AUTHORS: There’s less than a week to finish up that rough draft! Remember- 15,000 words at bare minimum, the story must be complete (not edited but a complete story) upon submission, and if you haven’t selected a beta yet, please get with one of the mods so we can get you one. Your final draft will have to be edited in order to count for this round.
ARTISTS: You’ve got 8 days before artist claims open. You may want to use this time to prepare your space, make sure you’ve got all your supplies ready/tablets are working, stock up on snacks, etc. It’s almost your time to shine!
BETAS AND PINCH HITTERS: Keep your eyes peeled for any updates we might have for you. As of right now, you guys are all in a holding pattern (sorry!) so just sit tight.
As always, mods are here for your questions and concerns! Let’s make that last push to finish these rough drafts on time guys!
That’s right- if you didn’t sign up to participate as an author or artist, you’re out of luck for the 2016 season. But don’t worry- there are other ways you can participate!
Authors, have you considered being a beta? If you didn’t get the chance to sign up to write, perhaps you could help another author hone their story into a work of perfection! We’re still accepting sign ups for betas at the website.
Artists, have you considered signing up to be a pinch hitter? In the event that an artist can’t keep their commitment, we’re still going to need illustrators. You may be chosen to give a single illustration or as many as three.
And as always authors, if you happen to write something rather lengthy and DON’T PUBLISH IT, you can hang onto it and submit it next year!
We’re almost in the last week of drafting!!! Artists- start doing those wrist and finger stretches, your turn is coming up very soon!
Hello folks! Not much info to really pass along this week, so just wanted to give everyone a poke to make sure everyone’s still on target!
We’ve got 20 days before submissions need to be finished up enough to turn in for artists, so be sure you’re using your time wisely! If you haven’t started writing, that’s 750 words a day you gotta crank out just to meet the minimum requirement. If you’re procrastinating-STOP!
Also wanted to remind everyone that this is the last week to sign up for author or artist participation.
In the meantime, keep on keepin’ on, and as always message us if you have any questions! See ya next week and keep writing!
Hello authors! We hope everything’s been zinging merrily along for you, that words are just spilling right out onto the screen and the plot bunnies are well fed and happy! We also come bearing some good news!
We’re going to extend the author signups until May 13th! If you know someone who would be interested in participating, let them know! If they were to begin their fic right now today, they’d have just under a month to get a 15k word (or longer!) complete rough draft written to submit. That breaks down to 556 words a day. Not unmanageable, but definitely going to take some dedication. We’d love to see more authors join if possible, so spread the word!
While we’re extending the author sign-ups, artist sign-ups have been shortened. They will also close on May 13th, so if anyone is considering participating as an artist, they need to get their name on the roster sooner rather than later.
As always, for a complete listing of rules, FAQs and sign up links, CLICK HERE.
Not much going on in our halfway point checkup for authors. Mostly right now, everyone should be focused on getting your draft finished, getting some stuff to betas (if you need a beta, please message us, we’ve got a list of people ready and waiting to help!). We know you can do it, and we’re here to help if you have any questions or concerns! So remember:
AUTHORS AND ARTISTS SIGN-UPS ARE CLOSING ON MAY 13TH
How’s everyone doing? By now, you should have a really good handle on your story, some of you may be already be wrapping things up or even editing some things. If not, you’ve still got plenty of time, don’t worry.
This week, we wanted to address an issue that we recently uncovered with a participant. While interacting with one of our authors, we discovered that the age they put on their sign up was not their actual age. They said they were older in order to be able to write adult content and potentially receive adult artwork for their fic. The mods came together and decided that it was best for the entire fest if we ejected this person, and we wanted to explain to all of you why we made the decision.
We all know that people who are considered minors have read, written, and drawn some very adult things. The fandom world is riddled with smut by underage teenagers, and their fan art is all over DA, RedCurtain, and tumblr. When an individual makes the decision to do those things when they’re not old enough to do so legally, the punishment for the crime comes back to them alone. It’s unlikely that the offender would even be reported in the first place, but if they were, their local authorities would respond in whatever way aligns with their laws.
In our case, we put out the call for authors and artists and put in a stipulation about age. If anyone’s parents were to discover their child had participated in an event where adult situations might be revealed, the moderators could be held responsible. This isn’t some mean rule we made up to weed out kids, this is a rule we put in to protect ourselves and our adult participants. Minors CANNOT submit works that are sexually explicit. To do so puts our staff and our adult participants at risk for being labeled sex offenders according to international law.
This fest is about sharing our love for FMA and making new friends as we participate together. Participants lying about their age threaten the integrity of the entire event and put a lot of us in legal danger. We ask that you be sure that your correct age is listed in the sign-ups for your safety as well as ours. If you need to contact the mods to check your age, don’t hesitate to message us. We would rather someone admit their error than for us to find out they lied about their age. IF IT IS FOUND THAT YOU INTENTIONALLY LIED ABOUT YOUR AGE, YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM THIS COMMUNITY. That being said, we don’t like banning people. We want to be friends with everyone. Please be honest and this won’t have to happen.
If you’re just starting your fic today, you have 34 days to make it to 15k, which breaks down to about 442 words per day. At this point, if you haven’t started on your fic, you might not be able to finish. It can still be done, but only if you dedicate yourself! Good luck and we’ll check in again next week!
You’re chugging along on your story and really making some progress! But even the best authors sometimes hit a snag and go a few days without writing. Sometimes we find ourselves hung up on the particulars of a scene- staging battles remains a mystery for myself and it takes me a while to plot out a dogfight that is seen in war stories. So what does a person do when they finally have that “AH-HA!” moment?
Personally, my best thinking places were in the shower or the laundry room. You obviously can’t keep pen and paper in a shower, but if I came up with something I liked, I’d replay it over and over again in my head, then write it down as soon as I got out, right into a notebook I left on the sink just in case.
Don’t get discouraged if you find yourself stuck. So you don’t know exactly what happens at point A- skip ahead to point B and come back to it, perhaps with your beta who will know your story as well as you do. Maybe approach that part a different way. For example, if you had your heart set on a detailed flashback, instead put in a less detailed conversation with another character, or just a narrative to get the point across and amp it up later in editing. Don’t get so bogged down on one part of the story that you forget to see the whole picture. And don’t be afraid to whip out your phone and email yourself ideas that you have while on the go!
There are 39 days left to finish your draft, that’s about 384 words a day if you still haven’t started- still very attainable!
Happy Writing and we’ll check in again next week! Feel free to message mods with any questions!
(Also LJ fam, could you leave a comment if this is the only place you're seeing these posts AND you are participating? Just wondering about LJ participation is all! Thanks!)
How is everyone doing? We hope it was a productive week and that your story is magically flying from your brain to your fingertips to the screen. Remember, even if you’re still procrastinating, if you start right now today, you have 48 days to get that draft done, about 313 words a day, still very manageable!
As always, mods are here to help. Need a beta? Get in contact with us, we’ll set you up with one
You guys are off to a great official start! If you haven’t already started writing, you have 55 DAYS to get your fic completed, which breaks down as a minimum of 273 words a day. Still very doable, even if you haven’t begun yet.
Have some chapters already together and need a beta? We have several betas signed up as well and ready to take on your project!
→ You can view the promised list of willing beta authors here!
There are only a few people now, but we expect the number to grow as the challenge goes along. For that, though, we need you to sign up! If you think being a beta reader is something you’d enjoy, then don’t hesitate and help a fellow author out. You can sign up as a beta even if you’re already participating as an author or an artist, or even if you’re not participating at all. You can find the sign-up form here.
The same thing also applies to pinch-hitters! If you’d like to do art for this challenge but are signed up as an author, being a pinch-hitter is a great way how to get to do some art as well. Or if you’re an artist who wants to do art for more than one fic - pinch-hitting is the solution! You can sign up to be a pinch-hitter here.
And for the authors who are busy at work, we only have one message: YOU CAN DO IT! And we’re here to help you get there! Good luck to everyone who has signed up so far, and remember- authors have until April 29th to decide if they’d like to participate.
This is not a drill or an April Fools’ joke! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here! The promised day has finally arrived, pun intended!
Authors’ sign-ups are open until April 30th 2016.
Artists’ sign-ups are open until May 26th 2016.
Beta readers and pinch-hitters’ sign-ups are open throughout the entire run of the challenge.
And now, without further ado…