You know that 1D fic you've been dying to write? The one about what would have happened in the bungalow if there really had been a mad cow murderer outside, or the one where only your ship stands between humanity and total apocalyptic extinction, or perhaps the one where One Direction are the stars of hit new show The Real Housewives Of The On The Road Again Tour and have to deal with even more publicity? Maybe you've been dying to write an epic about your OTP (or OT3… or OT5), or even just a fic about one member and his girlfriend.
In any case, this is the place for you!
A Big Bang challenge - for those of you who don't know - is a certain sort of ficwriting challenge that combines long fic with artwork/media. Writers and artists sign up, independently of each other. Writers write the fic, and artists pick a fic to work with based on premise, whereupon they will draw, vid, and/or mix a work to accompany the fic upon posting.
Here is the Round Four schedule:
author sign-ups: october 18-november 20
check in 1 (7k recommended): december 15-21
check in 2 (15k recommended): january 15-21
artist sign-ups begin: jan 20
summaries and 20k rough drafts due: feb 14 LATEST
artist claims: feb 15-march 1 (anticipated)
final drafts of fic due: april 1
final drafts of art due: april 15
posting schedule goes up: april 18 LATEST
posting begins: april 20
posting ends: mid-june (anticipated)
You may also view our Round Four Google Calendar here.
+In this specific Big Bang challenge, there is a minimum wordcount requirement, for writers, ★ of 25,000 words (no maximum). Fics can be gen, het, or (fem)slash. They can be as explicit as you want them to be. They can be AUs, crossovers, fusion fics, or completely ~canonical. The only requirement is that they include at least one (but preferably more) current and/or former member(s) of One Direction. If you want to see your favorite ship represented in this year's big bang, we recommend you sign up and encourage your friends to do the same!
+ Your fic must be posted on your scheduled posting date in one fell swoop (i.e., it can be chaptered, but the chapters must all be posted at once). Your fic can be part of a broader arc or series, or function as a stand-alone. You may sign up with fics that you have already started working on; however, you may not sign up with fics that have already been in-part published (such as chapters or shorter versions).
+ You may co-write if you like. You may write more than one fic if you like. If, at any point in the process, you cannot complete the challenge, please let us know. You may drop out without penalty up until summary submission. Before final drafts are due, you must send in a summary of 1-2 paragraphs that will be posted anonymously by mods so that artists can claim your work. By sending in your summaries early enough for artist to have ample time to contribute to your fic, you are indicating that you have committed to completing your fic by the final draft date. If you drop out after submitting summaries, your artist claimant is affected as well. As such, if you drop out after this point, you will be ineligible to participate in Big Bang Round 5 and will have to wait for round 6.
+ As an addendum: If you dropped out after submitting your summary last year,you will be ineligible to participate this year. If you do not know whether this means you, please email us (1d.bigbang.mods at gmail) for clarification.
+ ★ The Challenge will be conducted through Tumblr and Google Forms this year. ★Livejournal will ONLY be used for summary claims and housekeeping (rules, etc.) ★ Check-ins are mandatory and will remian open for a week. To check in, you will ★ edit your Google Form sign-up to reflect your progress. ★Additional information will be posted tot he tumblr account (1dbigbang @tumblr) at the start of check-in periods.★We will maintain one “encouragement check-in post” open throughout the duration of the challenge on the livejournal account. This post is designed to help sustain focus if you choose to use it, or seek out feedback and encouragement from other participants and consumers of the Big Bang challenge. We encourage you to use this pressure-free resource to check-in about non-wordcount-related issues, such as concerns you may be having with plot or with pacing yourself.
+ As soon as authors have finalized the plot for their fic and completed the rough draft minimum of 25k, they are welcome to submit their fic summary and rough draft to the mod email. Doing so indicates commitment to complete the Big Bang challenge and dropping out after this point will result in being banned from participation in Round 6. Authors may submit their draft at any point after sign-ups close on November 20 until the final summary due date of February 14; however, if the draft is submitted prior to the final mandatory check-in, authors must still check-in with updated word counts. Details regarding formatting for the summary submission email will be sent to all participants the day after sign-ups close, on November 19; this email will also serve to confirm that your sign-up was processed.
+ Authors are required to share their working drafts of their fics with their artist within a week of author-artist match reveals. Failure to do so, outside of extenuating circumstances cleared with mods in advance, will be considered a drop-out, and authors who do so will be ineligible to participate in Round 6. ★ Authors and artists are required to remain in regular (i.e., at LEAST 1x/week) communication between sharing drafts and submitting final drafts.
+ Once you send in your final draft, due April 1, you will be assigned a posting date. Authors will receive a tentative posting schedule via Google Drive during the week of April 10 for date confirmation and finalization. The final schedule will be posted publicly on or by April 18th. Closer to posting time, posting guidelines will be published.
+Artists, in this Big Bang, refers to mixers, vidders, and any other kind of traditional art medium (drawing, painting, manips, you name it!). Artists may work individually or with another artist friend. Individual artists or artist teams may claim just one fic per claim round; however, if you are working individually on one fic and with a partner on another, you may claim one fic on your own and one with your partner.
+ If you are a mixer: your fanmix for the fic you choose should have at least 12 songs, though no more than would fit on a CD. Fanmixes must include album art of some variety. Host songs, either individually or in .zip format, either on a personal server or on mediafire (other sites expire quickly). If you are uncomfortable with making a downloadable fanmix, we recommend using 8tracks to host your entire mix.
+If you are a vidder: videos (or trailers) should be between two and five minutes long - think the length of a song. Either host privately or on youtube.
+If you do not fall under these two categories: Drawing, sketching, painting, manips - all of these are great! Create at least one work of art for the fic, and include appropriate ratings. You will need to find a host yourself - any image hosting site that does not take down images regularly, such as imgur or tumblr, will do, but make sure that, if the artwork is NSFW, you do not host it on a site that deletes NSFW images.
+★ Artists will sign up in the month leading up to artist claims. If not all claims are filled in round one, artist sign-ups will re-open for round two so that additional artists may join the fest. Artists may withdraw from participation prior to summary claims; however, once an artist claims a summary, they have committed to completing the challenge. As an artist, we ask that you only claim fics that you will absolutely complete art for. If you drop out last minute, this affects your author. As such, if you drop out after claiming a fic, you will be ineligible to participate in Big Bang Round 6 and will have to wait for Round 7.
+ Each fic in the challenge must be claimed by one artist or one artist team before second-artist claims for all fics are considered.
+You may choose to be both a writer and an artist; however, you may not create art for your own fic.
+ A resource signups post will open ★ on the livejournal account the same day as author sign-ups for betas, britpicks, and the like to volunteer to aid authors who may need help the assistance, and will remain open until final drafts are due. We strongly suggest that those who sign up as a resource make a presence in the encouragement check-in post as well. Authors and artists may also sign up to be resources.
+ If, for some reason, you cannot complete your submission, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can adjust our records accordingly/find an art pinch-hitter if need be.
+ Authors are expected to share their drafts with their collaborating artist within a week of author-artist pair reveals so that artists can complete the best work possible to accompany their claimed fic. As indicated above, failure to do so will be considered dropping out. Further, if you, as an author or an artist, try to contact your partner (the author or artist of the work you are collaborating on) at any other point during the challenge, and they do not respond within 3 business days, please let a mod know. If the mod is unable to get hold of the participant in a timely manner (i.e., three business days), that participant will be considered a dropout and will be ineligible to participate in Round 6.
+We will be posting a prompts post along with the sign-up post, in case you need help generating ideas. We will also email participants more detailed rules regarding submissions and posting guidelines closer to the appropriate dates.
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