LotR GenFic Community

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Name: LOTR Community General Fanfiction
Date(s): Founded on Oct. 13, 2007
Moderators/List Maintainers: current moderators: ceshaughnessy, Dreamflower, Pearl Took, Dawn Felagund, Celeritas founding moderators: ceshaughnessy, Dreamflower, and
Founder(s): ceshaughnessy
Type: fanfiction
Fandom: The works of J.R.R. Tolkien, primarily The Lord of the Rings, but also including The Hobbit and any of his posthumously published works, including, but not limited to, The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The Children of Hurin and the various volumes of The History of Middle-earth.
URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LOTR_Community_GFIC/
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The Yahoo! mailing list, LOTR_Community_GFIC, was founded by ceshaughnessy in 2007 in the hopes of encouraging the writing of more gen fic in the LotR fandom. Originally the group was used for the posting of fan fiction, both new and previously posted elsewhere, as well as a place for discussion of the works of Tolkien and also as a place where the writers of fan fiction could pose questions or speculate on the source text. Over the intervening years the focus has gradually changed, and currently the group usually serves as a place for the posting of announcements about activities and challenges of the community's sister groups; yet stories are still posted on the group from time to time, and discussions still take place, though at a slower pace.

In December of 2007, the group held its first Yule Fic Exchange. The stories were posted at the mailing list, and there were twelve participants.

In May of 2008, in part spurred by the loss of the popular Marigold's Challenges which had gone on indefinite hiatus, the group formed a sister community, LOTR Community Challenges, on LiveJournal where it began to host monthly challenges. Following the model inspired by Marigold, each month had a specific theme, while each participant was assigned individual elements as prompts to use in her/his story. The challenges have proved very popular and are still ongoing.

In 2009, Dawn Felagund, who is also a founder and moderator of the Silmarillion Writers' Guild, also joined as a moderator, and was key in helping to found Many Paths To Tread the community's archive, which opened on July 27, 2009. For the first few months, only community members could post, but in January posting privileges were thrown open to all.

In January of 2011, Celeritas became a new co-moderator, and another sister community was opened as the group prepared to host the first Lord of the Rings Big Bang Challenge.