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Hunt

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Sky

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Brothers

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Anonymity

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First

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Money

Raiment

Sickness

Out of Place

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Alphabet Story

Weather

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Betrayal and Forgiveness

No Time

Yes, I do

Mystery

Mmmmmmmm...

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Shadow

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Mountains

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History Repeating Itself

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Seed

Around the Fireside

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Candles

Stories and Pictures

In the Name of Love

Animals of Middle-earth

Alcohol

Numbers

Music

Colours of Middle-earth

Dreams

Trees

Father and Son

Names

One Voice

Anniversaries

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Resolutions

Losers Weepers

Finders Keepers

Devil's Advocate

Falls

Journeys

Five Ingredients - Your Recipe

The Student Surpasses the Teacher

Mothers

Pranks

Return of the Light

Trading Places

The Price of Freedom

Giving Gifts, Receiving Gifts

Bad Habits

Weird Tales

Crossroads

Elven Realms

Competitions



Crime and Punishment

"When I Was Your Age...!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Excuses

Leavetaking

Once Upon A Time

Disguises

Healing

Love

Growing Up

Twenty-Four

Dark Places

Friend or Foe

Well-laid Plans

The Sea, The Sea

Good and Evil

The Four Elements

As Time Goes By

Childhood Fears

Whodunit

Me, Myself and I

Skills

Maidens of Middle Earth

Crossing Borders

On Location

Home is Where the Heart is

A Glimpse of the Future

That's a First

Hobbits

Secrets

Unlikely Heroes

The O. C.

Lest we Forget

Proverbs

Choices

Friendship

If I could turn back Time

Wanderlust

First Sentence

Things to be Thankful for

White Lie

Winter Wonderland

Rituals and Festivities

Boo!

Happiness/Unhappiness

Family

Drabbles

What If ...?

One Title: Your Story

A Fairy Tale, Middle-Earth style

Games People Play

Friends in Small Places

Teitho voting guide

Teitho has always been a contest decided by the readers voting for their favourite stories, not by any judges. In the same time, we would like to achieve as much objectivity in voting as possible, and so we put together some suggestions for our voters. They are just recommendations to help you in deciding about the quality of the competing stories, not binding rules. If you don't agree with them, you can vote according to your own conviction.

So how to judge the stories? One way is reading them and comparing with each other to find the story that you like best without any given criteria. If you want to be more objective though, try to focus on these points:

Spirit of Arda: we are a Tolkien fanfiction contest, so the story should be recognizeable as such. Even in and "alternative universe" story, you should feel that it's alternative to Tolkien's Middle-earth. The characters should be true to themselves, even if their circumstances or some of their decisions are changed. The author's knowledge of canon creates a background for a plausible story without obvious mistakes, whether it's a story completely true to canon, or diverges from it by the author's intention.

Originality: does the story bring something new into the fandom? If it describes canonical events, does it bring a new perspective and deeper understanding of them?

Writing: the artistic side of the story, the beauty of language and its expressions. How well did the author master their craft? Does the story flow easily? Are the dialogues natural and not forced? Did you enjoy reading it not only for the plot?

Personal preference: Everybody has their favourite characters and genres, and it's alright if that influences your vote. Just please, try to consider the other points as well.

For even more objectivity, you can open a text file or take a piece of paper and give points to the stories as you read them. It is up to you how you divide these points. You can use a scale of 1 to 10 for every of the above mentioned qualities: 10 points for canon, 10 for originality, 10 for writing and 10 for personal preference. But you can also put more weight to the quality that is important to you, for example 15 points for originality, and just 5 for writing.

Note: It is appreciated if you read all the stories before casting your vote, but it is not mandatory. Look at the header information of the stories, and if there is a story from a type or genre you just don't read, it's alright if you skip it!

Authors are allowed to vote, but not for their own stories. This might seem discouraging, as it feels like voting *against* your story. That's why, if your vote would have been a deciding one, pushing your story to a lower place, your story will not lose its position based on it. (It means that if you vote for a story that is in the same position as yours in the final score, your story will be given the same number of bonus points.)



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