Hello, Sparty peeps!
It is November first and we have a very special challenge; not only will we be doing a theme and character challenge (stay tuned), but this will be the beginning of our New Year’s Gift Exchange. Everyone is welcome to join! We will be using AO3’s established Gift Challenge Collection format, which means that everyone who signs up must be willing to both create and receive a gift. For more details and rules, check below, and then head on over to join!
When are signups?
Signups are from now to November 9. It’s a short sign up period, we know, but it’s a short challenge and signups must be closed before people know what they’re creating. Most of the sign ups for the last big challenge happened in the first few days, anyway.
When is the deadline?
January 1, 2014. There will be a check-in sometime in December. This is a hard deadline; if you will be on vacation, away from the internet, etc, talk to the mods ASAP so we can arrange a date that will work. Luckily, AO3 does allow for a fic to be posted to the gift exchange but not revealed until a certain deadline, so most likely we will just ask you to post your gift a little bit early. As of now, AO3 is set to reveal works at 8 PM, EST; if that causes issues for some people, or if everyone submits their gifts early, that time can be changed.
Where will this challenge be held?
AO3 has a gift collection, and all offers/requests will be posted there. Information, including updates, questions, and possibly a check-in, will take place on this tumblr. All participants must post to AO3, but you also have the option to post your gift on tumblr, livejournal, DeviantArt, etc.
What counts as a “gift”?
Art, manips, fic, mixes, gifsets/photosets, fanvideo. Fic must be at least 1k; there is no limit to how many words you can write, how many pieces you can make, or how detailed they need to be, but bear in mind that there will be no extensions granted. A 50k fic would be a great gift, yes, but difficult to write in two months. Know your limits!
Can I pick whose prompt I want to write?
No. AO3 has an automated system that will match up the participants whose tagged interests are the most compatible. If you have a friend in the fandom that you want to create something for, that’s great! Please do it amongst yourselves and not in this challenge.
How can I customize my requests/offers?
Here is a tutorial. You must include at least one pairing/character, and we encourage you to pick more than that so people have options. You must also pick at least one fandom, which will allow you to specify when you want your gift to be set. The Spartacus fandom tags ONLY applies to canonical/canon AU fics. If you would like a Vengeance-era AU featuring Varro, use the “Spartacus: Vengeance” tag; if you want any AU (including modern) featuring Varro that does not conform to the timeline of the show, use the general “Spartacus (TV)” tag. Crossovers will be allowed for this challenge. If you are willing to write for more than a handful of characters, be sure to list them so it’s easier to match people up.
In the tags, which AO3 will use to match you, you can also include types of AUs, genres, minor plot points, etc. Please don’t use long, unnecessarily complicated tags; there will be a comment box where you can put “Nasir wears his hair in pigtails while he cleans the house,” if you so desire. Also, MAKE SURE to include which types of gifts you would be willing to give and receive. You must list one, or more, or all, of the following tags:
Also, in the comment box please make sure to include what you don’t want to be included. If you have pairings/characters you can’t stand, triggers, plot points that annoy you, etc, this is where they go. The reverse is also true; if you don’t want a fic focused on Gannicus, but like ensemble fics where he is featured, make sure to put it in the comment box.
Can I ask for/create more than one gift?
Not at this time. If, as signups continue, it looks as though there aren’t enough compatible matches, we may allow people to accept more than one request.
Is there anything I can’t request/offer?
Works CAN NOT contain the following: children in sexual situations; RPF; or pairings in which one character has raped the other, whether this happens in the fic or in canon. So, for example, a fic in which Tiberius rapes Kore (as in canon), and Kore ends up falling in love with Sibyl is fine. Any fic in which Tiberius and Kore are endgame is not, even if it is set in an alternate universe where he did not rape her.
If you have questions about whether or not a pairing meets these restrictions, ask! Consent can get tricky in the context of the show; a good rule of thumb is to not ship Romans with slaves, but again, ask if you’re not sure. There must be a warning for explicit work involving anyone under the age of 18, and explicit work involving anyone under 15 is not allowed.
Other than that, it’s pretty much open-ended. The more characters/pairings the better we say. (And yes, OT3s are allowed.)