International Fanworks Day

International Fanworks Day 2022 is Coming Soon

Get ready: International Fanworks Day is only one month away! International Fanworks Day, or IFD, was founded in 2014 by the OTW. It’s a celebration of all types of fanworks, and it’s held annually on February 15. This year we’re celebrating the 8th annual IFD!

Here at the OTW, our theme this year is going to be Classic Fanworks and we’re letting you define “classic” however you want to. It could mean those works that have formed the backbone of your fandom, or it could be those works that you keep going back to, time and time again –- the works that you consider “essential reading.” You can participate however you want, but here are three suggestions: Read More

The OTW is Recruiting for Fanlore Policy & Admin Volunteers

Do you have an interest in preserving fannish history, wiki editing, or writing help documentation? The OTW is recruiting for Fanlore Policy & Admin volunteers!

We have included more information on the role below. Open roles and applications will always be available at the volunteering page. If you don’t see a role that fits with your skills and interests now, keep an eye on the listings. We plan to put up new applications every few weeks, and we will also publicize new roles as they become available.

All applications generate a confirmation page and an auto-reply to your e-mail address. We encourage you to read the confirmation page and to whitelist our email address in your e-mail client. If you do not receive the auto-reply within 24 hours, please check your spam filters and then contact us.

If you have questions regarding volunteering for the OTW, check out our Volunteering FAQ.

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My Mongoose is Moving to the AO3

My Mongoose, a Sentinel fanfiction and fanart ezine collection archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

In this post:

Background explanation

In an effort to consolidate all My Mongoose Ezines, including all stories, art and miscellaneous, the creator and moderators decided to house the works at Archive of our Own.

The purpose of the Open Doors Committee’s Online Archive Rescue Project is to assist moderators of archives to incorporate the fanworks from those archives into the Archive of Our Own. Open Doors works with moderators to import their archives when the moderators lack the funds, time, or other resources to continue to maintain their archives independently. It is extremely important to Open Doors that we work in collaboration with moderators who want to import their archives and that we fully credit creators, giving them as much control as possible over their fanworks. Open Doors will be working with Lisa to import the My Mongoose Ezines into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. As part of preserving the archive in its entirety, all fanfiction and fanart currently in the My Mongoose Ezines will be hosted on the OTW’s servers, and embedded in their own AO3 work pages.

We will begin importing works from My Mongoose Ezines to the AO3 after January.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on My Mongoose Ezines?

We will send an import notification to the email address we have for each creator. We’ll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. We will then permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your My Mongoose Ezines pseud(s) and email address(es), if:

  1. You’d like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. You have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your My Mongoose Ezines account, please contact Open Doors and we’ll help you out. (If you’ve posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they’re yours, that’s great; if not, we will work with the My Mongoose Ezines mod to confirm your claims.)

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions…

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We’d also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of My Mongoose on Fanlore. If you’re new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re excited to be able to help preserve My Mongoose!

– The Open Doors team and Lisa