The Golden Toad Awards

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Name: The Golden Toad Awards
Date(s): Spring 2000, Fall 2000 (Oct 2000 – Jan 2001), plans for Fall 2001
Frequency: biannually
Format: popular vote
Type: fanfiction, poetry, filk
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Fandom: Harry Potter
URL: http://www.geocities.com/toadawards/
http://www.geocities.com/amphibawards/
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The Golden Toad Awards, or the Golden Toads, were Harry Potter fanfiction awards run by Flourish and Firebolt.

History

There was a session of the Golden Toad Awards in Spring 2000, and there may have been a round the previous year.[1][2] The Fall 2000 round of the awards ran from October 2000 through January 2001.

Flourish and Firebolt announced in early 2001 that there would not be a Spring/Summer 2001 Golden Toads session as was originally planned, but that there were plans for a Fall 2001 session (to run c. September 2001 – January 2002).[3]

In early 2001, the Golden Toads website moved to an "Amphibawards" site, where there were plans for them to be joined by a "sister awards" called The Silver Frogs.[4] Both sites were hosted by GeoCities and are now offline.

Fall 2000 Timeline

From the Golden Toads website during Fall 2000:

In the first stage, people vote for which fanfictions and authors should be nominated. In the second stage, we take all the nominees with three or more votes in their categories and give them each banners to put on their websites. We also post the nominees and ask people to vote for their favorite in each category. In the third stage, we count up the ballots and write an awards ceremony, honoring first place and runner-up.[5]
  • Nominations opened in October 2000
  • Voting for nominees ended circa the first week of November 2000
  • Voting started in December 2000
  • Winners of the Fall 2000 session were to receive their awards in June[6][3]

How to Vote

Katie&Virgo described the voting process for Fall 2000 to the ParadigmOfUncertainty list as follows:

Golden Toads are, to quote USA Today, the Harry Potter fandom equivient of an Oscar. To nominate fics/characters/etc., go to the site at http://www.geocities.com/toadawards.

When you get there, go to Catagories. (URL: http://www.geocities.com/toadawards/catdef.html) There you will see a list of catagories and their definitions. Get an email and adress it to goldentoads@[....] The link to mail them will be at the bottom of the catagories page.

In the email, state the catagories you're nominating *for* and the fic/author who you think best deserves it.

Example:
Best Romance: Penny and Carole for 'A Sirius Affair'
Best New Look: Cassandra Claire for 'Draco Dormiens/Draco Sinister'
Best Original Character: Rebecca Weasley in 'Not Forgotten' by Speakers
Best Long Fic: Lori for 'Paradigm of Uncertainty'
Best Deus Ex machina: Moxie for her poems in 'Nobles, Orphans, Streetrats and Scholars' and 'Heirs of the Heirs'.

OR (big 'or' here, because if you do this I just explained alot for nothing...) You could go to ff.n, look up Flourish, Find the Posing labeled 'Golden Toads Fall 2000' or something to that effect, and review. Everything above is included in this posting.[7]

Winners

Nominees

Nominations: October 2000

As of October 20, 2000, the list of nominated fanworks were as follows.[12] Note that several of theses original categories may have been eliminate from final voting if there were not enough stories nominated for the category.[13]

Best Angst:

  • "An Excercise in Cruelty" by Firecross
  • "Project City" by Flourish

Best Cliche:

  • "The Britney Spears Cliche" by DameChina
  • "A Pathetic Satire" by Elizabeth Notrab

Best Deus Ex Machina:

Best Humor:

  • "Draco Dormiens" by Cassandra Claire

Best New Look:

Best Original Character:

Best Poetry:

  • "Baby Brighteyes" by Nyx

Best Series:

  • "A Second Chance" by Blaise
  • "Salsa, Storage Closets, and Something Else" by Alicia Spinnet

Best Long Series:

  • "Call of the Wild" by WolfieTwins
  • "The Paradigm of Uncertainty" by Lori Summers
  • "Draco Dormiens" by Cassandra Claire

Best Romance:

Best Slash:

  • "Boys' Own Camping Adventure" by GrimSlasher

Finalists: January 2001

Best Angst/Darkfic:[14]

  • The "Alternity" series by various authors
  • The "Wands" series by masoumi
  • "An Exercise in Cruelty" by Firecross
  • "A Single Moment" by Midnight Star and Dragonfire
  • "Project City" by Flourish
  • "Sweet Sixteen" by Kathleen

Best Humor:

  • "Salsa, Storage Closets and Something Else" by Alicia Spinnet
  • "The Fic that Must Not Be Named" by Moon and Hyphen
  • "Now Talking in #Gryffindor" by CobraGirl
  • "Son of Scabbers" by Scabbers
  • "N.K. Stouffer's Secret" by Colin

Best Original Character:

  • Linda Potter from "An Unlikely Coven" by Alicia Spinnet
  • Eliza Diawna Snape from the "Eliza" series by Eliza Diawna Snape
  • Lamia from "Call of the Wild" by the WolfieTwins
  • Lorna Doors from "The Insanity of Hogwarts" and "Vacations from the Nut Hut" by Spamwarrior
  • Polaris Black from "Northern Lights" by CobraGirl
  • Violet from "CAWW" by Cactus Blossom

Best Filk:

  • "American Pie Parody (Fred, Stay Alive)" by Trapezoid
  • "I Think I Fell for the Guy in T.B." by PikaCheeka
  • "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" by Colin
  • "Behind the Door" by Meagan

Best One-Shot:

  • "Paradox" by Someone the First
  • "To Hell and Back" by Madd Spammer
  • "Glittering Lights" by Firebolt
  • "Anne" by Meagan

Best Series:

  • "A Second Chance" by Blaise
  • "Salsa, Storage Closets and Something Else" by Alicia Spinnet
  • "Wedding March" by Samantha
  • "CAWW" by Cactus Blossom

Best Long Series:

  • "Harry Potter and the Paradigm of Uncertainty" by Lori
  • "Call of the Wild" by the WolfieTwins
  • "Jewel in the Darkness" by Midnight Star and Dragonfire
  • "Harry Potter and the Mirror's Gift" by Kim
  • "Harry Potter and the Dagger of Death" by Xanthia Morgan
  • "This Is Falling" by thing1
  • "A Sirius Affair" by Penny and Carole

Best Romance:

  • "Draco Dormiens" by Cassandra Claire
  • "The Farther Shore" by Blaise
  • "Harry Potter and the Paradigm of Uncertainty" by Lori
  • "This Is Falling" by thing1
  • "Harry Potter and the Mirror's Gift" by Kim
  • "A Sirius Affair" by Penny and Carole

References

  1. ^ pisces_2004 wrote on 16 October 2000 that the awards "come out twice a year," and "you can view last spring's awards ceremony [on the website] under 'Previous Winners'" (Re: If You Think I'm Stupid, Don't Tell at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches).
  2. ^ narripatters wrote on 15 November 2000 regarding the number of nominations a work needed before it became an official nominee: "[is it 2] or is it 3? It was 2 last year, and I thought Flourish had changed it back to 2 now..." (Re: golden toad awards at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches).
  3. ^ a b The Golden Toads letter to its visitors from the The Golden Toad Awards Admin at www.geocities.com/amphibawards/choose.html. Archived 15 June 2001 by the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Notice at www.geocities.com/toadawards: "The Golden Toad Awards have MOVED to http://www.geocities.com/amphibawards, where we are joined by our sister awards the Silver Frogs." Archived 06 June 2001 by the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Quoted from the Golden Toads website by Cassandra Claire at ParadigmOfUncertainty, Golden Toads/ducky socks, 24 October 2000.
  6. ^ Nominations for the Golden Toads were announced on 15 October 2000 on ParadigmOfUncertainty (Golden Toads, posted by Katie&Virgo) and on Harry Potter for Teenage Witches (GOLDEN TOAD TIME, posted by Cassandra Claire). Heidi reported on 05 December 2000 that voting had started (Re: Crossposting: Golden Toad Voting at ParadigmOfUncertainty).
  7. ^ Katie&Virgo at ParadigmOfUncertainty. Re: How to Vote on the Golden Toads, posted 17 October 2000.
  8. ^ Narri commented on 04 October 2000:
    "Yeah, I won a Golden Toad. Alicia won the same one, too. Best Unfinished Fic. (And I STILL think you were the actual winner, Alicia. LoL) Funny thing is, both of 'em are finished now. Thank SQUASH (don't ask). 'Digging' was such a PAIN. LoL" (Re: I am an Anti-HP FF Awards Activist at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches).
    She also wrote on 12 September 2000: "I'm still wondering how I won that Golden Toad. I think Flourish just loved my angst and decided to boost my votes up to Alicia Spinnet's." (Re: Harry as an animagus).
  9. ^ Cassandra Claire at ParadigmOfUncertainty, Golden Toads, posted 16 January 2001 at ParadigmOfUncertainty.
  10. ^ NarriPatters at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches, Re: R/H and Golden Toads, posted 16 January 2001.
  11. ^ See conversation at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches on 16 January 2001: R/H and Golden Toads, posted by Cassandra Claire, and reply 1 and reply 2, posted by Alicia/Sue. In EDS and Golden Toads, posted 17 January 2001, Cassandra Claire confirmed that she, Narri, and Sue won Golden Toads.
  12. ^ Golden Toads!!!, posted by pisces_2004 at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches, 20 October 2000. "Nominees for the Golden Toad Awards as of 10:53 CST, Friday, October 20, 2000." The same list was also posted on 21 October 2000 at ParadigmOfUncertainty: the golden toad awards, posted by elkamber.
  13. ^ Rave commented 16 January 2001: "i think i won the GT for best cliche. by default. because only one other person was nominated, so the category wasn't open for vote." (Re: [[ParadigmOfUncertainty] Golden Toads] at ParadigmOfUncertainty).
  14. ^ Whoa! Golden Toads update!, posted by pisces_2004 at Harry Potter for Teenage Witches, 02 January 2001. Post includes vote tallies, "current as of 3:46 CST 01-01-01". Voting was still open at the time.