A fic exchange for Star Trek friendships in the prime universe.
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About Star Trek Friendshipfest 2015 (star_trek_friendshipfest_2015)
Welcome to the Star Trek Friendshipfest! This is a fic exchange for Star Trek friendships in the prime universe!
(Please note, as explained below this exchange is for TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager and Enterprise - as well as characters from extended prime universe canon if nominated - although if you want TOS characters in their AOS incarnations, you can ask for it in your optional details.)
Why a friendship fic fest?
I love shippy fic as much as the next person, but friendships are awesome too and Star Trek has some really fantastic ones that often don't get the attention they deserve.
What counts as friendship fic?
Basically, if you think it's a friendship fic, it probably is. Stories about canonical romantic couples from the show are fine as long as they focus on friendship between those characters and not their romantic relationship. Friendship stories about characters who never met in canon are a-ok.
What counts as Star Trek?
For the purposes of this exchange - The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise - plus stuff from the prime universe novels and other semi-canonical tie-in materials if enough people add them to the tagset. For the purposes of this exchange, friendships involving Kirk, Spock, Uhura et al are assumed to be in the Original Series fandom by default. If you'd like the Reboot version of them you can request this in your Optional Details but it's not guaranteed that you will receive it.
When you sign up, you'll be asked to request between three and eight friendship pairings from the tagset, and offer either between three and twelve pairings or "Any", which means you will write anything you're matched with.
There will also be an Optional Details field for your request - you don't need to fill this in but you're strongly encouraged to since it will give your writer a better idea of what sort of thing you want. You can also provide a link to a Dear Author letter. You can use these to add some ideas about what you like about the friendships you chose and what sort of story you might like to see. If you want to ask for a friendship that isn't in the tagset, you can do it here, but obviously you will be matched on the friendships you've chosen so it's entirely up to your writer whether they want to deviate from that.
Once sign-ups are complete, you'll be matched with a recipient and you will have around a month to write them a story based on their request. You are encouraged to use their Optional Details and/or Dear Author letter to help you decide what to write, but it's not compulsory. You are only guaranteed to match on ONE friendship, so make sure you're definitely happy to write any of the things you offer!
Stories should be a minimum of 1000 words.
If you find that you need to drop out of the exchange, please default at the earliest possible opportunity so that another writer can be found for your recipient. (That said, if you find that you need to drop out near the deadline, don't worry, these things happen!)