September 14th, 2010

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Big Bang - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I make art as well as do a story?
Not at this time. However, you can sign up to be an artist pinch-hitter and do a story. 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 can 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 on it's own.

5. Are crossovers allowed?
Yes, so long as the story focuses on Gabriel as portrayed in Supernatural. And this does, of course, include RPS. ;)

6. Can a story be an AU?
Yes, but it still has to focus on Gabriel as he's portrayed in Supernatural.

7. Can I write a pairing that does not include Gabriel?
Yes, so long as Gabriel is the main focus of the story. A story where Gabriel works to get Raphael and Michael to admit their everlasting love for each other is okay, so long as the focus of the story is Gabriel working to get them together. A story that focuses solely on Sam and Dean and Gabriel swoops in at the last minute to save the day is not.

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

9. Can an author turn in more than one story?
No. Only one story per author.

10. Can writers collaborate on a story?
Absolutely, but you can still only write one story, either on your own, or as part of a collaboration.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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

14. 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 does not have a fanmix or soundtrack picked out, you may do one in addition to your other art.

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

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. What happens if I miss a deadline?
You will be given 24 hours to contact us with the reason, and an additional 48 hours from that point to submit whatever is due at that time. If at that point we still have not received what is due, you will be disqualified from the challenge.

22. 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!

23. 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.

24. Will you be archiving the Big Bang submissions anywhere?
At the end of the challenge, there will be a Master List comprised of every enrty, 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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Big Bang - Timeline

Gabriel Big Bang, Round 2 - Schedule

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

Rules 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.
4. AU's and crossovers are allowed, as long as the story is focused on Gabriel as he is portrayed in Supernatural.
5. You may not post your story anywhere on the internet prior to your assigned posting date.
6. Your story should be posted on you own journal or website on your assigned posting date. A header and links should be posted to the community.
7. Stories must be beta read.
8. You may choose to either write a story or create art. Not both.

Important Dates for Writers

-November 19th is the last possible day to sign up.
-You must have a summary, story warning, and final title turned in by January 14th.
-Your first draft must be completed and turned in by January 31st, so that we know with certaintly your artist has a complete story to work with.
-On February 4th, your anonymous summary and title will be posted for artists to claim.
-Posting will begin on March 7th.

To sign up

Please comment to this post using the form provided:

Note: the last two questions are to help us assign alphas, betas and cheerleaders if needed, and answering is optional, but helpful. You are still welcome to change your mind later. ;)

Please visit the FAQ if you have any questions. Anything not answered there can be asked in comments to that post.
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Sign-Up Post: Artists

Rules 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.
5. You may choose to either write a story or create art. Not both.

Important Dates for Artists

-January 31st is the last possible day to sign up.
-On February 4th, a list of all summaries and titles will be posted for you to choose from. Once you have claimed a story, the author's contact information will be provided to you so you can contact each other. They will provide you with the full story to create art for.
-The due date for artwork and video drafts is February 25th. You must provide us with either a live link to the art or vid, or the art file itself in a photobucket compatible format.
-Posting will begin on March 7th.
(Your artwork should be provided to your author before their particular scheduled posting date, so that they have the opportunity to embed the artwork into the story if desired.)

To sign up

Please comment to this post using the form provided:

Please visit the FAQ if you have any questions. Anything not answered there can be asked in comments to that post.
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Sign-Up Post: Alphas, Betas, and Cheerleaders

If you want to participate, but don't think you'll have the time to devote to a long story or a piece of artwork, never fear, there are still ways for you to help!

The players:

Beta Readers
-Stories are required to be beta'd for this challenge, and not every author has access to their own personal beta-reader. Betas are one of the most important parts of the writing challenge. You, as a beta-reader, are the person who proofreads the entire story. You check for things like grammar issues, spelling issues, punctuation, and you make sure that things make sense, that there are no plot holes, that characterization seems accurate. Your job, as a beta, is to clean away all the pesky mistakes the writer may be too caught up to noice they're making. ;)

Alpha Readers
-Having an alpha reader is not a requirement of the challenge for writers. However, alpha readers can be incredibly helpful. You are the people who hunt the story for things like characterization and plot holes. You look at the backstory, the story arc, everything. You let the writer know if something doesn't quite make sense, and you offer suggestions when needed. You work with the writer as they're writing, and offer feedback as they go. :)

-Where would the writers and artists be without their cheerleaders? You are the people who keep them going through it all. Writer's block, looming deadlines, Real Life issues that get in the way... you offer support, a shoulder to cry on when they need it, encouragement, a nagging presence when they don't think they'll be able to work without one. ;)

If any of these sound like something you think you'd be inclined to do, please take the time to sign up! You'll be paired with the authors or artists who request it, and from there it will be up to you and you person to figure out the best ways of communication.

When signing up, please use the form provided: