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Round 4 of the [livejournal.com profile] fmabigbang will run a bit differently than in years past: in fact, it'll be running completely in reverse!

That's right, The 2012-2013 Big Bang will operate as a Reverse Big Bang, in which authors write stories for art pieces. Here goes a huge shout out to [livejournal.com profile] a_big_apple and [livejournal.com profile] bob_fish for all their help in setting this up. ♥


- The artwork can be anything you want, though it must be substantive enough to inspire a lengthy story. Of course, in the right hands, any image can inspire a (few) thousand words, but do try to submit something with a fair amount of detail and effort. If you submit a 10 minute chibi sketch, the likelihood it will inspire someone to write for you significantly decreases.
-Only one piece may be submitted for author claims. If, after assignments have gone out, you would like to collaborate with your author and draw more, that's perfectly fine.
- Artists will also submit a short survey detailing their prompt preferences, major squicks, etc. to ensure paired teams are compatible as answering an art prompt is very interpretive by nature. 

- Art can be any media (digital, water color, doujinshi, etc.)

- Any rating is acceptable, though explicit art will be labeled with appropriate warnings and separated so that underage and/or discerning authors may claim art safely.
- The artwork submitted must be brand new, created specifically for the challenge.

- Please do not post your art anywhere prior to the final posting date. A master list of all fiction and art will be created at the end of the challenge, where we will link to your fanart/fan media on the designated date.

- Signing up means you are making a commitment. Please sign up only if you are serious about completing this challenge.

Artist sign-ups are open July 1st.


- Stories must be a minimum of 7,500 words in length. There is no maximum word count.

- Any rating is acceptable, so long as it does not go higher than your chosen artist has requested. Stories must stick to the parameters and spirit of the prompt. See more information in the FAQ.
- Artists will submit a short survey with their pieces detailing their prompt preferences, major squicks, etc. to ensure paired teams are compatible as answering an art prompt is very interpretive by nature.

- Please have your story betaed for grammar and spelling.

-Stories must be brand new and written specifically for the challenge.
-Please do not post your story anywhere prior to the final posting date. A master list of all fiction and art will be created at the end of the challenge, where we will link to your story on the designated date. 

- Signing up means you are making a commitment. Please sign up only if you are serious about completing this challenge.

Writer sign-ups are open July 1st.


- July 1, 2012: Artist and Author sign-ups begin. Begin drawing!
- July 31, 2012 - 10:00PM EST: Artist sign-ups close. Continue drawing!
- August 31, 2012 - 10:00PM EST: Sketches due. I will need to see drafts of your work to know you are still participating and to make sure I can find an appropriate number of authors.

- September 30, 2012 - 10:00PM EST: Primary art pieces due. Author sign-ups close. At this time, artists must turn in their primary art pieces along with relevant summary information. If you miss this deadline, your art will not qualify for accompanying fic, though you may still complete the piece and have it posted as part of the master list in April. 

- October 1, 2012:Art claims for authors begin. A list of summaries and previews will be posted, at which point participating authors will choose their top picks. More details will be posted closer to the deadline. 

- October 10, 2012 - 10:00PM EST: Art claims for authors close. Paired artists and writers are highly encouraged to work with each other.
- October 11-13, 2012: Art claims will be assigned. Contact your partners and begin drawing!

- January 6, 2013 - 10:00PM EST: Partial drafts are due. Authors must turn in a rough draft of at least 4,000 words.
- February 15, 2013 - 10:00PM EST: All final drafts are due. Submission guidelines will be posted closer to the deadline.

- March 1, 2013: Stories and accompanying media will begin posting along with a master list. Posting guidelines and schedule will be posted closer to the deadline.

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Q: What is the Big Bang Challenge?

A: The Big Bang challenge is to create quality, in-depth works of fanfiction and fanart to celebrate our love of all things FMA! During our Reverse round, writers will complete stories of no less than 7,500 words that have been properly checked for grammar and spelling mistakes, and artists will complete no less than 1 full artwork or fan media.  

Q: Do I need a Livejournal account to participate?

A: No you do not. This is why I need a working email address for everyone, since I will need to contact you all with updates and deadlines.

Q: What does it mean when it says that artists have specified prompts? How do authors get to choose the art they work from? Can't they write what they're inspired to?
A: When the artists submit their pieces, they will also be completing a short form detailing their likes and dislikes, pairing preferences and so forth. This information will be posted with their art pieces on the claiming post.

In typical Big Bang rounds, artists are assigned stories with concrete depictions of pairing, plot, and tone. Because answering an art prompt with fic is so much more interpretive, I want to ensure that everyone is happy with their assignments by having some base guidelines for authors to follow when formulating their stories (much like how artists have followed their authors' design in rounds past). I don't want someone getting a Roy/Ed story for their Roy illustration when they are avid Roy/Riza shippers, nor do I want someone to get death fic for their Ed-standing-on-a-grassy-hill illustration when they enjoy romance and fluff.

So when claiming art to work on, you simply need to make sure the artist's preferences and parameters as detailed in their form are ones you can work with. Otherwise, you are free to form a story as you wish (we aren't looking to stymy your creativity, just to make sure all teams are on the same page when heading out together).

Q: Can I complete a WIP, or does it need to be something entirely new?

A: No. All pieces (fic or art) for the Reverse round must be completely new and created specifically for the challenge.

Q: Are writers and artists required to have a certain skill level (or their work to be a certain level of quality) in order to participate?

A: There is no skill or quality level requirement. Anyone who wants to participate can participate. All we ask is that you check and double check for grammar and spelling. We also strongly suggest you have your submission betad.

Q: What if I don’t finish?

A: I'll send Scar after you. While I recognize that RL responsibilities can get in the way of fandom activities, please only sign up if you think you can make a serious attempt at completing. If you find at a later date that you won't be able to make the deadline/word count, you must contact [livejournal.com profile] enemytosleep to default. 

Q: Do I really need a beta reader?

A: I have stressed the need for a beta reader in order to encourage writers to polish their work. In addition, I have found that beta-readers can help with ideas/plot development/cheering you on. They’re a pretty vital and valuable part of your writing process when dealing with longer stories.

Q: Will there be beta services offered or will writers have to find their own beta?

A: While there will be a beta reader sign up post, it is advisable for writers not to rely on the community and to begin finding their own betas at their earliest convenience. There are several hundred registered beta readers in the FMA fandom on fanfiction.net that you can try contacting if you do not already have a beta: http://www.fanfiction.net/betareaders/anime/Fullmetal_Alchemist/

Q: Can I sign up as both an artist and a writer? 

A: You can! Just be sure that you will have the time and energy to complete both parts of the challenge at once. It can be a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.

Q: Is it ok to share my fic in progress with my artist/my artwork in progress with my writer?

A: Yes! Communication between paired authors and artists is highly, highly encouraged!

Q: Since final drafts have to be turned in on a specific date, do the authors still have control over posting their fic? How is posting going to work?

A: Final drafts must be turned in so that I know who has actually completed the challenge so that I can create the posting schedule and assign pinch hitters if needed. Once the posting schedule is set, everyone will post their pieces to their own accounts accordingly. If you look back to the master list from previous rounds, you can easily get an idea of how it all works.

Q: Does my story have to be a one-shot or a chaptered fic? Can I write a drabble collection instead?

A: While singular pieces are more the norm, yes, you can submit a drabble/poetry collection. I realize some authors really can't write a long fic, and instead work better with drabbles. Forcefully squeezing out a long story with overwhelming and nonsensical verbosity doesn't mean that the story's great - it just means that the story is long. 

Don't force your writing. Write what you want to write, and see where your writing takes you. Please make sure the collection has a cohesive theme that is more obvious than obscure. 

Q: Can two or more people submit a collaboration?

A: Yes! Two or more people may write a single story/draw a single art piece, and are welcome to submit it under both of their handles or, if they have one, a joint account/name that they use.

Q: Do I have to wait for the sign ups to close before I can start drawing?
A: No! Start as soon as your bunny bites.


If you have any additional questions or concerns, please comment here or email me at: dirtydogs57@yahoo.com (be sure and put "FMA Big Bang" in your email subject line). 

Thank you!
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