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May-June Silver Trinket Nominations

As of now, only 63 unique users have submitted nominations for the May/June Silver Trinkets! It's summer and I know that more people are reading, right?  So, nominate too!

We (the staff) remind you that nominations close and voting opens after the night of 30 June 2010. So only fifteen more days to let everyone know what your favorite stories are! 

Please be sure to get your nominations in before time runs out as all the Time Turners were broken in the Department of Mysteries adventure. The staff wishes each author the best of luck and thanks each nominator for taking the time to help recognize our best stories.

Have a pleasant Wednesday,

Jenn :)

PS: If you wish to nominate a Challenge story for the DSTA, it must be done before June ends because the current DSTA period ends the same time as the Challenge deadline, June 30.

Sir Ollivander

jennyelf on 2010.06.16 - 12:26AM ()


Paulovna came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.16 - 01:09AM to say:

I agree that we should all nominate more, but it seems like every time I'm on the site, we're nominating again. I'm sure that doing Silver Trinkets less often has been considered, but maybe we should put it back on the table? I just don't know that there's the amount being written or read to make it a serious thing - though I do enjoy reading all the stories that win, and the authors do really deserve the recognition! Anyway, just a thought.

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.16 - 08:26AM to say:

Paulovna - SIYE runs two contests that are voted on. Each run six times a year. The first is Dumbledore's Silver Trinket Award. It runs in two-month segments before voting on the nominations. The second is the Challenge. It runs on a one-month segment. The two contest segments both happen to end at the end of the same months. But the Challenge is voted on by an anonymous group of judges. We remind readers of the DSTA voting because people have a tendency of forgetting to vote. The more voters we get, the more fair the voting is. Sorry. we don't mean to bug you about it.

Ginny Guerra came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.16 - 11:27PM to say:

It's surprising how some stories are considered both drama and comedy.

ReisMacleod came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.17 - 02:26AM to say:

This is probably because some stories contain both dramatic and comedic elements, and aren't truly one or the other. It's interesting, when you think about it... the choices for genre nominations are comedy, romance, and drama... and that's it. But the actual genres one can list their story as are Action/Adventure, Angst, Comedy, Crossover, Drama, Fluff, General, Humor, Poetry, Romance, Songfic, Tragedy... why aren't there nominations for all of those genres as well? Should authors be limited to choosing just one genre for their story? And the genres you CAN nominate in for the DSTA are genres that you would never ACTUALLY apply to the HP novels. They would not fall under romance, comedy, or drama. (Dramatic literature, of course, is technically something altogether different than what we're using it for. Dramatic literature as a genre consists of stories told through dialogue and stage direction, i.e. plays and screenplays.) The HP novels would fall into the subgenres of Fantasy, Mystery, Boarding House, YA Adventure, maybe even Morality... but not really Comedy, Romance, or Drama. So why do people characterize their stories as both "comedy" and "drama"? Probably because they find the actual genre selections available to them inadequate to describe their story, so they just don't know what to put. Meh. No big.

ReisMacleod came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.17 - 02:36AM to say:

(Admittedly, in my description of "drama" above I'm using the classical definition. It hasn't been until the past 100 years or so that the word "drama" was further utilized to describe a TYPE of story that exists between the classical standards of comedy and tragedy; still, the term "drama" even in that sense is usually reserved for plays, screenplays, or radio plays, and is rarely applied to prose. Clearly we use it here to describe the story that exists between comedy and tragedy, but it does beg the question: if there's a nomination for comedy, and a nomination for drama, shouldn't there be one for tragedy? And maybe there should be a genre selection for "Romantic Comedy", given the primary subject matter of the site? And maybe a category for "Melodrama"? Or am I going to far there?)

Sir Ollivander came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.17 - 09:12AM to say:

ReisMacleod - the descriptive term Drama probably changed from the traditional classical definition in the early 1900's due to the advent of the motion picture or movies. The industry basically changed the definition to a more current, modern understanding to better explain some of the movies being made. The masses understand the modern term Drama better than the classical term.

ReisMacleod came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.17 - 02:51PM to say:

Agreed, completely. And you're right; that's probably about when and why that transition occurred. Good call. But the one truism that remains is, it's usually used to describe dramatic lit, not prose. I mean, someone describes a work of prose as a "drama" and you get it, sure, but it's not usually where that term is applied. It's usually just reserved for scripted material.

jennyelf came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.18 - 10:04PM to say:

Woo hoo, 21 more people have nominated since I posted this news item! Keep the nominations coming!

ginnyweasley777 came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.19 - 06:07PM to say:

ReisMacleod - I see where you're coming from with regards to the categories. It's hard to fit each story into those categories. I know I've had a problem when nominating your story before as well as a few others. I still think that the whole DSTA is a great thing as well as a good incentive for writing. :)

ReisMacleod came out of the woodwork on 2010.06.22 - 02:57PM to say:

ginnyweasley777 - That's where this come from, for me. I have trouble fitting my story into the available categories. It's not a romance, it's not a comedy, and it's not a drama... more than anything else, it's a romantic comedy, I find. But that's not an option. Oh, well.

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