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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-09-15 08:59 pm
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Rough Draft Submission is Now Open!

Hello authors! The rough draft deadline is almost upon us, as we prepare for story selection to open next week.

Story Submission Form


You will also need to include a summary -- these are what the artists will use to select their story. All summaries and drafts are due by Sunday, September 18th at 11pm Pacific Time (click here for the date and time in your area).

Remember, we aren't necessarily looking for a complete or polished draft, just enough progress that an artist can be reasonably confident that you will finish by the deadline. The required minimum draft wordcounts for each level are:

Flare: 1,700
Ultima: 3,400
Mega Flare: 6,700
Giga Flare: 13,400

If you signed up as a team with an artist, there is no need to submit your summary or draft. Stories without artwork are also more than welcome in the collection!

Any questions? Let the mods know! Thanks, and happy writing!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-09-10 12:00 am
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Deadlines: Incoming!

Hi everyone! Sorry we've gone so long between updates and reminders -- we hope all our authors are all making excellent progress. A few things:

1. Artist sign-ups are still open until September 25th! Join us, and send your friends! As of this writing, we only have three artists who are not signed up as a team with an author, and we'd love more. Cookies for anyone who helps us recruit.

The Sign-Up Form


2. We've had a question about whether vids and fanmixes are allowed as story artwork, along with more traditional illustrations, and we are happy to announce that the answer is officially YES! More creative outlets can only be a good thing. Currently, video embeds are supported from Youtube, Vimeo, blip.tv, Dailymotion, Viddler, Metacafe, 4shared CreativeCommons, ning and vidders.net. Details about fanmix hosting will be coming soon. Once it's all together, we'll add everything to the FAQ in plenty of time for posting.

3. Authors: the rough draft deadline is coming up on September 18th! Don't panic, though -- this doesn't mean your story needs to be finished, or even completely drafted. Our only requirement is that your draft be at least 33% of the wordcount for your selected level (see the bottom of this post for specifics). Watch for the submission form to be posted sometime next week.

You can also choose not to submit your story for artwork if you're not sure you'll be ready in time -- stories without artwork are more than welcome in the collection! And of course, if you signed up with an artist partner, there's no need for you to submit a summary or a draft.

That's all for now. Any questions, just let us know!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-07-10 03:54 pm
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Author Signups Closed! Artist Signups Continue! And Announcement

This is your official notice that author sign-ups for Mega Flare 2011 are now closed! We have 34 authors participating! Thanks for such a great turn-out, and we look forward to seeing everyone's rough drafts in September! Watch the community for more reminders.

Artist signups will stay open through September 25th.

The Sign-Up Form


We will be running the [community profile] boss_battle support community again this year. Come on over for our first activity tomorrow, and feel free to join the community if you haven't already done so. Remember that this community is for Mega Flare participants only. If you're still a member because participated last year, but aren't doing so this year, feel free to stay! Cheerleading from past Mega Flare folks is more than welcome. :)

Thanks again to all the authors who signed up, and we look forward to seeing more artists join us!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-07-05 08:15 pm
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Sign-ups reminder: Author signups close this week!

Hey everyone,

The signups continue, with 27 authors and 2 artists currently participating in Mega Flare this year!

Authors, if you have been thinking of signing up, time is running out! Signups for authors close this Friday, July 9th, at 11pm Pacific Time (click here for the time in your location).

Artists, you still have plenty of time, so no worries if you're still unsure. We recently received a question about whether other types of fan media will be accepted (vids, fanmixes, etc.); the answer to this question is likely yes, but we don't want to make anything official yet, because we're still determining what kinds of media can be embedded over at AO3.

The Sign-Up Form


As always, please let us know if you have any questions!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-06-14 11:26 pm
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Signups reminder!

Hi everyone! Signups are going great so far. As of this writing, we have 18 authors signed up to participate, at every level, including one brave soul who is taking on the Giga Flare challenge of writing 40,000 words!

To date, we only have one artist signed up to participate, so if you've been on the fence, get off the fence and come sign up! :) We'd love it if people would spread the word, too; [personal profile] renay and I have big plans for advertising in artist communities, but the more advertising, the merrier. If you have ideas of places for us to post, to attract both artists and authors, please let us know!

The Sign-Up Form
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-06-05 10:50 am

2011 Signups: OPEN

That's right, the time has come! Signups for Mega Flare 2011 are officially open!

The Rules

The FAQ

The Sign-up Form


Any questions not covered by any of the above? Leave a comment here, or contact the mods at our shiny new email address: megaflareff@gmail.com

Welcome, and have fun!

Love, your mods, [personal profile] owlmoose and [personal profile] renay
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-06-05 09:39 am
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Mega Flare 2011: FAQ!

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 5,000 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 5: Sign-ups Open

  • Fri Jul 9: Author Sign-ups Close

  • Fri Jul 9: Mega Flare 2010 Collection Closes

  • Sun Sep 18: Rough Drafts Due

  • Mon Sep 19: Story Selection Begins

  • Sun Sep 25: Story Selection Closes

  • Sun Sep 25: Artist Sign-ups Close

  • Fri Oct 28: Posting Begins!

  • Sun Nov 13: Posting Ends - All stories and artwork due



All closing times and due dates are 11pm Pacific Time (UTC -6).

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's the deal with the different length options?

After gathering feedback from last year's participants, we decided that more people would be able to participate in the challenge if we offered a little more flexibility. So this year, we are offering authors the opportunity to choose their own wordcount goal, as follows:

Flare - 5,000 words
Ultima - 10,000 words
Mega Flare - 20,000 words
Giga Flare - 40,000 words

4. 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, that has been released to the public. Complete list behind the cut: )

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!

5. 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.

6. Do I have to write one long story, or can I write a bunch of short stories that add up to to my word count goal?
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. Of course, stories can be broken into shorter sections such as chapters, but they should be posted all at once.

7. 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.

Posting tutorial is behind the cut! )

8. 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 28th, so you will still be able to edit up until that date.

9. Can I post my story elsewhere?
After the collection officially opens on October 28th, you may cross-post your story and artwork wherever you like. But please don't post your story or artwork publicly before that date.

10. 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.

11. I defaulted last year. Can I still sign up this year?
Yes. We will not penalize anyone for having defaulted on last year's challenge. However, please do consider whether you will be able to commit this year, especially if you plan to submit a story for artwork or sign up to illustrate a story.

12. I finished my story but haven't heard from my artist/I finished my artwork but haven't heard from my author. What do I do?
Contact your author/artist, let them know that you are ready to post, and ask them for a timeline. You should also ask them if they mind if you post your creation separately. If you aren't comfortable doing this yourself, drop the mods a line and we will be happy to do it for you!

13. How do I contact the mods?
Email is the best way -- megaflareff@gmail.com!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-05-27 09:53 pm
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Mega Flare 2011: It's coming!!

That's right! The time we hope you have all been waiting for is finally here: the official announcement of the new round of Mega Flare, the Final Fantasy Big Bang.

Based on how things went last year and your feedback, we have made some changes to how the project will run, so please read the rules closely. We hope to have a FAQ ready sometime next week. And now, with no further adieu:

Rules for Mega Flare 2011: The Final Fantasy Big Bang

1. Schedule! All closing times and due dates are 11pm Pacific Time (UTC -6).

Sun Jun 5: Sign-ups Open
Fri Jul 9: Author Sign-ups Close
Fri Jul 9: Mega Flare 2010 Collection Closes
Sun Sep 18: Rough Drafts Due
Mon Sep 19: Story Selection Begins
Sun Sep 25: Story Selection Closes
Sun Sep 25: Artist Sign-ups Close
Fri Oct 28: Posting Begins!
Sun Nov 13: Posting Ends - All stories and artwork due


2. This year, we will institute a new wordcount levels option! Authors will be able to sign up for one of these four levels:

Flare - 5,000 words
Ultima - 10,000 words
Mega Flare - 20,000 words
Giga Flare - 40,000 words

We hope that having a variety of challenge levels will make it easier for more people to participate. Please choose your preferred level on the sign-up form. Of course, nothing is stopping you from writing a longer story.


3. We will have announcement communities on LJ and DW both! However, for ease of modding and communication, comments will be allowed only on the Dreamwidth community. Anonymous and OpenID commenting will be open for those who neither have nor want DW accounts. (If you don't have a DW account and would like one, drop the mods a line -- we have plenty of invites.) Come check us out at [community profile] megaflare_ff or [livejournal.com profile] megaflare_ff!

4. All stories must be posted to the AO3 Mega Flare collection.
  • If you don't already have an AO3 account, request an invite here. It's a good idea to do this as soon as possible.

  • Stories may be broken into chapters, but you must post the entire story at one time -- no spreading it out over several days or weeks.

  • You are totally welcome to cross-post as you wish!


5. Expectations for authors
  • If you would like artwork, send a rough draft of the story to the mods by Sunday, September 18th. Your rough draft must have a wordcount of at least 33% of the total wordcount for the level you selected.*

  • Unposted WIPs are allowed, with a maximum of 25% of words at your selected level already written.**

  • We will open story posting on October 28th, and it will stay open for approximately two weeks. Sunday, November 13th is the final deadline!


6. Expectations for artists
  • Be available the week of September 18th for story selection.

  • Post one or two high-quality fanart pieces inspired by the story you have chosen. You should work with the author to embed the artwork in the story as posted on AO3. Although AO3 doesn't offer image hosting, we will! Watch the community for more information about how to upload your artwork.

  • Anyone is welcome to sign up as both an author and an artist, but you must select someone else's story to illustrate.


7. Collaboration!
  • We definitely encourage artists and authors to sign up as a team! This suggests that you will work on the project together from the beginning. When you sign up, please let us know that you are going in together so that we know that you don't need to participate in story selection.

  • Authors who sign up with an artist do not need to turn in a draft. However, please check in with us at this stage to let us know how it's going.


8. Betas
  • Although we won't be doing official beta sign-ups, anyone is welcome to advertise their services as a beta in this post.

  • Betas are not required, but they are strongly recommended.


9. Other stuff
  • Defaulting: In life, things happen. You may get to a point where you realize that you just aren't going to be able to finish your story or your artwork -- maybe not on time, maybe not at all. Either way, please feel free to contact the mods at any time, either by email or by leaving a comment on the DW community. No worries! Whatever it is, we would rather know and have the opportunity help you out.


That's all for now! If you have questions, feel free to comment or contact the mods. The FAQ will be up soon. Watch this space!

Love, your mods,

[personal profile] renay and [personal profile] owlmoose

*The required minimum draft wordcounts for each level are:

Flare: 1,700
Ultima: 3,400
Mega Flare: 6,700
Giga Flare: 13,400

**The WIP maximum wordcounts for each level are:

Flare: 1,250
Ultima: 2,500
Mega Flare: 5,000
Giga Flare: 10,000
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-04-17 01:14 pm
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Poll reminder!

Hey everyone,

Don't forget to take our feedback poll! We had over 70 signups for Mega Flare last year, but as of this writing only 15 people have filled out the poll. Whether or not you finished, or even if you're just interested in participating next time, we want to know what you think! The poll will remain open through Monday, April 25th.

Thanks,

KJ & Renay :)
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[personal profile] owlmoose2011-04-10 12:49 pm
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Mega Flare 2010: Exit Poll!

Hi everyone! Apologies for the belated nature of this exit poll -- we meant to post it in January, but then life happened. Please note, if you haven't yet posted your story and/or artwork for this round, you are still welcome to do so! Even though this is labeled an "exit poll", the AO3 collection is still open for fanworks created for the 2010 round.

Also, speaking of fanworks, another new story has been posted since our last announcement! Those Who Favor Fire is a FFVI AU story by [personal profile] stealth_noodle. Come check it out, along with all the other stories in the collection.

And now, without further adieu, to the poll! This is a Google Docs poll, so all answers are completely confidential unless you choose to identify yourself. It is open to everyone with an interest in Mega Flare, whether or not they participated in the 2010 round. Come one, come all!

Thanks, and sorry again for the delay. Look for an announcement about future rounds of the project soon!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-09-11 04:28 pm
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Story claiming period extended!

Hey everyone,

Your mods have discussed the issue, and we've decided that only a week for story claiming is not enough time, especially if we want to recruit in our canons with less representation. To that end, we have extended the story claiming period by one week, to Sunday, September 19th. (Click here for your local date and time!) Since rough drafts are not due until October 1st, this should still give artists who sign up later plenty of time to connect with their authors in advance.

Claiming post is here! And the sign-up form for new artists is here!

Of course, we don't want to forget everyone who got their claims in on time, because we love you all! Therefore, we will start sending emails with contact information sometime tomorrow. We hope you are all excited about getting started on your projects!

Thank you for your patience with the ever-shifting deadlines! As always, let us know if you have any questions, or suggestions of good places to advertise.
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-09-05 07:10 pm
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LAST CALL FOR SUMMARIES!!!

Hey authors! Summaries are due in a little less than 5 hours! As of this writing, we only have about half the expected summaries in. If we do not hear from you, your summary will not go up on the list tomorrow morning, and you may not be eligible for artwork. (Realistically speaking, we'll probably be compiling the post sometime around 10am on Monday, so let's call that an unofficial extension to 17:00:00 UTC. But if you can get in your summary by the original deadline of midnight Pacific, we will love you forever.)

Summary submission form is here!

Since several people have asked: if you can't remember what name you used to sign up, no worries; just use your AO3 account as your name. That's easy enough for us to cross-check.
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-09-04 01:35 pm
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Reminder: Summary due date coming up fast!

Reminder for all authors participating in Mega Flare: your summaries are due tomorrow, Sunday September 5th. (Time and date in your location.) If you would like to be eligible for artwork, you need to submit a summary by this time. The summary should be somewhere around 75-200 words The form for submitting your summary is here.

A few people have asked about this, so I wanted to extend the invitation to everyone: if you want to share more information about your story with a potential artist than can fit within 200 words, you are welcome to link to a "Dear Artist" letter in your journal or elsewhere. Just include the link with the summary. This is by no means required, but if you want the option, you are welcome to take it! You should still submit a summary, however.

Finally, come share a piece of your work in progress over at [community profile] boss_battle! We're planning to do a "snippet sharing" post every week for the rest of the month, and the first of these is up. Check it out!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-07-05 12:25 pm
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Author sign-ups: Closed! Artist sign-ups: Still Open!!

As of last night, author sign-ups for Mega Flare 2010 are closed. The final tally is (drumroll please): 56 people signed up to write for the Final Fantasy Big Bang! This certainly outpaces our wildest expectations for the project. Thanks to everyone who signed up, and a special thanks to anyone who has promoted Mega Flare: in their own journal, in communities, and around the 'Net. We could never have done this without your enthusiasm!

Artist sign-ups will remain open until early September (Friday, 9/3). As of this writing, we have 17 artists, which excellent, but we would love to have more. If you know of communities where we could advertise, or are willing to do so yourself, please let us know.

Last but not least, don't forget to come check out the action at [community profile] boss_battle, which... is admittedly a little short on action at this exact moment, but we have big plans to get things rolling very soon!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-07-03 07:45 pm
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Author sign-ups are closing! Extension and reminder.

Because we forgot to post a reminder yesterday, we have extended the sign-up deadline for authors until Sunday, July 4th, at 11:59 pm PDT (check this time in your location). This is your last reminder for author sign-ups!

The deadline for artist sign-ups is still Friday, September 3rd.

The sign-up form for everyone is here.

Also, don't forget to join [community profile] boss_battle, our support community -- although membership is totally optional, we're hoping it will fun and useful for everyone!

Cheers, your mods, [personal profile] owlmoose and [personal profile] renay.
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-06-27 10:28 pm
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Announcement and Reminder!

Calling all writers: Mega Flare signups for authors are closing soon! The last day for an author to sign up for the first Final Fantasy Big Bang is this Friday, July 2nd (check this time in your location). The sign-up form is here.

Artists sign-ups will remain open for two more months, until September 3rd. As of this writing, we now have 60 signups including 12 artists and 48 authors, which is really awesome! Thanks again to everyone who has already signed up.

Also, we have an exciting announcement: we have now created [community profile] boss_battle, a discussion and support community for all Mega Flare participants! For more details, check out the intro post and the community info.

Happy creating...
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-06-06 05:15 pm
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Update; and calling all graphics mavens

We've been open for fewer than 24 hours, and as of this writing 23 people have already signed up for Mega Flare. This is very exciting! Keep it coming!

A couple of people have asked if they can promote the project, and of course the answer is a resounding yes! Any and all promotions and advertisements are more than welcome. In the past, we have found it challenging to promote Final Fantasy projects to people who aren't involved in the journaling communities, so ideas about places we can advertise off LJ and DW are especially welcome.

Another question came up about banners and graphics for promotion. Since neither [personal profile] renay or I are graphics people, we don't have anything like that made, and doing so is probably beyond our skills. But if anyone is inspired to whip up a banner or two, using Bahamut in any of his many incarnations as an inspiration, that would be fantastic! Icons would also be excellent. If anyone is interested, let us know. Thanks!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-06-05 10:42 pm
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Mega Flare 2010: Sign-ups Open!

It's the time you've all been waiting for: sign-ups for Mega Flare, the Final Fantasy Big Bang, are officially open!

Sign up here!

Author sign-ups will be open until July 2nd, and artist sign-ups will be open until September 3rd.

Need more information? Check out the rules and the FAQ.

This has been many months in the making, and we, the mods, hope that you're as excited as we are! Any questions, please drop us a line. Thanks again for all your support!!
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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-06-03 07:40 pm
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FAQ for Mega Flare 2010

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 )

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.

Posting tutorial behind the cut! )

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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[personal profile] owlmoose2010-04-13 11:00 pm
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MegaFlare 2010: Welcome!

Welcome to Mega Flare 2010, the Final Fantasy Big Bang!

The Rules

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


  2. We will have announcement communities on LJ and DW both! However, for ease of modding and communication, comments will be allowed only on the Dreamwidth community. Anonymous and OpenID commenting will be open for those who neither have nor want DW accounts. (But if you don't have a DW account and want one, let us know!) Come check us out at [community profile] megaflare_ff or [livejournal.com profile] megaflare_ff!

  3. All stories must be posted to the AO3 Mega Flare collection.
    • If you don't already have an AO3 account, let us know! It's a good idea to do this as soon as possible.

    • Stories may be broken into chapters, but you must post the entire story at one time -- no spreading it out over several days or weeks.

    • You are totally welcome to cross-post as you wish!

  4. Expectations for authors
    • If you would like artwork, a summary of the story must be completed and sent to the mods by Sunday, September 5th.

    • A rough draft of at least 17,500 words will be due to your artist on October 1st.

    • WIPs are allowed, with a maximum of 3,000 draft words already written.

    • We will open story posting on October 29th, and it will stay open for approximately two weeks. All stories must be at least 20,000 words. Sunday, November 14th is the final deadline!

  5. Expectations for artists
    • Be available the week of September 6th for story selection. (More details on how that will work are forthcoming.)

    • If you don't receive your rough draft by October 2nd, let the mods know right away!

    • Post one or two high-quality fanart pieces inspired by the story you have chosen. You should work with the author to embed the artwork in the story as posted on AO3. Although AO3 doesn't offer image hosting, we will! Watch the community for more information about how to upload your artwork.

    • Anyone is welcome to sign up as both an author and an artist, but you must select someone else's story to illustrate.

  6. Collaboration!
    • We definitely encourage artists and authors to sign up as a team! This suggests that you will work on the project together from the beginning. When you sign up, please let us know that you are going in together so that we know that you don't need to participate in story selection.

    • Authors who sign up with an artist do not need to turn in a summary. However, please check in with us at the rough draft stage to let us know how it's going.

    • Interested in collaborating but don't have anyone to collaborate with? We will give you the opportunity to post a "personal ad" in the Mega Flare community! Just comment here. We will be closing comments to this post on August 27th, one week before artist sign-ups close.

  7. Betas
    • Although we won't be doing official beta sign-ups, anyone is welcome to advertise their services as a beta in this post.

    • Betas are not required, but they are strongly recommended.

  8. Other stuff
    • Defaulting: In life, things happen. You may get to a point where you realize that you just aren't going to be able to finish your story or your artwork -- maybe not on time, maybe not at all. Either way, please feel free to contact the mods at any time, either by email or by leaving a comment on the DW community. No worries! Whatever it is, we would rather know and have the opportunity help you out.


That's all for now! But watch this space for more goodies, like reminders and a FAQ.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm as we've been putting this together. It's really kept us excited about the project. :D We look forward to working with you over the next several months as we produce awesome Final Fantasy artwork and longfic together!

Your loving mods,

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