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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 May 2018 @ 02:26 pm
Title: A Date From Hell
Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Supernatural
Character/Pairing: Dean, Crowley, Castiel, Sam
Rating: PG/K+
Challenge/Prompt: spn_bigpretzel DEW: Team Free Will + Rome
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 100
Date Written: 21 May 2018
Summary: The boys send a certain dame packing.Collapse )
21 May 2018 @ 02:55 am
Title: Jack's Birthday
Characters: Dean, Sam and Jack
Rating: PG
Medium: Fic
Word Count: 376
Summary: It's Jack's birthday and Sam wants to do something special for the kid.
19 May 2018 @ 01:44 pm
Title: While In Rome
Character: Jensen and Jared
Rating: pg13 for language
Word Count: 100
Summary: A bit of fun based on this pic that Jensen shared...the words are mine - or are they? Hee hee!
A/N: This doesn't quite match this week's DEW challenge, as it's J2M in Modern Rome, but I wrote it last weekend and thought I'd share it here, too!

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19 May 2018 @ 01:38 pm
Title: Friggin’ Togas
Characters: Dean, Sam and Cas
Rating: pg
Word Count: 100
Summary: TFW have landed up in Ancient Rome - Dean is not happy.
Prompt: spn_bigpretzel DEW Challenge – Character: Team Free Will; Theme: Ancient Rome

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16 May 2018 @ 11:25 am

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My sincere apologies for the lack of DEW challenge last week; I was living it up in Rome at Jus in Bello convention, and in all the madness of preparation, I forgot to schedule anything!  *slaps wrist*


Because I want to keep my Jus in Bello vibe going a little while longer here's a shamelessly self-indulgent challenge (which I hope you'll all enjoy) for this week!

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16 May 2018 @ 10:31 am
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So, all of our works in progress have now been claimed by artists, and at this stage authors and artists should all be in contact with each other to make sure that the right art is made for the story being written.

As you know, our finish line is the 25th May, and so below is a tentative posting schedule.  If your date doesn't suit for any reason, let me know and we can work around it.  The main purpose of having a schedule is so that we don't end up with eleven stories being posted on the same day, which would overwhelm readers and most likely result in works getting overlooked.  We want to drip feed the awesomeness, so that each story gets the attention it deserves!

Prompter Claimed by Author Claimed by Artist Posting date
jdl71 Just_Ruth Dizzojay Friday 25th May
Milly_gal Backrose_17 Be_my-Precious Saturday 26th May
jj1564 jdl71 Emmatheslayer Sunday 27th May
Vexed-Wench TheYmp Amberdreams Monday 28th May
Dizzojay jj1564 Supernutjapan Tuesday 29th May
Backrose_17 Kattrip033 Kiramaru7 Wednesday 30th May
Just_Ruth Backroadsspirit Just_Ruth Thursday 31st May
Backroadsspirit Dragonflybeach Kuwlshadow Friday 1st June
Dragonflybeach Vexed-Wench Kiramaru7 Saturday 2nd June
Kattrip033 Dizzojay Milly_gal Sunday 3rd June
TheYmp Milly_gal Supernutjapan Monday 4th June

And that's really about it ... so... go forth and be brilliant!
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Okay, I'm just reposting this call for artists at the spn_bigpretzel Spring Fic Exchange...

Posting date for this challenge is 25th May, so time is marching on, and we still have four wonderful story ideas who are looking for artists.
Can you help?

Just for ease of reference, the stories who are still looking for their artists are:

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We're not asking you for a Big Bang's worth of work, just a title banner, and if you can manage anything else, then all well and good!

If you fancy taking on any of these awesome story ideas, then please hop onto our claiming post HERE and make your intentions known in the comments section, then feel free to go right ahead and contact the author to get those ideas flowing.

Alternatively, if you don't mind boosting this signal then that would be awesome!

Thanks in advance, let's make sure that we continue the Spring Fic Exchange tradition of great stories complemented by fantastic art, that makes this wonderful challenge so dear to us all!
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06 May 2018 @ 04:09 pm
Title: One Thing More
Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Supernatural
Character/Pairing: John, wee!Chesters
Rating: G/K
Challenge/Prompt: spn_bigpretzel DEW: John + Farm/Farming
Warning(s): None
Word Count: 200
Date Written: 5 May 2018
Summary: John's not leaving him behind.Collapse )
05 May 2018 @ 02:38 am
Title: Farmer Winchester
Characters: John – mentions of Dean, Sam and Bobby
Rating: pg
Word Count: 100
Summary: John loves his farm, he’s never been happier.
Prompt: spn_bigpretzel DEW Challenge - Character: John Winchester; Theme: Farm/Farming

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