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      February Bulletin   01/31/2018

      February's bulletin is up! It includes information about recent staff/prefect bumps, our secret cupid event, our monthly awards, and more! You can check it out +here.
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      2018 FROGS Winners   02/10/2018

      We've announced the winners of our 2018 FROGS Winners! You can check out the livestream +here and the awards post on the forums +here!
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      Secret Cupid Reminder   02/21/2018

      The deadline for delivering gifts is Sunday, February 25th! You have all day Feb 25th (GMT) to get those gifts sent.  If you believe you will not be able to finish, please let your two delivery people know ASAP.  They will be the two staffers (LadyL8, Ineke, BellaLestrange87, Alopex) who sent you a PM telling you who your Secret Cupid recipient is.  

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  1. Welcome to the HPFT bulletin, where you can find all of our major monthly announcements and information about upcoming events! With our FROGS awards just finishing up and some smaller-scale activities on the horizon, we hope you'll all enjoy taking a breather. If you're new, first and foremost: welcome to HPFT! It's awesome to have you with us. HPFanficTalk has both a forum/archive - the forum is Harry Potter-themed (including a year-long house cup), but we talk about other fandoms, too, and the archive is multi-fandom/OF. We have a strong culture of support for other writers and feedback here, including a story help section, challenges, and reviewing events, so if you're a writer, you've come to the right place. A quick rundown to help you get started here on the forums: please post in the 'Welcome to HPFT' topic +here to say that you've read over the rules and understand them. You can specify your house in that post or in our sorting ceremony +here - once you do, we'll sort you into the right group so you can see your common room. You're welcome to post in your common room and/or in our introductions forum +here to introduce yourself if you'd like, and you may also find our +FAQs helpful. Enjoy your stay! Hufflepuff: 1941 points Ravenclaw: 1100 points Slytherin: 1071 points Gryffindor: 1016 points We're sorry to announce that @MalfoysAngel will be stepping down from her role as Gamekeeper. Tasha is a good friend to so many on the site, and we hope she won't be a stranger. <3 We're excited, however, that @TidalDragon has agreed to move over to the role. Kevin has been one of the most dedicated and integral staff members of HPFT since we opened our doors, and we're sure he'll be as amazing as a Gamekeeper as he has been as a Professor. To replace him, we'll be bumping @MegGonagall to Professor - Meg's been a devoted member of the site in a variety of different roles, and we're happy to have her on staff! Finally, we're thrilled to welcome @dreamgazer220 to the prefect ranks! Jill has always been a credit to Hufflepuff, and she was a wonderful professor until she stepped down last year, so we're very happy to have her on board. Thank you for everything, @MalfoysAngel! Enjoy your new roles, @TidalDragon, @MegGonagall, and @dreamgazer220! Voting for our second annual FROGS is closing today - make sure you get any last-minute votes in! After that, we'll be moving the polls to the staff area, where staff will cast their votes. We'll announce the winners around February 10. Thank you so much to everyone who nominated and voted, and congratulations to everyone who was nominated! For February, we're going to have a lower pressure activity: secret cupid! Cupids will need to leave at least three gifts for whoever they're assigned to over the course of two weeks. You can find the sign-up thread here; just make sure you post by February 7 if you want to participate! Our first head student this month is a relative newcomer to the site, but she's already uploaded seven amazing stories (seriously, check them out!) and started showering people with reviews. She's been a wonderful presence around the site and in her common room; please give it up for... @ReillyJade! Our second head student has been a consistent and dedicated member of the site since it started up. She's a wonderful presence on the forums, and both her stories and reviews are absolutely lovely. This month was no exception, and we wanted to take the chance to recognize... @dreamgazer220! Please PM me with your choice of what story of yours that you'd like to be featured on the archive, and thank you both so much for everything you do! This month's OoM goes to one third of our incredible admin team... @Alopex!! Holly works tirelessly behind the scenes to make that site continues to run smoothly through thick and thin. From organizing sitewide activities to helping keep herd us prefects in the right direction, Holly is nothing but kind and welcoming, always willing to answer a question or offer works of encouragement. The site wouldn't be the same without her! Congratulations once again to Holly! In December, the prefects ran a wonderful challenge that centered around holidays and diversity. You can view the full results +here, but we also wanted to give a special shout out to everyone who entered and the three overall winners here. There were so many wonderful entries, and I doubt that these will be the last awards I make for them - several of the entries are finalists in the FROGS, and we're planning to feature all of them over the next few months. That said, we'd like to give out special awards for our top three: Amazing job, @MuggleMaybe, @just.a.willow.tree, and @800 words of heaven! Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out January's Fic Night here if you haven't seen it yet - @TidalDragon reads @BlackPixie's People Watching, and they answer some questions. Congratulations to all of this month's featured stories! They include a few stories by recent head students, the fic night story, each house's first place story in the recent prefects' challenge, and a couple prefect/staff picks! To check them out, just click on the award - and please keep in mind that some stories may be rated M. Congratulations to @800 words of heaven, @Alexis Black, @BlackPixie, @just.a.willow.tree, @manno-malfoy, @MuggleMaybe, @ReillyJade, and @sapphicsunrise! February 7 - Ancient Runes Drabble Challenge by @Ignatia February 28 - "Anything But a Love Triangle" Love Triangle Challenge by @clevernotbrilliant March 1 - The Pettigrew Awareness Challenge by @Felpata_Lupin March 1 - The Fairy Tale Challenge by @nott theodore March 2 - The Say Goodbye Challenge by @dreamgazer220 March 2 - The Domesticity Challenge by @forever_dreaming July 31 - Auror's Tale Challenge Season 4 by @StarFeather 4 - @milominderbinder 4 - @Nykizta 7 - @Veritaserum27 10 - @UnluckyStar57 17 - @AltraX 17 - @pookha 24 - @ssslytherinnn 24 - @WriteYourHeartOut 27 - @1917farmgirl header, promo image, awards, and bulletin write-up by @abhorsen. (with the exception of the Order of Merlin write-up, which was written by @clevernotbrilliant) - please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
  2. Welcome to the HPFT bulletin, where you can find all of our major monthly announcements and information about upcoming events! Most notably this month, we've got the FROGS and a new round of staff/prefect apps to look forward to this month, as well as a few staff changes and our monthly (and a few special) awards to announce. Read on for more info - and happy new year! If you're new, first and foremost: welcome to HPFT! It's awesome to have you with us. HPFanficTalk has both a forum/archive - the forum is Harry Potter-themed (including a year-long house cup), but we talk about other fandoms, too, and the archive is multi-fandom/OF. We have a strong culture of support for other writers and feedback here, including a story help section, challenges, and reviewing events, so if you're a writer, you've come to the right place. A quick rundown to help you get started here on the forums: please post in the 'Welcome to HPFT' topic +here to say that you've read over the rules and understand them. You can specify your house in that post or in our sorting ceremony +here - once you do, we'll sort you into the right group so you can see your common room. You're welcome to post in your common room and/or in our introductions forum +here to introduce yourself if you'd like, and you may also find our +FAQs helpful. Enjoy your stay! Hufflepuff: 1826 Slytherin: 1056 Gryffindor: 1008 Ravenclaw: 987 We're excited to welcome @Renacerá to the auror team! Emily has done an amazing job since she became a Hufflepuff prefect a couple months ago, and the application she submitted for the auror position was very strong as well. With the changes to our rules re: the queue and activity on the archive picking up in general, we're very happy to be able to bump her up! However, we are sorry to announce that both @poppunkpadfoot and @ShazaLupin will be stepping down from their position as Gryffindor and Hufflepuff prefect, respectively. Kayla and Shaza are both wonderful people, great members of the site, and have been terrific prefects. We'll miss having them both on the team - thank you so much, Kayla and Shaza! We're reopening staff/prefect applications! Every three months, we post an application for all site staff roles. Any vacancies that exist when we post applications or that come up over the course of the following three months are filled using that application, so if you're interested in joining, you should absolutely apply. You can pick as many roles as you'd like (it's all one application), and we don't have any restrictions on post count or time spent as a member. You can find the application +here. If you would like to apply, please do so by January 10, 11:59pm GMT. If you'd like to review the full breakdown of responsibilities/more details about how we fill staff/prefect positions, please click the spoiler tag below. Thank you! We have several changes to announce regarding the archive. First: going forward and effectively immediately, we will be abolishing all queue limits on the archive. Members will be permitted to submit as many new chapters to the queue at a time as they'd like - just know that if you submit 75 chapters at once, it might take us a little while to work through them and we'll also be keeping the queue clear before returning to your chapters (so other authors who are just submitting a couple chapters aren't stuck waiting). Second: our wonderful admin and coder @toomanycurls has played with archive software. There is now a 'report review' function that you can use, and inside your account info -> reviews received, you can now view all of your reviews under a single tab (as opposed to going story-by-story). Finally, we now have a secondary twitter account that automatically posts chapter updates: +HPFT New Chapters - follow it if you'd like to see when people update their stories. The FROGS are here! They're our annual awards, and the chance to really recognize the best and brightest among us! This year, we will be including the following categories: Most Versatile Author Best Reviewer Best Non-HP Fandom Best Original Fiction Best Angst Best Dark/Horror Best Humor Best Romance Best Rare Pair Best Depiction of Friendship/Family Best LGBTQA+ Best Depiction of a Mental Illness/Disability Best Original Character Best Major HP Canon Character Best Minor HP Canon Character Nominations will open on January 3! Our two head students this month were both enthusiastic participants in the snowball fight, leaving the fourth-most and fifth-most reviews, respectively. One of them only just joined the site partway through the event, and the other came back from a hiatus. We know how hard it can be to jump in so strongly, and we think that they deserve significant recognition for how much happiness they spread during the event. Thank you so, so much, to both of you - you're both absolutely amazing members, and you've made so, so many of us smile this month. (And, of course, earned Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw a boatload of points as well!) @just.a.willow.tree and @manno-malfoy! Please PM me with your choice of what story of yours that you'd like to be featured on the archive, and thank you both again! Eva and manno weren't the only standout reviewers this month! For the winter wonderland event, we left a mind-boggling number of reviews on the archive! 29 different reviewers left a mind-boggling 1376 reviews for 97 different authors and on 518 different stories! Whether you spent the month frantically reviewing or only had time to leave a few, you all helped make the event a huge success. We would like to give special recognition to our top three reviewers: @nott theodore, @Dojh167, and @Rumpelstiltskin! We'd also like to recognize three reviewers who left a lot of particularly thorough reviews! @Stella Blue, @Crimson Quill, and @forever_dreaming! You can view the total points breakdown +here! A huge congratulations to @Dojh167 for winning January's SotM with her story When I Go Out With You (M)! I'm young and I love to be young I'm free and I love to be free To live my life the way I want To say and do whatever I please - A Hannah Abbott Story - banner by .amaris @TDA Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out December's fic night here if you haven't seen it yet - @TidalDragon reads @Shadowkat678's A Christmas in Azkaban (M), and she answers some questions about it! Congratulations to all of our featured stories, including this month's story of the night, fic night story, the winners of last spring's prefect challenge, a story from a recent head student, and a couple staff pics! To check them out, just click on the award. Please keep in mind that some stories may be rated M. Congratulations, @Dojh167, @Shadowkat678, @nott theodore, @melian, @FireOpal, @clevernotbrilliant, @1917farmgirl, and @dirigibleplums! January 1 - The Character Vignette Challenge by @Rumpelstiltskin February 7 - Ancient Runes Drabble Challenge by @Ignatia February 28 - "Anything But a Love Triangle" Love Triangle Challenge by @clevernotbrilliant March 1 - The Pettigrew Awareness Challenge by @Felpata_Lupin March 2 - The Say Goodbye Challenge by @dreamgazer220 March 2 - The Domesticity Challenge by @forever_dreaming 3 - @danicasyer 6 - @motherconfessor 10 - @Jayde 15 - @aurevoir 15 - @Diogenissa 17 - @Wolfgirl 18 - @wandlessmagic 26 - @StarFeather 29 - @slythercookie 30 - @FlamingQuilltips 31 - @Ignatia 31 - @Stille Nacht 31 - @velajune header, promo image, awards, and bulletin write-up by @abhorsen. - please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
  3. Welcome to the HPFT bulletin, where you can find all of our major monthly announcements and information about upcoming events! We're very sad to announce that @Aphoride will be stepping down from her position as Auror on December 1. Laura was one of the first people to join our validator team, and she's done an amazing job in that capacity over the past year (as well as in her role as prefect before that). We'll miss her a lot, and her help was invaluable as we got the next event ready. We hope to continue to see her around the forums, even if RL gets busy. Thank you so much, Laura! Our three current archive staffers feel like they have the queue under control, so we'll be holding off on replacing Laura for the moment. Hufflepuff: 787 Slytherin: 740 Ravenclaw: 528 Gryffindor: 379 This month, we're all going to be taking a walk in a winter wonderland. We've teased you a bit about this, and now it's time to lay (most of ) our cards on the table. Last year, things got pretty hectic over the last few months of the house cup, which some of you mentioned in your responses to our end of year survey. To break things up a bit more, we shifted our events around. This year, we'll be having the FROGS in January... and that means doing our reviewing event in December! The holiday season in theoretically a time of togetherness, and we wanted to embrace that... and not just within our houses. You'll be teamed up with a different house for each of the first three weekends of December (Saturday-Tuesday), where you'll be working together to beat the other team in a snowball fight. Those teams will have special names, common rooms, and even some blinkies to show your team pride in your signature if you'd like. You'll have the chance to earn extra points and extra snowballs over the course of the fight... and even have the opportunity to block some of the other team's snowballs. We'll also be featuring our prefects' winter writing challenge (which will have some really awesome prizes!) and just playing a lot of fun, low-stress games. The wonderland opens tonight, and the first reviewing snowball fight will start on December 1 at midnight, GMT. We hope you'll check it out! Our first head student has been one of the most active and enthusiastic members of HPFT since the site opened a year and a half ago. We were thrilled to be able to bump them up to prefect last month, and this month has been no exception in their activity. Please join us in congratulating... @BlackPixie! Our second head student is also one of our new prefects. She's come back to the community fairly recently, but she's already made a huge impression with her unfailing friendliness, encouragement, and hard work - most recently, in the NaNo nests and in the Hufflepuff Common Room. A huge thank you to... @Renacerá! A huge congrats to you both - we're thrilled to have you on the team. Please PM me with your choice of what story of yours that you'd like to be featured on the archive, and thank you for everything you do for HPFT! With the chaos of the summer, perfect changes, and the House Cup events, we have missed a few months, but we are back and would like to congratulate this month’s recipient of the Order of Merlin… @BellaLestrange87 Olivia has been an active and friendly presence on the site since it opened, first as a prefect and then as a member of the staff. She’s always willing to lend a helping hand and is always around to answer questions or participate in activities both site-wide and in the Ravenclaw common room. Recently, she has been a commanding presence in the queue, helping validate numerous chapters since she became an Auror, as well as being a huge help in organizing many of the sites upcoming activities. Congratulations once again to Olivia! (award to be edited in) A huge congratulations to @FlamingQuilltips for winning December's SotM! Is destiny determined by Chance or Choice? If it is a bit of both, then, the story began years before that fateful Halloween night. It began before the Prophesy was made. It began when a small, puny boy chanced upon a bright, cheerful young girl. Once Upon The Marauders: The Untold Story of their journey through seven years at Hogwarts. ~Canon Compliant~ banner by loveatfirstview @TDA Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out November's fic night +here if you haven't seen it yet - @TidalDragon read @clevernotbrilliant's Inevitable (M), and she answered some questions about it! Congratulations to all of our featured stories - to check them out, just click on the award. Please keep in mind that some stories may be rated M. First, we'd like to draw everyone's attention to the winning stories for December's SotM and November's Fic Night... Next, we'd like to feature the winners of our spring prefects' writing challenge... And those of our FROG winners who haven't been featured yet! Congrats to @abhorsen., @banshee, @clevernotbrilliant, @dreamgazer220, @esmeraude, @FlamingQuilltips, @melian, @sunshinedaisieswindmills, @TidalDragon! November 30 - The Hogwarts AU Challenge by @cat! December 14 - The Conjure Your Patronus Challenge by @MegGonagall December 15 - The Dialogue or Description Challenge by @ShazaLupin December 16 - The Totally Constraining Challenge by @Dojh167 December 21 - The Tanka Style Romance Poetry Challenge by @StarFeather January 1 - The Character Vignette Challenge by @Rumpelstiltskin March 1 - The Pettigrew Awareness Challenge by @Felpata_Lupin March 2 - The Say Goodbye Challenge by @dreamgazer220 @AbraxanUnicorn (1) @AlanaSibertelli (1) @Lostmyheart (5) @Crimson Quill (11) @merlins beard (12) @Pixileanin (14) @Elenia (20) @Jen25 (20) @nott theodore (22) @azimuth (24) @Accio_Serpent (25) @MegGonagall (27) @SiriusAura92 (30) OoM write-up by the prefects. header, promo image, awards, and the rest of the bulletin write-up by @abhorsen. - please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
  4. Hello, all! One of your headmistresses may or may not have been slowly losing her mind over the topic clutter every month , so we decided to compile all of our major monthly announcements into one big bulletin that we'll post at the beginning of the month. (Plus a few headers, because why not.) Hopefully you enjoy this new format! We're happy to announce that @MalfoysAngel will be moving over the gamekeeper position. We won't be adding another professor to replace her right now - we had a couple really strong applications for the position, but our current professors feel like they've got the workload well in hand for the moment. We're sad to announce that @Diogenissa will be stepping down from her position as Slytherin prefect. Karen was one of our very first prefects, and we've loved having her on the team. Thank you, Karen! However, we are very excited to announce that we're welcoming several new people to the prefect team! @BlackPixie (Slytherin) @forever_dreaming (Ravenclaw) @Renacerá (Hufflepuff) @Rumpelstiltskin (Slytherin) Congratulations to all of you - we're psyched to have you on board! congrats awards by @abhorsen. It is officially NaNoWriMo! (Or at least, it is for at least some of you. ) Whether you're aiming for 50k words of a story, are planning to include school papers or reviews in your final word count, or are just rebelling with your own rules, you're welcome in the Crazies' Cafe! We'll be running rat races, talking about our projects, cheering each other on, and procrastinating by playing games all month. In celebration of NaNo, we'll even be opening up the archive's queue - you can now submit five new chapters at a time for the entire month. Happy writing! Our first head student has been a huge asset for her house during a number of House Cup activities, including (most recently) CLUEDO! She's also a dependable, engaged prefect who we know we can always count on. Please join us in congratulating... @clevernotbrilliant! Our second head student is a regular fixture in her common room and has stood out on the archive as well, posting several new chapters and leaving her fellow HPFTers some very lovely and encouraging reviews. Please give it up for... @dirigibleplums! Congratulations to you both - this is super deserved. Please PM me with your choice of what story of yours that you'd like to be featured on the archive, and thank you for everything that you do! awards by @abhorsen. A huge congratulations to @MuggleMaybe for winning October's Story of the Month with her story Beyond Repair (M)! Lily and Petunia were more than sisters; they were best friends. And then, they weren't A series of one shots about Lily and Perunia over the years. We strongly encourage you to check it out - it's absolutely amazing! banner by @Lady Asphodel, award by @poppunkpadfoot Congratulations to all of our featured stories - to check them out, just click on the award. Please keep in mind that some stories may be rated M. First, we're very excited to feature the top three entries to the prefects' recent inter-house friendship challenge... We'd also like to draw your attention to a couple stories by our recent Head Students... Some of our FROG winners who haven't been featured yet... And finally, to a couple staff picks! Congratulations to @800 words of heaven, @abhorsen., @Crimson Quill, @Diogenissa, @dreamgazer220, @forever_dreaming, @MegGonagall, @Rumpelstiltskin, and @TidalDragon! awards by @abhorsen. October 31 - The Body Positive Challenge by @WindingArrow October 31 - The First Kiss Challenge by @ImaRavenclaw November 1 - A Muggle History Challenge by @beyond the rain November 30 - The Hogwarts AU Challenge by @cat! December 14 - The Conjure Your Patronus Challenge by @MegGonagall December 15 - The Dialogue or Description Challenge by @ShazaLupin December 16 - The Totally Constraining Challenge by @Dojh167 December 21 - Tanka Style Romance Poetry by @StarFeather January 18 - The Character Vignette Challenge by @Rumpelstiltskin And, finally, happy birthday to all of our members who have November birthdays! @baletgir (1) @SpoonyLupin (1) @hecate (5) @nyx (5) @Sarz (7) @Phoenix_Flames (10) @scooterbug8515 (18) @toomanycurls (20) @ShazaLupin (22) @Lost Muse (24) @victoria_anne (24) @putitonpaper (27) Headers + bulletin write-ups by @abhorsen.. Please remember to rehost & credit if you'd like to save your awards!
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