There are a lot of wonderful fanfic and fanart challenges out there, but this one was created to fill a particular niche. Do you find that sometimes in rushing to contribute in excitement to all of the wonderful popular fandoms that you discover, you forget about some of our old favourites? Or maybe there's a fandom you love that no one else seems to have discovered yet, and you wish you could find more people who love it too, or at least find fics written or art drawn about it.
Well if that sounds familiar, this is the challenge community for you.
On the fifteenth of each month a new challenge will be posted in the community. It could be as simple as a set of themes to choose from and write a story or draw a picture about, or it could be a double-blind gift fic/art challenge a la Yuletide. Each member of the community then can pick a fandom from the list of 'accepted' fandoms, (i.e., fandoms that the moderator thinks are small enough to qualify as 'obscure'). Starting on the first of the following month and continuing to the last day of that month, people can post their answers to the challenge.
If that was confusing, lemme explain: May 15th a challenge will be posted for June and you can start posting your fics or artwork on the 1st of June. On June 15th, while we're still receiving submissions on the previous challenge, a new challenge will be posted. This gives you two weeks to finish up the challenge and think about what you're going to do for the next one. If I mess with this timeline, I'll give notice.
If the challenge that month seems like too much work, feel free to skip it and come back the following month. If you think we've missed a fandom that fits the criteria, give us the suggestion in the 'suggestion box' post and we'll add it to the list. Also, if you have a great idea for a future challenge, comment about it to the suggestion box as well. The purpose of this community is to celebrate those small fandoms that are so often overlooked and under-represented, and to have an excuse to contribute in some small way to them. The moderator certainly isn't familiar with every fandom on the list, and likely if she were, they wouldn't be obscure enough.
Please be aware that this community is open to all pairings (slash/yaoi, femmeslash/yuri, and heterosexual), and all types of material from gen to NC-17 hardcore kink/death/angst/stuff. The community is considered a WANK FREE ZONE. Anyone causing wank (especially over pairings - get a grip people!) will feel the wrath of the moderator's Hammer of Bannination. In addition, warnings and lj-cuts are required, not just expected. Please post your contribution to the challenge to the community before the deadline each month, and ensure to read the rules carefully before embarking.
Please use this handy-dandy posting form for posting unless otherwise indicated in the challenge. In the title of the post, include the title of the work and the fandom.
This Month's Challenge
Next Month's Challenge