And on with the details...
01. Author/Artist Sign Ups Begin
28. Author Sign Ups End
01. Writing Period Officially Beings
15. Comm Bonding Post on Support Comm
(We'll roll out invites after sign-ups end)
01. Author Check In #1 // Beta Reader Sign Up
15. Story Excerpt Post
01. Author Check In #2
15. Second Comm Bonding Post
01. Author Check In #3 // Beta Match-Ups // Last Day to Change Fandom or Bang
15. Story Excerpt Post // Begin Collecting Summaries and Rough Drafts
22. Last Day To Turn in Summaries
24. Art Claiming Preview Post
30. Last Day to Turn in Rough Drafts // Artist Sign-Ups End
01. First Art Claims Begin
07. Art Claims End
08. Rough Drafts Send to Artists // Second Art Claims Begin
31. Stories Due
15. Art Due
20. Posting Begins
This will be the fifth round hosted here at the Sci-fi and Fantasy Big Bang, and to honor the event, we are doing several things differently this year. First, writers are being given the option to sign up for either the 10,000 word Sci-fi and Fantasy Mini Bang or the 25,000 word Sci-fi and Fantasy Big Bang.
+ Author and artists sign ups for the fifth round will begin Friday, February 1st.
+ The Promotional banner post will be available on the mod account Monday, January 28th
+ Do not join the Support comm. After sign ups, invites will be sent out. If you do not receive an invite, send us a message!
+ Minimum word count FOR THE MINI BANG is 10,000 words. Minimum word count for the BIG BANG has been raised back to 25,000 words.
+ Timeline for artists to make art has been increased by fifteen days
+ At the beginning of each month, starting April 1, we will have an author check in poll. If you miss two monthly check-ins in a row, you will be dropped from the big bang.
+ Your fic must be from a sci-fi or fantasy based fandom/original world. (I'm pretty open when it comes to what fits under the umbrella. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.)
+ Your story will need to be beta-read.
- You are more than welcome to use your own beta (whether they are on LJ/DW/Tumblr or not).
What are the requirements for a story?
A fic must be at least 10,000 words for the Mini Bang, 25,000 words for the Big Bang and beta read before posting. A rough draft must be completed before the due date indicated above. The word count can be split across chapters in a full story, or as separate but linked stories at the discretion of the author.
What are the requirements for art?
After artist claiming, one piece of art needs to be created for the claimed fic. More than one piece of art is not required, but an artist can make as much art for their assigned story as they want! Art should be created specifically for the piece the artist chooses. Posters, banners, icons, wallpapers, manips, digital art, drawings, paintings, vids, fanmixes, original songs… these are all acceptable forms of art. If your style of art is not listed and you're unsure if it qualifies, don't hesitate to ask a mod.
What is required for check-ins?
You must meet two of the three monthly check-ins. Check-ins consist of a simple yes or no poll: Do you still intend to participate? That's it. You don't need to hit a specific word count at any check-in.
What is required for summary turn-in?
For summaries, we just need you to basically entice an artist to choose your story. It does not have to be summary you use for your story when posting begins.
What is required for rough draft turn-in?
If you are writing for the Mini Bang, you must have at least 4,000 words of your story written along with a summary of the rest of your story. If you are writing for the Big Bang, you must have at least 10,000 words of your story written along with a summary of the rest of your story. OR, for either, you must have a complete outline of your story.
What fandoms are acceptable?
Any fandom that has a science fiction or fantasy element is acceptable. If you're unsure if your fandom meets that requirement, ask a mod.
Can I write an AU where characters from a non-sci-fi/fantasy fandom are thrown into a sci-fi/fantasy universe? (i.e. How I Met Your Mother cast on a space station)
Yes, as long as there are distinct details that make it sci-fi/fantasy. Changing the name of a city to something that might sound like a space station name but keeping everything else the same is not acceptable.
Are crossovers allowed?
Yes. As long as one of the fandoms is rooted in sci-fi/fantasy, crossovers are awesome.
Can I use a WIP that has been languishing on my hard drive? What about one I've already started posting?
Yes to both, but signing up to finish a WIP is limited only to writers signed up for the 25,000 word Big Bang. If you submit a WIP, you will have to add an additional 20,000 words to whatever your initial word count is. That is to say, if your WIP has 24,999 words at the moment you sign up for the Big Bang, you will still have to add an additional 20,000 words instead of just one. If you are finishing a WIP that has already had the beginning posted, you may leave what's online where it is, but no additional posting during the writing period. No story can be posted until the posting dates..
Can I sign up to be an author and an artist?
Absolutely. You can sign up for as many fields (author, artist, beta, alpha) as you feel you can handle.
Can I write a Real Person fic?
Sorry, but this challenge is only open to the characters in the sci-fi/fantasy fandom. Stories can be written about historical persons in the event that they have made an appearance in a fictional setting, such as the use of historical figures on Doctor Who. A significant amount of attention must be paid to their appearance in their respective canon to highlight the fact that they are from a fictional source and not reality.
Can I write a sequel or prequel to a previous fanfic?
Can I write an original fic?
Absolutely! As long as it fits into the sci-fi/fantasy realm, you're set!
I signed up to write Fandom A, but now I want to write Fandom B. Can I switch?
Yes. Just make sure to let a mod know before the last date to switch fandoms.
Can I write more than one story?
As many as you think you will be able to finish!
Can I sign up with a Co-Author or Co-Artist?
Absolutely, just put both names in the sign-up!
I signed up for the Big Bang, can I switch to the Mini-Bang? Or vice-versa?
If you have any questions, leave a comment here or email at scifibigbangmod [at] gmail [dot] com.