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26 June 2009 @ 02:29 pm
German Music Big Bang Challenge  
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German Music Big Bang Challenge

The idea of this fest is to encourage some longer fics for our fandoms and, if possible, pair them with some art.

Please be aware, this challenge is about German Musicians, but it is an English language fest.

  1. Membership of this comm is moderated and only those who sign up to be artists or writers will be accepted as members.
  2. All watchers of the community are, however, welcome. We are only limiting membership for administrative purposes, not because there are things we don't want you to see. If you would like to keep up with happenings then please do watch the comm. You are also welcome to comment with questions or suggestions.
  3. Thanks to sarahsan for our wonderful header.
  4. Your moderators are: beren_writes, evvva_90, lirren, meridian_star, naruke_chan, sarahsan, thwax and yuvi (some will be concentrating on the cheerleading section, some on the organisational part).
  5. Thanks to svmadelyn and linaerys from the Merlin Big Bang (boxofmagic), whose format we have followed.

To pimp the fest, please use the following code:

  1. What are the fundamentals of a Big Bang?

    A big bang challenge is a challenge where longer fics are encouraged and artists produce artwork to go with these fics. Because of the nature of German Band/ Solo Artist fandoms, we do not expect there to be enough artists to go around (if any of our talented, select few are interested in playing at all :)), so we're just hoping for lots of long fic.

  2. What fandoms are eligible?

    Any fandom about a German musician is welcome for the fest, e.g. Tokio Hotel, Panik, Bushido, Cinema Bizarre, Killerpilze to name but a few. If they are German and they make music they are welcome.

  3. What is a long fic?

    A long fic for this big bang, due to the fact that our fandoms have fewer long fics than some of the fictional fandoms and this is the first time the challenge had run, is anything above 15,000 wds.

    There will be three categories:
    Section 1: 15,000 - 24,999 wds
    Section 2: 25,000 - 34,999 wds
    Section 3: 35,000 - ?? wds (there is no upper limit)

  4. What genre and ratings are eligible?

    Slash, het or gen, G through NC17 - all are welcome.

  5. How will artists be allocated to fics?

    There will undoubtedly not be enough artists to go round, so if we have any at all who wish to play we will be using this system:

    Writers of fics of 35,000 wds and up will be asked to submit a draft and a summary with notes. Artists will then be asked to pick which story they wish to illustrate based solely on the summaries and notes that have had all identifying features removed so their choice is based on the fics not personal friendships.

    Art can be anything from manips through vids to drawings.

  6. How can I sign up?
    First of all you finish reading the FAQ ;) and then:
    If you are a writer you go to this post and follow the instructions there.
    If you are an artist you go to this post and follow the instructions there.
    If you would like to be a beta reader go to this post and follow the instructions there.
    If you are neither, but want to help the authors along then go to this comm and sign up: dmusikbb_cheers. This is our cheerleading comm, designed to help writers find support groups and to talk to other people while the fest is going on.

  7. What if I don't have an LJ?

    We would love to see people from outside LJ playing as well, but we're doing all our organising by LJ so it makes life a little difficult, however there are solutions:
    a) If you already have a journal/blog somewhere else you can join up to LJ using OpenID which will give you an account for friending and commenting, but not have the bother of a new journal as well (Click here for details)
    b) LJs are free and easy to set up, please consider creating an account to join in the fest. If you need any help to figure out how to do this do not hesitate to comment and ask and we'll do all we can to assist.
    c) Well we don't have a c, but if enough people are having problems we'll see what we can come up with.

  8. What if I sign up for Section 3 and I don't make that number of words?

    No problem, sign up for the section you would like to try to write for and then submit for the one you actually manage. The submissions will be staggered, so as long as you finish your fic in time for the section to which is belongs, there are no worries. There will be writer sign in posts as we go along where you can change your section if you want to.

  9. I'm not a writer, but I have some ideas for storylines, would you like to hear about them?

    Yes please, we have a prompts post where we would love to hear your ideas. Please be aware that a writer may not pick up your idea, but we'd love to see it anyway :).

  10. I would like to write, but I have no idea for a plot, can you help?

    Yes we can, we have a prompts post where ideas have been submitted. All we ask is if you use a prompt, please give credit in your author's notes to the user the prompt came from.

    Or try de_band_prompts - they have lots of prompt ideas to help get the creative juices flowing. In this case your author's notes should give credit to the prompter and mention the comm.

  11. What is the schedule for the fest?

    • Signups will go from now until 12th July 2009 (2 weeks)
    • Check in #1 31st July 2009
    • Check in #2 31st August 2009
    • Check in #3 30th September 2009
    • Compulsory check in 15th October 2009 (if you don't check in on this one we will assume you will not submit)
    • Section 1 submit 8th November 2009
    • Section 2 submit and drafts due for Section 3 15th November 2009
    • Artists given their assignments 16th November 2009
    • Section 3 submit 30th November 2009
    • Artists submit 12th December 2009

    • 4th Dec Section 1 goes live
    • 11th Dec Section 2 goes live
    • 18th Dec Section 3 goes live

  12. Where will the fics be posted?

    We will be creating an eFiction website where the fics will be hosted. Users will be set up for all authors and once the fics are live you will be given your password and username so that you can log in and reply to any reviews you recieve.

    There will be one post with links and headers for all fics for each section on this comm.

  13. In what format will I have to submit my fic?

    1. Your fic will need to adhere to our coding guidelines which will be posted as another entry. The guidelines will give you a list of acceptable tags and how to set out your fic.
    2. We will accept fic in plain text only, so if you write your fic in Word or another word processing package you will need to save it as "plain text" (.txt).
    3. All fics must be 15,000 words or above, not including headers. If they are less than this we will not be able to accept them.
    4. You may chapter your fic, but it must be submitted as one file only.

  14. What if I miss the deadline?

    Then sorry, you will not be included in the fest. Because of the nature of the fest and how much there will be to organise there will be no extensions.

  15. Can I submit a fic that has already been published?

    No, we want new fic for this fest please. If you have only published one chapter of a fic somewhere and now wish to use it for this fest, that is fine, but you must not post anything more of it until the fest is completed.

  16. Once I have submitted my story, when can I repost it myself?

    You may post links to your fic as soon as it is live, but we request you do not re-post the fic anywhere until Jan 2010.

  17. Can I write a sequel to another fic I have already written?

    You may BUT only if the sequel can be read as an independent story without having to read the first one to understand it.

  18. Can I write a crossover?

    Yes, as long as the German musician(s) is/are main characters, a crossover is fine.

  19. Can I leave the ending open for further stories?

    Of course, yes, but the fic cannot leave the readers hanging. It must have a beginning, middle and an end. Writing a story that leaves hooks for a sequel is one thing, just stopping because you can't be bothered to write any more is different.

  20. I'm not a very good speller, what do I do?

    Get yourself a beta reader. If you do not have one and don't have a friend who is good at spelling and punctuation who can give you a hand indicate on your sign-up that you need a beta reader and we will do our best to pair you with one. Fics with huge numbers of spelling errors and/or grammar errors will be rejected.

  21. Is co-authoring allowed? (thanks schreitokiolove for the question)

    Yes, but all means, just please, sign up together on the writer's sign up post so we know it's going to be one entry.

  22. What is a cheerleader?

    A cheerleader is someone who is neither an artist nor a writer, but who becomes part of a support network for a writer, to help them finish their fic. Despondency often sets in long fics and the cheerleaders are there to help the writers over the bumps.

Have any other questions? Comment here and we will do our best to answer them :)

Writer Sign Up Post.
Artist Sign Up Post
Beta Reader Sign Up Post
For cheerleading go to this comm dmusikbb_cheers.
PseudoBlupseudoblu on June 27th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
Just to be clear, artists will be drawing based off the summaries of the stories? Or will artists be paired with an author and then discuss the story with them and/or receive the story to pick a scene or two themselves? That's a lot of reading if it's the latter.

November is a long way away, so is it forgivable for an artist to sign up now but, if it's not possible when the time comes, pull out?
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 27th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
No the author will be given the draft of the fic they are paired with, along with scene suggestions from the author as to which bits they think will suit illustration. The summaries given to the artists to look over will not be the actual summaries used at the end, but probably be more detailed to entice artists in :). The artist can either choose one of the suggested scenes or go with one they prefer.

Artists will be able to correspond with their authors if they want to, but it will not be compulsory to do so.

Yes you can sign up now, and we will ask nearer the time who is still interested, so we know who to include in the pairing process. That's why there is an option on the artists sign up post to say that the signee is a definite or a probably :).
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Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 27th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
Co-authoring is fine, just sign up together in one post (I shall add that to the writers sign up post because it's a good point).
We just want the fics, we don't care how they are produced as long as they are new ;)
(Anonymous) on June 27th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Must we have a LJ.
Do we have to have a livejournal account to participate?

I don't have one but I'm very intrested in entering. Please and Thank You's for this challenge! It seems fun!
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 29th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: Must we have a LJ.
For logistical purposes it makes it much easier if you do, but you can join up to via OpenID, which allows you to join and post, but doesn't give you the bother of having to deal with a journal as well (info here http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=283&q=OpenId&lang= ).

Or LJs are free and easy to set up and we'd be happy to help talk you through it if you need any assistance.

We would love to encourage people from outside LJ to participate as well.

If either of these options do not work for you, please comment again and we'll see if we can broaden things (not suer how, but we can try).
2obsessed: Gustav says Cheese!2obsessed on June 29th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Must we have a LJ.
Thanks, I decided to make a livejournal anyways. =D

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Evvvaevvva_90 on June 28th, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Yes, you've got free hands when it comes to what you're writing, as long as it involves German musicians.
miss r: happybillhouseofmissr on June 28th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry if I'm not understanding... I'm not clear on what basis artists will be able to select a fic/fics to work on

Will ALL writers (sections 1, 2 & 3) be required to submit a draft/summary, then at 16th November 2009 artists read these and select?

But then 2 weeks does not seem like a very long time to do all this
Evvvaevvva_90 on June 28th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Only stories in section 3 will be getting a chance to get art done for them since we do not expect to get very many artists signing up. Therefore only those who have written for section 3 will be required to submit a draft.
miss r: happybillhouseofmissr on June 28th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
OK, thanks :)

Then I still think 2 weeks is a short time for an artist to start from scratch, particularly if they wish to correspond/collaborate with the author.

If, for arguments sake, I were to select a fic from a fandom I am not familiar with (i.e. not TH;) )for a 'challenge' then I would need time for research

Edit- :. is it possib;e to have the summaries earlier? even a week?

Edited at 2009-06-28 05:32 pm (UTC)
Evvvaevvva_90 on June 28th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I have to discuss this with the rest of the mods. I'll get back to you as soon as we've decided what to do.
miss r: happybillhouseofmissr on June 28th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you :))
Evvvaevvva_90 on June 28th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, We've changed it so artists turn in their work on December 12 instead, thus getting an extra week to do their work without shortening the work time for the writers.

I hope this will work for you. :)
miss rhouseofmissr on June 28th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Excellent! Thank you so much, I'm going to sign up
fangirl_07: x_crazyfangirl_07 on June 29th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
I've been craving long fics in this fandoms, so YAY!! This is very welcomed ^__^

Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 29th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Let's hope we get lots of signups :)
mieka_writesmieka_writes on June 29th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
here's an odd one.. say I sign up for section 1 and go over the word count (which given my muses is possible) does it go 'live' for what I signed up as or for what it's final word count classes it?

yeah.. heading over to sign up *sheepish grin*
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 29th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
We will have checkins throughout the process and you can change your section when you like, so if you feel you are going to go into another word count section it's not a problem. As long as the fic is finished for the submission date for the section it's fine.
mieka_writes: Linke smilesmieka_writes on June 29th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
spiff.. that makes sense.. Thanks :)
miss r: zoidberghouseofmissr on June 29th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I've signed up for the artists' section - I've noticed that already a good portion of writers are choosing Panik as their fandom - Could anyone link me to what they think are the best fansites and photo resources for them please?

Thanks in advance! :))
Evvvaevvva_90 on June 29th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)

They have a wiki and a very nice photo gallery.

Edited at 2009-06-29 06:12 pm (UTC)
miss r: zoidberghouseofmissr on June 30th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness! Hello boys! ;)
FedyKaulitz: Flershidofedykaulitz on June 30th, 2009 09:19 am (UTC)
I think I know the answer to this already, but I'll try anyway XD
If I've already posted a fic in another language (Italian, not English) on a community that counts less than 60 members, I'm not allowed to partecipate with it, am I? :(
Not even if I edit it a bit (it counts just about 10000 words, as it is now)?
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 30th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
We're having a mod-ly huddle about it - will get back to you when we have an answer.
FedyKaulitz: Flershidofedykaulitz on June 30th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Okay XD
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 30th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hiya, okay, we've had a chat and come to a decision :)
a) the fic has not previously been posted in English,
b) when it was posted it was to a very small community
c) you are going to have to add a significant amount to it to bring it up to the min word limit

yes you can use it.

The only conditions are the same as any other fic:
1) It must meet the word length requirement
2) It must be in English and beta read to meet the submission standards
FedyKaulitz: Flershidofedykaulitz on June 30th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
Okay, thank you so much!
Of course I'll try to reach the lenght required and search for a beta reader ;)
Signing up now, let's hope I'll make it :P
Thanks again.

ps. Do I have to delete the first edition of my fic from the italian community and repost it after the end of the contest?
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 30th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
No - since it's in another language you can leave it :) Good luck with the fic.
FedyKaulitz: Flershidofedykaulitz on June 30th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
Lelizabeth21r on June 30th, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Stupid question: Can the fic be anything we want, as in AU or Fantasy or w/e?
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on June 30th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yep anything at all :) As long as the characters are based off German musicians of some description. AUs are perfectly acceptable.
Lelizabeth21r on June 30th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Alright, thank you lots :))
Sna, oh the Stressedstrssna on July 8th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm having my mandatory idiot moment of the day: what exactly is a 'check-in'? There's three or four of them.
Beren: KiPi - Magic Mushroomsberen_writes on July 8th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
The check-ins will be posts on this comm, maybe asking a couple of questions, see how people are doing etc. There will only be one mandatory one later on to find out who expects to finish.
deadtwomedeadtwome on July 15th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
i completely forgot to sign up...any chance i can get in as a late signee??
Beren: TH - rock hard f*** safeberen_writes on July 15th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I'M LATE!!
I think we can let you slide in - just go fill in the writer's sign up form and I'll add you to the list :)
deadtwomedeadtwome on July 15th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: I'M LATE!!
i've signed up in the writer's section and sent a request to join the community. hope you have everything you need...let me know if i missed something and thank you for your help!!
yaoikillerpilze on July 15th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
don't understand
wanna join but i can't understand what i have to do

sorry i'm a new member
Beren: KiPi - Magic Mushroomsberen_writes on July 16th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Re: don't understand
Hiya, is it because you're new to LJ that you're having problems?
(Anonymous) on July 16th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: don't understand
it's because i want to join in the challenge but i don't understad how i can do it
Beren: KiPi - Moody Mushroomsberen_writes on July 16th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: don't understand
What do you want to join as and what about the instructions do you not understand?
mieka_writesmieka_writes on August 12th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
idiots format question..

TXT file I get..
are the standard HTML tags < i >, < b > and such okay?

late to ask but hey...I'm going to be tagging 100+ pages anyway...
Berenberen_writes on September 15th, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Yes, standard tags are fine.
mieka_writes: Linke happymieka_writes on September 15th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
coolies.. Thank you :)
2obsessed: New Tom2obsessed on September 14th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Is it too late to ask questions?

Either way, I am still very intrested in participating but the original idea I had no longer seems to be working for me. Can I completely change the characters and genre's etc?

Can we do more than one story as well? Not that I think I can manage, but I'll feel bad leaving out some of my other favorite fandoms. lol

And what exactly do we do for the check-ins? I missed the last one and am not entirel sure what to do.

Thats a lot of questions but thank you anyway.
Beren: TH - Georg - I know somethingberen_writes on September 15th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Yes, you can change your idea right up until the last minute if you want to.

You can do more than one story, but we don't recommend it because it's likely to make your stress levels way too high.

There will be a manditory check in later, but the other check-ins are all voluntary, so don't worry. Which reminds me, I forgot to do one at the end of Aug ::g::.