Best Short Story
1-part stories, no chapters.
Best Long Story
Stories with 2-10 chapters. In order to maintain the integrity of the category for the year-end awards, stories in this category must be complete (this will prevent stories with more than 10 chapters from being included during the year-end awards).
Stories with 11+ chapters. This does not mean series. If there are sequels to a story, they must be nominated separately.
Stories that are currently incomplete, a work in progress. Must have a minimum of 3 chapters to be considered.
Sad, dramatic, or unhappy stories.
Stories that are light in tone and/or humorous.
Porn without Plot. This category is not meant for just any NC17 fic. The focus of the story has to be on the porn, not the plot. A fic nominated in this category cannot be nominated for Best Plot.
Best Buffy Characterization
Stories with excellent characterization of Buffy. This does not mean it has to be from her point of view.
Best Spike Characterization
Stories with excellent characterization of Spike. This does not mean it has to be from his point of view.
Stories that crossover with characters from Angel. This category is not meant for crossovers with other fandoms.
Best Episode Stealer
Stories based on an episode, either filling in a scene or rewriting it.
All humans, all the time. Often called AU's.
Best Future Fic
Stories that are primarily set after the conclusion of BtVS, do not have to follow the actual storyline.
Stories with the most original and well-organized plot. A fic nominated in this category cannot be nominated for Best PWP.
Best Original Character
An original character created by the author.
Best overall writing. This is limited to a single author; collaborative teams are not eligible for nomination.