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06 March 2012 @ 02:22 pm
Nomination Period is now open!  
Because CMFFAs was unable to host their 2011 fanfic awards and told me that they would not accept help (and declined to do other alternatives like postponing them), we decided to create our own awards.

So we present to you - Criminal Minds Favorite Fics of 2011!

Our rules are going to be similar to CMFFA (don't fix what ain't broke!), but please read them carefully to avoid any confusion. We will be bolding the rules that are different.

You can always email Julie and I at cmfavoritefics@gmail.com if you have any questions about the rules.

((Please note that we do not have access to the ballot you sent into CMFFA, so you will need to resend your ballot to this new address after you've read all the changes. Also, we'd like to be clear that we are not trying to step on any toes and these awards are only being held because CMFFA was unable to host theirs. If they hold their awards next year, we won't be holding ours again. If they are unable to host them next year, we will happily have awards here.))

- All nominations need to be formatted according to the ballot located at the middle of this post. The order is slightly changed from CMFFA and one category has been expanded, so please be aware of this if you intend on sending in the ballot you made for them. Please, please, please use this format so that every ballot is in the same order. This will make it much easier for Julie and I to write up the voting list (and the easier it is on us, the quicker we can get to voting!).

- All nominations must include a link or it will not count. If you are nominating fic, the link must go directly to that fic. If you are nominating an author, the link must go to at least one of the author's profiles.

- Authors of a nominated fic will be notified to request their permission to include their fic in these awards.

- When the nomination period has ended, all fics have been verified, and all authors have been contacted, a voting list with links to each fic will be made (I am hoping for the voting period to start within a month of nominations ending).

- Please email your nominations to cmfavoritefics@gmail.com

- The nomination period ends on Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59 EST.

-- General Rules --

1) All fics must have been created or updated during the year 2011.

     a) Please attempt to check multiple sites for the fic you're nominating. Sometimes, a completed fic might have been posted to FFN in 2009, but reposted to AO3 in 2011.

2) As long as you are a part of a Criminal Minds community, you are eligible to submit nominations. When you email your nominations, you must provide your screenname and the site it applies to (LJ, fanfiction.net, AO3, CM Fan Wiki, CBS.com, etc). If you have none of these, you may use Tumblr, but that is a last resort. No anonymous ballots will be accepted.

3) You may nominate fics from LiveJournal, fanfiction.net, AO3, Tumblr, CM Fan Wiki, The Profilers, or any other online fan archive.

4) Authors cannot nominate themselves and/or their own fics.

5) You do not have to fill out every category on the ballot. I recognize that some people aren't comfortable reading smut (or aren't old enough) or hate reading death fic, so if you don't have a nomination for a category, just leave it blank.

6) There is a limit of ONE nomination per category for most categories. The exceptions to this rule are as follows:

Limit 2:
     a) Best Het Romance
     b) Best Slash Romance
     c) Best Femslash Romance
     d) Best Het Smut/Sex scene
     e) Best Slash Smut/Sex scene
     f) Best Femslash Smut/Sex scene

Limit 3:
     a) Best Portrayal of a Main Character

- Each character and pairing nomination MUST be different within each category. Your three Best Portrayals of a Main Character need to be three separate characters. Your two Best Het Romance must be different pairings, but you can reuse those same pairings for Best Het Smut.

     a) Example for main character: All three nominations should not be fics that best portray one character, such as Reid. Each of the three nominations need to be different for characters, such as Reid, Prentiss, and Garcia.

     b) Example for pairings: if you used Prentiss/Reid for one of your Best Het Romance slots, you can still use Prentiss/Reid for one of your Best Het Smut slots, but you cannot use Prentiss/Reid for both of your Best Het Romance slots.

- If you nominate more than the limit, the first 2 (or 3 in the case of the main character portrayal) will be used.

7) As a general rule, the link should go directly to the fic in question, with the exceptions:

     a) For any in the author cateogory, the link should go directly to the author's profile.

     b) For the Best Smut/Sex scenes, if you choose a sex scene within a long, multichaptered fic, please link to the chapter where the sex scene occurs, rather than the beginning of the fic.

     c) For Best Series, please submit the name of the series, as well as the title and link of the first fic in the series.

8) R/FRM/NC-17/FRAO fics are allowed. Anyone under 17 is encouraged to respect the restrictions regarding these ratings.

     a) When the voting starts, every fic will have its rating, any pairings, and warnings for any major triggers, so that you can make an informed decision about which fics you will feel comfortable reading.

9) The same author/fic can be nominated for more than one category (for the same or different fics). The same author can also be nominated more than once in a single category for different fics.

10) You may only submit one nomination ballot per user; do not try to submit another ballot by using another screenname. Please play fairly.

11) A single nomination for any category is an automatic winner by default.

12) Everyone who nominates will enjoy anonymous standing.

13) Authors who receive notification of their nomination and would like to be included in the competition must reply before March 27th at 11:59 EST. Any nominated fics under a friends lock must be unlocked by then.

     a) Authors will only be notified once regarding nominations, so acceptance may mean that you are accepting for multiple fics/categories. If you would like to participate but have a certain fic (or fics) that you do not want included in the competition, please send a message back which indicates this.

-- Ballot Format --

Email your ballot to: cmfavoritefics@gmail.com

Screen Name: ___________
Affiliated Site: ____________

Best New Author:
Best Author Team-Up:
Best Author Overall:

Best Drabble:
Best Oneshot:
Best Multichapter:
Best Casefic:
Best Series:
Best Work-in-Progress:

Best Comedy:
Best Drama:
Best Tragedy/Angst:
Best Alternate Universe:
Best Parody:
Best Crossover:
Best Death Scene/Story:

Best Het Romance #1:
- Pairing:
Best Het Romance #2:
- Pairing:
Best Slash Romance #1:
- Pairing:
Best Slash Romance #2:
- Pairing:
Best Femslash Romance #1:
- Pairing:
Best Femslash Romance #2:
- Pairing:
Best Het Smut/Sex Scene #1:
- Pairing:
Best Het Smut/Sex Scene #2:
- Pairing:
Best Slash Smut/Sex Scene #1:
- Pairing:
Best Slash Smut/Sex Scene #2:
- Pairing:
Best Femslash Smut/Sex Scene #1:
- Pairing:
Best Femslash Smut/Sex Scene #2:
- Pairing:

Best Portrayal of a Main Character #1:
- Character:
Best Portrayal of a Main Character #2:
Best Portrayal of a Main Character #3:
- Character:
Best Portrayal of a Supporting Character:
- Character:
Best Original Character:
- Character:
Best Friendship Fic:
- Relationship:
Best Team Fic:

-- Award Descriptions and Clarification --


1) Best New Author
- Must have started posting CM fics online during 2011.

2) Best Author Team-Up
- For round-robins and collaborative works between two or more authors.

3) Best Author Overall
- The very best author in the fandom; the quality of the fics should be your main criteria, not how many fics they've written.


1) Best Drabble
- Must be shorter than 500 words in length.

2) Best Oneshot
- Must be longer than 500 words in length.
- Must not have any continuation (ie part of a series, etc) or any indication that the author might add more chapters.

3) Best Multichapter
- Must be two or more chapters and the entire fic must be longer than 1000 words in total. Cannot be incomplete (WIP) and must have updated at least once during 2011.

4) Best Casefic
- The best fic focusing on an original case (ie not from the show). Can be any length/genre/pairing/etc.

5) Best Series
- Two or more fics, designed in sequel fashion and centering around similar plot/characters/themes/etc. Fics in the series may be one shots or multichapters. A work-in-progress series are eligible, as long as the series has been updated (new fic(s)/chapter(s) added) during 2011.

6) Best Work-In-Progress
- This fic must have been originally posted or updated during 2011, but is incomplete as of December 31st, 2011. Must be a single fic and have indications that the author plans on writing more. Does not apply to a series of fics which is incomplete.


1) Best Comedy
- The funniest fic of any length/character/pairing/etc. Includes humorous concept, dialogue, or plot.

2) Best Drama
- The best dramatic fic of any length/character/pairing/etc. A fic with serious content that may depict real-life situations.

3) Best Tragedy/Angst
- That angsty fic that makes you want to cry/raid the kitchen for comfort food. Includes sad, emotional, and mentally gut-wrenching fics. May be any length/character/pairing/etc.

4) Best Alternate Universe
- The best fic where one or more factors deviate strongly from canon. This can involve the fic being in a different time period than the show, team members not being in the BAU, 'What If?' scenarios, etc. May be any length/character/pairing/etc.

5) Best Parody
- Poking fun at the BAU and their counterparts. May also include parodies of other works (movies/genres) using CM characters.

6) Best Crossover
- Isn't it fun when two fandoms collide? This fic combines CM and another series (book/television/movie/etc). Can be any length/character/pairing/etc.

7) Best Death Scene/Story
- Sometimes, we kill off members of our beloved BAU. This fic should rip your heart out and stomp on it. Can be any length/character/pairing/etc.


1) Best Het Romance
- The best het fic of any length/character/het pairing/etc. Can include other types of pairings, but must focus on het.

2) Best Slash Romance
- The best slash fic of any length/character/slash pairing/etc. Can include other types of pairings, but must focus on slash.

3) Best Femslash Romance
- The best femslash fic of any length/character/femslash pairing/etc. Can include other types of pairings, but must focus on femslash.

4) Best Het Smut/Sex Scene
- Must be male/female pairing.

5) Best Slash Smut/Sex Scene
- Must be male/male pairing.

6) Best Femslash Smut/Sex Scene
- Must be female/female pairing.


1) Best Portrayal of a Main Character (limit 3 total)
- Includes Hotch, Reid, JJ, Garcia, Morgan, Prentiss, Rossi, Gideon, Seaver, Jordan, and Elle. (Please include which character you think it is best portraying in your nomination form.)

2) Best Portrayal of a Supporting Character
- Includes any canon character not mentioned above. (Please include which character you think it is best portraying in your nomination form.)

3) Best Friendship Fic
- The fic that best portrays the non-romantic relationship(s) between two or more canon characters. (Please include which character relationship(s) you think it best portrays in your nomination form.)

4) Best Team Fic
- The fic that best portrays the majority of the BAU equally, in all their team-like glory.

5) Best Original Character
- The best OC in a fic. Note: The character you are nominating can appear in more than one fic, but please only nominate the fic you think best portrays them. Fics must include CM character(s) in addition to the OC in order to qualify.


1) All fic you nominate must be from 2011 or in the case of 'Best Work-in-Progress' or 'Best Series', updated at least once in 2011. If it was posted to FFN in 2009 and finished/not updated in 2011 and then reposted to AO3 in 2011, it doesn't count.

2) The only categories that allows incomplete/WIP fics to be nominated are 'Best Work-in-Progress' and 'Best Series'. All others must be completed works.

3) It is easiest to think of fic posted later in 2011, but try to keep in mind fic from earlier in the year too. Similarly, it is easiest to think of fic by one author that you truly love and are friends with, but try to keep in mind fic that is equally as good by other authors as well.

4) Drabbles can be nominated for any category as long as they fit the other criteria of the category.

5) If a fic is rejected for not fitting a category or an author rejects their nomination, you will not be able to resubmit new nominations. If you forget to include a fic, you will not be able to add it late.

Thank you so much for participating! If you still have any questions about rules or other things, please email Julie and I at cmfavoritefics@gmail.com

** As a side note and in the interest of full disclosure, I have written fanfic during 2011. In the event that I am nominated, Julie will be handling all of the voting at a separate email account (because cmfavoritefics@gmail.com is a joint account). If this happens, I will be sure to restate this and make it clear that a different email address will be used for voting.
*** Sorry to anyone who may have tagged this post and keeps getting updates that I've edited the post a few times. There were a couple of things I missed on the first go-around, but I'm sure I've gotten it all straightened out.
Jasper: M/R: Tummy Patjust_jasper on March 6th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Awww yiss, I'm excited :D Glad something like this is happening for 2011. :)
freakingdork: mefreakingdork on March 6th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Me too! Thank you so much for the coding and graphics. :-D
marisolsopamarisolsopa on March 6th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! thank you guys for doing this :)
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 6th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
ficdirectoryficdirectory on March 6th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for doing this!
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 7th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Not a problem! I'm super excited. :-D
welfycat: CM Reid Derailedwelfycat on March 6th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Can't wait! Thanks for doing this!
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 7th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
You're very welcome!
magical_miamagical_mia on March 6th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you for doing this! Will be sending mine in soon :)
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 7th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
I look forward to it!
SSA McGeek: Hotch....gigglymcgarrygirl78 on March 6th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
This is great, you guys! I'm looking forward to participating and pimping it too.
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 7th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
Yay pimpage! Sweet! Thank you do much!
rebak1ttenrebak1tten on March 7th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking this on, I'm looking forward to a great list of things to read!
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 7th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm glad to do it! I look forward to your contributions too. ;-)
Clocitymusings on March 7th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Umm, just one thing...

You two are AWESOME!!!
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 7th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Awww...you're too sweet!
Dr. Badasschreesko on March 8th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Thank you guys so much for doing this!

One tiny clarification. When you say that if we forget a fic, we can't include it late, do you mean that we can make corrections after we submit as long as it's before the deadline, or do you mean that we can't make any corrections after we submit our ballot, even if it's before March 20? (I'm trying to decide how anal I need to be in proofreading.)
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 8th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

To answer your question, once you email your ballot, you cannot make corrections or additions. I know it can kind of be stressful for you guys (it was for me when I was trying to fill out a ballot for CMFFA), but it cuts down on confusion on our end.
Dr. Badasschreesko on March 8th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
I suspected my interpretation might be wishful thinking on my part, since I only ever seem to remember what I wanted to include after I hit reply.

I think it might actually be less stressful this way. Once the ballot is submitted, that's it. No more double checking or triple checking or sending in corrections and then correcting the corrections!
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freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 8th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
OMG, yes, you are correct; I did mean that the fic needs to have just been updated in 2011. I'll change the wording now. Thank you for catching that!
catkocatko on March 12th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
In some cases, especially at fanfiction.net, people post multiple drabbles that are somewhat unrelated (such as, they all relate to one character) as a multi-chapter fic. If it seems clear that there is no story arc, but it's just an organizing device, may we nominate individual chapters as drabbles?

This is pretty common at ff.net, where it's inconvenient to have too many very short stories listed separately. Hope this makes sense...

Or, could the author be asked to repost the "chapters" as drabbles without violating the timeframe, since they were originally posted in 2011?

Thank you!
freakingdorkfreakingdork on March 12th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
If it seems clear that they are unconnected, then yes, that's acceptable.

For anyone who is thinking of doing this, when you submit your ballot, if you could make an additional note ("just chapter [x]"), that would be really helpful for us. Thanks!
catko: cm mggcatko on March 12th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
Re: Answer:
Thank you so much!