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22 January 2017 @ 12:21 am
The Eighth Annual Pros Big Bang Challenge  
We're Back!!!!! And just in time for . . .

The Eighth Annual Pros Big Bang Challenge

For those of you who haven’t seen a Big Bang Challenge before, it’s a collaborative effort between writers and artists. Writers sign up to write a story with a minimum word count. Later in the process, artists claim a story based on an anonymous story summary and produce at least one piece of art to go with it. The art can be an illustration, a manip, or even a vid.

Over the last five years we had set the minimum word count at 15,000, but this year we have decided to lower the word count to 10,000 in hope that will encourage more writers to dip their toes into the welcoming water. But please remember 10,000 is the minimum word count and if you would like to write 30,000, 50,000 or even 100,000 we will cheer you on all the way.

This is the time to think about that fic you started but RL got in the way, or the fic that just needs to be polished . . . or you just found languishing on a floppy disk. Hear the rally cry to join us!!!

And now for the schedule.............

Writer sign ups will start on the 1st February and run until the 1st March.
Artist sign ups will start on the 1st May and run until the 31st May.
Rough drafts are due at the start of July and the artists claims day will happen just after that.
Final stories and art are due in late September and posting begins in October.

And you can find the more detailed schedule on the ci5_boxoftricks profile page and on the left hand side of the main comm page.

Of course even if you don't plan on signing up, please do feel free to join the community. You can help by cheerleading, volunteering to beta, providing prompts, and generally joining in the festivities.

So fire up your word processor, sharpen your pencils, fine tune your Photoshop skills, gear up your vidding software and get ready for the 2017 Box of Tricks!
 
 
 
shooting2killshooting2kill on January 22nd, 2017 01:24 pm (UTC)
*So* pleased to see there are plans for another BB! Really looking forward to it.
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on January 22nd, 2017 02:05 pm (UTC)

It is a tradition of beauty...
loxleyprince: CallCI5loxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:17 pm (UTC)
It's all very exciting to be doing Pros BB-y things again!
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on January 22nd, 2017 02:05 pm (UTC)
This is my year of Good Things...

I'm determined - and a lower minimum word count...that has to be an omen.

I am now going to put my plotting cap on...if inspiration strikes, this could be my year to get off the bench and onto the field...
loxleyprince: CL2loxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: This is my year of Good Things...
Yes! Yes! :-)
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on January 22nd, 2017 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: This is my year of Good Things...

Perhaps I should have qualified that - my clutch failed unexpectedly and I've just got in after being hauled off the roadside!

My year of good Prosy things :0)

But I have come up with a mildly eccentric premise for a story...
loxleyprince: CL2loxleyprince on January 23rd, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
Re: This is my year of Good Things...
But I have come up with a mildly eccentric premise for a story...

Does it involve a dodgy clutch? :-)
snailsnailbones on January 22nd, 2017 03:57 pm (UTC)


Whoop! *\o/*

loxleyprince: CallCI5loxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:14 pm (UTC)
I see your Whoop! and add a Whoop! of my own to make Whoop! Whoop! (We could soooo be submarines! Ooooh, imagine a Pros story set on a submarine...) *g*
macklingirl: Betty fragendmacklingirl on January 22nd, 2017 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the sign up date for the artists.

But we are speaking about the 2017 (not 2016) Box of Tricks, aren't we? ;-)
krisserci5krisserci5 on January 22nd, 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
OMG Thanks =Q
loxleyprince: CL2loxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the sign up date for the artists

Me too! :-)
JoJo: 4.5 3.7solosundance on January 22nd, 2017 05:21 pm (UTC)
Delighted to see this post - very happy it's on again this year.
loxleyprince: CL2loxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:18 pm (UTC)
As are we! :-)
ali15son: pic#123027844ali15son on January 22nd, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC)
I look forward to it though I won't be involved I will enjoy the reading .
loxleyprince: BodieBlackloxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:20 pm (UTC)
Reading is being involved! There'd be no point having new stories if there weren't enthusiastic readers like you to enjoy them. :-)
Fiorenza_afiorenza_a on January 23rd, 2017 12:56 am (UTC)


Hear, hear to what Loxley said!
loxleyprince: CuddleAstoatloxleyprince on January 22nd, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! I can't wait!!! :-)
ci5mates: pic#126105103ci5mates on January 22nd, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)

How exciting!! I think lowering the word count might encourage people who otherwise might not have signed up!

loxleyprince: CL2loxleyprince on January 23rd, 2017 09:02 pm (UTC)
This is very much what we are hoping! :-)
dawnebeth: Cowley with his duckiedawnebeth on January 23rd, 2017 12:46 am (UTC)
I'm all in as long as RL cooperates!
loxleyprince: Stoatloxleyprince on January 23rd, 2017 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! You stalwart, you!!!
Cyanne: Pros B&D bwsilver_cyanne on January 23rd, 2017 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy to see you are doing this again. Thank you all for all your hard work which gives us such wonderful fics and art. Really looking forward to it, and I need things to look forward to these days.
loxleyprince: CL2loxleyprince on January 23rd, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*
Yes, we're very excited about another Pros BB!
sw33n3y: bd/dylsw33n3y on January 23rd, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh wonderful news! I'm still enjoying the fruits of BB 2016, so it's lovely to know there'll be another on the way, this year. \o/
loxleyprince: CuddleAstoatloxleyprince on January 23rd, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
It's like a crazy carousel - it never seems to stop! Enjoy the ride, dear! :-)
moth2fic: pros_otpmoth2fic on January 23rd, 2017 06:32 pm (UTC)
The lower word count is encouraging! After twisting my usual beta's arm until she wrote the sequel to one of my earlier offerings last year, she is now nudging me to sign up this time. Well, it might be a bit of a collaborative effort - she works out the plot and I write it. At which point we might need another beta...
loxleyprince: CallCI5loxleyprince on January 23rd, 2017 09:11 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Collaborations are a ton of fun, so I hope you do both decide to take part! As for finding another beta, we mods should be able to help with that, as we routinely put out a call for Pros BB betas in case anyone needs one.
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on January 25th, 2017 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's great to see the BB up again for another year. And with no black belt training this year, I'm toying with signing up!
loxleyprince: CuddleAstoatloxleyprince on January 26th, 2017 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yes! Do it! DO IT!!! (You KNOW you want to!!!) :-)
P.R. Zed: pros mixed doubles gunrangeprzed on January 27th, 2017 02:27 pm (UTC)
I do have about 5,000 words of a WIP hanging around...

Edited at 2017-01-27 02:27 pm (UTC)
loxleyprince: BodieArmourloxleyprince on January 27th, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
5000 words is Half Way There Already!!! :-)
P.R. Zed: doyle pensiveprzed on January 27th, 2017 05:24 pm (UTC)
Half way to the minimum. Not half way to the end of this story. (It's a long and plotty one.)

Still, it's tempting.
merentha13merentha13 on January 28th, 2017 12:11 am (UTC)
Oh, c'mon! You know you want to!! *g*
P.R. Zed: bodie fencingprzed on January 28th, 2017 02:37 am (UTC)
Want to? Absolutely! Have time to? That's the big question.

Ah well, I can sign up and see how things are going by the pull out date, I suppose.
loxleyprince: BodieBlackloxleyprince on January 31st, 2017 09:33 am (UTC)
Yes! Yes! It's perfectly acceptable for you to sign up and then see how you get on.

(And even if you don't manage to complete the story for this year's BB, you'll be ever so well set for the 2018 one... :-)
Fairey Foxagent_talis on January 29th, 2017 09:31 am (UTC)
I was re-reading my old Pros WIPs and I suddenly thought, 'I wonder if the Box of Tricks is running this year?'

AND IT IS! *cheers*

Now to decide whether I have time this year to join in... *goes to check calendar* :-)
loxleyprince: Stoatloxleyprince on January 31st, 2017 09:27 am (UTC)
Oh, yes! Yes! YES! Oh, please say that you do! *looks at you with puppy-dog eyes* :-)