Spooky Awards

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Name: The Spooky Awards, Spookys
Date(s): 1995 - 2004
Frequency: annual (except 1997)
Format: popular vote via email
Type: fanfic award
Associated Community: alt.tv.x-files.creative
Fandom: The X-Files
URL: Spooky Awards On WayBack With Working Links & Spooky Awards
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The Spooky Awards, also known as the Spookys, were an annual fan-run event to recognize excellence in X-Files fan fiction. Beginning in 1995, any fic posted to alt.tv.x-files.creative, or sent directly to the Spooky organizers, was eligible to be nominated for a Spooky. Awards were categorized by genre, story length, characterization, or pairing, as well as other specialized divisions. The specific awards varied by year to account for fannish trends and new developments in canon.

In general, and this also varied by year, the Spookys began with open nominations where fans nominated their favorites for each category. After these votes were compiled, select nominations took place and fans voted for their favorite fics in each category. Then, with the pool narrowed down further, fans voted a final time, choosing three fics per category. This process took place entirely over e-mail.

The Spookys were held every year from 1995 to 2004, with the exception of 1997, and were run by a variety of personnel that often changed from year to year. RedThunder, TexxasRose, Lauryn, Diandra, Mrs. Fish, and Alicettlg have all taken turns heading up the awards.

In September 2016, it was announced that the Spooky Awards hosted by Alicettlg (2003-2005), would be moving to the Archive of Our Own as an Open Doors Project.[1]

Awards by Year

Awards Categories

These were some of the awards handed out in 2002[2]:


  • Outstanding Short Story or Vignette (1kb - 30kb)
  • Outstanding Midlength Story (31kb - 100kb)
  • Outstanding Long Story (101kb - 199kb)
  • Outstanding Novel (200kb or longer)
  • Outstanding Series
  • Outstanding Unfinished Work
  • Outstanding Poem


  • Outstanding Angst
  • Outstanding Apocalypse/Post Colonization
  • Outstanding Crossover
  • Outstanding Humor Story
  • Outstanding Post-Episode/Missing Scene Story
  • Outstanding X-File


  • Outstanding Mulder Characterization
  • Outstanding Scully Characterization
  • Outstanding Skinner Characterization
  • Outstanding Krycek Characterization
  • Outstanding Doggett Characterization
  • Outstanding Other Series Character Characterization
  • Outstanding Original Character


  • Outstanding Mulder/Scully UST
  • Outstanding non NC-17 MSR
  • Outstanding NC-17 MSR
  • Outstanding Mulder/Other
  • Outstanding Mulder Slash Story
  • Outstanding Scully/Other
  • Outstanding Scully Slash Story
  • Outstanding Doggett Romance (Doggett with a female partner)
  • Outstanding Doggett Slash
  • Outstanding Other Series Character Romance


  • Outstanding Author
  • Outstanding New Author
  • Outstanding Collaboration


Best Original Villain:

Best Comedy/Parody:

  • First Place: ?
  • Second Place (tie): Round Files by Rodent (AKA: YouKneek)

Best Drama:

  • Second Place: Words I - Three Little Words by Karen Rasch

Best Mulder/Scully NC-17 Romance:

  • First Place: Words II - Saying the Words by Karen Rasch

Best Non NC-17 Mulder/Scully Romance:

Best Non Mulder/Scully Romance:

  • Second Place: ?

Best Platonic Mulder/Scully Relationship:

  • Second Place: Camping by Amperage & Livengoo

Most Carteresque:

Best Series:

  • First Place: "Dragons at the Gate" is Part 23 of Dragon Series: Book 1 by Sheryl Martin

Best Short Story:

  • Second Place (tie): Fever by Sheryl Martin
  • Second Place (tie): One Breath Part II by Juliettt

Best Long Story:

Best Action/Adventure Story:

  • First Place: Etched by Sean Smith

Best Crossover:

  • First Place: Leap of Faith by Livengoo

Best Horror Story:

  • First Place: Etched by Sean Smith
  • Second Place: Dark Angel by Jennifer Lyon

Best Sci-Fi Story:

  • First Place: Etched by Sean Smith

Best Erotica:

  • First Place: Words II - Saying the Words by Karen Rasch
  • Second Place: Fire and Ice by Jennifer Lyon

Most Unusual Story:

  • First Place: Magician: Book I by Suzanne Bickerstaffe and Jennifer Lyon
  • Second Place: Round Files by Rodent (AKA: YouKneek):

Best Fantasy Story:

  • First Place: Magician: Book I by Suzanne Bickerstaffe and Jennifer Lyon
  • Second Place: Sea of Desire by Sheryl Clay

External Links


  1. The Basement, ScullySlash, and the Spooky Awards are Coming to the AO3 (Accessed 9 September 2016)
  2. From the 2002 Spookys page.