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  • Question: Potentially silly question... What exactly do contributors need to do to "check-in" if we are participating in this year's DCBB? I don't want to be disqualified from participating simply because I don't understand proper procedure. :-) - writersrambling
  • Answer:

    This isn’t a silly question at all. A post has just been made over at the LJ comm with everything that you need to do.

    If you don’t have an LJ account and want to check in you can just shoot us an email letting us know how things are going

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The author signups are now closed. I’m aware a few of you have outstanding questions regarding whether you signed up or not. I’ll do my best to respond to them all today but if there are any problems don’t worry. If you emailed prior to today you will be considered signed up even if there was a problem with your submissions.

Now all you need to do is start writing (if you haven’t already)

Good luck everyone! We’ve had a phenomenal response this year and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Artist sign-ups are open until Aug 16. If you want to sign up as an artist you can fill in the form here

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1. We are not sending out confirmation emails for signups. There are simply too many people registering (We currently have 600 people) for it to be practical. If you’re worried your submission didn’t go through let us know what screename you registered under and we can check.

2. You must NOT post your summary/plot synopsis anywhere prior to submitting your draft. The art claims process is supposed to be anonymous so the artists don’t know who wrote what. If we see plot summaries posted anywhere we will consider removing you from the challenge.

3. This challenge does not assign prompts to authors. You are free to write about anything you like so long as it meets the minimum word count when it’s completed.

If you have any questions about any of these points or anything else please let us know.

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. is upon us.

Before signing up please take a moment to read the FAQ

The schedule for this year is as follows:

April 1: Writer and artist sign ups

May 1: Writer sign-ups closed

July 1: Check-in

July 15: Upgrade/Downgrade option

Aug 15: Drafts due

Aug 16: Artist sign-ups closed

Aug 17: Summaries posted for artists to peruse (Comments locked)

Aug 18: Art claims

Aug 20: Claims masterpost

Aug 29: Posting schedule masterpost

Sept 1: Pinch hit artist sign ups

Sept 16: Artist check-in

Sept 29: Art due

Oct 1: Posting begins

AUTHORS CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE SIGN-UP FORM

ARTISTS CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE SIGN-UP FORM

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We’ve had a question about the official tumblr tag for this year’s challenge.

If you’re posting anything relating to DCBB this year please tag it with ‘dcbb13’ and if you want to track it that’s the one to use

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ATTENTION DEAN/CAS ARTISTS

We still have fics available in need of art. If you’re interested please click and comment. You do NOT need a Livejournal account to participate. If you’re not on LJ just comment with your name and a way your author can get in touch with you

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AUTHOR SIGN-UPS NOW CLOSED 

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Art by petite-madame . Please click here to view the full version 

We’ve had a fantastic response to this year’s challenge! Thanks to everyone who signed up.

The form for authors has now been closed down but artists can continue to sign up until August.

What happens next?

We will continue to issue invites and accept membership requests from those who have signed up until all registered participants are members.

For now the authors who have signed up need to start writing (if you haven’t already). Below is a brief explanation of what will happen or what is required at the various points in the schedule

July 1 - Check in: This is so we can see how you are getting along and offer help if it’s needed. A poll will be posted for you to fill in regarding your progress and you’ll be invited to post a couple of sentences from your fic if you wish

July 15 - Upgrade/Downgrade: By this time you should have a good feel for how long your fic is going to be. This will be a chance to upgrade from minibang to bigbang or downgrade from bigbang to minibang. This will affect the amount of art you will receive to go with your fic.

August 15 - Drafts due: You will have a 24 hour period to submit your completed draft. You can submit earlier than this if you wish but drafts received after this date will not be accepted. Note: All drafts are required to be completed and comply with the minimum word count. We will not accept partially completed stories. Your fic doesn’t need to be perfect. If it still needs editing or a beta that’s fine but it must be a finished story.

August 16 - Artist sign-ups close: Artists will not be allowed to sign up after this point unless we need pinch-hitters

August 17 - Artist claims: Two posts will go up. One with the bigbang summaries and one with the minibang summaries. When the claims post goes up, the artists will have a two hour window to browse the fic summaries before the claiming actually goes live. Each artist will be able to list their top 3 preferences in order, and claiming will be processed according to this.

August 20 - Claims masterpost: A post will go up listing the author/artist pairings as well as the fic summaries. At this point authors and artists will be asked to list their availability during the posting period. This is the point where authors and artists need to make contact with each other. It’s imperative that authors send a copy of their fic to their artist asap so that work can commence.

August 31 - Posting schedule masterpost: - A list of which authors/artists will post on which date. It is important that the authors/artists agree which of you will post the masterpost to the community on your allocated day

September 2 - Pinch hit artist sign-ups: A post will go up asking for volunteers to pinch-hit if required. Artists who have already claimed fic can participate in this as can authors who wish to create art as well. The only requirement is that authors can not create art for their own fic

September 16 - Artist check-in: Similar to the author check-in a poll will go up to check how the art is progressing and to ascertain whether pinch-hitters will be required.

September 28 - Art due: Artists will have 24 hours to submit their art. Any art received after this point will not be accepted as the prompts will have been passed over to our team of pinch-hitters

October 1 - Posting begins: All participants will be given posting access to the comm prior to this date. On the allocated day one of the author/artist pairing must post a masterpost to the comm which will contain links to the art and the fic. A template will be made available for you to use. All fic and art must be unlocked when posted

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DEAN/CAS BIG-BANG SIGN-UPS

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Art by nekoshojo

Yes, it’s that time of year again. is upon us. Before signing up please take a moment to read the FAQ

The schedule for this year is as follows:

April 1: Writer and artist sign ups

May 1: Writer sign-ups closed

July 1: Check-in

July 15: Upgrade/Downgrade option

Aug 15: Drafts due

Aug 16: Artist sign-ups closed

Aug 17: Artist claims

Aug 20: Claims masterpost

Aug 31: Posting schedule masterpost

Sept 2: Pinch hit artist sign ups S

ept 16: Artist check-in

Sept 28: Art due

Oct 1: Posting begins

AUTHORS CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE SIGN-UP FORM

ARTISTS CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE SIGN-UP FORM

Once you have signed up we will send you an invite to join the community. Please bear with us as this will take time and keep an eye on your invites

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lizinabigcity:

the thing is.

HOW DO I KNOW ANYONE WILL EVEN LIKE MY BIGBANG

LIKE

IS IT BORING

IS IT NOT ENOUGH

I JUST DONT KNOW

We’ll like it, I promise!

Source: lizinabigcity
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noelleagain:

I signed up for the dean/cas big bang and they said getting the community invitation would take time but I’m paranoid that my sign-up form didn’t go through but I don’t want to be that obnoxious person who sends another one aaaaaaaaaaah

Feel free to shoot us a message with your username if you haven’t done so already and we can take a look and confirm for you. (Unfortunately, Livejournal limits the number of invites we can send at one time, so it can be slow-going.) 

Source: castithann