Nominations will open on June 1st 2005 at http://www.livejournal.com/community/baftas/
The Baftas are intended to try to bring a quality voters' choice award into the Tolkien fandom. Whereas many put higher trust in judged awards, we do not, as judged awards are subject to a limited number of people reading and judging and their personal preferences. We believe that recognition of quality can be done in this way. This is why we have created detailed forms that need to be filled in by every voter. This is why we try to make the readers look closely at the stories they read before they vote. We are not saying we are perfect, we are saying that we have something we want to try.
Please try it with us, prove that good fanfiction can win awards.
These awards are quality based and all fiction, art or poetry nominated will go through a rigorous voting process. Nominating and voting is run by all who wish to participate through filling in nomination and voting forms.
We work under strict rules to ensure fairness and quality and have taken as thorough measures as we can to discourage all kinds of cheating.
Please have a look before dismissing us.
[Disclaimer: The Arrangers behind Baftas wish to remain anonymous to minimise fandom politics, fangirling and to promote an award system based on quality over quantity or number of friends.]