Week 4 - Literary Award

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Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:40 am

We wouldn't have a festival if it weren't for the magical authors that gave us all these books to celebrate. The organizers of the Hogsmeade Literary Festival felt it only fitting to honour those authors who have contributed to our community through presenting some of them with an award. Your task is to report back on one of the awards, including the name of it, the criteria for winning it, who was nominated, and who ultimately won it.

Send your Literary Award report to us at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces) with the subject line ‘Week 4 - Literary Award - HOL ID’ by November 26th, 11:59pm HOL time. You will earn 10 points for this -- please remember to make sure it is at least 150 words long for full points.

Remember to include your HOL name, ID and House in the body of the email! Note: We'll be posting your submission in the HOL Forum after the due date unless you tell us otherwise in your submission.
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:27 am

Submissions have been received from:

Gail Allen
Maxim Trevelyan
Polaris Black
Prof. Gustavo Flores
Shiloh Adler
Sirius Fudge
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:53 am

Gail Allen submitted:

After the panel about gender in fantasy turned out to be as successful as it was, the organizers of the festival decided to create an award for the Best Literary Heroine.
The criteria for winning this award are quite simple: The book must have been published within the last year, or have been presented at the Literary Festival. It must of course also contain a strong female lead character, and preferably more than one female character, though this is not a requirement as long as the one female character who is there, is the main character.
The character should also be a positive role model for girls and be someone they can look up to and admire.

The Authors nominated for The Best Literary Heroine Award were:
Désiré Teemu with Soldier Of The Solstice, Ede Beatrix with Memories Of Shadows, Judoc Jami with Bound To The Moon, Cassandra Jackson with The North Restored and last but not least Toria Carola with Fortune Of Fire.

All five authors wrote spectacular fantasy novels with strong female leads, but the panel has decided after much deliberation that the award should go to Toria Carola with Fortune Of Fire.

Congratulations Toria!
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:54 am

Maxim Trevelyan submitted:

One of the awards that is given out at the closing ceremony of the Hogsmeade Literary Festival is Selina Sapworthy's Award for Superb Scripture. It is one of the most highly sought after awards of the literary field, so in spirit of the festival, the award committee decided to award it at the Hogsmeade Literary Festival.

The criterion is thought simple at first, but many factors are looked into before nominations are announced, much less the winner. The person who gets this award must write an exceptional piece of prose writing, which bridges the world between different groups of magical (or non-magical, but no one was awarded for it yet in 100 years of its existence) folks and beings.

There are three nominees this year; Brigitte Sandoval, an author of Family Forever: Between Blood Lines, a book that talks about bridging a peace between pureblood and Muggleborn families of French Wizarding World, Wodan Whitemane, author of Magical Underworld: Rise of Lycanthropes, a written account of his life amongst werewolves of United States of America, which also shines a light on many issues that plague wizards affected with lycanthropy and Ujarak Utku, an author of Not Just Gold: Why Goblins Matter, a book that gives several real account of prejudice against goblins and why we should be concerned with removing those prejudices from our society.

However, as much as all books made quite an impact in the wizarding societies around the world, there can only be one winner. This honor was bestowed upon Wodan Whitemane, those book started series of conversations in the magical governments of the world about Anti-Werewolf legislations and started many procedures against removing the prejudicial laws.
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:57 am

Polaris Black submitted:

The International Book Award honors those who foster harmony and cooperation between the magical nations of the world through their writing. The Award was established in 1950 and such writers as Udo Molitor, Newt Scamander, Ludo Ariosto, Athena Kircher, Walter Morris, Gilderoy Lockhart, Emily Blackwell, Bathilda Bagshot, Kennilworthy Whisp, and John Salgrado have all won the Award, just to name a few.

Judges must be experts in the field and can be writers, literary critics, librarians, and booksellers. A total of 20 judges are selected, including five in each of the four Award categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. In order to be eligible for the Award, a book must be published between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year and it must also be nominated by its publisher.

Each panel reads all of the books submitted in their category and compiles a “longlist” of ten titles, which is then further narrowed down to a list of five Finalists. The panel may arrive at these selections using whatever criteria they deem appropriate as long as there is no conflict with the general guidelines that are provided. This year, the five Nonfiction Finalists are:

  • An Appraisal of Magical Education in the World by Selena Gallagher
  • Around the World in 80 Magical Recipes by Gabrielle Delacour
  • Azkaban: A Plan to Solve the Global Climate Crisis by Agnetha Rowle
  • Festivals of Death Around the World by Sir Shiro's Ghostly Services
  • The Handbook of Quidditch Mascots by Rolf Scamander
And the winner is Festivals of Death Around the World by Sir Shiro's Ghostly Services! This group of authors, i.e., Pale-Faced Pecan, Lost Nightmare, and Giselle, are known for organizing spectacularly accurate spiritual festivals and fantasmic Deathday celebrations. Congratulations and well deserved!
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:59 am

Prof. Gustavo Flores submitted:

The award ceremony I attended was one about Magical Research, to win the “Magic in Academia” Award. In order the win this award, the nominees should meet the following criteria:

1. Being active professors.
2. Revolutionize ideas and thoughts in the academic field
3. Produce a big impact in the magical community.

The nominees for this award were Professor Minerva McGonagall with Transfiguring the Untransfigurable, Professor Neville Longbottom with Herbal Guide for Advanced Herbologists, and Professor Tarma Amelia Black with Wand Lore for the Aspiring Wand-Maker.

The ultimate winner of the “Magic in Academia” Award was Prof. Tarma Amelia Black!

Professor Tarma Amelia Black debuts as an author with his brand new book: Wand Lore for the Aspiring Wand-Maker. Professor Black has been teaching exclusive “Wand-Making” courses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for several years, to seventh year students that have aspirations to become Wand-Makers or that simply have interest in wand research. Besides that, she has dedicated most of her life to wand research, knowledge that she has been able to place in her book.

Wand-Making has been a profession that has been very closed and exclusive for families of wand-makers, but with her book, Professor Black has broken that barrier and gives everyone that has the desire to be a wand-maker to achieve that dream, so that was the reason why she earned this award.

Professor Black’s book was reviewed by no other than Mr. Ollivander, a very well-known and prestigious wand-maker, who also attended to the ceremony and gave a little speech. It was great! Congratulations Prof. Tarma!
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:00 am

Submitted by Shiloh Adlar:

The Hogsmeade Literary Festival had many awards up for grabs this year, but the most prestigious of awards at this year's festival had to be the Witch Weekly Breakout Novel of the Year Award. This award featured four authors with their first breakout novels going head to head with the critics. To be qualified for a nomination, authors must have published their first novel during the year 2016 and their novel must feature a strong witch as a main character. The author must also be a witch. The four finalist for this award were Gudgeon Cleaver, author of Which Witch Held the Broom?, Florence Byrde, author of Flight of the Carriage, Marticia Jones, author of Margot's Quidditch Rumor, and Ismay Fortune, author of The Seer in the Mist.

After a lot of deliberation, reviews from the critics and fellow Witch Weekly subscribers, a winner was chosen. The winner of this year's Witch Weekly Breakout Novel of the Year Award was announced to be Ismay Fortune with her breakout novel, The Seer in the Mist.

Although this was the first year for this particular award, Witch Weekly was excited for the turn out they received and plan to give out the award annually from now on.
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Re: Week 4 - Literary Award

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:02 am

Sirius Fudge submitted:

The award that I would like to talk about is the Grand Adventurer Award. This award is given to the author who have shown great dedication to traveling the world, discovering new places, and sharing their discovered knowledge throughout the world through their books filled with adventures and magical information that the world provides us.

In the recently concluded festival, the nominees for the award are: Baozhai An, a Chinese magizoologist who spent one month in the Himalaya mountains studying caves where yetis previously stayed; Bahati Jafari, an African healer who monitored herds of bicorn and studied the properties of the bicorn horn in healing; and Mariana Lucia, a Peruvian wandmaker who scoured the country's forests, studying the different wood properties, integrating the information to wandmaking.

The three have their published books being presented in the festival. All of them deserved to win the award but in the end, it was Mariana Lucia who won the prestigious prize.
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