonfiction. Make sure to put the name of your piece and your name in the subject line (e.g. "Sindarin Verbs by Scholar Sue").

To indicate your participation, please leave a comment to this post, or you can email the mods at manypaths@lotrgfic.com
I hope we'll have lots of participants for our August challenge!