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      March Bulletin   03/01/2018

      March's bulletin is up! You can find our monthly awards, some special announcements, a little more information about our upcoming events, and more +here!

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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 and secret cupid events being officially over, we've got some fun in store for you this March! 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: 3214.5 Ravenclaw: 2075 Gryffindor: 1816.5 Slytherin: 1565 We've finished our latest round of CA status checks on the archive, and will be bumping authors shortly; if you haven't been given CA status, you may find +this blog post helpful. In addition, we're discussing making some changes to the archive rules; please give your input +here! We'll be running our Fic Feud writing event throughout March and the first half of April! This competition will require you to work with a partner to fit certain elements of a story together in creative ways - and give you the chance to sabotage another team. You can find more information and sign up for it +here! Our second annual FROGS awards have concluded! We want to thank everyone who was a part of it - you all make this site the wonderful and talented community that it is. It was so hard to choose winners, because our archive is full of amazing stories and wonderful reviewers. You can check out our announcement of the winners +here; the top three in each category (top four when there was a tie for third place) got their own personalized chocolate frog card, and there's also a finalist card for those who made it through to the voting round but didn't place. Stories that placed that haven't already been featured on the archive will be featured stories at some point in the next year, and points have been added to our House Cup totals. Thanks again, everyone! <3 Over the course of February, we ran a secret cupid gift exchange. Reviews and questions were left, graphics were gifted, and we all had a lot of fun with it! Our 26 participants were all incredibly generous and spread some Valentine's Day cheer. You can check out the topic revealing who everyone's secret cupid was +here! A few cupids in particular stood out, and we'd like to gift them some graphic awards. Thank you so much, @TidalDragon, @just.a.willow.tree, @Felpata_Lupin, @MuggleMaybe, and @Rumpelstiltskin! In addition, there were two members whose creativity in the gifts they left deserve special recognition. @WriteYourHeartOut created a scavenger hunt for the cupid she was given, and @Ignatia made several different graphic gifts, including a full calendar and a game! And finally, for everyone else who participated, here's a little graphic for you as well. Our first Head Student this month is a brilliant artist, a great writer, and an all-around wonderful member of the site who we're psyched to see dropping in more often! She left a number of gifts as a secret cupid, was active in her common room, and has recently started a challenge! Congratulations to... @beyond the rain! Our second Head Student also spread a lot of joy around as a secret cupid, and she's been a very active reviewer in general lately! Her challenge is just finishing up, she's entered other challenges lately, and has recently taken on more responsibility in her common room by joining the newsletter team. Congratulations to... @Felpata_Lupin! Congratulations again to you both. Please PM me with whichever of your stories you'd like us to feature! <3 For this month’s OoM, we’ve chosen another one of our wonderful admins. Please join me in congratulating… @abhorsen.! As many of you know, Branwen’s dedication to this site is astounding. Not only is she an active admin on the forums, but she also helps out with the archive, too. She is just one of Ravenclaw’s fearless leaders, known not just for her stunning graphic awards (did you guys see those beauties from the FROGS this year?), but also for her kindness, patience, and general awesomeness. She’s always around if you have a question or concern, and you see her consistently uploading new stories and leaving thoughtful reviews for other members, too. We Prefects are fairly certain that she’s a superhuman, and HPFT wouldn’t be the same without her. Thank you, Branwen, for everything you do for us, and congratulations! March's SotM was a tie between two wonderful and well-deserving stories! A huge congratulations to both @dreamgazer220 and @just.a.willow.tree for winning March's SotM! “Get some sleep. Insomnia isn’t romantic.” After a terrifying night in July, 1994, her life is changed forever. While Hogwarts hosts the TriWizard Tournament, Catherine Lawrence isolates herself into sleepless nights while she struggles to come to terms with her new reality. As she attempts to decipher if the voices and the ghosts haunting her are real or imaginary, Catherine fails to notice those who reach out. But Fred Weasley could be the one person to shed light into her fortress - if she can learn to let him in. banner by Enigma @ TDA Four lives Astoria saved. And then the fifth. banner by choobacca @ TDA Every month, HPFT runs Fic Night, where a staff member reads a nominated fic from one of our members. You can check out February's Fic Night here if you haven't seen it yet - @TidalDragon reads @Pixileanin's That Post is a Keeper! This month, we're featuring the stories of the month, the fic night story, four stories from our FROGS top threes, and a staff/prefect pick! Congratulations @abhorsen., @BlackPixie, @Crimson Quill, @dreamgazer220, @just.a.willow.tree, @Pixileanin, @Stella Blue, and @wandlessmagic! 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 May 1 - The Rule of Three Challenge by @beyond the rain May 7 - The Soulmate AU and Random Prompt Challenge by @MadiMalfoy July 31 - Auror's Tale Story Challenge Season 4 by @StarFeather And finally, we want to wish a very happy birthday to all of HPFT's March babies. Feel free to stop by their profiles/APs/writing journals on their special day! 3 - @bizinhavieira 4 - @Pen2Paper 4 - @TheGoldenKneazle 6 - @MadiMalfoy 11 - @Alexis Black 14 - @Elena 14 - @Lady Asphodel 16 - @Tecla Sunrise 18 - @mymischiefmanaged 24 - @dreamgazer220 25 - @beyond the rain 25 - @Nix 29 - @stefanie.sycamore order of merlin write-up by @dreamgazer220 and award by @RoxiMalfoy; header, other awards, and the rest of the bulletin write-up by @abhorsen.. 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! 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!