Nominations are now OPEN for the Poetry category of the Rose & Bay Award. This award honors excellence in creative crowdfunding, and this category recognizes superlative writing in the field of poetry. 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 on this post.
NOTE: The 2016 winner, "Poetry of Alexconall" by Dreamwidth user Alexconall is not eligible for nomination in 2017.
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 six categories: Art, Fiction, Poetry, Webcomic, Other Project, and Patron. (Other Project includes any cyberfunded creativity that isn't art, fiction, poetry, or webcomic -- or that spans more than one category.) The categories and their handlers are listed below:
Art: ysabetwordsmith Nominate art! Vote for art!
Fiction: ysabetwordsmith Nominate fiction! Vote for fiction!
Poetry: ysabetwordsmith Nominate poetry! Vote for poetry!
Webcomic: ysabetwordsmith Nominate webcomics! Vote for webcomics!
Other Project: ysabetwordsmith Nominate other projects! Vote for other projects!
Patron: ysabetwordsmith Nominate patrons! Vote for patrons!
The award period for eligible activities spans January 1-December 31, 2016.
The nomination period spans January 1-January 31, 2017.
The voting period spans February 1-February 28, 2017.
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 and permanent piece.)
3) 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. The 2016 winners are therefore not eligible for the 2017 award season, including "Poetry of Alexconall" by Dreamwidth user Alexconall in Poetry.
4) This award goes by calendar years. So in order to be eligible for this round, a project must have been active on or between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
5) For the 2017 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 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.) See "5 Steps to Crowdfunding Success" for a discussion of key features that identify a crowdfunded project. Example:
Project Title: Powerful Poetry
Creator Name: A.J. Muse
Summary: Powerful Poetry is a series of Martian haiku featuring the romantic antics of four aliens, Xxeb and Wotzl (which makes sense if you have read it). Updates appear daily via Twitter. Whenever donations reach a target threshold, an extra poem is written and posted; audience members get to vote on the form, which can be anything other than haiku.
6) 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.
7) Nominations for the Poetry category will be collected by ysabetwordsmith.
8) 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.
9) Voters are strongly encouraged (though not required) 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 for that, better to vote on the ones you know than just skip the whole award.
10) Voting will take place via LiveJournal polling in the crowdfunding 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.
11) Winners will be announced after the polling is completed.
How You Can Help
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 five 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. Boost the signal on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social networks you frequent. Everyone is encouraged to spread the word as far as possible whether you are a creator, a patron, or a curious bystander.
4) If you're a patron or audience member, highlight your favorite crowdfunded projects from 2016 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.