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 who are eager 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.
Can you believe we've been doing this for 13 years already?!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 beginning today for one week. After November 6th, 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 25, 2016. Stories should not be shared publicly before January 1, 2017, when the Secret Agent Santa authors are revealed.
The Down the Chimney Affair is a fiction exchange. Art and vids have been popular additions in the past and are absolutely welcome if the author so chooses, but are not required.
Stories set in either the original TV 'verse or the 2015 move 'verse are welcome. Gen, slash (m/m and f/f), OT3 and het are all welcome. You will need to specify fandom (TV or movie) and genre such as gen or slash on the sign-up form.
Two considerations to keep in mind when choosing prompts: 1) Plot outlines are not prompts, and 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 2016
. 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 2016 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 also have a link to the AO3 Down the Chimney collection on our muncle
links bar.2016 Timeline
All times noted are U.S. Central Standard Time Zone. Please visit a time zone converter to calculate the date and time of day for your locale.
Signups will be open for seven days, beginning Sunday, October 30 at 8:00 pm and closing at 8 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2016. (Sorry for the short sign-up period.)
Assignments will be sent out within 24 hours after the close of signups; that is, no later than the evening of Monday, November 7, 2016. That will give participants six weeks to complete their gifts.
The pinch hit sign up will be posted to muncle
on LJ on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
Stories are due no later than 8 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Pinch hit assignments will be sent out no later than 8 pm on Sunday, December 18, 2016.
Pinch hit stories are due no later than 8 pm on Friday, December 23, 2016.
Stories will be revealed at 10 am on Christmas Day, December 25, 2016.
Authors will be revealed at 10 am on New Year's Day, January 1, 2017.
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. (I'm completely sure I screwed something up somewhere - please point it out to me so I can fix my inevitable mistakes!)
Thanks so much, and looking forward to the awesome fic!
(P.S. If any of my friendly volunteer helper elves want to step in and help handle questions or problems, I'd be super grateful.)