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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

Sadly, International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but here are a few details to share about the day's events.

1) Some outlets that covered IFD include:

  1. The Daily Fandom moved their Fanfic Friday series to February 15
  2. The Slash Report interviewed OTW Legal Chair Betsy Rosenblatt.
  3. The Crafting System interviewed OTW Communications Staffer Kirsten Korona

2) There are around 1000 fanworks recced at Feedback Fest, so check out those many comments! We also had a lot of contributions to our Short Fanworks Challenge! 282 works and counting were posted at AO3 as part of the #IFDShare challenge. Below are a few more fanworks from IFD:

From the chat room game players on February 14, here's their Lyrics Round Robin for "Hey Jude" fandom-style:

Hey dude, don't make it sad,
we're all here for our happy endings
Cause John can't take another Reichenbach Fall
Since BBC doesn't make it better

Hey dude, you can write fic,
You can keep the angst in its canon
'Cuz at the minute, feels hit you like bricks
And you know the characters won't get better

Anytime you feel the pain, hey Ciel, refrain
You know that Sam and Dean will come knocking
And we want all want to see our ship, make a cute quip
we've got our fanfics in a giant folder,
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!

While this was the final result from the players on February 15 for "Thriller"

It's close to midnight and we're all reading fanfic in the dark
In Constantine, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You miss fanzines, but tumblr helps you kind of sort of fake it
you find a fic the author hasn't updated for years
Your eyes fill with tears!

'Cause this is fandom, fandoms are life
And Tumblr's not gonna save 'ya from the feels about to strike
You know its fandom, fandom life
You're fighting for your OTP inside a Tumblr post, tonight

You hear a door slam and realise that someone heard you laugh
You try to remain silent and wonder when the feels will go away
You close your eyes and hope that no one sees you cry
but all the while you hear your feels creepin' up behind
You've already died and you don't really mind

3) Congratulations to our chat room game and Feedback Fest prize winners: duckbunny, adustyspectacle, Lilac/Luke, darkmoore, Sherian, and phidari!

4) Lastly, thank you to everyone who has responded to OTW Legal’s IFD activism challenge and given them information about fanwork takedowns. If you haven’t had a chance to send your fanwork takedown stories yet, please do—Legal will keep collecting them for several more weeks.

What’s next?

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts in a few days! From February 22-26, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the copyright laws that make transformative works legal.

This year for Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, OTW's Legal Committee will be hosting a Virtual Q&A, and we want your questions! Ask OTW Legal anything about how the law relates to fandom and fanworks. Every question you were afraid to ask: now is the time to ask it! (With one exception: we can’t give you personal legal advice.)

So send your questions to OTW Legal and they’ll answer them in public posts next week.

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International Fanworks Day celebration, featuring fandom-themed emoji and representations of fanworks around the globe

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year across all timezones.

  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 with either your recs, or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs (use the #IFDFest tag!). Share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too. You may even win a gift.

  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 Hetalia's Axis Powers and Allied Forces compete in League of Legends?
    • 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!

  3. What Fanworks Mean to Me: In December, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. We've distributed guest posts through OTW News 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.

  4. Fan Activism: The OTW's Legal Committee has long worked to protect fanworks. They 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!

  5. Games and Fan Chat: We're hosting a 35-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom. Join us and take part in scheduled games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans.

    All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone

    • February 14th
    • 18:00 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 19:30 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 21:30 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 22:45 - Scattegories -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • February 15th
    • 01:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 03:01 - Cards Against Humanity - Heidi Tandy (OTW Legal) and Mark Oshiro (Mark Does Stuff), hosts
    • 06:00 - 20 Questions -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 07:01 - Character Association -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:00 - First and Last -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:45 - That's Life -- ashleyhasahat (OTW Communications), host
    • 10:30 - Sounds Like -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications), host
    • 12:00 - That's Life -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications), host
    • 13:30 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 15:00 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
    • 16:30 - Scattegories -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • 18:00 - Three Degrees -- Curtis Jefferson (OTW Volunteers & Recruiting), host
    • 19:30 - Linkee -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 21:00 - That's Life -- Sarah Remy (OTW Communications), host
    • 22:30 - 20 Questions -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • 23:30 - Three Degrees -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
    • February 16th
    • 01:30 - That's Life -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications) & Angel F. (OTW Translation), hosts
    • 02:30 - Three Degrees -- Janet Vandenabeele (OTW Communications) & Angel F. (OTW Translation), hosts
    • 03:01 - Cards Against Humanity -- Kirsten Korona and Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), hosts

There will be 4 games offering prizes of a packet of OTW merchandise, which includes a nylon carry-all, stickers and magnets. To keep things manageable the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you're unable to get in for one event, do try another.

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Here are some we know about:

  1. GleeBlast 2016 is encouraging every Glee writer or artist to help blast AO3 with as much new Glee fandom material as possible! Write, draw, mix, or vid something special from Glee fandom and post it to AO3 today.
  2. In our events announcement post, a fan suggested drawing an F on your index fingernails to signal your participation in fandom to fellow fans today.

Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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Feedback Fest speech bubble with multilanguage feedback phrases

International Fanworks Day is nearly here. To celebrate we are kicking off one of our planned events today, which is Feedback Fest!

How does it work?

We know you love fanworks, that's why you're here reading this! So get specific.

Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you've made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities.

For everyone checking out the recced fanworks, don't forget to leave comments, likes, kudos or other love to those fan creators to help spread the squee.

But wait, there's more!

To celebrate AO3's recent milestone of 2 million fanworks, we'll be giving away either an AO3 Water Bottle or an OTW iron-on and sticker to two randomly chosen participants in Feedback Fest. Just start your comment here with a YES or NO so we'll know if you'd like a chance at the gifts. (We'll only be counting one entry per person).

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Banner created by Ania celebrating International Fanworks Day, featuring various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art.

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 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!

  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 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  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 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!

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Banner created by Ania celebrating International Fanworks Day, featuring various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art.

International Fanworks Day will take place on February 15, 2016. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. Whether in text, image, audio or multimedia, and whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your plans for celebrating. We'd also like to get you to tell us what fanworks mean to you.

Send us your thoughts (up to 500 words) through our Communications contact form by January 1. We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News between January 15 and February 15 as part of our lead-up to next year's IFD. When submitting, please tell us:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages!

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Banner by Ania of various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art

It's now February 15th in our earliest timezones, which means International Fanworks Day is here! Today is the first annual day to celebrate fanwork of all kinds. Below we have a few things listed that the OTW is sponsoring or connected to 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. We're hosting a short fanworks challenge, #IFDrabble. Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and write up to 100 words to celebrate fanworks! (Why 100 words?)

    What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over?

    • Does Tony Stark secretly watch—and love—Transformers fan films?
    • Does Athos ship Aramis/Porthos?
    • Do the members of Shinee cosplay as Final Fantasy characters?

    But our challenge isn’t for writing alone — submit a drawble, a short vid, an audio work or other format for the challenge as well. Just post it today as part of the day of celebration.

    Help us find and share it — tag it #IFDrabble 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 2015 tag.)

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

  2. 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 here with a link to fanworks you've left feedback on. This way, you can share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too.
  3. On 8 February, we held a live chat on “Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated”, with authors Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me, and Racheline Maltese. All of these authors started out writing fanfiction and have gone on to be published professionally—and they still participate in fanworks. Along with moderator Francesca Coppa, the panelists discussed the value and importance of all kinds of fanworks. If you missed it, you can still read the transcript.
  4. Other folks have been talking about International Fanworks Day. Here are some places to read and hear about it:

We also know about the following fan celebrations:

Tell us about more places where International Fanworks Day is being celebrated!

Mirrored from an original post made at the OTW News Blog.

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Banner by Ania of various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art

Don't forget that International Fanworks Day (IFD) takes place next week on February 15th! We hope everyone is preparing some short-form fanworks for the OTW's Drabble Challenge, #IFDrabble.

But we'd also like to celebrate fanworks already known and loved by you. For that, we've got Feedback Fest! Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it. Therefore, in our IFD celebration post on February 15th, we'll be asking fans to link to fanworks they've left feedback on. This way, people can share what they love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback, too.

And remember that tomorrow is the live chat "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated", with authors Cecilia Tan, Tara Sue Me, and Racheline Maltese. All of these authors started out writing fanfiction and have gone on to be published professionally—and they still participate in fanworks. Along with moderator Francesca Coppa, they will be discussing the value and importance of all kinds of fanworks.

We would like to hear about how you will be celebrating! Tell us about plans to celebrate fanworks that you know of or that you will be hosting so that we can link to them during IFD.

Mirrored from an original post made at the OTW News Blog.

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Banner by Ania of various fanworks including cosplay, text, and visual art

As part of the celebration of International Fanworks Day on February 15, we're delighted to announce that the OTW will be hosting a live chat with three authors who have written both fanfiction and published works.

February 8, 2015: Live chat with authors on "Why Fanworks Should Be Celebrated" from 17:00-19:00 UTC (What time is that in my timezone?)

The chat has concluded but a transcript is now available.

Although we have done our best to choose a time that will suit fans in several timezones, the scheduling is ultimately dependent on guest availability. For anyone who can't join the chat live we expect to post a transcript of the event within 24 hours.

We would also like your input! You can submit as many questions as you'd like for our guests, but as we have limited time we can't guarantee any particular question will be included. We'll be looking for questions that are broadly applicable to all authors and are a good representation of the "celebrating fanworks" topic.

We will be collecting questions until 23:59 UTC on February 1. You can either post your questions here or submit them through our Communications form (just mention they're for the chat).

Also, don't forget to let us know how you or your fandom communities plan to celebrate so that we can give you a signal boost!

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