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Welcome to the Fourth Annual Crossovering exchange! Nominations begin on July 2.

We've implemented a few changes this year. You can read about those here or you can review the FAQ/rules. (Questions? Email us at crossoveringmods@gmail.com or comment here.)

2017 Schedule


Brainstorming: June 20 – July 1 (Go to the post.)
Nominations: July 2 – July 15
Signups: July 18 – July 27
Assignments sent: July 30
Assignments due: September 30
Final pinch hits due: October 6
Archive goes live: October 7
Authors revealed: October 14
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Nominations will run from July 2 through July 15. As a reminder, here's how nominations work and how they affect signups:
  • You may nominate up to 8 fandoms. At least for this year, we do not plan to change this maximum, since we've dropped the 2+ nominations requirement.

  • If a fandom you nominated has been rejected, it's likely because that fandom was nominated with a slightly different title. (More likely to happen with newer fandoms without canonical tags on AO3.) If you feel a fandom has been rejected in error, please let us know.

  • Signups require a minimum of 3 requests with a maximum of 10. For each one, you must request at least 2 fandoms and up to 10.

  • Signups require a minimum of 3 offers with a maximum of 10. For each one, you must offer at least 2 fandoms and up to 10.
When nominations begin, we will post more detailed instructions about how to nominate on AO3. (You can also review the FAQ.)

To pass the time until nominations: brainstorming post! Previously, participants used brainstorming posts to plan their nominations around the 2+ nominations requirement. But as of this year, that requirement no longer applies.

So instead, you can use this post to discuss which fandoms you plan to nominate, to share your ideas for crossovers, or to get suggestions for crossovers from other participants. You can also promote fandoms here, if you'd like.
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We received some great feedback. You can view the results of the poll here. Based on your input, we'll implement the following changes for this year's exchange:
  • Requests will be visible throughout signups.

  • Fandoms no longer need 2+ nominations. We will approve all fandoms, except in cases of duplicates.

  • Although the majority voted to keep the traditional bucket requests/offers system, we're lowering the minimum number of fandoms per request/offer to two (2). You can still request up to six (6) fandoms per request and offer up to ten (10) fandoms per offer.

  • Participants may request and offer art.
    • Requirements for art: Traditional or digital piece created entirely by the artist. Cannot be drawn on lined paper. Minimum size of 500,000 pixels. Must include two (2) or more of the requested fandoms.

    • If an artist's submission fails to meet the guidelines, their recipient will be sent to the pinch hits list.

    • This means that the fic/art field will be required and that we'll match based on it.
  • The crossover/fusion field will now be required. We will match on this field, if we're able to do so.

  • We will include the characters field in signups. It will not be required, but we hope you'll use it to give your author more information about you preferences.
We know that not all of these changes will suit everyone, but we hope that overall they'll improve the exchange. If you have any questions or concerns, you can leave a comment here or you can email us at crossoveringmods@gmail.com.

The rules and FAQ will be updated to reflect these changes soon.

Schedule for this year's exchange:
Nominations: July 2 – July 15
Signups: July 18 – July 27
Assignments out: July 30
Assignments due: September 30
Pinch hits due: October 6
Archive live: October 7
Authors revealed: October 14
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Before we set an official schedule for this year's exchange, we wanted to get your feedback on a few subjects.

First, there's been some discussion in the past about changing how we do matching. Previously, we've simply set each request/offer up as bucket requests/offers, and participants have matched on 2+ fandoms. However, we know there's some interest in other approaches.

... unfortunately, AO3's code somewhat limits our options, so these are the options we're considering:
  • Nominations, signups, and matching remain as they've been — except that we will approve all fandoms, rather than impose a 2+ nomination requirement.

  • Participants nominate, request, and offer pairs of fandoms. For example, you might nominate: Wonder Woman (2017) & Xena: Warrior Princess. (We do not yet know what this would mean for the signup form.)

  • For each request or offer, participants would be required to choose 2+ fandoms and 2+ characters. However, this does complicate the matching process, and we might hit a wall with matching. If that happened, we would have to match based ONLY on the 2+ fandoms in each request/offer.

  • Participants nominate, request, and offer crossover relationships. Gen relationships (&) and romantic relationships (/) would both be accepted. For example, you might nominate: Diana Prince (Wonder Woman 2017)/Xena (Xena: Warrior Princess). All relationships would be nominated under Crossover Relationships.

Next, we'd like to talk about Crossovers and Fusions. For the purpose of this exchange, we've defined crossovers and fusions as such:
A crossover is when the characters/worlds of both fandoms interact. For example, Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes solve a case with Kate Beckett and Richard Castle

A fusion is when the characters of one fandom are placed into the world of another fandom. For example, Joan Watson and Sherlock Holmes are co-pilots in the world of Pacific Rim, but the characters from Pacific Rim do not need to appear in the fic.
For the last two years, we've included these as additional tags but have not required them. (We also have not matched on them.) We only want to continue to include these if participants find them useful. We also know that some participants like the idea of requiring them — specifically, so that participants prone to leaving their Optional Details blank at least leave some useful info behind. We'd like to know your thoughts on these things.

Last, we've seen multiple request to include art. We've been hesitant to do so in the past, because it can be more difficult to maintain standards for art. However, we're willing to give it a try if a significant number of you would like to see that as an option.

So there's a poll behind the cut! Results are visible to everyone — for transparency's sake — but they're also anonymous. Anonymous commenting is also enabled, for those who can't vote in the poll and/or want to leave additional input.

Crossovering 2017 Poll )

Edit: Oops! I forgot to include the option to remove the Crossover/Fusion element from the signups in the poll. If you'd prefer that, you can say so in question #4 or in the comments! Sorry about that!

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We have now officially closed the collection for 2016, and the screennames of authors have been revealed! So if you've been curious to see who wrote for you, you can now go back and take a look. (And if you haven't already, please leave a comment thanking your author(s) for taking the time to write for you! They'll definitely appreciate it!)

All of that means we are officially done with this year's exchange, and we want to give the sincerest of thanks to everyone who participated. Whether you nominated fandoms or wrote an assignment, a pinch hit or a treat, or whether you just helped us get the word out: we truly appreciate it all. An exchange is only as good as those that show up to participate, and we are thrilled with how things turned out thanks to all of you. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!

We plan to be back next year, so please keep an eye out on Dreamwidth or Tumblr for announcements regarding that in the future!

On behalf of myself and the other mods, thank you again! 
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Stories are now visible here. You should receive an email from AO3 with a link to your gift soon, but you can also find it here: http://archiveofourown.org/users/YOUR-USER-NAME-HERE/gifts

Because of the delay in opening the archive, we are also delaying author reveals to Friday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. That means, we're also giving more time for treat writing! So if you have any lingering treat ideas, you'll have until then to get them written and posted. 

Please note that fics written for exchanges tend to get buried when archives go live, as a result of earlier posting dates. We advise that you change your publication date so your fic doesn't get lost in the fray.To do so, simply click Edit on your fic and scroll down to the Associations heading. Check the box next to Set a different publication date and change it to today's date.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at crossoveringmods@gmail.com.
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 We will be opening the archive in ONE HOUR! Yes, it's really happening! All stories will be available for reading in one hour. (That's 10:00 a.m. PDT.)

If you have any quick edits you would like to make, now is the time.
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 As you have probably noticed, the opening of this year's archive has been delayed. However, we plan on opening it tomorrow, October 9, at approximately 10:00 a.m. PDT. What time is that where you are? Check here! (We will also post a one hour warning to let you know that it's about to open and any edits must be completed.)

As for our emergency pinch hit, it is still outstanding, though we have one writer working on something. That said, we encourage anyone (and everyone) to please write something for this pinch hit. (You may look at the full requests here.) Aurilly has been incredibly patient and kind regarding this issue and we would love to see some treats get written!

Thanks to all of you for your patience and understanding about these unforeseen delays! We hope all of these wonderful stories will be worth the wait! (Okay, we admit it, we've peeked, and they are definitely worth the wait!)
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The final deadline for post-deadline pinch-hits has now officially passed! If you have not completed your pinch hit, we will send those requests to the pinch hit list and open it up for anyone who is interested in writing.

You may continue to post any treats after this deadline and through when authors are revealed, so if you have time this weekend, treat away!

Stories will be ready for reading once everyone who wrote a story has also received a complete story. We're currently shooting for some time on October 8, but we will keep you updated should the opening be delayed. (We will also give a one hour warning before we go live.) 

Please take a look at the pinch hit list and the current emergency pinch hit if you're up to writing this weekend!

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The final deadline for post-deadline pinch-hits is in about 1 hour. All pinch hits, and any edits to already posted fics, should be posted no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 7.

You may continue to post any treats after this deadline and through when authors are revealed, so if you have time this weekend, treat away!

We also have one emergency pinch-hit at this time. We won't be assigning it to anyone; if you can write and post a completed story for the recipient, please do so ASAP!

Stories will be ready for reading once everyone who wrote a story has also received a complete story. We'd like that to be on October 8, so we can all dig into the awesome crossovers! We'll keep you updated as to when stories will go live, but if you have any last minute edits, it's best to get them in by the deadline above.
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The final deadline for post-deadline pinch-hits is in just about 24 hours. All pinch hits, and any edits to already posted fics, should be posted no later than 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 7.

You may continue to post any treats after this deadline and through when authors are revealed, so if you have time this weekend, treat away! 

Stories will be ready for reading some time on October 8, depending on whether everyone who wrote a story has also received a complete story at deadline. We'll keep you updated as to when stories will go live, but if you have any last minute edits, it's best to get them in by the deadline above.

Happy writing!
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The final deadline for uploading assignments has now officially passed. That means your assigned recipient should have a complete story over 1000 words in the archive. Any assignments that are currently open will be sent to the pinch hit list. We will also be checking uploaded assignments and any found breaking the rules will also be sent to the pinch hit list. If you don't currently have a gift in the archive, don't be alarmed! There are late pinch hits and a few extensions were granted, so you might not have anything yet. But, rest assured, everyone who signed up and completed a story is guaranteed to receive a story.

For those waiting to snag a pinch hit, there are currently two open pinch hits on the list (#012 and #013), and any remaining pinch hits will go out soon. So please join the group if you'd like to help out.

The deadline for future pinch hits will be October 7 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. We plan on opening the archive on October 8, so please make sure all edits to current fics, treats and pinch hits are completed before then.

You may still submit treats to the collection, and we encourage you to do so. Treats can be for anyone who signed up for the challenge, and there is no word count requirement. You can tag them as 'Crossovering Treat' to indicate that it's a treat and not a main assignment.

Thank you to everyone participating! We look forward to all of the great stories we'll be reading next week!
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 THERE IS ONLY ONE HOUR LEFT to upload your stories before our deadline of 12 a.m. PDT on September 30. (what time is that for me?) You will have plenty of time between that deadline and when the collection opens to the public to edit your stories for spelling/grammar, but you must have a complete story, over 1000 words and with a beginning, middle and end by the date above
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There are just about 24 hours left to post your stories before our deadline of 12 a.m. PDT on September 30. (what time is that for me?) You will have plenty of time between that deadline and when the collection opens to the public to edit your stories for spelling/grammar, but you must have a complete story, over 1000 words and with a beginning, middle and end by the date above.

Also, there will likely be pinch hits coming soon and the deadline for all pinch hits from this point forward will be October 7.

And now, the usual links: 

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There are just 48 hours left to post your stories before our deadline of 12 a.m. PDT on September 30. (what time is that for me?) You will have plenty of time between that deadline and when the collection opens to the public to edit your stories for spelling/grammar, but you must have a complete story, over 1000 words and with a beginning, middle and end by the date above.

Also, there will likely be pinch hits coming soon and the deadline for all pinch hits from this point forward will be October 7.

And now, the usual links: 

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Only one week left before assignments are due! All stories must be uploaded to AO3 by September 30 at 12 midnight PDT. (what time is that for me?)

While we're also reminding you of the due date, we thought we'd also give you a list of some important posts you might need as we march towards that deadline. 

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There are now two weeks left before assignments are due. All stories must be uploaded to AO3 by September 30 at 12 midnight PDT. (what time is that for me?)

While we're also reminding you of the due date, we thought we'd also give you a list of some important posts you might need as we march towards that deadline. 

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There is now ONE MONTH left until stories must be posted! We're sure everyone is busy writing, but thought we'd use this opportunity to create an AFK post.

If you are going to be unavailable during the time when stories go live (October 8) and will be unable to comment to thank your author right away, please leave a comment in this post so they'll know. We're not concerned if you won't be able to comment for a few hours or anything like that, just if it will be days or a week or longer. If you leave a comment, please put your AO3 username in it, as well as the length of time your author may have to wait.

Thank you!
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There is still plenty of time left in the writing period, but some of you may already be finished (or close to it), or you may just want to get a beta reader in place for when you do finish. So, if you need a beta reader or would like to volunteer services, please use this post!

While we do not require stories to have a beta reader, we strongly recommend it.

If you're volunteering as a beta, please comment here! Tell us:
  • Which fandoms you can work in (full list of Crossovering fandoms)

  • How to contact you: email, @Twitter, Tumblr, Skype, PM on LJ/DW, etc.

  • If you're offering SPAG, worldbuilding, character, or plot help ... or all four!

  • An estimate of what your turnaround time is

  • Your dealbreakers, aka what you won't beta, e.g., violence, non-con, cheating, mushrooms, talking animals, etc.


If you're looking for a beta, you can leave an anonymous comment here listing the fandoms you need help with. DO NOT REVEAL YOUR INDIVIDUAL ASSIGNMENT.

Anonymous comments will be unscreened and can be replied to by beta volunteers with their contact info.

If you're looking for a beta and are worried about revealing your assignment, you can email the mods and we'll act as go-between on your behalf.

We hope everyone is enjoying the writing process so far, but if you need any assistance, feel free to comment here or e-mail us and we'll do what we can.
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We just wanted to post a reminder to everyone that we may be reaching out to you to ask for additional information throughout this writing period. (And have already reached out to some of you.) This means that we're asking you to double check that your e-mail address at AO3 is correct, as that is how we contact you. You may also want to check your spam folder in case your e-mail service has marked our messages as spam.

We will also be posting a beta volunteer post before the weekend begins, so be on the look out for that soon!