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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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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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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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