09 August 2016 @ 05:32 pm
Femslash Exchange 2016: Dates, FAQ and Rules  
Welcome to our fourth annual femslash exchange!

Nothing major has changed since last year, but please look over the rules again, even if you've signed up before.


All times are 5pm PDT

15-25 August: Nomination Period
28 August to 7 September: Signups open
10 September: Assignments will be sent out by this date
22 October: Fanworks due
28 October: Archive goes live (or as soon as everyone has a gift)
4 November: Creators revealed

Associated sites: LiveJournal Feed & Tumblr & AO3 Collection & Tag Set.

Fest FAQs:
  • Before signups, we will have a nomination period for people to pick fandoms and relationships that they would like included in the fest. Each person can nominate up to five fandoms, with up to five pairings within each. Please only nominate fandoms that you plan to offer or request.

  • All fandoms in all media are welcome. Canon or non-canon pairings are welcome. Original works are welcome.

  • For the purpose of this fest, femslash is defined as fic or art containing a relationship between two or more characters who identify in canon as either female or genderqueer. (We do not mean to imply that genderqueer = female, but would like to include as many pairings as we can, and leave gender definitions to the participants' discretion). That means you may not request gender-altered/Rule-63/spectrum-shifting works for canon male-identified characters. To be clear:
    • You may request works about cis female-identified characters.

    • You may request works about transgender women, such as Ms Hudson from Elementary.

    • You may also request works about canonically genderqueer and gender-questioning characters regardless of their assigned gender, such as Franky from Skins UK, Alister/Athena from Huge, and Xavin from Runaways.

    • You may request a canonically always female alternate universe version of a character who is male in the main universe, such as Natasha Stark from Marvel 3490

    • You may not request works about characters who are male-identified in canon.

    • You may not request works about male-identified characters who are temporarily transformed or body swapped into an assigned-female body, such as Guy Gardner in Guy Gardner: Warriorette (if you don't know, don't ask).

  • Poly: We do allow poly groupings, so long as all the characters involved are eligable (f/f/f = fine; f/f/m = not in this fest, though you may list it as an option in your optional details.)

  • Crossovers: 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)

  • RPF: RPF characters must be 18 or over at the time of nomination, and must be public figures in their own right (no girlfriends/kids/parents of public figures permitted).

  • You must have an Archive of Our Own (AO3) account to participate in nominations and sign ups. If you do not have one already, you can leave a comment here or e-mail the mods for an invite code. (For more on AO3 and how to sign up, go here).

Sign Ups
You can edit/delete your signup until signups close.
This is an exchange fest, which means you must produce a fanwork for someone else. If you withdraw, it is harder for everyone involved. So please, think carefully if you have the time before signing up. If you discover after signing up that you can't finish in time, contact the moderators as soon as possible.

  • You will have an option to select whether you would like to receive art, fic or both. Obviously, "both" increases ease of matching, but you don't have to request a format you do not want.

  • Signups must include 4-6 fandoms from our list of nominated fandoms, and each fandom must have 1-6 pairings from the list of nominated pairings. We encourage people to request more than the minimum, as the more pairings you ask for, the easier matching will be.

  • You will be matched on fandom, pairing and format (fic or art).

  • While the description section is optional, we strongly suggest you include squicks. Other things to consider are the inclusion of general likes, rating restrictions, prompt ideas, or anything else you’d like the writer or artist to know. However, please remember that these are optional for the person assigned to you. If you've requested art, please remember that not all fic prompts translate well into art (more on that here). If you have a lot to say, consider linking to a letter in your own blog with the extra details.

  • In your signup, do not imply rank for pairings or otherwise specify a favourite pairing. There is no need to make the person you are assigned feel bad if you want something they are not comfortable writing or drawing.

  • You may offer to make art, write fic, or both.

  • You may offer between 4-10 fandoms, with 1-10 pairings per fandom. Obviously, the more pairings you offer, the easier matching will be. You can also choose to offer "any" pairing in a given fandom, but please check the tag set to ensure that you're comfortable writing or drawing any pairing listed.

  • You will be matched on fandom, pairing and format (fic or art).

Pinch Hitting
  • In the event we have issues matching someone, they will go out as a pinch hit right away. You can find the pinch hits here.

  • You do not have to have an AO3 account to pinchhit, as you may submit via the mod account. The mods will edit in credit and links to your own platform after the end of the anon period.

  • If you do pinch hit, you'll have the option of adding your requests to a special prompts post, so that those who'd like to can reward you with the gift of femslash!

Your Assignment
  • Your fanwork must focus on a requested pairing, and must include a romantic and/or sexual relationship of some kind. This is not a friendship ficathon. That means there should be some kind of f/f romance, longing, kissing, love, and/or sex. You're welcome to offer or request work featuring asexual characters as long as it's in the spirit of this rule.

  • You are not obligated to produce something for ALL pairings on which you are matched. Pick whatever you are comfortable with. However, if you want to write or draw more than one thing for your recipient, feel free.

  • You don’t have to write or draw the fandom/pairing you were matched on if something else your recipient requested interests you.

  • Please do what you can to avoid any listed squicks. While it is not required, if possible, please consider using one of your recipient's prompts.

  • Betas are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Fic submissions with excessive spelling, punctuation and grammar errors and art submissions that look like drafts will be rejected. If your submission is rejected for this reason you can resubmit it after you've polished your work. We will have a beta sign up post.

  • Due to the nature of this fest, it is hard for extensions to be given. If you know you won't be able to submit by the due date, please default as soon as possible. If you default prior to the due date, you may participate next year with no problems. If you simply fail to submit your work by the due date, or submit an unfinished work, you will not be able to participate in the next fest.

  • If you withdraw and the person assigned to create something for you withdraws, you will not be assigned a pinch hitter.

  • If you have a problem with, any questions about, or cannot complete your assignment, please contact us immediately at femslashexmod@gmail.com.

  • Please finish your assignment before you start on treats.

  • You do not need an AO3 account to post treats; you may do so via the mod account. The mods will edit in credit and links to your own platform after the end of the anon period.

  • Treats of polished art and fic over 1000 words may be posted at any time. Please wait until the mod gives the word before posting shorter fic and sketches.

  • This fest has mandatory anon period for fic. Author names will be revealed one week after the archive goes live. Please do not promote your fic before that time.

  • The anon period for art is optional. Because of concerns about crossposting without attribution, artists may sign their work and may link to it, but they are requested not to crosspost the full art until all the end of the anon period. (For more on this, read here.)

Be respectful. Please realize that everyone has different likes/interests/squicks.

Fest Rules:
  1. All fic have to be a minimum of 1,000 words, and be of a quality that you'd be happy to receive as a gift.. There is no maximum word count.

  2. Art must be polished, and be of a quality that you'd be happy to receive as a gift. There is no maximum size for art or page limit for comics. Art must be hand or digitally drawn. We are not accepting manips at this time.

  3. Submissions may be any rating.

  4. Submissions must be femslash, and must focus on a requested pairing.

  5. Please don't talk about the specifics of your assignment in public until the creators are revealed. We'd like it to be a surprise for everyone.

  6. Gfts can't be part of a previously posted series.

Please do not hesitate leave a comment here or contact us at femslashexmod@gmail.com, if you have any questions/comments/concerns.

Rules compiled from [livejournal.com profile] rarepairfest and [community profile] femslash12.
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(Anonymous) on August 10th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
Can I just say I'm not really super comfortable with non-woman genderqueer characters being included in this exchange? I know you say you're not conflating women and gq people, but it still kind of feels like you are; of your goal is to "include as many pairings as we can", why not include men too? (That's a rhetorical question. Men should obviously not be included.)

Woman is a valid gender all its own, not some catchall for anyone who doesn't identify as male.

This is especially grating when characters who are explicitly not okay being called women get included, like Lafontaine from Carmilla.

Is there any hope of this policy being reconsidered? I know there needs to be more fanworks about nb characters, if there was an nb exchange I would sign up in a heartbeat. But women also deserve their own things.
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Muccamukk: LotR: Éowyn's Dawn[personal profile] muccamukk on August 10th, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
The policy is because the gender spectrum is extremely complicated, and the mods are not knowledgable or experienced enough to start drawing lines around things, which is frankly not a concept I'm interested in generally. I much prefer sliding towards inclusiveness, over defending womanhood from... something.

We've decided that it's up to the discretion of individual participants as to what they are comfortable including under the label of "femslash," and they've so far done a pretty good job on that.

To use your example, all the Carmilla works over the last three years have been Carmilla/Laura or Carmilla/Laura/Danny (allowed through poly option rule), though I don't remember what the nominations were.
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(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
This is a super late comment on a super old post but I just wanted to clarify that Carmilla/Laura/Danny is an f/f/f ship. The f/f/m "poly option rule" is irrelevant to it.
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(Anonymous) on September 27th, 2017 06:50 pm (UTC)
I know this community doesn't have a 365 day time limit on pedantic replies, especially if replying to someone who has already stepped down from modding this exchange, but it really ought to.
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(Anonymous) on August 13th, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
Would it be possible to request Canon Character/OFC? No big deal if not, but I just thought it best to double check!
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Muccamukk: LotR: Éowyn in Gold[personal profile] muccamukk on August 13th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes you can.
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(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
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(Anonymous) on August 20th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
Newbie here, and sorry if it's a silly question, but am I right in thinking that we request 'any', but we can offer 'any'?
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Muccamukk: M&C: Stars[personal profile] muccamukk on August 20th, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)

We tried allowing "any" on requests for the first few years, and found it led to FAR too many requests that just said "any" with no details and no letter, and participants headdesking. At least with a pairing you know where to start.
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(Anonymous) on August 20th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (I want to get an early start on my letter, because everything looks so great already 😆)

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Lilith: sheepish - stuck - you win[personal profile] reflectedeve on August 24th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
My apologies if I'm just missing it, but I can't find anything in the rules about changing nominations, post-approval. The AO3 won't allow this without modly intervention; is that something we're allowed to request?

(I jumped the gun on my nominations for a canon I'm just finishing up now, and I'd very much like to swap out one of my pairings. I understand if that's not possible, though!)
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Muccamukk: MM: Smile[personal profile] muccamukk on August 25th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
I won't subtract anything in case someone else wanted it nominated, but I can add in a pairing.
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Lilith: supercuddle - puppy[personal profile] reflectedeve on August 25th, 2016 04:54 am (UTC)
You're pretty much the best.

I was hoping to add Seril/Tara Abernathy to Craft Sequence - Max Gladstone.
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Muccamukk: Andromeda: War/Party[personal profile] muccamukk on August 25th, 2016 05:46 am (UTC)
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(Anonymous) on August 28th, 2016 11:16 am (UTC)
The crossover tags seem to have disappeared completely?
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Muccamukk: IM: Happy Femslash[personal profile] muccamukk on August 28th, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
They're just listed under "No Media."
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(no subject) - (Anonymous) on September 2nd, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)
Muccamukk: SGA: Fire Breather[personal profile] muccamukk on September 2nd, 2016 03:56 am (UTC)
We're asking that extras be from the approved tag set, unfortunately. Maybe next year!
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(Anonymous) on September 10th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to treat if you haven't signed up as an author?
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Muccamukk: Avengers: Lady Hulk[personal profile] muccamukk on September 10th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
Yes. Certainly.

I'll do a more detailed post later, but for now I'll say that treats for now should be at least 1000 words of writing or a polished picture. Later we'll have a free for all with shorter treats and sketches.

Everything goes in the main collection.
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ephemeralblossom[personal profile] ephemeralblossom on October 11th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
Hi! :)

Re extras under 1000 words - do you know the timeline for when we'll be able to post those?
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Muccamukk: DC: Rainbow Batwoman[personal profile] muccamukk on October 11th, 2016 03:48 am (UTC)
On or after the 22nd, once I get the final pinch hits sent out.
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(Anonymous) on October 17th, 2016 12:46 pm (UTC)
Asking this question for someone else.

At the deadline, someone has a treat that's over 1K, but the person matched to them has defaulted in some way. Would that treat become the person's main gift, like in Yuletide?
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Muccamukk: Avengers: Working[personal profile] muccamukk on October 17th, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
It might. One of us would glance over it to see how well it fit, at least. If it seemed to go with the recip's request, then we could bump it up to gift.
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(Anonymous) on July 15th, 2017 05:03 am (UTC)
Are you using Photobucket for the images on this community layout? Because I think you may want to take a look at what this place looks like right now...
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Muccamukk: Books: Hello Reading[personal profile] muccamukk on July 15th, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up, nonnie. I passed it along to New Mods, and they seem to have fixed it.
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