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Jul. 4th, 2013 01:41 pm
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What is The Exchange at Fic Corner?
The Exchange at Fic Corner is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for kids' and YA book/short story fandoms. The name was ruthlessly stolen from that classic of children's literature, The House at Pooh Corner. Basically? This is for the book fandoms that you loved or would have loved as a kid (even if you just read them for the first time a week ago).

The Exchange at Fic Corner was inspired by Yuletide (the obscure or rarely written fandoms project) and much of the format and rules are based off that exchange.



Who runs the project?
hhertzof is doing this alone this year. She may well regret this. She can be found at evil_plotbunny/hhertzof. If you have any questions about the exchange, please contact her at fic.corner@gmail.com

Who can participate?
Anyone who has an Archive of Our Own (otherwise known as AO3) account can sign up. If you don't have an AO3 account, please let us know ahead of time so we can get you an invite. There will be a post in the fic_corner comms offering AO3 invites as well.

Do I have to have a Livejournal/Dreamwidth account to participate in The Exchange at Fic Corner?
No. The exchange is happening on AO3, including sign ups and nominations. The comms are for important announcements from the moderators or for discussion and sharing. This can be done without a LJ/DW, though we highly recommend following the fic_corner comms.

You can subscribe to the comms on either or both journaling sites if you’d like. While not a requirement, in case LJ does have issues, we do suggest you also subscribe to the comms on DW for up to date information.

We also have a fic-corner tumblr that will mirror some posts from fic_corner if that suits your needs better. There is no guarantee that all posts will be mirrored.

What is The Exchange at Fic Corner 2015 schedule?
June 1st - Brainstorming Post will open; Any Changes to Eligibilty Rules will be posted (none this year).
June 5rd - June 11th - Nominations
June 11th - June 15th - Vetting
June 15th - June 21st - Sign-Ups
June 22nd - Assignments Sent Out
September 1st - Deadline for Stories
September 7th - Collection Goes Live

How do I contact the moderator?
Email me at fic_corner@gmail.com

How is the list of fandoms created?
Each year we compile a new list of fandoms from potential participants; each person nominating up to four fandoms. For a fandom to be included in the current year, it must be newly nominated by at least one person and still within the guidelines of the exchange (see below).

What constitutes an eligible fandom?
The guidelines for an eligible kids' or YA book fandom

  • A fandom that was published in book format by a traditional publisher (small press/eBook only is okay, self-published is not unless it was at some point also published by a company that handles multiple authors with some selection criteria beyond "give us your manuscript, we'll publish your book").

  • A fandom that was marketed for children's or teens at some point. Books that have had editions marketed for both adults and teens (Ender's Game, for example) are eligible as are books that were published for adults in one country and for teens (or children) in another. Any fandoms where proof of this cannot be found will be listed in one or multiple posts on the comm for confirmation before being rejected.

  • Any level books are eligible, from board books for toddlers to edgy teen novels.

  • Graphic novels/manga/bande dessinée/manhwa, etc. are all eligible as long as they are published for kids or teens. Everything else will be on a case by case basis, but mainstream superheroes will only be eligible in a version specifically published for kids/teens as mainstream comics do not have a clear dividing line (certain teen superheroes/superhero groups may be allowed on a case by base basis). This does not affect manga, as age ranges are usually marked on the English translations. Monthly comic issues that have not been collected in book form are not eligible.

  • Fandoms do not have to be currently in print to be eligible.

  • Fandoms may be in any language and do not have to have a published English translation. However, this exchange will be run in English, so the less accessible your fandom is, the less likely you will find a match.

  • Non-fiction fandoms may be accepted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the moderator.

  • RPF is not allowed except in the context of a book fandom in which real people are characters, such as the multitude of novels about 16th century girls who dress as boys and run off to act in Shakespeare's plays.

  • Tie-in novels/series are eligible if they are telling new and distinct stories from the source. Direct novelisations of movies or television are not eligible. If you're looking to sneak in certain major comic or cartoon characters check out the Easy Reader section of your library or bookstore.

  • Size of fandom is not a criteria. Harry Potter and Twilight are eligible, as are tiny fandoms that don't exist on AO3 yet.

  • Sub-series are allowed, so you could nominate the Trickster series instead of Tortall and that would be accepted. However, I reserve the right to discard single book nominations in favor of series/sub-series, going by the smallest possible series (ie, Little Men may be accepted as the Little Women series if both were nominated), for ease of matching. If you only want the adventures of Nat, Dan and Bess, you'll have the option of limiting by character in your requests and offers. I'll be more likely to invoke this for series in which feature the same main character(s) or for stories with a continuing plotline, which means that that's a bad example, but I can't think of a better one for now.

  • Kids'/Teen spin-off series of adult series will be allowed as long as you nominate the eligible series. The adult series will be rejected.

  • If a book or graphic novel will be published (i.e. available to the general public) by the 1st of September, it is eligible. Comics that have not been collected into graphic novels and prepublication copies of books (advanced reader copies, galleys, sample chapters) that have not been released to the general public in their finished form in any country are not eligible. Do remember that the easier it is to get one's hands on canon for review, the more likely people will offer/request it.

  • Nominations/requests/offers do not have to be things YOU personally read at the appropriate age. As long as they are aimed at the target age range, they are eligible.


How do I sign up?
Sign ups will be done on AO3. There will be an announcement in the comms and a link to the sign up form will be provided along with instructions. It can be found through the 'signups' tag on the comm.

How many fandoms/characters can I request?
You may request up to 10 fandoms, minimum of 3. The maximum of characters you can request in one fandom is 10.

Can I request a crossover?
No, though you may add in your optional details that you wouldn’t mind having a crossover with the fandom you requested. It is not a guarantee though.

What can I put in the additional details field? How specific can I get?
Whatever you like! However, the more specific and demanding you are, the more stressful it will be for your writer! Generally giving them an idea of what you would like and vague prompts is better than describing a story in detail, eg "I like happy endings, snark, character backstory. It would be interesting to see what character A would do if they had to deal with a plot" is much better than "I would like a story where character A and character B visit a museum and while they are there they solve a mystery."

If you want to supply further additional details, you can always write a letter (like the Yuletide ones) in your journal or elsewhere on the internet with more information. It is useful to include your general likes and dislikes as well as ideas about the fandom. Please remember to mention anything that you really don’t want in your story - otherwise your author would not necessarily know. More information about “Dear Fic Corner Scribbler” letters can be found below.

Letter writing is optional.

How many fandoms can I/do I have to offer to write?
You must offer at least three different fandoms. Beyond that, you may offer as many fandoms as ten. More information will be available about this in a post on fic_corner.

How many characters can I offer to write?
For each fandom you select, you can specify up to ten characters, or you can choose 'Any' to indicate that you're willing to write any nominated characters with the fandom.

I already signed up, but I saw another fandom that I'd rather write/request. Can I change my submission before the deadline?
Yes. You can edit your sign up form until sign ups close.

When will I get my assignment?
Assignments should be sent out within 1-3 days after the close of sign ups. Dates will be listed on the AO3 collection. A post will be made to the LJ/DW comms after assignments are issued. If you have not received your assignment within a day of this posting, please email us at fic_corner@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to check your Spam folder.

How are writers and recipients matched up?
Writers and recipients are matched through AO3’s matching process. You are only guaranteed to be matched on one fandom and its characters and rating preference. Anything more is a bonus.

What happens if nobody matches to any of my requests or offers?
In the event that nobody matches to your requests or offers, we’ll ask you for additional options in order to better match you. People who cannot be matched initially might be sent out as pinch hits. Two people might be assigned to one person.

When is the deadline for uploading my story?
The deadline for stories will be announced in the comms for each round, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. If you finish earlier than that, and a huge congrats if you do, you can upload it at any time after you receive your assignment.

When are the stories available?
Once everyone has a story uploaded within the collection, stories will be available though we cannot be exact on time. All stories will remain anonymous until author reveals seven days later.

Assignments


I received ten different fandom possibilities, do I have to write all of them?
Nope! The matching process automatically sends you your recipient's full list of requests, but you only have to write a single story over 1000 words. However, you can choose to write any one of your recipient's ten requests, whether you offered the fandom during sign ups or not.

Can I request a reassignment?
Unless you were assigned a fandom you didn't volunteer for, then I'm sorry, but no. Everyone is paired with someone else who listed at least one request that matched something they offered to write. That's the best we can do.

I don't recognize any of the fandoms on my recipient's list.
If that's the case, please email us at fic_corner@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can reassign you.

Note: if we have to assign you a new recipient, it probably means that you'll be writing for someone who already has an assigned writer. This is not unheard of, as the matching process always has a few stray authors that we have to double-assign, as well as recipients that have to immediately go out for a pinch hit, because it's very unlikely that everyone will make requests and offers that match up exactly, with nothing left over.

Can I find out more about my recipient's request/tastes/opinions?
I ask that you not contact your recipient directly, even in an anonymous comment on their journal.

If you need clarification, or more information, please email me at fic.corner@gmail.com, and we will act as go-between for your questions. This will preserve not only your anonymity, but conceal any indication of which request you're planning to write, as we will make up questions for each of the requested fandoms to disguise your real intent.

Writers may also like to poke around their recipients' LJs/blogs/websites to see what kinds of things they seem to like, so feel free to do so (and leave some notes in your own LJ/blog, if you have one, for your writer!).

Do I have to write the specific characters/pairings/situations they ask for?
Optional details are optional. The only requirements for your story is that a) the completed story is over 1000 words, b) it’s written in a fandom that was requested, and c) it uses whichever nominated characters you matched on unless their details say otherwise.

That said, try to accommodate your recipient on what they'd like because it is a gift to them from you. If you can't, then please don't write their squicks if they’re stated in their details or letters. Basically, try not to be an asshole.

Can I talk about my assignment with other people?
Try to keep your assignment a secret. If you need to talk about it on your journal, use vague comments. We'd like to keep the authors behind the stories a secret until the collection opens. However, we encourage people to have their stories beta read, and obviously that requires sharing it - but remember that it is a secret story.

I don't really know any of the fandoms my recipient asked for very well. I didn't think I'd get assigned any of those. What do I do?
DO NOT SIGN UP FOR ANY FANDOMS YOU AREN'T MORE THAN HAPPY TO WRITE. Chances are, the fandom you are least comfortable with writing will be the one you receive as an assignment and the other fandoms requested are ones you aren’t familiar with (as luck would have it), so make sure you offer wisely.

My recipient listed a fandom that I didn't sign up for, but I have an idea. Can I write in that fandom instead?
Absolutely! Once you receive your assignment, you're free to write in any of the fandoms on that list, whether you signed up for it or not. If you luck out and get a recipient who has requested more than one fandom you could write in, even if you didn't offer them, then you have your pick!

I'm not comfortable with the fandoms I offered that my recipient wanted, but I have this other fandom I like/there's this other fandom I see she likes on her LJ/website that I could write. Can I do that?
No. You are limited to the fandoms and characters that your recipient requested, at least one of which you offered to write. If you fail to do so without defaulting, we may determine that you failed to fulfill the requirements of the challenge, and ban you from future participation.

How can I provide my author with more information?
Write it in your journal or elsewhere on the internet and provide a link in your sign up or through the comm post where participants can leave their links to their letters/leave their letters directly in a comment.

I'm not going to be able to complete my assignment, what do I do? Can I have an extension?
Unfortunately, no, you cannot receive an extension. Tell the mod - I will not be angry with you - and the assignment will be given to a pinch hitter. This ensures that everyone will get a story on time. I understand that life can make things difficult for people and they need to give up their assignment. I will not penalise people for this (although this may be changed in future years if it seems to be being abused) - I want people to be able to take part with this being as unstressful as we can make it. However, if you don’t tell me that you need to drop out, it means that I will have to find someone to write a story at the last minute and this will be stressful for the mod.

I need a beta, what do I do?
The problem with soliciting a beta publicly is that you generally will have to reveal the fandom, and this will interfere with the "secret" part of the challenge. If you just need a general beta, you can ask in your journal, or the The Exchange at Fic Corner comm on either LJ or DW, and see who offers -- and not choose your recipient, if they offer. If you need a more fandom-specific beta, you might try advertising on a comm or list specific to that fandom, and not specifically identify it as a The Exchange at Fic Corner story. There will also be a "Beta" post on the The Exchange at Fic Corner comm, where people can post saying what fandoms they're able to beta.

Yuletide has an IRC chat called #yuletide on irc.slashnet.org that people can enter and chat with each other as well as find betas for their stories. Since it's still active this summer, you may be able to find a hippo in there to help you arrange anonymously for a beta.

What are the minimum requirements for my story?
You are required to write a completed story with a minimum of 1000 words in the fandom your recipient requested (any of the fandoms requested) with the nominated characters requested, unless their details state differently, like they’re okay with additional characters or wouldn’t mind a crossover. By requested, we mean the fandom and characters must be the focus of the fic and not other characters, both original and fannish, unless given the okay by the recipient.

If your story is reported for having failed to meet the minimum requirements, the moderators will investigate the report and make a final decision.

What if my story isn’t 1000 words?
If your story isn’t 1000 words by the deadline, you will be considered as having dropped out and we will need to find a pinch hitter for your recipient. However, you can still upload your completed story as a Fic Corner Madness treat for your recipient.

How do I upload my story?
More information can be found by clicking on the 'uploading' tag in the fic_corner comms.

I uploaded the wrong version/made a mistake in my story, Help?
You can edit your own story after you upload it to the AO3 collection! If you notice any mistakes, please don’t hesitate in fixing them.

Can I thank my beta/include author notes in my story?
Yes - authors will be revealed at the same time as the stories, so there is no need for secrecy.

What is the check in?
The check in is our way of checking to see how our participants are faring with their stories. It is not mandatory, however, feel free to use that time to let us know if you're defaulting or having issues as well.

Those who know beforehand that they cannot check in when we put up the post can email the mods at fic.corner@gmail.com to let them know ahead of time of their situation. We will count this as checking in.

What happens if I need to drop out of The Exchange at Fic Corner or I don’t write a story over 1000 words? What can get me banned?
I will not penalise participants who drop out of the exchange or who can’t write a completed story over 1000 words for their recipient, though that may change in the future if this is abused. If either case applies to you, please let the mod know as soon as possible so we can arrange a pinch hitter for your recipient. There is also a Default button on AO3 that you can use.

I will ban participants from future Fic Corner exchanges, however, for failing to write a story that is written in their recipient’s requested fandom and with their requested characters (unless it was noted otherwise in their details/letters).

I will also ban participants from future Fic Corner exchanges for having an uploaded story over 1000 words that is not completed by the time the collection goes live. If it is reported to the mods that a story is not complete, whether by the recipient or not, I will investigate and take action.


In general, if an issue is brought to my attention, I will consider it and decide whether or not to take action and in what form.

As Fic Corner is still new, the mod will make adjustments as needed.

Pinch Hitting


What is pinch hitting?
Sometimes an assigned writer has to drop out of the challenge. In this case the mods will try and find another writer so that everyone has a story.

However, if you default and so does your writer before we assign a pinch hitter for your requests, we will not look for a pinch hitter. You will not receive a story unless your original writer pulls through and/or someone writes you a treat.

I’d like to volunteer to write extra stories...
You can do so by signing up to: fic-corner-pinch-hits@googlegroups.com

Do I have to be a participant to pinch hit?
No. Anyone can pinch hit, but if you get a pinch hit you are then under the same constraints as participants regarding any penalties for not completing or submitting an inappropriate story.

How exactly does this work?
When there is a pinch hitter needed the mods will email that list with the details (all the info that is in the sign up). Then anyone interested can respond by email. After around 24 hours (except for last minute pinch hits) a writer will be chosen at random for each pinch hit - however, no one will be chosen twice if there are other volunteers. This will allow pinch hits to be claimed by people in all time zones and allow people to think about whether they want to claim a pinch hit.

I didn’t get a pinch hit, can I write a story for that person anyway?
Yes! You can upload it as a treat for that person - the more stories the better!

What is the deadline for pinch hits?
For most pinch hits, the deadline is the same as it is for everyone else. The absolute latest a pinch hit can be uploaded, unless stated otherwise by the mods, is when the collection is due to open.

If I’m a non-participant pinch hitting, do I get something in return?
Sort of. I will collect prompts from non-participant pinch hitters and add their prompts to the prompt list that will be released in time for Fic Corner Madness. While there is no guarantee you’ll receive a story, the possibility is there to receive something from Fic Corner Madness.

After the Collection Opens: Authors


When/how can I reply to comments on my story?
If you’d like, you can start replying to comments as soon as they arrive.

Can I post my story to my LJ/website/another archive?
Yes! After the collection opens you can do whatever you want (although please don’t delete your story from the archive as it is a gift for someone and this would make them and us unhappy). You can orphan it on AO3 if you want - this means that your info will not be associated with the story, but please note that if you do this it is permanent and can’t be undone!

After the Collection Opens: Recipients


I think the story I got really sucks/doesn't do what I asked for, what do I do?
Smile and say thank you, and read the other stories! As this is an exchange for book fandoms, mostly tiny ones, perhaps their fic will inspire others to write in that fandom. Your author is bound solely by your fandom and character requests, and while we hope they’ll take your details into account, they aren’t obligated to do so.

If your writer failed to write in any of the fandoms you requested and/or did not include the characters that you specified, then this is grounds for banning them from future Exchanges - if it is reported to us, whether by the recipient or someone else.

The main collection has gone live, and I don't have a story in the archive, why is that?
If you signed up as a participant and did not default, please email the mods at once! This is probably because your original author failed to finish their story, and we had to find a pinch hitter, who wasn't able to get something uploaded for you in time. We're very sorry. We will do our very best to get a story uploaded for you as soon as possible. In the mean time, please enjoy the other stories posted in the collection.

Fic Corner Madness
The show’s about to begin and things are chaotic! Fic Corner Madness is the moderators’ way of ensuring everyone has something to read when the Fic Corner stories go live. Anyone, participants or not, can write treats for a participant’s prompt and upload it. The treat doesn’t have to be over 1000 words, but it should be completed.

Sometime after assignments have gone out, we will post a link of everyone’s prompts.

If the treat is 1000 words and over, please upload it to the main Exchange at Fic Corner collection (and these stories can be uploaded at any time). If the treat is under 1000 words, please upload it to the Fic Corner Madness collection. The Fic Corner Madness collection will be available for uploading a few weeks before the assignment deadline.

Once the date stories are due has gone by, and you have a treat that's over 1000 words, please upload it to the Madness collection.

The Fic Corner Madness collection will open a few days after the main collection.

Can I create something other than a story for Fic Corner Madness?
Yes! If someone’s prompt strikes you to create a batch of icons or fanart or a vid or something else, then we’re not going to stop you. The best part is that graphics and vids can be uploaded to AO3 and placed in the collection (vids have to be uploaded elsewhere but can be embedded onto AO3).

This option is only for treats, not pinch hits or main assignments.

If you need an anon host for your vids/podfics/art/icons, please email us at fic.corner@gmail.com so we can host it (permanently or temporarily). Send us the work and once we send you the link, you can "upload" that to AO3.

Dear Fic Corner Scribbler letters
Writing a Fic Corner Scribbler letter is optional.

Just like Yuletide and other challenges, you can write a letter to your writer to give them further additional details about the fandoms and characters you requested. Remember though that optional details are optional. There is no right or wrong with writing your letters. Make sure that if you are posting your letter in your journal or elsewhere on the internet, that the letter is unlocked. If you have any squicks or triggers, this is the place to list them.

I will post an entry in the fic_corner comm where you can link to your letters so your writer can find them.

Letters can also be used by participants and non-participants in order to write treats for you, though there are no guarantees you will be written a story because you’ve written a letter. If you are hoping for treats, as a suggestion, don’t forget to list the fandoms and characters you requested along with your prompts and AO3 username.

Eligibility question: comics

Date: 2013-07-06 06:23 pm (UTC)
elf: Tim as Robin, with text, "Robin--I could write a book about Robin." (Robin)
From: [personal profile] elf
What about comic strips that have been collected in book form? I'm thinking specifically of Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes, but I expect there are others. (I loved Bloom County as a teen, but I don't think it was marketed as a YA thing.)

I'm also unsure about comic books trade paperback collections and omnibus editions. Are those eligible?

I will understand (and not be upset; I'm trying to sort out the boundaries, not pushing for inclusion of fandoms) if the answer is "no, those aren't eligible." Or only some of them are eligible.

Mostly, this comes down to, "How can I tell if a something is/was marketed to kids/teens, esp. if it's no longer in print?" I don't think Amazon carries that metadata. While comics with "teen" in the title probably are, I'm less sure about things like Batman and the Avengers. Or Elfquest. They're... maybe marketed to teens? Growing up, I thought of them as teen-things, so maybe the older ones are? I'm less sure about the newer ones. Are any comics not marked "must be 18 to read" considered marketed to teens/kids?

Eligibility question - anthology

Date: 2013-07-14 04:11 am (UTC)
pleonasm: (girlfriends ✪ waifu)
From: [personal profile] pleonasm
I'm thinking about nominating a favorite anthology from my childhood, a book called Am I Blue?, which was edited by Marion Dane Bauer. But I'm not sure how I should do it... Should I nominate the separate stories, or should I do actual characters from the stories? I've never seen anyone nominate an anthology of unrelated stories before.

Date: 2013-09-16 06:38 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
May I get clarification from the mod, please? Friends and I have completely different readings of the FAQ. I'm confused by the variable use of "go-live" and "reveals", and partly because the FAQ directly contradicts itself. The relevant bits:


September 22nd - Deadline for Stories
September 29th - Collection Goes Live

When are the stories available?
Once everyone has a story uploaded within the collection, stories will be available though we cannot be exact on time. All stories will remain anonymous until author reveals seven days later.

Can I thank my beta/include author notes in my story?
Yes - authors will be revealed at the same time as the stories, so there is no need for secrecy.


We're supposed to post stories by the 22nd. And then the collection goes live (is open to the public, recipients receive their stories)... on the 29th? Or as soon as all stories are posted? (Or is that meant to be "on the 29th, or as soon as everyone has a story, whichever is later"?)

And do author reveals happen at the same time as go-live or seven days after go-live?


Edited (botched tag) Date: 2013-09-16 06:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-16 06:53 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
Thanks!

Matching question!

Date: 2014-05-31 04:31 pm (UTC)
wildandfreehearts: WildAndFreeHearts! :D (Default)
From: [personal profile] wildandfreehearts
Will these be 'and' or 'or' requests and offers?

Like say, I'd want to get a fic about the dynamics between two characters in a certain fandom, but I'd also be willing to get a story focusing on another completely different person in the same fandom... would I list both options on one request or on two separate requests?

Or offer-wise: Would I list ALL the characters I'd be willing to write for on one offer? Or split them into groups or something?

I really hope I'm making sense... XD
Edited (To better explain my question) Date: 2014-05-31 04:33 pm (UTC)

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