|Date(s):||2010 – present|
|Associated Community:||minerva_fest @LJ, @IJ|
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The Minerva Fest is an annual Harry Potter prompt-based fest for fanfiction & fanart focusing on Minerva McGonagall, founded in 2010 by vane_nt & others. The community's tagline is For Minerva McGonagall Fans. The fest was originally organised via sister livejournal & insanejournal communities, but is now just on livejournal.
Rules and Timetable
Prompts are posted in the first half of May or June, and claimed in the second half. Posting starts on 4 October, Minerva's birthday.
The fest allows all types, genres & ratings of Minerva-centric fiction & art, including gen, het & femslash, in all pairings. Posting is anonymous and exclusive until reveals, which occur early in November. Fanfiction must be complete, standalone (not a sequel), and at least 1500 words. British English is preferred. The first round of the fest also included graphics, with a minimum of eight icons or three different wallpapers being required; graphics were not included from 2012.
Four artworks & 22 stories were created by 24 participants: bottleofsmoke19, chantefable, cranky__crocus, curia_regis, kellychambliss, keppiehed, ldymusyc, mindabbles, minervas_eule, miss_morland, pale_moonlite, prayer_at_night, pretty_panther, queen_of_snapes, selmak, shadowycat, strav/rebism, tartansocks, tetleythesecond, thamy, therealsnape, the_winterwitch, vane_nt and zephre.
Five artworks & 19 stories were created by 22 participants: albalark, chantefable, cranky__crocus, deepforestowl, dueltastic, imera, kellychambliss, kit466, lash_larue, lazy_neutrino, lullabymoon, miss_morland, pretty_panther, primeideal, queen_of_snapes, realmer06, selmak, shadowycat, spin_84, squibstress, tea_for_lupin and therealsnape.
Four artworks & 18 stories were created by 21 participants: akatnamedeaster, chantefable, delphipsmith, errandofmercy, flaminia_x, lash_larue, lazy_neutrino, liliths_requiem, lyras, magnetic_pole, notearchiver, Peg Minerva, primeideal, realmer06, selmak, shadowycat, sara_lakali, squibstress, swallow_b, therealsnape and writcraft.
Gen predominated over het, followed by femslash, with pairings with Snape and Elphinstone Urquart being the most common.
The fest is ongoing in 2014, with works due in September.
Widely recommended works include:
- I'll Be There Before You by mindabbles. Minerva/Amelia Bones (2010)
- The Case of the Living Portrait by therealsnape. Agatha Christie-esque investigation (2013)
Outside the fest, the community is open for year-round posting of all types of Minerva-centric fanworks, including fiction, art, graphics, vids, recs & meta as well as fic searches. All material must focus on Minerva, and bashing of the character is not permitted.
- minerva_fest: Profile (accessed 17 February 2014)
- minerva_fest: Minerva Fest Rules (accessed 17 February 2014)
- minerva_fest: Minerva Fest 2010 - Here are the rules! (accessed 17 February 2014)
- minerva_fest: Things you can post to this community (accessed 17 February 2014)
- minerva_fest: Minerva McGonagall's Theme Blackboards - Rules and Instructions (accessed 17 February 2014)
- minerva_fest: Minerva McGonagall's Prompt Library - Book 1 (accessed 17 February 2014)