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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bigbang?
There are many different types of bigbangs, all varying slightly, but generally a bigbang is a process in which authors write long fics (10,000, 15,000, or 20,000 words) and artists make art for them.

How do I sign up?
When sign-ups start, there will be one post for authors and one for artists where you can sign up for the challenge.

~Writing Requirements~

What type of requirements are there for a fic?
Your fic must be at least 15,000 words long and, preferably, beta-read before the posting date. It must focus on or revolve around a crossover between two or more fandoms.

I've already been writing a crossover story -- can I use that?
You are allowed to use a WIP in this bigbang, but half the words in the fic must be entirely new and unseen for it to qualify. Furthermore you are not allowed to post updates to the story (since its now for the challenge).

What genres/fandoms are allowed?
All genres are allowed and you can cross over any fandoms.

I've got two ideas in my head ... can I write both?
Yes you can, as long as you think you'll be able to finish both stories by the deadline (if you submit two stories we will do our best to make sure there is a good amount of time in between the posting of each fic).

Can I write with someone else?
Yes, you may co-author your bigbang if you want to. The word minimum however for co authored works is 20,000.

~Artist Requirements~

How do I know what I'm making art for?
When the writers turn in their rough drafts, we'll make a claims post. In this post we'll include the story summary, the pairing as well as any warnings the author gives. You can choose which fic you'd like to create art for, and then that person's fic will get crossed off the list.

What are the requirements for art?
You can make whatever kind of art you feel like, in whichever medium. Drawing, painting, digital, manips, anything you can think of. We just ask that you put some time into it, as our authors have.

You are also required to make a minimum of two pieces of art for the story you claim.

How do I make a claim?
Claims are done on a first come, first serve basis. We will be putting up a f-locked post and the artists will reply to it with the story they claim to do art for (so make sure you are a member of the community).

The time of claims will be announced in advance so artists can know what time to be online.

What happens if the number of authors doesn't match up with the number of artists?
We will do several rounds of claiming so that EVERY fic has an artist. In the event that fics outnumber artists we will allow artists to make a second claim. If it's the other way, we may open up the fics so that more than one artists is assigned to the same fic. Either way, everyone who wants to participate will get to participate.


What kind of timeline will I be under?
Author & Artist Sign Ups - March 1st, 2013
Checkpoint #1 - April 13th, 2013
Author Sign Ups CLOSE - April 1st, 2013
Checkpoint #2 - May 4th, 2013
Checkpoint #3 - May 25th, 2013
Rough Drafts Due - June 3rd, 2013
Artist Claiming - June 8th, 2013
Art and Fics Due - July 21st, 2013
Posting Schedule Up - July 25th, 2013
Posting Starts - August 1st, 2013

What's a checkpoint?
These aren't mandatory. They're something to give you a feel on where a typical author should be at in their writing process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only.

Will artists get checkpoints?
We will be making sure everyone's on the right track and are able to finish their art before the deadline, but these checkpoints will be less formal, as there is no wordcount for a piece of art.

What should my rough draft look like?
It needs to be at least 10,000 words, or 80% of your fic. You do not need to have your fic finished by this time however, you may still work on it and get it beta-read until your final fic and art is due. We just need to be able to reasonably verify that you are going to be able to post on your assigned date.

Can I have an extension?
We will be granting extensions on a case-by-case basis for rough drafts as long as your final fic or art is in by the due date. We would hope, however, that you use the checkpoints and all your available writing time to it's fullest.

If you think at anytime you need an extension (whether fic or art) contact a mod right away so we can begin working it out with you.

~Community Requirements~

Can I join this comm?
Absolutely! Feel free to join and watch the comm even if you aren't signing up, if you ARE signing up you need to join the comm ASAP. Some important reminders and post will be members locked.

~Posting Requirements~

What types of requirements are there for me to post my fic?
You must include a header with all regular information on it. This includes warnings. Not all of our readers like the same thing, so you are required to warn them. Besides that, you must include the fandom you're writing in, as we have multiple here at this bigbang.
Here is an example header, with the things you could include.

You also must include the art made for you in your masterlist.

Can I post it to my journal a few days early to show my friends?
Yes you can post your fic in advance but not to show your friends, the first time you show your fic for this bigbang must be on your reveal day. If you post in advance please lock the post for your eyes only.

My fic exceeds the character limit for a single post, what do I do?
Most people choose to break their fic up into 2 or more parts (whatever is best for you) and then create a master post that links to all the parts, the art, and the mix from one place. You may also post your for to Archive of Our Own or Dreamwidth if you prefer that.

Where can I upload my graphics?
Tinypic is recommended for images or .gif files, along with Photobucket. Both have their pros and cons.

How will I get my graphics to my author?
We will provide you with contact information once you are committed to an author. From their you can contact them to find out more about their interests, or simply send them the links to your final mix/art.

We would like to encourage you to be in contact with them and to share what you make for them.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them below or contact a mod. The moderators for this challenge are chosenfire28 and kerrykhat



( 32 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 16th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
I have two stories in mind. If I sign up for both, but can only finish one, will this cause problems?

Jan. 16th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
Not at all :D
Jan. 16th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
can I write a sequel to a previous fic or must it be a new x-over entirely?
Jan. 16th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Sequels are welcome as long as they are crossovers.
(no subject) - cydsa - Jan. 17th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 20th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to sign up as both an artist and a writer or would you prefer that we pick one?
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
You can absolutely sign up as both :D
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
If I cross supernatural characters/situations with RPF (in my case, J2) would it count as crossover?

it's not going to be J2 in Supernatural world, more like the other way around...
Jan. 26th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
I'm going to second this question. Are RPF crossovers allowed? In my case, it's MCR+sundries crossed over with Star Wars. Is this okay?
(no subject) - chosenfire28 - Jan. 26th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - soulascending - Jan. 26th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - chosenfire28 - Jan. 26th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - trinipedia - Jan. 26th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 3rd, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
I saw you were asked before, but I didn't see the verdict: do fusions count as crossovers?

Essentially, my idea would be characters from one universe in the second being affected by characters from the second universe choices and decisions (which would deviate from canon). The characters from the second universe wouldn't be directly in the fic, but they'd be referenced. Personally, I'd class that as a crossover but everyone's opinion differs. I'd just like to know it advance really so I know whether or not I need to come up with a new idea :)

Sorry if that made entirely no sense D: It's way too early to think.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
In your case your story would count as a crossover. Because the characters and universe is still there, and is being merged with another.

True fusions where the characters from one universe replace the characters from another would not count for this challenge.

(no subject) - etacanis - Jan. 3rd, 2012 07:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 19th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
A question about the contest: does the story have to be complete and/or finished by the end of the 10,000 words?

Edited at 2012-01-19 06:09 pm (UTC)
Jan. 19th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
The story has to be complete by the time of posting. 10,000 is the minimum word count the story has to be (so if an author posts a 10,000 word coomplete story it would count, a 10,000 word incomplete story would not).

There is no word maximum, authors have gone as high as as 50,000 words.
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of questions involving posting.

Do we have to post at Livejournal? Could I post to Dreamwidth or Fanfiction and link it?

And if we have to post on Livejournal, we can post it a couple of days early to work out formatting kinks, right? As long as the entry is locked from anyone else seeing it. Edit to add: That's if one of the formatting problems is the LJ cut and it's not our fault if it breaks while we're working on it.

Edited at 2012-01-28 07:07 pm (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2012 03:32 am (UTC)
The only post to livejournal that you will have to make is the post to this community itself linking to the story and the art. Where you choose to post your story is up to you.

I would suggest Dreamwidth over fanfiction.net just because you will be asked to make a master post linking to each part in your story and the art, and the formatting for that works better on DW>
Mar. 2nd, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Just a quick check, because it tends to be the contested art medium for a lot of big bangs:

Do fanmixes count as art? and if so what's the required length?
Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
They do count! They need to be at least 8 tracks and have a front and back cover!
Mar. 3rd, 2013 01:19 am (UTC)
If we might be doing two fics, do we need to comments?
Mar. 3rd, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Nope! Just include information about both in the same comment!
Mar. 9th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
Sign up date
Author & Artist Sign Ups - March 1st, 2013
So when do you close the sign ups or were they just on that one day?
Mar. 17th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: Sign up date
Artist sign ups don't close, and in the schedule it says Author sign ups close April 1st :D
Mar. 28th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)

So, I'm interested in participating in this Big Bang, but I have one little problem. I'm already participating in the Merlin BB with two stories.

I think that I can write one here in time but just in case, would I have a couple of days of extension?
Apr. 14th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
(no subject) - moon01234 - Apr. 14th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 15th, 2014 02:51 am (UTC)
I'm interested in writing a crossover story for this challenge if there's another round. In fact, I have a couple ideas. :)
May. 28th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
That was my question as well - will there be another round this year? :-)
Mar. 21st, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
Will there be another round?
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