The Reverse Bang is posting and we’re all excited for the amazing works that still have to go up and about all the things we already got to look at! We hope everyone is having a good time with their own works, with feedback and with reading along.
This also means it is time to kick off another of our popular annual events! Whether you’ve participated before, or if you’re planning to join for the first time: Welcome to the Cap/IronMan Big Bang 2017!This is where everything begins for the cap_ironman Captain America/Iron Man Big Bang 2017!
The Schedule:Now - September 27th:
: Writers write and weekly “Support and Chatter” go upSeptember 27th
: Drafts and summaries are due/writer sign-ups closeSeptember 28th
: Summaries are publicly postedSeptember 30th
: Artists claim stories by summariesOctober
: Artists art, writers put finishing touches on their ficsOctober 28th
: Teams pick posting date in NovemberNovember
: Fics and art begin posting
Rules and the basics:
Thanks to our great community of excited writers and especially artists we are one of the few Big Bangs that does not have early sign-ups. To enter the 2017 Big Bang, you must submit a draft prior to sign-ups closing on Sept 27th.
Statements of intent to participate are not needed - just show up by Sept 27th with your draft and you are signed up as a writer!
To participate in the 2017 Big Bang as an artist, all you need to do is claim a summary on September 28th. No prior sign-up is required.
Fics should be complete by the beginning of November
and posting ready by your team’s posting date. The minimum wordcount for this Big Bang is 25k
. Submitted drafts must be mostly complete by the sign up date, including an outlined ending, so that your artist has a clear idea after claiming of where you’re taking the story in the next few weeks. When you send in a draft we need you to be sure that you will be able to finish and post your story at a posting date in November, because from this point on you are collaborating with someone and penalties for dropping out at this stage might include a temporary ban for collaborating event on this community
. As a rough guideline you should have at least 80% of your drafted story written by then, which would be at least roughly 20k of the required 25k wordcount, and we will not accept drafts that are not at least 20k. The important thing is that you feel absolutely confident you can finish the story in time and post it in November.
Instructions for sending in your draft will be put up in September.
This challenge is run by the cap_ironman
community and this is a Steve/Tony fest
, so we’re looking for fics with a focus on the relationship between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark (in any setting or continuity you can think of). In gen fics, secondary pairings should be kept to the background and the focus should be clearly on Steve and Tony and their interactions. If there is romance then the focus should be on the Steve/Tony relationship. If other pairings are included, they should be in the background. We do not allow poly relationships in the main pairing
: a fic focused on Steve/Tony/Other Character does not fill the requirements of the challenge this year. The only exception here are any variations of multiple multiverse or time-travel Steves/Tonys, for example, Steve/Tony/Tony, Steve/Tony/Steve (or more!). Other non-Steve/Tony pairings, past/prior/casual relationships, poly relationships including other characters can all feature in the background or during the set-up
of the story, but again the focus of the story’s main plot should be on the Steve/Tony content and the Steve/Tony pairing/pre-slash/gen relationship should be the sole “endgame” in some way.
What does "endgame" mean? Does it mean they have to be together at the end? Not exactly. This means for example the point of your story should be to write about Steve/Tony and not to write 20k of breakup to set them up with other people as their true loves. For example: a story that ends with character death ending where one of them is left to pine and grief for his one true love and regret missed chances, a love triangle where Steve and Tony finally realize they are the only ones for each other and the romantic trouble gets resolved as Steve/Tony, or stories that deal with them breaking up because incursions or them never getting together because of fighting each other over issues while we know they love each other and it causes all the angst are all fine for this challenge.
This challenge is for new stories
. Using a fic you’ve already started is fine, so long as no part of it has been published before anywhere else. Fics that have been previously posted -- either entirely or in parts as a WIP -- do not qualify for this fest.
Sequels that can be read on their own are allowed and welcome.
We don’t allow pre-formed teams, and we expect all participants to be open to working with new people. We also can’t guarantee that a particular author and artist be paired together as there will be a random element to the claiming process.
To participate, authors will be required to have an Ao3 account and will have the responsibility of posting their own fics to our Ao3 collection. If you don’t have an account, you can request one here
. If for any reason you do not receive an invitation through the queue and it’s already close to your posting date, please contact us and we will try and provide you with an invite code.
Detailed posting instructions will follow closer to the deadline. Guidelines for the accompanying fanworks will be available in the posts relating to artist sign-ups.
Please watch the c_im_bigbang
comm for additional information. There we will also provide you with informal “Talk posts” where writers and artists can talk about their ideas, their progress, and potential beta readers or interested by-standers can come in and provide moral support. It is a long writing period from now until November, and the key is to keep focused and motivated. Many of us will also hang out in the official comm IRC chat
and you can come in at any time to talk about your writing and, when it’s time, also your art creating woes.
Any writer who submits a draft prior to Sept 27th
will be officially signed up for the fest. Any artist who claims a draft in the September 30th claims post
is likewise signed up for the Big Bang. There is no penalty-free dropping out after
If you don’t have an idea for a story to work on yet, you might want to check out our prompt post
and browse the ideas that people would like to see in fic.
We are not asking you to state your intention to participate this year, but we’ll hang around the “Support and Chatter” posts and hope that many of you are just as excited as we are to get started.
We also want to take the time to introduce our affiliate Big Bang challenge marvel_bang
Marvel Bang has been running successfully for a couple of years. It is open to all stories set in a canon of the greater Marvel universe or focused on Marvel characters and pairings. The minimum word count is 10k.
So if you have an idea for a story that does not fit our BB, don’t think the world doesn’t want your story! If you feel unsure whether your draft will meet the required word count, consider signing up for this challenge! There is a place for stories of all shapes and sizes in fandom! Marvel Bang Dates have been published already, so check them out. The sign-ups start on May 14.
If you have any questions, you can reach us by commenting on this post, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or or poking us in chat when we’re around.dapperanach
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