Increase Queue Limit
On an on-going basis we'll allow 2 new chapters in the queue at once. We hope this will let people update stories as well as bring in stories from other sites.
Five for Five
For the first five days of each month we'll allow five new chapters in the queue at once. We might cancel on months where the queue is too far behind or there are too many validators gone at once but starting June 1st, you'll have five days to get five new chapters at once.
You can read more and comment here.
Hogwarts Houses are a big deal on our forums; there are many house-specific events and competitions, and the four Houses compete throughout the year to take home the House Cup.
Many of our members have requested an option for authors who are also on the HPFT forums to identify their house, to facilitate house-wide events. After putting up a poll, we found that a large majority of members wanted the option, so we've added a category for it.
Please note that you will have to go in and add the tag to each of your stories manually; however, you will not need to edit your chapters or put the story back through the queue for it to be added. :)
We've added the following tags in the past month.
We're very pleased to announce another round of featured stories! Please give a very deserved hand to...
Liar by Felpata_Lupin
The Battle of Hogwarts by melian
The Ten Year Anniversary of Dumbledore’s Army by FireOpal
The Orchard by beylah_obscurus
Tell Me Who You Are by Winding Arrow
Congratulations, all! If you'd like to keep your awards, please rehost & credit to abhorsen. @HPFT :) Thank you!
As many of you have noticed, the archive has been in maintenance mode for a good part of the day.
The server changeover that impacted both the archive and the forums last week ending up causing some issues with our HTML encoding. Our host has now addressed those issues, so you'll now be able to access the archive again. :)
Unfortunately, to fix these coding issues, we ended up having to sacrifice some of the data- i.e., content posted in the past day or so. We're very, very sorry about any chapters or reviews you might have lost, and we wish we'd been able to resolve the situation without doing so. :( You're of course very welcome to repost them now that the issue has been resolved.
If you have any questions at all about whether something is in the queue (or anything else related to the archive), please feel free to contact me or one of our validators (Aphoride, pookha, and TreacleTart), and we'll clarify it.
Thank you all so much for your patience, and again, we're very sorry if you lost anything due to the glitches.
We're very excited to announce our featured stories for this month. :)
Our first four featured stories were written by our head students of the past two months. Margaret, ProfessorMcGonagall, BlackPixie, and cambangst are all amazing assets to the site, and we couldn't be happier to promote their stories. If you haven't read any of them, we strongly recommend you do so next time you're looking for something to read (and, ofc, try to leave a review!). :D
Please give a round of applause for...
The Writing on the Wall by Margaret
A Lord in the Shadows by ProfessorMinnie
Blank by BlackPixie!
Shades of Anger by cambangst!
In addition, one very imaginative and underappreciated story jumped out this month to the staff, and we're happy to feature it as well!
A Farewell to Arms by hiddenhiberium!
Congratulations - and thanks! - to all five of you! If you'd like to keep your awards, please rehost & credit to abhorsen. @HPFT :)
We've added the following tags in the past month
Avatar (the Last Airbender/Legend of Korra)
Game of Thrones
Old Kingdom series
If you do write something based on the prompt, link to it in a post. Or, post it on our multi-fandom/original fiction, fully-moderated and welcoming archive.
Your weekly writing prompt is:
Blood doesn’t have to mean gore or violence. Blood status in the Harry Potter books was important, and it is a common trope that magic powers are inherited down bloodlines. Here are some examples from fiction if you want to go this route through fanfiction.
Not in the mood for fanfic, how about…
Maybe you want to write about someone being ‘blooded’ for the first time…
Or maybe violence really is your thing…
As always, if you write something, we’d love for you to submit it to us, and be sure to follow the ToS of the site you post at.
We’re going to be posting a weekly writing prompt to get your juices flowing. This isn’t a challenge per se; there are no prizes except for the joy of writing. If you do write something based on the prompt, feel free to include the prompt name in your story summary/notes. :)
Your weekly writing prompt is:
For those of you not familiar, adorkable is someone or something that is both adorable and dorky. While it’s usually applied to people, it can be applied across a wide field.
Wanna write fanfic about someone adorkable? Here are some suggestions.
How about Scorpius Malfoy from Cursed Child? Sam Winchester from Supernatural? Felicity Smoak or Curtis Holt (Mr Terrific) from Arrow? Barry Allen from Flash?
How about an adorkable ship?
Luna/Neville sounds like it could be adorkable to us, how about you? Lirael/Nicholas Sayre from the Abhorsen series has the potential to be adorkable. (Thanks evil little devil for this suggestion).
Need a creature? Crookshanks! Hairless cats! Llamas?
Most importantly, have fun!
We've added the following tags in the past month:
Harry Potter (inc. Fantastic Beasts)
Video Games -> To the Moon
And, of course, you can always request tags on our forums or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In honor of our grand opening, we're going to be running our first ever staff competition.
We realize that many of you have your hands full with NANO, so we’re going to keep our opening challenge short and sweet. Your challenge is to write a drabble (i.e., 100-200 words) based on your NANO work, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, or anything else that inspires you! You have until 11:59pm GMT on November 30, 2016 to put your story into the queue. As long as your story is in the queue by then, we will accept it. :)
You can submit up to ten entries. Please include the ‘HPFT Archive Grand Opening Drabble Challenge’ in each story’s summary. The top 3 stories will be featured as the very first featured stories on the archive!
After a couple weeks of working out the kinks, the HPFT archive is officially opening its doors to the public! We're still very young and building up our archive, but our members have already uploaded hundreds of stories, and we'd love to add yours to the group. :) If you'd like to upload stories to a fandom that isn't currently included or characters/pairings that aren't included, please email us at email@example.com OR request them on our forums. The staff will be happy to add the tags for you.
Welcome to our archive! We hope you enjoy your stay!
It's that time of year again! We love NaNo - pushing ourselves to write (and write and write and write!) is both frustrating and incredibly validating. If we're lucky, we're even productive. ;)
This is HPFT's first NaNoWriMo, and we're absolutely thrilled to be hosting a massive event surrounding it on our forum. In our Krazies Kafé, you can find NaNo nests (journals), rat races, help threads, and an amazing pajama party. We're psyched to see some of the NaNo projects make their way onto the archive, and regardless, we love supporting each other through this month of madness.
So, we invite everyone to come check it out, whether they're doing the full NaNoWriMo or are being NaNo rebels with more reasonable goals. Happy NaNo!
It's finally here! After months of hard work, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that the HPFT archive is open! Forum members can join and begin posting stories immediately; we'll officially open to the public and begin advertising the archive on November 15. We could never have gotten this done without you, and we hope you'll enjoy posting on here.
A quick synopsis:
Our archive is fully moderated; everything must go through the queue and be approved by a validator. Right now, there will be seven of us in the queue: the four validators, myself, toomanycurls, and WriteYourHeartOut. We foresee (and hope!) there will be a large volume of submissions for quite awhile, but our plan is to keep the backlog in the queue to three days or fewer, so you don't have to wait for too long.
We allow original fiction and all fandoms that don't come with major copyright concerns (i.e., Disney) or whose authors have not expressly forbidden fanfiction based on their work. We are also open to a range of styles of stories, including traditional narratives, drabbles, and poetry. Like our forums, our archive is committed to transparency. We have a formal appeals process in place for rejections, and we encourage you to reach out to archive staff with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
We can't wait to start validating your stories!