General FAQ and Schedule

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Schedule for 2023 Quantum Bang

*Please note: We have eliminated the late submissions for 2023. All stories are due at 80% complete on 3/15 for art claims. Please see related forum post for more information.

8/1 Signups Begin for Authors and Artists
11/30 Author Signups Close
12/1 First Author Check-in
1/1 Monthly Author Check-in
2/1 Monthly Author Check-in
2/28 Artist Signups Close
3/1 Monthly Author Check-in
3/15 Rough Drafts Due – if you don’t submit a rough draft, you’re dropped out
3/17 Anonymized List of Stories Posted
3/18 Art Claims – 4 PM UTC, match-up emails sent out within 24 hours
4/1 Artist and Author Check-in
5/1 Artist and Author Check-in
5/15 Final Art Due (art submissions open 5/1)
5/20 Finalized stories due (story submissions open 5/15)
5/25-5/30 Story promo posting begins
5/31 Posting Schedule Published
6/1 Posting Begins
6/15 Posting Ends



General FAQ

Q: What is a Big Bang?
A: A Big Bang is a writing challenge featuring long stories and pairing of authors and artists. Read the history of the Big Bang on Fanlore.

Q: What is the theme of the Quantum Bang?
A: The Quantum Bang is about fix-it stories. Anything from time travel to writing an AU that ignores an undesirable element in canon. If you need clarification if your idea qualifies as fix it, you can leave a question below or use the contact form if you need to reveal your plot in-depth. (Hint: Aside from a couple of things that do not qualify, it’s mostly up to the author to determine if their idea qualifies as a fix-it. See the Is It a Fix-It? page.)

Q: Will the stories be archived on the site or will they be removed at the end of the challenge period?
A: This is intended to be a permanent archive of Quantum Bang stories and stories will only be removed if an author asks or if it’s found that a story significantly violated our rules.

Q: Can I submit my story in a language other than English?
A: Please contact an admin directly using the contact form. There are potential legal concerns for us hosting content that we can’t verify.

Q: Are comments moderated?
A: All comments on the Quantum Bang are moderated. Additionally, authors may choose to have comments turned off for their posts.

Q: Is constructive criticism (con crit) allowed from readers?
A: No. If you’re okay with con crit, you’re welcome to allow it wherever else you post it, but we want the challenge site to be a positive environment. We will allow respectful, polite questions that are not thinly veiled critique, but please never feel like you must reply to a question. It would be helpful to have your author profile info filled out with where else your work can be found as that is the most common question.

Q: Will the schedule ever change?
A: We might tweak dates by a couple days or weeks, but the overall schedule is designed to avoid conflict with other challenges. Dates like the art claim shift slightly year to year so that it always falls on a Saturday.

Q: How do I drop out of the challenge?
A: You don’t need to drop out at all. If you don’t submit a story, you’re dropped from the challenge without penalty. If, however, it’s good for your mental health to drop from the challenge, there will be a thread every year on the Fixer for drop outs.

Q: Can I participate anonymously?
A: We used to offer this as an open option, but the nature of the anonymous sign-up was often misunderstood, so we pulled it. It’s easy enough to create an extra gmail account for fandom and create a new username. However, if this feels like something that’s too difficult, you can use the contact form and request an anonymous account. Please explain why you need an anonymous account. The admin team will have to have your actual email address, but we’ll assign you an anonymous username and contact with participants outside of the mod team will be through the comm center.

Q: Can I participate as both an author and an artist?
A: Yes. Select both on the sign-up page.

Specific information about rules and content are on either the Author or Artist FAQ/Rules pages.

Note: We will try to not impose new rules during the challenge period, but we may not have thought of everything. In the event that a situation arises, for the current challenge, we will do our best to accommodate things in the favor of the participant(s)—provided that doesn’t penalize other participants.

Some rules may need clarification and we do not consider that changing or adding new rules. If you’re uncertain about the rules or requirements, please ask.

New rules may be implemented before a new challenge begins and we will highlight those.

If you have questions that aren’t addressed, please use the contact form.

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