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2021-02-19 20:04:10 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

That's right: International Fanworks Day is over for another year, and we at the Organization for Transformative Works want to thank everybody who participated in our scheduled events.

This year we chose to focus on lesser-known fandoms, characters, pairings and fanworks. We're grateful for everybody who created new works on this theme and posted them on social media under the #IFDChallenge2021 hashtag, or on Archive of Our Own using our International Fanworks Day 2021 tag. Make sure to go and check out everyone's creations: you might find a new fandom, encounter a new pairing or be introduced to a character you've never considered before.

In the days before IFD we hosted a Feedback Fest, asking fans to recommend their favourite works on the 'lesser-known' theme. Thank you to everybody for your suggestions and ideas! We hope all the fanwork creators are feeling the love.

Thank you, too, to everybody who participated in our chatroom games marathon, which ran for 30 hours across February 15 (to allow for the many time zones that the OTW's users inhabit!). We hosted this on Discord for the first time in 2021, but although the venue was new, the enthusiasm and creativity of the users who joined in was very familiar. Our volunteer moderators had a great time hosting you. We're also glad to report that as promised, the results of our Lyrics Round Robin sessions have been immortalised on the IFD AO3 account.

If you didn't manage to participate in any of the above events, don't worry! The last event of IFD is still running. Fanlore's 2021 editing challenge will end on February 21. You still have a chance to earn a shiny 80s-themed virtual badge!

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2021-02-14 16:04:20 -0500
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OTW Chat

Yes, it's everybody's favourite day of the year: International Fanworks Day! As is now traditional every February 15, the OTW will be celebrating with a chatroom games marathon, hosted on Discord. You will find all the details below, but be sure to check out our previous post for details of the rest of our #IFD2021 celebrations.

About the IFD games session

The OTW’s chatroom games session is a 30-hour party which lasts from 21.00 UTC on 14 February until 03.00 UTC on 16 February. The times listed below are in UTC, but you can click the link to find the time in your own timezone.

The games will be hosted on our dedicated Discord channel and moderated by OTW staffers throughout the day. Every hour you will be able to participate in a different fandom-themed game! The timetable and game descriptions are given below; if you want to join in, you'll find the Discord link at the top of our Linktree page. Please note that we will be staggering invites to keep numbers manageable; if you can't get in on your first attempt, please give it a little while and have another go later. The games will be played and moderated in English.

14th Feb

21.00-22.00 - Trivia - hosted by Izzy

22.00-23.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Izzy

23.00-00.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Izzy

15th Feb

00.00-01.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Irina

01.00-02.00 - That's Life - hosted by Irina

02.00-03.00 - Scattergories - hosted by Irina

03.00-04.00 - Trivia - hosted by Julie

04.00-05.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Julie

05.00-06.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Julie

06.00-07.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Chrome

07.00-08.00 - That's Life - hosted by Chrome

08.00-09.00 - Scattergories - hosted by Chrome

09.00-10.00 - Trivia - hosted by Papernote

10.00-11.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Papernote

11.00-12.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Papernote

12.00-13.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by C Ryan Smith

13.00-14.00 - That's Life - hosted by Jonny H

14.00-15.00 - Scattergories - hosted by solovei

15.00-16.00 - Trivia - hosted by Claudia R

16.00-17.00 - 5 Things - hosted by Claudia R

17.00-18.00 - 20 Questions - hosted by Claudia R

18.00-19.00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by Koteneko

19:00-20:00 - That's Life - hosted by Adi

20:00-21:00 - Scattergories - hosted by Dorottya

21:00-22:00 - Trivia - hosted by Martisz

22:00-23:00 - 5 Things - hosted by ami

23:00-00:00 - 20 Questions - hosted by ami

16th Feb

00:00-01:00 - Lyrics Round Robin - hosted by EmilyFowl

01:00-02:00 - That's Life - hosted by EmilyFowl

02:00-03:00 - Scattergories - hosted by EmilyFowl

Access the chatroom via the first link on our Linktree page. To keep things manageable we are limiting capacity, so if you’re unable to get in for one event, please try another.

Details About the Games

5 Things

How to Play: During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

Lyrics Round Robin

How to Play: During this game, we’ll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first two lines. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

That’s Life

How to Play:  Participants will first name a character that they know well for each round. Every round will consist of two random questions posted by the moderator. You will then share how the character you chose for that round would answer the questions as if answering from their point of view. For each round, you will name a different character to answer the new questions. There will be roughly 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.

Trivia

How to Play: Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we’re online and you’re free to do searches we’re going to add another factor, which is time — you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer, the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!

20 Questions

How to Play: The host will think of a person, place or thing. Your task is to guess what it is. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will answer with a YES or NO. As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it’s correct so that the next person gets their turn. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

Scattergories/List Builder

How to play: List Builder is a competitive game in which each player takes a turn to name something belonging to a particular genre. The host will give you a topic: examples could include capital cities, actors from a certain series of movies, or anything else your mind can conjure up. The winner is the last person to successfully add to the list.

Scattergories is a variant where the host will name five categories at once and ask contestants to name an example from each category beginning with a given letter of the alphabet. Play will continue for 5 rounds and pick a different random letter each time, giving people a limited time to think before naming their examples. The person who accumulates the most points over 5 rounds wins.

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are doing!

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2021-02-12 12:58:49 -0500
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Feedback Fest

Welcome to the International Fanworks Day Feedback Fest post for 2021!

Whether you’re a consumer or a creator, if you’re here it’s a safe bet to say that you love fanworks - and we do too!

Back in January, we asked you to collect any ‘lesser-known’ fanworks that you felt deserved more love, whether they were in smaller fandoms, for smaller ships, included lesser-used tropes, or were just works you liked that you thought deserved more hits and kudos. This post (and the matching post over at transformativeworks.org) is here for you to celebrate all of these works! Here’s what to do:

Leave a comment sharing any fanworks you think count as ‘lesser-known,’ including a link and a reason why you love them! You don’t have to think too hard about the criteria - it’s just for fun!

If a work you loved deserves more exposure, whether it’s got low hits in a popular fandom or is for a fandom with hardly any works, or any other criteria you can think of, we want to hear about it. Don’t forget to check out other people’s suggestions, and leave a kudos, comment, or bookmark to let the creator know you enjoyed their work too!

We can’t wait to see all the wonderful works you have to recommend to us this year, so get to it!

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2021-02-08 18:48:21 -0500
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International Fanworks Day

The seventh annual International Fanworks Day is coming up this month on 15 February 2021, and we have tons of things for you all to take part in to celebrate! Check out the list below for the things we’re doing to mark the occasion.

1. Hidden Gems Works Celebration: Last month we made a post encouraging people to create fanworks for lesser-known fandoms, tropes, ships, and more to celebrate all things ‘lesser-known’ for this year’s IFD!

There’s still plenty of time to submit works using the ‘International Fanworks Day 2021’ tag, and the criteria for what is lesser-known is very loose so if you think it might count it probably does!

2. Rec Fest: Also in January we asked you to recommend your favourite ‘lesser-known’ fics, fandoms, tropes, ships, and so on via social media using the #IFDChallenge2021 tag! Our social media mods will be sharing some of these over the next week. In the coming days we will also be making a Rec Fest post specifically for anyone who wants to share their recommendations with us, so look out for that!

3. Fanlore Challenge: The fun continues after the 15th with the Fanlore challenge, running from February 15th to February 21st with a different editing challenge to complete each day!

4. Games and Fan Chat: Between 21:00 UTC on the 14th (What time is that for me?) and 03:00 on the 16th (What time is that for me?) we will be hosting a chat and plenty of games for you all to participate in over on Discord — a link to which will go out on the day! Demand is high and places are limited, so if you don’t get in right away please try again later! The chat room will be moderated by English speaking OTW volunteers, and we will post a detailed games and activities schedule on the day itself.

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International Fanworks Day

It's almost that time again: International Fanworks Day is coming up fast! Held annually on February 15th, we have a lot planned out and hope you will join us to celebrate!

What is International Fanworks Day?

Founded by the OTW in 2014 and first celebrated in 2015, International Fanworks Day is a day of celebration for all forms of fanworks in their infinite diversity and incredible creativity from around the world. Whether it be fanfiction, podfic, animation, fanvids, podcasts, fanart, or anything else you can think of, we want to take this opportunity to spend time with creators and fans alike.

Fanworks Challenge: share your favourite lesser known fandoms/fanworks!

This year, given that AO3 recently passed 40,000 fandoms, we want to celebrate all things lesser-known, whether it's a microfandom you want new folks to join, a work or fandom that deserves more exposure, or a work in a huge fandom that you think deserves more love - and anything in between! From now until #IFD2021 we would like to invite you to share with us your favourite lesser known works or fandoms on social media using the #IFDChallenge2021 hashtag, and we will reblog some of our favourites on our social media channels from the 8th - 15th February.

We would also love to see fanwork creators seeking out small fandoms, minor characters, lesser-known pairings, and so on, and creating works for them! Between now and February 15th we challenge creators to find a smaller fandom, pairing, character, etc that is new to them and create a fanwork for it, using the tag 'International Fanworks Day 2021' so we can all enjoy them!

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2020-02-19 11:46:19 -0500
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As you all know by now, February 15, 2020 was the sixth annual International Fanworks Day, which the OTW marked with a series of challenges and activities for fanworks consumers and creators in the preceding week and on the day itself. We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody who participated through our social media channels, on our websites or in any other way, and to pick out some highlights of the celebrations. We saw many returning participants and plenty of newcomers to our IFD 2020 activities, and we are grateful and humbled by the growing response this celebration continues to receive.

So, what did we get up to?

Last month, we issued an #IFDrabble challenge with the prompt, ‘characters discovering fanworks about themselves’. We reblogged selected responses across our social media from February 8 - 15, but you can find many more at the tag we created for IFD 2020 on AO3.

Meanwhile, Fanlore celebrated IFD with their third annual Fanlore Challenge, posting daily editing challenges throughout the week leading up to February 15. Visit Fanlore’s IFD 2020 Challenge page to find out more about what they did, and stay up-to-date with Fanlore on their main page if you'd like to contribute to their ongoing editing work.

Next up, we held a Feedback Fest. Posting shortly before IFD, we asked fans to show some love for their favorite fanworks and creators by posting recs, leaving kudos, and droppings comments online. We also asked fans to respond to the question: ‘What’s your favourite fanwork trope?’ You can find the answers, along with a ton of exciting fanworks recs, in the #IFD2020 tag on Twitter and the #IFD2020 tag on Tumblr, too.

And finally, the OTW hosted our now-traditional chatroom games session round-the-clock on February 15. The live 29-hour party saw two new games introduced this year, Circle Stories and Don’t Get Me Started, to join our many existing favorites (find the rules to all of them in our ‘It’s IFD!’ post). Also new this year, AO3 International Fanworks Day is now its very own fandom! Thanks to our moderator Eliot from Policy & Abuse and Tag Wrangling, we have the content created by participants during the Games and Fan Chat available to be viewed under the pseud MODEliot on AO3. We’ve picked out two of the highlights to share with you guys below, and would like to say one final thank you to everybody who returned to hang out with us this year, as well as welcoming those of you who dropped in for the first time. The moderators had a blast and we can’t wait to be back again next year!

Chatroom highlights

From Poetry Round Robin, hosted by Izzy:

The library never really burned down
because all of the works were digitized
Instead the librarian went to town
Where her presence was by all greatly prized

She taught the villagers both small and large
To take their words and make them flower
Do what you please when you’re in charge
Because personal stories have the most power

The people took up keyboards, notebooks, pens
To spread the words of adventure
They shared their stories with their family and friends
And their stories no person could censure

So the digital library filled with poems and prose
With an ending that left readers on their toes.

From Circle Stories, hosted by C. Ryan Smith (find the end of the story on AO3)

That house is haunted, but not for the reason you probably think. Yes, it is haunted by what we call 'teenagers.' But these are not your average teenagers, no sir, they all have special abilities, they mostly use them to mess around though… Special abilities, to be able to transcend into the "spiritual" plane - we did say the house was haunted, didn't we?

These super powered teenagers also liked to help little old ladies cross the street, but invisible so no one knows it's them. They usually interacted with the spirits of little children and animals who left the mortal world too early. Giving them a place in their home, just to 'adopt' them in the end.

Each dia de los muertos there’s a huge line outside so they end up throwing a house party that invites the townspeople to come see their deceased relatives and pets.

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2020-02-14 18:08:41 -0500
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As you all know by now, February 15 is International Fanworks Day! This year, the OTW will be celebrating with our now-traditional chatroom games marathon. You can find details of all today's activities below, but be sure to check out our previous post for more information on the rest of our #IFD2020 celebrations.

About the IFD games session

The OTW’s Public Discussion chatroom and games is a 29-hour party from 23:30 UTC on 14 February that will go through until 04:00 UTC 16 February. The times listed below are all in UTC, but you can click the link to see the time in your own timezone. OTW staffers will be moderating the room and hosting a series of fandom-themed games for you to participate in! Check out the game descriptions below and click through to our public chatroom to join in the fun. Please note that these chatrooms will all be moderated in English

February 14th

23:30 – Circle Stories — Eliot (Abuse and Tag Wrangling)

February 15th

01:00 – Trivial Pursuit — Kirsten Korona (Board and Communications)

02:45 – That’s Life — Kirsten Korona (Board and Communications)

04:00 – Lyrics Round Robin — Pam Haas (Communications)

05:15 – Don’t Get Me Started — Pam Haas (Communications)

07:00 – Poetry Round Robin — Pokestine (Tag Wrangling)

08:15 – Trivial Pursuit — Pokestine (Tag Wrangling)

10:00 – That’s Life — C. Ryan Smith (Development & Membership)

11:30 – Circle Stories — C. Ryan Smith (Development & Membership)

13:00 – Don’t Get Me Started — Anhaita (Translation)

14:45 – 5 Things — Anhaita (Translation)

16:00 – Trivial Pursuit — Jess Hindes (Communications)

17:15 – That’s Life — Adi (Translation)

19:00 – Don’t Get Me Started — Chrome  (Tag Wrangling)

20:15 – 5 Things — Chrome  (Tag Wrangling)

22:00 – Poetry Round Robin — Izzy (Tag Wrangling and Policy & Abuse)

23:15 – Lyrics Round Robin — Izzy (Tag Wrangling and Policy & Abuse)

February 16th

01:00 — Circle Stories — Haley (Tag Wrangling)

03:00 — Countdown — Pam Haas (Communications)

You can join the chatroom here. To keep things manageable, the max capacity is capped at 50 people at any one time, so if you’re unable to get in for one event, do try another.


Details About the Games

5 Things

How to Play : During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you’ll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

Don’t Get Me Started

How to Play : Prompts are posted by the moderator, and participants in the chat will type up responses as if they are going off on a rant about the given topic. There are no winners or losers, just ranting in solidarity with fellow fans (but remember to keep it PG!)

Countdown

How to Play : The host has a list of 7 clues. After they type each clue into the chat room, anyone can guess what the answer is. If no one guesses, the host offers the next clue. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing BUT the sooner someone guesses the answer, the more points they will get! After 3 rounds, the person with the most points wins.

Circle Stories

How to Play: The moderator posts a sentence or two to begin the story, and from there, participants take over. The first person to write another sentence or two to follow the last accepted response continues the story. It will be left up to the discretion of the moderator to choose which response to keep if there are multiple responses posted very close together. All the while, the moderator keeps track of the story as it progresses and periodically reposts the whole story for reference. Each responder must wait until at least two responses have been posted and accepted to take a new turn. The circle story goes as long as it needs to.

Lyrics Round Robin

How to Play : During this game, we’ll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first two lines. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

Poetry Round Robin

How to Play : During this game, we’ll write a FANDOM poem. The host will choose a style (limerick, haiku, sonnet, or ghazal) and post the first line. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the poem is finished.

That’s Life

How to Play :  Participants will first name a character that they know well for each round. Every round will consist of two random questions posted by the moderator. You will then share how the character you chose for that round would answer the questions as if answering from their point of view. For each round, you will name a different character to answer the new questions. There will be roughly 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.

Trivial Pursuit

How to Play : Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we’re online and you’re free to do searches we’re going to add another factor, which is time — you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer, the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!

We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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Welcome to the International Fanworks Day Feedback Fest for 2020!

If you are visiting us here at the Organization for Transformative Works then it’s a safe bet that you, like us, love fanworks. This is your chance to celebrate some of your favorites. Here’s what to do:

Leave a comment below recommending at least three fanworks and saying something about why you love them. You might want to tell us the best three fanworks you’ve encountered this past year, or maybe link your recommendations with a theme, a trope or a ship. Or maybe you just want to tell us the first three fanworks that come to mind.

You can also make a recommendation post on social media and link it here, or tag it with #FeedbackFest for people to find. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too, so there are many possibilities!

If you decide to check out some of the recommendations that you see, then be sure to leave comments, likes, kudos, or other feedback on the fanworks you are visiting so that you can spread the love.

So, let’s get to it. Jump into the comments section with your recommendations and show your favorite creators how much their fanworks mean to you!

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