khazarkhum (khazarkhum) wrote in eat_at_elronds,

OT: 2004 Mithril Awards

Wanted: keen, critical, enthusiastic lovers of Tolkien

Nominations will open in April for the second year of
the Mithril Awards for Tolkien Fanfiction.

We ran these awards for the first time in 2003 and
they proved a huge success, attracting nearly 600
nominations over more than twenty categories. This
year, we hope to better that, but we need your help.
We are looking for volunteers to screen and judge this
year's Awards.

Screeners will help in narrowing down the public
nominations into shorter lists of semi-finalists and
finalists. You need to be a quick and accurate reader
with excellent English skills, and preferably with
broad knowledge of Tolkien's works. The screening
process will take place in mid-April and early May.

Judges will be expected to read and evaluate between
five and eight pieces of fiction, poetry or critical
writing in one or two categories. Please bear in mind
these could range from poems and vignettes to
novel-length stories. An ideal judge will have very
good English skills as well as excellent knowledge of
one or more of Tolkien's works - we particularly need
judges who specialise in The Silmarillion and The
. You should be able to put aside personal
preferences to criticise works on their own merits.
Being a fanfiction author or beta reader is an
advantage but not a necessity.

Judges will not be allowed to have works entered for
consideration in the categories they are judging, but
can enter the Awards in other categories. Judging will
take place in late May and early June.

If you are interested in being either a screener or a
judge for the Mithril Awards, please write to with the following
- a brief summary of your experiences in the realms of
Tolkien and fanfiction;
- any other skills that might make you a good judge;
- what genre of Tolkien fanfiction you prefer;
- whether or not you are happy reading slash or het
(including adult-rated works);
- whether or not you are an adult.

The closing date for applications is February 28 2004.
Judges will be selected and assigned to categories
during March.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Awards Committee: Eledhwen, Janet Elizabeth,
Khazar and Tavia.

The Mithril Awards honour excellence in fiction,
poetry and critical essays relating to the Lord of the
Rings, the Silmarillion, the Hobbit, and other works
by JRR Tolkien. All material freely available on the
web and published between April 2003 and April 2004
will be eligible, regardless of rating, genre, subject
matter, category and source (book or movies), with the
exception of actor fics/RPS. Nominations for the
second awards will open in early April 2004.

The Mithril Awards are independent of any fiction
archive, list or online community, although we welcome
affiliation with other Tolkien sites to promote the

Please visit our website at:
If you have any questions, visit our Live Journal: or
Awards announcements will be posted to

Apologies for the wide cross-posting, but we're keen to make sure no-one
gets left out.
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