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18 December 2008 @ 01:48 pm
Buffyverse Big Bang 2009: rules and dates  

A Big Bang ficathon is for big fic. Expanding universe fic. Fic that's much longer than usual. And in the grand tradition of Big Bang ficathons, it's fic that's illustrated.

sahiya and I have been longing for a Big Bang ficathon in the Buffy and Angel fandoms for a while now, and hey! Why not just do it? Announcing the Buffyverse Big Bang 2009!

Want to cut to the chase? Writers sign up here and artists over here.

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Minimum word count: 30,000
Fandoms: BtVS and AtS; crossovers welcome
WIPs: Works in progress are welcome, but we ask that your contribution to this challenge include at least 15,000 words of new material.
Co-writers: Work together with another writer? Great! Sign up together.
Artists: Want to sign up as writer and as artist? Great!
Content: No restrictions; any pairing or gen, any rating welcome.

The goal of the challenge is to promote new longer-format Buffyverse stories. Any mostly-new story longer than 30K words that gets posted on the ficathon due date is a story that meets the challenge requirements.

Key Dates

All key dates are Sundays.

Now: Writer signups open; artist signups open
Feb 15: Writer checkpoint 1
Mar 15: Writer checkpoint 2
April 12: Writer signups close; illustration drafts due; artist matchups begin
April 26: Artist signups close; all art assignments out
May 3: Artist checkpoint.
May 24: Final due date. Final stories and art due.
May 31: Stories go live on the comm.

Signing up

Writers: Your signup must include a valid email address so we can contact you with reminders. You don't need to have an LJ account, though it's required if you want to read the friend-locked comm posts. We'd like it if your signup also includes a brief description of the story you intend to write.

You can start writing at any time. Right now if you like. In fact, you'll have an easier time meeting the challenge if you start thinking about your story now.

If you're nervous about commitment, you can write on your own and wait to sign up until the very day artist matchups begin.

Writers sign up here now.

Artists: Since we'll be matching you up with a story, we need to know a little more about you. In your signup, we'll ask you about what you'd prefer to illustrate, what you'd prefer not to, and what you absolutely can't do. We'll do our best to pair you up with a story that's simpatico.

Artists sign up here now.

The Challenge Comm

The challenge community buffy_bigbang will be open for friends-locked posts throughout the duration of the challenge. You are welcome to post asking for moral support, story help, commiseration, or whatever challenge-related discussion you'd find helpful.

Writer Checkpoints

We'll ask you for a progress report two times through the main writing period. At the second checkpoint, we'll ask you for your status and current wordcount. We'll also ask for a brief story summary. Here are good goals to shoot for at each checkpoint:

checkpoint 1: 10,000 words
checkpoint 2: 20,000 words

But if your process works differently and word counts are silly, don't worry about it. Just check in and say things are going well.

If you know you're going to miss a checkpoint because of travel or some other reason, let us know in advance so we'll know not to worry about your participation in the challenge.

Illustration Draft

April 12 is when we start lining up artists for your stories.

By April 12, your story must be at least 25,000 words long, or most of the minimum challenge requirement. You should have enough of your story in place that you can hand it over to an artist or artists for illustration. The story doesn't need to be finished, but the major elements should be in place. You can't change key aspects such as main pairings or setting after this. To go with your illustration draft, you should write a brief story description for your artists, suggesting some scenes you think might be good to illustrate. (The artists can do something different if they like, though!)

This is the do or die date. You must have enough story that an artist can begin work.

Information for Artists

You can respond to the story any way you like. Photo manipulation, collage, drawing, painting, vidding: all visual media are acceptable responses.

Artist Checkpoint

We'll ask you to check in with us and tell us how you're doing. If there are any problems with your story assignment, we want to hear about them as soon as possible so we can fix things.

Final Due Date

Submit final story text and final art by this date.

We'll work out the details for valid submission formats for art when the dates get closer.

Snicksnickfic on December 19th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
Just to clarify, when you say there should be at least 15,000 new words, you mean "new" as in they haven't been published online, right? Rather than "new" as in, I wrote them after signing up for the ficathon. I have a thing that I've already written signaficant wordage for, but none of it's seen the light of day yet...

Antenna: scoobiesantennapedia on December 19th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I do in fact mean "new" as in "nobody's ever read them before", not "new" as in "you haven't written them yet". I'll edit the post to clarify that one!
chosenfire28: Buffy/Dean animatedchosenfire28 on January 5th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Since I am doing a WIP will I be allowed to post at places as I go or do I need to wait until the end to post all the new words written for this?
Antenna: bigbangantennapedia on January 14th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Please don't post as you go. Save it all up to post at the end, so we deluge the Buffyverse with longfic. Heh.
D: BtVS: Xander: Heartdenyce on January 12th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Ah, I didn't see a date, so maybe I'm too late, but when do sign ups expire? Also I didn't see anything on type/genre of fic. I hate to assume, but are ALL genre's het, slash, gen welcome? My muse recently returned, so I'm considering, have a few stalled older wips that I might tackle, though they're all slash pieces...
Antenna: Xander animalantennapedia on January 14th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Writer signups end on April 12, which is the last possible moment before we have to start lining up artists. It's more fun if you sign up early, though.

All genres are welcome. We're an omnivorous challenge. Slash is definitely welcome! And so are stalled stories. (Got one of those myself.)
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Antenna: scoobies 2antennapedia on January 14th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Jessicanowcarpediem on July 27th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Would you be interested in affying with my everyfandomfest comm, which is a - 'Every Fandom Fest' community for all fandoms including anime/manga, books, comics, crossovers, movies, real person (all types), tv, video games [in case you were wondering].