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SGA Reverse Bang Mod ([personal profile] sgarb_mod) wrote in [community profile] sgareversebang2014-01-05 12:49 am

2014 Info Post

Welcome to the Stargate Atlantis Reverse Big Bang!


This is a challenge where artists make at least one piece of fanart, then authors write a minimum 10,000 word fic inspired by the piece that they've chosen. It's time to get the next round started, and things are much the same as last year but there are a few changes, so please do read over the info, even if you've participated before.

In preparation for the next round, we'll be taking everyone but the mods off the member list for the communities. Only current round participants will be accepted as members.


General Information
Info for Artists
Info for Authors


As above, artists make at least one piece of fanart, then authors write a minimum 10,000 word fic inspired by the piece that they've claimed.

Participants are required to have a LiveJournal or a Dreamwidth account to participate.

Artwork and stories must focus on Stargate Atlantis and its characters (see the FAQ for more information on crossovers). Any ratings, genres, pairings, and moresomes are allowed.

General rules for fanworks apply, ie. no plagiarism or stealing, and give credit for resources.

Art and fic should be made specifically for this challenge. Sequels/prequels/additions to existing series are allowed as long as the fic/art can stand alone.

Warnings are required for implied and explicit depictions of: non-con, dub-con, minors (under 18) in sexual situations, suicide, and major character death. Warnings will be greyed out so you don't have to worry about them spoiling your fic/art. Use other warnings at your own discretion.

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Artist sign-ups: Jan 6th-Jan 26th
Author sign-ups: Jan 6th-Feb 28th
Art for claiming due: March 4th
Claiming: March 11th, time TBD
Drop-out deadline for authors: May 6th. (If authors drop out after this date, they risk being banned from the next round)
Posting period: Roughly May 19th to June 13th, depending on the number of sign-ups.

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What types of fanart are allowed?
For the primary piece (ie, the one that will be used for claiming), pretty much any medium is fine as long as the artwork can be used to inspire a story. If you're planning to do something really unorthodox, please check with the mods before you get started on your artwork.

Additional artwork can be any medium.

The artwork submitted must be new, or at least it cannot have been posted on the internet before.

How many pieces can I submit?
You can make as many pieces of fanart as you like, but all of the pieces should be able to work together as one story.

How big does the artwork have to be?
For drawings and manips, the canvas size should be minimum 500x500px. Vids should be at least one minute long. For other types of fanart, please get in touch with the mods.

With your main art submission you'll also need to send in a preview from the image, either 300x300px or with either the width or height being 300px and no dimension exceeding that size. You can either crop your main picture or reduce it in size overall. Only one preview is used, even if there's more than one artwork. Vids need a brief preview vid that can be linked to and played by claimants, and a still-frame preview image for the Claims page. If your main artwork is a moving gif, the preview should be a still-shot from that gif.

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What are the requirements for fics?
The fic must be a minimum of 10,000 words long, and it should be inspired by the artwork that you've claimed.

What's with the drop-out deadline?
If authors drop out after May 6th, those authors risk being banned from participating in the next year's Reverse Bang. This is to discourage people from dropping out last-minute, to give the mods plenty of notice to enlist pinch-hitters, and to make sure that pinch-hitters will have a reasonable amount of time to finish their fics.

Do I need a DW account?
No, you don't, but the claiming post will be on Dreamwidth, so if you don't have a DW account, you will have to join [personal profile] sgareversebang with an OpenID account. You can find more information about logging in with OpenID on DW here.

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The claiming process will work the same as in previous years.

A few days before March 11th, a members-only post will go up on the Dreamwidth community ([personal profile] sgareversebang) with previews of all the artwork so that authors can decide which artwork they'd like to write for. The post will be closed to comments.

This is an example of what an art preview will look like:

preview image of artwork
Character(s) and/or pairing(s):

On March 11th, exact time TBD, comments will be turned on so that authors can reply with their top few choices. If an author can't make the claiming time, they can arrange for a proxy to comment for them.

Claims will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. If an author's first choice has already been claimed, they'll be given their second choice, then third, and so on. If all of an author's choices have been claimed, we would skip them and get back to them for the 2nd round of claiming, provided there is a 2nd round.

The 2nd round will start after all of the artwork has been claimed once. Then the mods will go back through the comments and assign first, second, third, etc., choices for authors who didn't get a claim in the first round, or for anyone who wants to claim two artworks to write stories for.

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Posting will work the same as last year. Authors and artists can  post their stories and artwork anywhere they want, and then post masterlinks here at the community. This means that you can post your art/stories on just your LJ, just your DW, your website, the AO3**, tumblr, deviantART -- anywhere is fine as long as it can be viewed publicly. If you only have an LJ or only have a DW account, the mods can mirror the link posts on the other community for you.

**The mods will be able to get AO3 invite codes for anyone who wants one - just ask! - and AO3 posts can be added to the AO3 collection.

There should be one post on the community for each art/story pair.

When it gets closer to the posting time, a "Posting Date" claim post will go up. Authors and artists should decide beforehand which days they can/would like to post, then reply to the entry with their choices. Posting dates will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will also be a template provided for posting masterlinks to the community.

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Do I need a DW account?
Artists don't have to worry about anything DW-related. However, the claiming post will be on DW, so it will be easier for authors if they have a DW account. If you're an author and don't have a DW account, you will have to join [personal profile] sgareversebang with an OpenID account. You can find more information about logging in with OpenID on DW here.

Are crossovers allowed?
Crossovers with Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Universe are allowed, but the focus of the piece must be on the Atlantis characters. Artists, keep in mind that if your crossover is very specific, it could make it more difficult for an author to claim your piece. Also, authors are not obligated to write crossovers with other fandoms. This is an SGA challenge, so authors can't be expected to be familiar with other fandoms.

Can the art/fic be part of an existing series?
Yes, as long as it can stand alone and be understood without seeing/reading the other parts.

Will check-ins be required?
Yes. This year the mods have decided that we will post a reminder/check-in entry to be used as both a reminder and to get an idea of any artist/author who thinks they will not be able to complete their art/story well ahead of time so that pinch hitters can be found and given ample time to complete their work. Don't worry, we aren't going to require a draft or outline, but we do expect you to be honest.

Do I need a beta?
Betas for stories are strongly encouraged. The mods and this community can't find you a beta, but there's a support community for the Reversebang, [community profile] sgarb_support, where potential betas can post their details and where those looking for a beta can make a request. You'll need to join or watch that community. If you don't have a DW account but need to make a post there, just ask the mods to help. 

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