The May the 4th be With You 2017 Fanwork Exchange
(Open, Unmoderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)
About May The 4th Be With You Star Wars Fanwork Exchange 2017 (maythe4th2017)
1. What is this?
MayThe4thBeWithYou is a low-pressure Star Wars themed fanworks exchange, running from mid-January to May 4th. The exchange is based on the same principle as Parallels and Yuletide. Fanworks may revolve around characters from any of the Star Wars franchises, including the theatrical releases, the television programs, the EU/Legends books and comics and the video games, up to and including the Star Wars Holiday Special and Matt the Radar Technician.
Participants who sign up agree to write a story of no less than 500 words, or to create a piece of fan art no smaller than 500 x 500 pixels that can stand as a completed work, in exchange for receiving one story or one piece of fan art.
2. Who can participate?
Anyone who signs up. You can't sign up using pseuds from the same account. If you intend to write under multiple sock accounts, please recognize you will be expected to produce at least one fanwork for each signup.
3. What can I nominate?
The tag set nominations will be based on relationships from all forms of Star Wars media, from the films, the old EU/Legends material, the comics, and so on. All nominations should be of the form "/" for romantic relationships and "&" for platonic relationships.
If you wish to nominate single characters, in order to make matching easier this year we are experimenting with the relationship “[Character] & None.” In other words, if you wish to request or offer a fic or artwork featuring Jyn Erso, you would request “Jyn Erso & None.” A fanwork featuring, for example, Jyn and Kylo Ren would fulfill the request, so please be specific with Do Not Wants.
4. What are the rules for requests and offers?
Participants can request 3 to 10 selections from the nominations list. You must offer at least 4 and up to 10 relationships from the nominations list. Additional offers can be made as long as the minimum has already been offered. Requests will come with a request box in which you can leave prompts and ideas, as well as list specific Do Not Wants (i.e. non-con, kidfic, Ewoks). You must select whether you want to offer and receive fic, art, or either. Do Not Wants that you wish to be honored should appear in the signup box.
Letters are optional but encouraged for going into greater detail about your requests. Placeholder letters are discouraged; at a minimum you should be able to copy and paste the requests from your sign up and go into further detail later. Any letters that have not been written, unlocked, or updated by March 1st will not be included in the letters spreadsheet.
5. What are the minimum requirements?
After assignments are sent out, you must write a story of at least 500 words, or create a piece of fan art of a resolution of at least 500 x 500 pixels not drawn on lined notebook paper.
The fanwork you create must be focused on the characters in the platonic or romantic relationship in the request, or on the one character requested.
The optional details in the request box are optional, however we ask that you respect listed Do Not Wants.
To fill the assignment, click the button beside your assignment in your list from your AO3 dashboard sidebar. Fill in the boxes, including any site-specific warnings as needed, and post. Works will be viewable to you from your own Statistics page and your Works in Collections page, but invisible to anyone else until after reveals. Redating your work (changing the Posted Date) to the May 4th reveal date is fine. Editing your work after the deadline is fine but please don't upload unfinished works which can't stand on their own.
6. What's the timeline?
Dates and times will generally be midnight UTC. If you are unsure about a deadline, ask often and post early.
Jan 8 - 20: Nominations
Jan 21: Tag set clean-up and last minute discussion
Jan 22 - Feb 4: Sign ups
Feb 5 - Feb 8: Matching and assignments go out, requests go live
Apr 1: Early default deadline
Apr 28: Assignments due
Apr 29: Pinch hits go out
May 1: Pinch hits due
May 2 - 3: Last minute scrambling and panic
May 4: Works go live
May 8: Archive closes and creators revealed
7. What about treats?
Extras should fill a stated request for the recipient, and should respect any Do Not Wants, but otherwise don't have to meet the minimum word count or picture size. Drabbles are encouraged unless they are listed as a DNW by your recipient. Quick line drawings are fine unless they are listed as a DNW. Epic works of art and fiction are more than welcome unless your recipient says they're not. Please tag all treats as "MayThe4th Treat." Treats may go into the main collection this year.
New for this year: additional prompts may be left by anyone on a dedicated post at the Dreamwidth community, and uploaded to the collection. Please tag these as "MayThe4th Treat."
8. I want to nominate characters from the EU / the Christmas Special / The Clone Wars / KOTOR / the Rogue One YA novelization. Can I request those?
9. Anything else?
Please only sign up if you are sure you can meet the deadlines. Defaulting is easy. There is a button right beside your listed assignment, and we would prefer you default early rather than leave us scrambling to find a pinch hitter at the last minute. Consider treating instead.
Please don't talk about your assignment in namespace before reveals. If you have a problem with what you were assigned because you didn't offer it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org asap. If you don't like what you were assigned but you offered those characters during sign ups, do like everyone else does and go complain on FFA and yuletide_coal.
Please do comment on your gift even if you default. A simple "thanks" is better than nothing at all.
If there's an explicit Do Not Want in your gift, please contact the mods.
Please avoid character bashing, kinkshaming, and ship wars in your sign up and when creating your fanworks. This is supposed to be fun for everyone. Try to abide by the "be excellent to each other" credo, or at minimum, the "don't be a dick" standard. Mods reserve the right to ban any participant at our discretion for crossing the DBAD standard.
10. Where can I find more information?
The official community is at http://maythe4thbewithyou.dreamwidth.org/. Please watch there for updates. Additional places to watch: