Yes indeedy, cousins and friends, it is that time of the year again, when our thoughts turn to adorable Napoleon and Illya elves feasting on cookies and vodka and jolly secret-agent Santas are ready to fill our stockings with all sorts of fabulous fanfic.
Well, OK, maybe not quite yet... but it is time to sign up for DtCA already, in order to have plenty of fic in our collective stocking come the wintry end-of-year.How The Down the Chimney Affair works
The Down the Chimney Affair is a secret santa-style story exchange, which means that you write a story based on another fan's prompts and someone else writes a story for you, guided by your prompts. If you want to receive a story, you must also be willing to write one.
This is the post to register for the exchange. Sign-ups will be open for 10 days. After October 11th, the agents at UNCLE North Pole will match Secret Agent Santas with recipients according to preferences noted on the entry form.
Once again the exchange will be hosted and archived on the Archive of Our Own, although all admin posts and discussion will be here on muncle
The gift exchange rules and this year's timetable are noted below.Down The Chimney Affair Guidelines
Secret Agent Santas agree to write a story of 1,000 words or more. Longer stories are welcome, but 1,000 words is the required minimum.
Stories are published anonymously on December 25th. Stories should not be shared publicly before January 1, 2014, when the Secret Agent Santa authors are revealed.
Gen and slash fiction is welcome. At this time het pairings are not an option.
The Down the Chimney Affair is a fiction exchange. Additional art and vids have been popular additions in the past and are absolutely welcome if the author so chooses, but are not required.
Two considerations to keep in mind when choosing prompts: 1) Plot outlines are not prompts 2) Prompts are things you'd like to see in a story, not an attempt to stump the author.
Participants cannot express a preference regarding who they write for, or who they would prefer as their author. Writers are matched to recipients based on preferences listed on the sign-up form.
And last but not least, the ugly: Authors defaulting on an assignment are prohibited from participating the following year. Two DtCA defaults result in prohibition from further DtCA exchanges.All signups will be done via the sign-up form on the profile page of Down the Chimney Affair 2013. Just click the "Sign-Up Form" button to open up the form. Instructions are included within the form. Be sure you are first logged into your AO3 account (there is a "Log In" button on every AO3 screen, in the upper right corner).
The Down the Chimney Affair 2013 profile page
contains extensive FAQs and also some detailed step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for the exchange. An AO3 account is required in order to participate; if you do not have one please contact vysila AT comcast DOT net for an account invitation.
We now have links to the AO3 Down the Chimney collection on our muncle
link bar.2013 Timeline
All times noted are U.S. Eastern Standard Time Zone. Please visit the time zone converter
to calculate the date and time of day for your locale.
Signups will be open for ten days, beginning Tuesday, October 1 at 8:00 pm (20:00) and closing at 8 pm (20:00) on Friday, October 11, 2013.
Assignments will be sent out within 48 hours after the close of signups; that is, no later than the evening of Sunday, October 13.
The pinch hit sign up will be posted to muncle on LJ on November 30, 2013.
The beta reader sign up will be posted to muncle on LJ on November 30, 2013.
Stories are due no later than 8 pm (20:00) on Friday, December 13, 2013.
Pinch hit assignments will be sent out no later than 8 pm (20:00) on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Pinch hit stories are due no later than 8 pm (20:00) on Monday, December 23, 2013.
Stories will be revealed at 10 am (10:00) on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013.
Authors will be revealed at 10 am (10:00) on New Year's Day, January 1, 2014.
Finally, because 2013 marks our 10th anniversary of the Down the Chimney exchange, the mod would like to make a teensy plea. If possible, could the number ten figure somewhere in your story? It could be a reference to 10 years of partnership, a 10th anniversary, their 10th mission together, 10 times Illya spent Christmas in the hospital or heck, Napoleon checking his partner after an explosion to make sure he still has all 10 fingers! You get the idea. I just thought it might add a fun little element to this special anniversary. Please note that my request is NOT a requirement, just a bonus idea that would earn you much love from this moderator.
If you have any questions regarding the Down the Chimney Affair or how to sign-up, please add a comment to this post and I will respond as soon as possible.
Thanks so much, and looking forward to the awesome fic!