Phoenix Rising; May 17-21, 2007; New Orleans, LA

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From Fan to Fandom Challenge

On the evening of May 19, 2007, in the famed Aquarium of the Americas, world-renowned fan culture academic Henry Jenkins and representatives of FictionAlley, The Leaky Cauldron and The Sugar Quill will present Transformation: From Fan to Fandom — a discussion of how online communities can transform individual fan experiences into collective fandoms.

As part of its showcase of the online fan community, Phoenix Rising, a Harry Potter conference, has partnered with FictionAlley, The Leaky Cauldron and The Sugar Quill — three sites that have excelled in creating interactive spaces for fans — to create a challenge around this keynote presentation and the amazing Harry Potter fandom. Fiction writers, artists and essayists are all welcome to participate, and we certainly hope that you do.

The prompt for all participants is the same, but the challenge is divided into three divisions by medium. The Sugar Quill, one of the Harry Potter fandomís first fanfiction archives, welcomes entries from fanfiction authors. FictionAlley, a repository of fanfiction, fanart, discussion and more, encourages artists to show their skills. The Leaky Cauldron, the premier Harry Potter news site, hosts essayists and their work.

Each participant must create a fanfiction work, a fanart piece or an essay based on the following prompt:
A Phoenix Moment: A phoenix moment is a moment in the Harry Potter series, real or imagined, when someone displays one or more traditional traits of the phoenix, whether transformation, loyalty, heroism or something else. The moment and the interpretation are up to you, as is your medium. Fiction, art and essays are all welcome and will be judged in separate divisions.

The winners — one fanfiction author, one fanartist and one essayist — will receive a complimentary ticket to Transformation: From Fan to Fandom at Phoenix Rising, as well as any additional prizes our partner sites choose to contribute to their division. Winners will also have their entries featured as part of Phoenix Rising.

The general contest rules are below, but for specific guidelines, please visit The Sugar Quill (fanfiction authors), FictionAlley (fanartists) and The Leaky Cauldron (essayists). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to write the Phoenix Rising team at

From Fan to Fandom Challenge: Contest Rules

Participants: You must be at least 14 years of age on May 17, 2007, and must compete as an individual. No purchase is necessary in order to participate or to win.

Prompt: You should create a work of fanfiction, a piece of fanart or an essay based on a Phoenix Moment, i.e., a moment, real or imagined, from the Harry Potter series during which a character displays a traditional trait of the phoenix. Entries should not contradict the book canon, though moments need not be portrayed in the series.

Submission of Entries: Entries should be submitted based on medium by visiting each host site and following the instructions located there: fanfiction entries should be submitted at; fanart entries should be submitted at; and essay entries should be submitted by Additionally, any entry may be submitted by e-mailing it to

Timing: Entries may be submitted beginning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 1, 2007 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 10, 2007. Winners will be notified and prizes awarded by March 1, 2007.

Eligibility: You may only submit one entry, regardless of medium. Should you submit more than one entry, all your entries will be disqualified. All entries must include the name (real or pseudonym), e-mail address, age and location of the entrant. Staff of Phoenix Rising, FictionAlley, The Leaky Cauldron and The Sugar Quill are not eligible to participate.

Restrictions: Your entry must be original to you. By submitting your entry, you represent and warrant that you are the author of all elements of your entry or, if you are not the author of one or more elements, that you have the right to use all elements of your entry. NC-17 material is not allowed and will not be considered.

Prizes: Phoenix Rising will award the winning fanfiction author, fanartist and essayist each one (1) ticket to Transformation: From Fan to Fandom on Saturday, May 19, 2007. Phoenix Rising registration is not necessary to attend the keynote presentation. Additional prizes are at the discretion of The Sugar Quill, FictionAlley and The Leaky Cauldron, as applicable.

The winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes due and payable upon prizes. Prizes are not exchangeable for cash, though a winner may transfer his or her prize ticket to another person or for credit with Phoenix Rising that may be used toward a registration, other event or keynote presentation tickets, or a squashy purple sleeping bag.

Judging: Entries will be judged on their quality as determined by representatives of Phoenix Rising and The Sugar Quill (fanfiction), FictionAlley (fanart) or The Leaky Cauldron (essays). Judging decisions are final and may not be appealed.

License: The winners will be required to grant Phoenix Rising and The Sugar Quill, FictionAlley or The Leaky Cauldron, as applicable, a license in perpetuity to display the winning entry, including the name (real or pseudonym) of the winner, on the Internet and at Phoenix Rising.

Void Where Prohibited: This challenge is void where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law.


Phoenix Rising Student Essay Challenge

Phoenix Rising invites high school students who reside or attend school within the limits of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Tammany, St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist parishes to enter the Phoenix Rising Student Essay Challenge with a written or digital essay. Five winners of the challenge will each receive a full weekend registration to Phoenix Rising and a writing workshop with author Valerie Frankel (Harry Potty and the Pet Rock: An Unauthorized Harry Potter Parody), as well as a registration for a chaperone.

The challenge prompt is:
The themes of death and rebirth are recurring in the Harry Potter novels. In what instances in the stories are these themes most evident? How does J. K. Rowling use rebirth to counteract occurrences of death and destruction? What implications might this have as the series draws to a close with the seventh book? Finally, how can readers use the lessons presented with these themes when facing death and hardships in their own lives?

In your response, first use examples from the Harry Potter novels. For the last question, you may draw on your experiences or from the experiences of those in your community.

All entries are due March 1, 2007, and winners will be announced on March 15, 2007. Please see the challenge rules for more information, and e-mail with any questions.

Download complete rules and entry information for the Phoenix Rising Student Essay Challenge below.

Phoenix Rising Student Essay Challenge
 Phoenix Rising Student Essay Challenge

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