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Winterfest Online 2020
February 15 - 23
An annual week-long celebration of the 1987-1990 tv show, Beauty and the Beast, and its fandom

Submission Guidelines

WFOL is a special kind of potluck party - all the gifts and goodies we look forward to every year come from you. Without your "dishes", the Great Hall feast would be meager. Imagine... what if every visitor brought just one small treat to the table!

  • Submissions should, obviously, be related to Beauty and the Beast. Winterfest themes are, of course, especially appropriate.
  • Submit work that's new, or newly online. People like surprises at WFOL. :-)
  • Submissions for all seasons and of all ratings are welcome.
  • Submissions may be in any language.
  • We reserve the right to label submissions in whatever way we deem necessary, or to "unlist" anything we deem inappropriate.

Examples of Winterfest Online Submissions

Write - fanfic, poetry, essay, filk...
Draw, paint, sculpt, doodle, make a cartoon, create computer wallpaper or an animation...
Craft - jewelry, clothing, quilts, a Winterfest card...
Sing a song, make a video, recite poetry - or prose or fanfic...
Set up a Web site - you've wished you could - give it a try!
Find an old zine, contact authors and artists, get permissions, and scan it to PDF. (Ah, so much easier to say than do. Like losing weight.)

Getting your work online

We encourage to you to explore the different avenues to get your work online and sharable with others. Now might be the time to get your personal blog/fan site going if you don't have one already. There are free hosting solutions out there: Wordpress or Blogger, for example; it's easy to get started. Those of you who have web sites or blogs may like to offer to post things for those who do not, so get that word out among your family of friends if it's a possibility. (Keep in mind, though, that asking someone else to post for you increases your friend's workload!)

We encourage the use Google Drive. It's free, very easy to use, and accepts almost all file types - docs, jpgs, pdfs, audio files, videos, and more. Simply upload your finished work, copy the 'share' link Google Drive creates for you, then fill out the WFOL submissions database form. You need a Google account to upload and store your documents (and you may well have one already), but anyone with the 'share' link can view the file.

Alternately, you may post your work at public websites, such as fanfiction.net or on youtube. Just be careful not to publicly post your things too soon - else you'll spoil the surprise!

Sites such as Facebook and Pinterest require viewers themselves to have an account, so these are not good places for your WFOL work. Some visitors will be unable to see your submissions.

Entering Your Submission into the WFOL Database

Once your submissions are finished and posted online, you need to tell us about them in our Submissions Database. We will post a link to your work on the WFOL day of your choice so visitors can see what you've done! This data will also appear in the Acknowledgements section of our closing ceremonies.

The Submissions Database form will ask for this information:

  • First date to make live
  • Submitter name(s)
  • Email address, in case we should need to contact you. We will not post it or otherwise share it.
  • Email address you want posted with your submission (Leave blank if you don't want one.)
  • Submission title or description
  • Link to submission (We strongly recommend avoiding spaces in links.)
  • category (fic, poetry, art, video, audio/reading, audio/music, game, shop, other)
  • New? (Yes, First time online, No)
  • 3S? (Yes, No)
  • Steamy? (Yes, No)
  • Language (None, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Other)
  • May be enjoyed by those who don't speak this language (Yes, No) examples: video, song, reading, story that includes art
Submission deadline is the last day of WFOL. You may submit new content through the Submissions Database at any time before or during Winterfest, right up until the last day of the celebration. No content can be accepted after Winterfest is over though, so don't wait to share your creations!

A Word About Permissions

If you're scanning a zine, permissions are non-optional. Likewise if you are reading aloud someone else's fanfic, using someone else's art in your video, or creating other derivative works.


We hope we have made the above guidelines clear and complete, but if you have ANY questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Contact us at wintercandlemakers2@yahoo.com.