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Part of the fun of the DtCA is that all stories are published anonymously for the first week, giving everybody a chance to guess at the mystery authors. Now you can know for sure - the authors' names are now revealed! Were you surprised or baffled?

Huge thanks to all who participated. DtCA is very special to me, our fandom's longest running fic project, and I know many others feel the same way and bring their best efforts to the challenge. You are the ones who make the season bright for me and it is so, so worth the effort.

*hugs* all around. And readers, please don't forget to tell the authors how much you enjoy their stories. They put their hearts and souls into bringing you the best vision they can of our Men from UNCLE.
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Happy Holidays to all!

Here for your Christmas Day (and later) reading pleasure are 13 delicious new stories, courtesy of some very talented authors. Enjoy!

Down the Chimney Affair 2016 on AO3
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Hope I don't sound like the Voice of Doom counting down - but here's a reminder that your Down the Chimney Affair stories for this year should be uploaded to the DtCA 2016 challenge on AO3 this coming Saturday, December 17th!

Please don't panic, though, because although we ask that the stories be uploaded by that evening, your story does not have to be 100% complete. You can still access your story and edit and tinker to your heart's content, all the way up through Christmas Eve. The stories go live on Christmas Day, December 25, at 10:00 am (that's US Central time).

The reason for the upload deadline is to give a headcount on defaults, so we can set any needed pinch hit authors to work. They will have less than one week to write their stories. I'm sorry to say I will not be available as a pinch hit writer this year - makes me feel like a slacker!

I'm pretty sure everyone has participated before and probably knows how to upload a story to the collection, but just in case, here's a link to last year's instructions. Disregard anything that is date specific in the instructions, and also be sure to upload to the 2016 collection!
How to Upload to the Collection

If you have any questions or problems, contact me via LJ private messaging or via email.

Heh. I just realized that this is the 13th year for this exchange and we had 13 wonderful people sign up! (Yeah, it took me a while to see that...)
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Good morning, all.

Time flies by fast at this time of year, so wanted to give y'all a reminder that the deadline for DtCA is coming up soon. The final deadline to submit your stories (that is, upload them to the AO3 site) is a mere two weeks from today!

If you think you might not be able to meet this deadline or have any other problems, please contact either [livejournal.com profile] spikesgirl58 or [livejournal.com profile] sparky955 via LJ private messaging. They can help you find a beta reader or can start drumming up some pinch-hit writers. Or give you soothing recipes to fuel your last-minute writing frenzy... whatever.

Thanks to all who choose to participate. And now I return you to your regular fun weekend.

Looking forward to the stories!
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The insane elf working the AO3 matching software has completed her tasks and sent out the invitations to our winter to-do. If you are participating in DtCA and do not receive your assignment later tonight, please either pm me or email me.

The process is a bit different this year than previous years, so I hope I didn't click "send" too quickly and miss anybody. If participants have any questions about their assignments, or anything else DtCA related, just give me a yell as noted above.

Can't wait to see what fabulous fic y'all come up with this year!
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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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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.)
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I know y'all are busy with your Halloween stories right now, but wanted to post a heads up that our annual holiday art & fic exchange will get underway soon. This little elf is busy putting the AO3 sub-collection for this year's DtCA together. Sign-up post will be following soon. This will be the 13th year for the Down the Chimney Affair - my how time flies when you're ogling pretty boys, huh?

Remember, DtCA is open to gen, slash and even het. Works in both TV verse and movie verse are welcome. I know we have a lot of new names and faces around our little fan community, so hope to see some new talent along with all our regular crew participating this year.
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