The Fandom Growth Exchange is a multi-fandom exchange for fandoms, relationships, and characters that have ten or fewer complete fics (or five or fewer contributing authors) on AO3.
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About Fandom Growth Exchange 2017 (FandomGrowthExchange2017)
Nominations open: July 17th at 11:55 PM UTC
Nominations close: July 31st at 11:55 PM UTC
Sign-ups open: August 3rd at 11:55 PM UTC
Sign-ups close: August 17th at 11:55 PM UTC
Assignments sent: August 22nd at 11:55 PM UTC
Default deadline: October 8th at 11:55 PM UTC
Assignments due: October 22nd at 11:55 PM UTC
Works revealed: November 3rd at 11:55 PM UTC
Authors revealed: November 8th at 11:55 PM UTC
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- A fandom qualifies for the exchange if it has no more than 10 complete, English-language fics OR no more than 5 contributing authors on AO3.
- Crossover fics do not count against the fandom.
- A relationship qualifies for the exchange if it has no more than 10 complete, English-language fics OR no more than 5 contributing authors on AO3.
- A fic only counts against the relationship if it's the main relationship of the fic.
- You can nominate both gen and romantic relationships. To nominate gen relationships use &. To nominate romantic relationships use /.
- Threesomes (or moresomes) are also welcome.
- A character qualifies for the exchange if they have no more than 10 complete, English-language fics OR no more than 5 contributing authors on AO3.
- A fic only counts against the character if they are a main character in the fic.
- If you want to nominate or sign up for a single character, you can do so through the relationship tag 'Character & None'. This will make matching on characters or relationships possible.
- Crossover relationships cannot be nominated. Crossover relationships contribute less to an individual fandom's growth, which is the point of the exchange.
- This means that both characters must appear in the canon. Therefore, a relationship might qualify for a general fandom but not for a subfandom.
- You can nominate a relationship or character under a general fandom (e.g. Marvel Cinematic Universe) or subfandom (e.g. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), but the relationship or character must qualify under the fandom you nominate it.
- This means a relationship nominated under Marvel Cinematic Universe might not qualify, but that same relationship nominated under Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could.
- Relationships with original characters cannot be nominated. These characters contribute less to an individual fandom's growth, which is the point of the exchange. Original characters also cannot be nominated.
- Mentioned and implied characters are allowed, so long as you prove they are mentioned/implied in canon. Implied characters are characters that exist, but are not individually named/seen/referenced (e.g. the Minbari before Valen in Babylon 5; the Bothans in Star Wars: Episode VI; Lily Evans's grandparents in Harry Potter).
- This year, participants can request/offer art and/or fic. Other options (fanmixes, fanvids, etc.) might be available next year, if working with two options goes well.
- Art requirements: You must submit complete art—sketches are not permitted. Art must be a minimum of lineart with basic colors/tones as well as background OR two lineart drawings. Lineart may not stand alone as a gift without colors/tones/background. Art may be traditional or digital, but cannot be drawn on lined paper. Manips and other graphics are not permitted.
- Fic requirements: You must submit complete fic. Fic must be a minimum of 2,000 words and must stand on its own.
- You must make a minimum of 3 requests and 4 offers, with a maximum of 10 for each. For each request or offer, you must list at least 1 relationship or character, with a maximum of 20 each. Please note that some fandoms have no nominated relationships. For these fandoms, please choose "Any."
- You may choose to request and/or offer ONE relationship/character twice. However, the second request/offer will not count toward your required minimum. Also, the second request/offer must come from a different continuity than the first. (For example, you can request Bucky Barnes/Pepper Potts, or Bucky Barnes & None, from Marvel 616 and from Marvel Noir.)
- You may request/offer "Any" relationship. Keep in mind that this means you are requesting/offering 'Any' relationships under that fandom as well as any characters. If a fandom has nominated relationships and/or characters, you are requesting/offering those. If a fandom has no nominated relationships or characters, you may only request/offer relationships and/or characters that meet the exchange requirements.
- For ONE of your offers, you may choose to make a bucket offer, a group of fandoms for which you're willing to write absolutely any of the nominated relationships. More about bucket offers here.
- AO3 limits the number of relationships you can request/offer to 20. In order to make sure participants can still request/offer up to 20 relationships as well as up to 20 characters, you can use up to 2 slots for each fandom.
- You must still have the minimum number of unique fandoms (3 requests and 4 offers).
- If you repeat a fandom, the tags used must be different: you cannot repeat characters or relationships under the same fandom. We hope no one will misuse this new option, and will adjust this rule next round if necessary.