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Wow! Five years running and this has been our main challenge! This is one of the first big challenges we ever did as a community. It has become a hallmark of who we are, so of course we absolutley have to continue this wonderful spn_bigpretzel tradition!
I am sorry that we are off to a really, really late start. But spring doesn't really end until June 19th this year so we are going for it! Because of that however, we will be on a tighter schedule (see below)
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,even less than in the past. We don't want anyone to go giftless on reveal day.
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). We'd like everyone to end up working with a prompt they really like, so rather than the mods matching everyone up, we're going to let the participants pop back in and claim a fellow writer as their "exchange buddy." (see schedule below). To be clear - When you come back to claim a "buddy," you'll be claiming the person, along with all of their prompts. That person -- along with all of their prompts -- then gets crossed off the "available" list. Once claimed, feel free to work with your buddy to tailor the story to them.
How does it work for artists? Midway through the process, we'll ask each writer to post a short blurb about their story so that the artists who'd like to participate can stake a claim. (Since these will be short fics, we'll ask the artist to contribute a small banner or a single illo, perhaps an icon -- unless, again, their muses go wild!) From that point, writer and artist can work together to produce a finished little gem to share with the comm.
Sign-ups: April 29th- May 6th
Claiming: May 7th-May 10th
Posting of story synopsis for artist claiming: June 1st
Finished story/art posting: June 20th* (Goodbye spring, we shall miss you!)
*May extend the posting schedule to multiple days, depending 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 drill :)
Fav. Pairings or Gen?
Maximum Preferred Rating?
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, etc - be diplomatic about it, because someone else here may love it. For example - Preferences: No Amara stories. - As opposed to - Preferences: I think that the whole Amara and Dean story arc is awful and if I see any mention of her in a story I prompt, I am going to poke my eye out with a stick.
Any questions? Just ask.