The Gathering of the Fellowship Writing Contest~Last Announcement

The closing date for submissions has been extended to November 30, 2003. This should give y'all a bit more time to enter! So get cracking and write something!

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I am both pleased and excited to announce the Gathering of the Fellowship writing contest for 2003.

The Gathering; a Long Expected Party.

The purpose of the Gathering Writing Contest is to encourage and develop an enduring love for the works of JRR Tolkien. We also hope to help foster literacy through the writing process. The characters, settings, languages and places used in any of the works submitted here remain the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and perhaps New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author(s) of said work. No monies will be exchanged as part of remuneration for the awards.

There are four separate age groups for the categories in which you may submit your works. There is also a special category for 'Merry/Sues'. This has been created for stories where you may have inserted yourself as either a modern day or original character into Middle Earth. At a later date, we will also be running a poll for Reader's Choice, whereby any story/poem or essay on any website (provided it meets the Terms of Service for, can be nominated for an award. Details to follow.

The age groups for submissions are:

SHIRE   (9-12 yrs)

MIRKWOOD  (13-15 yrs)

IMLADRIS (16-19 yrs)


GONDOR (20+ yrs)


Once you have identified which age group you belong to, you may submit only one piece of work per category. If you submit more than one piece of work per category, then all of your works for that category will be disqualified.

A list of rules has been provided below.

To enter, CLICK HERE!



a/ All submitted material must have a clear connection to Tolkien related works eg, The Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Unfinished Tales  or other works by JRR Tolkien

b/ All entries must be submitted via  Tolkien Online's Contest Page, and all entrants must be registered with

 c/ All entries may relate to either the books or the movies

d/ All entries must meet the standards of Tolkien Online's Terms of Service. No slash/het/erotic stories will be accepted. All stories must be family friendly.

e/ All entries must be submitted in English. Spelling and grammatical errors will result in lower marks for the piece. Both English and American spelling will be accepted..

f/ All work must be completed at the time of submission and must be a stand alone piece. No chapters or parts of serials or longer stories will be eligible.

g/ Only one entry per category per person will be accepted. If more than one entry is submitted then all material by that particular author in the category entered will become ineligible.

h/ All decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges reserve the right to transfer material from one category to another, if there are not enough entries in a particular category or if material has been submitted incorrectly.

i/ Any work that exceeds the word limit for that particular category or exhibits exceedingly poor spelling and/or grammar will be automatically disqualified.

j/ Verification of age and identity will be required before an award is made public. If neither can be verified then the winner of that category will forfeit to the runner up.

The contest closes on November 30, 2003 at midnight (PT). No entries after this time and date will be accepted.

Please read through the rules carefully before submitting your piece through the

Contest Submission Page


Happy Writing!





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