Buffy Casablanca Poster poppy wreath  RS

Nomination Period for Round 10 of the Running with Scissors Awards Still Open

I'd never heard of the RwSA until the fabulous velvetwhip pimped it the other day: dedicated entirely to BtVS/AtS fanfiction and fanart. (Crossovers are limited to Supernatural.)  It has categories for icons, as well as banners, wallpapers, manips, and a somewhat more limited number of fiction categories than the SunnyD awards. (Which isn't necesarily a bad thing at all, and may in some ways be easier for my little brain to handle.) No meta categories *pout*. Someday, maybe...?

Nominations are accepted until July 27th.  Read the Rules & Dates carefully, because anarchy is a nice idea in theory but not so great in practice. Then check out the current list of nominees , which includes the short list of people who are not eligible for further nominations in this round.

In a recent conversation slaymesoftly and baphrosia both expressed the idea that these awards are a great way of nominating older works that newbies may not be aware of and/or recent "fringe" authors who are new to fandom or simply not as well-recognized. There are certain authors who get nominated and awarded repeatedly, with very good reason: they are good writers and/or they've built up an appreciative following.

The outpouring of creativity in our fandom is amazing, and I know it's easy for me to forget a fabulous story I read a few months back but got lost in my copious list of bookmarks, while certain other stories/authors jump out at me easily.  So these  awards challenge me to go deep into my personal "library stacks" rather than just grab the story within easy reach at the front counter display.

If anyone happens to know who made the gorgeous banner above, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due.
ETA: RwSA's moderator darkgoddessgege just informed me that she's the artist. Gorgeous.  (In future, my dears, follow the example set by the lovely comlodge and artists since time immemorial: SIGN YOUR WORK! You wouldn't post a story or meta anonymously, would you? Of course not.)
Thanks for calling me fabulous! *blushes*

darkgoddessgege deserves oodles of kudos for all the hard work she does with rwsawards. I agree with you that sites like this are a terrific way of getting lesser known tales some love and attention.