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2014 General Rules & F.A.Q.s

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This is a Big Bang challenge where authors will write a story which will later be posted anonymously as summaries for artists to claim.

Authors are required to write at least 10,000 words for their story.
Artists are expected to create at least one piece of art (600px x 600px minimum) or one video (at least 1 minute) to complement a story.

Both authors and artists are expected to leave their roguesbang stories, artworks and videos accessible to public for at least 6 months. If you wish to lock or remove your works later, I strongly recommended archiving your works externally on sites such as AO3 or imgur.


What's the schedule for this year's challenge?
Below is the schedule for the Flash Rogues Big Bang 2014 challenge.

February 15Author sign ups close
March 1Authors Check-in #1
April 5Authors Check-in #2
April 14Fics rough draft due
April 16Claims are posted
April 18Artist sign ups close
April 19Claims open
April 24Pinch Hitter sign ups open
May 17Artists check-in
May 31Artists rough draft due
June 17Posting schedule announcement
June 24Authors & Artists final check-in
June 24Fics final draft due
July 1Posting begins!

You can also find it on your right at the side bar! It'll always be there so long as you're navigating within the pages of this community. For the calender view of the schedule, click here.

What's with the weird dates in this year's schedule?
Many of the dates are optimized for Saturdays so most people would not have a class or work when something is due.

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General F.A.Q.s

So, what is this challenge about?
This is a Big Bang challenge focusing on all nemesis of the Flash.

Who is the Flash?
The Flash is a superhero part of the DC Comics Universe. Several people had taken on the mantle over the years. In the current ongoing series, the Flash is Barry Allen.

Not just confined to Captain Cold's Rogues, then?
Not at all! We also cover enemies such as the Reverse-Flash, Gorilla Grodd, the Fiddler, Peek-a-Boo and many others! If you're not sure which villains could be considered a Flash villain, check out this list.

How about the new 52?
We accept all entries set during pre-reboot, post-reboot, animated universe, retconned verses... everything!

Do you consider the Renegades as part of the Rogues for Rogues Bang?

Who can sign up?
Anyone can!

Can I sign up for more than one role? (Author, Artist and/or Beta)
Absolutely! Keep in mind that it is up to you to manage your time properly to juggle multiple roles. Be very sure you're able to handle all your responsibilities before signing up for them.

Does signing up commit me to finishing?
No, it doesn't. For authors, you can drop out any time during check-ins before your drafts are due. However, once your story has been claimed by artist, you are expected to hold out until the day of your posting. For artists, you do not commit to anything until you've claimed your story.

What is a beta?
Betas are the editor, helping hand, and critical eye. They are the ones to look through your works in their earliest to latest stages to spot out mistakes, express their opinions and aid with brainstorming.

What is a pinch hitter?
A pinch hitter is someone who steps in last minute to produce and create art or fic in the case of writers and artists dropping out.

What does a "check-in" entail?
Check-ins are basically a "hello, how are you?" to let us know how you're progressing with the challenge and whether or not you're dropping out at that point.

Do I need a Livejournal account to join?
No, you don’t! You can actually comment anonymously on the sign ups without an account or log in using alternative accounts on Facebook, Twitter, openID and etc. However, it is important that you have a working and active e-mail so we can contact you later on.

* It will be a lot easier for if you do have a LJ account and we would highly recommend it. Certain posts may be community-locked so that only members are able to view and reply to them. Also, posting access to the community are only given to members, so if you’re a participant (especially as an author), there will be less hassle and confusion during your day of posting. *

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Rules and F.A.Q.s for Authors

What is the word minimum?
10,000 words. There is no maximum, just make sure you are able to finish the story you set out to write.

What are we expected to submit as a rough draft?
Your draft can be full of mistakes and errors so long as the story is complete (having a beginning, middle and end) and fulfill the minimum 10,000 words requirement. Scenes and details that have yet to be written can be annotated in the drafts (this is mostly for the benefit of the artists so they'll know what to expect out of your story). If you're within range or close to 10k words, we promise not to stick you into a mirror dimension filled with rampaging gorillas. You can continue adding and editing however much you want after the draft submission.

Does my fic have to include ALL of the rogues?
No, that's not necessary. I'd say that's a difficult feat, so a huge kudos to you if you actually manage that! You can include just one or many rogues in your story so long as the main focus is on a Flash villain.

Can I write about romance?
Yes, absolutely. You can write anything you wish, whether it is gen, m/m, m/f, f/f, moresome, action, AU, and etc. so long as the main focus is on at least one Flash villain.

Can I write a crossover?
Yes, of course.

Can I co-write a fic?
Absolutely! Both authors are required to sign up and signify that you're co-writing and with who.

Can I write more than one fic?
Yes, you may. If you are submitting more than one story, please, PLEASE make sure you are able to manage your time and the workload reasonably. The requirements for your stories will remain the same as if they are individual entries respectively.

Can I use a WIP I've already started?
WIPs are okay so long as they are not publicly available prior to you signing up. If they are, please take them down.

Can I write a spin-off of one of my existing stories/AUs?
Yes. Sequels and spin offs of an existing verses are allowed so long as the story can stand on its own.

Do I need to have my story beta-read?
We do not enforce this rule strictly, but it is very strongly recommended that you do. If you have trouble finding a beta reader, send us a message or e-mail and we'll help you out.

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Rules and F.A.Q.s for Artists

What kind of art can we do?
Art can be of any type: Original illustrations (traditional, digital or mixed), 3D, cover art, graphics, photo-manipulations, crafts or videos. Fan mixes (soundtracks) and podfics are not considered as part of the artists' requirements, but they can be included as additional content.

What are the specifics/requirements?
At least one piece of artwork with a minimum of 600x600px in size. Videos must be at least 1 minute in length.

Can I use old art?
No. All art created must be new and created prior to your assignment.

Can I use existing images, fanart or comic panels in my art/video?
You can, if and only if the artists expressly allow their works to be used. If the content you wish to use is a fanwork, ASK the artists for permission before using them. If you do, they MUST be credited. However, we do not encourage using fanworks, and we WILL check whether you've been given permission or not.

Can I use screenshots and clips from official animated works, games and such then?
Yes, you can.

Can I use copyrighted music in my video?
Yes, you can. However, the original artists MUST be acknowledged and credited. It is preferable to use Public Domain or Creative Commons music if possible.

What else do we need to do?
Optimally, at least one banner should also be created for a story. You can use the art you've done to produce the banner(s). If you have troubles or any questions regarding banner making, contact kidezt or send an e-mail to "roguesbang@gmail.com".

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I have a question not covered here! How and who do I ask?
You can post right here or send a message to kidezt or runenklinge. Alternatively, you can send an ask to us on tumblr or e-mail to “roguesbang@gmail.com".


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 6th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I assume that this means AUs are also acceptable as long as they have a Rogue?
Feb. 7th, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
Yes, that is right. AUs are perfectly fine. :)
Feb. 6th, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
other sites
I have another question; are we allowed to post our stories on other websites such as fanfiction.net after we've posted them here? I know we can't do that before July but what about afterwards?
Feb. 7th, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)
Re: other sites
After your posting date, you can post your story wherever you want with no boundaries.
Feb. 7th, 2014 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: other sites
Thank you so much!
Feb. 7th, 2014 10:26 am (UTC)
Re: other sites
You're welcome! Don't hesitate to ask if you have any other questions. :)
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2015 Schedule

March 16 Author sign ups close

March 23 Authors Check-in #1

May 11 Authors Check-in #2

May 18 Fics rough draft due

May 20 Claims are posted

May 22 Artist sign ups close

May 23 Claims open

May 30 Pinch Hitter sign ups open

June 13 Artists check-in

July 25 Authors & Artists final check-in

August 3 Artists rough draft due

August 5 Posting begins!

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