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Spring Awards: Voting Thread (open until March 24)

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Well, here it is. You nominated them, now you get to vote for them. Who will be the winner of the Spring Bulbagarden Workshop Awards?

This thread contains the Rules, Award Categories and Nominations, and Honorary Mentions, in that order. Please be sure to read them all. Thank you.


Rules
Eligibility
Main: All fanfics that were created or updated from October 1 to March 1 are eligible for nominations to Awards and Honorary Mentions.
Exception: The Best Archived Story must be older than October 1, both in creation and update, and be in the Fanfics Archive before March 1. Also, no Workshop moderator fanfic can be nominated for an Award, but they can be suggested for the Honorary Mention without time restrictions.

Nominators and Voters
Main: Users registered before March 1 may nominate for Awards and for Honorary Mentions, and may vote for Awards. They cannot nominate or vote for their own work, however.
Exception: Workshop moderators cannot nominate for Awards or Honorary Mentions, but will decide on the Honorary Mentions.

Nominations
Main: Users must nominate at least for one Format category, one Character category, and either one Pokemon Story or one Assorted Fiction category. They can nominate multiple tier categories and/or multiple candidates for the same category if they wish to do so. There's no Honorary Mention requirement, it's fully voluntary.
Exception: If a user nominates one for all the categories within a tier, they can be exempt from nominating in all other tiers.

Votes
Main: Users must vote for at least one Format category, one Character category, and either one Pokemon Story or Assorted Fiction category. They only have one vote per category.
Exception: In case of a tie, announced at the end of the voting period, the users won't be allowed to vote anew. The moderators will decide the Award winner and will give the runner up an Honorary Mention.


Categories

Format Tier
Best Long Story:

Cherish the Moments by TheProphetJerematic
Galactic by AceTrainer14
Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama
Pokémon Academy: Dragons Roar by Flame Getsuga Haze
The Barefoot Fighting Genius- Kyuuketsuki
Seasons-some colour no doubt.
The Flower Of Deceit by Twilight Princess
Kris Vs Gold by AceTrainer14
The Red Dahlia by Hellion
Best Archived Story:

Journey out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki
Twins of Fate: On The Run by Jinoga
POKEMON: The Power Inside by Legacy
Are We Heroes? by Gastly Mama
Best Short Story:

Relaxation by IanDonyer
Edgars Vigil-SuperTrainStationH
The House: A One-Shot
Sunset by MedliSage
Prey by Dawn_Hero
Silver Seas by Sarcastically Insane
For Want of Spirit, by Zek(u)rom
Best Alternate Writing:

Ludicolo by Yoshi1001
A Queen of Snow by Wingull Strike

Pokemon Story Tier

Best Journey Fic:

Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion
Kris vs Gold: A Tale of War by AceTrainer14
Unpredictable by AetherX
Generation 2021 by Zekurom
SKYRIDGE: Ted's Story-Liberation by BlueNostalgia
Within My Own Nightmares by Dawn_Hero
Journey out of Mt Coronet by Kyuuketsuki
Travels of the Trifecta by Shinneth
Pocket Monster by Legacy
Best Shipping Fic:

Days of Ice by MedliSage
Somnolence by Yoshi-San
For Want of Spirit by Zekurom
Best Past Fic:

The Pokemon World: A History by Insane Tyranitar
The Legend of Volkner by Ian Donyer
Stainless Steel by Lugion
The Barefoot, Fighting Genius by Kyuuketsuki
Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama
Best Dark Fic:

The House: A One-Shot by UFAlien.
A Wish On Freedom by AceTrainer14
Dragon Days by Gastly Mama
Poké Wars: The Incipience by Cornova
Best Crackfic:

Dawn's Origin: Researching Kabbalistic Science by Italics
Pokémon: Virtual World by Italics
Life of the Legendaries
Best Other Fic:

Pokémon Academy: Dragons Roar by Flame Getsuga Haze
The Red Dahlia
Confessions of a Champion by Hide in Plain Sight
Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki

Assorted Fiction Tier

Best Non-Pokemon Fic:

Heroic Potential by SerenadeSP
Best Crossover Fic:

Silver Seas by Sarcastically Insane

Character Tier

Best Main Character:

Charles from Galactic by AceTrainer14
Lance from Gastly's Mama's "Dragon Days"
Samia from Season by Some Color No Doubt
Zach from Within My Own Nightmares
James Dalton from Confessions of a Champion by Hide in Plain Sight
Volkner from The Red Dahlia by Hellion
Noah from Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki
Reggie Damon from PA: Dragon's Roar
Best Supporting Character:

Hanoko from Kris vs Gold: A Tale of War by AceTrainer14
Criss from Unpredictable by Aether X
Ledge from SKYRIDGE:Ted's Story by BlueNostalgia
Wasaki from Journey out of Mt Coronet and A Conflict in the Old Chateau by Kyuuketsuki
Clair from Dragon Days
Best Antagonist Character:

Isis from Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion
Rex from Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama
Alanah from Seasons by some colour no doubt
Best Take On A Canon Character:

Wallace from Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion
Lance from Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama
Clair from Dragon Days by Gastly Mama
Best Original Character:

Vanessa from Galactic by AceTrainer14
James Dalton from Confessions of a Champion by Hide in Plain Sight
Noah from Journey out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki
Samia from Seasons
Best Pokemon Character:

Jessica (Gardevoir)
Lapras from Galactic by AceTrainer14
Pikachu from Past Thunder by Flygon 101
Prinplup in Journey out of Mount Coronet by Kyuuketsuki
Suigun the "Buoysel" from Generation 2021



Honorary Mentions
Best Newcomer: For authors that have arrived between October 1 and March 1 to our Workshop community. CURRENT NOMINATIONS: SCND, Kyuuketsuki

Best Writer Aide: For the Workshop community member that put the most effort to helping an author. CURRENT NOMINATIONS: Italics, Legacy

Best Reviewer: For the reviewer that puts the most effort in giving a good critique. CURRENT NOMINATIONS: Italics, Zekurom

Best Moderator Fanfic: For the isolated Workshop moderators, as their fics are not eligible for Awards. CURRENT NOMINATIONS: Vuvuzela by Kayi Chan, Kisses by Kayi Chan, Bulbagarden! by Jabberwocky
 
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Re: Spring Awards: Voting Thread

Alright, here are my votes:

Best Long Story: Galactic by AceTrainer14.

Best Short Story: Relaxation by IanDonyer.

Best Alternative Writing: Ludicolo by Yoshi1001.

Best Journey Fic: Kris vs Gold: A Tale of War by AceTrainer14.

Best Past Fic: Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion.

Best Crackfic: Dawn's Origin: Researching Kabbalistic Science by Italics.

Best Main Character: Charles from Galactic by AceTrainer14.

Best Supporting Character: Hanoko from Kris vs Gold: A Tale of War by AceTrainer14.

Best Antagonist Character: Isis from Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion.

Best Take on a Canon Character: Wallace from Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion.

Best Original Character: Vanessa from Galactic by AceTrainer14.

Best Pokémon Character: Lapras from Galactic by AceTrainer14.

And good luck for everyone!
 
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Re: Spring Awards: Voting Thread

Although everyone who was nominated is obviously deserving of a great deal of recognition, it is my pleasure to vote for the following:

Best Long Story:
Seasons by SCND

Best Archived Story:
Are We Heroes? by Gastly's Mama

Best Short Story:
Silver Seas by SI

Best Alt Writing:
A Queen of Snow by Wingull Strike


Best Journey Fic:
Travels of the Trifecta by Shinneth

Best Shipping Fic:
For Want of Spirit by Zekurom

Best Past Fic:
Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama

Best Dark Fic:
Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama

Best Crack Fic:
Pokemon: Virtual World by Italics

Best Other Fic:
Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyu


Best Main Character:
Samia from 'Seasons' (SCND)

Best Supporting Character:
Clair from 'Dragon Days' (Gastly's Mama)

Best Antagonist:
Rex from 'Dragon Days' (Gastly's Mama)

Best Take on a Canon Character:
Lance from 'Dragon Days' (Gastly's Mama)

Best Original Character:
Samia from 'Seasons' (SCND)

Best Pokemon Character:
Jessica from Cherish the Moments (TPJ)


(HM)Best Newcomer:
SCND
(HM)Best Writer Aide:
Italics
(HM)Best Reviewer:
Zekurom
(HM)Best Mod Fic:
Vuvuzela by Kayi Chan

Obviously, a big 'congratulations' goes out to EVERYONE who participates in the Writer's Workshop! It's amazing how awesome this place has become since I started coming to it over two years ago! Mods, writers, reviewers, everyone! Just awesome!

And on a special note, a special thanks to all who have been so nice to me during my time here, especially recently with my health problems. I really appreciate all the friends I have here :)
 
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Re: Spring Awards: Voting Thread

Well, good luck to everyone who got nominated. I only wish I had time to read all of the nominees...

Best Long Story:
Seasons-some colour no doubt.

Best Archived Story:
Are We Heroes? by Gastly's Mama

Best Alternate Writing:
Ludicolo by Yoshi1001

Best Journey Fic:
Within My Own Nightmares by Dawn_Hero

Best Past Fic:
Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama

Best Dark Fic:
Dragon Days by Gastly Mama

Best Crackfic:
Pokémon: Virtual World by Italics

Best Other Fic:
Pokémon Academy: Dragons Roar by Flame Getsuga Haze

Best Main Character:
Noah from Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki

Best Antagonist Character:
Alanah from Seasons by some colour no doubt

Best Take On A Canon Character:
Lance from Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama

Best Original Character:
Samia from Seasons by some colour no doubt

*****

A lot of tough choices here. Whoever wins, they will definitely deserve it!
 

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Re: Spring Awards: Voting Thread

*plays Uprising by Muse* Damn, this will be hard.

Best Long Story: Kris vs Gold by AceTrainer14

Best Archived Story: POKEMON: The Power Inside by Legacy

Best Short Story: Silver Seas by Sarcastically Insane

Best Alternate Writing: Ludicolo by Yoshi1001

Best Journey Fic: Within My Own Nightmares by Dawn_Hero

Best Shipping Fic: Days Of Ice by MedliSage

Best Dark Fic: A Wish On Freedom by AceTrainer14

Best Crossover Fic: Silver Seas by Sarcastically Insane

Best Main Character: Samia from Seasons by SCND

Best Supporting Character:Hanoko from Kris vs Gold: A Tale of War by AceTrainer14

Honorary Mentions
Best Reviewer: Italics
 
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Re: Spring Awards: Voting Thread

I think, for the first time ever, I will actually vote in the Awards instead of just nominating. If I need to update these should I leave another post with the updates?

Also, I just copy and pasted Legacy's nominations then edited them, so if I've made a mistake based on doing that, please point it out to me, although I don't think I have. (I haven't voted incorrectly by accident, that's for sure)

Best Long Story:
Seasons by SCND

Best Archived Story:
Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki

Best Short Story:
I haven't read any of them yet so I will come back to this one.

Best Alt Writing:
Ludiculo by Yoshi 1001


Best Journey Fic:
Stainless Steel by Lugion

Best Shipping Fic:
Haven't read any yet, will come back to this one.

Best Past Fic:
Stainless Steel by Lugion

Best Dark Fic:
I haven't read any but my own, I will come back to this.

Best Crack Fic:
Life of the Legendaries by Drakon

Best Other Fic:
Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki


Best Main Character:
Samia from 'Seasons' (SCND)

Best Supporting Character:
Wasaki from Journey Out of Mt. Coronet/Conflict in the Old Chateau

Best Antagonist:
Alanah from Seasons

Best Take on a Canon Character:
Wallace from Stainless Steel (I think I'd vote for this one even I didn't have to)

Best Original Character:
Samia from 'Seasons' (SCND)

Best Pokemon Character:
Prinplup from Journey Out of Mt. Coronet/Conflict in the Old Chateau
 
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Re: Spring Awards: Voting Thread

Just stopping by for two issues:

One, the Honorary Mentions are for the staff to vote on behind closed doors.

And two, this is open until March 24!

Have fun voting, everyone! ;-)
 
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This will be a placeholder post for all of my votes. For more updates on results and reviews, see the blog post where all the reviews are.

(Too lazy to finish all of them... I have a math contest tomorrow, and no time to read and review all the stories >_<)

Format Tier

Best Long Story

Dragon Days, by Gastly's Mama, with a rating of 80/100.
Gastly's Mama writes an unusually bleak viewpoint of Lance's past, complete with violence, gang abuse, and horrific scenes that nobody should have to go through in real life. And yet somehow, Lance's original character still manager to shine through all of this deconstruction.

Best Archived Story

Twins of Fate: On the Run, by Jinoga, with a rating of 77/100.
A story about a boy and his Treecko being hunted in a life-and-death situation, this fic makes for some very gripping reading. The tables are turned multiple times as Jinoga writes about Thabet's adventures, and Thabet and his Treecko have a bond that goes beyond simply the friendship of Pokémon and trainer.

Best Short Story

Relaxation, by IanDonyer, with a rating of 84/100.
A very sweet little read that simply describes a scene about Gold and his Pokémon as they stop in New Bark Town for a little visit, this one-shot is a very enjoyable read.

Best Alternate Writing

Ludicolo, by Yoshi1001, with a rating of 92/100.
A very fun parody of a popular Lady Gaga song, Yoshi1001 has easily adapted this song into a story of a self-doubting Ludicolo being sent into battle to regain his confidence.

Best Story Tier

Best Journey Fic

Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn, by Lugion, with an overall rating of 76/100.
As Steven continues on his arduous journey and meets Team Millennium, the story just keeps unfolding.

Best Shipping Fic

Days of Ice, by MedliSage, with a rating of 69/100.
Shipping fics are normally very hard to do, and they're also very hard to rate. Days of Ice tells the story of Blue and Silver, as they are imprisoned in a cruel taskmaster's castle, and puts them in a very intimate light.

Best Past Fic

Dragon Days, by Gastly's Mama, with a rating of 80/100.
Gastly's Mama writes an unusually bleak viewpoint of Lance's past, complete with violence, gang abuse, and horrific scenes that nobody should have to go through in real life. And yet somehow, Lance's original character still manager to shine through all of this deconstruction.

Best Future Fic

no nominations

Best Dark Fic

Dragon Days, by Gastly's Mama, with a rating of 80/100.
Gastly's Mama writes an unusually bleak viewpoint of Lance's past, complete with violence, gang abuse, and horrific scenes that nobody should have to go through in real life. And yet somehow, Lance's original character still manager to shine through all of this deconstruction.

Best Crackfic

Pokémon: Virtual World, by Italics, with a rating of 73/100.
Italics shows what would happen if Ash and Gary had lived somewhere a bit more real, where Pokémon were considered virtual things and a real one would terrify anybody. She also does the job of making it creepy. Really creepy. I'm talking Evangelion-level creepiness here.

Best Other Fic

Confessions of a Champion, by Hide in Plain Sight, with a rating of 82/100.
A fic about the life of a champion in what appears to be 21st-century America, Confessions of a Champion manages to make such a drab and dreary scene come to life as interesting and realistic, although still violent and cynical.

Assorted Fiction Tier

There were either one or zero nominations for all categories in this tier, so I could not place any votes.

Character Tier

Best Pokémon Character

Jessica the Gardevoir, from Cherish The Moments.
(No review for this one, I'm too tired.)
 
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Oh, this is so hard!. There are so many good ones...but here goes!

Best long Story
Seasons by Some Colour No Doubt.

Best Archived Story
Are We Heroes? By Gastly's Mama

Best Journey Fic
SKYRIDGE: Ted's Story-Liberation by BlueNostalgia

Best Past Fic
Stainless Steel, by Lugion

Best Main Character
Samia from Season by Some Color No Doubt

Best Supporting Character
Hanoko from Kris vs Gold: A Tale of War by AceTrainer14
NOTE: This character is hilarious, I'm serious.

Best Take On A Canon Character:
Wallace from Stainless Steel: Steven Stone's Adventures in Hoenn by Lugion

Best Moderator Fanfic
Bulbagarden! by Jabberwocky

Honestly, this is so hard. Every fic up there is awesome, and I honestly have trouble deciding :).
 
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Best Long Story- Seasons, by some colour no doubt

Best Archived Story- Are We Heroes?, by Gastly's Mama

Best Short Story- For Want of Spirit, by Zek-whatever-the-hell-he's-going-by-now

Best Alternate Writing- Ludicolo, by Yoshi1001

Best Journey Fic- Generation 2021, by Zekurom

Best Past Fic- Dragon Days, by Gastly's Mama

Best Dark Fic- Dragon Days, by Gastly's Mama

Best Other Fic- Pokémon Academy: Dragon's Roar by Flame Getsuga Haze

Best Main Character- Reggie Damon, from Pokémon Academy: Dragon's Roar

Best Supporting Character- Clair, from Dragon Days

Best Antagonist- Rex, from Dragon Days

Best Take on a Canon Character- Lance, from Dragon Days

Best Original Character- Samia, from Seasons

Best Pokémon Character- Prinplup, from Journey Out of Mt. Coronet
 
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To all I voted for- you deserved it.

To all I didn't vote for- hey, I read as much as I could. There is probably only a good 20% of stories on here that I didn't read, because they weren't my style. Through diversity should strive.


Best Long Story:
Seasons by SCND

Best Short Story:
Edgars Vigil by SuperTrainStationH

Best Archived Fic:
Are We Heros? by Gastly's Mama

Best Alternate Writing:
N/A (nomminated)


Best Journey Fic:
Kris vs. Gold: A Tale Of War by AceTrainer14

Best Shipping Fic:
Days of Ice by MedliSage

Best Past Fic:
The Barefoot, Fighting Genius by Kyuuketsuki

Best Dark Fic:
Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama

Best Crack Fic:
Dawn's Origin: Researching Kabbalistic Science by Italics

Best Other Fic:
Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki

Best Main Character:
Samia from Seasons by SCND

Best Supporting Character:
Hanako from Kris vs Gold by AceTrainer14

Best Take on a Canon Character:
Claire from Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama

To be honest, I find it sad that most of the nomminees were workshop regulars. The ones constantly being nomminated. I'm not saying their stories weren't great, they were fantastic. But there weren't many unknowns on the ballot.
 
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Just updated my original post, I have now voted in Alternate Writing.

Also, I apologise if this is too off topic but I just wanted to say I think it's a little unfair to say the same old people are being nominated. I can understand you saying that about Legacy, Flame Haze, myself etc. but there are also a lot of authors who have only become big since the last set of awardslike SCND, Kyuuketsuki and several others.
 
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Well, here goes nothing. I only just found out about these awards and was pleasantly surprised to know my stories were nominated for a few things. ;-; That's so nice. Congrats to everyone who was nominated, though, everyone's done wonderfully in the workshop that I've seen. You all deserve awards hahah.

Blah. Rants. On to my nominations:

Format Tier
Best Short Story: For Want of Spirit by Zekurom
Best Alternate Writing: Ludicolo by Yoshi1001

Pokemon Story Tier
Best Journey Fic: Unpredictable by AetherX
Best Shipping Fic: For Want of Spirit by Zekurom
Best Past Fic: Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama
Best Dark Fic: A Wish On Freedom by AceTrainer14

Character Tier
Best Main Character: Lance from Gastly Mama's Dragon Days
Best Supporting Character: Criss from AetherX's Unpredictable

Sadly, I didn't get to read stories from a majority of categories so I just didn't vote for those categories seeing as how it would be unfair to vote without reading all the competition. ;-; Again, though, congrats to everyone who was nominated for something, and to all of you, good luck! :D
 
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Right, my essay's are done so I finally had the time to read these!! (on another note, I'll give you a tip: dont leave 3 2,500 word essays till the day before they're due in!)
To everyone who got nominated you all deserve it and your stories are great, yet these are the ones that stood out to me.

Format Tier

Best Long Story:

Dragon Days by Gastly's Mama
here are resident great writer captured the essence of the 'anti-hero'. Both sides of Lance's tale, his origin and the hunt to stop his crazed sibling are interesting, compelling and get you hooked from the first chapter! a great read and a great story!


Pokemon Story Tier



Best Journey Fic:

Unpredictable by AetherX
A great story from a new author here (i think) that stands out to me from other journey fics because of its great range of characters, whilst also providing a fantastic back-plot to the standard journey fic whilst keeping all the things we know and loved from the first games!



Best Other Fic:

Journey Out of Mt. Coronet by Kyuuketsuki
From every standpoint, this is a well written and intruiging fic. From Noah's shocking treatment of his pokémon to finding out what truly did happen in Mt.Coronet this piece fits into that category of Other Fic perfectly, and is well deserving of any award.


Assorted Fiction Tier



Best Crossover Fic:

Silver Seas by Sarcastically Insane
Whilst their are no other nominies in this category, I would just like to say that Silver Seas is an amazing work. Here the author quite skillfully blends the two genres, with recognisable characters and places, all given a twist. From the use of the 'devil fruit' to the involvement of pokémon, this is the fic that got me interested enough to take a look at One Piece myself and has kept me reading from the first chapter.


Character Tier


Best Supporting Character:

Clair from Dragon Days
Whilst a good main character can make a story good, the supporting characters make it great. This is no better exemplified than in Dragon Days, where Clair provides the moral compass and voice of reason, especially in Lance's younger years. Her parts could warrant her a story of her own, yet she guides the story without dominating it too much, having just the right amount of speech and appearances to not overshadow Lance or be blanked by him. An amazing addition to the story and a great example of what a supporting character should be.
 
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