We - the Awards team - have been called liars and cheaters, and have been accused of rigging the Awards.
So, I have to come out and say: these Awards are not rigged.
I started the whole thing a few months back, asking if there was any interest in holding fanfiction Awards, because there are so many great stories out there. There was great positive feedback on the idea, and we started. The nominations opened on May 15th and we've gotten about 60 nominations to date.
One of these nominations was in a slash category, but the story was gen. Because of this, the mod in question posted a question about what to do on ncisawardsmods, our mod comm set up specifically for this type of questions. Because of some communication trouble (PMs that did not reach the intended target) and real life, it took a few days until we decided what to do. At this point, it was decided that we should contact the nominator to say that the story was not nominated in the right category - which is what it says we may do in the rules. The mod told her she was welcome to nominate the story in the gen category.
What the mod received back was a rude message about us being liars and the Awards being rigged, and an LJ post was made to a private journal about the Awards being fake. Another Award has also been set up on fanfiction.net. We are not in any way associated with them, but we wish them the best of luck.
I cannot give you any guarantees that the Awards aren't rigged; I can just tell you that they're not. You are all free to explain to me why we would want to rig them. If I wanted to make someone a pretty banner, all I have to do is open Photoshop. The recent events has led to the mod in question not wanting to accept nominations for her fics, because she thinks she will be accused of cheating again. She writes great stories and I would like to be able to nominate her, so I feel very sad about this. We expected there to be some problems with hosting the Awards because it's the first time and there are always problems the first time, but this is beyond what we expected.
I want these Awards to be a place to find new great stories that I hadn't found before and I want people to make sure their favorites are repsesented. We have the nominations screened and secret until the nomination period is over because we want people to keep nominations anonymous, just like it's anonymous in all the icontests and such.
I'm doing this because it's fun, spending my free time on it, as are the other mods. If you guys feel that you don't have faith in our integrity, then please say so and we won't run the Awards - there is no point if the majority of you don't believe in us.
We encourage all of you to nominate your favorite stories. We have several pairings without any stories nominated, and I'm sure there are great stories in those pairings as well. The nominations are open through June 30th. No stories will be refused for nomination overall, we just need to be sure that it's put in the correct category for the voting to make the process fair to everyone.