10 September 2016 @ 08:09 am
Post-Assignment Notes  
So hopefully by now you all have your assignments. The archive is now open! Assignments are due between now and 5pm (PDT) 22 October 2016. (Countdown ClockTime Zone Converter)

Art and stories will be revealed 5pm (PDT) 28 October 2016 at the earliest, or whenever after that it occurs that everyone has a gift.

While you're plotting and drafting, take a moment to read over these notes. Just a few logistical things I want to cover.

What You're Expected to Produce
You should write or draw one (1) fanwork for one of the relationships that your recipient requested. If you want to make additional fanworks, that's good too, but one is the requirement. It doesn't have to be the relationship you were matched on, if something else they requested strikes your fancy. It does have to be femslash. How you define fem and slash allows some wiggle room, but your fanwork must have a romantic and/or sexual element. Female friendship makes the world go around, but this is not a friendship fest.

Dear Creator Letters
Hopefully you have already finished your letter. Hopefully you have already unlocked your letter. I'm giving everyone a couple of days, but after that people in search of prompts from their recipients may e-mail me, and then I in turn may e-mail you.

You are not required to write a letter, but if you didn't get a chance to put at least your likes and squicks into the optional details section, I'd encourage you to write one. Your author or artist would doubtless like to make the perfect gift for you, but that's difficult to do without any idea of what you want.

Speaking of artists, if you requested art, it's a nice idea to include a few words as to what you'd like in art, and some art-friendly prompts. "Sex pollen that causes amnesia!" does not lend itself to all artistic styles. For more on art-friendly prompts, check out our "How To" post. It's also a good idea to mention somewhere in your letter what format(s) you'd like, and if you'd like art, fic, or both for treats.

Please, in your letters, do not rank pairings or fandoms. That looks like: "Susan/Ravi is my favourite pairing ever, and I really want fic for them! If you can't write that, I guess Ravi/Ming would be okay." Or something of that kind. It's a good way to make whoever signed up for Ravi/Ming feel like shit. It's also against the rules. We all have preferences, but try to be considerate, eh?

If you're looking for a letter, or looking to post a letter, here's where you want to be.

The archive is open. I'm not making a second collection for treats, as I find less people read them when that happens, and everyone should read all the treats! Please post your treats to the main archive.

However, if you're drawing a quick sketch or writing a treat under 1000 words, please wait to post it until after sign ups are due (22 October). Any and all polished art and fic treats over 1k are wonderful at any time.

For your treat-writing pleasure, I'lll be making all requests visible soon. We will also be adding a page for pinch hitters to post treat requests. Watch this space.

Beta List, Defaulting, Pinch Hit List
The beta list is here. Consider adding your name to it. Also, use it to find a beta. Everyone should have included their AO3 names, so it'll be easy to make sure you're not asking your recipient to beta read their own fic.

No one has defaulted yet, but they will. Most fests have a 10-25% default rate, which is just the way it goes, death of muses and the revenge of real life happen. If you're going to default, please do it early to that your pinch hitter will have lots of time to create the gift your recip deserves. Unfortunately, if you default and then your author/artist also defaults, I will not find a pinch hitter for you, and you might not get a gift. If you don't default, but just fail to hand in a completed work, you will be asked not to participate next year.

If you're interested in pinch hitting (which is what we need to happen when someone defaults), please join the pinch hit group. You have to have a gmail account, and need to change your group settings to e-mail you whenever a post is made. If you don't have a gmail account, you can still check the group for updates and claim pinch hits; I'll try to post notice here when they go out.
09 September 2016 @ 08:30 pm
2016 Beta List  
Where there are writers, there are usually beta readers, so this is the post where you volunteer to be a beta (or look for a beta from among those who have volunteered). If you're interested, please do a quick copy-paste of the codebox, then put it in your comment and answer the questions provided.

09 September 2016 @ 08:25 pm
Pinch Hit List  
Well, now! It's been mentioned a couple of times already, but, if you'd like to be a pinch hitter for this challenge, beat feet to the official pinch hit list and join up. Also: We're thinking of doing a "treats for pinch hitters" post like we did last year, and I'll provide more details on that as pinch hits trickle into the queue.
08 September 2016 @ 08:34 am
Assignments Sent  
It usually takes AO3 a few hours to get them to everyone, so if it hasn't showed up just yet, give it a bit and check your spam filter. You can also access them via your assignments tab on the left side of your AO3 profile, or by checking the address: http://archiveofourown.org/users/YOUR USERNAME/assignments.

If you don't have an assignment, check back here, and we'll try to sort you out.
07 September 2016 @ 10:00 pm
Pinch Hits  
An initial batch of pinch hits generated by the matching. Please claim via replying to the relevant google group page, or e-mailing the mods. Make sure to include your AO3 user name.

Pinch Hit #1: Marvel 616, Killers Kill; Dead Men Die - Annie Leibovitz, Chéri (Colette), Empire (TV 2015), Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Pinch Hit #3: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein, Dragon Age - All Media Types, Twin Peaks, Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling

Pinch Hit #4: Taylor Swift (Musician), Girl Meets World, The Secret Circle (TV), Secret Circle - L. J. Smith

Mod is going to bed. Hopefully assignments will be out tomorrow some time.
07 September 2016 @ 05:04 pm
Sign Ups Are Closed  
We'll to start the great matching engine tonight. That can spit out a few issues, but hopefully we'll have everyone paired up in the next few days. Check your e-mails as we may need to contact a few people about offers.

There will also be pinch hits for the few people who don't match on the request side of things, so now would be a good time to add your name to the pinch hit list. We'll also post them here, for folks without gmail accounts.

Now would also be a good time to finish your letter, make sure your post is unlocked, and link it to the Dear Creator Letter Post.
07 September 2016 @ 06:40 pm
Sign-Ups – Time Is Almost Up!  
Right-o! You've all got a little over an hour left before sign-ups close, but there is still time! If you're still sitting on the fence at the eleventh hour, it's not too late! *taps wrist watch* But time is ticking! If you haven't committed yet, now's the time!
06 September 2016 @ 08:35 pm
Sign-Ups – One-Day Warning  
All right, everybody, you have slightly under twenty-four hours to sign up for this challenge if you have not already done so. That's right: Sign-ups will be closing tomorrow, meaning Wednesday, September 7, at 5 PM (PDT). So! If you haven't jumped into the pool, it's not closed just yet, so don't be afraid to go for it.

If you need a little help deciding what to choose for your sign-up, go have a look at the sign-up summary, as well as the tag set and the always-useful sell-your-fandom post.
31 August 2016 @ 12:45 pm
Someone asked when we will have requests viewable to all
Answer: 17 September, one week after assignments go out.

Someone asked who is eligible to sign up this year.
Answer: If you're one of the dozen people failed to hand in your assignment last year, and did not contact the mods about it at the time, we're asking you to please sit this year out. Everyone else is good to go.

Almost everyone asked why I can't move the Uncategorised Fandoms into their proper categories.
Answer: It is not within my modly power; it's an AO3 thing. Also, please check the Uncategorised Fandom section when looking for fandoms. There's good stuff in there.

Absolutely no one asked, but...
Please to keep an eye on the sign up summary page, and consider offering a needy fandom (that's one with no offers, and often one with one request and one offer). Also check out the sell your fandom page if you're looking for more ideas.
28 August 2016 @ 09:07 am
Sign Ups Are Open!  
I encourage you to revisit the rules before rolling up your sleeves and signing up.

To be brief, and to borrow (rather heavily) from the sign-ups post from last year:
  • You must have – and be logged into – an AO3 account to sign up. If you do not have one, e-mail the mods (details about that and how to use the sign up form here).

  • Please only sign up if you are 100% certain you will be able to complete your assignment by 22 October 2016.

  • You may request four to six fandoms from the list of nominated fandoms. (Make sure to check all categories, including "Uncategorised Fandoms" and "No Media" to make sure you don't miss any cool fandoms.)

  • For each request, do not forget that you can request art, fic, or both.

  • Each fandom must you request must have one to six pairings from the list of nominated pairings.

  • Your match will be based on fandom, pairing, and format (i.e. fic or art).

  • The description section is optional, but it is a very good idea to include information like squicks (especially squicks), general likes, rating restrictions, and prompt ideas. Note, too, that there are things that can be done more easily in fic than in art (and vice versa), so keep that in mind (for more details on art prompts, go here). If you have a great deal to say, it might also be a good idea to link to a "Dear Creator" letter in your own space explaining everything.

  • You may offer four to ten fandoms from the list of nominated fandoms.

  • Each fandom you offer must have one to ten pairings from the list of nominated pairings, and, again, if you choose to offer any pairing, double-check the list of nominated pairings for that fandom and make certain that any of the pairings listed are all right by you.

  • Again, as for requests, you can offer art, fic, or both.

Good notes to remember from last year:
  • Don't forget to check the Uncategorised Tags and the No Media sections of the tag set for extra fandoms (including Star Trek and Crossovers).

  • Occasionally, after you select a fandom, pairings you want might not appear in the drop-down menu despite already being in the tag set. If that happens, please copy and paste the pairing you want from the tag set, but remember that you need to get it exactly the same as it is there.

  • You may edit your sign up as much as you like between now and the close of sign-ups.

  • Please read over your sign-ups one last time before they close. After all, what if you ticked the wrong box?

  • Sign-ups close at 5 PM (PDT) on 7 September 2016. (Countdown Clock)

And now, without further ado:

Go here to sign up.
27 August 2016 @ 12:02 pm
Dear FemslashEx Creator Letters  
Link them here!

Be sure to include your AO3 user name, and the fandoms you nominated along with the link.

Please remember not to rank your fandoms or pairings. If you're asking for art, please remember to leave some art-friendly prompts. Please respect that everyone has different likes and squicks, and may love relationship you can't stand.

If you post a placeholder/locked post, don't link to it here until it's filled in/unlocked and ready to read.

If you'd like to list "extras" (relationships that are nominated in the tag set, but that you can't fit on your requests), that's okay, but try to make sure you indicate that they're second preference, and give them less space than the requests that you're getting matched on.
27 August 2016 @ 09:26 am
Sell your fandom / relationship!  
Sign-ups open tomorrow, which means now's the time to talk everyone into offering your very favourite in that last spot.

So use this post to make convincing arguments such as: Pretty pictures, reasons why you love the thing, links to canon (please keep it legal).

Comment on Dreamwidth, or to the FemslashEx tag on tumblr.
25 August 2016 @ 08:15 pm
Nominations Closed: Clean-Up Time!  
And there you have it, folks. Nominations are concluded.

Thanks to your efforts, our tag set is complete, and it is mighty. ... Except it's not quite complete. This is the part where I ask you to have a look at the fandom lists and see if we've got duplicate pairings, duplicates across fandoms, pairings in the wrong fandom, misspellings, characters inappropriate to the challenge, etc. Granted, you've already been doing this as the nomination process has developed, but this time is to put the final coat of paint on that tag set, so let us know if you find anything goofy, have any questions, etc.

Barring any (excessive) weirdness, sign-ups should open in three days, on Sunday, August 28 at 5 PM (PDT). I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully all of you are, too.
24 August 2016 @ 06:20 pm
Nominations – One-Day Warning  
Specifically, you have until 5 PM (PDT) tomorrow, August 25, 2016. (Long-time participants will remember that I've never been very good at hitting the exact twenty-four-hour mark.) We have ourselves a splendid batch of nominations, but there's still some time left to get some more in if you've still got an itch to scratch. That being said, if you encounter any issues while you wrap things up, or if you've got any questions, feel free to comment here. As in previous years, there will be an official nomination clean-up post when all's said and done, but the more things we catch as we go, the fewer we'll run into at the end. (You all have been doing a wonderful job finding the goof-ups, by the way, so thank you.)
20 August 2016 @ 05:10 pm
*we interurupt this regularly schedule femslash*  
To mention that if you want to start writing right now, [community profile] rarepairfest is currently looking for some last minute pinch hitters. While there isn't a lot of femslash in there, there's certainly some fun fandoms and relationships.

Check them out here.

Otherwise nominations are going very well. Don't forget to check the "Uncategorised Fandom" section for nominations you may have missed. There are some popular fandoms in there, just under different names for sorting purposes.
17 August 2016 @ 11:42 am
Good nominating, everyone!

Everything's going well from our end, we have about 1800 relationships accoss 350 fandoms right now.

I see that the new Suicide Squad movie and BvS have both been nominated separately. Do the DC movie people want a DCEU tag, or are you happy as is?

As always, we're trying to do clean up as we go, so please point out any errors, duplicates or wandering tags if you happen to see them.
16 August 2016 @ 10:22 am
Nomination Updates  
Please remember to check if your pairing has already been nominated before you yourself nominate it. It might have a slightly different name to make it fit in with the tags. We've been getting a lot of doubles lately.

Could whoever nominated "Hellblazer and Related fandoms" specific which related fandom? That tag encompasses at least three completely different versions. Also, would it not go in with DCU (Comics)?

Can someone tell me which pairings should go under Love Live! Sunshine! and which under School Idol Project? They keep getting their wires crossed.

Pokemon will hence forth be divided into Main Games, GO, Anime (and various Manga if someone nominates them). (Mod apologises for her confusion.)

Do people just want to have one massive all-encompassing Sailor Moon category? I had assumed different versions separate, but people keep nominating it under the master tag.
15 August 2016 @ 04:03 pm
More Corrections  
Please type out the full names of the crossover fandoms in the crossover section, as not everyone knows the abriviations.

My profound apologies to Tolkien fandoms, as all the nominations managed to go through without my corrections to make them stay put. Could someone be a champ and write me a list of which pairings go with which book? My temptation to make "LotR & Related Works" a thing is pretty high right now. (ETA: I have a volunteer!)

Any Hetalia fans? There's only one version of each country/character, right? There's not a version of canon with alternate genders?

Could whoever nominated Sailor Moon clarify which version?
15 August 2016 @ 10:54 am
Update after some quick conversations.

X-Men movies are now divided into Original and Alternate timelines, with the Wolverine movies included in the original timeline. Deadpool is its own thing.

Star Wars will all be together under All Media Types.

Pokemon universes are to be nominated separately.

Again, Sailor Moon is separated by versions, so could whoever nominated it to the master tag please indicate which version they want.

There are a variety of sports fandoms with one pairing each, that to my eye could be combined into Olympic Games RPF, opinions?
15 August 2016 @ 05:46 am
Nominations Are Open!  
Please read the rules before you start nominating.

In short:
  • You may nominate up to five fandoms with up to five relationships in each.

  • Both parties must be women or gender questioning/queer people you'd be comfortable writing about in a femslash challenge

  • All characters in nominated threesomes/moresomes must be women or gender questioning/queer people you'd be comfortable writing about in a femslash challenge.

  • Please nominate crossovers as under the fandom: Crossovers - Fandom, and list the characters with their fandom after the character name (Example: Pepper Potts (MCU)/Seven of Nine (Star Trek: Voyager)

  • [Canonical Character]/Original Female Character is allowed. [Canonical Character]/Any is not allowed

  • [Canonical Character]/[Unnamed Character] is allowed in cases where there most likely was a woman, but we don't know exactly who she was, for example: Galadriel/Legolas' Mother in The Hobbit fandom.

  • There will be one category for Original Work, in which you may nominate things such as Princess/Handmaiden, Mermaid/Ship Captain, or Starship Captain/Chief Engineer.

  • You may wish to check out the nomination discussion post to see what fandoms and pairings others are nominating, and how to nominate large/complicated fandoms, but as a summary:

    • Songs with female singers and female or ambiguous pronouns are eligible.

    • All of the MCU movies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Agent Carter will be listed under Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • Jessica Jones and Daredevil will be listed together under Marvel Netflix.

    • X-Men (Movies) will now be divided into X-Men (Alternate Timeline Movies), X-Men (Original Timeline Movies) and Deadpool (2016). Wolverine movies go in Original Timeline.

    • Marvel Comics will be nominated by universe, for example: Marvel 616, Marvel Adventures, etc.

    • Main-continuity DC comics, including pre-Flashpoint and New 52, will be under DCU (Comics). Other DC universes such as Bombshells will be separate by universe.

    • Everything set in the Doctor Who universe can be nominated under Doctor Who (including Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood).

    • Tolkien fandoms will be split into The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkein; The Hobbit (All Media Types), and The Lord of the Rings (All Media Types).

    • All of the old-continuity Star Treks together under "Star Trek: Classic Timeline (All Series)," AOS under "Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies)‎."

    • Stargate will be grouped together under "Stargate - All Series"

    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel: The Series and assorted spinoffs will go together under "Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Related Fandoms."

    • All variations of Sailor Moon will be nominated separately.

    • All Pretty Cure series will be nominated together.

    • All Rune Factory series will be nominated together.

    • FF X and FF X-2 will be nominated as "Final Fantasy X & Final Fantasy X-2"

    • All of Dragon Age goes together under "Dragon Age - All Media Types"

    • Kamen Rider variations go together under Kamen Rider - All Media Types

    • Various Sentai properties go together under Super Sentai Series

    • The Les Mis tag will be "Les Miserables (All Media Types)."

    • Law and Order series will be nominated separately by series name.

    • Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow tv shows will be nominated together as "Arrowverse (CW TV)"

    If you're unhappy with any of those combinations/divisions, the mods are willing to negotiate, but the sooner you mention it (either here or in the nomination discussions), the more likely we are to be able to change it.

If you spot any doubles, misfiled fandoms, random pairing popping up under other fandoms or pairings that don't qualify, comment here. We're going to do our best to wrangle as we go.

Don't waste a nomination! Before you nominate anything, check the tag set to see if your pairings and fandoms are already there.

Okay, ready to go? More than ready to go?

Click here to nominate some femslash.

Nominations will remain open until 5pm PDT, 25 August 2015.