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19 August 2016 @ 09:49 am

Only a Week Until Submissions are Due!




Art and Fics Due - August 26th, 11:59 PM (Midnight) PST (here is a timezone converter.)


We're almost there and I can't help but be so excited about all the great stories and the beautiful artwork heading our way!! Squeeee!!!!! I love this comm! :D

We still have three more fics that need artists. Go claim one and showcase your amazing talent! And yes, I admit it. I LOVE the artwork that comes through this comm! :)

And while we are at it, here's a rundown on how to post your final works to this year's AO3 Collection:

POSTING REQUIREMENTS

Where do we post our completed fics?
We are using AO3 collections, with the deadline for submission as August 26th, and the reveal date of August 31st. You can post them up early!! Post them up now, if you want! You can also post your fics anywhere else you like, just don't post them anywhere before the Debut Date.

I think that everyone who has signed up for this challenge has an AO3 account, but if you don't, there is plenty of time to sign up. You can ask a friend for an invite code, or you can request from A03 here or at ao3_invitecodes. If you are unfamiliar with it, here is the FAQ of AO3. Do not publish your fic for everyone to see at AO3. Instead, submit it for our 2016 collection. Only the author of a work can add it to a collection, and then the mods approve it and we'll reveal it on the Debut Date.

Once you've done that, we are also asking you to drop an email to thehetbigbang [at] gmail dot com when you submit your work to A03, with the following information:

Email Subject Line: (Fic or Art Submission. YOUR NAME.)

AO3 Name/LJ Name: (both)
Fandom:
Pairing:
Artwork or Fic: (artwork for "Title of Fic, by Author") or (Fic: "Title, rating, and word count. Big Bang or Little Bang.")
Summary: (if applicable.)


Further Posting guidelines below. (The pics used are for the old 2012 submissions, but just mentally adjust for 2016.)

[How to Post to an A03 Collection]

1. Sign up for A03. You can ask a friend for an invite code, or you can request from A03 here or at ao3_invitecodes.

2. DO NOT POST YOUR FICS/ARTS SO THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC CAN SEE THEM. Double check after posting to make sure it doesn't get posted to the general audience. If it does, delete the work and start over. Instead, you need to allow the mods to collect your fic/arts so that we can reveal everything together on August 31st. Go here, to the 2016 Het Big Bang Collection, and go the "Post to Collection" button in the top right corner. The collection is currently open, moderated and unrevealed.



This will bring you to the normal template where you submit your fic/artwork. In the first block, you fill out all the tags: fandom, warnings, ratings, characters, pairings, additional tags, etc.

In the second block, you fill out the preface information, including title, summary, and author's notes.

2a. For Artist: your summary line should include your author's name and the title of their story (if you know it).

3. In the third block, for "Associations" make sure the line for "Post to Collections/Challenges" lists "Het_Big_Little_Bang_Challenge_2016."



3A. For Artists: the next line, "Gift this work to:" should be filled out as well. Artist, you know your Author's A03 name, which should have been provided to you through your emails. If for some reason it was not, please contact your authors and get this name from them. Fill in the "Gift this work to:" line with your author's name. That will link your artwork to them. After the submissions have gone live on the Debut Date, we would like you to go back and edit your submission to add in a link to the specific story you created your artwork for. But until the entire big bang goes public, the main way you'll attach your artwork to the piece will be by identifying the author through gifting.

When you finally get the chance to link to the story, edit your submission and use the HTLM coding: <*a href="INSERT THE URL HERE">Title, by Author. (Remove the *) You can put this in your author's note or summary.

3b. For Authors: After the submissions have gone live on the Debut Date, we would need you to go back and edit your submission to add in a link to the specific artwork that was created for your story. You don't have to "Gift this work to:" to the artist, but it'd be neat if you wanted to do so.

When you finally get the chance to link to the artwork, edit your submission and use the HTLM coding: <*a href="INSERT THE URL HERE">Title, by Artist. (Remove the *) You can put this in your author's note or summary.

4. Formatting and coding guidelines are important.

4a. For Artists: AO3 video embeds are working from Youtube, Vimeo, blip.tv, Dailymotion, Viddler, Metacafe and 4shared. So if you have a video, you upload it to Youtube for example, and then embed into an AO3 post.

For images like artwork and icons and banners and cover art, use the <*img src="INSERT YOUR URL HERE"> HTML coding (remove the *). You can first upload your images at Tinypic or photobucket or a similar image hosting website, and then make an A03 post with the HTML coding.

5. Submit your fic/artwork.

You need to make sure when you hit "Post" that you see this text at the top of the resulting page:



"This work is part of an ongoing challenge and will be revealed soon! You can find details here: Het Big/Little Bang Challenge 2016"








6. Now, your fic should NOT be displayed to the general audience. It might not even show up on your dash, but fear not. You can still edit, add new chapters, mess around with it to your heart's content.

We, the mods, unfortunately do not have access to your story. We cannot tell if it is properly formatted or not. THIS IS FRUSTRATING, but there's nothing we can do about it. We can only see your name. All works are titled "Mystery Works" until we reveal the entire big bang. So, please make sure your own fic is properly formatted.

If you need to edit your fic, login and go to your dashboard. Go to the "Edit Works" button in the top right corner. From there, you can edit your works.



A03 will require you to format a header with all regular information on it.
Remember to properly tag your works, including appropriate warnings.

[A03 Coding Guidelines]
Both HTML and Rich Text are supported, and you can edit/delete, have multiple chapters, etc...

1. The Rich Text Editor lets you add formatting, links and pictures to text without using HTML tags. It also has an option for pasting from Word which will preserve some of your Word formatting, although please note that this is buggy. The Rich Text Editor is only available for your work text.

2. The HTML editor allows you to change the look of your text with HTML tags. It can be used in any place you can submit text, although some fields permit only a small subsection of allowed tags. You can see a full list of the allowed HTML on the Archive FAQ, but the standard HTML tags is as follows: b, big, blockquote, br, caption, center, datetime, div, dl, dt, em, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, height, hr, href, i, img, ins, small, span, src, strike, strong, sub, sup, table, u, and more.

Also, two years ago, anr was a saint and provided you with a post that explained "how to format a fic for posting in less than 30 seconds no matter the story length or amount of formatting" trick.

The mods won't be overly picky about formatting. I'd prefer for all dividers and scene breaks to use <*hr> (remove the *) which creates a horizontal line that serves perfectly as a scene break. However, that's optional. You choose your own way to format.

Other optional suggestions, just for uniformity sake's:
How do I do Chapter Titles: Bold 'em.
How do I timestamp and do locations: Italicize the dates and locations.
How do I do subtitle stuff: Italicize it.

There is only one major fail regarding format, and that has to do with paragraphs breaks.
There must be a full line break between paragraphs.

Example of doing it wrong:



Chapter One: The Invasion
March 6, 2005 - The City of Atlantis
Elizabeth ducked quickly behind a console and attempted to catch her breath. A flush of pink colored her cheeks and a thin sheen of sweat had appeared on her brow. If the situation weren't so dire, John would have been turned on. As it was, however, he couldn't give it much thought as he had to focus on the batch of Ancient zombies that were slowly staggering in through the Stargate.
"At least they can't run," he offered lamely.
Elizabeth spared him a glare. "Why can't they run?"
"I don't know." John shrugged. "But they never seem to run. They always lurch. Maybe when they're brought back to life they don't get knees?"




Example of doing it right:




Chapter Two: Ancient Ex-Girlfriends
Yes, They're Zombies Too

Elizabeth peeked around the consol. "Oh, my god," she breathed. "Is that--"

"Chaya?!" John squeaked.

"Talk about creepy ex-girlfriends." Rodney scrunched his nose. "She doesn't look good in green."

John cringed and crouched down lower. "Do you think she's their leader?"

Elizabeth looked thoughtful. "Well, this may be better for us." She narrowed her eyes at John. "We can give them you in trade for a cease fire--" Something caught her attention behind John and she broke off. "No, wait. Look to the left! That's... oh, god, John. That's Teer!"

John and Rodney stared in disbelief. "Damn you, Kirk!" Rodney groused, and hit John upside the head. "We're going to be killed by a legion of your dead ex-girlfriends!"

"Okay, everybody calm down," John soothed. "Let's not overreact and go blaming--"

"Hey, look, your ex-wife!"

"What?!!"



Grammar and Spelling fail:
If your fic doesn't look beta'ed, we will call you on it, which will create an AWKWARD situation for both of us. Having a beta is a REQUIREMENT. Grammar, spelling, proper paragraph structure, etc... these are all REQUIREMENTS. You need to give your beta ample opportunity to go over your fic for mistakes and edits, so remember to factor that into your deadline. Don't have a beta? Check out this post!


Can I post it to my journal a few days early to show my friends?

No. The first time you show your fic for this big bang must be on Debut Day, on this comm. Mods will handle the revealing details. There will be more posts on that to come. Once the Big Bang website goes live, feel free to post your stuff wherever.



Also, please remember that extensions for final fic and art submissions will not be granted. Please make sure your stories and art are submitted no later than August 26th.
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15 August 2016 @ 11:21 pm
2 FICS LEFT!


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!! WE HAVE FICS THAT STILL NEED ARTISTS!!

Pinch hit artists, if nobody claims these by next week, I'll be coming to you. Please spread the word guys and try to get these beautiful fics claimed!!

To claim a story you want to do art for, please drop a comment below with:

Story Number: #
Email Address:


Remember: first come, first serve!! For further info, check this post.

The following are all listed alphabetically by first fandom (i.e. in an Supernatural/Avengers crossover, it will only be listed under Supernatural). For organization sake, numbers will stay the same from the first post.

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How are you all doing? Are the words flowing through your pens and keyboards? Is that perfect idea for an artwork shaping up beautifully? Or are you done, and now waiting for the big day?

Feel free to share the joy with us!

I had to drop out, but seriously people, I am so freaking anxious for the debut day!! I can't wait to read all your wonderful stories, and stare in amazement at all the beautiful artworks created for this big bang. It's going to be great!! :D

And speaking of artworks, we still need four more artists to create something stunning for our authors. Do you know anyone who might be interested? Maybe the girlfriend of your cousin's wife's uncle? Let's send out some signal boosts for this event to whoever you think might be interested so that we can get this show on the road!!!
 
 
02 August 2016 @ 09:18 pm
4 6 FICS LEFT!


GUYS WE HAVE 6 4 GLORIOUS FICS LEFT!! CLAIM, CLAIM, CLAIM! Spread the word! Let's get these fics claimed! For the remaining 6 fics, claim on THIS POST, below.

To claim a story you want to do art for, please drop a comment below with:

Story Number: #
Email Address:


Remember: first come, first serve!! For further info, check this post.

The following are all listed alphabetically by first fandom (i.e. in an Supernatural/Avengers crossover, it will only be listed under Supernatural). For organization sake, numbers will stay the same from the first post.

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25 July 2016 @ 08:30 pm
Reminder that Art Claims are NOW UP!! Tell all your artist friends to get in and claim the lovely fics on display!! Sign-ups for artists are HERE and run until all fics are claimed. Pinch hit sign ups are HERE. The fics to be claimed are HERE.

Any artists who previously have claimed one fic may now claim more. You must complete what you claim, however, if at all possible. In the event that you absolutely, absolutely have to drop out, let us know as soon as possible so that we may dispatch the project to our fabulous pinch hit artists. Extensions will not be granted.

Art and Fics Due - August 26th, 11:59 PM (Midnight) PST (here is a timezone converter.)

GO GO GO! CLAIM ALL THE FICS! Spread the word!
 
 
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20 July 2016 @ 10:00 am
LET'S ART IT UP!


To claim a story you want to do art for, please drop a comment below with:

Story Number: #
Email Address:


Remember: first come, first serve!!


Sign ups for artists as well as this claim post will remain open until all fanfics get claimed!

After you have claimed your story, you will receive an email from the mods within a couple days or less with your writer's name & info, and the snippets they provided. Authors: you will receive an email with your artist’s information once your fic has been claimed. Artists and authors are not required to chat, but it’s highly encouraged that you work with each other in whatever manner works for both of you. :)
What are the requirements for art?

You can make whatever kind of art you feel like, in whichever medium. Drawing, painting, digital, manips, vids, fanmix, anything you can think of. We just ask that you put some time into it, as our authors have put major effort into their story. You are required to make a minimum of ONE piece of art for the story you claim. MORE IS BETTER. We love more! We want more! Based on feedback from previous years’ artists, we only have a requirement of one piece of artwork.

Make it nice, put some real effort into it!

For the first round of claims, please only choose ONE story to do. We will shortly open it up to a second round, where you may claim a second and third fic if you so wish. If you’re super ambitious and desperately want to do more than three, talk to the mods and/or leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do - you must complete what you claim, however, if at all possible. In the event that you absolutely, absolutely have to drop out, let us know as soon as possible so that we may dispatch the project to our fabulous pinch hit artists.

Art and Fics Due - August 26th, 11:59 PM (Midnight) PST (here is a timezone converter.)

The following are all listed alphabetically by first fandom (i.e. in an Supernatural/Avengers crossover, it will only be listed under Supernatural). (And please let me know if you see any errors!)


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20 July 2016 @ 12:55 am
Just a quick note that Art Claims go up today, at 10 AM MDT (timezone converter here). Claims will be on a first come, first serve basis, so keep your eyes peeled!
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18 July 2016 @ 09:49 am
Just a reminder that the poll for the Mandatory Check-In closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. If you signed up to write a story for this challenge, please take a few moments to answer the questions in the poll to let us know whether you are still writing a fic, or if you've decided to drop out. Anyone who signed up, but doesn't complete the poll will automatically be considered dropped out.

Also, if you're writing a Big Bang fic, don't forget to send us your snippets. If you want an artist to create artwork for your story, we will need that by the the 18th as well.

We're heading into the home stretch now and I am super excited! I can't wait for the debut date!!! :)
 
 
15 July 2016 @ 09:59 am
Okay, it's time for us to make the final commitment! All writers must participate in this check-in, or they will be assumed to have dropped out of the challenge. This poll will remain open until July 18th. There are two mandatory parts for a Big Bang Participant (poll and email), and only one mandatory part for a Little Bang Participant (poll).

PART ONE:

Poll #2049781 WRITERS ONLY - MANDATORY CHECK IN
This poll is closed.

I signed up to write ...

One story (Answer Questions 1-7 only)
30(88.2%)
Two stories (Answer All Questions)
4(11.8%)

For the FIRST (and, possibly, only) story I am writing, I am now officially doing

A Big Bang
17(51.5%)
A Little Bang
16(48.5%)

I am officially dropping out of this challenge, if I click the following button

I AM DROPPED OUT. (No need to continue the poll for the rest of the answers)
10(100.0%)

If I am a Big Bang participant ...

I am going to or have already sent the mods a check-in email (see below for details)
16(100.0%)

I am writing (Use exact following format): Fandom: Main Ship Pairing(s). (Write the Female name first/Male name second, and both first and last names included, if you know them)

For the FIRST (and, possibly, only) story I have written

NOTHING, DEAR GOD, HELP ME
2(7.4%)
0.1K-5K
7(25.9%)
6K-10K
4(14.8%)
11K-15K (Passed Little Bang Limit)
3(11.1%)
16-20K
4(14.8%)
21K-25K
2(7.4%)
26K-35K (Passed Big Bang Limit!)
5(18.5%)
36K-45K
0(0.0%)
45K+
0(0.0%)

I am ...

just at the beginning of the story
9(33.3%)
about halfway done
10(37.0%)
approaching the end
6(22.2%)
DONE!!
2(7.4%)

For the SECOND story I am writing, I am now officially doing

A Big Bang
2(100.0%)
A Little Bang
0(0.0%)

I am officially dropping out of this story, if I click the following button

I AM DROPPED OUT. (No need to continue the poll for the rest of the answers)
0(0.0%)

If I am a Big Bang participant ...

I am going to or have already sent the mods a check-in email (see below for details)
2(100.0%)

I am writing (Use exact following format): Fandom: Main Ship Pairing(s). (Write the Female name first/Male name second, and both first and last names included, if you know them)

For the SECOND story, I have written

NOTHING. DEAR GOD, HELP ME.
0(0.0%)
0.1K-5K
2(100.0%)
6K-10K
0(0.0%)
11K-15K (Passed Little Bang Limit)
0(0.0%)
16K-20K
0(0.0%)
21K-25K
0(0.0%)
26K-35K (Passed Big Bang Limit!)
0(0.0%)
36K-45K
0(0.0%)
45K+
0(0.0%)

I am ...

just at the beginning of the story
2(100.0%)
about halfway done
0(0.0%)
approaching the end
0(0.0%)
DONE!!
0(0.0%)


There is no minimum word count that you need at this point, for either the Big Bang or the Little Bang. After today, you cannot change: your selection of participating in the Big Bang or Little Bang (or both, if you're writing two stories), the fandom, or the pairing. That's locked in!

PART TWO:

An email for Big Bang Writers. If you are attempting a fic greater than 20k, you can choose the Big Bang option and receive an artist who will create artwork for your story. You will therefore need to email the mods at thehetbigbang[at]gmail dot com with THREE different snippets of your work, 500-1000 words each, so that your artist may have something to work off of and inspire. Send a separate email for each big bang that you want to submit.

The email format will be:

SUBJECT LINE: [Your LJ Name: Big Bang Check In.]

Author Name: LJ name and AO3 Name
Story Name: If undecided or only tentative, please state that.
Fandom/Pairing: List the main one, and any minor pairings if you so please
Summary to be provided to the Artist: Yes, this bit is mandatory. It's fine if it's rough, but please give your artists an idea of what the story is about because claims will be done off this. Maximum 50 words.
Current Word Count and Expected Final Word Count:

Then supply your three snippets. 500-1000 words each, in the body of your email and NOT as a separate word document. You may leave any author's notes or any explanations you want, and you must also leave an email address or a way for your artist to contact you directly. Artist are not obliged to work directly with the author on their artwork, but most usually like author input or feedback of some kind. This entire email that you send to the mods will be directly forwarded to your artist, so it's important to include your email address in with your snippets.

You will receive a confirmation email within a couple days to let you know that we've received you snippets.

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13 July 2016 @ 01:27 pm
This year we're adding something new the HBB roster: Pinch Hitters!


How does this work?

What's going to happen is that when we have artist drop out in August, we'll send out an email to the artists who are willing to pinch hit - the means creating art, probably fast, depending on how late the original dropped out. All the artists who are interested and wiling will quickly email back if they can take on the project - first come, first serve. They will receive the relevant information (snippets, author contact, etc).

What do I have to do for art?

Check the original Artist Sign Up post for all the information. If you are interested in pinch hitting, sign up on THIS POST. (Next year we will have it all in one post so it's tidier!)

What's the timeline like on these?

It will depend on when the original artist drops. For example, if they drop in early August, then you'll basically have the whole month. But if they drop at the end of August, you may only have a few days. While we are taking a hard stance on no extensions, the mods will work closely with our Amazing Pinch Hitting Artists to ensure the deadline is doable (ex. if we lose an artist on Submission Day, the mods will of course give the pinch hitter who scoops their fic a few days to complete the art.) We will talk timeline when (and if) we end up needing to send Pinch Hit art emails.

We'll need the following info from you:

I have read the sign-up rules and the FAQ post: Y/N
LJ or DW Name:
AO3 Name:
Email: **REQUIRED**
I am ready to Pinch Hit LIKE A BOSS:

To sign up as a pinch hitting artist, copy and paste the text below into a new comment and fill in the lines.



Artists and Non-Artists: be sure to spread the word! We need LOTS of artists for our beautiful authors, so tell your arty friends, link them here, drag them kicking and screaming. ;D
 
 
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