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16 July 2012 @ 07:48 pm
Avengers Fest FAQs, Rules, and Dates  
Welcome to our first Avengers exchange. Artists and writers (and lurkers) are welcome!

Fest FAQs:

What is Avengers Fest?
This is an anonymous fanwork exchange focusing on characters and relationships from the Avengers movie universe. Any characters from Iron Man 1-2, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, or Avengers are welcome.

What kind of fanworks are allowed? What are the requirements?
Both fanfic and fanart are allowed. You must produce one fic or fanart. All fics must be a minimum of 1,000 words. There is no maximum word count. Art can be computer- or hand-drawn and must be complete (no rough sketches). Manips are not allowed. Submissions may be any rating. Submissions may be slash, het, gen, or femslash. Threesomes/moresomes are welcome.

What about Avenger comics? Are we allowed to sign up for those?
Because of the size of the Avengers canon, we are going to concentrate on the Avengers movie universe. When making a request, at least two pairings/characters requested must be from from the Avengers movie universe. However, we will have an optional field for you to include pairings/characters from the Avengers comic universe that you would like to see. We will try to accommodate such requests, but we cannot guarantee that you will receive fic/art featuring comic canon.

I have this one pairing/character that I REALLY love. Can I just sign up for them?
No. You must request and offer at least two characters/pairings. In your signup, do not imply rank for pairings or otherwise specify a favorite pairing. There is no need to make the person you are assigned feel bad if you want something they are not comfortable writing.

I don't have/want a Livejournal account. Can I still sign up?
Yes, you can still sign up. A Livejournal account isn't required.

Are crossovers allowed?
Crossover pairings are not allowed as part of your main signup; however, you can include such preferences in the “Other Notes” section of your signup. We will not match you on this, and it’s up to the discretion of the person assigned to you whether they decide that they’re up to such a challenge. There are no guarantees you will get a crossover if you request one.

Are betas required?
Betas are not required but strongly encouraged. Submissions with excessive spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors will be rejected. If your submission is rejected for this reason, you can resubmit it after you've corrected your mistakes. We will have a beta signup post for those that will need one.

Can my story be part of a series I’m writing?
Stories can't be part of a previously posted series because having to read previous parts to understand the story would defeat the purpose of posting anonymously.

How are assignments matched?
Assignments will be matched according to the requests submitted to us. Please be specific or you may get something you don’t like. You will not be able to pick your recipient. We will do our best to ensure people are matched with the characters/pairings/likes they are willing to write. If you have a problem with your assignment please contact us immediately. When you receive your assignment you MUST REPLY and let us know that it has reached you.

What if my assigned person requests something I don’t like? Do I have to write it?
You are not obligated to write ALL characters, pairings, kinks or scenarios. Pick whatever you are comfortable with. Do not offer to write something unless you are comfortable with the possibility of being matched with someone that wants it. The only requirement is that the character or pairing is one requested and that none of the squicks be included. The submission MUST meet the recipient's request. While the artists/writers will not be bound by the scenarios, creating something that blatantly disregards the recipient's likes will not be accepted. If for some reason you feel like you cannot create something for the person you are assigned, please contact us right away.

Can I post my work elsewhere?
We ask that you do not crosspost anywhere else or reveal your recipient to anyone until after authors are revealed. After authors are revealed, you are also welcome to post to our AO3 collection at http://archiveofourown.org/collections/avengersfest2012 if you so desire.

How will fic/art be submitted? Do we post them ourselves?
All submissions will be posted anonymously by the mods. Authors/artist identities will be revealed at the end of the fest on December 19th. Completed fic are to be submitted to the mods at avengersfestmod@gmail.com by November 8th. Please only submit your stories in .doc, .docx, or .txt format. Please be sure to include any necessary html tags (bold, italic, etc.). Art submissions can be in any format. When submitting your fic/art please include the following header.


1. NO WANK! Be respectful. Please realize that everyone has different likes/interests. Don’t bash characters/pairings in your signup.

2. This is an exchange fest, which means you must produce a fic/art for someone else. If you withdraw, it is harder for everyone involved. So please, think carefully if you have the time before signing up. If you withdraw and the person assigned to create something for you withdraws, you will not be assigned a pinch hitter. If you discover after signing up that you can't finish your assignment in time, contact the moderators as soon as possible at avengersfestmod@gmail.com.

3. Extensions will be given on an individual basis and submission of the unfinished work will be required. If you have nothing to submit to us on November 1st, no extension will be given. (Edit: As the deadline for the fest has been extended to the 8th due to inclement weather, no extensions past that date will be given.)

4. If you have any questions about your assignment, please email us at avengersfestmod@gmail.com

5. If you have any questions for your recipient, please email us at avengersfestmod@gmail.com and we will forward them for you. Please do not contact them yourself as it will spoil the surprise.

6. This fest is devoted to THE AVENGERS and not the actors. RPF will not be included.

7. In the event we have issues matching someone, they will go out as a pinch hit right away. If you are interested in filling pinch hits, please join our group: http://groups.google.com/group/avengers-fest-pinch-hits Pinch hits will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign-up Form:

DO NOT SIGN UP HERE A separate post will be made for signing up. We are posting the template at this time so you can start thinking about it. Assignments will be made based on this information alone, so elaborate as much as you want.


- August 2 through August 18 - Signups
- August 25 - Assignments will be sent out by this date
- November 8 - Completed fanworks due
- November 12 through December 12 - Posting
- December 19 - Authors Revealed

Please do not hesitate to contact us at avengersfestmod@gmail.com if you have any questions/comments/concerns. We do not know about issues unless we are told.
(Anonymous) on July 31st, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
May I politely ask who is modding this challenge. Due to bad previous experiences, I won't take part in a challenge where the mod is a sock puppet or anonymous .
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on July 31st, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
We would prefer to remain anonymous. One of us has run a run an exchange in a semi-large fandom for three years, and the both of us have run another multi-fandom fest together with no problems. If you have any specific concerns, feel free to email or PM us.
Bereknowmefirst on August 4th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
I commented with my entry for the exchange but it say that my comment was posted as a spam. why?
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 4th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting us know! We removed it from the spam filter and added it to our list. You should be able to see it properly now. I don't know why exactly that happened, but sometimes LiveJournal just does that.
Bereknowmefirst on August 4th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you for getting back so quick and fixing the problem. I can't wait for the fest :)
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
All submissions will be posted anonymously by the mods.

Does this mean we won't be able to edit our stories after they are posted?
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 4th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid not, so you should make sure that it is you are content with it and have no need or desire to further edit it before sending it to us. Minor corrections would be acceptable, but large corrections concerning large chunks of text are not.

Edited at 2012-08-04 11:40 pm (UTC)
heidi∞: IM2heidi8 on August 5th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Are vids not allowed as art?
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 6th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Sorry, but vids are not allowed.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
Can you create a post for people to pimp their pairings? With the rarer pairings, people might not think to offer them unless someone says they want to receive them, and vice versa.
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 6th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
May we include characters/ideas/etc from confirmed movies being released for the second phase, eg, The Winter Soldier, Hank Pym, the Mandarin, etc?
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 7th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Since a lot of the information concerning those movies is primarily speculation and not actually spoilers, that would be perfectly fine.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for hosting this! I would love to sign up, but I'm wondering why the signups are unscreened. You ask for email address, and I'm not comfortable posting my email for the world to see. I also want to be as open as possible about my likes/dislikes, but doing so under my own name in public might ruffle some feathers among my friends or other people who like/dislike those things.
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 8th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
If you are uncomfortable with posting your email, then you are free to send it to us by PM or email (avengersfestmod@gmail.com). As for your likes/dislikes, if you are uncomfortable with posting them under your own name, then you are welcome to create a new account with livejournal and participate under that name.
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avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 25th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
We meant reply to the email, but this works. Thanks. :)
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avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 30th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
As long as the requested pairing or characters are still the focus, it shouldn't be a problem. An example of what would not be acceptable is someone that requests something like Clint/Natasha, but they're just there to tell the story of Tony/Pepper. We can also ask your recipient, if you'd like.
(Anonymous) on August 31st, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Have sent you an e-mail. I'm deleting my logged in comment, asking about background canon pairings as I don't want to give away my identity to the recipient you're about to ask the same.
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on August 31st, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
We'd screened it, but that works as well.
hiddencait: Jeremy renner hawkeye budapesthiddencait on October 4th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Drat I only just found this!! So bummed I'll be missing out, but I'll put yall on my watch list for next time maybe!
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on October 4th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
We hope to see you then. We'll probably still be in need of pinch hits closer to the deadline if you're interested.
hiddencaithiddencait on October 5th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
I definitely might be but I work crazy hours so the likelihood of me being able to get on to the googleplus meeting for a freeforall first come first serve seems unlikely lol
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on October 5th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
We, the mods, also have strange schedules, so you never know. Best of luck to you.
jimpage363jimpage363 on November 18th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Format issue
Dear Mods:
Is there a way for the fics to not be formatted to come across as all centered? I find them difficult to read that way yet cannot find anyway to change this.
Thanks for your help!
avengersfestmodavengersfestmod on November 19th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Format issue
It's a bug with the new lj-cut. If you view the entry on it's own (by clicking the subject line), then it will appear as it is supposed to.
jimpage363: Coulson calmjimpage363 on November 19th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: Format issue
Thank you for clearing that up for me! Much appreciated.