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The Writers Workshop Hall of Fame

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Welcome to the Writers Workshop Hall of Fame! For close to a decade now, the Writers Workshop has hosted seasonal awards, where authors are able to enter the writing in different categories and square off against their fellow authors! Authors who win in their categories are awarded banners and badges of recognition for their achievements. Authors who have earned 8 badges across the years are granted Champion status. In addition, all winners, be they champions or casual entrants, have been memorialized with their own trainer cards!

The current leaderboard can be viewed in the spoiler below. In this post is also a list of categories and their descriptions.

NOTE: In past years, winner banners have been posted in the actual Hall of Fame thread. Due to the massive amount of images slowing down computers and making it difficult to navigate the Hall of Fame, all banners and trainer cards will be hosted HERE from now on.

Leaderboard
CHAMPIONS

@Elysia: 10
  • Best Drama Fic (x5)
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic (x2)
  • Best Antagonist (x2)
  • Best Pokémon Character (x2)
  • Best Story (x2)
  • Best Character
  • Best Protagonist
  • Best Supporting Character
@diamondpearl876: 9
  • Best Drama Fic (x3)
  • Best Protagonist (x2)
  • Best Reviewer (x2)
  • Best Written Word Contributor (x2)
  • Best Story (x2)
  • Best Character (x2)
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Pokémon Character
@AceTrainer14: 8
  • Best Protagonist (x5)
  • Best Journey Fic (x4)
  • Best Expansion Fic (x4)
  • Best Antagonist (x4)
  • Best Character (x3)
  • Best Supporting Character (x2)
  • Best Story (x2)
  • Best Written Word Contributor (x2)
@AetherX: 8
  • Best Supporting Character (x3)
  • Best Journey Fic (x2)
  • Best Alternate Fic (x2)
  • Best Character (x2)
  • Best Protagonist
  • Best Reviewer
  • Best Written Word Contributor
  • Best Story
@Misfit Angel: 8
  • Best Supporting Character (x4)
  • Best Journey Fic (x3)
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic (x2)
  • Best Alternate Fic (x2)
  • Best Written Word Contributor (x2)
  • Best Protagonist
  • Best Pokémon Character
  • Best Character
RISING STARS
@Athena: 6
  • Best Supporting Character (x2)
  • Best Reviewer (x2)
  • Best Drama Fic
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Story
@Beth Pavell: 6
  • Best Reviewer (x5)
  • Best Protagonist (x3)
  • Best Journey Fic (x2)
  • Best Written Word Contributor (x2)
  • Best Character (x2)
  • Best Supporting Character
@Flaze: 6
  • Best Reviewer (x4)
  • Best Alternate Fic (x2)
  • Best Protagonist (x2)
  • Best Drama Fic
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Supporting Character
@Legacy: 5
  • Best Protagonist (x2)
  • Best Character (x2)
  • Best Journey Fic
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Reviewer
@Sike Saner: 5
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Character
@apenpaap: 4
  • Best Journey Fic (x2)
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Supporting Character
  • Best Character
@Arkadelphiak: 4
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Protagonist
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Written Word Contributor
@Dai: 4
  • Best Drama Fic
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Story
@Misheard Whisper: 4
  • Best Alternate Fic (x2)
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Supporting Character
  • Best Story
@System Error: 4
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Reviewer
@unrepentantAuthor: 4
  • Best Drama Fic
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Reviewer
  • Best Story
@canisaries: 3
  • Best Poetry and Short Prose
  • Best Newcomer
@Gama: 3
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Story
@GastlyGibus: 3
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Pokémon Character
  • Best Newcomer
@Kyuuketsuki: 3
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Story
@ShinyFlareon/Feliciano: 3
  • Best Journey Fic
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Supporting Character
@Tophat Dragoneye: 3
  • Best Pokémon Character (x2)
  • Best Journey Fic
  • Best Antagonist
@Daria/Caprizant: 2
  • Best Drama Fic (x2)
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic (x2)
@Juliko: 2
  • Best Poetry and Short Prose
  • Best Antagonist
@lucarioknight56: 2
  • Best Drama Fic
  • Best Antagonist
@Lugion: 2
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic
@SuperTrainStationH: 2
  • Best Alternate Fic
  • Best Story
@Sweet Veil/Gotpika: 2
  • Best Expansion Fic
  • Best Story
@Ahnyo: 1
  • Best Drama Fic
@BinkVallen: 1
  • Best Journey Fic
@BlueNostalgia: 1
  • Best Expansion Fic
@The Booty Warrior: 1
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic
@Caite-chan: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@Caitlin: 1
  • Best Alternate Fic
@chaos_Leader: 1
  • Best Pokémon Character (x3)
@CynthiaLover: 1
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic
@Fulcrum: 1
  • Best Written Word Contributor
@FullMoon: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@Gengarzilla: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@Ghostsoul: 1
  • Best Reviewer
@JirachiSphere: 1
  • Best Entry in One Off Competitions
@Kelleo: 1
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic (x2)
@The Light/Black Zetsu: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@LightningTopaz: 1
  • Best Written Word Contributor
@Lyrebird: 1
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic
@matt0044: 1
  • Best Written Word Contributor
@nicolem_animefan: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@0bs1d1an_kn1ght: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@Silverwynde: 1
  • Best Entry in One Off Competitions
@Smiles: 1
  • Best Poetry and Short Prose
@That Guy: 1
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic
@Th!nkPi: 1
  • Best Poetry and Short Prose
@Treble Tech: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@TRNatalie: 1
  • Best Newcomer
@TwinklingCupcake: 1
  • Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic

Badges and Categories
Badges designed by @Blazaking

The Adventure Badge for Best Journey Fic!



Awarded to a story which exemplifies the traditional ‘journey story’ model while still telling an interesting, unique and refreshing tale.​
  • This includes any story which follows the basic premise of someone/a group venturing out and traveling throughout a region (or regions) with the purpose of defeating the gyms, winning musicals or contests or fulfilling one of the various additional activities available in games. The journey aspect would be the main focus of the story, with plots and themes revolving around it.
The Shadow Badge for Best Drama Fic!



Awarded to a Pokémon story with high emotional, physical, or global stakes at the centre of the story.​
  • This category was once known as Best Dark Story.
  • This includes any Pokémon story following a conventional narrative structure that focuses on dramatic themes but falls outside the traditional journey or expansion requirements.
  • Stories with largely violent or frightening themes and plots should also go here.
  • Some of the genres included in this category are: horror, psychological, crime, tragedy, and apocalypse/dystopia.
  • Stories are allowed comedic and satirical elements, but stories most be mostly dramatic. Comedic/parody stories belong in Alternate.
  • This includes stories with a region-traveling element where the actual journey goals (i.e. gyms or contests) come secondary to other plots and themes. PMD and Academy fics with a dramatic focus should go here.
The Distortion Badge for Best Expansion Fic!



Awarded to a story which takes official Pokémon media canon characters/concepts and established fanon characters/concepts and expands upon their story in a riveting manner.​
  • This category includes any story in which a character from any of the games (ie a gym leader or Elite Four member), the anime (ie Brock, Misty, May) or the manga is the main character, and explores their world using already established content or providing them with a back story/conclusion to their story.
  • Expansion can also include stories based on myths established in canon (i.e. the creation of legendaries) or that use canon events as a starting point (i.e. the plots of villainous teams in the anime, manga or games). Shipping stories between canon characters (ie. Red and Leaf, Ash and Misty) go here. If you are simply using the name and designs of the player characters as inspiration (ie. Brendan, Lucas, Hilda) but aren't directly focusing on the game storyline, the story would go in a different category.
  • Works that expand on your stories, such as developing your own personal mythos, spinoffs of side characters, one-shots set in your world, or prequels/sequels can go in this category.
The Combo Badge for Best Crossover/Non-Pokémon Fic!



Awarded to a story which has managed to stand out from the Pokémon based pack and provide a different type of tale for the Workshop.​
  • This is either a piece of fan fiction for a fandom that is not Pokémon, an entirely original piece of work or a story which crosses Pokémon over with another fandom. With regards to the first two, anything that does not take place within any of the various Pokémon worlds goes here.
The Quill Badge for Best Poetry or Short Prose!



Awarded to either a beautifully written collection of poetry or a single poem that stands out just as much as any piece of prose.​
  • You can submit either an entire thread that contains all your poetry or a single poem. You can submit both, but you cannot submit a thread and then a poem from that same thread as well. All poetry must be submitted in this category.
  • Short prose/one shots under 5,000 words are also allowed in this category. You can submit two individual short stories posted in the same thread.
  • Entries here can be either Pokémon related or original pieces of work.
The Mystery Badge for Best Alternate Fic!



Awarded to a brilliant, well written and engrossing story that cannot be classified in the other major categories.​
  • This is for every story which does not fit into any of the other categories. This can include, amongst other things, crackfics, pure romance, soft crime, parodies, slice of life and Academy stories. These stories should still take place within the Pokémon world but are simply not based around journeys, do not expand on established characters/concepts or have a dramatic focus. Any story in which the main element is comedy, such as parodies of the above work or exaggerations of canon characters, should go here. Any romantic stories between original characters in the Pokémon world go here.
  • Stories that follow unconventional structures, such as non-linear storytelling, or use alternative methods of storytelling (i.e. letters, diary entries) can go here.
The Hero Badge for Best Protagonist!

Awarded to a well crafted, well written and engaging lead character who commands the story and demands our attention.​
  • The character that is either the lead or one of the leads of a story, and must appear in a large portion of the story.
The Villain Badge for Best Antagonist!

Awarded to a character who exists to ruin our heroes lives in whatever manner they see fit.​
  • The character must play some antagonistic role against the character you'd call your protagonist. They do not have to be malicious or evil; it can be a villain, rival or simply anyone whose main role in the story hinders or adversely affects the protagonist/s in some way.
The Sidekick Badge for Best Supporting Character!



Awarded to a character that does not lead the way as much as other characters, but still has a fine role to play, whether good or bad, in the story.​
  • The character must be seen as playing a supporting role to the main character. Can be a lead character as well but their role is more of an aide to the central protagonist (i.e. Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter).
  • Stories following multiple plotlines and no clear lead can enter characters under supporting.
The Pikachu Badge for Best Pokémon Character!

Awarded to an author's fine representation of a Pokémon character that adds something more than being a pet to the tale.​
  • This character must be a Pokémon and be seen as a Pokémon for the majority of the story. They are allowed to speak English/human and have some anthropomorphic attitudes, but must have been born as a Pokémon.
  • If the Pokémon is the main character, the villain or is the main supporting character, it must be nominated in the other categories. Any Pokémon from Mystery Dungeon stories should go in the other categories.
The Hatchling Badge for Best Newcomer!


Awarded to a first-time Workshop writer who has quickly made their mark as a writer to watch.​

  • This user must have posted their first piece of work in the Workshop since the previous Awards. Does not apply to users who frequent the Written Word but have not published any work.
The Feedback Badge for Best Reviewer!



Awarded to a Workshop user who has written one or a series of helpful, insightful and thoughtful reviews that aids the development of their peers as writers.​
  • To nominate someone for this, they must have written a review in the period of time since the previous Awards.
The Quote Badge for Best Written Word Contributor!

Awarded to a Written Word user who has contributed one or more insightful, interesting, intelligent or humorous thoughts to discussions about writing, fan fiction and literature, or has been a supportive and helpful member of the community.​
  • A user must have posted in a thread in the Written Word since the previous Awards, and have either provided well thought out answers to a question, been involved in discussions about various writing topics, authored an Academy lesson or generally improved the section.
The Prime Badge for Best Story!


Awarded to the story which has been crowned the best in its category in that particular season, and then been judged to be the best overall story of the season.

The Ace Badge for Best Character!

Awarded to the character which has been crowned the best protagonist, antagonist, support or Pokémon character in that particular season, and then been judged to be the best overall character of the season.​

The Holiday Badge for Best Entry in One Off Competitions!

Traditionally reserved for forum-wide holiday contests, but will see more use outside of the holidays in the coming years.​
 
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