How It Works


The Starting Line

  • Authors sign up between 8/1 and 10/31. Artists can sign up anytime until 2/28.
    • We use the same schedule every year.
    • An account will be created for you after you sign up.
    • Details of your account will come via email.
    • With your account, you will have access to the communication system and the forum.
    • Subscribe to the site for notifications.
    • There is no penalty for dropping out prior to the art claim.
    • See Author or Artist Q&A/Rules for detailed information about dropping out.
  • There is no penalty for dropping out prior to the art claim so it can’t hurt to sign up in case it all works out for you. Penalties after the art claim are case by case depending on the situation.

The Writing Phase

  • Start writing or dust off an old idea and breathe some new life into it.
  • Use the Fixer Forum to get support and interact with other challenge participants. 
  • There will be monthly check-ins for authors.
    • They are not mandatory but encouraged.
    • You will receive a site announcement with a link to a new topic on the forum where check-in/updates can be posted.

The Throwing Down Phase

This is when shit gets real. This is where you have to put up. (or throw down. Whatever.)

  • Authors need to have most of their rough draft done, and then it’s time to get matched up with an artist.
  • Authors submit their rough drafts through the submission form on the site no later than 3/15.
    • Rough drafts must be 80% of expected story length. A 100k story needs 80k. A 50k story needs 40k.
    • Announcements about when and how to submit will come through the communication system with details on the forum.
    • That announcement will likely be around 2/1.
    • If an author wishes to post their final work as Anonymous, and did not arrange for an Anon account when they signed up, they can specify that it needs to be anonymous when they submit their rough draft.
  • If you can’t make the rough draft submission on 3/15, you can stay in the challenge and go for the 5/1 Late Submission deadline, but you need 100% on your Rough Draft. So keep going!

The Collaboration Phase

It’s time to let those creative words inspire some creative images.

  • An anonymized list of stories will be posted to the site before 3/20 for artists to peruse and select their top 3-5.
    • The list will include fandom, pairing(s), genres, warnings, and a short summary.
  • At a pre-announced time on the Saturday after 3/18, a form will go live allowing artists to submit their top 3-5 stories for art claiming.
    • In 2019, the art claiming will be on 3/23. In 2020, the art claiming will be on 3/21.
    • Stories will be assigned on first come, first served basis.
    • The claimed stories will be marked off as unavailable as quickly as we can update the page.
    • If we have a lot more stories than artists, we’ll have a second round of claims.
  • Author/Artist pairings will be notified via the communication system of their matchup as soon as possible but hopefully no later than 3/25.
    • If an artist or author has pre-arranged for an Anon-style account, they will have to do their collaboration work through the communication system.
    • Authors should immediately send what they have of their story to the artist.
    • If one party has chosen to be anonymous, the story will be sent by the site admin.
    • Collaboration goes through 5/14 but may be completed at any time prior to that date.

The End Game

This tends to feel frantic for participants, but slow your roll and take a deep breath. Over the course of the month of May, all stories and art will be finalized.

  • Late rough draft submissions will be accepted up until 5/1 provided the story is finished except for editing
    • The 80% from March is not sufficient for a late submission.
    • Participating artists and site artists will be asked for volunteers to do late submission art. At a minimum, the site artists will set you up with a banner.
    • You must submit an in-depth summary in the event the artist doesn’t have time to read the story.
  • Final art is due to the site admins and the author by 5/15.
    • If an artist is working anonymously, the art will be submitted to the site admins only.
    • Procedures for how to do everything will be posted in the forum well in advance of any deadlines.
  • Final stories are due to the admins no later than 5/28, but earlier is welcome.
    • There will be an announcement sent when the final story submission form is available.
    • If an author wishes to have comments turned off on their story post(s), they will let the admin know with their story submission.
  • The posting schedule will be announced on 5/31.
  • If you’re panicking at any point, reach out for help.

The Climax Phase *ahem*

  • Admins will check every story and approve it to go live on the site on the assigned posting date.
  • All stories have the same due date so no-one is getting an extra week or two to work. 
  • Authors will be able to update it after it goes live.
  • After it goes live on the site, authors may post elsewhere if they so choose.
  • All stories will be posted by 6/15.
  • If there are a large number of participants, there could be multiple stories per day.
  • A master post with all story links will be added to the site after the final story posts.

The Recovery Phase

Revel in your accomplishment and consider joining us for the next challenge. After all, there are so many things in fandom that need fixing.

Signups will begin on 8/1 (go back to the top and start again!)


Detailed Q&A is available through the FAQ section and you can ask additional questions there.

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