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Anyone who has been with us for the long haul knows that this was one of the first big challenges that we ever did as a community. For seven years running now it has been our flagship challenge and it is a hallmark of who we are, so of course we are thrilled to continue this wonderful spn_bigpretzel tradition!

This is the sign-up post FOR AUTHORS who wish to participate in the 7th Annual spn_bigpretzel Spring Fic Exchange.

ARTISTS will sign-up at a later date, once we know which stories need illustrating.  And, yes, you can participate as both an author and an artist if you wish.

How long does the fic have to be? A minimum of 1000 words.  The sky is the limit if your muse really latches on, but don't get too ambitious.  Remember, you're writing this as a gift and you have limited time.  We don't want anyone to go giftless when the final posting date comes.

How does it work for authors? In a nutshell, anyone who wants to participate will need to include 3-5 prompts on this post and list any preferences they may have (see questionnaire below). When author claiming starts, you will claim a person, not just one of their prompts. That person -- along with all of their prompts -- then gets crossed off the "available" list. .

How does it work for artists? Midway through the process, we'll ask each author to post a short blurb about their story so that the artists who'd like to participate can stake a claim. (Artists are expected to produce a story banner as a minimum, but if your muse is well and truly prodded, then go for it)  The author and the artist should work together to produce the best outcome for each other and for the original prompter!

In the past, we've always aimed to coincide our posting date for this exchange with Sam's birthday - 2nd May.  Unfortunately, this year we've kicked off a little too late for that to be realistic, so we're going to aim for final posting at the end, rather than the beginning of May.

Schedule (may be subject to very minor changes)
Prompt Posting: Monday March 19th - Friday March 30th
Author Claiming: Saturday March 31st - Friday April 6th April
Posting of story synopsis for Artist Claiming: Friday 27th April
Finished story/art posting: Friday May 25th - (period length will depend on number of participants)

Please copy and paste the questions below into the comments and fill in the blanks along with leaving your 3-5 prompts.  Remember, this is Bigpretzel, so keep the prompts light in tone.  No dark!fic, no rip-your-heart-out angst, nothing intended to depress the reader for weeks, and no RPS, please.  Think humorous or aww...  And crossover prompts are more than welcome as long as they, too are light or humorous. You know the how it all works :)

Fav. Pairings or Gen?
Maximum Preferred Rating?
Other Notes/Preferences?


Note: This little questionnaire is intended to aid an author in tailoring their story to your preferences. It probably doesn't need to be said, but please don't bash in your preferences. If you *really* dislike a certain character, genre, story arc, etc, bear in mind that not everyone will share your views, so please be respectful!
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21 March 2018 @ 02:13 pm

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20 March 2018 @ 06:30 pm
Poor Baby is the butt of Gabriel's joke

18 March 2018 @ 03:24 pm
Title: My Dean and Pie
Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Supernatural
Character/Pairing: Dean+/Baby
Rating: G/K
Challenge/Prompt: spn_bigpretzel DEW: Dean + Baby + Pie
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 336
Date Written: 18 March 2018
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18 March 2018 @ 06:35 pm
Title: Out with the Trash
Author: theymp
Prompt: SPN100: trash; DEW Challenge: Dean Winchester and Baby & pie
Genre: Humour
Characters: Sam and Dean Winchester
Pairing: n/a
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 200
Warning/Spoilers: n/a
Disclaimer: I don't own Supernatural or its characters - these were created by Eric Kripke - I'm just borrowing them. I'm not making any commercial gain. No harm or infringement intended.

Summary: Dean concludes that Sam may actually be evil.

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17 March 2018 @ 01:02 pm

Rating: K+
Genre: Humour
Characters: Dean, Baby
Spoilers/Warnings: None
Word Count: 200
Disclaimer: I don't own him


Emerging from the grocery store, Dean crossed the street to the parked Impala.  Dumping three shopping bags into her passenger seat, he slumped into the driver’s seat beside them with a sigh.

“Hey Baby”, he murmured as he rummaged into the nearest bag; “you won’t believe this crappy ‘healthy eating’ kick Sam’s got us on.  Honestly, what am I?  A goddamn rabbit?  I’ve barely eaten anything that ain’t green in the last two weeks.  It sucks, Baby, and I’m starving.  Most of that shit ends up in the trash, not in me, when he’s not looking.”

Dean pulled a jumbo bag of doughnuts from the nearest bag, and enthusiastically crammed a whole one into his face, groaning breathlessly with the relieved bliss of the truly desperate.

“You understand me Baby,” he mumbled, licking his fingers through the wad of chewed dough.  “You know I’m a grown man - with freakin’ needs.  Right now those needs are food.  DECENT food.”

Wiping a stray sprinkle of sugar from her dash with his cuff he disposed of another doughnut before barely even pausing for breath.

“Not a word to Sam, right Baby?”  He patted her steering wheel with sticky fingers.

“This’ll be our little secret!”


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17 March 2018 @ 04:51 pm
Title: Pie and Motor Oil
Characters: Dean, Sam and Baby
Rating: pg
Word Count: 100
Summary: Sam surprises Dean with a birthday picnic, complete with pie.
Prompt: spn_bigpretzel DEW challenge Character - Dean and Baby; Theme - Pie

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16 March 2018 @ 05:56 pm
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Just a reminder, Plot Bunny Boot Camp opened up on DW at the end of last year. Official sign ups ended March 15th. (However, sign ups are open ended as long as you feel you can complete your fills between when you sign up and March 31st, 2019).

This year works largely the same as last year, except how we figure your fills for the year to make it more open and fair for everyone:

Comment with the total number of fills in your bunny pile to complete and a link to you bunny pile.

You should also include your consequence, the better to loom it over you on the master post.

Because we understand that everyone has different needs and we do want you to succeed, despite our snark, you can have it any format that works for you. It does need to include a list of all of your ongoing/incomplete projects, how many fills each project is worth, and a total tally of the number of fills on your list and your progress throughout the year.

If you have under 100 fills on your Bunny Pile, you will have to do 100% of your list; if you have between 101-999 fills on your bunny pile, you will have to do 10%; and if you have 1000 fills or over, you will have to complete 100 fills period. We hope this will make finishing Boot Camp more feasible for everyone and will open it up for people with smaller Bunny Piles to participate.

We also now have our updated FAQ and Rule pages up!

Come join us!

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14 March 2018 @ 09:18 pm

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12 March 2018 @ 02:21 am
Title: Queen
Dew Prompt: Charlie & Beach
Size: 100 words
Rating: T
Warnings: None
Summary/Preview: Charlie dreams of a different future.
Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.
Cross-posted to fc_smorgasbord

Charlie looked out at the ocean wishing she could find a way to send a message to the wonderful merfolk that lives deep below the waves. She didn't want to be a princess like the little mermaid. The other girls could happily be a princess but she wanted more than that. She wouldn't be happy as anything less than their queen. She knew she would be the best queen the merfolk had ever had. All she had to do was find a way to convince them to find her and take her back. She just had to wait for them.

**Now with the right drabble. LJ autosaved and I thought I fixed it. apologies**