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27 October 2012 @ 11:46 pm
We're looking into categories for Round Four and we'd like your input.

We're going to keep our more standard categories of:
Best Overall Angst
Best Overall Dark
Best Drabble/Ficlet
Best Het
Best Slash
Best Gen

And we'd like to add about 4 more for round 4, so this is where you come in! Below is a poll with several suggested categories.

- You can pick up to Four of the below categories
- Please only pick categories in which you know you can nominate at least one fic for! Neat-sounding categories are great, but we need them to have nominees!


Poll #1875172 Categories for Round Four

Which Categories Should We Include in Round Four? (Choose Up to FOUR)

Best Torture
3(5.8%)
Best Alternate Dimension
3(5.8%)
Best AU
6(11.5%)
Most Original
7(13.5%)
Best Character Death
5(9.6%)
Best Dub- or Non-Con
4(7.7%)
Best Future
4(7.7%)
Best Broken Heart
7(13.5%)
Best Episode Re-Write
6(11.5%)
Best Unrequited
3(5.8%)
Best Apocalypse
4(7.7%)
 
 
21 October 2012 @ 09:42 pm
Poll #1873814 AoL Round Four?

Should we run another round of Absence of Light Awards?

Yes
22(91.7%)
No
0(0.0%)
Maybe
2(8.3%)

I will pimp in my journal and/or communities.

Yes
14(60.9%)
No
2(8.7%)
Maybe
7(30.4%)

I will nominate...

0 fics
4(17.4%)
1-5 fics
16(69.6%)
5-10 fics
1(4.3%)
10-20 fics
1(4.3%)
20+ fics
1(4.3%)

I will vote!

Yes
11(52.4%)
No
0(0.0%)
Maybe
10(47.6%)

I will Judge!

Yes
2(10.0%)
No
7(35.0%)
Maybe, depends on the timeframe
11(55.0%)

What timeframe works best for you?

Nominations: November, Judging/Voting: December/January
4(18.2%)
Nominations: January, Judging/Voting: February/March
16(72.7%)
Nominating: February, Judging/Voting: March/April
2(9.1%)
 
 
30 August 2010 @ 04:11 pm
Our affiliate, White Knight Awards, a Xander-centric fanfic awards site, is gearing up for its 2010 round.

This year, they've made the decision to add a judged component to their usual popular vote round. If you're interested in judging and reading some moist and delicious Xander fic, comment here or drop an email to: wka at moments-lost dot org.
 
 
15 May 2010 @ 12:35 pm
Results for Round Three:


Best Overall Angst
Winner: Since You Left I'm A Gold Balloon That Wanders High by anythingbutgrey
Winner: Falling Into Shadow by deird1
Runner-Up: Epilogue by snowpuppies
Fan Fave: Epilogue by snowpuppies

Best Overall Dark
Winner: Broken by escritoireazul
Runner-Up: An Alphabet of Fred by deird1
Fan Fave: Filigree of Suffering by spikes_evilbint


Best Drabble
Winner: Feeding on Dreams by velvetwhip
Runner-Up: Tithonus by Barb C
Fan Fave: Feeding on Dreams by velvetwhip


Best Ficlet
Winner: Pancakes Again by deird1
Winner: A Monster After All by angelus2hot
Runner-Up: Little Marshmallows by angelskuuipo
Fan Fave: Cold by snowpuppies


Best Het
Winner: A Shadow Flits Before Me by ladyofthelog
Runner-Up: Last Train Leaving Wonderland by liz_marcs
Runner-Up: Black Magic White Lies by moscow_watcher
Fan Fave: Black Magic White Lies by moscow_watcher


Best Slash
Winner: Broken by escritoireazul
Runner-Up: In Darkness, Their Absence by lily_lovely
Runner-Up: Pentimento by lostakasha
Fan Fave: Trust by whichclothes


Best Gen
Winner: The Hours of Time by cityphonelines
Runner-Up: Second Skin by landrews
Runner-Up: Walking After Midnight by aadler
Fan Fave: The Perfectly Ordinary Life of Xander Harris by brutti_ma_buoni


Best Dub- or Non-Con
Winner: the boy and the beast by snowpuppies
Winner: Killed By A Fate Worse Than Death by velvetwhip
Fan Fave: Killed By A Fate Worse Than Death by velvetwhip


Best Crossover
Winner: The Ties That Bind Job by Telaryn and Hickumu
Runner-Up: Learning Curve by lit_gal
Fan Fave: Lockdown by ash_carpenter


Best Angst Author
Fan Fave: whichclothes


Best Dark Author
Fan Fave: spikes_evilbint


Best Overall Author

Winner: deird1

Runner-Up: liz_marcs
Fan Fave: shadowscast




Judge's Choice


Since You Left I'm A Gold Balloon That Wanders High by anythingbutgrey

Outstanding short fic that packs a huge amount into a small, small space. Everything you love about canon Cordelia is here, and a true, painful portrait of Xander alongside. Highly recommended.


The Hours of Time by cityphonelines

In the series, the First never struck me as a chills-down-your-spine sorta evil, although I'm certain that the writers wanted you to think that way. What this piece does, however, is it changes the way you look at the First as a villain. The interaction between Tara (the first) and Xander seems so perfectly them, but the betraying twist and the ending seal the deal to make this a perfect little dark/angst fest.


A Monster After All by angelus2hot

I have read this same theme of fiction as this one. Telling the tale of the vampire losing to their demon (whoever that may be) and it is very easy to mess it up. There is a temptation to overdo the darkness, to not reflect any conflict or enable the reader to empathise with the darkness. Most are good that I have read, some have been terrible. Neither good nor terrible apply to this short story though. This was brilliant. Exactly what I see other writers trying to achieve, but not pulling off as well as this.

It was savage, yet tender. Dangerous and leading. I could feel what the protagonist was feeling, I was empathising and disgusted at the same time.

The writing was smoothly flowing and gritty. In fact, this whole short slice of writing, was a whole host of contradictions, that came together to form an absolutely dark and terrible/brilliant read.

One aspect of the AOL awards is to award dark fiction. Well this is top drawer dark fic right here IMHO.



An Alphabet of Fred by deird1

Both the formatting and execution of this were unique, and the transition between voices was beautifully done.


The Soft Darkness, The Dreamless Sleep by lunabee34

I was so impressed by the unique plot, as well as by how so much impact was packed into such a short story. We are shown a different side of a character that is rarely written about, and the story slots seamlessly into canon. This story ran the gamut from humor to sweetness to heartbreak and sorrow, and left me aching for more.


...Than Meets The Eye by aadler

The author made a really interesting choice with this fic, and it panned out really well. It was a crossover with Mannix, and played out in that show's format. Joe Mannix arrives in Sunnydale with the intent to catch a cheating husband. You get to see the town, and it's nightlife, from a totally different perspective. What made it even better was that the author did it in first person, and the narrator was totally clueless about vampires, so through the whole fic, the reader knows way more about what's going on than the main character.

That could have been done very poorly and much too tongue in cheek, but this author handled it beautifully. I never felt exasperated or felt like the gag was over-played. Excellent job.




Mod's Choice


In Darkness, Their Absence by lily_lovely

This was a very oblique and challenging tale, taking us to new places and transforming familiar characters in fascinating ways. Excellent work!


Last One Standing by kallie_kat

This is an older story, but it stands with any dark fic written. Angelus is pure evil here, just as he should be, and there's no hope at all anywhere in this tale. It's exactly what you want in a dark fic.



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01 May 2010 @ 08:56 pm
Due to that insidious villain known as "Real Life", we will have to postpone the announcement of the winners of Round Three until May 15th. Thank you for your patience. I promise you will NOT be disappointed!



Gabrielle
 
 
21 March 2010 @ 01:19 pm
Voting for Round Three of The Absence of Light Awards is now open.


Click here to Vote!
 
 
21 March 2010 @ 12:07 am
The Nomination period for AoL's third round are now closed.

We want to thank everyone who took part in this process - we have a lot of great pieces nominated, and I know our judges are looking forward to digging in, and we hope you all are, as well!

Stay tuned for the voting post which will go up sometime this week!
 
 
21 February 2010 @ 05:12 pm
Nominees for Round Three:


Last Updated: 3/21/10 12:00AM CDST


Best Overall Angst Fic - CLOSED

  1. Five Times Xander Didn't Get a Free Pass by lusciousxander (PG; Xander)

  2. He's No Jack Sparrow by waddis (PG-13; Xander)

  3. Since You Left I'm a Gold Balloon That Wanders High by anythingbutgrey (PG-13; Xander/Cordelia)

  4. In a Lifetime by sparrow2000 (PG-13; Xander)

  5. Heartbent by angearia (PG; Xander, Buffy)

  6. The Perfectly Ordinary Life of Xander Harris by brutti_ma_buoni (PG-13; Xander)

  7. Falling Into Shadow by deird1 (PG; OC Watcher and OC Slayer)

  8. It's Over by slaymesoftly (PG-13; Spike/Buffy)

  9. Only Whispers of Some Quiet Conversation by lunarknightz (PG; Xander, Cordelia)

  10. Epilogue by snowpuppies (PG-13; Xander/Dawn)



Best Overall Dark Fic - CLOSED

  1. The Ruin of Good Men by lusciousxander (R; Xander)

  2. The Hours of Time by cityphonelines (R; Xander)

  3. Filigree of Suffering by spikes_evilbint (NC-17; Spike/Angel)

  4. An Alphabet of Fred by deird1 (PG-13; Illyria, Fred)

  5. (Near) Death Experience by waddis (PG-13; Xander/Faith)

  6. A Shadow Flits Before Me by ladyofthelog (NC-17; Buffy/William)

  7. Broken by escritoireazul (PG-13; Drusilla/Buffy)

  8. Last Train Leaving Wonderland by liz_marcs (NC-17; Xander/Faith)

  9. The Tao of Not Murdering All Your Friends by parcae_lj (R; Xander/Vamp!Willow)

  10. In Darkness, Their Absence by lily_lovely (PG-13; Faith/Willow)



Best Drabble (100 words) - CLOSED

  1. Tag by szandara (PG; Xander)

  2. Never Normal by nwhepcat (PG; Xander, Buffy)

  3. Time Signature by garnigal (PG; Buffy)

  4. Tithonus by Barb C (G; Spike/Buffy)

  5. Could, But Won't by a2zmom (PG; Xander)

  6. Feeding on Dreams by velvetwhip (PG; Spike/Buffy)

  7. Pillow Fight by rebcake (PG; Xander)

  8. Message by redrikki (PG; Xander/Cordelia)

  9. In the Bookstore by duh_i_read (PG; Dawn)




Best Ficlet (101-999 words) - CLOSED

  1. Watcher to No Other by wyvernwolf (R; Giles)

  2. Cold by snowpuppies (PG-13; Slayer, Watcher, Mother)

  3. Hell Hath No Fury by snogged (NC-17; Spike/Riley)

  4. A Buffyverse Alphabet by shadowscast (PG; gen)

  5. Suffer for My Sins by deadlynight27 (R; Willow/Angel)

  6. Pancakes Again by deird1 (PG; Willow/Tara)

  7. Little Marshmallows by angelskuuipo (G; Spike, Dawn)

  8. List by confusedkayt (PG-13; Buffy)

  9. Why Not by angearia (PG; Xander, Willow)

  10. A Monster After All by angelus2hot (PG-13; Spike/Buffy)

  11. Empty by lusciousspike (PG; Xander, Spike, Dawn, Willow, Anya)



Best Het - CLOSED

  1. Since You Left I'm a Gold Balloon That Wanders High by anythingbutgrey (PG-13; Xander/Cordelia)

  2. Black Magic White Lies by moscow_watcher (R; Xander/Faith)

  3. Not Yourself by deird1 (R; Angel/Illyria)

  4. Change the Addiction by snogged (NC-17; Willow/Spike)

  5. It's Over by slaymesoftly (PG-13; Spike/Buffy)

  6. Epilogue by snowpuppies (PG-13; Xander/Dawn)

  7. Pity Us, We Wakeful by velvetwhip (NC-17; Willow/Spike/Angel)

  8. 34 Reasons I Never Called You by anaross (R; Buffy/Spike)

  9. A Shadow Flits Before Me by ladyofthelog (NC-17; Buffy/William)

  10. Last Train Leaving Wonderland by liz_marcs (NC-17; Xander/Faith)



Best Slash - CLOSED

  1. Pentimento by lostakasha (NC-17; Angel/Xander)

  2. How to Treat Your Lover by tamibrandt (NC-17; Angel/Spike)

  3. The Five Stages of Grief by tabaqui (NC-17; Spike/Xander)

  4. Trust by whichclothes (NC-17; Spike/Giles)

  5. Darkening Angel by hello_spikey (NC-17; Spike/Angel)

  6. Sweeter by kallysten (NC-17; Spike/Angel, Buffy/Angel)

  7. Broken by escritoireazul (PG-13; Drusilla/Buffy)

  8. Longest. Day. Ever. by shadowscast (NC-17; Spike/Xander)

  9. The Soft Darkness, The Dreamless Sleep by lunabee34 (NC-17; Xander/Ben)

  10. In Darkness, Their Absence by lily_lovely (PG-13; Faith/Willow)



Best Gen - CLOSED

  1. Five Times Xander Didn't Get a Free Pass by lusciousxander (PG; Xander)

  2. He's No Jack Sparrow by waddis (PG-13; Xander)

  3. An Alphabet of Fred by deird1 (PG-13; Illyria, Fred)

  4. In a Lifetime by sparrow2000 (PG-13; Xander)

  5. Heartbent by angearia (PG; Xander, Buffy)

  6. The Perfectly Ordinary Life of Xander Harris by brutti_ma_buoni (PG-13; Xander)

  7. The Hours of Time by cityphonelines (R; Xander)

  8. Walking After Midnight by aadler (PG; Xander, Angel)

  9. Second Skin by landrews (R; Xander)

  10. The Last Tin Soldier by liz_marcs (PG; Xander)



Best Dub- or Non-Con

  1. Filigree of Suffering by spikes_evilbint (NC-17; Spike/Angel)

  2. Killed by a Fate Worse Than Death by velvetwhip (NC-17; Angelus/Willow)

  3. No One Special by hello_spikey (NC-17; William/Angelus)

  4. Last One Standing by kallie_kat (NC-17; Angelus/Willow)

  5. Alpha Female by snogged (NC-17; Willow/Angel)

  6. Dirty Boy by dipenates (R; Xander/Faith)

  7. the boy & the beast by snowpuppies (NC-17; Spike/Xander)






Best Crossover

  1. Hell Can Be Anywhere by snogged and idioticonion (NC-17; Angelus/Ted x-over with How I Met Your Mother)

  2. Laugh or Go Crazy by angelskuuipo (G; Willow/Seeley Booth x-over with Bones)

  3. The Ties That Bind Job by Telaryn & Hickumu (PG-13; Faith, Angel, Leverage ensemble x-over with Leverage)

  4. Lockdown by ash_carpenter (NC-17; Lindsey/Spike, Sam/Dean x-over w/Supernatural)

  5. ...Than Meets the Eye by aadler (PG; ensemble x-over w/Mannix)

  6. Learning Curve by lit_gal (NC-17; Spike/Xander, Jim/Blair x-over w/Sentinel)

  7. First Impressions by spikedluv (R; Xander x-over with Queer as Folk)






Best Angst Author

  1. waddis

  2. deird1

  3. whichclothes

  4. drsquidlove









Best Dark Author

  1. spikes_evilbint

  2. escritoireazul

  3. deadlynight27

  4. parcae_lj










Best Overall Author

  1. shadowscast

  2. liz_marcs











 
 
21 February 2010 @ 03:51 pm
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Incomplete nominations will be thrown out!

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Nominations are now closed.