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Signups are opening soon, and you know what that means: time for a FAQ! Got questions that aren't answered below? Drop a comment here or let the mods know. Watch this space for the sign-up form...

1. What is Mega Flare?
Mega Flare is a Big Bang for the Final Fantasy community. It's an opportunity for writers and artists to work together to create long stories illustrated with awesome art! Authors will write a story of at least 20,000 words, and artists will chose at least one story to illustrate with a high-quality artwork. For more details, see the rules.

2. Sounds great! When can I sign up?


  • Sun Jun 6: Sign-ups Open

  • Fri Jul 2: Author Sign-ups Close

  • Fri Sep 3: Artist Sign-ups Close

  • Sun Sep 5: Story Summaries Due

  • Mon Sep 6: Story Selection Begins

  • Sun Sep 12: Story Selection Closes

  • Fri Oct 1: Rough Drafts Due

  • Fri Oct 29: Posting Begins!

  • Sun Nov 14: Posting Ends - All stories due



All closing times and due dates are midnight Pacific Time (UTC -7).

You can find a complete list of our rules on this page, including expectations for writers and artists as well as details on signing up as a team.

3. What counts as "Final Fantasy"?
Any media property with the words "Final Fantasy" in the name, including all the main game titles, spinoff titles, and movies.

The complete list:


  • Final Fantasy I

  • Final Fantasy II

  • Final Fantasy III

  • Final Fantasy IV

    • Final Fantasy IV: The After Years


  • Final Fantasy V

    • Legend of the Crystals: Final Fantasy


  • Final Fantasy VI

  • Compilation of Final Fantasy VII

    • Final Fantasy VII: Before Crisis

    • Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

    • Final Fantasy VII: Last Order

    • Final Fantasy VII

    • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    • Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus


  • Final Fantasy VIII

  • Final Fantasy IX

  • Final Fantasy X & Final Fantasy X-2

  • Final Fantasy XI

  • Ivalice Alliance

    • Final Fantasy XII

      • Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings


    • Final Fantasy Tactics (The War of the Lions)
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2: Grimoire of the Rift

      • Final Fantasy Crystal Defenders




  • Final Fantasy XIII

  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited

  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy

  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

    • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers




If you do not see the Final Fantasy title you wish to write about, please ask!

Also, please note that this does not include Kingdom Hearts or Vagrant Story. You are, however, welcome to write a crossover with either (see below). Also check out [community profile] hardmode, a Big Bang for all game fandoms. Signups are currently closed, but keep an eye out for next time!

4. So, what about crossovers? Or Alternate Universes?
Allowed and encouraged! Just make sure that at least one Final Fantasy canon is an important element of the story in terms of setting and/or characters.

5. Do I have to write one long story, or can I write a bunch of short stories that add up to 20,000 words?
Like most Big Bangs, the intent of Mega Flare is to encourage and support writers who are interested in writing longer Final Fantasy stories. Therefore, we require that writers write a single story rather than a series of shorter stories. Not 20 ficlets or 200 drabbles; one 20,000 word story. Of course, stories can be broken into shorter sections such as chapters, but they still need to be posted all at once.

6. How do I post to AO3?
Everyone will need an AO3 account to participate. If you don't have one yet, please contact the mods as soon as possible and we will get you one. Alternately, you can sign up for the invite queue.

When posting opens and you are ready to upload, browse to the Mega Flare 2010 subcollection. Select Post to Collection:



This will automatically fill the Collection field with megaflare2010. You can also use Post New:



However, under the "Associations" section on Post New, the Collection field will be empty and you will have to type the collection name in (or copy paste). The subcollection for this round is megaflare2010. If your browser supports it, it may offer you some autocomplete suggestions.



All artwork should be embedded within the story. This works the same as it does on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, or any webpage: <img src="" alt="" /> and you should be in business. If you need long-term hosting for your artwork, we are happy to provide it for you. Just e-mail us for the upload page URL. :)

If you have any questions or concerns about the posting process, or need assistance, don't hesitate to e-mail us.

7. When will I be able to post?
We will allow posting starting in early October, so you can post as soon as you're done! Note that the stories will be hidden until we officially open on October 29th, so you will still be able to edit up until that date.

8. Can I post my story elsewhere?
After the collection officially opens on October 29th, you may cross-post your story and artwork wherever you like. But please don't post your story or artwork publicly before that date.

9. Oh no, I'm not going to finish by the deadline! What do I do?
First, don't panic. We understand that life happens, and that things don't always go according to plan. If you run into trouble at any point during the process, up to and including half an hour before the reveal, please contact the mods, and we will do our best to help you. The sooner you contact us, the better, but even at the last minute it's better to contact us than to disappear.

10. How do I contact the mods?
Email is the best way -- owlmoose@gmail.com and bottle.of.shine@gmail.com. Please make sure to copy both of us for the fastest response.
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