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Bandom Big Bang, 2015 edition

So here are the revised rules for the Bandom Big Bang challenge. It's long, but there are a lot of details. We've managed to hammer out changes that will benefit the challenge, make it more accessible to a variety of fanwork creators and hopefully attract more participants.

We tried to take into consideration all the input people have given us, but we didn't implement all of the suggestions. This is the first year with a new format and we might be tweaking the rules over the next few years to get this closer to perfect.

That being said, this is the post to comment with any issues or problems you may have with the new rules. We make no promises to change things for this year, but there's always next year.

Please take the time to review the rules. We will put up some promo banners in the next week so we can spread the word and get people interested in the challenge.

We hope you're as excited about the changes as we are.


The Background

First things first: the new version of the Bandom Big Bang is going to be a combination of a big bang and a reverse bang. There have been several of these kinds of bangs in different fandoms, including the dS/C6D Big Bang and Ante-Up Losers.

The main reason for this major change is to be more inclusive. After all, Bandom has some really great fanmixers, podficcers, vidders and artists. We believe that BBB is a superb opportunity for everyone to be as creative as they want to be.

There will be two waves, a longer wave with higher requirements, and a shorter wave with lesser requirements. Each wave will have two components - the primary and the complement. The primary component will be the main fanwork, while the complement will be based on the primary.

So, for example, Person A draws the members of MCR going to clown school. Then, Person B writes a fic that goes along with the art, fleshing out all the trouble MCR gets into at clown school. Or maybe they feel inspired to make a soundtrack to go along with the art which evokes all the ridiculousness of MCR going to clown school (including appropriate calliope-influenced tunes). It is also completely possible that they create a vid using Mama and incorporating Pennywise the Clown imagery.

The complement is meant to be inspired by the primary work, and sometimes that's easy. If Person A draws art about MCR as clowns, Person B writing a story about MCR as clowns is an obvious riff off the art. But things like mixes and podfics aren't always so directly correlatable, so we aren't going to set up any hard and fast rules for what is considered "inspired by." Hooray for creativity!

Each type of fanwork will have minimum requirements; we've tried to make it as close to equivalent as possible, but your mileage may vary. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

The Schedules and Fanwork Requirements











So, for Wave One, primary creators have 100 days total to create their fanwork and complement creators would have 50 days. For Wave Two, primary creators have 60 days total to create their fanwork and complement creators would have 30 days.

The Bands

The list of bands is based on:


  • a survey of the bands written about in fics submitted for the previous years of Bandom Big Bang;

  • a survey of bands currently being written about in fics submitted to places like [livejournal.com profile] bandslashmania, [community profile] angelsandkings, [community profile] no_tags, [community profile] bandom_meme and [personal profile] fixmein45;

  • bands that might be new to the scene but have strong connections to other listed bands and a growing presence in fandom.



Please note: we are not defining what qualifies as bandom. We are defining what this challenge encompasses, so that we can try to ensure that summaries will get claimed for mixes, art, or podfic.

Therefore, without further ado: the core focus of your fic must be someone who currently is or was at any point in one of the bandom bands listed below.

My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, The Academy Is..., Cobra Starship, The Like, Mindless Self Indulgence, The Used, Gym Class Heroes, Empires, Death Spells, Paramore, 21 Pilots, All Time Low or the video universes, spouses, significant others, or close associates of any of these bands.

That means that the focus of your fanworks (i.e., your POV character and/or 50% of your pairing) should come from one of these bands, their videos, their significant others, or their close associates (i.e., tour managers, BFFs, buddies that star in their music videos, etc.). In addition, as this is an RPF fandom, we will not permit original characters as the focus of a fanwork or in the primary pairing. So Gabe/Ke$ha would be allowed, but Gabe/OFC would not be allowed. In the case of a gen fanwork, a fic about a Killjoys!OC would not be allowed but a fic about Show Pony would.

If you are still confused or have questions about what bands qualify for the challenge, please e-mail the mods.

Warnings

[community profile] bandombigbang is dedicated to inclusiveness, and part of that is community-wide, required warnings for all submitted pieces, posts, and comments. This is not optional or up for discussion. You will receive one warning and a chance to edit or delete the material in dispute before you will be disqualified from the challenge.

The list of mandatory warnings includes but is not limited to: rape/non-con, dub-con, incest, character death, suicide, self-harm, graphic violence, sexual content with underage characters (defined for this challenge as characters under 18 years of age), eating disorders, addiction, abuse (including child and domestic).

The mods reserve the right to require more warnings should the need arise. Also, please do not feel limited by this selection of warnings; more detailed and nuanced warnings will always be appreciated by your mods and your potential readers.

(Of course, you may choose to do without warnings in your own space, such as on a journaling site or AO3. We merely require warnings in all community spaces.)

Information for all Fanwork Creators

  • We cannot guarantee what kind of fanwork complement creators will make, so if you are not comfortable with certain types of fanworks, please seriously consider whether you should participate in this challenge as a primary creator.

  • We cannot guarantee what direction a complement creator's fanwork will take. If you are protective of your theme or story arc or have very specific thoughts on what the complement creator should create for your primary fanwork, please seriously consider whether you should participate in this challenge.

  • Primary and complement fanworks must be in different mediums.

  • Complement creators will be given a copy of the primary rough draft and contact information for the primary creator. If the primary and complement creators want to collaborate, they are more than welcome to. At the bare minimum, they should be in contact to work out posting details.


Information for Writers

  • At rough draft time, stories must have a word count of 80% of the minimum word requirement for your wave. Your rough draft must have a complete beginning, middle, and end, with at least an outline or sketch of all the intermittent scenes.

  • Complement fanworks should be "inspired by" the primary work, but we leave the interpretation of "inspired by" to the complement creators.

  • Your final draft should be reviewed by at least one beta.

  • For this round, we are excluding written remixes.

  • All rough and final drafts must have the required warnings. We will be checking, and any reports from complement creators of missing warnings will be taken seriously.

  • Stories must be created for this challenge. If you have a question about a fic that has already been partially not!ficced or comment ficced, please e-mail bandombigbang@gmail.com with details so we may discuss it with you.

  • Rough drafts must be turned in with a summary for the complement claim posts. This is not necessarily the summary that will be posted with your fic; rather, it is your only chance to entice complement creators to claim your fic. Therefore, summaries for claiming should be longer and more detailed than posting summaries--for example, they often give away plot elements. Short, uninformative summaries are often picked last or not at all. For ideas, please see previous claims posts.

  • Closer to the final draft due date, we will put up a call for posting date blackouts. If you have an issue with certain posting dates, that will be the time to leave a comment or e-mail us about it.


Information for Artists

  • At rough draft time, art must be 80% complete. Some sort of story arc is helpful, but not required. Complement fanworks should be "inspired by" the primary work, but we leave the interpretation of "inspired by" to the complement creators.

  • Art is a broad and varied category, but we want to be able to see your work! If you don't use a digital medium, please submit high quality photographs or scans so your writer can display it with the fic. Previous works have included crafts, drawings, paintings, digital art, and sculpture, but don't let that limit you!

  • Art must be at least one piece. A series of related pieces (possibly using different mediums) is perfectly acceptable.

  • All rough and final drafts must have the required warnings. We will be checking, and any reports from complement creators of missing warnings will be taken seriously.


Information for Mixers

  • At rough draft time, your mix must be 80% complete. Some sort of story arc is helpful, but not required. Complement fanworks should be "inspired by" the primary work, but we leave the interpretation of "inspired by" to the complement creators.

  • All rough and final drafts must have the required warnings. We will be checking, and any reports from complement creators of missing warnings will be taken seriously.

  • Mixes must be turned in with a tracklist and a write up. Your write up will be a brief explanation of why you chose the songs you did - highlighting important lyrics or musical bits. It can be as short or as long as you wish it to be. The track list and write up should be attached to your email.

  • Cover art is not required (though it's a nice bonus). If you can't create one, let the mods know and they can point the way to people who would be glad to help you with a cover.

  • Mixes must be uploaded either as a .zip or .rar file. If you want to also upload individual tracks, that's fine, but there must be a compressed archive.

  • Mixes should be uploaded to a site that will host the mix for the duration of the challenge. Acceptable sites include mediafire.com, dropbox.com, sendspace.com, box.com, mega.co.nz, mirrorcreator.com, and localhostr.com, but feel free to use another public or private site. Additionally, you may choose to upload your mix and make it available as a stream at sites like 8tracks.com.

  • Your mix should be diverse--we want to encourage musical exploration! Therefore, bandom songs will be restricted to 2 bandom songs per mix, preferably not singles.


Information for Podficcers

  • At rough draft time, your podfic must be 80% complete. Complement fanworks should be "inspired by" the primary work, but we leave the interpretation of "inspired by" to the complement creators.

  • Podfics must be created specifically for this challenge and you must have the author's permission to podfic unless they have blanket permission.

  • For this round, we are excluding repods.

  • All rough and final drafts must have the required warnings. We will be checking, and any reports from complement creators of missing warnings will be taken seriously. We also recommend podficcers consider additional warnings for audio triggers (e.g., sudden loud or high pitched noises).

  • Cover art is not required (though it's a nice bonus). If you can't create one, let the mods know and they can point the way to people who would be glad to help you with a cover.

  • If a podfic is uploaded in more than one file (e.g., 3 mp3s), it must be in a .zip or .rar file.

  • Podfics should be uploaded to a site that will host the file for the duration of the challenge. Acceptable sites include mediafire.com, dropbox.com, box.com, sendspace.com, mega.co.nz, mirrorcreator.com, and localhostr.com, but feel free to use another public or private site. You may also choose to stream your podfic. If you need help or hosting space, please contact the mods.


Information for Vidders

  • At rough draft time, your vid must be 80% complete. Complement fanworks should be "inspired by" the primary work, but we leave the interpretation of "inspired by" to the complement creators.

  • All rough and final drafts must have the required warnings. We will be checking, and any reports from complement creators of missing warnings will be taken seriously. We also recommend vidders consider additional warnings for audio or visual triggers (e.g., sudden loud or high pitched noises, flashing lights, shaky camera movement).

  • Videos should be uploaded to a site that will host the file for the duration of the challenge. Acceptable sites include Youtube.com, Vimeo.com, mediafire.com, dropbox.com, box.com, sendspace.com, mega.co.nz, mirrorcreator.com, and localhostr.com, but feel free to use another public or private site. You may also choose to stream your video. If you need hosting space, please contact the mods.


Frequently Asked Questions

But wait, I don't have a Dreamwidth account!
No problem, friend! Dreamwidth supports OpenID. Check out What is an OpenID account? and How do I comment using OpenID? for more information on leaving comments for signups and claims. Or you can comment anonymously and sign with your user name. However, to post to the community you must either have a DW account or email the mods your post and we will gladly post for you.

Okay, but how do I keep up with the challenge?
We are not cross-posting anything to LiveJournal. There is a RSS feed that you can follow from LJ. Just friend the account [livejournal.com profile] bbb_dreamwidth community will show up on your LiveJournal friends page. Remember, we also have a Twitter [twitter.com profile] bandombigbang and a Tumblr [tumblr.com profile] bandombb that we use for announcements. Additionally we require that all participants have a valid email address that we will use to remind everyone of deadlines.

HELP HELP, $DueDate IS THE SAME DAY AS MY WEDDING/MY DAY IN COURT/THREE FINAL EXAMS/FAMILY ROAD TRIP
You can turn things in early! Otherwise, e-mail us at bandombigbang@gmail.com as soon as you know that you have a conflict so we can talk to you.

Can I participate in more than one area of the challenge?
Certainly! However, you may not claim your own fanwork as a complement. Also, we are limiting people to two sign-ups per wave. That means you can sign up twice as primary or complementary creator, or sign up once as each. For the sake of the mods’ stress levels, please sign up in separate comments for every fanwork you plan to submit.

Can I create with a co-creator?
Absolutely. The minimum is still the same for each fanwork submitted.

Can I write a sequel to a previously posted Big Bang?
Yes! As long as it is one that you wrote and the sequel is not posted elsewhere. (That is, please do not write a sequel to somebody else's story.)

Can I write a sequel to a non-challenge fic?
Sequels/prequels/companion fics to a non-challenge fic is acceptable under the following conditions:
  • the original/inspirational fic is your own

  • the original/inspirational fic is bandom-centric

  • the fic submitted for Bandom Big Bang 2015 stands on its own (no cliffhangers, "to be continued," or "the thrilling conclusion of this trilogy will be posted later"!)

  • there is a link to the original/inspiration fic in the header of your final draft post.


Do I get confirmation that I have been accepted into the challenge?
No. If your sign up comment shows on the sign up post, you are signed up! You will, however, receive a confirmation e-mail when we receive your fic draft.

Can I post my own graphics with my story? / My friend made me some art/a mix/a podfic to go with my story! Can I post that with my fic to the comm?
Please don't. We want to make sure our Bandom Big Bang participants receive their moment in the spotlight. Please don't include links to non-challenge extras in posts made to the community. We also request that you wait at least a week before posting non-challenge extras to your own journal.

I claimed a primary fanwork but haven't gotten my e-mail yet! How long will it take before I get my draft and get to work?
We're working on it. Claiming time is a very intense and fast process but we want to work carefully and make sure everyone gets the draft they signed up for! We will comment to confirm your claim (or, sadly, ask you to pick another) or if there is a problem with your e-mail address. Otherwise, please wait at least 24 hours before e-mailing us to ask about your claimed draft.

WHERE IS MY POSTING DATE???
Deep breaths! There are dozens of creators and we don’t want to confuse everyone. We are also trying to ensure that primary creators are scheduled to post at a time when they are actually capable of posting. In general, posting e-mails go out in order of posting dates. Please add bandombigbang@gmail.com to your spam white list and watch the community for updates. We will tell you when posting dates have all been sent out. Then and only then, you may e-mail us if your posting e-mail is still missing.

Can I post my fanwork friends-locked?
No. All Bandom Big Bang fanworks must be accessible to the general public. Headers must be posted at the [community profile] bandombigbang community and link back to the fanwork.

Can I host my Bandom Big Bang off DW?
Yes, you may! So long as the fanwork is not behind some sort of wall. Headers must be posted at the [community profile] bandombigbang community and link back to the fanwork. If you plan on posting your fanwork to the AO3, feel free to add your fanwork to the Bandom Big Bang collections.

Who posts what where?
  • When both you and your complement creator have turned in your final drafts, you will be assigned a posting date on a first turned in, first assigned basis.

  • On the posting date, you will post your fanwork at your chosen location - your Dreamwidth or Livejournal, AO3, dA, Tumblr, fanfiction.net, etc. Please make sure that your post is not friends' locked or something similar. It must be publically available.

  • You will also add a header post to the [community profile] bandombigbang community, which will link to your fanwork, with the details (summary, warnings, etc). You will also link to the complementary fanwork. If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, no worries. Just let the mods know and we will work it out.


My question isn't answered here. How do I contact you IMMEDIATELY??
First of all, please make sure bandombigbang@gmail.com is on your spam whitelist before the challenge begins! This will help make things run more smoothly. :) If you are waiting on an e-mail from us, please double check your spam folder before contacting us. If you still need to contact us, we will only reply to e-mails sent to bandombigbang@gmail.com. Please do not contact mods at their personal journals, tumblrs, or twitters for official business.

Remember, mods are people too. Though we've made every effort to ensure the e-mail account is being monitored at all times, life happens. Also note that abusive e-mails and messages will only get you gleefully banned from Bandom Big Bang 2016. :)

$DisastrousLifeEvent or $Creator'sBlock has occurred and I need to drop out :(
We're very sorry to hear that! We understand, though. C'est la vie and all that. We won't be mad, but please e-mail us ASAP. Pinch hitters are difficult to find and it takes time to create! We truly promise that all we want is for participants to communicate with us.

  • If you have not yet submitted a draft: don't. Creators that do not submit drafts are, by default, drop outs (but they are free to participate in other/later challenges).

  • If you submitted a draft and your fanwork is as yet UNCLAIMED and you must drop out: no harm, no foul. E-mail us and we will remove your summary from the claims post.

  • If you submitted a draft and your fanwork is CLAIMED: assuming the complement creator has finished or wants to finish, their work will be posted by the mods during the posting period without your primary fanwork.

  • If you are on our list of people that have left previous mod teams in the lurch, you will not be eligible to claim a summary until double claiming opens.


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[personal profile] rubytuesday5681 2014-12-03 05:59 am (UTC)(link)
LOVE! LOVE!! LOVE!!!
turlough: cartoon!Snape looking suprised with the text 'Severus Snape just felt his brain explode' ((hp) whut?)

[personal profile] turlough 2014-12-03 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I have a serious issue with the way you've changed the formulation of the usual warnings-for-underage rule:

sexual content with a child (defined for our purposes as any person under 18 years old)

To me and to I guess most people "child" implies someone under puberty and definitely not a teenager. To call anyone under 18 a "child" feels infantilising. And as someone who lives in a country where the age of consent is 15 I find the implication that two 17-year-olds having sex is exactly the same as two 7-year-olds ludicrous. So please change this back to the usual formulation asap.
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[personal profile] wenchpixie 2014-12-03 06:51 pm (UTC)(link)
We discussed this one before it was changed - the age is set at 18 because the legislation in some places counts anyone under 18 as legally a child. It's not a judgment call on our part (I come from a country where the age of consent is 16, and that feels reasonable to me, for example), it's a minimum to enable people to make judgments about what may, or may not be legal for them to view within their jurisdiction.

This is a warning for posting here on the comm and changing it back could cause legal issues for some of our readers - I'm kind of at a loss as to how we could accommodate that without having it here - we did discuss having an under 16 AND an under 18 warning, but that started to feel very complicated (and obviously people are more than welcome to add more warnings, comments or commentary as they're posting here) but if you have an idea of what we could do, please let us know, it's entirely possible that we've missed something obvious.
turlough: Pooh sitting on a log outside his door looking thoughtful, art by E H Shepard ((pooh) thoughtful)

[personal profile] turlough 2014-12-03 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I've got nothing against the underage warning as such, 16 or 18 doesn't matter at all. It's the wording I've got an issue with. Just because the law defines someone as a "child" people in general don't see teenagers as children and to define them as such in a fandom challenge is absurd. (Not to mention having some very unfortunate implications.)

What's wrong with the usual formulation, used for example by AO3: [Underage refers to descriptions or depictions of] sexual activity by characters under the age of eighteen
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[personal profile] wenchpixie 2014-12-03 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for your comment, I understand what you're getting at better now - I can't speak for everyone on what you've suggested here, so can you leave it with us for the moment please?
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[personal profile] turlough 2014-12-03 08:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Sure. I hope the verdict will be a positive one :-)
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[personal profile] turlough 2014-12-03 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Now I wonder why I noticed it this year since I clearly didn't 2013 and 2014. Weird.

But anyway, thank you for the change in wording! It might seem like a small thing but I really didn't like the implications of the earlier wording.
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[personal profile] exoticway 2015-01-19 11:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man I'm so excited for this. Already mentally mapping out a mix!
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[personal profile] heyhoolou 2015-01-20 08:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooooo, I absolutely LOVE this new format! I'm super psyched at this way of being inclusive of all the different ways you can participate in fandom creations, opening up all kinds of possibilities for the fanworks to interact with and compliment each other. I'm really excited to join in this year! YAY!
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[personal profile] chibifukurou 2015-01-21 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Have a question about the breakdown. In the case of visual novel style games (such as twine or renpy) would it be classed as art/craft, vid, or fic?

I've been interested in doing a visual novel for a big bang, but the ammount of coding/art involved would make it hard to make it to the 10k/20k word count. So I was wondering if I could sign up as a primary art or vid maker instead?

Sorry if this isn't making a lot of sense and thanks for your consideration.
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[personal profile] sparrow015 2015-02-01 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not sure if I'm reading the FAQ properly or if I've missed something, but when a mix is posted during claiming week, whoever claims that mix, the person who claimed it, are they writing a fic based on that mix? Or something else?
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[personal profile] sparrow015 2015-02-01 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
It does! Clears everything up. Thank you so much! :)
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[personal profile] splitdevotion 2015-06-02 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Quick question: does anyone know where I could go to find a beta reader/conspirer? I really want to participate in the next wave and I have a few ideas in the works but I get off track real easy if I don't speak to people and get motivation.
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[personal profile] splitdevotion 2015-06-04 12:34 am (UTC)(link)
For pairings, Pete/Patrick most definitely with maybe a side of Frank/Gerard?

As for what I'm looking in a beta, I think the most important aspect is that they actually want to read what I'm writing. As weird as that sounds, I have beta-ed before and there were a few authors I had to resign from because I couldn't learn to love their tone of voice. So like, no hard feelings if you find someone and they end up not liking my style.

Other wise, elementally, I think my most worried part is probably voice. I want to make sure my characters stay consistent according to the plot. Most of my ideas are mostly plotted out, its just getting it into a flowing story is a bit of a challenge since I'm prone to being discouraged by time and getting hit by writer's block. I'd really like someone willing to challenge me on plot points if it's just not going anywhere.

Basically, I want someone who's not afraid to call me out if where I'm going is a bad idea or if I've made a mistake in mechanics but is also willing to explain why it's wrong. I'm a little headstrong and need reasons to why I'm wrong for me to accept it.

Um, sorry if this seems too picky. It's just a bare bones kind of. If you'd find anyone just willing to talk with me while I'm writing that'd be cool too.

(Anonymous) 2015-06-11 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Hello!

My name is Melissa and I'd be really happy to be your beta. I think I can definitely make sure you're being consistent and call you out if I think you're making a mistake. Also, I'm a good cheerleader!

But I should warn you, I've never 'oficially' beta read before and English isn't my first language and though I'm fluent my grammar can really suck (e.g, i have no idea how punctuation works, I use the Spanish rules and hope for the best)

anyway you can contact me here: anamelissa96@hotmail.com or at my tumblr altargirlsalteredgirls.tumblr.com