Jukebox 2016

Music listener sprawled on bed, vinyl record beside, text "JUKEBOX"

(Open, Moderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)

About Jukebox 2016 (jukebox2016)

Active since:
Tag Set:
Assignments Due:
Sat 28 May 2016 11:59PM EDT
Signed up:
  • Morbane,
  • AlexSeanchai (EllieMurasaki),
  • merryghoul,
  • ghosthorse_tracks,
  • Sumi,
  • lightningwaltz,
  • seekingferret,
  • morganya,
  • sweetcarolanne,
  • VampirePaladin,
  • ExtraPenguin,
  • Hagar,
  • garnet_dragon,
  • BatchSan,
  • Deepdarkwaters,
  • thedevilchicken,
  • jouissant,
  • Merfilly,
  • Minutia_R,
  • gamerfic
  • Eida,
  • tristesses,
  • havisham,
  • DesertScribe,
  • thinlizzy2,
  • Zdenka,
  • Supertights,
  • Measured_Words,
  • fleurlb,
  • eos_3,
  • Deifire,
  • Kaesa,
  • Pameluke,
  • Katherine,
  • beedekka,
  • xenoglossy,
  • elstaplador,
  • within_a_dream,
  • shadow_lover,
  • Missy,
  • IShouldBeWriting,
  • Lexigent,
  • inelegantly (Lir),
  • sevenofspade,
  • spiderfire,
  • Sath,
  • Nary,
  • evewithanapple,
  • MiraMira,
  • raspberryhunter,
  • Joanne_c,
  • jessalae,
  • makiyakinabe,
  • avani,
  • cnoocy,
  • Selden,
  • Etnoe,
  • Quillori



Welcome to Jukebox!



Jukebox is a fanwork gift exchange. You submit a sign-up form, receive an assignment, create an anonymous work (fic, art, or podfic) by a deadline, and read/consume and comment on works, especially the gift made for you, when the works are made available to consume. All works in Jukebox are based on songs and music videos.

The moderator is Morbane (hello!). If you have questions or problems, you can contact me at jukebox.mod@gmail.com.

Group discussions and information updates occur at:



What can be nominated?
Pinch Hits


Removing gifts
Why songs?
Are there or aren’t there fandoms in this fest?




2016 Schedule

Brainstorming: 14-18 March
Nominations: 18 March to Saturday 26 March - ending at 23:59pm EDT 26 March
Sign-ups: 28 March to Wednesday 6 April - ending at 23:59pm EDT 6 April
Assignments go out by: Friday 8 April (may be earlier)
Assignments due: Saturday 28 May - 23:59pm EDT 28 May
Works go live: Saturday 4 June - 17:59pm EDT 4 June
Creators are revealed: Wed 8 June - 17:59pm EDT 8 June


If you wish to select the songs and music videos that will be part of the Jukebox 2016 challenge, you can nominate your choices at the tag set between 18 and 26 March.

You can sign up without having nominated. However, you can only offer or request canons that are in the tag set, so if you want something to be in there, you need to nominate it yourself.

There will be posts on the LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities with more detail about how to nominate.

You will need an AO3 account. If you don’t have one, email the mod at jukebox.mod@gmail.com.

You can submit up to 8 choices this year.

What can be nominated?

Each nominated canon must be a piece of recorded music that is shorter than 20 minutes. This may include a video.

The piece of music must be able to stand on its own without reference to a longer work. I don’t object to people nominating songs from musicals or operettas or other media – but if it would be necessary to understand the whole musical, or the whole operetta, etc, in order to appreciate the piece, then that piece of music is not appropriate for this exchange.

Songs should be considered separately from their artists. Prompts should include musician RPF only if the song or music video can be considered to have an autobiographical or self-referential element. People who appear in music videos are generally to be treated as characters, not as their real-life or RPF selves.

Preferably, there will be a YouTube link, or a link on the artist's website, or another publicly accessible link, and I will ask you to help me collect these during nominations. I will create a table of links and lyrics for use in the exchange.

Covers by specific artists can be nominated separately.

Songs that don’t quite fit the requirements, but that fit the goals of the exchange, can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. For example, I am willing to include music without lyrics, and to include spoken-word poetry pieces where the performance and audible rhythms, sound effects, etc, are an important component.

You can either nominate a piece of music on its own, or a piece of music with an associated music video. It's possible to differentiate these when nominating on AO3.


To take part in the main challenge to create and receive a gift, you will need to sign up on AO3, using the sign-up form that will be accessible from the left side-bar of this collection, between 28 March and 6 April.

Your sign-up form includes an offer and a request section.

In the request section, you can choose between 3 and 8 pieces of music, select which medium or media you would like to receive as a gift for each piece, and give prompts for the person who will be assigned to create a gift for you.

You can also enter the link to a Dear Creator Letter that includes longer prompts or discussion of your general preferences, if you wish. Or you can include these on the form.

In the offer section, you can choose between 3 and 10 pieces of music and select what medium or media you are willing to create in for each piece.

Once you have signed up, you are committing to creating a gift for another participant, who will be assigned to you based on the things you offered. Although circumstances may get in your way later on, please don’t sign up unless you intend to complete a work by the deadline.

The requirements for a work are:

  • For fic: 1,000+ words
  • For podfic: 500-5,000 words, provided both in text and in a recording
  • For art, at least one original piece of size 700 x 700 pixels (or 2 or 3 pieces of equivalent area). Although I rely on your best judgement as to what constitutes a finished art piece, please don’t submit work where marks or lines not intended to be part of the finished work remain, or low-quality scans or photos.

Please avoid including anything your recipient has specifically said they do not want in a story, piece of art, or recording.

If you are offering podfic as part of a team, where one person writes and the other records, please submit only one sign-up for your team. You will only be able to enter one AO3 name per form. When one of you signs up, please email me with the AO3 name and a contact detail for the other person on your team. Your team will receive one gift as part of the challenge. Please contact me if you have any questions about signing up or submitting your work.

In 2015, it was possible to create a podfic based on an existing work as a gift. I am not enabling that in 2016, as it makes the sign-up form more complex than I would like. If I get several requests to make this possible, I’ll reinstate this option. In 2015, podfic gifts require new writing for the exchange, but the minimum length is shorter than for a fic-only gift.

Your requests will not be visible to other participants during the sign-up period. They will become visible when sign-ups are over and assignments go out.

You need an AO3 account to sign up. If you don’t have one, email the mod at jukebox.mod@gmail.com.


If you have signed up, you will receive an assignment by 8 April. You must create a gift that matches one of your recipient’s requests and submit it to AO3 before the deadline on 28 May. Your gift does not have to be something you listed as an offer in your sign-up form. However, if none of your recipient’s requests match any of the things you offered, please email jukebox.mod@gmail.com.

If you are creating art or podfic, you will need to host part of your work off AO3, and link to it within the work posted to AO3. Please email the mod, in advance of the deadline, if you need assistance with this.

You do not need to adhere strictly to your recipient’s prompts. However, please take into account any squicks, triggers, Do-Not-Wants, or similar things your recipient asks not to receive, and avoid them in the gift you create.

You are encouraged but not required to get feedback on your work, such as from a beta reader, before the works go live. There will be a beta reader post on the LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities where beta offers will be posted.

Jukebox is an anonymous exchange - creators’ names are not revealed until several days after works go live. Please don’t widely discuss what you’re making and which of your offers matched which of your recipient’s requests.


If you realise you won’t be able to complete your assigned gift in time, you will need to default, or formally withdraw from the challenge. You can do this by pressing the Default button on your assignment on AO3, or by sending me a clear email. “I think I might have to default” will result in me checking with you about whether you really mean it. If you are clear about what you want, there will be no questions asked. I will also auto-default anyone who does not have a work posted at the deadline.

There is no penalty for defaulting unless, as well as failing to post a work, you fail to comment on any gifts you receive.

However, if you default and then the person assigned to create for you defaults, you might not receive a gift. You are only guaranteed a gift if you complete an assignment.

As a courtesy, I appreciate it when people are able to default before the deadline, because then, the person creating a gift for the defaulter’s former recipient has longer to work.

Pinch Hits

A pinch hit is an assignment that has been defaulted on, where a new creator needs to be found. Pinch hits will be posted to the LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities this year. You will be able to claim them (meaning you must create a work for that assignment) by submitting a screened comment on one of the communities or by emailing jukebox.mod@gmail.com. Pinch hitters are generally held to the same requirements as ordinary creators, though they may be given a later deadline to submit their work. All works must be complete before reveals.


A beta gives advice on a work in draft stage. This may be spelling and grammar, technical tips for art software, or any variety of things. You are not required to use a beta before submitting your assignment, but you are encouraged to do so, and there will be posts for betas to offer their services on the LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities.


All works will be revealed at the same time on 4 June. Creator names will be hidden at this point. Please do not personally reveal or discuss which work or works you created yet.

This is the time to read, listen, view, and comment.

You are encouraged to thank your creator for the work they did to create your gift. If you defaulted on the exchange and you also do not acknowledge your gift, you will not be able to participate in future.

If the gift you receive is unpleasant to you because it contains things you listed as do-not-wants, squicks, or triggers, please contact jukebox.mod@gmail.com, and I will look into getting you a new gift. I may also penalise creators who have directly contradicted their recipients’ preferences regarding material to be avoided.

Creators’ names will appear against the works on 8 June. You are then free to discuss what you created and share it on whatever platforms you like.


Removing gifts

Please do not remove gifts after the challenge is over. If you believe you absolutely need to do this, please warn me so that I can save a copy for your recipient. If you do not warn me, but delete your work with no warning, you will not be able to participate in future.

Why Songs?

A song can be only a few minutes long but describe a whole world. By running a fest based on song and music video canons, I want to take advantage of the rich inspiration a song can provide. I also want it to be as easy as possible for participants to (re-)acquire and consume a canon in order to write to a prompt.

Are there or aren’t there fandoms in this fest?

Not in the sense of Pokémon or Naruto or Harry Potter, no. Songs and music videos are the only canons you can nominate or request in this exchange. Just as a song can include a whole world, participants are encouraged to focus on those worlds. This is not the exchange to request a Labyrinth fic using the themes of a David Bowie song, or an Iron Man fic set to a song that Tony Stark would listen to. For crossovers, I recommend you stick to songs that have been nominated for the exchange, and check that your recipient has asked for this kind of crossover.


Please talk to me, Morbane, at jukebox.mod@gmail.com, if you have a problem, or just a question. It’s my job to try to make this challenge run smoothly and make sense.