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Nominations for Rose and Bay Award: Fiction Category

Nominations are now open for the Fiction category of the Rose and Bay Award.  This award honors excellence in creative crowdfunding, and this category recognizes superlative writing in the field of fiction.  Everyone is encouraged to make nominations and, later, to vote.  Please read the complete details below, and then make your nominations in a comment on this post.

The nomination period is now CLOSED. Voting posts will appear shortly. Thank you all for your enthusiasm.

Attention Nominees: You can get an official Nominee badge to post on your project page. Other images for promoting the Rose and Bay Awards are also available. Click here for images.

What Is the Rose and Bay Award?

The Rose and Bay 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 spans five categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Other Project, and Patron.  (Other Project includes any cyberfunded creativity that isn't art, fiction, or poetry -- or that spans more than one category.)  The categories and their handlers are listed below:

Art:  ysabetwordsmith
Fiction:  ysabetwordsmith
Poetry:  xjenavivex
Other Project:  ysabetwordsmith
Patron:  xjenavivex

The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2009.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2010.
The voting period spans February 1-February 28, 2010.

Award Rules

1) In order to be nominated, a project 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.

2) In order to be nominated, 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 piece.)

3) This award will go by calendar years.  So in order to be eligible for the first round, a project or patron must have been active on or between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009.

4) For this round, nominations will be made in comments to this nomination post.  A nomination consists of the project title, creator name, award category, a link to the project page, and a sentence or few summarizing the project and its crowdfunding approach.  Example:

Project Title: "Stupendous Story"
Creator Name: A.J. Muse
Link: http://stu.pen.dous.story.com 
Category: Fiction. 
Summary: "Stupendous Story" is an ongoing (2008-current) serial about a little girl, an old man, an enchanted suitcase, and their quest to save the universe.  It is funded by subscription; subscribers get to see each weekday's installment immediately, then completed sections are released for public viewing.  So far, three sections are visible, and Muse is seeking a publisher for a hardcopy edition."

5) 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. You may not nominate your own project; that's tacky.

6) Nominations for the Fiction category will be collected by  ysabetwordsmith.

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.

8) Voting will take place via LiveJournal polling in this community, open to all.  You may cast one vote per category.  (There may need to be more than one poll question per category, and runoffs, if the number of nominees is high.)  You may not vote for your own project, nor yourself as a patron; that's tacky. 

9) Winners will be announced after the polling is completed.  The winner of each category will receive a "Rose and Bay Award" certificate in recognition of their achievement.

[EDIT 1/3/09: browsing resources added]
Where To Find Fiction Online

While there is not yet a website that focuses exclusively on crowdfunded fiction, there are several that gather various types of fiction. If you want to participate in this award but you're not sure what projects to nominate, look for places to browse through different projects so you can find some that you like.

How You Can Help

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

1) Make some nominations.  Leave yours in a comment to this post, and watch for separate posts to appear for the other four categories.

2) Mark the voting period on your calendar.  Make sure you come back to this community in February to cast your votes.

3) Promote the Rose and Bay Award by blogging about it, emailing your friends, posting it on social networks, or any other method you can imagine.  Everyone is encouraged to spread the word as far as possible whether you are a creator, a donor, or a curious bystander.

4) If you're a patron or audience member, highlight your favorite cyberfunded projects from 2009 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) If you're a creative person, let your audience and patrons know which of your projects are eligible for the Rose and Bay Award, including a link to the relevant nomination page(s).  Do 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.


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Nominations for fiction

If permitted I would like to nominate two writers.

Shirley Meier

for "Eclipse Court"

The struggle of the spoiled and abused heir of an Empire to grow to adulthood as a moral and decent human being.


and also

Karen Werhstein

for "A Philosopher in Arms"

The story of a great warrior born to serve his people, burdened with a secret prophesy of doom, and kidnapped into exile!


Both of these stories share the same world and several characters. They are freely available to read with please donate buttons.

Both are examples of exceptionally fine storytelling seeking a thoughtful and intelligent audience!


Nomination for fiction

I would like to nominate

the Philosopher in Arms a cyberfunded novel by

Karen Wehrstein

at http://chevenga.blogspot.com

The story of Chevenga, the hero struggling to save his people and be the best leader he can be, knowing he will die young.

Re: Nomination for fiction

Thanks Valdary and "Anonymous" for the nominations. To fill in the missing info: _The Philosopher in Arms_ posts every weekday other than Canadian statutory holidays and occasional author vacations, averaging 2000 words per post. Post 190 will appear tomorrow (Jan. 4 2010). It is funded entirely by donations though it will soon also offer advertising space, and I am considering other monetization strategies.


Project Title: "Spots the Space Marine"
Creator Name: M.C.A. Hogarth
Link: http://stardancer.org/spots/
Category: Fiction.
Summary: "Spots the Space Marine" is an ongoing serial about a reservist called up to fight aliens in a war that's going badly. Moral: Never **** with the mommy! This project is funded by donations.

Re: Nomination

I second this nomination!

Award logo?

I'm putting a link to here up on my site now -- but it would be cool if there were a little graphic. Any plans in the work to create one?

Re: Award logo?

Thanks everso for the link! We can use all the promotional help we can get.

We don't have a logo yet. There has been some discussion about creating one, in the original award post:



Project Title: "Addergoole"
Creator Name: Lyn Thorne-Alder
Link: http://addergoole.com/
Category: Fiction.
Summary: "Addergoole" is an ongoing (2009-current) dark fantasy serial with erotic overtones about a strange, magical world hidden beneath the known. It is funded entirely by reader donations, with all content immediately viewable.

p.s. why haven't Muse's Success (http://muses-success.info/) & Web Fiction Guide (http://webfictionguide.com/) been listed under the browsing sections? Surely they are examples of websites listing only crowdfunded projects?

Re: nomination

Thank you for making a nomination.

I have added "Muses Success" to the resources list above. I'm not comfortable recommending Web Fiction Guide at this time.
I would like to second the nominations for Addergoole and Spots the Space Marine (available at http://www.stardancer.org and on haikujaguar's LiveJournal).

I have been enjoying Spots the Space Marine since it began, and have donated. I enjoy the fast pace the the pseudo-screenplay format. The characters have depth, both individually and as a unit. The aliens are very alien.

Addergoole is a dark fantasy story set in a boarding school which is far more than it seems. As a disclaimer, I do occasionally beta-read for this project, and provide copy-editing skills. It is an interesting story, with multiple protagonists (each of whom reacts to their situation differently).

Both projects have been available for a year (possibly more in Spot's case, although it is a bit hard to track just when that one started).

another Fiction nominee

Title: "An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom"
Author: MeiLin Miranda
Link: meilinmiranda.com
Summary: A serialized novel about a prince, a royal family, and the destiny of an empire. It's all available for free online supported by donations, sales, & ads. Donations paid for MeiLin to have the whole thing professionally edited with the revised version "coming soon".
I'd like to nominate:

Project title: Fireborn
Creator Name: Deirdre Murphy (Wyld_Dandelyon)
link: (Table of Contents) http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/37337.html
Category: Fiction
Summary: This is an ongoing serial about an earth where humans have evolved closer to nature. There are ones like the Lakeborn who can breathe underwater and the Windborn who fly, others who are majical but have to hide this talent. The stories are available to the public but she also puts up "donor only" sections or posts the public ones early if she gets funding via her "Sponsor Me" link.

This is an intriguing story that carries you out into another world and makes you wonder "what if". It's compelling reading and the twists keep me guessing about what's going on.
& from the same author also:

Project Title: Flash Fiction Collection
Creator Name: wyld_dandelyon
Link: http://wyld-dandelyon.livejournal.com/64422.html
Category: Fiction.
Summary: A collection or online anthology of short fiction, funded by donations. They are in various genres - scifi, romancey, fantasy, contemporary, etc.

nomination: strange little band

Here's another nomination. Details are:

Title: Strange Little Band
Authors: Nancy Brauer & Vanessa Brooks
Category: Fiction.
Link: http://www.strangelittleband.com/

Summary: [from website] "Strange Little Band is the ongoing story of Addison and Shane, two self-centered, amoral psychics who work for the cut-throat Triptych Corporation. Their insular, comfortable lives are disrupted when, due to Triptych’s machinations, they become unlikely parents. How can they raise a child when they can’t trust each other?"

Like the stories listed above, you can get the content for free (no subscription necessary) and it runs on reader donations.

Re: nomination: strange little band

Thanks muchly for nominating SLB! <3


Nomination for fiction

Title: 314 Crescent Manor
Author: M Jones
Category: Fiction
Link: http://314crescentmanor.wordpress.com/
Summary: (quoted from website)
"Where the rent is cheap and your neighbours are dead to the world."

Content is free and donations are welcome.
Since haikujaguar is already in the running...

I'd like to nominate shadesong for her Wind Tunnel Dreams fiction. Particularly Medusa's Lover & the untitled Selkie story.

Tip-oriented fiction.

Summary: Reframed myths.

Edited at 2010-01-04 01:30 am (UTC)


One of those links has poetry instead of fiction. I checked, and there's a fair bit of other poetry in Wind Tunnel Dreams. So, this nomination needs to get moved over to the "Other Project" category where mixed stuff goes. Once you've done that, this one can be deleted to avoid confusion.

Nomination: Sythyry's Vacation

Project Title: "Sythyry's Vacation"
Creator Name: Bard Bloom
Website: http://sythyry.com/
Summary: The story of Sythyry, a small blue dragon who decides to get away from it all. First mistake: bringing it all along. Other mistakes follow naturally from that: it is not a very relaxing vacation to be on, but it's a most enjoyable one to read about. "Sythyry's Vacation" is free to all readers, and supported by Bard Bloom's fans via monetary and non-monetary tips.

Re: Nomination: Sythyry's Vacation

Wholeheartedly seconded!

C. E. Murphy

Project Title: "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight"
Creator Name: C. E. Murphy
Link: http://cemurphy.net/excerpts-short-stories/hot-time
Category: Fiction.
Summary: "Hot Time" is a novella set in C. E. Murphy's Old Races universe, the setting of her Negotiator trilogy. In 2009, she decided to experiment with the ransom model, and successfully put "Hot Time" up for ransom. I find "Hot Time" an interesting experiment in expanding on previous commercial publication via a crowd funding model.


Shadow Unit looks good.

The Palimpsest link just points to a page talking about the book, though. The only content I could find was the original short story, dated 2008. Where did the book version emerge online in cyberfunded format?
Project Title: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Creator Name: Catherynne M. Valente
Link: http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/fairyland
Category: Fiction.
Summary: Fairyland is a novel serialized online between June and November 2009, comprised of the amazing and poignant adventures of a young girl in Fairyland. To attempt any further description would likely do the novel an injustice. It was offered on a tip-basis: the author stated she was doing it because of financial difficulties up front, and she and the burgeoning community encouraged readers to make donations in appreciation of the work.
I second this nomination!

Edited at 2010-01-05 05:12 pm (UTC)
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