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2019 OTW Board Voting Now Open!

The election has opened!

Every OTW member who joined between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, should have a ballot by now. If you didn’t get one, please check your spam folder first, then contact us via our contact form.

The election will run through 23:59 UTC on August 12, 2019; check this time zone converter to find out what time that will be for you.

Once you’ve voted, you can head over to Twitter and use the hashtag #otw2019 to let us know!

If you used a Yahoo email address when you donated: On July 15, Yahoo purged accounts that had not been logged into within the past year. As a result, many ballots from the election that were sent to Yahoo emails bounced. If you signed up for membership with a Yahoo email address, please check that you can log into your Yahoo account and received a ballot. If you cannot log into your Yahoo account, go to the elections contact form and select “Is my membership current/Am I eligible to vote?” in order to submit an alternate email request. In the request, include your original Yahoo email address and the new one where you would like your ballot sent.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 119

Welcome to This Week in Fandom, the OTW’s roundup of things which are happening! Before we get started, have you seen the fandom lunch table meme that’s doing the rounds? Where are you sitting? Feel free to set your own challenges in the comments!


As the stars of Supernatural took a break from filming their 15th and final season to show up for a panel at the TCAs (and almost got kicked out of the party before it started), Hannah Collins at CBR took a moment to consider ‘How “Wincest” Became Supernatural Canon’. No, you didn’t read that wrong; the show hasn’t moved onto HBO for its final season. Instead, Collins’s article discusses Supernatural‘s well-known tendency to break the fourth wall. The show’s meta episodes have taken Sam and Dean to a fan convention, to a musical based on their lives, and even to the Vancouver set of Supernatural itself. This willingness on the part of the showrunners to embrace their fandom, to the point of incorporating them into the narrative, might well be one reason for its impressive longevity. And it’s not over yet. Fans of the show’s digressions into metafiction will be pleased to know that in a recent interview, the show’s longstanding executive producer Bob Singer promised one last ‘big, crazy swing’ before the series wraps up. Read More

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The OTW is Recruiting AO3 Documentation Staff, Communications Staff, Graphic Designers, and Translators

Are you an awesome beta, or a writer with an eye for technical details? Can you communicate clearly to a diverse audience? Do you have graphic design skills and enjoy creating social media content? Or would you like to help translate OTW/AO3 news posts? The Organization for Transformative Works is recruiting!

We’re excited to announce the opening of applications for:

  • AO3 Documentation Staff – closing Wednesday 7 August at 23:59 UTC
  • Communications Chair-Track Staff – closing Wednesday 7 August at 23:59 UTC
  • Fanlore Graphics Designer Volunteer – closing Wednesday 7 August at 23:59 UTC
  • Translation Volunteer – closing Wednesday 7 August at 23:59 UTC

We have included more information on each 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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