What is a reverse big bang?
A reverse big bang is a collaborative challenge that reverses the usual process of a big bang. Instead of authors writing a story and artists claiming and making art for that story, it goes the other way around. The artists create art and authors than claim that art to write a story based off.
How do I sign up?
When sign-ups start, there will be one post for artists and one for authors at which you can leave your name at until the sign-up period ends.
What are the requirements for art?
Artists are expected to make at least one new piece of art: a drawing, digital manip, or fanvid. Art must be at least 400 by 600 pixels in size, videos must be at least one minute in length. Fanmixes need to be at least 8 tracks and cover and back art (minimum size for those are 400x400px). A download link for the mix needs to be included when the mix is turned in, that link will not be in the claims post but will be given to the author that claims it.
For this reverse big bang, at this time, we ask that you create no more than two separate art prompts - we want to make sure that everyone's art gets claimed. This may be subject to change, depending on how many artists we get.
This means separate art prompts, for one prompt you can make as many pieces as you want. If you make multiple pieces for one prompt please put it all together on a collage when you turn it in.
Can I create a crossover or fusion piece?
Yes, as long as the main focus is on the Merlin aspect. But when you turn your art in you must list the additional fandoms involved and you are responsible for giving the author that claims the art any additional information they may need on the other fandom.
Can I create an RPF piece?
Yes, Merlin RPF is allowed for this challenge!
What happens if the number of authors doesn't match up with the number of artists
We will do several rounds of claiming so that EVERY piece of art has a story in the event that the art pieces outnumber fanfiction writers. If it's the other way, we may open up the pieces of art so that more than one fic writer is assigned to the same piece of art. Either way, everyone who wants to participate will get to participate.
Will my art be archived anywhere?
The mods will upload all art to an Imgur album in order to post claims and for authors to view before they make a claim but that is the only place we will be putting it. At any time after the challenge is ended the artist can request for their art to be removed from the album.
Artists will be responsible for where they decided to upload and post the final version of their art.
What type of requirements are there for a fic?
You will be expected to write a fic with a minimum of 5,000 words, based on the prompt you choose in the Art Claims post. Claims will be first come, first serve. You will need to get your fic beta'd by the final posting date.
How do I know what art I'm writing for? / How do I make a claim?
When the artists turn in their rough drafts, we'll make a claims post. In this post we'll include a preview of the art, as well as any warnings the artist gives and the artists preferred pairings. You can choose which piece of art you'd like to create a fic for. Once the claim is confirmed that art will be crossed off the list.
I've already been writing a story that would fit an art piece - can I use that one?
No. The story you write must be based around the art you choose, using that as your prompt.
What genres/warnings are allowed?
You may write/create art for whichever genre of fic you choose, as well as any rating
Can I write with someone else?
No, at this time co writing is not allowing for claiming art prompts.
Will my fic be archived anywhere?
No, where the story is posted will be up to the author. We do encourage authors to post their stories to Archive of Our Own. A collection will be set up there for reverse bang fics.
What kind of timeline will I be under?
Sign Ups Open – October 15th, 2013
Artist Check-In – November 15th, 2013
Artist Sign Ups Close – December 8th, 2013
Art Drafts Due – December 9th, 2013
Art Up for Preview – December 14th, 2013
Art Up for Claims – December 16th, 2013
Author Check In (mandatory) – February 1st – 8th, 2014
Fics Due – March 1st, 2014
Posting Starts – March 15th, 2013
What's a checkpoint?
They're something to give you a feel on where a typical artist and/or author should or could be at in their creation process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only. The last one (for authors) is mandatory and for us to determine what art pieces we need to find pinch hitters for. Any author who does not check in then (or if they can't make it lets us know why) will be dropped from the challenge and a pinch hitter assigned to the art prompt.
What should my artist's rough draft look like?
It should be the equivalent of about 80% of your final artwork. That's hard to measure, of course -- basically it does not need to be a finished piece but it should give the author wanting to claim your art a good idea of what the final version will look like.
Time should go into it, this piece (and any additional pieces an artist decides to make) will be what the author bases their story on.
How do I need to have gone by the fic deadline?
Your story needs to be at least 4,000 words OR 80% of your final word count. You do not need to have your fic finished by this time however, you may still work on it and get it beta-read until your assigned posting date. We just need to be able to reasonably verify that you are going to be able to post on your assigned date.
What if I need an extension?
We will be granting extensions on a case-by-case basis for rough drafts as long as your final fic or art is in by the due date. We would hope, however, that you use the checkpoints and all your available creating and writing time to its fullest.
Who will be posting to the community?
That is to be decided between the artist and author team.
What types of requirements are there for me to post my art?
A preview of the art (no larger than 400x400px) should be posted to the community, along with a summary and links to the full version of the art and the accompanying fic. You can link back to your own LJ, DeviantArt, DW, IJ, etc. so long as your post remains unlocked.
We ask that you post with the following information included: (this includes
Can I post it to my journal a few days early to show my friends?
No, the first time you post this must be on your reveal day.
Where can I upload my art?
There are several free resources such as Sendspace, or Mediafire that can be used for large files. Tinypic is recommended for images or .gif files, along with Photobucket and Imgur.
Where can I post my story/art?
You can post your fanwork to your preferred platform. Whether that is LJ, AO3, or Tumblr – all we require is that it remain unlocked for others to view.
How will I contact my artist/author?
We will provide an author with contact information once they are committed to an artist. From there it is up to the author to communicate with the artist and create a story that would fit the art.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them below or contact a mod: chosenfire28