April Showers of Fannish History

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Event: April Showers of Fannish History
Name(s): Archive of Our Own, Fanlore
Date(s): April 1-30, 2011 - present
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Fandom: multi-fandom
URL: April Showers Challenge tag at AO3
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April Showers of Fannish History (also known simply as April Showers) is an annual month-long challenge on the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore, both projects of the Organization for Transformative Works. The challenge was first issued in 2011. For each day of the month, a different fandom is highlighted and announced via the ao3org and fanlore_news Twitter accounts and the AO3 Tumblr. Fans are encouraged to import their works related to these fandoms into AO3 and add relevant pages and stories to Fanlore. The challege did not happen in 2016, then in 2017 it was only ran by Fanlore.

2011

The first April Showers challenge was announced by AO3 on April 1, 2011[1] and by Fanlore on April 5.[2] See April Showers - The Masterlist at AO3 News. The featured fandoms for 2011 were:

Week 0-1 (April 1-9)

Week 2 (April 10-16)

Week 3 (April 17-23)

Week 4 (April 24-30)

2012

The second April Showers challenge was announced by AO3 on April 1, 2012[3] and by Fanlore on April 4.[4] The featured fandoms for 2012 were:

Week 1 (April 1-7)

Week 2 (April 8-14)

Week 3 (April 15-21)

Week 4 (April 22-28)

Week 5 (April 29-30)

2013

The third April Showers challenge was announced at the OTW blog on April 1, 2013.[5] The AO3 Tumblr also promoted and participated in the challenge; see the Round Up. The featured fandoms for 2013 were:

Week 1 (April 1-6)

Week 2 (April 7-13)

Week 3 (April 14-20)

Week 4 (April 21-27)

Week 5 (April 28-30)

2014

The fourth April Showers challenge was announced at the OTW blog on March 31, 2014.[6] The selected fandoms will be highlighted on the AO3 Tumblr and both the AO3 and Fanlore Twitter accounts. In addition to posting fanworks for the selected fandoms to AO3, users are also encouraged to post recs for the fandoms to the April Showers Recs (2014) collection.

Week 1 (April 1-5)

Week 2 (April 6-12)

Week 3 (April 13-19)

Week 4 (April 20-26)

Week 5 (April 27-30)

2015

The fourth April Showers challenge was announced at the OTW blog on March 31, 2015.[7] The selected fandoms will be highlighted on the AO3 Tumblr and both the AO3 and Fanlore Twitter accounts. In addition to posting fanworks for the selected fandoms to AO3, users are also encouraged to post recs for the fandoms to the April Showers Recs (2015) collection.

Week 1 (April 1-5)

Week 2 (April 6-12)

Week 3 (April 13-19)

Week 4 (April 20-26)

Week 5 (April 27-30)

2017

Week 1 (April 1)

Week 2 (April 2-8)

References

  1. April Showers Challenge - shower us with your fannish history!, AO3 News Blog, April 1, 2011.
  2. April Showers on Fanlore and the AO3!, fanlore.dreamwidth.org, April 5, 2011.
  3. April Showers of Fannish History!, AO3 News Blog, April 1, 2012.
  4. Wiki in March, April Showers, and policy page clarification, fanlore.dreamwidth.org, April 4, 2012.
  5. April Showers at the AO3 and Fanlore!, OTW Blog, April 1, 2013.
  6. April Showers is here!, OTW Blog, March 31, 2014.
  7. It's Time for April Showers!, 31 March 2015.