WRITER'S REQUIREMENTS AND INFO
What type of requirements are there for a writer?
There are two portions of the Bang Challenge for Writers! The Big Bang and the Little Bang.
The Big Bang is basically what we did last year: Your fic must be at least 25,000 words long. Writers accomplishing this goal will get an artist assigned to them by the comm, and they will receive artwork for their story!
The Little Bang challenge is ditto to the above, but only 10,000 words long. There will be no assigned artists for these stories. (Authors can go out and find themselves an artist, if they want, but they MUST inform the mods that they have made these arrangements. Just so we can approve them for the collection submissions, when the time comes.)
All stories must focus on or revolve around a het pairing of your choosing, and mandatorily beta-read before the posting date. At the time of signing up for this, you need to know the following: a) what you think you'll be writing (fandom/pairing, prompt -- and yeah, you can change your mind later all the way until the Mandatory Author Check-point in July!); b) whether you are participating in the Big Bang challenge or the Little Bang challenge (and yes, you can change you mind later on, all the way up to the Mandatory Author Check-point in July.) c.) whether you already have an A03 account, and if not, that you will be willing to acquire one before the submission deadline. d.) give us your e-mail address.; and e) Then go to join het_bigbang AND friend the community. You *must* join and friend for updates; it's a requirement to participate in this challenge.
Define a qualified het pairing, please!
Any het pairing, any fandom. Crossovers, fusions crossovers, genderbender het and RPF (Real Person Fic) are all allowed. There may be more than one het pairing in the fic. There may be other secondary slash or femslash pairings within the fic, as long as a het pairing is the primary focus. Slash, threesomes or moresomes should NOT be your focus. But what if our fic is, like, more gen but with a hint of ship? Um, that probably doesn't qualify. We want a het pairing as a primary focus. We are not going to psychoanalze how "shippy" the fic you're writing is, but please use your best judgment.
I signed up last year, and then dropped out. Can I still sign up again?
Can I sign up more than once as an author? I've got so many plotbunnies!
I like your gumption! Yes, you can sign up as an author twice! Both times for the Big Bang, or both times for the Little Bang, or in both the Little Bang and the Big Bang! Your choice. However, it must be for stories centered around different pairings. (Same fandom is fine.) Don't sign up twice for the same pairing. You must sign up twice in the Author's sign up post with separate comments, so I am crystal clear that you are participating twice!
I don't know what to write! I've got so many ideas!
We're here to help! While you can change your plotbunny at any time, we're also offering you this this post to help figure things out. You provide descriptions of up to five of your plotbunnies, and we put up a poll here to see what people are interested in. No obligation to go with the winner, but it might help you choose!
I've already been writing a het pairing story already. Can I use that?
For the Little Bang, you gotta start fresh. Sorry.
For the Big Bang, you are allowed to use a WIP in this bigbang if it's less than 10k. Ideally, your story should not have appeared anywhere on the net already, and if it hasn't been posted anywhere, you only have to reach the goal of 25k total. However, if you do already have a couple thousand words of it up somewhere public (at max, 10k), then we won't count that towards your total 25k requirement, and you must immediately take it off the internet completely for the duration of the challenge.
Can I write with someone else?
Yes, you may co-author your bigbang if you want to. However, the minimum word count goes up for co-authored works: 30,000 words for a big bang, and 15,000 words for the little bang.
Do I really have to have my fic be beta-read?
Yes. Dear Gods, yes. A beta reader is a person who reads another person's written work with a critical eye, with the aim of improving grammar, spelling, characterization, and general style of a story before the author posts it up. All participants must get their fiction beta’d by at least one person. Betareading is love, people! There is a post just for volunteers who are willing to beta read at this post.
What happens if I can't write that much by the posting deadline?
First, relax and don't panic! You've got until August for finishing this baby off! For writers, this is not a reciprocal challenge, so I'm not going to go chasing after you with a big giant stick if you drop out. It's hard to write this much fic on a deadline! I understand! Don't stress yourself; fandom is meant to be fun. Usually in these things, at least half of the writers drop out. That's expected. But please, please, please - if you need to drop out of this challenge, drop your mod a quick note.
Another note: If you fall short of the word count, don't panic. Do not sign up with the *intent* of writing anything short of a minimum word count, but if you fall a little short, just contact your mod and we'll try to work something out if we can.
Wait, what is this I see about a Mandatory check-in later on? What's that about?
The mandatory check-in for authors is scheduled on July 15th. All authors must participate, or they will be kicked out of the challenge. Authors must firmly declare whether they are in the Little Bang or the Big Bang.
If they are in the Little Bang, they complete a comm poll and identify their fic’s fandom/pairing(s). (No changing your selections after this point!)
If they are in the Big Bang Challenge, they complete a comm poll, identify their fic's fandom/pairing(s), and they will submit three small snippets (up to 500 words each) of their work to the Mods. The Mods will then hunt down artists for those stories. (No changing your selections after this point!)
What if I am determined to be in the Big Bang portion at the time of the Mandatory Check-in, but then fall short of 25k? Can I still submit my story for the Little Bang portion?
Keep in mind that your story will have already been assigned to an Artist after the Mandatory Check-in. You have committed yourself to a 25k fic at that point, just like your Artist has committed themselves to you. If you fall a little short in your story, we can be forgiving. But if you flagrantly ignore the 25k word count, that will be a problem. Talk to us about it, but just – don’t do this? Okay? Please? It’ll be insult to your artist and all the other participants in this challenge.
Author Sign Ups - open now till May 17th, 12:00 PM (NOON) PST
Mandatory Author Checkpoint - July 15th
Artist Claiming of Big Bang Stories - July 20th
Art and Fics Due - August 26th, 11:59 PM (Midnight) PST (here is a timezone converter.)
Debut Date (DD) - August 31st
Just so people are aware, the strict deadline for author sign ups is June 1st, 12:00 PM (NOON) PST. I am going to strictly enforce this time limit, because while this deadline may not be contingent on anything urgent, I wanna reinforce the idea that Deadlines Are Important, and You Should Try To Meet Them. Because later on in this Big Bang, that will be a necessity.
More info here at our FAQ post!
If you'd like to participate, please reply to this post with ALL the following information. All comments are unscreened.
I have read the sign-up rules and the Big-Ass FAQ post: Y/N
LJ-Name: Name of author (and co-authors, if any)
AO3 Name: (If you have one. If you don’t, then you agree that you will acquire one before the submission deadline.)
Big Bang or Little Bang Participant: Pick one. You can change your mind later on, up till the Author Mandatory Check point.
Fandom/Pairing: (fandom/pairing, prompt -- and yeah, you can change your mind later! If you're going to use our polling option to help figure out what fandom/pairing/prompt you're going to be using, then just say: "will poll.")
Copy and paste the contents of the textbox into a comment, and answer the lines:
Once you've done that, go join het_bigbang and be sure to friend the comm as well, as membership and friending are required for all participants.