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

The Rules


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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Hey everyone!

Posting for Mega Flare 2010 is now officially open!

As a reminder, here is a link to the posting tutorial.

And now, the less-good news: we have hit a snag with our image hosting uploader, and it could be awhile before it's ready to use. Artists, if you were counting on using our hosting service, please email the mods immediately. If we don't hear from anyone by 11PM on Monday, Pacific Time (click here for the local time in your area), we will assume that everyone has their hosting covered. But if you do need the service, don't hesitate to contact us! We want to make sure no one gets stuck without image hosting.

Not done yet? No worries, you are in good company. (Including, as of this writing, me!) Over two weeks remain in the official posting period, so you have plenty of time.
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Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that posting officially opens in one week, on Friday October 29th!

The AO3 collection is already available, although anything posted there will remain hidden until the reveal on Friday. Whenever you are ready, feel free to post your story here:


Here's a quick tutorial on how to add your story to a collection on AO3!

The official posting period closes on Sunday, November 14th.

Anticipating a couple of questions...

1. What about posting artwork?

You should embed the artwork in the story using the tag. However, AO3 does not currently offer image hosting, so you will need to host your art elsewhere. You are welcome to host anywhere you wish, including on the Mega Flare site. We're still putting the final touches on the uploading service; look for a link soon, hopefully early next week.

2. Oh no, I'm not going to finish by the end of the posting period!

That is okay! You are welcome to post your story and/or artwork late, no need to ask for an extension. And if you submit late, you won't be barred from participating in the future. At this time, we don't plan to close the collection to new submissions, so you can post it whenever you do finish. Of course, we encourage everyone to meet the deadline if possible: one of the points of this challenge is to bring everyone together around a common goal of creating a long story in a short time frame. But if you can't make it, no worries.

However, if you are an author working with an artist, or an artist creating artwork for a story, and you don't think you're going to make the deadline, you are responsible for communicating with your collaborator as soon as possible to work out a time frame.

Any other questions? Let us know. We are in the home stretch! Best of luck to everyone! :D
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Hey artists! Have all of you who selected a story to illustrate gotten rough drafts from your authors, or otherwise made arrangements? The deadline was a week ago today.

If you selected a story, and your author hasn't gotten in contact with you, please let the mods know IMMEDIATELY. You can either send us email or leave a comment on this post. Comments will be screened. If we don't hear from you, we will assume that everything is A-OK.

Thank you!! Feel free to contact us with any other questions as well. The AO3 community will be up and running soon -- watch this space for an announcement!
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Hey, authors! The time is approaching! Don't forget that the rough draft deadline is coming on Friday, October 1st!*

Okay, now that you're all hyperventilating in a corner, don't panic! :) This doesn't mean that your story must be polished or even fully-drafted by Friday. All you need is a) something meaty for your artist to work with and b) enough progress that you can be reasonably certain that you'll be done by the posting deadline of November 14th, which is still a month and a half away.

You are responsible for sending your story to your artist. Do not send your story to the mods. It's a good idea to connect with your artist first and find out what file format they want -- MS Word? RTF? Google Docs? Whatever works best for them, and for you.

Hey, artists! If you selected a story to illustrate, and don't have anything from your author by midnight, Saturday October 2nd, Pacific Time (click here for the time and date in your area), send an email to the mods right away!

*One last note: The rough draft deadline is for stories that were claimed by artists only. If your story wasn't claimed, if you opted not to try for art, or if you signed up as a writer/artist team, the only deadline you need to be concerned about is the AO3 posting deadline, which again is November 14th. So no worries! You have plenty of time.
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For real, this time. Artist sign-ups for Mega Flare, and the opportunity to claim one or more stories, will close at midnight tonight!!! (Click here for the time in your location.)

Claims post is here; unclaimed stories are at the top of the list.

As of this writing, we are up-to-date on sending emails to authors and artists. If you have claimed a story, or your story has been claimed, and you haven't received an email, please notify the mods ASAP.
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Any artist interested in claiming a second story is now welcome to do so! Please note that taking a second claim is entirely optional; you are by no means obligated to claim more than one story. But if you're up for it, we're more than happy to have you! :)

Of course, if you haven't made your first round claim (we are still waiting to hear from five four artists!), or if you haven't signed up but want to participate, you still have until the Sunday deadline to do that as well.

Either way, you can find the story claims and a link to the sign-up form here. We still have two one FFXIII story available, as well as one story each in the following fandoms: FF Mystic Quest, FFVI, FFVII, FFVIII, and FFXII, plus one FFX/FFX-2/FFXII crossover.

If you have already claimed a story, and/or if your story has been claimed, you should have received an email from the mods at the start of this week. If you did not receive this email, please contact the mods ASAP to confirm that we have your correct email address.

Happy creating! We hope all your projects are going well.
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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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UPDATE: We have extended the story claiming period, as well as artist sign-ups, to Sunday, September 19th!

Hey artists! There are still 13 stories available in the claiming post! Remember, you only have until Sunday, September 19th (click here for local time and date) to pick your story.

Also, since we only have five artists who haven't claimed but 13 stories still available, new artists are more than welcome to sign up. We especially need artists who are interested in working in the later canons: FFX, FFXII, and FFXIII. As of this writing, we also have one story each available in FF Mystic Quest, FFVI, FFVII (OGC), and FFVIII. Please, if you are active in these fandoms, consider either signing up as an artist, or promoting the project to your friends. Although we can't promise that everyone who submitted a story summary will get artwork, wouldn't it be great if they did?

Because we're still waiting on a few artists to make their first choice, the second round of claiming is not yet open; look for that announcement sometime tomorrow.
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Updated, 9/20/2010: Story claiming is now closed.


It's finally here, the moment you've all been waiting for: story selection!!

Authors: Thanks to all of you who got your summaries in on time! Summary submission is now officially closed; however, the form will remain available for late submissions. We will add late submissions to the bottom of the post throughout the week, but bear in mind that later additions are less likely to be claimed. We will close the form to further submissions on Friday.

Artists: Have at it! Summaries are listed by canon (all single-canon stories first, followed by all crossovers), and then alphabetical by author. Please comment to this post with the story you would like to claim. Claims via email or PM will not be accepted; you must leave a comment. Once every artist has had the opportunity to claim at least one story, you may claim a second story if you like. Claiming more than one story is a great thing to do if it won't overcommit you, but it is entirely optional. We will edit the post and make an announcement to the community once the second round of claiming is open. Each story may be claimed by only one artist. If you're the first person to claim a story, it is yours. We will email you with the contact information of your artist before the end of the week. Story selection will remain open until new closing time! Sunday, September 19th at midnight (Click here for the time in your location). However, we would appreciate everyone claiming as soon as possible so that we can open up the second round of claiming.

If you are an artist who hasn't previously signed up for Mega Flare, but you see a story that you want to illustrate, never fear! Artist sign-ups have been extended to Sunday as well. Here is the form to sign up.

All right, enough housekeeping. Here are the summaries! Please be aware that some of these summaries contain spoilers for their respective games, including FFXIII, so proceed with caution. And have fun!

1 FFMQ, 2 FFVI, 4 FFVII, 8 FFVIII, 2 FFIX, 2 FFX, 3 FFXII, 2 FFXIII, and 5 Crossovers! )
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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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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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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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Are you a Final Fantasy author and/or artist who is interested in collaborating on a project for Mega Flare 2010? Then this is the place for you!

Please comment below with, at minimum, the following information:

1. Your email address or another reliable way to contact you.
2. Which Final Fantasy canons you prefer to work with.
3. Whether you are looking to connect with an author or an artist.
4. Any scheduling issues and/or content preferences.
5. Links to a couple of representative samples of your work.

If you see a comment you like the look of, respond! Reply to the comment, or send the person an email. If you decide to work together, please let the mods know, either in your sign-up form or via email.

Happy collaborating! Comments to this post will close on Friday, August 27th, one week before the end of artist signups.