Moonshine Awards 2019: Nominations Now Open!

MSA 2019

That’s right, y’all! It’s time for the 2019 Moonshine Awards. We hope you’ve got your list of favorite fics ready because we have a whole new award experience prepared for you this year.

You’ll notice that some of the categories have changed this year. We’ve expanded a few to include WIPs as well as combining some. The categories for ASZ and On The Road are now considered part of ZA, and we added brand new categories to recognize new authors, fan art, and the year’s best fandom supporter. In an effort to make this year’s awards a little more fun and inclusive for everyone, we created some new stipulations.

You have from now until the 26th of January to submit your favorite fics, fan art, and authors. The nominations will be posted on the 27th and then the voting begins!

Winners will be announced on February 17th.

Here are the rules for this year’s Moonshine Awards:

  • There is no limit to how many fics can be nominated per category.
  • Most categories have one for Completed works and one for In Progress works. Completed works must have been completed between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2019. Works In Progress must have been updated at least once between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2019.
  • If there is only one category, nominated fics can be either Complete or WIP.
  • Fics can be nominated in multiple categories.
  • Authors are limited to one fic nominated per category so choose wisely.

What about the new categories? Well, here’s what we changed:

  • Best Classic: we will not be accepting nominations for fics that have previously won an award for this category.
  • Best Fandom Supporter: this can be anyone on AO3, FFN, or Tumblr who you believe supports fanwork creators in such a positive way that they deserve to be recognized. This person has to have been active in the fandom in some way or another within the last year.
  • Breakthrough New Author: this person has to have posted their first fic between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2019.
  • Author of The Year: this person has to have updated or posted at least one fic between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2019. The winner of this category cannot be the same as Breakthrough New Author.
  • Best Hershel Fic (In Memory of Scott Wilson): This category is exclusive to 2019 and we will accept nominations for any and all fics completed or in-progress from any time period.
  • NEW!! Best SFW and NSFW Fan Art: We will be spotlighting fan art this year! When you nominate, please include a link to the artist’s direct post, whether it be Flickr or DeviantArt or Tumblr or any other site. The only stipulation is that it must contain Bethyl (obviously). Nominations from any and all years will be included for this year’s award.

We hope to see a great turnout this year. Feel free to nominate as many fics and art as often as you’d like. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us. Stay tuned for voting!

You can check out the 2016-2018 Winners by clicking here.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATIONS

#BHF2019: New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year!

NYE collage

The end of the year also brings with it the end of our first ever Bethyl Holidays Fest. We want to thank everyone for their participation and for creating so much new Bethyl content for us all to enjoy.

Champagne
Champagne

Happy New Year’s Baby – Champagne by Courtneyshortney82

Maggie is throwing a NYE party, but Beth and Daryl keep getting distracted.

if you’ll stay for the night / ’til the sun comes up by kattyshack and gutsforgarters

Who needs party poppers when you can ring in the New Year with a bottle of champagne, crippling anxiety, and the urgent need to confess possibly unrequited feelings before they drive you up the fucking wall?
for the UBFL holiday event: new year’s eve: ‘champagne’ + ‘midnight kiss’ + ‘resolutions’

 

Midnight kiss
Midnight Kiss

Happy New Year’s Baby – Midnight Kiss by Courtneyshortney82

Beth and Daryl are definitely not making it to Maggie’s party…

When The Clock Strikes 12 by SquishyCool

It’s New Year’s Eve and everyone is in attendance for the Greene’s annual party. But all Beth can think about is how she’s always wanted to share a midnight kiss with someone.
And how, this year, she’d really like that someone to be Daryl Dixon.

 

Resolutions
Resolutions

Happy New Year’s Baby – Resolutions by Courtneyshortney82

New Year’s Day resolutions. They never did make it to that party.

 

That’s a wrap on our first annual Bethyl Holidays Fest. See y’all next holiday season!

Keep Your Hands Off The Waitress by wallflow3r

KYHOTW by wallflow3r

It’s going to be a long night for Beth Greene if she can’t keep her mind, and her eyes, off her co-worker, Daryl Dixon. But when boundaries are crossed, she isn’t the only one in the diner who’s getting riled up.
4 chapters // 16,247 words

AO3

Rated MA

banner courtesy of courtneyshortney82

#BHF2019: Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Christmas collage

Thank you to everyone who submitted and recommended fics for our jolly season event!

Mistletoe
Mistletoe

Under the Mistletoe by Courtneyshortney82

Beth and Daryl get a little distracted while decorating the house for their Christmas party.

Candy canes
Candy Canes

So hold me when I’m home by cc5

Scavenging a stranger’s house on a cold winter day doesn’t have to be depressing.

 

Gifts
Gifts

it’s only us (make way for the dream team) by barbiewrites

Beth asks Rosita for some advice.

Been an Awful Good Girl by gutsforgarters

Beth’s got Daryl all to herself for a cozy December afternoon. She doesn’t intend to let it go to waste.

The Perfect Gift by Courtneyshortney82

Beth is determined to give Daryl the perfect first Christmas. Merle is always there to… help????

To Only Have You Near by Schwoozie

Beth is skinnier than she should be after all the time they’ve spent safe in the funeral home, and that isn’t helping her keep warm in the depths of winter. Daryl is there—and willing—to give her all he can.

 

Snow
Snow

Digging in by wallflow3r

The snow has Daryl pacing the prison like a caged animal, until he finds something that stops him in his tracks.

You Were Better to Me Than I’ve Been to Myself by gutsforgarters

“You’re always lookin’ out for other people, but who looks out for you?“

Christmas Kittens by gneebee

Beth. He knew her name was Beth. He’d seen it on her I.D badge the day he fixed the scrub sink. That was the day, standing there with her, that something happened to him. He was 32 years old and he had never experienced anything like it in his life.

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The UBFL Admins’ Merry Bethyl Rec List

#BHF2019: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving collage1

Thank you to everyone who submitted and recommended fics and fanart for our thankful season event!

Dinner
Dinner

you’re already everything i want (can’t you see you’re everything i’m not) by barbiewrites

Beth and Daryl find shelter after being caught in the woods.

The Decent Thing to Do by gutsforgarters

“I just wanted to say that it’s real decent, what you’re doin’. That little girl’s lucky to have somebody like you lookin’ out for her.”

Manip by boltthrutheheart / doeroseq

thanksgiving dinner by boltthrutheheart

We Gather Together by Rckyfrk

Beth has Thanksgiving dinner all planned out (well, as planned out as she can make it), but when an unfortunate accident keeps her from achieving her goals, Daryl steps up and surprises her in more ways than one.

 

Family
Family

Can I Handle the Seasons of My Life by gutsforgarters

Glenn and Maggie are getting married, and not everyone who should be there is. It won’t be the same without them, but the people they’ve left behind can still make something good out of what they’ve got.

Manip by boltthrutheheart / doeroseq

thanksgiving family by Boltthrutheheart

 

Bonfire
Bonfire

Manip by boltthrutheheart / doeroseq

thanksgiving bonfire by Boltthrutheheart

damn, hurry up, goodness gracious / messin’ around with my patience by kattyshack

A steadily increasing panic attack might not be included in any of the Thanksgiving dinner dishes, but it’s always been part of the deal whenever Daryl finds himself alone with Beth. Ain’t exactly the season for Christmas miracles just yet, though, so what else did he expect?
for the UBFL holidays event: thanksgiving: ‘dinner’ + ‘family’ + ‘bonfire’

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The UBFL Admins’ Yummy Bethyl Rec List

#BHF2019: Halloween

Welcome to the Bethyl Holidays Festival! Happy Halloween!

Halloween collage

Thank you to everyone who submitted and recommended fics for our spooky season event!

Trick or treatTrick or Treat

I Know A Girl Who’s Soft and Sweet by gutsforgarters

Daryl never had a lot of crushes growing up—and by not a lot he means none at all—but if he had, he thinks he probably would’ve gone for someone like Beth Greene.

you know better, daddy by kattyshack

Daryl’s not big on parties — honestly, fuck ‘em — but as far as incentives go, Beth’s good enough to get him to rethink pretty much every personal opinion he’s ever had.

Manip by boltthrutheheart / doeroseq

BTTH trick or treat

Heart, Fear Nothing by briarxrose

Daryl shows Beth that princesses in towers can save themselves.

Now and Later by Rckyfrk

Of all gin joints in all the world, Beth walked into Daryl’s. Well…into his seat, anyway.


Pumpkins
Pumpkins

Second Chances by Piper1016

Pumpkin in the ZA? Sure why not.

let’s give ’em pumpkin to talk about by kattyshack

He’s never actually done a first date before, but Daryl’s starting to think that this afternoon at the pumpkin patch with Beth is exactly that.
God damn it.

Manip by boltthrutheheart / doeroseq

BTTH pumpkins

And, I Built A Home by briarxrose

Daryl and Beth sow the seeds of a future for their family together.


Black cats
Black Cats

The Moon None the Wiser by Piper1016

Daryl had no idea why he was at the town’s only bar tonight of all nights. Just a bunch of the same people getting shitfaced drunk. Only tonight, some of them were in costume because, unfortunately, it was Halloween.

Stray Cat Strut by gutsforgarters

“Y’know, Daryl, you’re kind of like a cat.”

i put a spell on you / because you’re mine by kattyshack

If Beth had known the stray cat she took home to make her familiar was not, in fact, an actual cat… Well, maybe she wouldn’t have taken it — him — home at all.
As it is, though, ignorance really does turn out to be bliss.

Nine Lives by briarxrose

When Emily Dixon-Greene brings back a black kitten for Halloween, will it bring good luck to the Dixon Family?

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The UBFL Admins’ Spooky Bethyl Rec List

Howl by dynamicsymmetry

Howl banner

A year after the mysterious slaughter of her entire family, Beth Greene is no closer to finding those responsible, and no one will believe her when she insists they weren’t human. But when she’s saved by – and proceeds to save – a monster of a very different kind, she finds herself drawing close to her goal in ways she never expected.
And he might be the most unexpected thing of all.
468,000+ words // 100 chapters & in progress

AO3          ffn-net3

Rated MA

banner courtesy of kitten1618x

Fog on the Windows by thedevilyouknow106

Banner

He’d tracked her all the way to this creepy hospital with the cops that had a woman with dead eyes as a leader. There was no way Daryl was going to let Beth stand toe to toe with her without him being within arm’s reach.
Slow burn rated M for language and eventual adult situations.
280,000+ words // 40 chapters & in progress

AO3          ffn-net3

Rated MA