July 27th, 2015

LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Today is the last day for the 6X6 comment challenge!

Today ends our Sixth Anniversary Six by Six Comment Challenge!

If you'd like to still participate, you have any time today to do so. As long as the time-stamp on your review still reads July 27, it will count.

Rules for the Comment Challenge can be found at this post!

We've had a good start, so let's have a big finish!
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Happy Sixth Anniversary, Many Paths to Tread!

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Today is the Sixth Anniversary of the Many Paths to Tread Archive! Six years ago we started the archive for all Tolkien-related fanworks.

In six years we have racked up some impressive stats:

Members: 309
Series: 164
Stories: 3040
Chapters: 7037
Word count: 13202445
Authors: 179
Reviews: 3148
Reviewers: 102

In addition, we also have had the Tree and Flower Awards for the last four years.

If you haven't checked us out, come on over and see what we have!
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Coming Soon: The Many Paths to Tread 2015 Tree and Flower Awards!

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The 2015 Tree and Flower Awards will begin later on today. Since previous winners cannot compete (except for stories that competed in the WIP category, but are now complete), here are links to stories which won in previous years. Stories that competed, but did not place are still eligible. Please check these lists to be certain that your nomination is eligible.

The only other eligibility requirements are that the story must be posted at the Many Paths to Tread Archive prior to July 26 of this year.

Winners from 2012
Winners from 2013
Winners from 2014

In addition, please be sure to check other nominations by other people, to make sure that someone else has not nominated the story already.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Changes to this year's Tree and Flower Awards

There are only a couple of changes to the competition this year.

We have combined the three non-fiction sub-categories of Essay, Research, and Tutorial, into one sub-category of Non-fiction.

We have combined the sub-category of movies: it will now be "Favorite story inspired by Peter Jackson's movies of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings". So any story that is movie-verse can be nominated in this category.

Another step we have taken is to formalize our policy on ties, as it's what we have always done anyway. Two-way ties will share the award equally. Three-way or more ties will have a run-off. If they still tie, then they will share the award.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

The Many Paths to Tread 2015 Tree and Flower Awards: Rules

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In celebration of our Sixth 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. Please check this post to find links to the list of previous nominees.

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 27 and will run through August 17.

9. The first round of voting will begin on August 20 and will continue to September 20. Votes will be cast in a poll, the link to which will be announced at both this community and at the Yahoo! email group.

10. Places will be first, second, third and Honorable Mention in each category. Two-way ties will share the award; three-way or more ties will be subject to a run-off vote.

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

Nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards: Special Categories

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This is the post for nominating stories in the Special Categories. I have made threads for each of the following categories:

Favorite Story featuring a New Author (author a member of Many Paths to Tread for six months or less)
Favorite Story with a Holiday Theme
Favorite Recipe!Fic
Favorite Illustration of a story by an artist



Please nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread below. Comment with the name of and link to, the story, and with the name of the author. All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread, and fit the other eligibility requirements stated in the Rules. You may make one nomination per category.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards: Characters

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This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Characters. I have made threads for each of the following categories:

Favorite characterization of Aragorn
Favorite characterization of Arwen
Favorite characterization of Bilbo
Favorite characterization of Boromir
Favorite characterization of Denethor
Favorite characterization of Elrond
Favorite characterization of Éomer
Favorite characterization of Éowyn
Favorite characterization of Faramir
Favorite characterization of Fëanor
Favorite characterization of Frodo
Favorite characterization of Galadriel
Favorite characterization of Gandalf
Favorite characterization of Gimli
Favorite characterization of Glorfindel
Favorite characterization of Halbarad
Favorite characterization of Legolas
Favorite characterization of Merry
Favorite characterization of Pippin
Favorite characterization of Sam
Favorite characterization of Saruman
Favorite characterization of Sauron
Favorite characterization of a Son of Fëanor
Favorite characterization of Theoden
Favorite characterization of Thorin
Favorite characterization of a Dwarf of Thorin's Company
Favorite characterization of a member of the House of Finwë
Favorite characterization of a resident of Doriath
Favorite characterization of a member of the Ainur
Favorite characterization of a Numenorean
Favorite Story featuring an Original Character
Favorite Story featuring a Minor Canon Character


Please nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread below-- there is one for each category. Comment with the name of the story and the name of the author. All stories must be currently posted at Many Paths to Tread, and fit the other requirements stated in the Rules. You may make one nomination per category.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards: Genres

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This is the post for nominating stories categorized by Genre. I have made threads for each of the following categories:

Favorite Adventure Story
Favorite Alternate Universe Story
Favorite Crack!Fic
Favorite Crossover
Favorite Drama
Favorite Family story
Favorite Fluff story
Favorite Gapfiller
Favorite Humor story
Favorite Romance


Please nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread below. Comment with the name of and link to, the story, and with the name of the author. All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread, and fit the other eligibility requirements stated in the Rules. You may make one nomination per category.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards: Sources

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This is the post for nominating stories categorized by Source. I have made threads for each of the following categories:

Favorite Story set in The Silmarillion
Favorite Story set in The Hobbit
Favorite Story set in The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Post-Lord of the Rings Story (inspired by Fourth Age or later information in the Appendices to LotR, or by Fourth Age or later material in other books by Tolkien)
Favorite Story inspired by Peter Jackson's Movies of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings


Please nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread below. Comment with the name of and link to, the story, and with the name of the author. All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread, and fit the other eligibility requirements stated in the Rules. You may make one nomination per category.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards: Types of Work

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This is the post for nominating stories categorized by Types of Work. I have made threads for each of the following categories.

Favorite Novel
Favorite Drabble or Drabble Series
Favorite Fixed-Length-Ficlet Other than Drabble
Favorite Work-in-Progress
Favorite Vignette
Favorite Poetry
Favorite Non-fiction
Favorite Art: Traditional (drawings, paintings, photography, or traditional crafts such as sculpting or needlework)
Favorite Art: Photomanip
Favorite Art: Digital (computer generated art other than photomanip)
Favorite Art: Mixed Media (art that combines several forms of art media, such as collage)

Please nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread below. Comment with the name of and link to, the story, and with the name of the author. All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread, and fit the other eligibility requirements stated in the Rules. You may make one nomination per category.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards: Races

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This is the post for nominating stories categorized by Races. I have made threads for each of the following categories:

Favorite Story featuring Elves
Favorite Story featuring Men
Favorite Story featuring Dwarves
Favorite Story featuring Hobbits
Favorite Story featuring Other Races or Beings

Please nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread below. Comment with the name of and link to, the story, and with the name of the author. All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread, and fit the other eligibility requirements stated in the Rules. You may make one nomination per category.
LotR Challenges 7 by Dreamflower

Nominations for the Many Paths to Tread 2015 Tree and Flower Awards are now open!

NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!

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NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!


Just a quick reminder of the rules on nominations

-All stories must be posted at Many Paths to Tread July 26 of this year. (Stories may be updated after that date, but must have been originally posted by that date.)
-No self-nominations
-Previous winners are ineligible for nomination. You may find the list of previous winners here. The only exception is a story which was nominated in the Work-in-Progress category in a previous year and placed may be nominated in a different category when it is completed. Stories previously nominated, but that did not place, are still eligible for nomination.
-Only one nomination per category. You may nominate in as many categories as you wish.
-Nominate by commenting to the appropriate thread on the nomination posts.

- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Races.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Type of work.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Source.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Genre.
- This is the post for nominations of works categorized by Characters.
- This is the post for nominations of works in random Special Categories.

Nominations will be open from today until August 17. So you have two weeks to nominate.</div>
There have been a few changes to the Awards, you can find that information here.

Please remember to check other nominations to make sure that the story you want to nominate has not already been nominated this year. Check other possible categories as well as the one you wish to nominate it for.