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International Fanworks Day

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.

  1. 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 13-16 with either your recs or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs tagged with #IFDFest. Share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too!

  2. 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 the members of the Samwell Men's Hockey team dress up as characters from Yuri on Ice for a group costume contest?
    • Have Brendon and Dallon from Panic! at the Disco been secretly writing Rogue One fanfic at AO3?
    • If the characters from Homestuck were transported into Dragon Age, what songs would Leliana write about them?

    Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format this week 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 2017" tag.

    Keep it safe-for-work, and we may give you a signal boost!

  3. Fan Activism: OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. For this year's IFD they offered a twist on our fanwork flash challenge. Create a short fanwork (a drabble, song, piece of visual art, puzzle, game, gif, vidlet, etc.) in which "fair use" is the fandom. Share it in your online spaces with #IFDShare -- we'll be looking to signal boost them as well!

  4. What Fanworks Mean to Me: Last month, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. Some of those submissions went out through OTW News on February 5. 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.

  5. 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 23:00 UTC 14 February and 05:00 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! We'll post a detailed schedule as February 15 rolls around in our earliest timezones.

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!