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October time, people! No changes from last month's, but if you think there should be then post your suggestions!


Here's How It Works
Basically, nominate a fic that has been updated in October (be it a chaptered or one-shot story). Obviously, none of your nominations can be one of your own fics. Feel free to give reasons for your nomination but that isn't required to make one. You can nominate in this thread, or PM myself or Astinus if you prefer.

Yes, you can nominate something that someone else has already nominated, although to be most effective, you'll generally want to avoid seconding/thirding/whatevering. As in, while we don't really care at this point if you do nominate something someone's covered, we'd prefer it if you didn't, really.

Nominations will generally last for up to two weeks. In the remaining time that month, we'll gather all the fics that you chose and create a new thread for voting. You'll get one vote, but all of the votes will be anonymous (so don't be shy about your decision). Once that time is up, we'll take a peek at which fic got the most votes. Whoever does will be crowned the Fic of the Month, and the rest of you get pats on the back. If there's a tie, it'll be up to the mods of this section (bobandbill and Astinus) to cast the deciding vote.


Eligibility
To clear things up, not everything that gets posted within a month is eligible for being nominated. Here's the requirements to get on the list:

1. Because this is Fic of the Month, only fics updated within a one-month period are eligible. As in, they need to have posted a chapter (or the entire fic needs to have been posted, in the case of one-shots) on the forums any time between the first of the month to the last day of the month in order to qualify on the most basic level. Announcements, reviews, and review responses do not qualify a thread for nomination if the last chapter was not posted within the same month. We'll be checking to see if this is the case with any nominations just in case.

In this case, because we're nominating fics for the month of September, only fics with chapters posted between September 1 and September 30 qualify.

2. SWC fics (i.e., fics written for a writing contest hosted by PC) are not eligible. This is because they already receive attention from said contest, so it's rather missing the point of the Fic of the Month competition.

3. Because this is Fic of the Month, poetry is not eligible. That has its own nominations however within the Poetry subsection!

4. The thread must not have been closed for any reason. Yes, kids, breaking forum rules automatically gets your fic booted from the running. Sorry.

5. Fics that have already won Fic of the Month are also not eligible unless this is a completely new version. For example, let's say IanDonyer's Volkner's Tale had won Fic of the Month in its original version. The new version is still eligible because it's technically a different story. However, if Dagzar's Mentor wins Fic of the Month this time around, it's not eligible for further nominations, even if Dagzar adds new material to it. This is just to be fair and allow multiple fics to have the chance at getting on the rec list.

6. You must post your fic on PC to qualify. Sorry, but I'm pretty sure not that many people would like to download and open a PDF or DOC in order to decide whether or not they'd like to nominate you.


What's In It For Me?: Perks of Being Fic of the Month
If nominated, winners for Fic of the Month will receive the honor of having their fic listed on a stickied archive thread for posterity. (Note: This thread will not be up until after we get something to put in it.) That means more attention can be directed towards your fic, and you get to walk away with bragging rights.

There may be other perks in development as well.


Other Things:
- Congratulations go out to Draco Malfoy for winning last month's competition!
- Note that we also have a Poem of the Month thread running as well!
- That's... basically it!



Final Notes!:
The system is still in development, so if you can think of any ways to improve this, feel free to shout it out.

In the meantime, nominations for October's Fic of the Month will run from now until November 15, and voting will be held until December 1.
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Okay, no nominations mean no fic of the month, guys. So we may extend this a couple of days if need be, but please nominate something! Only takes a few minutes if you've looked at any fics you liked from last month.
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    How could I have forgotten about the Fic of the Month contest until now?

    I nominate Roots, by Haruka of Hoenn.
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    Old November 15th, 2011 (3:47 AM).
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    I would like to nominate [Pokémon] Coriolanus Rowland's Guide to Pokémon Husbandry
    , I like the style and the originality, and its underlying source of humor. It's refreshing from all the usual fics
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    Old November 15th, 2011 (5:21 AM).
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      Old November 15th, 2011 (1:33 PM).
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      Can you nominate your own fanfiction? I made a fanfic called Pokemon in Real Life and I am wondering if nominating your own is a rule or not...
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      Old November 15th, 2011 (1:53 PM). Edited November 15th, 2011 by Astinus.
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        You can't nominate your own fanfic. Someone else would have to nominate it to put it into the voting process. It says so in the first post:
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        Obviously, none of your nominations can be one of your own fics.
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        Old November 15th, 2011 (3:00 PM). Edited November 15th, 2011 by BLAZEQUAZA.
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          Okay, I didn't see anywhere that we can't nominate two stories in one post, but I'll only put my first one here just in case. If we can nominate two people, could someone assure me that so I can post my second one? Thanks!

          For now, I'll nominate the Unknown Hero by Alex Monroe.

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          EDIT: Thanks Astinus, glad to know I didn't miss anything.

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            I haven't really seen anything that says that there's a limit of nominations per person. And since it seems silly right now (when we needed to extend the nominations time limit to get any in) to put an one-per-person rule in place.

            So I'll say you can nominate another fic, BLAZEQUAZA.
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            Hurrah, nominations. New thread to be made in a second then. EDIT: Link.

            To Be a Hero by Electricmudkip unfortunately cannot be nominated as it has no updates in the month of October (so it would be eligable to be nominated next month, however).
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              Just a question.. if voting for October's month will be held until December.. does that mean October's winner will be announced in December?
              Does this mean it's a month behind or.. is this usual? ._. Sorry I am a bit confused..
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              Just a question.. if voting for October's month will be held until December.. does that mean October's winner will be announced in December?
              Does this mean it's a month behind or.. is this usual? ._. Sorry I am a bit confused..
              Yes. We don't begin nominations until the whole month is over (it'd be a bit odd to do it that way when the period is only over a month anyway and you can't start voting before that anyway) so we went with splitting nominations and voting roughly in the middle of the month. Or in other words this is usual, as it's how the FotM thing started a few months back.
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                Yes. We don't begin nominations until the whole month is over (it'd be a bit odd to do it that way when the period is only over a month anyway and you can't start voting before that anyway) so we went with splitting nominations and voting roughly in the middle of the month. Or in other words this is usual, as it's how the FotM thing started a few months back.
                Ah yeah I get it now :3 That works! Thanks for clearing it up!
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