DC Multiversity: 2016 Remix Scramble

Have you ever read a story or listened to a podfic or seen a fanwork 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.

This challenge is open to ALL fanworks.

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Welcome to the DC Multiversity Remix 2016 Scramble! This is an anonymous challenge for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Vixen.

Want to participate? Leave a comment on the DC Multiversity Dreamwidth post and check out fanworks by other folks who've opted in.

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 our challenge is open to all fanworks.

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

Just to be up front and clear, this is an opt-in challenge. Fanwork creators must opt-in dropping their information on our opt-in post on Dreamwidth.

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

Ever watched a vid or read a comic or experienced a fanwork and thought: wow, that's fascinating, but what if…?

Well, here's your chance to do just that. Rewrite someone else's story, draw somebody else's vision, record a different take on a scene. Take the work of another person and wrap it up in your vision and style, just like a remixer does to songs.

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

Yes and no. You can do whatever you like to the fanwork — 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, podficcing or vidding 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 fanworks and make them AUs only if the plot/general idea remains almost exactly the same.

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

Not just any fanwork. 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 fanworks 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 sign-up 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?

Nope. Anyone is welcome to participate in the Scramble. Just take a look at the opt-in post (and leave a comment if you'd like your fanworks to be remixed).

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.

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 anyone interested in remixing 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 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?

Yep! There are no minimums or size limits for the Remix Scramble.

Are there any sort of other requirements/rules?

You can only remix fanworks by people who have opted in. View comments on the DC Multiversity Dreamwidth post, and if you'd like to have your fanworks remixed, leave a comment.

There are no minimum size requirements.

However, the standard remix rules apply. You CANNOT change these three things when remixing a fanwork:

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

So what are the deadlines?

The Scramble will open in August.

Fanworks will go live on August 20, and all remixers will be revealed September 3.

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?

The Scramble will remain open until the challenge rolls around again next year, so you can continue remixing fanworks and adding them to the DC Multiversity Remix 2016 Scramble.

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 challenge is open to all fanworks.
  • There are no minimum size requirements for the Scramble. Create as much or as little as you want to.
  • 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 tweak until and after reveals.

Key dates: Sign ups generally open in the summer. You'll have about two months to remix, and then the collection goes live early fall.

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.