Night On Fic Mountain 2015

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(Open, Unmoderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)

About Night On Fic Mountain 2015 (NightOnFicMountain2015)

Active since:
2015-02-13
Maintainers:
Tag Set:
Assignments Due:
Mon 15 Jun 2015 11:00PM CEST
Signed up:
73
  • Sumi,
  • VampirePaladin,
  • scribblemyname,
  • youjik33,
  • Star of Heaven (rubylily),
  • fadeverb,
  • skazka,
  • SevlinRipley,
  • coyotesuspect,
  • AngeNoir,
  • Merfilly,
  • neverminetohold,
  • APgeeksout,
  • kerithwyn,
  • elfin (crazylittleelf),
  • merle_p,
  • geckoholic,
  • spock,
  • thinlizzy2,
  • Sunchales
  • Nary,
  • FreshBrains,
  • SegaBarrett,
  • Mithen,
  • GreenPhoenix,
  • andibeth82,
  • possibilityleft,
  • Knowmefirst,
  • karrenia_rune,
  • Beatrice_Otter,
  • Alley_Skywalker,
  • paperclipbitch,
  • joyeusenoelle,
  • reeby10,
  • NightsMistress,
  • csichick_2,
  • tigrrmilk,
  • mairelon,
  • fenellaevangela,
  • Moon_Blitz,
  • Missy,
  • Taste_of_Suburbia,
  • ideallyqualia,
  • Panny,
  • lynndyre,
  • BatchSan,
  • Marie_L,
  • Macdragon,
  • Dorinda,
  • HannaM,
  • DesertVixen,
  • Lexigent,
  • navaan,
  • toucanpie,
  • DesertScribe,
  • betony,
  • axilet,
  • fluffybun,
  • kef,
  • aestivali,
  • sevenofspade,
  • Themisto,
  • Brigdh,
  • hlae,
  • wei,
  • Lavode,
  • Selden,
  • skieswideopen,
  • aroceu,
  • Vehka,
  • Skylark,
  • sonicshambles,
  • inelegantly (Lir)

Navigation

Intro:

Night on Fic Mountain is like Yuletide, but in the middle of the year. Small/rare/and inactive fandoms all qualify. For more information, please see the FAQ or rules sections.

Navigation

FAQ:

What is Night On Fic Mountain?
Night On Fic Mountain is an annual fic exchange for small, rare, and inactive fandoms. Participants sign up to write a story of at least 1,000 words in a fandom someone else has requested. In return, they receive a story of at least 1,000 words in a fandom they have requested.

When does this take place?
The challenge takes place during the middle of the year, at a time which may or may not be considered summer for some people. Some portion of the exchange will coincide somehow with the (northern hemisphere) summer solstice.

Why is this exchange called Night on Fic Mountain?
We'll give you a cookie if you tell us.

General schedule:

Nominations: Late March, through April
Signups: Late April
Assignments go out: Beginning of May
Posting deadline: 15 June
Story reveal: 21 June
Author reveal: 27 June

How does Night On Fic Mountain work?
Night On Fic Mountain happens in four stages: Nominations, Signups, Assignments, Reveals.

During Nominations, people use a form on the AO3 to submit the names of five rare fandoms they want to request or write, with up to six characters for each fandom.

During Signups, people use a form on the AO3 to sign up to request and offer to write stories in fandoms from the nominated list. Participants must offer and request multiple fandoms to allow for better matching. But they are only required to write one story of at least 1,000 words. In return, they will receive one story of at least 1,000 words.

After signups, participants are matched up based on what they offered and requested, and Assignments are sent out. Participants have at least four weeks to write a story of at least 1,000 words.

Stories must be posted to the Night On Fic Mountain challenge on the AO3 by the deadline, where they will automatically appear as anonymous "Mystery Gifts" for the recipients.

On 21 June, the stories are Revealed, with author names still hidden.

On 27 June, the author names are Revealed, and authors can begin answering comments if they wish.

Rarity

What qualifies a fandom?

 

 

 

 

Small fandoms should have no more than 500 completed stories on AO3. Only stories of 1000 words or more, and written in English will count toward the requirements.

Fandoms can be included in the exchange even if they don't meet the above requirements. Large fandoms for media released between Yuletide sign-ups and Night On Fic Mountain nominations will still be considered (sometimes new fandoms blow up unexpectedly). These fandoms will only be eligible once.

Inactive fandoms can also qualify. Inactive fandoms may not meet the above requirements, but if they have had fewer than 20 new stories on AO3 since the beginning of the previous calendar year (or, since 31 Dec 2013), they will be eligible.(Exceptions to this may be made if there is a spike in posting due to someone uploading old fic, or if a fandom-specific archive is being backed up to AO3. This will be determined on a case-by-base basis).

 

I don't want to sign up for the challenge, but still want to participate. How can I do that?
You can be a beta reader, cheer people on in chat, write Treats for any requests that catch your eye, or join the pinch hitter mailing list.

Nominations

How does nominating work?
Nominations will open on the AO3 collection at some point in late March or early April (see Schedule above). Participants can nominate five fandoms, and six characters from each.

Can I change my mind about my nominations after I submit them?
Yes, but nominations will be approved or denied as they come in, to allow for a quicker sign-up date. As long as your nomination has not yet been approved or rejected, you are free to edit it.

How will shared-universe nominations be handled?
Shared-universe nominations (Marvel 616, DCU, et cetera) will be handled individually, since the entire universe may be ineligible, while individual titles meet the criteria.

Requests

You have to request stories in at least four fandoms. You can add a fifth and sixth fandom if you want.
For each fandom, you can request 0 to 5 (nominated) characters.

If you request 0 characters, your writer is allowed to write about any of the nominated characters they want, or about the fandom universe in general.

Dear Writer letters
"Dear Writer" letters are letters posted to journals or other spaces that give your writer a bit more information about why you picked the sources you did, what your likes and dislikes are, more detailed prompts, and so forth.

Like the "optional details" field, letters are entirely optional. You don't have to write one, and you're free to ignore your recipient's letter while writing your story.

People who choose to write a letter can put the link in their signups, so their authors can find it easily.

Offers

You have to offer to write in at least five fandoms. You can add five more for a total of ten fandoms, if you want.
In each fandom, you have to offer 2 to 8 nominated characters. You can also offer "Any" characters, but that really means any of the nominated characters, in any combination.

 

Can I change my mind about my signup after I submit it?
Yep! You can change your mind at any point during the signup period by editing your signup form. You can find your signup form on your AO3 profile page: click on "Signups" in the left-hand navigation pane.

I'm only comfortable with one or two of the fandoms/characters on the list. Can I just offer/request those?
Sorry, no. For the matching to work, it's necessary to have a wider range of offers and requests. Otherwise, there's not enough flexibility in the system to match everyone.

What are the details on my sign-up?
The details on the sign-up are any details you'd like to see in your gift fic. These details are optional to include, and are optional for your assigned writer to follow. The only thing your writer is required to follow are your fandom and characters.

What can I put in my details?
Anything you like. This is where you'd put characters who weren't nominated, any crossover information, plot ideas, kinks, et cetera. But again, remember that these details are not required. It's ultimately the writer who decides what goes in the fic.

I didn't get my assignment – what do I do?
It's possible that your spam filter ate the emailed assignment. Log in to your AO3 account and click the link for "Assignments" in the left-hand navigation pane in your Profile; your assignment should be there.

If it's not there, either, please contact the mods immediately.

Can I switch my assignment?
Assignments can't be changed under most circumstances. If the matching was in error on AO3's part (rare, but it could happen), let the mods know ASAP. Otherwise, you're free to contact the mods anyway, but the answer will probably be no.

Can I write a story in any of my recipient's fandoms, even if I didn't sign up for them?
Sure! As long as you write a story for one of the fandoms they requested, you're good.

Can I write more than one story?
Sure! First you have to write a complete story of at least 1,000 words in one of your recipient's fandoms, using the characters they requested. After that, you can write as many stories as you want, for your recipient or for other people.

Am I guaranteed to be the only person writing a story for my recipient?
No, there's no way to guarantee that. Often, at least one person has two officially assigned authors, simply to make the matching work.

Beyond that, everyone is free to write as many stories as they want, for whoever they want, as long as they write their assigned story first. If your recipient has a request that catches someone else's eye, they may get an extra story or two.

Will I get more than one story?
Probably not.

Posting

How do I post my story?
Go to your Assignment page on AO3, which you can find under the "Assignments" link on your Profile page, or on the Night On Fic Mountain subcollection page as "Your Assignment". You should see two buttons at the bottom of your assignment: "Post to fulfil", and "Default".

Click "Post to fulfil", and you'll be taken to a posting form. This will automatically post your story into the current year's challenge. It also has your recipient's name already filled in. All you need to do is fill in the rest of the form, preview it to make sure it looks okay, and post.

If you're posting a Treat, you won't have an assignment or "post to fulfil" button. Instead, go to the current challenge page on the AO3, and click on "Post To Collection" under the challenge title. This will take you to a form with the challenge collection name already filled in. Fill in the recipient's name manually, then fill in the rest of the form, preview it to make sure it looks okay, and post.

Can I post my story before the deadline?
Sure! The posting form opens shortly after assignments go out. You're free to post whenever you want.

Can I edit my story after it's posted?
Yes, the AO3 allows editing at any time.

Can I add author's notes?
You can, but they will be visible as soon as the stories are revealed on December 25. Be careful not to put anything here that would give away your identity.

Defaulting

What if I can't finish my story?
If you can't finish in time, you can default. This lets the mods know they need to find a pinch hitter to write a story for your recipient.

To default, go to your Assignment page on AO3, which you can find under the "Assignments" link on your Profile page, or on the Night On Fic Mountain subcollection page as "Your Assignment". You should see two buttons at the bottom of your assignment: "Post to fulfil", and "Default".

Click the Default button, then click the confirmation on the popup that appears. The mods will be notified and will find a pinch hitter to fulfil your assignment.

What happens if I default?
Whether you get a penalty for defaulting depends on how and when you default.

  • Before 15 June: If you default using the AO3 button before 11:59 pm Eastern US time on December 15, you'll be flagged as a defaulter, but with no penalty.
  • After 15 June, but before the deadline: If you default by using the Default button after 15 June, but before the deadline, future participation will be dependent upon completion of your assignment before the next exchange. Email the mods to let them know.
  • No-show default: If you default by simply failing to post your story, without using the Default button or writing to the mods in advance, you will be banned from future exchanges.

Pinch Hits

What are pinch hits?
Pinch hits are assignments that the original author has had to default on, or rarely, assignments that couldn't be matched to any authors. As people default, pinch hits will be sent out to the mailing list.

Do I need to be signed up to be a pinch hitter?
Nope! Anyone with an AO3 account can sign up to be a pinch hitter. If you want to be notified of pinch hits, see this post on LJ or this post on DW.

How do I claim a pinch hit?
Keep an eye on your email. Pinch hits will be listed on a spreadsheet, linked in each email, to let you know what's still available, and what's been taken. To claim an available pinch hit, simply respond to the email with your AO3 username.

Deadlines for pinch hits will depend on how late they go out. Last-minute pinch hits tend to get a little extra time.

How do I post my pinch hit?
Go to your Assignment page on AO3, which you can find under the "Assignments" link on your Profile page, or on the Night On Fic Mountain subcollection page as "Your Assignment". You should see two buttons at the bottom of your assignment: "Post to fulfil", and "Default".

Click "Post to fulfil", and you'll be taken to a posting form. This will automatically post your story into the current year's challenge. It also has your recipient's name already filled in. All you need to do is fill in the rest of the form, preview it to make sure it looks okay, and post.