Friday, August 10, 2012

And the Winners are.......

And the Winners are …….  all of us, getting these stories to read.

The banners were made by the fabulous DazedRose. She has been just awesome about making these (and working with a graphics challenged person like me).   She created a theme for the banners.
(Sorry in advance that my fonts in this post are all over the place.)

Judges  1st place winner:  ‘Trigger Happy’   by Ooshka
Trigger Happy by Lloyd Cole,   Youtube link:

Author’s teaser- Eric Northman – bar-owner, husband, and father – is a man under pressure. And his night is about to get worse. Just how trigger happy is Victor Madden, anyway?.

Judges 2nd place winner:   ‘Andrew in Drag’    by esquilo-negligenciadas 

Author’s teaser - When his friend signs up for amateur drag night at a Bourbon Street club, Eric tags along for the entertainment value, but his evening (and his life) is quickly turned on its head as "Sookie" takes to the stage..

Virgin winner:  ‘Winds of Change’        by Alyanne1375
Winds of Change by Scorpion ,  Youtube link: 

Author’s teaser - Sookie has been struggling to make ends meet when Gran comes up with an idea that could change everything. AU

Multi-chapter Fic winner:  ‘Sempre Fi’      by InLoveWithEric
Sempre Fi by Trace Adkins ,  Youtube link:

Author’s teaser -  Sookie has taken her job as the cheerleader for Jason's squad stationed in Afghanistan very serious over the last two years. What happens when they receive a new Staff Sergeant only eight months before they are due home? He is a hard to read, no nonsense Marine with no time for fun, games, women and anything else, well human. That is until he receives his "Welcome Package" from one of his men's sister. What will happen when that small gesture causes a chink in this man's armor? Will it help him be a better soldier or could having his mind on other things than his men put them all in danger. Follow these two as they learn about one another and fall in love while living life on two separate sides of the world. AH – NC-17 for later.

Public vote 1st place winner:   ‘Yellow Ledbetter’     by Evenflo78
Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam,  Youtube link:

Author’s  teaser - One truck driver, a flat tire, and a rain-drenched girl. Drifting hearts don't always have to be lonesome. AH/OOC

Public vote  2nd place winner:  ‘Heart’s a Mess’       by Moxiemo
Heart’s a Mess by Gotye  Youtube link:

Author’s teaser -   Trouble's brewing as vampires gear up to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Great Revelation. What will happen when Sookie runs into Eric at a meeting several years after he left for Oklahoma? "Canon" to follow Deadlocked.

Northwoman’s pick

This is a horrible task as there are so many stories I enjoyed, for different reasons, in diferent styles. I started with rereading some favorites and then selected one.

I also want to thank everyone who helped us so much; the authors, the judges, the readers, and awesome graphics from DazedRose.  I had help from many people who had previously hosted contests with information on hosting, and judging & scoring. I thank you all so much as it wouldn’t have been possible without you. 

Of course, it all started with an idea from my best buddy, Alison (Northman Maille) who had such a great concept with music..

I couldn’t just announce my host pick without acknowledging all my favorite stories from the contest.  There were so many good ones that I enjoyed so much.

My top favorites from the entries:
From top 10:  Yellow Ledbetter, Leave Me Alone, Heart’s a Mess, really they are all good.

And these stories, that I also loved,  were in the 11-17 range, so close to the top 10:
  • Iron, a story where Eric and Sookie are together and I always think she should at least consider being turned.
  • Undressed, where Eric is so adorably clueless which is totally out of character for him.
  • Figure It Out, Sookie see the potential in Eric in so many ways.
  • Semper Fi, which is an AH story with good character development and an interesting theme.

 I decided I couldn’t pick from the top 10 as they already earned recognition. I took a different approach and just picked something that was FUN and yanked at my heart.  I did this starting as a child and also as an adult.  The song will make it clear – LOVE the song - boats tied together, people drinking and swimming and grilling on the lake or river.  Sookie in an itty bitty bikini,  Eric with a bare chest - yum. So…  I chose … Redneck Yacht Club by InLoveWithEric.  

Anne’s pick:  ‘’Redneck Yacht Club’  by InLoveWithEric
Redneck Yacht Club  by Craig Morgan,  Youtube link:

Author’s teaser: Eric has come to Bon Temps to go into business with his best friend from college, Alcide. Summer has just begun and he is initiated into what is fondly called by the locals, the "Redneck Yacht Club." But Eric gets a much bigger eye full then just some interesting characters and tricked out boats. A certain blond haired beauty might make this move the best decision Eric has ever made. M, AH.

Thanks again to everyone!!  Congratulations to the winners and all the wonderful authors who participated.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Judges' Top 10 - voting begins!

I originally put up the fanfiction site and this blog saying we would vote based on the judges' top 10 for the public's top 2 favorites.  We have 25 entries posted and judged.  It is about half of last time and a couple of weeks ago I changed my mind and thought we would only do the top 8.  Now having the results from the judges, the scores were a tie for 8 and 9.  I will say number 11 was only a fraction of a point from number 10, also 11 and 12 not far behind.  But I want everyone to READ all the entries and that is why I narrow it down to the judges' top scores.

I do this contest to encourage and support authors and to have more stories.  It is for FUN!  It won't be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It's as objective as it can be.  If it were totally objective, we wouldn't need judges, I would just have a computer do the scores or something.

These judges were tough, very critical compared to last time.   The bulk of the scores ended up in the 5s and 6s.  I translate those to a score out of 100 and the top story got a 70.   That is much lower than last time. The judges don't always like the happy stories I do, which is part of why I need a hosts' pick.  It never ceases to amaze and confuse me how one judges' favorite is another judges' lowest scoring story.

I have created a poll to see when might be a good time to run this contest next year when the last book comes out and another season of True Blood. Vote if you haven't
I Write the Songs 2013 poll

Here is the voting; please READ the entries. You may vote for your top 2 favorites. 
Top 10 - public vote for favorites - click on Vote now

So the poll will be up until August 8th at 6pm CST.     Winners will be announced August 10th!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Do you want more I Write the Songs?

I started this contest with my dear friend Alison, because we love fanfiction,  we love Eric and we love music.    We wanted to encourage and support authors and have more stories to read.  We did some things which were new at the time.  They were things I would want if I were an author.

  • A long lead time
  • A long submission period
  • An inspiring theme
  • Feedback from the judges
  • Anonymous judging with public posting
  • An organized contest with pimping, tools, etc.

Some things worked better than others, of course.  But please remember the purpose of the whole event  is fun and to encourage and support authors.  This year has been tough with the fandom less active and honestly,  these judges are tough.  Their average scores are lower overall than last time by 2-3 points,  so more 4s and 5s  with less 7s or 8s.  The scoring numbers are categorized by 1- poor, 3 - fair, 5 - average, 7- good, 9- excellent and 10 - outstanding.  I believe in a full range of scores and it makes sense to have mostly 5s, which are average.   I just like so many and tend to enjoy and love a wide range of stories.

So I am thinking about whether this contest will happen again.  Last year is the final Sookie Stackhouse book.  True Blood has also been renewed for next year.  I am hoping people will want to write their own version of the last book  or what happens after the last book,  or something all human and totally different.  

I love this fandom and hope it will not end with the end of the books or the show.  So I am asking you to tell me when you would most like the contest to run at least one more time.

Please vote in a poll to tell me the timing you prefer for another I Write the Songs.  You can choose more than one or enter your own suggestion.   Go to the poll

Everyone,  thank you again for all your help and support!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Other options for posting your stories

I have set up 3 collections for I Write the Songs at a fanfiction site called AO3  (Archive of Our Own).  While it has been around for a while, it’s recently come to the attention of many in the fanfiction world. It is still in its beta phase, but it looks promising. One advantage it has over is, it has an Explicit rating, so posting smexy stories is within the site rules.

The collections I set up are:

Some of the sample fics and stories from 2010 are there. If any authors from either 2010 or 2012 want to post there and add into the collection, or the Sample Fics collection, let me know. The support is friendly and helpful; they said they would help me get invitations for the authors to get onto the site. They are trying to limit growth during the beta phase. So it might take a little effort, but I think it is worthwhile to try to develop this new site. I encourage you to follow I Write the Songs on AO3 as well as on If you need an invitation, you can contact me through comments below or email at  or tweet me at @I_WritetheSongs.   Random-Fandom  also has some invites, email them at .  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

So how does the multi-chapter fic option work?

We have a new contest option this year.   You can write a multi-chapter fanfic for the contest.  You just pick a song title and follow the other rules, except you need to write and post a minimum of 4 chapters of at least 1000 words each, during the contest.   Only the first chapter is sent to judging anonymously, but labeled as a multi-chapter fic, so the judges know there is more to come; it is not complete.

So who is going to try it out?  

If you have any questions about the contest, check the blog or profile,  or tweet @I_WritetheSongs or email me at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Open for submissions!

We are open for submissions, now until July 15th!  Don't wait until the last minute and overload our wonderful judges.

There is lots of contest information available on the blog or Fanfiction profile 

Check the beta page, if you need a beta, we have a few volunteers.  Email me at if you would like to volunteer as a beta, or tweet me at @I_WritetheSongs.

We also have 3 wonderful promo fics:  

Blue Jean  by suki59 

Changes   by onefee27   (this is a multi-chapter fic)

Hole in the River   by Ooshka  

"Let's Get This Party Started"     Anne

Monday, May 14, 2012

Only one week until the submissions start!  Submissions will be accepted May 21- July 15.  This is a LONG submission period, so as last time,  the contest will not be extended.

I have changed things up to allow a few more options in the type of story and also to add an option for a multi-chapter fic.

We are looking for beta volunteers, so if you are interested email me at i.writethesongs.svm, or tweet me at @I_WritetheSongs.   I'll add your fanfiction profile and / or twitter name to this blog on the Beta page so that authors can contact you.

Please email or tweet me (see contest addresses above)  if you have any questions.

Anne    aka Northwoman

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It's coming! A new round of I Write the Songs!

Hi everyone!  

With some encouragement,  I have decided to do another I Write the Songs contest.  I am currently updating and trying to improve some things to make this time even better.   Look for more soon.  Follow  this blog or @I_WriteTheSongs on Twitter to keep up on the contest.

I will be updating sections of this blog as I get the parameters set, right now it is all things from the fall of 2010.  Let me know (tweet me at @I_WriteTheSongs or email me at  if you are interested in being a beta for this contest.

My dear Alison has told me she does not feel well enough to co-host but she may write an entry!  She was the brilliant source of the theme for this contest.  Music is so inspiring.

I am looking forward to some new stories and some new authors!  The tentative submission dates are:  May 21-July 15.  Hopefully the new book in May and the new season of True Blood will also fuel some ideas for you to tell a story YOUR way!

I really want to thank everyone for the support they gave us in the previous contest and hope you will be able to participate anew.  The overloaded judges were awesome.  Some of the changes I plan should make it easier for the new judges.  

More soon.   Much love.

Anne - Northwoman