Schedule for 2021 Quantum Bang
|8/1||Signups Begin for Authors and Artists|
|10/31||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|
|3/17||Anonymized List of Stories Posted|
|3/20||Art Claims – 4 PM UTC, match-up emails sent out within 24 hours|
|4/15||Late Story Submission Deadline|
|5/1||Artist and Author Check-in|
|5/15||Final Art Due (may be submitted early)|
|5/20||Finalized stories due and drop-out deadline (if no story submitted, you’re dropped)|
|5/25||Story promo posting begins|
|5/31||Posting Schedule Published|
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: 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: Generally, no. 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: Use the contact form or communication system to let an admin know, but you don’t need to drop out. If you don’t submit a story, you’re dropped from the challenge.
Q: Can I participate anonymously?
A: Actually, yes. The admin team will have to have your actual email address, but we’ll assign you an anonymous username. The option is on the form where you signup. If you ever want to claim your work in the future under your real name, an admin can assist you.
Q: Can I participate as both an author and an artist?
A: Yes. Select both on the sign-up page. If you want to be anonymous for one but not the other, please contact an admin.
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. We will highlight any new rules.