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.
    • Returning participants will receive a confirmation email but there will not be a new account.
    • Drop out is assumed when you don’t submit a story.
    • There is no penalty for dropping out unless you went through the art claims process.
    • See Author or Artist Q&A/Rules for detailed information about dropping out.
  • There is no penalty for dropping out 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. (Only available to members)
  • 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

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 the 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 3/1.
  • If you can’t make the rough draft submission on 3/15, you can stay in the challenge and go for the 4/15 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. (You’re only committing to do art for one, but we need a range of choices in case your first pick is taken.)
    • 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 2021, the art claiming will be on 3/20.
    • Stories will be assigned on first-come, first-served basis.
    • The claiming is anonymous in that no one but the admins will see the claims.
    • If we have 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. Final art is due 5/15.

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 4/15 provided the story is finished except for editing.
    • You must be 100% complete for the late submission date.
    • 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 late-submission 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 5/20, but earlier is welcome.
    • Stories will be submitted by email. Instructions will be provided well ahead of the deadline on the Fixer Forum.
    • 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 no later than 5/31.
  • If you’re panicking at any point, reach out for help.

The Climax Phase *ahem*

  • Admins and Moderators will prepare all the story posts to ensure consistency.
  • You will receive an email through the communication center when your posts are ready for you to review and approve.
  • All stories have the same due date so no-one is getting an extra week or two to work.
  • 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 wrap-up post will be on the site on 6/15.

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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