LOTR Community Challenges

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Challenge
Name: LOTR Community Challenges
Date(s): May 2008 through the present
Moderator(s):
Founder: ceshaunessy, Dreamflower, Pearl Took
Type: monthly personalized challenges
Fandom: Tolkien
Associated Community: LOTR Community Challenges
URL: http://lotr-community.livejournal.com/
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LOTR Community Challenges is a gen The Lord of the Rings LiveJournal challenge community. Although the name of the community is LOTR, it actually accepts challenge stories based in the Tolkien fandom—including, but not limited to, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Húrin, and the various volumes of The History of Middle-earth, as well as adaptations of those works, such as the movies by director Peter Jackson.

Background

The challenges were begun by ceshaughnessy, Pearl Took, and Dreamflower in 2008. At that time, the popular hobbit-centric Marigold's Challenges had gone on indefinite hiatus, and the three fans were missing the monthly challenges. A feature of Marigold's Challenges was that while the stories were joined by a common monthly theme, each author was also assigned a personal prompt or element. It was decided to broaden the base of the stories. By 2008, the boost given the Lord of the Rings fandom by the movies had begun to fade, and it was thought better to include as much of the Tolkien fandom as possible.

The Challenge community is a sister community to LotR GenFic Community a gen LotR mailing list on Yahoo! which is run by the same co-moderators.

The first challenge was posted at a separate LiveJournal, as the community had not been set up yet. That LJ has since been purged by LJ as inactive, but the stories are still available at the community's archive, Many Paths to Tread.

Challenges

2008

  • May 2008

Theme: Coronation Prompt: three random elements Stories: 8

  • June 2008

Theme: Father's Day Prompt: Quotation from canon Stories: 14

  • July 2008]

Theme: Summertime Prompt: A starter sentence Stories: 17

  • August 2008

Theme: Point of View (writing an unfamiliar POV) Prompt: each author was assigned a shape, a color and a number Stories: 19

  • September 2008

Theme: Young/Old (stories needed to feature two characters, one old and one young, interacting) Prompt: three to five specific adjectives, assigned each author Stories: 14

  • October 2008

Theme: Halloween/Harvest Prompt: a canon quotation Stories: 7

  • November 2008

Theme: Song/Poetry Prompt: a line from a song or poem to be used as a story title Stories: 7

  • December 2008 (Yule Fic Exchange)

Authors wrote to the requests of the persons assigned to them. Stories: 14

2009

  • January 2009

Theme: "Potluck" The first annual "potluck" challenge, in which authors either completed an unfinished story from earlier in the year, or chose an unused prompt from among the 2008 challenges. Prompt: "leftover" prompts Stories: 11

  • February 2009

Theme: Light and Shadow Prompt: gapfiller, with an assigned gap Stories: 7

  • March 2009

Theme: The Ides of March (all stories were to be set on March 15, 3019 of the Third Age of Middle-earth) Prompt: a starter sentence Stories: 10

  • April 2009

Theme: Renewal Prompt: a bird (each author assigned a different species to incorporate into the story) Stories: 7 • May 2009 Theme: Fix the Movies ( each author to write a "fixit" for a perceived "flaw" in the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings) Prompt: a flower (each author assigned a different one to incorporate into the story) Stories: 9

  • June 2009

Theme: The Wedding of Your Nightmares (a story about wedding disasters) Prompt: each author had a line from the old saying "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". Stories: 5

  • July 2009

Theme: Some Like it Hot Prompt: This was the first annual fixed-length-ficlet challenge. Each author chose a number between 101 and 400, and wrote a ficlet of that exact number of words. Stories: 13

  • August 2009

Theme: Out on a Limb Prompt: a tree (each author assigned a different type to incorporate into the story) Stories: 7

  • September 2009

Theme: September 22—each story was to have taken place on that date in Middle-earth during any year the author wished. Prompt: a starter sentence Stories: 4

  • October 2009

Theme: Myth Prompt: a fruit (each author assigned a different type to incorporate into the story) Stories: 6

  • November 2009

Theme: Dialogue (stories to be written entirely or almost entirely in dialogue) Prompt: four random elements Stories: 5

  • December 2009 (Yule Fic Exchange)

Authors wrote to the requests of the persons assigned to them. Stories: 11

2010

  • January 2010

Theme:"Potluck" The annual "potluck" challenge, in which authors either completed an unfinished story from earlier in the year, or chose an unused prompt from among the 2009 challenges. Prompt: "leftover" prompts Stories: 14

  • February 2010

Theme: Send it in a Letter (stories to be written in the form of, or contain, a letter) Prompt: a particular type of letter (e.g. "condolence", "love", "poison pen", etc. Stories: 9

  • March 2010

Theme: Mad as a March Hare (writing a character OOC for a good reason) Prompt: a type of weather ("rainy", "windy", etc.) Stories: 8

  • April 2010

Theme: Non-fiction Prompt: No prompts, authors could choose their own topic Essays: 4

  • May 2010

Theme: Tying Up Loose Ends (gapfillers) Prompt: authors assigned a gap Stories: 6

  • June 2010

Theme: The White Tree (stories about any of the White Trees of Arda) Prompt: a starter sentence Stories: 7

  • July 2010

Theme: Short and Sweet Prompt: This was the first annual fixed-length-ficlet challenge. Each author chose a number between 101 and 400, and wrote a ficlet of that exact number of words. Stories: 14

  • August 2010

Theme: Two Sides to Everything (story to include an argument or debate of some sort) Prompt: the topic of the argument Stories: 11

  • September 2010

Theme: Back to School (education) Prompt: a subject of learning ("math", "history", "art", etc.) Stories: 5

  • October 2010

Theme: Believe it or Not (story to contain an unbelievable or supernatural element) Prompt: an adjective Stories: 16

  • First Remix Challenge

Authors were assigned a fellow author in order to remix one of her stories. Stories: 9

  • November 2010

Theme: Pairs Drabbles Prompt: a pair of associated words to include in a drabble (such as "hot/cold", "sock/shoe", or "boy/girl") Stories: 20

  • December 2010 (Yule Fic Exchange)

Authors wrote to the requests of the persons assigned to them. Stories: 18

2011

  • January 2011

Theme:"Potluck" The annual "potluck" challenge, in which authors either completed an unfinished story from earlier in the year, or chose an unused prompt from among the 2010 challenges. Prompt: "leftover" prompts Stories: 12

  • February 2011

Theme: Hearts and Flowers Prompt: a type of love, a type of heart, a type of flower (each author had one of each) Stories: 12

  • March 2011

Theme: Lion and Lamb (show two sides to the same character) Prompt: a pair of opposite mood words (such as "hateful/loving") Stories: 7

  • April 2011

Theme: Poetry Prompt: a random word to include Poems: 13

  • May 2011

Theme: The Merrie Month of May (humor) Prompt: a starter sentence Stories: 3