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2012 Fanfiction Awards: NOMINATIONS

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction' started by The Great Butler, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. The Great Butler

    The Great Butler Hush, keep it down

    So we survived the so-called 2012 doomsday and came out unscathed. With that year now behind us, we've come once again to that time we honor the best of our little haven here.

    As Cilan would say, it's nomination time!

    The rules:

    -Anything posted from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 is eligible.

    -Nominations will last from today - January 2, 2013 - to February 13, 2013. If necessary due to low nomination totals, an extension to February 26, 2013 will be given.

    -Each nomination form must nominate at least four different authors/fics. No nomination form may nominate the same story more than five times total, or the same author more than six times total.

    -As a clarification, the awards are for material posted in 2012, not older moments in fics that were updated in 2012.

    -Do not ask people to nominate/vote for you, as it is cheating and can result in disqualification. And no, you cannot nominate yourself either.


    Here is the list of categories. You may enter up to two nominations for each category.

    Overall Fiction Awards
    Best Pokemon Chaptered Fic
    Best Pokemon One-Shot
    Best Non-Pokemon Chaptered Fic
    Best Non-Pokemon One-Shot

    Other Fic Awards
    Best Plot
    Most Original Overall
    Best Writing Style
    Best Description
    Best Setting
    Best Expansion of Canon
    Best Character Development
    Best Characterization in a Short Story
    Best Romantic Relationship
    Best Non-Romantic Relationship/Interaction
    Best Original Species
    Most Suspenseful Fic
    Most Heartbreaking Fic

    Pokemon Genre Awards
    Best Trainer Fic
    Best Horror Fic
    Best Comedy Fic
    Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fic
    Best Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Fic
    Best Pokemon-Centric
    Best Canon Character-Centric

    Character Awards
    Best Human Main Character
    Best Non-Human Main Character
    Best Human Supporting Character
    Best Non-Human Supporting Character
    Best Human Villain
    Best Non-Human Villain
    Best Minor Character
    Funniest Character

    Fic Moments Awards
    Funniest Scene
    Most Frightening Scene
    Most Heartbreaking Scene
    Most Heartwarming Scene
    Best Action Scene
    Best Cliffhanger
    Most Memorable Quote

    Author Awards
    Best Established Writer
    Best New Writer
    Most Dedicated Writer
    Most Improved Writer

    Reviewer Awards
    Most Helpful Reviewer
    Most Dedicated Reviewer

    (if I missed any categories, please feel free to correct me and I will make the necessary adjustments.)
     
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  2. Zibdas

    Zibdas not bad

    Overall Fiction Awards
    Best Pokemon Chaptered Fic: Brothers' Bond
    Best Pokemon One-Shot: Does the individual one-shots of The Alpha Dex count? If so, that.

    Other Fic Awards
    Best Plot: Brothers' Bond
    Most Original Overall: Crack'd, or How the Love of Seafood Saved Unova
    Best Setting: 404 Error
    Best Romantic Relationship: Orange/Violet, 404 Error
    Best Non-Romantic Relationship/Interaction: Sammy/Tommy, Brothers' Bond

    Pokemon Genre Awards
    Best Comedy Fic: Alpha Dex, 404 Error

    Reviewer Awards
    Most Helpful Reviewer: JX Valentine
    Most Dedicated Reviewer: Sid87


    I assume that when I think of more nominations they get edited into this post or do I make a new post?
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2013
  3. The Great Butler

    The Great Butler Hush, keep it down

    Edit them into the original post, then make a new post stating you updated the original post so we know you did it.
     
  4. Shadow Lucario

    Shadow Lucario Well-Known Member

    Overall Fiction Awards
    Best Pokemon Chaptered Fic - Requiem by Sidewinder

    Other Fic Awards
    Best Description - Brothers' Bond by Sid87

    Author Awards
    Best Established Writer - JX Valentine
    Best New Writer - Sidewinder

    Reviewer Awards
    Most Helpful Reviewer - Air Dragon
    Most Dedicated Reviewer - Sidewinder

    I may update this as the month goes on, but I'll leave it as is for now.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  5. jireh the provider

    jireh the provider Video Game Designer

    Sheesh, now its my first debate. Heck, I don't if ANYONE will even have an interest in my works. I mean, I'm not the your so called pro of everything you see. Perhaps it is even more difficult to consider that you are also working in your first video game. Let alone if I'm still posting my original novel. I guess I'm just doing my best for a non pokemon story perhaps.

    Fic Moments Awards

    Most Frightening Scene - little wit of Carry On, Blissey (Generally the whole story of Little Wit. Abortion or child murder chapters fright me up)

    Most Heartwarming Scene - Through the thunder and the Lightning by Brutaka.

    For me, this is why I find the strong relationships of these two irreplaceable. I mean, if you don't know know where to go, stay with your trusted companion. I mean, how could you ignore that easily?

    "Hm. How about you tell me what's been going inside your head since you woke up? Maybe that will tell me more about you."

    Do I tell her? Tell her that I...like her? No, not yet. It wouldn't be right. She's clearly still upset about the possibility of us not making it out...Maybe later would be better. I looked back at her. "There isn't much to tell. Obviously, waking up as Pokemon is terrifying."

    April gave me an odd look. "What's so bad about being a Pokemon?"

    "Er, that's not what I meant. All I'm saying is that I know I'm supposed to be a human. Randomly waking up as a different species would be scary, wouldn't it? Not to mention not being able to remember anything. Imagine if you woke up as a human and couldn't remember anything. You'd be freaked out, wouldn't you?"

    April nodded. "I guess I see your point. Go on."

    "So while I attempted to even just stand up in my strange new form, you showed up. At first, you actually kinda scared me, haha." I let out a small chuckle.

    "What do you mean?" April was giving me that odd look again.

    "Well, I suppose I'm used to being taller. And when I saw you, I thought you were some sort of giant squirrel monster or something. But then-but then I-" I was stumbling at that point. I couldn't decide whether to tell her my feelings or not.

    "But you what?"

    "Um, then I realized I wasn't so tall and that you were only as tall as me. I hadn't remembered all the Pokemon names at once, but I knew you were one of them."

    "Uh-huh. I know there's more than that..." She looked at me with a serious gaze.

    What!? Am I really that transparent? Oh no, now what? I fumbled for words. "Er, um, well you see, when I saw you...a-and that sparkle that you had on your coat...it-it"

    "Oh boy...why does this always happen? I had suspected as much. You like me, don't you? Like, you know, like me, like me?"

    "Wha!? Er, um, uh, no, not at all! Well, uh, yeah. Yeah, I do..." I was looking at the ground again. This isn't when I wanted to bring this up!

    April sighed. "I knew it...I've caught you just randomly staring at me. It looked like you were daydreaming. But you weren't. You were staring at me. Well, I suppose its to be expected. I am incredibly good-looking after all, teehee!" She seemed happier. I thought that was odd.

    She looked as if finding out made her upset. But...she's all giggly again. Could that mean? No, don't get your hopes. Arg! I can't believe it! What am I thinking!? How could I have let that feeling go crazy again? People...humans...aren't supposed to like Pokemon! But denying this feeling is getting harder and harder. I've got to turn back soon!

    I shook my head, clearing my thoughts. "Look, April, it doesn't matter how I feel. That's the Pachirisu talking. I'm really a human. It would...it would never work out..."

    "What do you mean? You are the Pachirisu! At least, you are now!"

    "I just don't want to get all attached to you. In fact, it'd be worse for you if you became that way towards me. I'm still trying to turn back, remember? If I were to go back, this Pachirisu would be gone. I wouldn't be here. I'd be back with my friends, my family. As a human. And if you grew to like me...in that way...then imagine how hurt you'd be? I couldn't stand to do that to anyone. I just couldn't."

    April was silent for a while. Then she put her paw on mine. "Then don't. Stay with me instead. Imagine the adventures we could have together! Doesn't...doesn't that sound like fun?" She was giving me a shy, sideways glance.

    I took my paw away. All of this was getting way too touchy-feely for my taste. "No, please, don't do that to me. Just, stop. Stop it...Don't make me choose!" What am I saying, of course I'd go home. I can't like a Pokemon!

    "Shane! You're gonna have to decide eventually!"

    I looked at her suddenly, confused. "You...you called me Shane."

    Most Memorable Quote: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon The Seekers of Light by Seekeroflight.

    you know what is my Reaction to this quote? **** Arceus! This eevee kicks *** like bad*** Wigglytuff. Fear the idiot ones!

    Other Fic Awards

    Best Description - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Overthrown by Knightfall
    Best Non-Romantic Relationship/Interaction - Matron and Spiritomb of Carry On, Blissey by ChloboShoka
    Best Setting - Champions Alliance by ESPNfanatic35
    Best Character Development - Butterfree by Dragonfree
    Best Romantic Relationship: Sparky (the pachirisu) and April (the shiny emolga) VS Raichu and Criminal Sneasel of "Through the Thunder and Lightning" by Brutaka.
    Well what d you know. This part is so touch that it tackles the aspects of love relationships. What could make it so badass? That would be making two couples fight against each other!

    Pokemon Genre Awards

    Best Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Fic - Through the thunder and The Lightning
    Best Pokemon-Centric - Carry On, Blissey
    Runner Up: Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Overthrown

    Character Awards
    Best Human Main Character: Kip Blackburn of Audn
    Best Human Supporting Character: Vodyanoy of Audn
    Best Non-Human Supporting Character: Jay (a riolu) of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Overthrown

    Reviewer Awards:

    Most Helpful Reviewer: Skiyomi (Heck, this reviewer gave me the most amount of advice last year. One reason As to why I undergo extreme revising in all of my works. My examples below are the reasons why she deserved this award. Though she only did it once in my Feli chronicles, it also helped me in my works, Goodbye Human, and Valiant Emblem)

    Runner Up: Kutie Pie (writer of Forsaken). Knows what is a balanced discussion
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2013
  6. Sid87

    Sid87 I love shiny pokemon

    As with others, and per Great Butler, I will edit in other categories' nominations as I think of them. Not trying to slack, but I only have a little bit of time here before work to do the ones I know of off the top of my head

    Additional thought: Am I right in thinking stories from the Shipping board can't be nominated here? Or no?


    Overall Fiction Awards
    Best Pokemon Chaptered Fic
    -The Survival Project (diamondpearl876)

    Best Pokemon One-Shot
    -Mischief (Ememew)

    Other Fic Awards
    Best Plot
    -Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Overthrown (Knightfall)

    Most Original Overall
    -Out of My League (Skiyomi)

    Best Writing Style
    -The Survival Project

    Best Description
    -Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Overthrown

    Best Setting
    -Revenant (SilentMemento)

    Best Expansion of Canon
    -Roots (Mrs. Lovett)

    Best Character Development
    -

    Best Characterization in a Short Story
    -Embrace (Drippy Miltank)

    Best Romantic Relationship
    -

    Best Non-Romantic Relationship/Interaction
    -Dorian/Shelton, Requiem (Sidewinder)

    Most Suspenseful Fic
    -The Legendarian Chronicles (Chibi Pika, and I linked the story below)

    Most Heartbreaking Fic
    -Carry on, Blissey (C.Ghloy)

    Pokemon Genre Awards
    Best Trainer Fic
    -Requiem (Sidewinder)

    Best Horror Fic
    -Revenant

    Best Comedy Fic
    -Out of My League (not STRAIGHT comedy, I suppose, but funny!)

    Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fic
    -

    Best Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Fic
    -PMD: Overthrown

    Best Pokemon-Centric
    -Survival Project

    Best Canon Character-Centric
    -Roots

    Character Awards
    Best Human Main Character
    -Dorian, Requiem

    Best Non-Human Main Character
    -Kuiora, Survival Project

    Best Human Supporting Character
    -Spencer, The Legendarian Chronicles (Chibi Pika)

    Best Non-Human Supporting Character
    -Beartic, Struggle for Power (Morpher01)

    Best Human Villain
    -Ethan, Requiem

    Best Non-Human Villain
    -The Revenant, Revenant

    Best Minor Character
    -Alec, PMD: Overthrown

    Funniest Character
    -Milly, Out of My League

    Fic Moments Awards
    Funniest Scene
    -

    Most Frightening Scene
    -
    “Praise God,” he muttered. He then shook his head in dismay. “I never thought I’d praise God for a helmet…”

    “No god exists here. They have all abandoned us to slaughter…”

    Pokulok whirled around to search for the voice. “Who’s there?” he snapped. He fumbled with his helmet before he slammed it over his head and attached it to his suit.

    “Nothing is here,” the masculine voice said in a melancholy tone. “You know that. Why can’t you accept it?”

    The MSE switched on the night vision and looked in the direction of the voice. A shape that had the vague silhouette of a large man was curled against the wall in a position more suited for a fetus. Otherwise, it was far too dark to see any features.

    Pokulok gazed at the pitiful figure for a few seconds before he decided to ask the man a question. “What’s your name, sir?” he said in a hushed tone.

    The man didn’t respond to his inquiry, which served to annoy the younger teen. “Sir?” Pokulok asked in a firmer tone.

    The man still did not move and showed no indication that he had even heard the question. Anger surged through the MSE’s blood. This was pointless. Why should he risk his life for these people if they were going to be as useful as a sack of flour? He had no time left to waste; he had put his life and the lives of his Pokemon in danger for this man, and he needed an answer now.

    “Sir!” he spat furiously. The man flinched and looked up at him in fear. “Your name. What is it?”

    The response was so small and weak that he almost couldn’t hear it. “M-Motris. Giror Motris.”

    The MSE raised his eyebrows in response to the name. “Giror…Motris?” he repeated slowly. “Do you happen to be from Orre?”

    Motris lowered his head. “I don’t know.” He looked up again. “Who are you? Are you a crewmember?”

    The teenager sighed. “My name is Claude Pokulok. I’m an MSE, and I’m going to get you and the rest of the crew out of he-”

    “No!” The MSE took a step back from the ferocity of the tone. “They’ll kill us if we try!”

    Pokulok held his hands up defensively. “Okay, just calm down for a second. Let’s start from the beginning and tell me who you’re talking about. Is it the Revenant?”

    Motris wrung his hands in agitation, although he had thankfully stopped shouting. “I don’t know who they are, man,” he mumbled. “I just know that they’ll kill us.”

    The MSE stared in response. “That thing is going to find you in this room either way,” he said, trying to make his voice sound calm. “We can walk out, and if you’re behind me every step of the way, I can promise that nothing will hurt y-”

    “No, you don’t know anything, man!” Motris interrupted, rising to his feet. He jabbed a finger at Pokulok’s chest. “You don’t know what they want. They want us, man! They want all of us!”

    “Yeah, I know it does. It’s a game to that monster, but I’m not going to do what it wants. If we stick together and-”

    “No, you’re wrong, man. They want us. They need us. You don’t know anything, man. Not a ****ing thing.”

    “So you’re just going to wait for the monster to come and kill you?” the teenager growled incredulously, trying to stop himself from screaming at the man’s idiocy. “That’s a pathetic way of thinking.” He took a deep breath to cool his temper down. “I intend to get out of here with my Pokemon, and you’re more than welcome to come along. I could definitely use your help to get out of this mess.”

    “No, man, we’ll never get out,” Motris said with an air of finality. He sat down and folded his arms over his chest. “You can’t beat them, ma-”

    “Goddammit, have you been paying any attention to anything I’ve said?!” Pokulok howled, finally losing his patience. “I don’t give a flying **** about what you think! I put my Pokemon’s lives at risk for you, you pessimistic son of a *****! I left them alone in the hangar of this ****ing ship to save you!”

    The man shuddered. “I-I can’t, man,” he said. “The spawn will kill us if we go out…”

    “Well, that’s too bad for you,” the MSE snarled, firmly grabbing Motris by the arm. He involuntarily shivered at the icy-cold touch. “We are going out of this room, and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it. I’m in charge of this situation, and we’re getting out of this hellhole alive. You have one of two choices: you can get on your ****ing feet and walk out of here on your own power or I will drag you out myself, even if you’re kicking and screaming. But you will go out of this room, and I will not allow you to impede my progress. Do – I – make – myself – clear?”

    After a few seconds, the man quietly nodded. Pokulok then realized that something that Motris had said seemed hauntingly familiar, especially after recalling Harris’ last moments.

    “Giror, you said something about the ‘spawn’ killing us,” he said, making sure that his tone wouldn’t provoke the older man further. “What are the spawn?”

    Motris glanced from side to side, almost as if he was afraid of a person overhearing the conversation. “Part of them,” he said simply.

    The teenager bit his lip in frustration. The information wasn’t nearly good enough to go on, but he knew that if he pushed the man any more than he had, he risked losing him for good.

    “Alright,” Pokulok murmured, turning toward Motris. “Now that we have that settled, do you know a way out of this room?”

    The older man pointed at a metal door that the MSE had not noticed earlier. An emotion that was eerily similar to paranoia had started to dig its way into his brain, and it took the last bit of his courage to force it down.

    “Okay, let’s get out of here,” Pokulok said in resignation. He walked toward the door, opened it, and nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw what was behind it.

    He was back in the hangar, and his Pokemon were ten yards away, staring at him in horror.

    “Deifir! Faitios!” He rushed over to them and embraced them tightly. “God, you had me worried. Let’s get out of here; I’ve seen enough to last…”

    The teenager trailed off when he felt them trembling. He looked into their faces and saw the terror in both of their eyes – terror that was not aimed at him. He didn’t even need to turn around to know that he had been duped by the Revenant again. The pieces – an ungodly mudslide of clues he had missed and hints he had failed to see – had suddenly fallen into place with cruel precision.

    I was a fool! It put the name right in front of me, and I still couldn’t see it! Giror Motris…Rigor mortis…

    “****,” he muttered despairingly, whirling around and drawing his pistol after hearing an unearthly screech. The entity known as Giror Motris was roaring in agony as its human form slowly dissolved. Its melting eyes met Pokulok’s with a glare of utter loathing as the rest of its body continued its hideous transformation into shadow and tar.

    “****!” The MSE raised his pistol and fired at the monster until the magazine had been emptied. However, it didn’t seem to faze the creature. After realizing that he was out of bullets, he fumbled with ejecting the empty clip, wasting too many precious seconds. He made the mistake of looking up and saw that the monster was shambling toward him with surprising speed. He took out a new clip and tried to load it into the pistol. In his terror, it slipped out of his grasp and clattered to the floor.

    The teenager let out several obscenities and dove toward his ammo. He managed to snag the magazine with one hand, but the monster had reached him slightly afterward. It grabbed him by the throat with both of its clawed hands and raised him into the air. He thought that it looked up at him, but without its eyes, mouth, or nose, it was almost impossible to truly tell – until its face split into four and bellowed at him, revealing a jumbled mess of distorted facial features behind the mask.

    The teenager kicked at it and thrashed around, but nothing seemed to break its grip. He was about to give up hope when he remembered that he still had his gun. He felt a strange sense of calm guide him as he loaded the gun, pulled back the hammer, aimed at the monster’s head, and fired six point-blank shots. It let out a bloodcurdling screech and immediately dropped him while it staggered and fell on its back. It melted through the ground as it hit the floor, leaving nothing behind.

    Pokulok lay where he fell and breathed rapidly. He was exhausted beyond measure, but as he remembered his Pokemon, he realized that they needed him to be strong. He rolled onto his stomach and slowly got up, gasping at the effort. He stumbled to their side and immediately fell down again. He looked at them and forced a smile on his face, but it quickly faded when they didn’t return the favor. Instead, Faitios sobbed unashamedly into Deifir’s shoulder, while the normally-confident Absol had a defeated look on his face and didn’t even try to comfort the Skarmory. He felt a pang of sorrow hit him as he realized the enormity of what had just happened.

    The Revenant lied. There were no hostages. It turned the crew into monsters like itself…

    The MSE was interrupted by the cacophony of familiar laughter. He looked around and noticed the spawn phase through the walls with cruel laughs of their own. His Pokemon let out cries of panic and fled through the door he had come through.

    “No, wait!” the teenager shouted, quickly leaping to his feet and giving chase. “Come back!” He ran at the door, but it slammed shut and locked itself on him as if it were possessed. He kicked the door open, walked through, and immediately shut it on the advancing horde.

    The scenery had undergone a complete metamorphosis from when he last saw it; it had changed from a tiny room devoid of light to a balcony with a large brightly-lit room below him. Pokulok scanned the room and caught sight of Deifir and Faitios on the lower level, trying to get another door open. He immediately rushed to the edge of the balcony, opening his mouth to yell their names. He never got the chance.

    He barely felt the subtle shift of his feet leaving the ground. He couldn’t force a scream out of his throat as he twisted his body to lessen the impact. He didn’t even try to fight off the darkness when he hit the ground. The last thought that came to his mind before he slipped into unconsciousness was that he had failed his mission and his friends

    Most Heartbreaking Scene
    -
    I leaned over to get some eye contact with Mew. "Do you remember me?" I asked curiously. Mew nodded. When Mew's water had broke, I could tell that Gardevoir really wanted to faint. Sparkles was the first to notice the baby bump breaking it's shape. The hybrid had hatched inside Mew. Mewtwo also hatched inside of Mew when he was born.

    "I'm Mummy," Mew crackled. Normally, pokémon lay eggs. If the egg hatches before its been laid then labour or a caesarian would be the best choice.

    "I'm going to support Mew's back," I said to Sparkles. "You and Gardevoir can check what's coming out of Mew."

    It was throwing them both into the deep end, but the hard lessons will stick with them. They deserve to be working here and I refuse to let anything make them feel otherwise.

    "The egg shells are coming out Matron," Gardevoir confirmed.

    "Remove them at once Sparkles," I warned, "The hybrid might get stabbed."

    "Is it out yet?" Mew asked. She was still just as childish as she was before. It was as if history were repeating itself.

    "It's just the egg shells at the moment," Gardevoir replied. "Keep pushing... Okay I think the head is coming out. It's covered in blood."

    "Keep pushing," I requested to Mew. "You're doing very well."

    Mew gave out a massive roar so loud it would make an exploud sound like a feather. After what felt like an earthquake to my ear drums, Mew had expelled the newborn hybrid from it's body.

    "Can I hold it?" Mew asked me. "They never let me hold my babies before."

    Most Heartwarming Scene
    -
    Sai was quiet, then he spoke after a few moments: “Do you want to be closer to me or something? Are you feeling like the others are getting more attention or something? I didn’t know. You should have told me.”

    I looked up, caught off guard. “N-No, that’s not—”

    “I don’t know how to be close to people. Or pokémon, for that matter,” he said solemnly, ignoring me. “I’m not allowed to be close to anyone, so it’s fine. I guess. But if that’s what you want…”

    I waited for him to go on, but he didn’t. He looked at me, his dark blue eyes full of sadness. The panic that he was in at the radio tower had vanished.

    He went over to the bed and started rummaging through his backpack. He pulled out a marker, which I didn’t even know he had. It made me think that there was no end to the amount of things in his backpack, just like there was no end to the things to the radio.

    “I use it to practice writing sometimes,” he said. “I don’t know what to do. It might sound weird, I know. I don’t know. We can share a secret about each other, all right? You share one secret, and I’ll share one of mine. You can read my secret, but I won’t read yours. You can write it on my back, and I’ll write yours on a piece of paper, since you don’t wear shirts.”

    “Um,” was all I could think to say. A secret? About me? About my trainer? I had mixed feelings, as I usually did. I had never told anyone a secret about me since I was too shy. But it would be nice to know my trainer a bit more, and maybe it could help me make my decision…

    “This could make us feel closer, you know? Since that’s what you want,” Sai went on. He went over to the table in the corner of the room, and picked up the piece of paper that had been lying there since the day we rented out the room. It had all of the pokémon center’s housing rules on it, but he took the marker and wrote over the words. Soon, I would be able to read those words, whatever they were. I noted that it took him a long time to write, as if writing each letter was agonizing for him.

    When he was done, he took off his shirt. Since Earl had always told me I shouldn’t look at his body out of self-consciousness, I turned to look away from Sai as well. But then Sai came closer to me and bent down, making it hard to not see him. He handed me the marker and nodded.

    “This is…” I said, trailing off. I didn’t know how to put it. It was weird, writing on a human’s back, was it not? Would it stay there forever? What if someone else saw? Couldn’t I just not write a secret, and Sai would never know?

    But Sai seemed so calm compared to his panicky demeanor at the radio tower. I wanted to keep him calm. So I took the marker and wrote on his back as quickly as I could to get the awkwardness over with. I didn’t even have to think about what I wrote: I wish I was human.

    Yes, I did wish I was a human. If I were human, I would do my absolute best to get rid of my shy demeanor. I’d travel the entire world, see what each city and town had to offer. I’d meet all the great kinds of people out there, and all the terrible kinds of people, too. I wouldn’t have pokémon to protect me; I’d protect myself. And as I traveled, I’d find out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

    I wished the same for Sai.

    I had believed that I had done a good job of finally forcing myself to do something I wanted in life. I had believed that I was doing a good thing for Sai by showing him around the city, proving to him that there was more to like than the pokémon that constantly followed him around. Perhaps I had been wrong, because now he was being paranoid. Now he seemed to be crazy again, thinking someone was stalking him, watching his every move. This seemed completely illogical to me, but there was nothing I could say to prove it to him. All I could think was that, at the end of the day, his life revolved around this journey for the gym badges. To him, there was nothing else, and though it bothered me, I couldn’t change him. His emotions and passion were fierce, his eyes set on one goal and one goal only. Still, I would wait out my decision. It wasn’t anything that I had to declare right now, and truthfully, I was afraid of deciding, anyway.

    Best Action Scene
    -Requiem: Chapter 6, Requiem. Yeah, that's a WHOLE chapter and not just a scene. I can't find just one part of it I could cut out and hold up as its own "scene".

    Best Cliffhanger
    -
    Evan winced as Jenny recalled Herdier. He had chosen Zweilous in the first place because it was his most recent capture, having been acquired as a young Deino shortly before his participation in the Pokemon League. Knowing this, Zweilous was easily the least experienced of Evan’s Pokemon, but he had apparently underestimated its sheer power.

    “You may have beaten me,” Officer Jenny growled, “but you won’t get away! I’ll lock down the station, and—”

    A sharp bang cut her off.

    Officer Jenny coughed, splattering a red stain on her uniform.

    The life vanished from her eyes.

    And she fell to the floor.

    “Whuh—What the hell?!” Evan cried, rushing to Officer Jenny’s side. He found a hole in her back. “What the hell just—”

    “That would be my handiwork,” Lunaris said, returning with a smoking gun in his hand, “though I'll admit that it’s not my best.”

    “Did…did you…?” Evan stammered.

    “I did,” Lunaris said with a disturbingly casual tone in his voice. “Leaving her alive would have made her quite a nuisance. Now, I have my things, including the Pokemon I want to present to Team Rocket. Shall we take our leave?”

    Evan hesitated. He put a finger to his ear.

    “We’re ready for pickup,” Evan said, the cockiness in his voice completely gone.

    “Roger,” the pilot said back.

    Evan’s finger fell out of his ear as the rest of his arm dangled limply at his side. Lunaris left, leaving Officer Jenny’s corpse behind to rot. Only one thought ran through Evan’s mind.

    This wasn’t how it was supposed to be.

    *****

    Most Memorable Quote
    -

    Author Awards
    Best Established Writer
    -SilentMemento

    Best New Writer
    -Sidewinder

    Most Dedicated Writer
    -Knightfall

    Most Improved Writer
    -Chibi Pika (not that I was around prior to this year to ever think she wasn't as good, but with as many revisions as she does to perfect her work, she deserves it)

    Most Helpful Reviewer
    -Ememew

    Most Dedicated Reviewer
    -diamondpearl876
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  7. Charizard-Fan

    Charizard-Fan Star Wars fan

    Best Pokemon Chaptered Fic: Max's New Adventures by RealRaymon

    Most Originall overall: Carry On, Blissey by Psychic

    Best writing style - 404 error by Missingno. Master

    Best Description - Brothers' Bond by Sid87

    Best Trainer Fic: Max's New Adventures by RealRaymon

    Best Human Main Character: Max from Max's New Adventures

    Best Established Writer - bobandbill

    Best New Writer: RealRaymon.

    Most Helpful Reviewer - JX Valentine
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  8. bobandbill

    bobandbill Winning Smile Staff Member Super Mod

    Alrighty, firstly, you need to nominate enough fics with at least four different authors. All of thos is the same fic by the same person. Maybe you'd edit that in later, but just raising it now because as-is it isn't a valid nomination. As stated in the first post:
    Also! I think I need to step in here due to the above and very little searching and make a general warning (and also adding this in to the first post) because it's already happened:

    ASKING MULTIPLE PEOPLE TO NOMINATE/VOTE FOR YOU THROUGH VM/PM IS NOT COOL

    If anything I'd think that counts as cheating (because well, it is. It's not like we have the 'no nominating yourself' rule in place for a reason after all). Kindly stop/not do that or risk disqualification. It's not fair on anyone else.
     
  9. Knightfall

    Knightfall Blazing Wordsmith

    Alright, last year, I promised myself that I would fill out at most of the form this year. So, here it is.

    Overall Fiction Awards

    Best Pokémon Chaptered Fic- 1st Nomination The Human Species by ShadedSkies

    2nd Nomination-The Legendarian Chronicles by Chibi Pika

    Best Pokémon One-Shot-PMD Oneshot Essence of Law by Agent Tectonic

    Best Non-Pokémon Chaptered Fic- Auðn by Meeker

    Other Fic Awards

    Best Plot- My Trip to the End of Time By Pearl Gideon- by Cutlerine
    Seriously, anything Cutlerine creates is bound to have an amazing, yet completely fun and mind twistingly complex plot. And this is no exception.

    Most Original Overall- 1st Nomination-A Different Kind of PMD Story by Brutaka
    It's a usual PMD story in reverse. A Pokemon becomes human and goes on a journey as a trainer. If that's not mixed up enough, then I'm not sure what else will convince you.

    2nd Nomination– Pirates of the Caribbean: The Creature of Storms by ESPNfanatic35
    It has Captain Jack Sparrow training a Zoura and facing off against Kyogre and Groudon. The greatest combination since bread and butter.

    Best Writing Style- 1st Nomination-The Legendarian Chronicles by Chibi Pika

    2nd Nomination– Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Journal- by Pokenutter

    Best Description- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Silverveil by Koridojo_Blaziken

    Best Setting- 404 Error by Missingno.Master
    A Glitched Kanto Region is all the reason needed here.

    Best Character Development- Brother’s Bond by Sid87
    Samuel has come a long was since the beginning of this story. His transformation from a naive kid to learning to fend for himself and pushing forward for the sake of his brother is truly a thrilling ride.

    Best Romantic Relationship- Shane and April in Through the Thunder and Lightning by Brutaka

    Best Non-Romantic Relationship/Interaction- Sam and Barry in Brother’s Bond by Sid87
    These two are comedic gold. No further explanation is needed.

    Most Suspenseful Fic-- Broken Promise: The Story of Ash's Pidgeot I was honestly excited with every new update, because I knew I was one step closer to finding out what happens next.

    Pokémon Genre Awards

    Best Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Fic- Through the Thunder and Lightning by Brutaka
    There have been quite a few Mystery Dungeon stories this year, though this one is the only one to grab my attention and hold it straight from the start. I've loved seeing the characters and the world around them develop with every new chapter.

    Best Trainer Fic- 404 Error by Missingno.Master

    Best Horror Fic- Renevant by SilentMemento

    Best Comedy Fic- Mary Sue Must Die by JX Valentine
    JX Valentine, I may not have read your other works (though they are on my list), but this is the one I did read and immediately loved. The entire premise and characters are a instant home run.

    Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fic-TRINITY: A Cybperunk Pokémon Fanfiction by Shrike Flamestar

    Character Awards

    Best Human Main Character- Dorian- Requiem by Sidewinder

    Best Non-Human Main Character- Heath- Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Journal- by Pokenutter
    Heath has been an integral part of my time here on the forums. His story was one of the first I ever read and I immediately loved the character as soon as he woke up as a Pokemon.

    Best Human Supporting Character- Barry- Brother’s Bond by Sid87
    Barry is the perfect exmple of a comic relief character done right and also has a great bit of character development.

    Best Non-Human Supporting Character- Mew- The Human Species by ShadedSkies

    Best Human Villain- Ethan- Requiem by Sidewinder
    I didn't know it was possible to write such evil, but yet, here it is.

    Best Non-Human Villain- Spiritomb- My Trip to the End of Time by Pearl Gideon by Cutlerine

    Best Minor Character- Carlos- Brother’s Bond by Sid87

    Funniest Character- Orange- 404 Error by Missingno.Master
    Any character he writes tends to be hilarious.


    Fic Moment Awards


    Funniest Scene-
    Crack’d or How the Love of Seafood Saved Unova, Cutlerine

    That's not even the entire scene, only a third of it.

    Most Heartbreaking Scene-
    Requiem; Sidewinder

    Best Action Scene-
    Legendarian Chronicles, Chibi Pika

    Best Cliffhanger-
    The Human Species; ShadedSkies

    Most Memorable Quote-
    My Trip to the End of Time by Pearl Gideon; Cutlerine

    Only Cutlerine could so effortlessly incorporate a reference to the greatest video game of all time.

    Author Awards

    Best Established Writer- ShadedSkies-- The guy can write an awesome story.

    Best New Writer- Shadow Lucario 50-- He's done remarkably well for a first time author.

    Most Dedicated Writer- Chibi Pika-- Only a truly dedicated author would be rewriting a story she began eleven years ago.

    Most Improved Writer- Brutaka-- He started out writing a Mystery Dungeon story that had some description and dull dialogue and now writes quality chapters all within the span of a few months.

    Reviewer Awards

    Most Helpful Reviewer- Sid87-- This is somewhat personal, but he's honestly helped me with so much in my story. I wouldn't be were I was today without his efforts to fix my grammar in my story.

    Most Dedicated Reviewer- Azurus-- He's reliable. He'll always get a review done for a story he enjoys, no matter how long it takes.

    Man, that took a while.

    Knightfall signing off... ;005;
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  10. RealRaymon

    RealRaymon Good series at last!

    I am really sorry, but:
    I have to say that you can blame me all the way you want, but I didn't cheat because:
    1) It is the first year here for me, and before that I participated in many tournaments and award staff on Russian forums(I am from Russia). In Russia, asking friends to help is a common practice and it is allowed on forums, and all the people do that.
    2)there was no such rules against that before you edited the post. So, before that moment, I didn't know whether it is allowed or not.
    So, I am not a cheater, because I did not know about that. If I knew that, I would have never done that in the first place.
     
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  11. jireh the provider

    jireh the provider Video Game Designer

    I fee like I have the WORST LUCK to even hope of having a sense of development now. No wonder these contests are harsh
     
  12. bobandbill

    bobandbill Winning Smile Staff Member Super Mod

    It's better to ask before doing that in future then, if you're unsure about something. And the above is hence why I'm making the obnoxiously big warning about it to make it clear that it isn't allowed (given other rules e.g. the consistent unwritten 'no nominating yourself' rule are designed to try to stop the whole friends voting for friends/people only voting for the one/two fics they read and hence possibly skewering results towards those fics over others).

    I'm sure in other countries people often ask friends to vote for them too, and obviously such a practice isn't easy to moderate and not that bad for what is a fic pokemon forum comp. Nonetheless it doesn't seem fair to me in the end, regardless of the intention, so I'm just making it clear now. Level playing field and all is the intention behind half the rules as it is after all (see: nomination limits), and this isn't a 'who has the most friends following your fic' comp.
    ...? I do not follow, sorry.
     
  13. Sorry to come unannounced but I think they mean they they have the worst luck even getting noticed or nominated. I could be wrong.
     
  14. jireh the provider

    jireh the provider Video Game Designer

    You actually understood my problem. Congrats to you. I guess I could call that a reason, with me only focusing on my original novel that I kinda left out my other pokemon fanfics. But I'll be honest, I actually developed in some moderate way in my writing skills thanks to a few non review-exchange type of reviews.
     
  15. bobandbill

    bobandbill Winning Smile Staff Member Super Mod

    Alright... at any rate, let's get back to making nominations or asking about the process. Not really the place to remark about why one might not get many/any nominations (hence my confusion) and it's veering towards being offtopic.
     
  16. RealRaymon

    RealRaymon Good series at last!

    Okay, but I still cannot understand this rule. You see, if a person doesn't have a time or opportunity, or interest to read more than 2-3 fics, why is that person forced not to nominate these 2-3 fics he/she reads? That is not smart I think to restrict these people.

    My nominations(I will edit them in the process):

    Best Pokemon chaptered fic: Pokedex one-shots by Ysavvryl

    Best writing style: 404 Error by Missingno. Master

    Best comedy fic(well, I find it unusually funny): Carry on, Blissey by ChloboShoka (Poor Blissey):D

    Most helpful reviewer: Amittal, Ultimate Blaziken

    Best Pokemon One-Shot: Rescue Mission by Gothitelle K

    Best trainer fic: What now? by TheSirPeras

    Most dedicated reviewer: PaddysTurtwigFanClub, Charizard - Fan

    Most original overall: What now? by TheSirPeras

    Best New writer: TheSirPeras

    Best established writer: Missingno. Master
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  17. TheSirPeras

    TheSirPeras The end of an era

    Overall Fiction Awards
    Best Pokemon Chaptered Fic - Max's New Adventures (RealRaymon)

    Best Pokemon One-Shot - Book of the Hermit (JX Valentine)

    Other Fic Awards
    Best Plot - Max's New Adventures
    Most Original Overall - Jays Journey through the Henzo Region

    Best Human Main Character - Stewie (Stewie's Journey - pokemonsquared)

    Best Trainer Fic - Max's New Adventures

    Most Heartwarming Scene -
    Author Awards

    Best established writer - Ysavryl

    Best New Writer - RealRaymon

    Most Dedicated Writer - Matori

    Most Improved Writer - LadyLady

    Most Dedicated Reviewer - JX Valentine (even though she never reviewed mine, I read her reviews to others)

    (if I missed any categories, please feel free to correct me and I will make the necessary adjustments.)[/QUOTE]
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2013
  18. Brutaka

    Brutaka Ignition

    Well, here's my nominations. If it looks like I only nominated my friends, that's because, well, I did. While I write a lot, I typically don't read a lot. Of fics anyways, I'm quite addicted to full blown novels. And the fics I do read that aren't just my friends fics are old ones, ones that don't qualify for the 2012 awards.

    So, sorry about these nominations, they're quite lame.

    Overall Fiction Awards
    Best Pokémon Chaptered Fic
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Domination and Liberation by Shadow Lucario 50
    The amount of awesome displayed in this story...I can't...I don't even...No, I cannot express it with language. It's not so much the words he chose, but the plot is so incredible...

    Pokemon Mystery Dunegon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    This story...will make you question your sanity. It pushes the boundaries of a normal PMD fic, then completely tosses those boundaries into the incinerator. Good-bye regulations! It's been nice knowing you!

    Best Non-Pokémon Chaptered Fic
    Auon by Meeker
    I haven't read many fics that aren't PMD (okay, so I haven't read many fics anyways) but this one shows good potential.

    Best Non-Pokémon One-Shot
    Dragonborn by pepperedfox
    You know, for as good as this one is, it has a shameful number of responses. True, I didn't respond either, but...Shh!
    Other Fic Awards
    Best Plot
    Pokemon Mystery Dunegon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    Honestly, the plot is so detailed and he can bring even the most minor of characters into the twisted limelight. I've grown quite fond of his homicidally insane tale... Besides that, I'm surprised this guy can keep all the coexisting arks and sub arks separate in his head. Because I sure as heck can't.

    Most Original Overall
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Domination and Liberation by Shadow Lucario 50

    This man combined Pokemon Mystery Dungeon with Pokemon Conquest and he did it seamlessly, I might add. Not only that, but he starts off after the event of PMD Time/Darkness/Sky. I love it. Beautiful!

    Best Writing Style
    Pokemon Mystery Dunegon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    This one was a hard one for me to give. But out of what I read, I chose Knightfall's because his word choice is brilliant for the level he's at. And with a story like Overthrown, you have to be good with words.

    Best Description
    Pokemon Mystery Dunegon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    Because of the great and aforementioned word choice, this was slightly easier to give.

    Best Romantic Relationship
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Domination and Liberation by Shadow Lucario 50
    (Lucas and Lilly) A tad cliche, but I like it!

    Pokémon Genre Awards
    Best Comedy Fic
    Stranger than Fiction by Cutlerine
    I must say, I haven't read a story that funny in, well...a very long time.

    Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fic
    Auon by Meeker

    Best Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Fic
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Domination and Liberation by Shadow Lucario 50

    Character Awards
    Best Human Main Character
    Auon by Meeker
    Kip, because why the heck not?

    Best Non-Human Main Character
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Domination and Liberation by Shadow Lucario 50
    Soul, the Vulpix
    Only because she reminds incredibly like a friend I have in real life...

    Funniest Character
    Pokemon Mystery Dunegon: Overthrown by Knightfall
    Noah, the Dewott
    Noah cracks me up. I always love people who could fire off jokes with such a serious face that you have to wonder if they're actually joking or not.

    Fic Moments Awards
    Funniest Scene
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance by DarkerShining
    “Wait… you don’t remember anything?” Blitz asked, tilting his head slightly.

    “No, I don’t… Heh, that’s weird,” the Mienfoo said, a small confused smile crossing his face.

    “So… You don’t remember who you are, how you got here, or what happened to you?”

    “Nope! Not at all!” the Mienfoo replied, seeming oddly amused by the strangeness of the situation he found himself in.

    “That… doesn’t sound good…” Sera said, looking somewhat concerned.

    “Maybe we should ask nurse Giselle over at the rescue team HQ if she can take a look at him?” Blitz asked.

    “Sounds like a good idea,” Sera responded, before turning to the Mienfoo. “What do you say? Want to come with us?”

    “Sure!” the Mienfoo replied enthusiastically. “It’s not like I have anything better to do, or at least, not that I know of!”
    I like how this Pokemon is just like "I can't remember a thing! Isn't that wonderful!?

    Most Memorable Quote
    Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance by DarkerShining
    “The mushroom agrees with the Shinx, that mission is too much for you two!” a strange monotone voice called out to them.

    Blitz and Sera turned to see that an orange bug Pokémon with a large mushroom growing on its back was the one who had just spoken to them, the Parasect staring at the two with its blank white eyes.

    “Hey, I think I’ve seen you around here before,” Blitz said. “You’re Mirage’s teammate, aren’t you? Or do I have you confused with another Parasect?”

    “You are correct, I am indeed Mirage’s teammate,” the Parasect clarified, speaking in an almost robotic way. “My name is Cordyceps, by the way.”

    “But didn’t Mirage already have a mission she intended to do today?” Sera asked.

    “Indeed, but the mushroom thought it might be a good idea to check what other missions are available, in case we find something Mirage might be interested in,” Cordyceps explained.

    “Well, I think there are some missions with a high reward on here,” Blitz said, gesturing to some missions on the board with his paw. “They look kind of difficult, but I guess that is why they pay off so well…”

    “The mushroom thanks you for making this observation, this pleases the mushroom,” Cordyceps replied, picking off a mission from the board with his orange claw. “Mirage will be pleased as well.”

    “You’re welcome?” Blitz felt a bit creeped out by the orange bug that was apparently being controlled by the mushroom on his back.

    “I will be taking this as well,” Cordyceps picked off the mission Sera had been looking at. “The mushroom thinks it would be better for an experienced rescue team to handle this, and that you kids should handle something easier.”

    “Hey! Who are you calling a kid!?” Sera seemed a bit offended by the Parasect’s remark.

    “The mushroom is merely making the observation that you two are too inexperienced for a mission like this,” he responded.

    “Cordy? You coming?” a somewhat deep, but still feminine voice called out. The Pokémon turned to see what appeared to be a large duck like creature with flame like patterns on her body. “Mirage is waiting.”

    “The mushroom apologizes for being late,” Cordyceps responded as he crawled over to the Magmar. “However, I found some missions that I think Mirage will be interested in.”
    Cordy reminds me of the Kahjiits from The Elder Scrolls series...

    Author Awards
    Best Established Writer
    Dragonfree

    Best New Writer
    -Shadow Lucario 50
    -Knightfall

    Reviewer Awards
    Most Helpful Reviewer
    JXValentine
    The only reviewer that made reviews longer than the chapter they were reviewing. And of course, had very helpful insights.

    Most Dedicated Reviewer
    Azurus
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  19. bobandbill

    bobandbill Winning Smile Staff Member Super Mod

    That's something that's hard to buy though @ doesn't have the time to read more than 3 fics. After all, this nomination process goes for over a month to begin with, so that's more than ample time. You only need set aside a little time to check out some fics too, and if any interest you (because you don't have to read more than even the first chapter, some may say less, to feel if you'll like the story or not) to continue reading. I'm sure Jax has said something like this a few times before too. =p

    If someone doesn't have the time, interest, whatever to read more than 3 fics out of, going by rough calculations, ~500-600 fics posted/updated in the last year, then I hardly think that it's really accurate to claim it is the best fic either with what they are nominating.

    At any rate, other reasons for this rule:
    - to try to limit the potential friends-voting-for-friends problem (this is not a 'which fic has most friends following it' fic after all)
    - catch the loophole for the 'can't nominate your own fics' rule
    - to encourage more reading and activity! We don't want people to just read one or two fics and nothing else, especially when those fics end/stop being updated. If someone wants to nominate stuff we want them to have checked out the section a bit more. More people reading more = more chance for reviews, ie more activity, ie more feedback that could be of benefit to the writers... and so forth. Why not try to promote more reading?

    This is not the first time such things were tried either. Previous years had things like explanations required for nominations made (a short couple sentences about the story/why it deserves nomination) for example.
     
  20. The Great Butler

    The Great Butler Hush, keep it down

    You're going to have to make sure to add more to these.

    Also, you need to actually quote the scene you're nominating for Most Heartwarming Scene in this thread so we know what we're looking at.
     

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