Merlin/Arthur Fanfic Awards

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Name: Merlin/Arthur Fanfic Awards
Date(s): 2008 - 2009
Frequency:
Format:
Type: Award, slash
Associated Community: The Camelot Awards: MAFAS (2009)
Fandom: Merlin
URL: Merlin/Arthur Fanfic Awards (2008)
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In November 2008 acetamide (aka smokey2307) decided to host Merlin/Arthur Fanfic Awards in her Livejournal.[1] Nominations were open until December 5th, 2008, voting was possible throughout December and the results were announced on January 10th, 2009.[2] The rules were simple:

You can nominate any fic, provided it contains the Merlin/Arthur pairing. Pre-slash is included in this.
You can self-nominate fics and nominate more than one fic per category. In fact, nominate as many fics as you want - the more the merrier.
I'll post little reminders in the comms as the nominations come to a close, and the same when we start voting, so that people late to the party can still get in on it and the post isn't lost.
Here, an epic is determined at being over 10,000 words in total.[1]

The categories were a bit awkward and didn't really fit the fandom. Compared to other fandoms there were surprisingly few crossovers, almost no dark or deathfic, non-con was rare, the concept of chaptered fic seemed more suitable for FF.net, there were maybe two timetravel stories in the whole fandom and the M/A stories were usually so OTP-centric that it was difficult to find enough stories that featured another character in a major role to nominate something for some of the categories.

Merlin/Arthur Spring 2009 Fanfic Awards banner

On the other hand, categories like first time, Arthur finds out, sex pollen, genderswitch, futurefic or reincarnation fic were suspiciously absent and the results should be taken with a grain of salt. However, several fan favorites did make the final cut and the winners, runner-ups and nominees hint at some of the stories that were popular at the time.

Shortly after the first round acetamide opened nominations for the Merlin/Arthur Spring 2009 MAFAs.[3] One of the reasons she mentioned was that the response to the first awards "was very satisfying, and it ended up being basically one big fandom-generated rec list."[3] Additional categories like "Finding-Out Fic" were added to this round of the awards. Acetamide put a lot of work into the awards and the results of the 2008 MAFAs are archived on the Camelot Awards website.

Nominations for the Spring 2010 MAFAs closed in February 2010[4] but the voting was canceled and the Merlin Slash Awards replaced the MAFAs.

Winners 2008

Category: Best... Winner Author Runner-Up 1 Runner-Up 1 Author Runner-Up 2 Runner-Up 2 Author
Overall Fic Next Time, I Will Remember This And I Will Say 'No' paperclipbitch And None But We Can Be Such Kings janne_d MERLIN moonythestrals
Action/Adventure Fic Quickening Days fahye The World Under Heaven, Here All Is Lent takadainmate - -
Angst Fic Treason To Us janne_d One Half themollyedge - -
Alternate Universe Fic Drastically Redefining Protocol rageprufrock MERLIN moonythestrals - -
Chapter Fic Next Time, I Will Remember This And I Will Say 'No' paperclipbitch Fealty demon_faith In Your Honour smokey2307
Crack Fic MERLIN moonythestrals Misrule thehoyden - -
Crossover Fic Buried Treasure entangled_now A TARDIS in King Uther's Court ramtops_witch - -
Dark Fic The Hour of Vengeance smokey2307 - - - -
Death Fic fortis cadere, non cedere postest thisissirius Angel Of Mercy demon_faith - -
Drabble Here Come The Girls smokey2307 Reaching Back To Childhood lou_angel - -
Drama Fic Next Time, I Will Remember This And I Will Say 'No' paperclipbitch The Beast of Winter linaerys - -
Epic Next Time, I Will Remember This And I Will Say 'No' paperclipbitch August rageprufrock Quickening Days fahye
Episode-Centric Fic Arthur Doesn't Like Other People Touching His Things phentalon Those Deep Places svilleficrecs - -
Fluff Fic August rageprufrock Anniversary thehoyden - -
Humour Fic MERLIN moonythestrals Polishing Buttons skellerbvvt Why Merlin Should Never Be Left Alone With Arthur's Knights Whilst Drunk And Dressed As A Woman graspthethorn
Best Hurt/Comfort Fic The Prince's Man demon_faith A Little Fire To Warm janne_d The World Under Heaven, Here All Is Lent takadainmate
Kink Fic Disguises and Imposters entangled_now A Lesson In Dynamics: Merlin's Re-Education phantomjam - -
One-Shot Misrule thehoyden And None But We Can Be Such Kings janne_d - -
PWP Fic A Discussion On The Breeding And Training Of Horses phantomjam Solstice xaritomene - -
Romance Fic And None But We Can Be Such Kings janne_d Misrule thehoyden - -
Best Sequel A Random Collection Of Firsts moonythestrals Holding On smokey2307 - -
Time-Travel Past Imperfect thehoyden From The Poker to the Prize lo0o0ony_lauren - -
Work-in-Progress Drastically Redefining Protocol rageprufrock All That Glitters smokey2307 - -
Arthur Characterisation August rageprufrock Arthur Breaks His Code ravenflight21 - -
Gaius Characterisation The Seventeen Uses Of Elder rivier Old Chinese Proverbs And Other Wisdom facetofcathy - -
Gwen Characterisation Here Come The Girls smokey2307 - - - -
Lancelot Characterisation Fine doomcanary - - - -
Merlin Characterisation Meterology mercurial_wit A Little Fire To Warm janne_d Like Ashes yavannauk
Morgana Characterisation Men Are Idiots draykonis Of Evil Plots And Idiot Princes yo_mawari - -
Nimueh Characterisation Loyalty fortassetu - - - -
Other Female Characterisation (Hunith) August rageprufrock - - - -
Other Male Characterisation (Will) MERLIN moonythestrals - - - -
Uther Characterisation Uneasy Lies The Head phantomjam Sentry 01100100 - -

Winners Spring 2009

Category: Best... Winner Author Runner-Up 1 Runner-Up 1 Author Runner-Up 2 Runner-Up 2 Author
Overall Fic Three Tasks syllic We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch - -
Action/Adventure Fic We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch Onfindan astolat - -
Angst Fic When Trust Is A Thing Not Given aelora To Be Known esohpe - -
Alternate Universe Fic Be Resigned franticsga Easy There syllic We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch
Chapter Fic Three Tasks syllic We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch - -
Crack Fic Externality zarathuse And He Called Merlin An Idiot… derryere, scifijunkie and wildmachinery - -
Crossover Fic The Crown Of The Summer Court astolat Kingdom of the Blaggers hackthis - -
Dark Fic When Trust Is A Thing Not Given aelora The Knife’s Edge suaine - -
Death Fic All The Laughter From Before waldorph Oedran Yr Addewid graspthethorn - -
Drabble Wrong Place (Right Time) acetamide Oath Of Allegiance givemethebook - -
Drama Fic So Are They All, All Honourable Men seperis All The Laughter From Before waldorph - -
Dub/Non-con Fic Exigent (Everybody Knows) xsmoonshine Makes Me Feel Alive acetamide - -
Epic Onfindan astolat We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch - -
Episode-Centric Fic Excalibur suaine The Musings Of A Prince About His Hapless Manservant ionaonie - -
Finding-Out Fic The History of Two Conversations (On Paper) takadainmate To Be Known esohpe - -
Fluff Fic Job Orientation seperis Three Tasks syllic - -
Humour Fic Kindgom of the Blaggers hackthis Privileges of Rank seperis - -
Hurt/Comfort Fic So Are They All, All Honourable Men seperis When All Is Said And Done acetamide Threat To Camelot acetamide
Kink Fic Externality zarathuse The Joye Of Sexe aleathiel - -
One-Shot Peach, Plum, Pear sweetestdrain The Crown Of The Summer Court astolat - -
Plot Device All The Laughter From Before waldorph Umbrellas On The Inside moonythestrals - -
PWP Fic Pavlov Penis derryere Reciprocation astolat - -
reel_merlin Fic Two Weeks Notice ras_elased 'Tis A Pity He's A Whore xaritomene - -
Romance Fic Lord Drake's Bequest pennyplainknits Three Tasks syllic The Crown Of The Summer Court astolat
Sequel Not Quite Mrs Banks Either claire_debonair The Tale Of A Sea Serpent seperis Water Is Taught By Thirst aelora
Threesome Fic Stubborn With Beauty whetherwoman Possession kelene - -
UST Fic Be Resigned franticsga Give Me Miles and Mountains, and I’ll Ask for the Sea hackthis - -
Work-in-Progress Be Resigned franticsga Easy There syllic The Camelot Hotel Series: Snake Eyes laceymcbain
Arthur Characterisation Three Tasks syllic So Are They All, All Honourable Men seperis - -
Gaius Characterisation The Sorrows of Old Age picturegames Destiny Plays Yet Another Trick On Merlin ravenflight21 - -
Gwen Characterisation wouldn’t it be nice to live together/in the kind of world where we belong ginnystar - - - -
Lancelot Characterisation We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch Easy There syllic - -
Merlin Characterisation Privileges of Rank seperis The Knife’s Edge suaine Virescit Vulnere Virtus castalie - -
Morgana Characterisation We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch Don't Be Sorry sparky77 - -
Nimueh Characterisation We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup paperclipbitch What She Doesn't See justthismorning - -
Uther Characterisation Onfindan astolat - - - -
Other Male Characterisation (Dragon) Iron Resolve maryavatar - - - -

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 acetamide. MAF Awards!, 28 November 2008. (Accessed 18 February 2010)
  2. acetamide. MAFA RESULTS, 10 January 2009. (Accessed 18 February 2010)
  3. 3.0 3.1 acetamide. Spring 09 MAFAs, 14 February 2009. (Accessed 18 February 2010)
  4. acetamide. Spring 2010 MAFAs Nominations, 21 January 2010. (Accessed 18 February 2010)