As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year. On February 15th we'll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring but we'd like you to let us know, in comments, about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.
Feedback Fest: Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it, so we're hosting a Feedback Fest to celebrate the works that we love. Participate by leaving a comment to our Feedback Fest post between February 10-15 with either your recs or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs. Share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too. You may even win a gift!
Short fanworks challenge: Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and create a short fanwork on the following topic:
What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over? For example:
- What happens when Hetalia's Axis Powers and Allied Forces compete in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?
- Has Kermit the Frog ever cosplayed as Yoda?
- What happens when the Avengers take a break from civil war and instead take an afternoon to fan squee over Hamilton?
Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format on February 15th and tag it #IFDShare on tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, or wherever you fan. And if you post it on Archive of Our Own, tag it with the International Fanworks Day 2016 tag.
Keep it safe-for-work, and we may give you a signal boost!
What Fanworks Mean to Me: In December, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. We'll be distributing guest posts through OTW News between now and February 15 with some of the results. But if you missed your chance to participate, #IFDShare is also for meta! Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day celebrations.
Fan Activism: OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. They have recently asked for stories from fans worldwide on how notice and takedown is impacting fandom. Have you, or anyone you know, been the subject of a takedown notice? What did you do about it? How did it feel? Have you had a fanwork of your own removed, or has a work you loved been removed? Please submit information you have by February 28. Help the OTW let governments around the globe know that fanworks are important to you!
Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th itself we'll be hosting a chat in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom through all timezones. Join us between 16:00 UTC 14 February and 06:00 UTC 16 February to share fanworks, or play games such as trivia contests or a Cards Against Humanity game. You might even win a prize!
Now that we've shown you ours, please show us your fandom's plans for IFD, either by commenting here or linking us to your post elsewhere!