An annual spring fanfic exchange, featuring your favorite obscure female characters.
(disclaimer: an exception was made this year (2014) for certain genderqueer/genderfluid/a-gender characters. Starting next year (2015), rarewomen will become a fest for any and all non-male identifying characters.)
(Open, Moderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)
About Rare Women Fanfic Exchange (2014) (Rarewomen2014)
RAREWOMEN 2014 TIMELINE
Now: Discussion of possible nominations at this post
January 31st--February 8th: Nominations take place through AO3; promotion of the fest takes place EVERYWHERE
February 9th--15th: Nominations clean up
February 16th--March 2nd: Sign ups through AO3
Early March: Assignments go out
April 25: Last date to drop without penalty; drops after this date subject to potential banning in 2015
May 4: Stories due to AO3
May 10 (or early May, depending on any pinch hit issues): Stories and authors revealed; authors may share their (and others') work via link
May 17 (or a week after the archive opens): Stories may be cross-posted on other mediums
1) What fandoms or characters are eligible to be nominated?
The short answer is: all fandoms are eligible, and if a character generates FEWER than 500 hits for complete fit on AO3 or FEWER than 200 hits on FFN, then she is ELIGIBLE! The long answer is explained at the nomination discussion and promotion post.
2) Previously, we had to worry about big and small fandoms. Are we doing that again?
Nope! As explained in question #1, eligibility is based on a character by character basis, and not by fandom.
3) How do you define "woman" for the scope of this challenge?
If, during the scope of the canon (or author's explanation) the character self-identifies as female, then they are, potentially, eligible for rarewomen.
(Note that some genderfluid/genderqueer/a-gender characters were allowed in this year following a discussion on the LiveJournal community. Starting next year, Rarewomen will become a fest for any and all non-male identifying characters.)
4) How will nominations work?
The pre-nomination discussion will help participants and mods learn which women may be eligible for rarewomen. Nominations themselves will be held on AO3 this year. Anyone with an AO3 account will be able to nominate in up to five fandoms (up to five women per fandom) to the rarewomen 2013 tag set.
5) How will sign-ups work?
Sign-ups are being run through AO3 again this year. When they begin, we will post a step-by-step guide to requesting and offering the rare women you want to! Requests and offers will be chosen from the characters and fandoms approved from nominations into the rarewomen 2014 tag set.
6) What sort of stories can I request?
While remembering that aside from at least ONE match on ONE character, optional details are optional (but encouraged), you may request gen, femslash, het, poly, incest, RPF... it's all good. You can note that you'd like to see your rare woman/women paired with NON-rare women, or men, as long as the requested rare woman is the CENTER and FOCUS of the request and resulting fic. While background men, male narratives, and slash are not forbidden by any means, we encourage requests and fic to focus as much as possible on the WOMEN. After all, this is a women-themed exchange!
7) I don't really use LJ any more/don't regularly check it. How can I keep track of what you all are doing?
Our RSS feed is http://rarewomen.livejournal.com/data/rss and can be accessed on Dreamwidth as http://rarewomen-feed.dreamwidth.org/. We also have a mod tumblr account, the username is simply rarewomen! If there is significant interest in a Twitter as well, we can make that happen -- let us know at the mod contact post.
8) I have a question or special circumstance that isn't answered here,
Please use the mod contact post to get us your question. We may add the question and answer to this FAQ.
* write a story of at least 1,000 words (1k words) based on at least one rare woman listed in the generated assignment
* in the event that the user CANNOT complete a story, they must:
~~ in case of dropping out, use the AO3 function
~~ in case of an assignment that was generated in error, contact the mods as SOON AS POSSIBLE
~~ in the case of seeking an extension, contact the mods as SOON AS THE NEED IS SENSED