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Name: Femmefest (HP Femmeslash Fest)
Date(s): January 2009 - present
Moderator(s): bluemermaid
Founder: arobynsung & tristesses
Type: fest/exchange
Fandom: Harry Potter
Associated Community: femmefest on LiveJournal
femmefest on Dreamwidth
femmefest on InsaneJournal
femmefest collection on AO3
Femmefest 2013 banner, created by swissmarg.
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Femmefest, or the Harry Potter Spring Femmeslash Exchange Fest,[1] is an annual Harry Potter gift exchange for femslash-centric fic and art. The fest is currently run by bluemermaid.


Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a non-empty LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, or InsaneJournal older than one month as of the fest's sign-up date.[2][3] Additionally, participants must comment on the gift they receive at some point during the fest or will not be permitted to participate in the future.

As an anonymous gift exchange, participants are not allowed to reveal which gift they created (or post their work elsewhere) until all artists and authors are revealed at the end of the fest. Participants are assigned to one another based on the preferences (pairings, squicks, etc.) they submit when they sign up.

All fest submissions must portray a femslash relationship in which the main characters identify as female. Threesomes and other poly ships are permitted as long as all participants identify as female. Het and slash are allowed as secondary pairings. Works may not feature any sexual activity involving characters under the age of 15.

All fanfiction must be 1,500 words or longer, and may only be PWP if requested by the gift's recipient. Artists are expected to dedicate "quality time" to their piece. Stories are required to be beta-read and both fic and art may be rejected for poor quality.[2]

2009 Fest

The first Femmefest was run by arobynsung and tristesses. All gifts for this round were posted to LiveJournal and backed up on InsaneJournal.

As of 2013, this first round yielded more fanworks than any subsequent Femmefest, with 39 pieces of fanfiction and five pieces of fanart for a total of 44 gifts. The most popular pairings for the fest were Hermione/Pansy and Ginny/Pansy, each of which were featured in six works, and Hermione/Padma (featured in two works) was named a "surprise favorite". Hermione Granger and Pansy Parkinson were also the most popular characters, starring in 15 and 14 works respectively, while Padma Patil and Minerva McGonagall were the "surprise favorites".[4]

Recs for the round were collected for posting at the Daily Snitch newsletter community.[5]


  • January 5 - January 20, 2009: Sign-ups
  • January 25 - January 27, 2009: Assignments sent out
  • March 20, 2009: Submissions due
  • March 25 - May 14, 2009: Gifts posted
  • May 14, 2009: Reveals


See: Reveals & Masterlist

2010 Fest

The 2010 Femmefest was again run by arobynsung and tristesses. The InsaneJournal mirror was not used for this round (or any subsequent ones), and was instead replaced by a Dreamwidth community. It was the only round to feature a "Guess the Artist/Author" poll.[6]

There were five pieces of fanart and 33 fics created for this round, for a total of 38 fanworks. The most popular pairing was Ginny/Pansy, featured in six works, and the most popular characters were Ginny with 13 works, Hermione and Pansy with 10 works each, and Minerva McGonagall with seven works.

Recs for the round were once again collected for posting at the Daily Snitch.[7]


  • January 1 - January 15, 2010: Sign-ups
  • January 26, 2010: Assignments sent out
  • March 28, 2010: Submissions due (Extended submissions due April 5)
  • April 1 - May 11, 2010: Gifts posted
  • May 18, 2010: Reveals


See: Reveals & Masterlist

2011 Fest

arobynsung and tristesses continued to run Femmefest through its third round. The mods had considered moving the fest to be run solely on the Archive of Our Own but, after hearing input from potential participants, decided to keep it at LiveJournal with a Dreamwidth mirror.[8][9] An AO3 collection was made available for participants to add their submissions from any past or future Femmefest.

There were 26 gifts created for the 2011 round, three of which are fanart and 23 are fanfiction. The most popular pairing was once again Ginny/Pansy, with four works, and the most popular characters were Hermione and Ginny, featured in nine works each.


  • January 5 - January 20, 2011: Sign-ups
  • January 25 - January 30, 2011: Assignments sent out
  • March 31, 2011: Submissions due (Extended submissions due April 10)
  • April 11 - May 21, 2011: Gifts posted
  • May 26, 2011: Reveals


See: Reveals & Masterlist

2012 Fest

In mid-January 2012, arobynsung and tristesses announced that they would be too busy to continue running the fest and were looking to turn the community over to a new owner. bluemermaid became the new fest moderator and Femmefest 2012 began later that month.[10][11]

Like the previous round, gifts were posted to both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, plus the option of adding one's submission to the fest's AO3 collection. The fest started with 29 participants but three dropped out, and three pinch hitters filled in for them. As such, a total of 29 gifts were created for the fest, three fanart and 26 fanfiction. The most popular pairing for the round was Hermione/Luna with four works; the most popular character was Hermione Granger, featured in eight works, followed by Pansy Parkinson and Luna Lovegood with seven works each, and Lily Evans with five works.


  • January 24 - February 6, 2012: Sign-ups
  • February 10 - February 12, 2012: Assignments sent out
  • April 2, 2012: Submissions due
  • April 10 - May 18, 2012: Gifts posted
  • May 23, 2012: Reveals


See: Reveals & Masterlist

2013 Fest

Femmefest 2013 began posting on March 25, 2013 and was run by bluemermaid. Twenty-one gifts were created for the fest: three pieces of art and 18 stories. The most popular character of the round was Pansy Parkinson, who was featured in over half the gifts.


  • January 4 - January 18, 2013: Sign-ups
  • January 19, 2013: Assignments sent out
  • March 18, 2013: Submissions due
  • March 25 - April 17, 2013: Gifts posted
  • April 26, 2013: Reveals


See: Reveals and Closing Post

2014 Fest

Femmefest 2014 begins posting on March 31, 2014.


  • January 6 - January 20, 2014: Sign-ups
  • January 22, 2014: Assignments sent out
  • March 24, 2014: Submissions due
  • March 31, 2014: Posting begins

See: Femmefest 2014 Rules and Timeline


  1. femmefest Community Profile on LiveJournal. (Accessed 10 February 2013.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rules & Guidelines. 18 December 2008, updated 30 December 2010. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  3. Femmefest FAQ. 18 December 2008. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  4. ADMIN: Official Closing Post (at long last!). 14 May 2009. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  5. Have recs? Tell us here! 01 April 2009. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  6. Guess The Artist/Author Polls. 12 May 2010. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  7. Have recs? Tell us here! 22 April 2010. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  8. Mod post: Gauging interest in the Archive of Our Own (AO3). 30 December 2010. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  9. Mod post: Femmefest will be on LJ/DW/IJ. 03 January 2011. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  10. tristesses. Femmefest Ownership. 15 January 2012. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)
  11. Femmefest 2012 is on! 18 January 2012. (Accessed 11 February 2013.)