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The Writers Guild of America is on strike. In a gesture of solidarity, mogulsquee is hosting a mulitfandom ficathon for non-current canon. The goal is to encourage folks to write alternative history, alternative universe, crack, crossover, fusion, meta (or strike-meta), and/or past season canon fics during the strike.

Fans could write an entire alternative-season based on current canon before the AMPTP agrees to return to the table. For legal and morale reasons, that could become problematic for the writers. The fans do not want to step on the writers' toes during the limbo period.

You might think, "But, it's just fan fiction. Like they care. Or know about it." Oh, you'd be surprised just how much they do and do not know. It only takes one "the writers copied my fic" claim by a batshit-and-egotistic fan to start a snafu. The writers shouldn't have anything to worry about but getting a fair deal. For all parties, let's listen to Mr. Roger De Bris and "keep it light, keep it bright, keep it gay."

The AMPTP/WGA dispute now affects the 2008 Pilot season and the 2009 movie schedule. That means no Heroes: Volume III and no Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Without new canon or new spoilers, fans might wander to new, shiny interests; or worse, let the strike slip to their mind's back-burner. mogulsquee hopes that the fic-exchange will keep folks active in their fandoms during the strike.

how it works
Like yuletide, remix_redux, or any other fic-exchange, you will agree to write an assigned prompt; in return, another participant will write a prompt that you requested.

That's it?
That's it!

How do I participate?
Fill out a request form and a writer's form.

The request form is for the three prompts (or plot summaries) you want to see. The writer that receives your request form will pick one. This way the writers have a bit of wiggle room, and there's an element of "surprise" and "suspense" to the challenge.

The writer's form is a quick survey of your fandom preferences. When filling out the writer's form, please list your preferences in terms of your willingness to write that canon. If you're more comfortable with writing for "The X-Files" than for "Harsh Realm", please rank "The X-Files" higher.

How do you assign/match prompts and writers?
By the "writer's form"; hence why your answers and ranks are important. Participants will fill out the survey for their primary fandom (their first choice) and their secondary fandoms (their back-up choices). Writers should receive a prompt related to their first choice. However, if there's not an even ratio, or, you know, the world explodes, and a participant cannot have their first choice, the Mods will look to a writer's back-up choices for answers.

Thus, if you list your top three secondary-fandoms as (1) "Grey's Anatomy", (2) "Supernatural", and (3) "Dexter", you will receive a "Grey's" prompt before a "Dexter" prompt.

Can I participate if I don't have a livejournal?
ABSOLUTELY. This is about showing support for the Writers (in our own little way). If you do not have a livejournal, you may reply anonymously to the sign-up thread. Or you can e-mail your form to us at unitedfandom@gmail.com. We will contact you via e-mail. Furthermore, once you are done the piece, you will e-mail it to us. The mods will post it for you; or we will link it to an off-livejournal site.

Can I submit an existing fic?
Alas, no. If you have a piece that's unfinished on your computer, though, you may use that as a base. The goal is to produce new and fun material, not to amass a crack-AU rec-and-archive.

January 1 to January 18: Sign-Ups
February 1: Assignments E-mailed
February 1 to February 29: Drafting & Beta Period
March 1: Fic Posting Period Opens
June 30: Fic Posting Period Ends

Why is there a beta period?
(1) If a participant needs to withdraw before the fics go live, this will give the Mods time to find a pitch-hitcher writer.

(2) Entries need moderator approval before they're posted. The Mods will check for (a) proper formatting (b) use of subject lines and tags (c) and polished work. If the fic has not been beta'd, the mods will hold off posting it and direct to you a beta.

(3) You are writing for someone else, and someone else is writing for you. The Mods don't want anyone disappointed. The beta period is for participants to find betas and polish up their submissions.

Why June 30th?
June 30th is when the Screen Actors' Guild/AMPTP contract expires. It will be a very interesting day to say the least. Though the Mods hope and pray the strike will end before then, we want to keep the fic-exchange open, active, and energized for the entirety of the strike.

fandom eligibility
American films and television only. No books, no imports, no plays, no poems. This fic-exchange is to support the WGA strike. Only work by WGA members is eligible. Exceptions to the rule:

(1) If you request a crossover or fusion fic, then the secondary fandom may come from non-WGA fandom. You can write a crossover with "Torchwood", as long as it's crossed with "Pirates of the Caribbean" or "Heroes". A T.S. Elliot/"Torchwood" crossover is not eligible.

(2) If non-WGA member canon was turned into a film or series written by a WGA member. Harry Potter, Batman/DC 'Verse, or musicals-turned-movies meet the requirements.

note on characterization
"Non-canon" and "non-current canon" does not automatically mean you should abandon the characters' characterization. Characterization refers to their manners, gestures, attitudes, personality, etc. It's easy to spot OOC verse IC stories and characterization. Please keep your alternative-universes in character!

spoiler policy
This is a Spoiler-Free Community. Please refrain from using current-canon or spoilers for the current-canon television season. As stated, the goal is to encourage non-canon stories and concepts. Playing with spoilers would defeat that purpose. Please try to emphasis arcs the writers have already finished or scenario that would have not realistic chance to become canon. Note: for international fans, "current-canon" refers to current US season.

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