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The Hogwarts' Houses Fest/hogwarts_houses is an anonymous fest that explores Hogwarts and its houses throughout the ages with a showcase of art and short fic. Fan works of any genre and rating are welcome. To participate, writers and artists (18 and older) create fan works concerning Hogwarts and its houses with regard to their assigned house categories.
The Hogwarts' Houses Fest previously ran in 2011 and 2012.
*Entries created for the Hogwarts house category concern the school as a whole rather than only one of its houses. (GMonkey/gmonkey42 has my thanks for allowing Sparklypoo to be hogwarts_houses' fifth house during the fest's inaugural run.)
To participate in the fest, please be 18 and older and join and friend the community before sign-ups begin. If you don't have a LiveJournal account, you may participate in the fest via OpenID (read more about OpenID).
Sign-ups will run from 1-7 June; they will be screened and open to six creators/creative partnerships per category to fill 30 showcase positions. If you wish to partner with another creator to fill one showcase position, you must each sign up to participate, naming each other as partners and providing the same house category choices in the same order of preference in your sign-ups. Two alternates per category will also be assigned; alternates serve as presumptive pinch-hitters and have the same deadline as participants; if their works aren't needed for the fest, they will be promoted in the Reveal.
A list of creators without reference to their assigned house categories or partnerships will be posted in the community after assignments have been accepted.
Category Assignment and Acceptance
I'll assign categories on a first-come, first-served basis via the mod email account on 8 June. In order to verify your email address and intention to participate in hogwarts_houses, you must reply to your assignment email by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on 15 June. Each member of a creative partnership will receive an assignment email and must reply to it. Would-be participants who do not acknowledge receipt of their assignments will be replaced.
Once you've acknowledged your assignment email, friendh_houses_mod so that I can preview your entry for you in a filtered post before the fest begins.
Rules for Fic Entries
Fic entries must be at least 1000 words and short enough (headers included) to fit into one LiveJournal post. They should be original, beta'd, formatted in HTML (without paragraph tags or "curly"/smart quotes), and emailed as attached TXT files to hogwarts.houses.fest [at] gmail [dot] com by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on 3 August.
Banners will not be accepted with fic entries.
Rules for Art Entries
Art entries must be no larger than 800 by 600 pixels and should be original, beta'd, GIF, JPEG, or PNG files. Art headers should be formatted in HTML (without paragraph tags or "curly"/smart quotes), and emailed (with the attached art) as attached TXT files to hogwarts.houses.fest [at] gmail [dot] com by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on 3 August.
Thumbnail previews will not be accepted with art entries.
Rules for Combined Entries
Combined entries must contain at least 1000 words of fic and one piece of art; more than one piece of art may be submitted as long as the formatted entry (complete with its header) fits into one LiveJournal post. Include a marker (or markers) within the text of your entry to indicate where you wish your art to be placed. Combined entry fics must be original, beta'd, formatted in HTML (without paragraph tags or "curly"/smart quotes), and submitted as TXT files. Each piece of combined entry art must be no larger than 800 by 600 pixels and should be an original, beta'd, GIF, JPEG, or PNG file. All components of a combined entry must be submitted as attachments to the same email and sent to hogwarts.houses.fest [at] gmail [dot] com by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on 3 August.
Banners and thumbnail previews will not be accepted with combined entries.
The Hogwarts' Houses Fest's posting period is 1-30 September. Please do not publicly discuss or post your fest entry before the Reveal on 1 October.
Drops and Extensions
If you find that you need to drop out of the fest, please contact me as soon as possible so that I can replace you. Should one member of a creative partnership drop out, the remaining creator's entry will become either a fic or an art entry and should be formatted appropriately for submission. All extension requests should be made before the deadline.
Contact the Mod
Any questions about hogwarts_houses may be directed to hogwarts.houses.fest [at] gmail [dot] com.
hogwarts_houses features fan works based on characters and situations created by J. K. Rowling, and owned by J. K. Rowling and various publishers, including but not limited to: Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books, Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended by the posting of these fan works.
Last updated on 30 January 2017 to correct broken links. Rules to be revised for clarity and brevity soon.