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banner for SWG January 2017 challenge Taboo


All cultures have behaviors that are forbidden. And frankly, our beloved Silmarillion characters get up to quite a lot of them.

This month's theme is Taboo and features a bingo card for participants to self-select a prompt or prompts to inspire their fanworks. To participate as a creator, you need only to create a fanwork using one prompt; however, for the more adventurous among us, we encourage you to combine prompts, complete rows, or attempt one of the dozen variations of card patterns. You may use multiple prompts in a single fanwork or use prompts to inspire multiple fanworks.

Taboo Prompt Card )

To be eligible for this month's stamp, you must post your response to the SWG archive no later than February 10, 2017. (Fanworks that are not fiction, nonfiction/essays, poetry, script/screenplay, podfic, and other audio can be posted to the SWG LiveJournal community or the SWG Dreamwidth community. All of the formats listed above must be posted on the SWG archive to count.)

Please comment here with the prompt(s) you've selected. More than one person can claim a prompt. You're also welcome to share a link to your response here when it's finished!

To participate as a reviewer, review one, several, or all of the responses posted for the Taboo challenge. There is no deadline to comment on fanworks and receive a stamp as a reviewer, but please email us if you are commenting on a challenge that is more than two months old.

Refer to the full challenge guidelines for more information. Comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org with questions.
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We will post our first new challenge on this coming Sunday, January 15th! Look out for new challenges on the 15th of every month. Below are the guidelines for the new challenge system. (Challenge guidelines and the current challenge can also be found by clicking on Challenges on the menu on our website.) Please ask any questions you may have here or drop us a line at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.




Challenges have been a part of the SWG since our group was formed in 2005. Before the archive, there were challenges. Before References or any special projects or B2MeM or any of the myriad things we've done over the last decade-plus, there were challenges. From 2005 through 2008, we offered at least one challenge every month. In 2009, we switched to a quarterly format. Challenges were always entirely self-directed: You did not have to sign up, post your work by a certain date, or meet any other requirements.

Beginning in January 2017, we instituted several changes to the SWG challenges. We reverted back to the monthly format. But more importantly, we also modified our participation rules to encourage participation from both authors and commenters. Please read the guidelines below to participate in our challenges. Participants--both authors and reviewers--will receive a small monthly prize for their participation.

Please note that every challenge that has ever been offered by the SWG will continue to remain on the site, available for perusal and use by creators of fanworks who are looking for inspiration. Even if the deadline is passed, you are welcome to use the challenges listed on our site. And reviews of past challenge stories are always welcome and always receive a reward for that month. Again, the guidelines below have full details.

How to Participate ) FAQs )
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The SWG's January 2017 newsletter has been posted!

We open this month's newsletter with our annual letter from the moderators. We anticipate a 2017 full of work to make the SWG the best group it can be for the members and friends who have loyally supported us for twelve (!) years. In January, we introduce the first of several changes we have planned for this year by changing up our challenges. Check out the News section to read about the new challenges, which will begin on January 15.

For the character biography this month, Oshun writes about the Ithryn Luin or Blue Wizards. This mysterious duo went into the East and was never heard from again. Yet Tolkien speculated about their purpose and their fate throughout his work on the legendarium, and in her characteristically thorough way, Oshun lays out what we know about this pair in her essay about them.

If you're looking for fiction to read, more than twenty stories were added or updated on our archive this month. In case that's not enough, our Around the World and Web section has articles of interests and links to the collections gathered by the Tolkien fandom's multiple December gift swaps. In case you didn't get your fill writing for December events, Around the World and Web also includes upcoming ficswaps and challenges, as well as courses and calls for papers.

It's the final month for the SWG's old challenge system, which has been around for almost twelve years now. Looking for inspiration? Why not try out the Companies, Clubs, and Cliques or Ankle Biters challenges and send our venerable challenge system out with a bang?

As always, many hands and minds go into making our newsletter possible. Thanks this month go to Oshun, Elleth, Rhapsody, and Angelica for creating and compiling our newsletter content.
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Our November newsletter has been posted on our site!

This month, we welcome several new members to the SWG. We have also announced the dates for our first Mereth Aderthad event as 14-22 July 2017, so we hope you will join us in beautiful northern Vermont next summer for a week of fellowship with other Tolkien fans and creators.

This month's biography is Morwë, one of the leaders of the Avari. In this essay, Oshun explores many of the deep issues connected with this most minor of minor characters: issues of bias and symbolism in the canon, as well as intriguing connections between Tolkien's work and real-world scripture and myth.

If you're looking for something to read, this past month was hopping on the archive, with more than four dozen stories added or updated last month. Additionally, Around the World and Web has articles and discussions related to Tolkien's world.

If you're looking for something to do, check out our challenges "Companies, Clubs, and Cliques" and "Back to Nature." Around the World and Web has other writing challenges to tempt your muses.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, Elleth, Angelica, and Russandol. We hope you enjoy this month's edition!
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Tolkien Femslash Week has concluded, and the following cards have achieved BINGO:

Art: B9: Abstract Style, I15: Restricted Palette, G31: Lineless Art, O37: Hand Study

Book Titles: B5: Her Name in the Sky, I15: Sing You Home, N22: Fall on Your Knees, G32: The Dark Wife, O44: Waiting in the Wings

Pairings: B9: Elf/Hobbit, I16: Textual Ghosts, G31: Human/Ainu, O37: Dwarf/Hobbit

Rare Characters: B5: Tatië, I17: Finduilas of Dol Amroth, N22: Smeagol's Grandmother, G33: Aerin, O43: Eilinel

Rec and Review: B9: Is by your favourite author, I17: Is hosted outside the SWG, G31: Is by an author you haven't read before, O41: Features your OTP

Third Age Locations: B9: Dorwinion, I17: Ered Luin, G32: Lothlórien, O37: The Lonely Mountain

If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

And of course you are welcome to keep creating for any prompts that catch your inspiration. If your fanworks are posted to any of the usual places before Saturday, July 30 and you have opted into the newsletter feature, they will still be included there.


(Finally, I’d like to thank the Academy SWG and my intrepid co-mods, bingo-planners, card-makers, site coders, troubleshooters, number-drawers, and anyone who had a hand in making this game such a success - that includes anyone who played. Thank you!)
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The final four (!) numbers for today, July 24 are: B9, B5, G32 and G33
Yesterday's numbers were: I16 and B7

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.

Happy creating, and thank you for participating! The final set of cards that have achieved bingo will be posted tomorrow for you to check. Thank you for an awesome game and a treasure of femslash fanworks!
elleth: Galadriel smiling before a flowery background, with the letter "G" (LotR: Galadriel - G)
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Several more cards have achieved Bingo! And more are coming tonight, so if you haven't won yet, there's still a chance that you will.

The Graphics card has achieved BINGO - twice! - with the prompts:

B8: from the LotR Movies
I15: from the Silmarillion
G31: from other sources
O37: from the Hobbit movies

and B8: from the LotR Movies
I17: Negative Space
N27: Pastel Colours
G36: 540x255px x3
O43: A Tolkien Quote

See the card here.

The Clichés, Fluff and TLC card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:
B7: Candlelight
I12: Flowers
G33: Betrothals
O42: Insomnia

See the card here.

The NSFW and Kink card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:
B8: Lingerie
I16: Loyalty Kink
G31: Vanilla
O37: Oral Sex

See the card here.

If you have achieved Bingo with any or all of these cards, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

elleth: (Gen: Sneak out at Night)
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The numbers for today, July 22 are: I16 and B7
Yesterday's numbers were: B8 and N21

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 22 are: B8 and N21
Yesterday's numbers were: N27 and O44

We've got our first BINGO of the game!

The Lyrics and Poetry card has achieved BINGO with the prompts:

O37: Bring wings to the weak and bring grace to the strong / May all evil stumble as it flies in the world - Janelle Monáe
O41: I sing for love, I sing for me, I’ll shout it out like a bird set free - Sia
O42: You were the first person on Earth - Tracy Chapman
O43: Let me find you and the song (forever) between us - Eloise Klein Healy
O44: And I said Venice and you heard Vegas / But now I say either way, let’s go - Ani DiFranco

See the card here.

If you have achieved Bingo with this card, please either comment here or email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org to claim your win. Congratulations!

Find the TFW Bingo page here



You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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The numbers for today, July 20 are: N27 and O44
Yesterday's numbers were: I11 and G36

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
elleth: (Silm: Varda)
[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 20 are: I11 and G36
Yesterday's numbers were: I17 and O42

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
elleth: (Silm: Varda)
[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 19 are: I17 and O42
Yesterday's numbers were: G31 and I15

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
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[personal profile] elleth

The numbers for today, July 18 are: G31 and I15
Yesterday's numbers were: O41 and N19

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.

And as one of the organizers, I just want to say how happy it makes me to see people playing, there is so much femslash all of a sudden that it's hard to keep up! :D Thank you for the enthusiasm! ♥
elleth: (Sandman: Delirium Dreams)
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The numbers for today, July 17 are: O41 and N19
Yesterday's numbers were: I12 and O43

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
elleth: Galadriel smiling before a flowery background, with the letter "G" (LotR: Galadriel - G)
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(Many thanks to [profile] lignota for the suggestion of a daily post!)


The numbers for today, July 16 are: I12 and O43
Yesterday's numbers were: N22 and O37

Find the TFW Bingo page here


You're welcome to post links to your fills, evidence for stamp claims, ask for help, brag, chat or brainstorm here. If you have concerns you'd rather keep private, email us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org, or send an ask to The SWG tumblr or Silmladylove.
elleth: Melkor raising his arms before a starry background, with the text "Disco arose about Melkor" (Silm: Disco Melkor)
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The Tolkien Femslash Week Bingo Parlour is OPEN!


In a joint effort to celebrate the erstwhile International Day of Femslash in mid-July, The Silmarillion Writers’ Guild and Silmladylove have joined together to play a week-long bingo game involving the women of the entire Legendarium in love and lust. As announced in the SWG Newsletter, the game will run from July 15 - 24, with two bingo numbers being posted daily around Midnight CEST/6PM Eastern.

While the SWG and its satellite groups on LJ and DW only accept Silmarillion-based responses (see how the SWG defines Silmfic), responses for all of Tolkien's canon are welcome and may also be posted to the Silmladylove AO3 collection or the #tolkien femslash week tag on tumblr.

Use the link below to find out how to play, claim your bingo cards, and find the daily bingo numbers! Happy creating!

Enter the Bingo Parlour!
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The SWG moderation team has been discussing improvements for our site and our group that we hope to undertake in the months to come. In keeping with our mission, we want to direct our efforts in the way that best benefits the Tolkien fan fiction community of which we are part. We have put together a survey to get a sense of how best to meet that goal.

We appreciate the input of anyone interested in Tolkien fan fiction and references/resources related to the legendarium. You do not need to be a member or user of the SWG or a writer of Silmfic to participate.

The survey takes between 5 and 15 minutes depending on the level of detail of your responses. We’ll leave the survey open for about a month and will collect responses during the first week of August.

Please feel free to signal boost this on other groups where this is acceptable. Thank you in advance to all who share their opinions and ideas with us.

Silmarillion Writers' Guild Site Use Survey
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The June edition of our newsletter has been posted on our website!

In this month's news, we welcome several new members to our group. I am also happy to announce that Oshun and I will be returning to present for a second year at the New York Tolkien Conference, this time as co-presenters (so that we have to be able to attend each other's talks) of "The Borders of the (Fictional) World: Fan Fiction Archives, Ideological Approaches, and Fan Identity."

Speaking of Oshun, she has authored this month's character biography on Thuringwethil. Thuringwethil has startled more than one first-timer to The Silmarillion, not because she's That Scary but because who expects vampires in Tolkien? However, as Oshun shows, the literary history of vampires is deep, and it is likely from this--not pop culture--that Tolkien was drawing when he created Thuringwethil (sorry, Bela Lugosi). Thuringwethil, like most of Tolkien's female characters, is only partly sketched, but that of course makes her all the more fascinating for fanfic writers.

If you're looking for something to read, the archive has been hopping, with almost four dozen stories and poems added and updated during the month of May. If nonfiction is more your cuppa, the Around the World and Web section features articles and new publications from both professional and fannish writers about all aspects of the legendarium and Tolkien fan culture.

If you're looking for something to write, this month continues the "Proverbs" challenge, which asks you to create a story based on one of Tolkien's many proverbs. For something a little different, we revisit the "Sibling Rivalry" challenge, which asks authors to write "an AU story where an original character--you!--tries to influence his or her canon sibling in some way or in which you choose a sibling to influence you." Around the World and Web has challenges, exchanges, and calls for papers from groups outside the SWG.

Many thanks to this month's contributors: Oshun, Rhapsody, and Elleth, and a special thank-you to Russandol for putting all the pieces together!
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As many of our authors know, we have been fighting an uphill battle against spammers on the archive recently. Our site mod and intrepid coder Russandol has made several modifications to our site software in an attempt to thwart these people. Unfortunately, the spammer has still found their way around these modifications, and we were hit with another wave of spam last week.

As a result, we have decided to slightly modify the account registration process. In the past, new members were able to sign up for an account and immediately begin posting stories and comments to the site. This left us open to our spammer, who registers and hits us with dozens if not hundreds of spam comments within minutes of registering. As a result, new accounts will have to be approved by a moderator before the new member can begin using their account.

If you already have an account with us, your use of the site will not be affected. New members will unfortunately be inconvenienced by having to wait a short while before they can begin posting and commenting, but we hope the lack of regular spam attacks on our authors will mitigate this inconvenience. Because we have moderators all over the world, we are generally able to approve new registrations within a few hours. In the unlikely event that new members do not hear from us within 24 hours, they should query us at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.

New members can assist us in getting their accounts approved quickly by including something Tolkien-related in the bio section of the profile they fill out at registration. If a member registers without a relevant bio, we will attempt to find this person on other fandom sites. If we cannot confirm that the registration is legitimate, then we will contact the member for confirmation at the email address they used at registration. Our FAQ has more information on the procedure we will be using.

We appreciate everyone's understanding and patience as we've worked to stop these attacks on our site. As always, questions and comments are welcome on this post or at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org.
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On Friday, 11 March 2016, we will be briefly taking the SWG archive offline in order to install some much-needed protections against the spam attacks that have been afflicting our archive lately. Russandol will be doing the work between 9:30 and 10:30 AM GMT. The archive should not be down for more than an hour, and the main SWG site should not be impacted, just the archive.

As always, we can be reached at moderator@silmarillionwritersguild.org if you have any questions, need any assistance, or notice anything unusual once we bring the archive back up.

We very much appreciate everyone’s understanding and hope that a sharp reduction in spam attacks will make up for the hour or so we have to go offline to make that happen! :)

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