International Fanworks Day

What We’re Doing for #IFD2018

As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year.

On February 15th we’ll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Activities sponsored by the OTW are listed below, but we’d like you to let us know in the comments about other events and activities you’re aware of so that we can signal boost them.


International Fanworks Day

What Fanworks Mean to Me 2018

Last month the OTW’s Communications Committee sent out a call for essays on “What Fanworks Mean to Me” as part of celebrations for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15. A number of you responded, and we’d like to thank everyone who contributed! We share some of those submissions with you below, but for those of you who missed our challenge, we’d like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:

  • Where do you go to find works or more information about your fandoms?
  • If you use the Archive of Our Own, what steps do you take to search it and find specific items?
  • What are your favorite fandoms or tags to browse, if you’re not looking for something in particular?
  • How do you look at fanworks — on your phone, eReaders, computers, in print?
  • When do you usually look for fanworks?
  • Do you tend to save them, bookmark them, rec them, delete them?
  • If you’re trying to find a fanwork again, where do you go for help?
  • Have other fans shared with you the way they look for works, and what did you think were good tips?

Leave your comments here, or keep the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe hashtag going elsewhere with your responses!


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International Fanworks Day 2018 Is Coming

International Fanworks Day is February 15, 2018. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

What is International Fanworks Day?

A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. In text, image, audio, or multimedia, whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we’d like to hear your plans for celebrating. We’d also like you to tell us what fanworks mean to you. Do one of the following by January 31:

  • Hashtag your thoughts with #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and add a hashtag for your country if you like!
  • Send longer essays (up to 350 words) to Communications through our contact form

We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News on February 5 as part of our lead-up to International Fanworks Day. When submitting, please include the following:

  1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
  2. What country you call home

Submissions are welcome in all languages, so start sharing your fanworks love!