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Nominations for Rose and Bay Award: Other Project Category

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Nominations are now OPEN for the  Other Project  category of the  Rose and Bay Award. This award honors excellence in creative crowdfunding, and this category recognizes exceptional artists. Everyone is encouraged to make nominations and, later, to vote. Icons and banners are available to help spread the word. Please read the complete details below, and then make your nominations in a comment under this post.

Note:  A project or person which wins one year is not eligible in the same category for the next year. After that, it is eligible again. In the  Other Project  category, "Bird Oracle" by  wrenstarling  is not eligible.

What Is the Rose and Bay Award?

The Rose and Bay Award was launched by  ysabetwordsmith  (Elizabeth Barrette) in January 2009, and quickly gained additional volunteers. This award focuses on a growing business model known as "crowdfunding" or "cyberfunded creativity," which directly connects creative people and patrons of the arts online. This award recognizes exemplary projects and enthusiastic patrons. It currently features six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron.

The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2012.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2013.
The voting period spans February 1-February 28, 2013.

These are the handlers for the 2013 award season:

Art:  ysabetwordsmith  Nominate art!
Fiction:  ysabetwordsmith  Nominate fiction!
Poetry:  moonwolf1988  Nominate poetry!
Webcomic:  ysabetwordsmith  Nominate webcomics!
Other Project:  ysabetwordsmith  Nominate other projects!
Patron:  moonwolf1988  Nominate patrons!

Award Rules

1) In order for a project to be nominated in the Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, or Other Project categories:

* It must be "cyberfunded creativity" aka "crowdfunding." That means it must be creative material marketed directly to an audience online, with money involved somehow. There are many variations of this business model; all are welcome; and if you're not sure a project qualifies, you may ask. See "5 Steps to Crowdfunding Success" for a discussion of key features that identify a crowdfunded project.

* At least part of the project must be visible online without charge. If the project is normally visible only to paying subscribers or the like, and the creator wishes for it to be eligible, then s/he may offer temporary or partial access for voting purposes. (If the available material is temporary and/or partial, it needs to say that at the top of the screen, to avoid annoying visitors who might otherwise think they're about to see a complete and permanent piece.)

Note: A project or person which wins one year is not eligible in the same category for the next year. After that, it is eligible again. In the Other Project category, "Bird Oracle" by wrenstarling is not eligible.

2) This award will go by calendar years. So in order to be eligible for the 2013 award season, a project or patron must have been active on or between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

3) For the 2013 season, nominations will be made in comments to each category's nomination post (beginning in January). A nomination consists of the project title, creator name, award category, a link to the project page, and a summary. The summary should include several sentences describing the project's content (theme, characters, plot, etc.), presentation (media, frequency, etc.), and crowdfunding approach (money handling, audience interaction, etc.). Example:

Project Title:  "Awesome Content"
Creator Name:  A.J. Muse
Category:  Other Project
Summary:  "Awesome Content" is a story about A.J. Muse's three ferrets, told in a combination of music and fiction, illustrated by photos. It is funded by a combination of donations and photo sales. Updates twice weekly on Music Mondays and Fiction Fridays."

4) You may nominate a maximum of three projects per category.  You are not required to make that many nominations or to cover all the categories. Please make each nomination in a separate comment; that way, if a problem occurs with one nomination it will not affect any others. You may NOT nominate your own project.

5) Nominations for th Other Project ategory will be collected by  ysabetwordsmith.

6) Participation is voluntary. If a creator wishes to withdraw their project from any category, or a patron wishes to withdraw from the Patron category, simply contact the category handler. In case of withdrawal, the person who made the withdrawn nomination may then nominate another project or patron instead.

7) Voters are strongly encouraged to browse the nominees before making a final decision; that's what the links are for, and the purpose of this award is to promote the splendor of crowdfunded projects. If you don't have time to explore widely or you already have a firm favorite, that's okay too.

8) Voting will take place via LiveJournal polling in the    community, open to all. Polling is by popular vote, with checkboxes; you may vote for all of the projects in a category that you admire. (There may need to be more than one poll question per category, and runoffs, if the number of nominees is high. LJ has a limit to how many options there can be per question in a poll.) You ARE allowed to vote for your own project, or yourself as a patron.

9) Winners will be announced after the polling is completed.

How You Can Help

As a relatively new award, Rose and Bay depends on everyone's participation and enthusiasm to make it a success. Here are some ways you can help that happen:

1) Nominate. Leave your nominations fo Other Project n the comments on this post. Don't forget to check out the other five nominating posts as well.

2) Vote. Voting opens in February. Don't forget to mark your calendar or set up an alert.

3) Promote. Blog, email friends, tweet, post to Facebook, GooglePlus, Tumblr, or other social websites. Use the banners and icons. Hire a skywriter. Organize a flash mob. Just spread the word.

4) Share. If you're a patron or audience member, highlight your favorite crowdfunded projects from 2012 and direct people back to the award. Are you following other patrons whose tastes match your own to see what they sponsor or recommend? Mention them too! This makes it easier for people to find eligible nominees.

5) Speak up. Don't be shy. If you have eligible projects for Rose & Bay, let your audience and patrons know and link them to the relevant nomination post(s). If you have an "honor wall" or other place acknowledging your patrons, mention that too! Let your fans know there is a way for them to honor your project and the patrons who make it possible.

6) Plug in. Consider joining    on LJ if you're not yet a member. You may also want to check out    where many crowdfunded projects are announced. If you're on Dreamwidth, don't forget to check out the  Crowdfunding nbsp;community there as well.



Project Title: Aether Dancer
Creator Name: Steven Lambert
Link: http://aetherdancer.com/
Category: Other Project
Summary: Aether Dancer is a project set on a future Earth after an apocalyptic rain of meteors. The core concept is a webseries show, but people have also done fiction and cosplay in the same setting. It's an open source project so everyone is welcome to play. There was an IndieGoGo campaign that didn't make its goal, but people are still interested in the project.


Project Title: The Arkh Project
Creator Name: Riley Kia Erin
Link: http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Arkh-Project
Category: Other Project
Summary: The Arkh Project is a video game featuring characters who are queer and/or people of color. It's being funded in stages. The linked campaign was for character concepts with a goal of $3,900 that funded at $6,525 on IndieGoGo.


Project Title: The Bookstore That's Bigger on the Inside
Creator Name: p_m_cryan
Link: http://peerbackers.com/projects/the-bookstore-thats-bigger-on-the-inside-needs-you-1853035663/
Category: Other Project
Summary: This Peerbackers campaign aimed to raise funds for an independent bookstore. It didn't make the goal, but every little bit helps.

Nomination: StoneTalker's One Card Draws

Project Title: StoneTalker’s One Card Draws
Creator Name: [Bad username: stonetalker]
Link: stonetalker.livejournal.com
Category: Other Project
Summary: StoneTalker writes: We have been having great fun doing the monthly One-Card Draws here, and I anticipate them to continue to grow and flourish this year. I'm setting aside the first Friday of every month to do them, and I hope that you will all join in the fun. Stonetalker also does longer individual readings.

Nomination: Music by Cat Faber

Project Title: Music by CatSittingStill
Creator Name: Cat Faber (LJ and Dreamwidth user CatSittingStill)
Link: catsittingstill.livejournal.com
Category: Other Project
Summary: Cat has been writing and recording wonderful filk songs and folk songs for years. In 2012, she explored crowdfunding to help pay for the costs associated with producing a new albumw.

(Edit: the link to Cat's LJ user name kept not working, not sure why.)

Edited at 2013-01-29 12:54 am (UTC)

Nomination: Ariestess' One Card Draws

Project Title: Ariestess’ One Card Draws
Creator Name: [Bad username: Ariestess]
Link: http://ariestess.dreamwidth.org/
Category: Other Project
Summary: Ariestess does a monthly tarot draw done to celebrate the full moon, or sometimes the new moon free or for tips. She also does individual readings as detailed here http://ariestess.dreamwidth.org/1612284.html.