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01 September 2011 @ 03:25 pm
Gabriel Big Bang Round 2 - Rules, Schedule, and FAQ  
As promised, we're gearing up for a second round of the GBB. Sign-ups are starting in just about two weeks, guys, so get ready! \o/ Here's some information for you so you can start planning out what you want to write. :D

***Please note, there have been a few changes to the FAQ since Round 1. You'll want to take a look through these before Round 2 starts to be sure you have a clear idea of what will be expected of you for this challenge.

We hope you're all as excited as we are, and we'll see you back here on the 16th for sign-ups!

Gabriel Big Bang: General Requirements

For writers…

1. Stories must be a minimum length of 15,000 words. There is no maximum, but it must be a completed story at the time of posting.
2. Stories may be slash, gen, or het.
3. The central story element must focus on Gabriel or Richard Speight, Jr.
4. You may not post your story anywhere on the internet prior to your assigned posting date.
5. Your story should be posted (unlocked) on you own journal or website on your assigned posting date. A header and links should be posted to the community.
6. Stories must be beta read.

For artists…

1. Artwork must be a minimum of the following, depending on type of art: Manips, Artwork, Digital Artwork- 500x500px, or Vid- 1 min. You are required to create at least one piece of art from these options, but you may of course create more than that if desired. Icons, spacers, wallpapers, and fanmixes do not count toward your obligation, but are of course allowed in addition.
2. You will have the opportunity to claim a story to create artwork for on the date of artist claims. This is done on a first come/first serve basis. If the story you want has already been claimed, we encourage you to choose another instead.
3. You may not post your art or vid anywhere on the internet prior to your assigned posting date.
4. Your artwork should be posted (unlocked) on you own journal or website on your assigned posting date. The link should then be provided to your author to include on the header they submit to the community.

Gabriel Big Bang: Schedule

Sign-ups begin: September 16th
Writer sign-ups end: October 31st
First check-in: December 9th
Second check-in/post a snippet: January 6th
Rough drafts and summaries due: January 31st
Art sign-ups end: January 31st
Art claims: February 3rd
Art drafts due: March 2nd
Posting begins on: March 12th

Gabriel Big Bang: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I make art as well as do a story?
Not at this time. However, you will be able to sign up to be an artist pinch-hitter after artist claims are over. Also, since art sign ups close the day that rough drafts are due, you can sign up to be an artist if you don't get your story completed.

2. What about the support people? Can I sign up to do both a story or art and be a beta?
This is definitely okay, but you aren't allowed to be the beta for your own story.

3. If I finish it, can I submit a WIP I've been posting in my journal?
No. No part of your story may be posted anywhere on the web prior to your assigned posting date. You may finish something you've been working on and only sharing with alpha/beta readers.

4. Can I submit a sequel to a story I've already posted?
Yes, so long as the new story can stand completely on it's own.

5. Is RPF allowed?
Yes. This round, we've decided to include RPF. But just as an FPF story for this challenge must focus on Gabriel, and RPF story must focus on Richard Speight Jr.

6. Are crossovers allowed?
No. We apologize, but the only crossovers that will be allowed are Supernatural RPF crossovers.
6b. What about fusions?
Fusions are allowed, as long as characters from the universe you put the Supernatural/RPF characters into aren't included. For example, if you want to write a story wherein Sam is a superhero who flies around saving people and Gabriel is the starstruck reporter who can't get enough of him...that's fine, just so long as Jimmy Olsen isn't popping up with his camera. ;)

7. Can a story be an AU?
Yes, as long as the story still focuses on Gabriel as he's portrayed in Supernatural (Meaning you can't write a story about Gabriel from, say, Legion instead), or on Richard Speight Jr.

8. Can I write a pairing that does not include Gabriel (or Richard)?
Yes, so long as Gabriel (or Richard) is still the main focus of the story. A story where Gabriel works to get Lucifer and Michael to admit their everlasting love for each other, and finds redemption for his wrongdoings in the process, is okay. A story where Michel and Lucifer find each other again and fall in love, and Gabriel swoops in at the last minute to take the credit for it, is not.

9. Can I use original characters?
Yes, but remember that the story must focus on Gabriel (or Richard). (Are you sick of that phrase yet?)

10. Can an author turn in more than one story?
Yes. This round, we've decided to allow authors to write two stories if they so desire. However, both stories must be complete by the due-date.

11. Can writers collaborate on a story?
Absolutely, but please make sure you clarify in your sign-up if you'll be doing a collaboration.

12. Is there a word limit for the first draft?
No. So long as the story is complete (has a beginning, body, and definitive ending) and at least 15,000 words, there is no upper limit.

13. Can an artist do more than one piece of art?
An artist can do as many pieces of art for their assigned stories as they want to once the main piece is finished.

14. Is there a size limit on art?
No. As long as the art meets the minimum requirements and you can post it in your live journal or on your website, you're good.

15. Do fan mixes count as art?
No. You must do a piece of graphic art (original illustration, photo manip, etc.) or vid for your story. If the author has a fanmix or soundtrack picked out, you may do cover art for that in addition to your other art.

16. Can I post a soundtrack for my story?
Yes, definitely! However, any posted cover art must come from your artist, at least until the end of the big bang posting period.

17. Can I post art that I or someone other than my artist has done when I post my story?
No. Not before the end of the posting period. The point of this challenge is for the writer and the artist to collaborate.

18. Can I give my artist direction on the art?
We encourage discussion between artists and authors, but the final call on all art produced is ultimately up to the artist, just as the final call on all writing is up to the author. Authors may request things like icons or dividers that will make posting easier, but the artist is not required to provide these.

19. Can I turn my story in before January 31?
Please! Send an email with your story as an attached file (please, no stories should be submitted in the body of the e-mail!) to gabrielbb_mods@yahoo.com. Please also remember to include your final title and the summary to be used for artist claims.

20. I’d rather f-lock my big bang story. Can I?
No. The point of this challenge is to share your stories. They must be posted unlocked and remain so.

21. Can I do a remix of another person's story if it hasn't been posted before, won't be a WIP, etc.?
No. This story needs to be unique to you.

22. What happens if I miss a deadline?
Unless otherwise stated, all deadlines are set in stone. As long as it's the correct date somewhere in the world, it will still count, but afterwards, you will be dropped from the exchange, no exceptions.

23. I'm not going to be able to complete my art in time. What do I do?
Please contact the mods the moment you realize you will have to withdraw from the exchange so that we can assign a pinch-hitter!

24. Am I required to use one of the alphas/betas from the sign-ups here?
No. If you have someone you already use to alpha or beta your stories, you are more than welcome to use them for this challenge as well.

25. Will betas be assigned to us if we don't have one of our own?
We will not be assigning betas. It is your responsibility to go through the "Alpha, Beta and Cheerleader sign-up post" and contact one of the betas that have volunteered. If you're feeling too shy/uncomfortable/lost, you may ask the mods to contact a beta on your behalf, but we strongly encourage you to contact them yourself, as only you know specifically what your story needs.

26. Will you be archiving the Big Bang submissions anywhere?
At the end of the challenge, there will be a Master List compiled of every entry, with links to both stories and artwork, but we will not be doing a separate archive.


If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please comment to this post and we will answer as quickly as possible!
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celestialoceanscelestialoceans on September 2nd, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Is there going to be a separate post to submit being a beta?
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 2nd, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
Oh yes! There will be a sign-up post specifically for support people - alphas, betas, and cheerleaders - and authors/artists can use that post to scroll through and see who best fits what they're looking for.
enchanting muse: BAMFenmuse on September 2nd, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
I am so excited. :3 I'm probably crazy to add this to my schedule, but what the hell ;)

WHEE!
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 2nd, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, so happy to hear you're excited! ^_^ Haha, my schedule is pretty full too, but for Gabriel, I'm willing to sacrifice my tiny amount of free time. *grin*

:D
(no subject) - enmuse on September 2nd, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
februaryfindsfebruaryfinds on September 4th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Here is a lengthy question for you: is it all right if we impose our own theology on the Supernatural verse/angels? Not like a crossover, just like, slightly AU characteristics of Angels in general. Would that be all right?
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 4th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh, that's definitely fine! As long as the characters are still recognizable, it's safe to plop them in any type of setting you want, including one where angels aren't quite the way Supernatural makes them out to be. ;)

Hope this helps!
(no subject) - februaryfinds on September 4th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
wayward kitten: gabrielpuchuupoet on September 5th, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
Yay!

(and this means I can finish the one from last time) \o/
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 5th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
YAY! *excited bouncing*

:D
faithburkefaithburke on September 6th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, why aren't you allowing crossovers this time around?
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 6th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
In a couple of cases, we ended up having a lot of trouble with art for the crossover fics, and it's just not a hassel we feel equipped to deal with this time around. I know it won't be the most popular decision, but after weighing the pros and cons, it just made the most sense.

If you're really set on writing a crossover fic though, sncross_bigbang is another challenge the runs annually, and is specifically designed for Supernatural crossovers. :)

Many apologies!
(no subject) - faithburke on September 6th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - faithburke on September 10th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - morganoconner on September 10th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - faithburke on September 10th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - luna_del_cielo on October 23rd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
ranua: pieranua on September 7th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
Could you clarify a bit for me please, rough drafts are due Jan 31, but what level of completion are you looking for at that time? I'm participating in the J2/Kane BB and their rough draft requirement was half the min word count. I'm just trying to work out how long I'd have to write the story since I'm nervous about being able to produce the required words in the allotted time. (I mean, I'm pretty sure I can do it, but the more time the better, right?)
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 7th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
Our rough draft requirements are the full minimum word count (15,000 words), and the story needs to be complete (a clear beginning and body, and a definitive ending). This way, your artist will have a full story to work with, even if you still need to go back and add some scenes later. :)
(no subject) - ranua on September 7th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
cashay: Gabrielcashay on September 7th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited :D This was my first Big Bang ever last year and it was a lot of fun :)
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 8th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
YAY! I'm sohappy you're looking forward to it! :D We definitely look forward to having you back this year. ^_^
(no subject) - cashay on September 12th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Mys: SPN S/G mysheavenlyxbodies on September 7th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, this may be stupid, but I wanna check. If I wanna do a story on Gabriel pre-SPN, as in focusing on him/his history before he ever met the brothers, would that be allowed or would that be considered too AU?
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 8th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
That would be perfectly fine, no worries at all! ^_^ There's really no such thing as "too AU", as long as the story is focused on our Gabester. ;)
(no subject) - heavenlyxbodies on September 16th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - morganoconner on September 16th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - heavenlyxbodies on September 16th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
make5hift_wings: waitermake5hift_wings on September 8th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Oooh, and I said I wasn't gonna do another BigBang this year, and then you post this...

And I wanna write something!!! Since posting isn't til next year, I guess that I'm not really making a liar out of myself, am I?

*goes plot-bunny hunting*
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 10th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
*grin* I'm so happy you'll be joining us again this year! ^_^

And nope, it definitely doesn't count as breaking your promise, when the deadlines aren't till next year. ;)
(no subject) - make5hift_wings on September 10th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - morganoconner on September 11th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
shi_moshi_mo on September 13th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hello!

I have an idea for AU story where Gabriel goes all Trickster/just_deserved on Lucifer, but it kinda wants to be written from Sam POV and because of that it would kinda look like Sam's story. Will it be OK?
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 16th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
As long as Gabriel is one of the main characters, I can't see it being a problem. :)
chef_geekier: Debrielchef_geekier on September 16th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Question: I have an idea for a fic, but it won't exactly be starring Gabriel... set after he dies, it's mostly Cas dealing with the death of his brother and taking care of Gabe's puppy (the one from Tall Tales). It'll be focussed on Gabe, though he'll only be in a few scenes. Is that okay?
Morgan O'Conner: Big Bang - Gabrielmorganoconner on September 16th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, with Gabriel only in a few scenes, it doesn't really sound like a story that could be within the guidelines of this particular challenge. Our apologies!
The Mysterious Wandering Knight, Knightblazer: On the line between life and death.tasogareika on September 16th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Derp two questions, if you guys don't mind.

While I understand that the final stories need to be beta read, the one that's sent to you guys on Jan 31st - the draft - does that required to be beta'd too? Or can I just send the draft first, do whatever edits and then send that final copy to the beta?

Also regarding betas: uh this is a very hurrrr question, but just to be sure - if I'm asking for a beta from the sign-up post, I'll just need to e-mail/contact them myself, yes? Just... making sure I have everything right. OTL. /first-timer
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on September 16th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hi there! :)

The fic doesn't need to be fully beta'd until you're actually posting it on your posting date. We just need to know you have a complete draft by Jan 31st so we know your artist has a complete story to work with, but you'll have plenty of time after that to add skipped scenes, edit out the errors, etc.

And yes, you're in charge of contacting the beta you choose from the sign-up post, because you're the one who knows what will fit your needs best.

I hopw this helps! And not to wirry, hun. We were all first-timers once, and there's no such thing as a dumb question. ;)
(no subject) - tasogareika on September 16th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
lynndyrelynndyre on September 17th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Will this Big Bang be having a prompting post, ideas for longer Gabriel-centric stories that people want to see?
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on September 17th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Yep, we'll be getting a prompt post up in the next week or two. :)
(no subject) - lynndyre on September 17th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
cashay: Chasecashay on September 19th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Just to make it clear, as long as Gabriel is central part of the storyline it doesn't have to be from his POV right?
cashay: Chasecashay on September 19th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
yeah okay, just saw the questions from above, I guess it'll count, apparently I can't read.

So, Gabriel probably won't be in the first half all that much but the whole story revolves around him so he will be a central part of the story even if he isn't in a scene. That counts right?

*memo to self: don't ask questions when nearly asleep, they turn out weird...*
(no subject) - morganoconner on September 28th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
peaceformizupeaceformizu on September 28th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
If I were to say use a character from another universe, but say integrate him as also a character from the SPN universe, and not actually include the whole other universe just imply it's there. Is that a crossover?
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on September 28th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is definitely a crossover. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
rubystandish: SPN_Gabe Out of the Cagerubystandish on October 3rd, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Just wondering I have a idea for kind of a Swan Princess/Swan Lake AU that would be a Sabriel story. Would that be okay?
Consulting five-year-old: Deanslowsunrise on October 13th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
So, when can we start stalking the betas/cheerleaders? Is it just to grab one before anybody else does?
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on October 13th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Yep, you can start contacting them anytime! :)
luna_del_cielo: attractive crying man=casluna_del_cielo on October 23rd, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Disappointed
Oh...I made the mistake of signing up before reading the rules. I know it was mentioned there were a couple changes but I didn't think anything big...

But no crossovers? :(

Don't get me wrong, straight spn fics are great. It's just, personally speaking, my Muse is more drawn to crossovers (especially SPN/BTVS) because of the many possibilities. I read a couple lines down about why you made this decision, due to the artist, but my artist last year didn't have a problem with my BTVS/SPN xover (not that I know of).

I would think it wouldn't be that hard, with the help of the almight Google to provide images and info on random characters that people may have never heard of (although most of the time, the SPN crossover fandoms are usually well known).

I may not be able to participate this year, I'll have to think about it and maybe take my sign-up post down. I'm really disappointed and hope that you reconsider this, for next year at least. If wincest and RPF fics are allowed, which are things that some other fans get squicked out by, then I think the community should be more open to crossovers.

Thank you.
The Last Stopthat_last_stop on October 25th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Can a story be told from the point of view of a character not Gabriel, if their focus is Gabriel? My idea would be told from Sam's perspective, but his focus is 90% Gabriel, and Gabriel would feature in 95% of the scenes.
The Last Stopthat_last_stop on October 25th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
And I answered my own question by reading the other comment questions. I'm going to assume it's okay, but if it isn't, lemme know!
aquariellaquariell on October 26th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, is there any way I could PM one of the mods my email address instead of having on my sign up comment?
It's just that the address is my full name and I'd like as few people as possible to know that.
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on October 26th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Sure, go ahead and send me a PM and fill out the rest of the sign-up form as normal.

Just so you're aware though, you're e-mail will be added to the mailing list to receive updates and such for the challenge. I don't think anyone pays that much attention to headers, but I'd rather have you aware of it ahead of time. If it's a big problem, let me know and I'll make a note of it and be sure to disinclude you from the mailings.

:)
(no subject) - aquariell on October 27th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
tinypinkmousetinypinkmouse on November 1st, 2011 07:44 am (UTC)
I haven't been writing for ages, I hope I'm up for this. :)

I do have a few questions though. Firstly, with the no crossover rule, what's the stance on characters from mythology showing up in the fic? (I'm thinking mostly Norse mythology I suppose, since it's Gabriel we're talking about.)

If I would decide to turn in two stories (I doubt it, but if I suddenly get inspired :D), I assume they both have to be 15,000 words long? I guess what I'm trying to ask is, does that work pretty much like I was signed up twice for the big bang?

Oh, and last year I was forced to drop out. I did however get my story half way done that time, so I was wondering if I decided to maybe finish that fic, would it be okay to submit that for this year? The story hasn't been shared with anyone really, so I don't think it should be against the rules (but I thought I'd ask first anyway).
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on November 2nd, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hi darling! Sorry about the late reply - I'm on a region-wide black-out right now, and this is the first chance I've had to find a town that has power and wi-fi to get online. Also, this reply is going to be brief, so my apologies for that as well. >.<

Okay.

Mythology - totally fine.

Each story must have 15,000 words, yes. :)

You are more than welcome to use last year's story as long as none has been posted online at any point previously.

I hope this helps, and if you have any other questions, let me know and I'll get back to you s soon as I'm able!
(no subject) - tinypinkmouse on November 2nd, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
H. Elizabethwhit_merule on November 9th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity and because I haven't done any of this before, though it won't be relevant for a while yet: what are the guidelines for the snippet-posting? Max/min length, must include Gabriel, must be indicative of something or other, anything?

Thanks!
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on November 9th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Posting a snippet is optional, and pretty much at your discretion. The content can include anything from your fic that you think may intrigue readers. I personally wouldn't recommend more than 2 or 3 sentences. Definitely not more than 150 words.

Hope that helps? :)
(no subject) - whit_merule on November 9th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
sofiwicksofiwick on November 11th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
Hi! I was wondering if I can divide my story into chapters, instead of just one chapter with 15,000 words. =)
sofiwicksofiwick on December 3rd, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hi! I’m not very bright and I’ve never done a bigbang before, so forgive me for asking: what is the first check-in? Is it the first draft (with a beginning, body, definitive ending, and at least 15,000 words)?
Also, I was wondering if I can divide my story into chapters, instead of just one chapter with 15,000 words. =)
rubystandish: SPN_Gabe (Archangel of Water)rubystandish on January 24th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Hello,

I was just wondering, I don't think I'll be able to finish my story in time, would it be okay for me to drop out of the Author Sign Up and Sign up for an Artist instead or is it once you've signed up for something, you can't change?
Morgan O'Conner: GBB Round 2morganoconner on January 24th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
If you know for a fact you won't be submitting a fic, you're welcome to switch your sign-up to art instead.
(no subject) - rubystandish on January 24th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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