This is a sub-challenge running alongside the Yuletide 2010 Ficathon to increase the representation of chromatic sources and characters in rare fandoms.
Our collection is opened to any Yuletide 2010, Yuletide Madness 2010 and New Year's Resolution 2011 submissions from chromatic sources and/or that feature chromatic characters. For resources and a summary of the challenge so far, please see Chromatic Yuletide 2010 Challenge Summary & Discussion and Chromatic Yuletide 2010 Stories & Resources.
(Open, Unmoderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)
Last year we started Dark Agenda in order to try to promote the representation of chromatic sources and characters in the biggest pan-fandom challenge ficathon - Yuletide. This year, we hope to renew and refine our challenge, and start it earlier with the nomination process itself.
What is the chromatic yuletide 2010 collection?
It's over here, and its a collection of yuletide 2010 stories that feature a chromatic character in a lead or co-lead role. A lot of the stories are written by people who signed up for the challenge run by dark_agenda, but anyone can add their story if they think it fits.
What makes a story fit in the collection?
If your story features a chromatic character (otherwise known as a character of color or a non-white character) as a lead or co-lead. That's all! Even if you don't have the time to poke through our community and read about the challenge, adding your story to the collection will help readers looking for stories like yours to find it. So please add it!
We have a masterlist of chromatic characters and fandoms here for you to look through, but if we've left your character out, don't worry! Go ahead and add your story to the collection, and let us know so we can add the character to our list.
Are treats ok to post to the collection?
YES, YES THEY ARE! In the spirit of the original yuletide challenge, we want as many stories as we can get, in any size.
How do I post to this collection?
While you are posting to the yuletide2010 collection, just put a comma and add the following text - chromatic_yuletide_2010
That's the name of our collection, and if you have already posted your story you can edit your story and add the collection in the 'post story to a collection' box.
I would like to write a treat for this challenge, do you have a list of prompts that qualify?
My prompt or a prompt I found qualifies but isn't on your spreadsheet. Can I still use it?
Yes! We tried to grab any prompt we could see, but obviously, our information is incomplete. And we would love you if you decided to help us out by adding qualifying prompts that we don't have either by directly editing the spreadsheet, or using this easy form!
Do I need to add additional tags to my story?
If you've added it to the collection, it will automatically be tagged for that. In addition, we are suggesting using tags like 'Chromatic Source', 'Character of Color', 'Desi Character', 'Muslim Character' etc, to help people find your story. Because there are quite a few of us who will be looking for such stories.
Our challenge has four components:
- To nominate only or more sources with chromatic creators and/or characters.
- To request only or more sources with chromatic creators and/or characters.
- To offer to write only or more sources with chromatic creators and/or characters.
- To pick only or more prompts with sources with chromatic creators and/or characters when perusing 'dear author' letters or yuletide madness unfulfilled requests.
We suggest 'only' as an option because the odds of your receiving and writing something that meets the requirements of the challenge are significantly increased if you exclusively request and offer chromatic sources and characters.
Our suggested hierarchy for approaching the challenge:
- First, write for a language and culture other than your own.
- Second, support sources that are as authentic and unproblematic as they can be, especially in relation to those made about a culture from outside it.
- Third, celebrate actual source cultures before reinterpretations of it, because there just isn't enough of the first; i.e. realistic representations before retellings of myths, and actual religions before fantasy send-ups of them.
- Fourth, if you end up writing problematic source, engage in fixing it: finding the invisible people of colour and putting them back in, writing the back story for a character without tying it into the white people's narratives, showing not telling the blind spots and bigotry and flaws in the celebrated white heroes of the narrative.
- We use the term 'chromatic' as an umbrella definition for 'sourcelander', 'hyphenate', 'diasporian', 'person of colour', 'non-white', while we acknowledge that it has shortcomings. Similarly, we accept that there is a certain flattening in our 'White / Western /Other' terminology.
- We are not the final or authoritative arbitrators of what is offensive or acceptable. There is no such thing as universal agreement.
- We cannot and will not police authenticity or accuracy in sources, betas, or stories. We will accept and include clarifications and corrections about any opinions or facts we might state.
We prefer to focus on sources with chromatic creators because we find them underrepresented even in a challenge comprising of rare fandoms, and you can take a look at our Chromatic Yuletide 2010 Fandoms List spreadsheet (html version) to find inspirations.
Our post for Chromatic Yuletide 2010 nominations is here and you can sign-up for the challenge here. 'Signing up' is only a way to give us some idea of who is interested in participating -- we do not penalise anyone for being unable to write what they had thought they might have been able to. Rather, We encourage you structure the challenge to meet what you feel comfortable committing to.