HP Zombiefest 2013: Signups and Rules

ReeLet's start with a few basic pieces of information for you all. :)

1) The final date for sending in your artwork or story will be December 7, 2013. Of course, you can ask for a deadline or simply dropout by sending in a mail to hp.zombiefest@gmail.com I understand that sometimes life gets in the way, and you are completely free to opt out.
2) You can choose to stick to the zombie theme or opt to include ANY magical creature.
3) Minimum word limit is 400 words.
4) Please remember that this is an anonymous fest.
5) Beta read fics are obviously appreciated by everyone.
6) Sign up by commenting on this post or sending an email to hp.zombiefest@gmail.com
7) When sending in your fics, please make sure you include Title, penname, summary, rating, warnings and A/N(optional).
8) When sending in artwork, please include Title, name, rating, medium of work.

December 7, 2013: Contributions due
December 12, 2013: Posting starts
December 20, 2013: Masterlist revealed

Remember, you can email me at any time with any queries, suggestions or complaints you may have. :)

-mod :)

HP Zombiefest 2013

So you all know that the old mod has left this community as of last year. But such an amazing community cannot go to waste.

So I have decided to bring back this fest for this year-with a little twist.

Instead of only zombies, you can include any magical creature of any form, even your own original creature, in your fic/artwork. I know it's the HP ZOMBIEFEST, but due to the fall in participation, I figured it could be a good idea to have any sort of magical creature.

Please spread the word and comment down below if you are interested in participating in this fest. A tentative date for submission is around December 6, 2013.

Also, please bear with me. This is my first time as a mod, and I really don't want to screw up. So any suggestions or tips would be highly appreciated.

-mod :)

Masterlist and Announcement

So, that's it, folks! The 2012 Zombiefest has come to a close! All participants are now free to reposts their fics to journals, archives, etc.

The Masterlist
What a Day by blossomdreams
Countdown to the End of the World by slumber
Silencing Charms by deirdre_aithne
The Stranger by rzzmg
Undead Ringers by primeideal
Dead Man's Party by writcraft and vlorahp
The Countdown to Genesis by justthedreams
Symbiosis by justthedreams

I would like to thank everyone who participated in this years fest, as well as those who participated last year. It's been a great two years. Which is why I'm very sad to announce that I will not be running another Zombiefest next year. For all that I love Zombies, and zombie!HP fics, participation dropped significantly this year, with a high percentage of drop-outs, and my real life has gotten a bit more hectic since sign-ups happened. The time commitment involved is just a bit too much, and with participation so low (whether it's due to the time of year, lack of interest, or something else all together) has made me decide to bow out now, after another good run.

That being said, if there is anyone out there who feels that Zombiefest should not be left to shamble about, moaning and groaning for brains, then reach out to me. I would be more than happy to pass the comm over to new mods who wish to keep it going, whether by continuing the fest or making their own new place out of it.

And if not, I would like to make it clear that I will be leaving the comm up. There is no risk of me deleting it just because the fest is no longer running, and if there have been no offers to take over modship by January 1st, then at that point, I will open the comm up for general zombie posting - which means it can become a home for posting, recing, and finding Harry Potter-verse zombie fics.

Thank you again to everyone who has ridden along on this little journey of ours!

Fic: What a Day

Author/Artist: blossomdreams
Title: What a Day
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Harry, Madam Pomfrey
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 870
Warning(s): none except zombie biting, character death (not Harry), death of a sixth year student
Prompt: (if used; please credit the creator of your prompt if you have used one!!) Own
Summary: Harry wakes up from a normal injury to an abnormal situation.
Author's Note: I don’t know why RL keeps me from giving you all a proper story. I had to scrap my original plan of having Harry find out his children’s significant others through the zombie situation. Well I put it on the backburner instead because I will make a proper one soon. *nods* Thanks to the lovely mods for the extension. I’m sorry for the ambiguous ending again. Enjoy!

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Fic: Countdown to the End of the World

Author: slumber
Title: Countdown to the End of the World
Characters: Theodore Nott, Draco Malfoy, Mrs Zabini, Blaise Zabini
Rating: G
Word Count: 1200
Warning(s): None
Prompt: None
Summary: "How do we get there?" Draco asks the afternoon he nearly gets bitten on a food run. He swears up a storm and throws a hissy fit but Theodore makes him wait the requisite five hours anyway. Rules are rules, Theodore reminds him, earning only a stream of colorful curses from Draco. He doesn't stop glaring at him for at least an hour after he is finally allowed back in.
Author's Note: Thanks to deirdre_aithne for organizing this fest-- seriously, one of my favorites ever! I participated last year and couldn't pass the chance to do so again. This fic takes place in the same universe as the fics I wrote last time, Dead Men Walking and The Quibbler's Guide to the Rising, though you don't need to read either to follow this one.

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Fic: Silencing Charms

Author/Artist: deirdre_aithne
Title: Silencing Charms
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Draco, a little bit of Scorpius, and mentions of Astoria
Rating: R
Word Count: 2,083
Warning(s): Character death of the graphic variety
Prompt: Inspired by a prompt from the 2011 fest left by kiraohara.
Summary: The scratching was unbearable. More so were the keening sounds that slipped through even the strongest Silencing Charms, in the end.
Author's Note: My eternal gratitude to uniquepov for betaing this for me.

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Fic: The Stranger

Author/Artist: RZZMG
Title: The Stranger
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Hermione Granger and (highlight to be spoiled) Draco Malfoy, and the Weasleys
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2,645 words
Warning(s): Discussion of a zombie plague, including some medical descriptions. Implied theft (off-screen).
Prompt: My own prompt.
Summary: A stranger shows up at Hermione Granger's front gate one rainy morning…
Author's Note: Thank you to my beta, LS, and to the Mod of this wonderful fest!

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Fic: Undead Ringers

Author/Artist: primeideal
Title: Undead Ringers
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Lee Jordan
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3,000
Warning(s): Implied minor character death (offscreen).
Prompt: n/a
Summary: The Department of Magical Games and Sports records seven hundred Quidditch fouls. One more shouldn't make much difference.
Author's Note: Thanks to the mods for running this fest!

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Fic: Dead Man's Party

Title: Dead Man’s Party
Author: writcraft and vlorahp
Pairing(s)/Characters: Harry/Draco, Severus, Hermione/Ron, Neville, zombie!Lucius Malfoy
Summary: Draco discovers some old artefacts in Malfoy Manor and decides to exhibit them at the Halloween party he and Harry are hosting. But Malfoy Manor is full of Dark things and in unearthing old antiques, Harry and Draco unleash the ghosts of the past.
Rating: R
Word count: ~7,700
Warnings: Zombies, some fluffiness, some strange dreams and perhaps a little bit of crack!
Author/Artist's notes: Loosely written for the prompt “Look at my mask, isn’t it pretty? It raises the dead” as spoken by Giles in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode ‘Dead Man’s Party’ hence the title of the fic. We hope you enjoy reading it! Thank you so much to omi_ohmy for the speedy beta and very helpful suggestions. Thanks also to lovely mod deirdre_aithne for running the fest and her endless patience!

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Posting for the 2012 Zombiefest will begin in roughly 15 minutes, and post one fic per hour for the next 6 hours (first fic at 8:30am EDT, final fic at 3:30pm EDT). Fics are posting in reverse order of length (meaning the longest fic first, with the shortest fic last) because that's just how the mod happens to have them sorted in her folders.

The mod would quickly like to remind everyone of our rules regarding comments! This fest is not a place for concrit, or to make snide or otherwise discouraging comments, flame, or character/pairing bash. If we see any of this in the comments, your comment will be deleted and you will be banned from the comm. We are unmerciful with the banhammer, so please don't make us use it.

And with that in mind, everybody bunker down with your canned goods and bottled water and let's get our zombie on!!