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October 2nd, 2018

Poll: LOTR Community Challenges

Hello! Your mods are trying to get LOTR Community Challenges out of the doldrums and back on track. We'd like to get some idea of what the members would like to see, so here is a poll to get things back on track.

Poll #2085653 Lord of the Rings Community Challenges

Would you like having self-prompting challenges instead of having the prompts emailed to you? (Self-prompting means to choose a prompt from a list.)

Yes
17(89.5%)
No
2(10.5%)

Would you like to see a return of the Art Challenges?

Yes
13(65.0%)
No
7(35.0%)

Which of the following annual challenges would you like to see kept?

January-Potluck
7(14.6%)
April-Poetry
5(10.4%)
July-Fixed-Length Ficlets
10(20.8%)
November-Drabbles
8(16.7%)
December-Yule Exchange
8(16.7%)
All of the above
9(18.8%)
None of the above
1(2.1%)

Types of themes you like best

Canon events or gapfillers (prompts from the books)
14(23.0%)
Seasonal (themes to match the month or time of year)
18(29.5%)
Specific genres (humor, angst, h/c, etc.)
8(13.1%)
Challenges to hone a specific writing skill (POV, characterizatio, dialogue, etc.)
12(19.7%)
Recycled themes (themes we've done before that you'd like to see again)
9(14.8%)
Other (suggestions in the comments)
0(0.0%)

Types of prompts you like

Random sets or pairs of words
10(13.5%)
Sets or pairs of words to fit the theme
13(17.6%)
Starter sentences
12(16.2%)
Quotations from canon or other sources
13(17.6%)
Plot starters
11(14.9%)
Visual prompts, such as pictures
14(18.9%)
Other (please comment below)
1(1.4%)

Which (if any) of these would you like to see as future themes?

Minor Canon Character
15(20.0%)
Original Character
14(18.7%)
Virtues and Vices (pairs of opposite traits, e.g.
10(13.3%)
Scenic Set (describe a setting within your story in detail)
13(17.3%)
Action! (a story featuring an action sequence such as a fight or a daring rescue or a chase)
10(13.3%)
Mini-AU (a short one-shot AU possibility)
13(17.3%)
Other (leave suggestions in the comments)
0(0.0%)


If you have other ideas or suggestions, please include comments with your ideas below. We would really love to see this community thriving again!

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