Feb. 24th, 2013

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Hi, and welcome to the 2013 edition of [community profile] queer_fest ! Please be sure to read the rules carefully before participating. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave a comment to this post or to PM [personal profile] queer_fest_mods.

Q. What type of prompts/stories are allowed?

The purpose of [community profile] queer_fest is to celebrate and examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, asexual, intersex, and trans* characters through fanfic. There are many themes of intersectionality that you can explore through prompts/stories about disabilities, being poly, being kinky, and race and all of those are welcome, as long as they focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, asexual, intersex, or trans* characters.

Q.  What types of themes are allowed?

Themes can include, but are not limited to: stories about coming out, figuring out sexual orientation or gender identity, planning your awesome same-sex wedding, attending pride celebrations, figuring out your place in the queer community, the politics or social structures involving queer individuals in fictional worlds, or dealing with prejudice.

We want to make it very clear: positive stories about queer experiences are very much welcome and encouraged, but this is a safe space for many who have not had a positive experience, whether with family or society. Please do not bash prompts on either end of that spectrum. If you cannot be respectful of multiple types of queer experiences, this is not the fest for you.

Q. Do characters have to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, asexual, intersex, or trans* in the canon source?


Q. What types of fandoms are allowed?

All fandoms are allowed, including RPF. For RPF fandoms, characters involved must be at least 18. This is only an RPF fandom rule, and characters in fictional fandoms do not have to be 18.

Q. What's not allowed?

  We want this fest to be as open as possible, but the following are not welcome here:

  • PWP stories ARE AWESOME. But they are not the point of this fest. Stories that are merely hook-up stories, or which focus on the relationships between characters and not their gender identities or sexual orientations, are not within the spirit or scope of the fest.  Stories can definitely include characters having sex, but should be about the experiences of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, asexual, intersex, or trans.*

  • Prompts/stories that focus on non-queer individuals or allies are not in the spirit of the fest. This includes their reactions to their queer family/co-workers/teammates.

  • Prompts/stories in which characters question their sexual orientation/gender identity and decide that they are not queer after all are not welcome here. The focus for this fest is on individuals who do identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, genderqueer, asexual, intersex, or trans.*

Q. What are the story requirements?

All stories must be at least 1000 words long.

Stories are not gifts, but they should be in the spirit of the prompt you claim. This means no changing the gender identity or sexual orientation from the original prompt. For example, if the prompt you claim specifies a bisexual character, do not change that to a gay character or vice versa. It's our goal to respect all members of the queer umbrella, and changing the original request doesn't really do that.

Stories posted to the community should be respectful of all aspects of the queer community. If your story is about sexual gay men, it should not bash aromantic asexuals. If your story is about lesbians, do not bash bisexual women. This is not to say that homophobic/biphobic/intolerant characters cannot be included. Those themes are within the scope of the fest. But the story itself should not be used as an excuse to bash other types of queer individuals.

Q.  What type of warnings do I have to include?

The following must be warned for: rape/non-con, dub-con, underage, child abuse, character death, incest.  Anything else is up to the author.  If your story features one of these elements and you do not wish to warn for it, you must include a "Choose Not to Warn" or similar type of warning.

Q. Where can I post?

You can post your fic anywhere you want - LJ, DW, AO3, your own website, tumblr. Anywhere you feel comfortable. But you must post at least a link on this community.  Additionally, there will be an AO3 collection.

All posts should be tagged with the appropriate fandom(s), using the fandom: fandom name tag.

Q. What type of headers do I need to use?

All posts should include the following information in their header:

Warnings: (if any)
Author's Notes: (if any)

Q. How does claiming work?

Everyone may claim up to 3 prompts and every prompt may be claimed up to two times. When  you claim a prompt, you must claim a posting day. Up to 10  people may sign up for each date. If you pick more than one prompt, you will need to pick different days, one for each prompt.

You do not have to prompt in order to claim and prompting does not obligate you to make a claim.

Q. About the Amnesty Period

During the Amnesty Period of June 17 - June 30, anyone can submit fic of any length from any unclaimed prompt on the prompt list.

Q. What happens if I am inspired to write fic after the fest is over?

After the fest closes on July 1, a post will go up that allows you to link to any fic that you post during the year that is inspired by any of the prompts.

Q. What is the 2013 Schedule?

Prompt submission: March 1 to March 15
Prompt claiming: March 19 to April 2
Posting begins: May 1
Posting ends: June 16
Amnesty Period: June 17-June 30

Q. What happens if I find a prompt offensive?

Please let us know. We will be checking each of the prompts and making that call, and it's possible we simply haven't seen that prompt yet. You can PM us or leave a comment to this post. 
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It's that time of year again! Beginning on March 1st, [community profile] queer_fest will be open for prompts. This year features a few important changes:

1. Most importantly of all, this year we'll be hosting the fest on Dreamwidth. Since you can post your story anywhere you like, this should not be an issue. We'd like to remain on LJ, but the site is currently giving your mods some serious accessibility issues and we do not want to have to fight with the site when it comes time to compile prompts.

2. The schedule for 2013 is as follows:

Prompt submission: March 1 to March 15
Prompt claiming: March 19 to April 2
Posting begins: May 1
Posting ends: June 16
Amnesty Period: June 17-June 30

3. The 2013 Rules Post is listed here.

4. Two of the mods are unavailable due to health and work commitments this year. The remaining two would really like to have some additional help, especially when it comes time to compile prompts. If you would like to help out in that capacity, please leave a comment or PM us to let us know.

5. If you any suggestions for improvement from previous rounds, now is the time to let us know so we can consider changing that policy before the next round begins.

Hope to see you on March 1st!



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