DC Multiversity: 2017 Remix Challenge

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Have you ever read a story and wondered: Amazing! But what if…? Well here's your chance to take a crack at that what if. This is an anonymous remix challenge for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Vixen.

For more information, updates, and check ins:

(Closed, Unmoderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)

About DC Multiversity: 2017 Remix Challenge (DC_Multiversity_Remix_2017)

Active since:
Assignments Due:
Sat 09 Sep 2017 11:59PM EDT
Signed up:
  • elrhiarhodan,
  • Meht (Themisto),
  • saekhwa,
  • dancesontrains,
  • sperrywink,
  • Moriavis,
  • litra,
  • everyperfectsummer,
  • preussisch_blau,
  • Ameliapll



Welcome to the DC Multiversity Remix 2017 challenge! This is an anonymous challenge for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Vixen.

Where you can find us:

Not sure what a remix is? Check out the FAQs and rules. Still confused or have more questions? Contact your friendly mods on Dreamwidth, Tumblr or by email at dcmultiversity@gmail.com.



Most of the FAQs and rules come from Remix...Redux on Dreamwidth with some minor adjustments. The main one is that while the main challenge is for fic, the remix scramble is open to all fanworks.

You can find more information about the history of remix on Fanlore.

Just to be upfront and clear, this is an opt-in challenge. Fanwork creators must opt-in by either signing up for the challenge or dropping their information on our opt-in post on Dreamwidth.

What's going on? What's a remix?

Ever read a story and thought: wow, that's fascinating, but what if…?

Well, here's your chance to do just that. Re-imagine someone else's story by taking their work and wrapping it up in your vision and style, just like a remixer does to songs.

So just take another person's story and change everything?

Yes and no. You can do whatever you like to the story — change POV, coloring, dialogue, mood, characterization, make it longer or shorter, whatever.

You CANNOT change these three things:

  • pairing(s),
  • setting(s) (except in certain circumstances, see below), and
  • the basic plotline.

Why can't I change ____?

Basic plotline is fairly obvious. If you change the plot, then you're really not writing the same story, right? This doesn't mean you can't change things, adding or deleting as you see fit.

For example, if you were remixing The Little Mermaid, you might decide to give the mermaid a best friend who's a fish and a guardian who's a lobster, things that weren't in the original. But you would keep the sea witch and the fact that the mermaid loses her voice, because those are essential to the concept. Of course, what are and aren't essential plot points is purely subjective (for example, in the original Little Mermaid, Ariel dies), but we trust people will be able to decide what to do and have fun with it.

Pairing(s) must be kept as is. While this can certainly be argued, we think once you change who the fanwork is about, you're pretty much creating something new, and contrary to popular belief, that's not what this challenge is about. It's about reinterpreting a fanwork that's already out there. So, you cannot change the pairing(s). We also do not want any slash pairings het-ified or het pairings slash-ified. You may, if you feel it necessary, background the pairing(s) and focus on less pairing-centric plot points (i.e., you may remix a slash or het fanwork as gen).

And with the settings, people may take non-AU stories and make them AUs only if the plot/general idea remains almost exactly the same.

All right. So then we can choose any story we want to remix?

Not just any story. Each participant will be assigned a remixer, who will be a fellow participant, chosen at random but matched primarily on fandom. You will have at least one fandom in common with your assigned person, and you must choose one of their stories to remix. You can choose any fanwork other than the designated safe fanwork, works in progress, co-created fanworks, or remixes they've created previously. And keep in mind, you don't have to choose a fanwork from the fandom you matched on — if there's something in another fandom that catches your eye, have at it!

Couple more things to keep in mind: there is no matching on medium (i.e., fic, art, podfic, vid, etc.), pairing, or genre (i.e., slash, het, or gen). The signup form includes options to list characters and/or pairings, but there is no guarantee that you will be matched. So if you only write het, for example, or only write a particular slash pairing or a particular character, etc., you probably don't want to sign up, because there is no guarantee you'll get someone who matches your preference on those requirements.

And please don't pick a series or fanwork that's unfinished. Works in progress are off limits to be remixed. It just causes bad feelings all around, which is something we are trying to avoid.

I'm still confused. We're just writing someone else's story or vidding their art?

Reinterpreting. Don't just change a line here and there. Be creative. Have fun. Make a mess if you want. Remember, it's a challenge. Don't make it too easy on yourself. Musesfool has written about the process on hir journal, if that helps.

Remixers_lounge on Livejournal also features discussions on various remix topics.

Are there any restrictions on who can sign up?

The challenge only works if everyone who signs up can offer a reasonable number of fanworks for their remixer to choose from. That means that you can only sign up if you've created at least five (5) fanworks in a single fandom.

You can offer more than one fandom, as long as you meet the minimum 5 fanwork requirements in each one.

Past remixes and your designated safe fanwork may not be included in the minimum fanwork requirement count to determine eligibility. (A safe fanwork is the one fanwork you don't want anyone messing with. You can't have more than one.)

And this remix challenge is only for DC TV shows?

Not quite. This challenge is specifically for DC's live action TV shows that have crossed over — Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Vixen, because that's what your friendly mods feel like they can handle, but we're all about being inclusive. If there's interest for something different or additional fandoms, please contact us.

If you've created fanworks in more than one of these fandoms, so much the better. If you've only created fanworks in one fandom, you may ask to create a fanwork in a different fandom but must be willing to create a fanwork in your current fandom. Actually, everyone must be willing to create a fanwork in at least one of their written-in fandoms. Matching depends on how many people sign up and what fandoms they're in.

Example time: If you have a minimum of 5 or more fanworks in Arrow, you can still offer to write Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, or Vixen (or any combination or all six). However, if you sign up to have your Arrow and Supergirl fanworks remixed, you must have at least 5 fanworks or more in Arrow and at least 5 fanworks or more in Supergirl.

Another example: If you sign up for Legends of Tomorrow but see that your recipient also has two fanworks in The Flash, you can choose to remix one of The Flash fanworks, so long as it's not your recipient's safe fanwork or a work in progress.

So what the hell is a safe fanwork?

It's the one fanwork that you don't want anyone messing with, for whatever reason. You only get one. You don't have to have one, only if you want. Any fanwork you created for any past remix challenge is also ineligible to be remixed again, as it is based in part at least on someone else's fanwork and may contain significant bits of that original.

Do I have to have a website?

Not necessarily your own website, but you do have to have something so your remixee can find your fanworks. Hosted fanworks are fine as long as they're all on the same site. Fanworks posted to Livejournal, Dreamwidth, or Tumblr are okay as long as there is some sort of index, tag, or listing for them, making them easily accessible.

Fanworks posted to friends-only journals or communities, private blogs, message boards and/or mailing lists are ineligible because access to those are often limited.

I've only created a few fanworks. Can I still play?

As long as you have a minimum of at least 5 fanworks in a single fandom (crossover fandoms may be included in this seven), not including your safe fanwork or past remixes, then you can. Works in progress are not acceptable.

What if I've created a fanwork with someone?

If you have someone you create fanworks with regularly and the two of you wish to sign up for the challenge together, you will be counted as one participant and only the fanworks you have created together are eligible. If you regularly co-create with someone but only one of you signs up, then your co-created fanworks are off-limits. The same goes if both of you sign up but separately.

Are there any sort of other requirements/rules?

Remixed stories must be at least 1,000 words. Feeling especially inspired? Then please keep writing. There is no maximum word count.

On another note: titles. This isn't a hard and fast rule, but the general title convention for these sorts of challenges is: Title (Subtitle Remix).

You can view title examples on the Remix...Redux Collection on Archive of Our Own.

So what are the deadlines?

People can sign up for the challenge until July 15, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Assignments will be handed out no later than July 22.

Fanworks aren't due until September 9, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Your fanwork should be complete and in the DC Multiversity Remix 2017 collection by that time. You'll still have two weeks to edit, beta, tweak, alter, etc.

Fanworks will go live on September 24, and all remixers will be revealed a week later.

What if I don't have an AO3 account?

If you need an AO3 invite code, you can either visit Archive of Our Own and put your name and email address in the queue (this may take a while, so please do so immediately to get it in time for the due date). You can also contact a mod to request an invite code.

What if I can't make the deadline?

If you won't be able to complete your remix for any reason, please CONTACT THE MODS ASAP. We understand that things happen and while this isn't a gift exchange, everyone has signed up hoping to see someone remix their work. We want to make sure that everyone receives a remixed fanwork. The sooner you let us know that you will not be able to participate, the sooner we can find a pinch hitter, so when remixes go live, everyone will have a remixed fanwork waiting for them.

Defaulters will not be allowed to sign up for the next DC Multiversity Remix challenge until they have completed the minimum fanwork size and posted to the DC Multiversity Remix Scramble collection. It may be posted to the AO3 collection any time after the reveal (October 1), and your name will be cleared for the next go-round.

So what's this pinch hitting thing?

Pinch hitters are awesome. If someone can't complete their remix for any reason, a pinch hitter steps in and creates a remix so that everyone who participates gets a remixed fanwork.

Sometimes pinch hits come in early; some come in a rush before the posting date, but you will always be able to refuse for whatever reason. If you don't feel like you can do the exchange itself, please consider being on our pinch hit list.

What's this about a Scramble?

The Scramble will open as soon as sign-ups close. Should you be inspired to try your hand at a remix for someone in the challenge or someone who's opted in, you can make them a little something and put it into the Scramble.

The Scramble is open to ALL fanworks, so remix a fic into a podfic or art into a vid. There are no size limits on the Scramble, but the general rules are the same: don't change basic plot, pairing, or setting and do not remix works in progress or anyone's safe fanwork.

The Scramble will go live and be revealed on the same day as the exchange collection.

How do I contact the mods?

Your friendly mods for this challenge are Moriavis and saekhwa.

You can send us a PM at Dreamwidth, email us at dcmultiversity@gmail.com, comment on Dreamwidth, or message us through Tumblr.

I have more questions.

Cool! Contact your friendly mods.



The rundown:

  • This is a challenge for the following TV shows: Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Vixen.
  • This is an anonymous challenge, so please don't post your remix anywhere except the Archive of Our Own (AO3) until the mods do the big reveal.
  • Posted fanworks must be complete, so no works in progress please. As long as your fanwork is in the AO3 collection and complete, you can continue to edit up to and after reveals.
  • If you can no longer participate for any reason, please contact the mods ASAP. We want to make sure that everyone receives a remix and will need to find a pinch hitter.

Key dates:

  • June-July 15: DC Multiversity Remix is open for sign ups
  • July 16: sign ups close
  • July 22: fanworks are assigned to everyone who signed up for the challenge
  • August 5: first check-in
  • August 26: second check-in
  • September 9: remixes due (complete and posted to the DC Multiversity Remix collection on AO3)
  • September 10: DC Multiversity Remix Scramble opens
  • September 24: DC Multiversity Remix collection goes live
  • October 1: creators revealed

Please remember:
To sign up, you must have at least five or more fanworks in a single fandom.

Past remixes and your designated safe fanwork may not be included in the minimum count to determine your eligibility. (A safe fanwork is the one fanwork you don't want anyone messing with. You can only have one.)

You CANNOT change these three things when remixing a fanwork:

  • pairing(s),
  • setting(s) (except in certain circumstances, read the FAQ), and
  • the basic plotline.