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Professionals Big Bang WRITERS' Sign Up Post 2017

Challenge Rules for Writers

1. The central story element must focus on characters from The Professionals.
2. Stories must have a minimum length of 10,000 words. There is no maximum length.
3. Stories may be slash, gen, femslash, or het.
4. Any pairing is allowed, as is any rating.
5. AUs, Fusions and Crossovers are permitted but as it says in rule #1, the central story element must focus on characters from The Professionals.
6. You may write a story that is a prequel, sequel or companion story to a pre-existing story or stories you’ve written. However, the story/stories referred to must be available to read online and you will need to link to them when you post your story.
7. You are welcome to complete a WIP to meet the challenge as long as it has not been previously posted anywhere public.
8. Collaborations between writers are also allowed. Just let us know when you sign up if you are planning on writing with a partner.
9. Stories will be posted on an assigned date in October.
10. On your assigned date, you will make a master post for your story at this comm. The story itself may be posted to, and linked from, your personal LJ, Dreamwidth, AO3, The Automated Hatstand, etc.
11. We actively encourage adding stories to the Box of Tricks archive on AO3 to facilitate easy story downloads (we have membership codes available), but this is not required.
12. Please do not post your story anywhere prior to your assigned date and do not cross-post your story to any other community before the end of October.
13. We will create a master list of links and summaries at the community.
14. If you feel you have the energy and willpower to write a story and create artwork for someone else’s story, then please feel free to sign up as both an artist and as a writer.

Important Dates

Please sign-up to participate by March 1.

Your rough draft, full outline and story summary should be turned in by July 1. While we fully realize that a lot of us write right down to the wire and will continue to work on our stories until the September 23 deadline, Big Bangs are collaborative and our artists need this information to begin their work in turn.

On July 9, your summary will be posted anonymously for a participating artist to claim as a prompt. An artist will create, at the very least, one piece of art (title banner, illustration, manip, etc.) to accompany your story or a vidder may create a trailer for your story.

Your final draft should be completed by September 23.

Our posting schedule will begin in October.

To sign up

Please comment below with:
• Author name
• LJ username (if applicable)
• Email address

If you would prefer not to put your email address in the comment then please email us at prosbigbangtwo@gmail.com.

All that remains for right now is: Thanks for participating… and GO PROS!
23 January 2017 @ 10:16 am
Pros Big Bang signups opening soon! Yeah!!!

This is your reminder that author signups for the Eight annual Professionals Big Bang opens on Wednesday, February 1! Just about a week away! Are you ready?

While you wait for the signup post, you can read (or reread)
Last year, participants produced 11 stories, for a total of 342,081 words of fiction, with accompanying art! Link to Fic: 2016 Big Bang entries.

You can also check out the prior years:

Link to Fic: 2015 Big Bang entries
(18 stories, for a total of 536,800)

Link to Fic: 2014 Big Bang entries.
(16 stories, for a total of 492,416 words)

Link to Fic: 2013 Big Bang entries
(11 stories, 435,414 words),

Link to Fic: 2012 stories
(19 stories, 678,220 words),

Link to Fic: the 2011 stories
(16 stories, 585,646 words),

Link to Fic: and the 2010 stories
(23 stories, 695,123 words)!

That means that in the past seven years the participants in the Big Bang (that's you!) have written (and illustrated) 114 stories with a total word count of 3,765,700 words! Will we make it to 150 stories? Will we make it to four million words? If you sign up, you can make this happen!
22 January 2017 @ 12:21 am
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!
Hi everyone, here is the Master list for the 2016 Professionals Big Bang, and in order to make to it easier for you to read, view and revisit all the fabulous work created this year, under the cut you will find a master list of all the entries for the 2016 Professionals Big Bang.

The list includes links which will take you to the main posts for the stories, art and vids. At the main posts you will find the full details and links to the stories and art/vids themselves.

Below the list we copied some basic information from the headers, organised it by story title, and posted the direct links to stories, art and vids.

Lastly here is a link to the AO3 collections page.


Master List of the 2016 storiesCollapse )
02 November 2016 @ 12:10 pm
The 7th annual Professionals Big Bang is sadly over, and we'd like to thank you all for making it such a success! Whether you wrote a story, made artwork, served as a beta or cheerleader, or just read and enjoyed, thank you so much for participating. Such a wealth of exciting new fiction and art to read and enjoy!

Here’s to next year and thanks each and every one of you for making this challenge so enjoyable.

With best wishes, your mod team.
01 November 2016 @ 12:59 am
Title: Echoes From The Past
Author: Marjoram Max
Artist: Fairey Fox
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: GEN
Characters/Pairing: Bodie, Doyle
Word count: 24,333
Warnings: None

Marty Martell and Bodie weren’t exactly friends – in the intelligence game friends were a luxury most couldn’t afford – but they went back a long way together. So when Marty was murdered, it felt personal.

Doyle’s convinced that the stockpile of weapons found near Marty’s body holds the key to his murder.

The circumstances surrounding Marty’s killing, however, lead Bodie to a completely different conclusion, one that involves a family tragedy over 100 years before.

Now all Bodie has to do is convince his partner that things really do go bump in the night!

My sincerest thanks go to:

anna060957 for another excellent last minute beta job
Fairey Fox for the brilliant, atmospheric artwork which suits the story so well

Link to Fic: Echoes From The Past (apologies for any issues with the formatting - AO3 kept messing it up)
Link to Art: Art Master Post
31 October 2016 @ 09:34 pm
Title: Art for Echoes of the Past
Author: Majoram_Max
Artist: Fairey Fox
Proslib: No, thank you.
Genre: Gen
Pairings: None
Warnings: None needed, pretty tame.

Yay! We haz art!
Thanks so much to Majoram_Max for her class story, I find it incredibly appropriate that we're posting on All Hallow's Eve/Halloween/Samhain! Thanks must go to our wonderful mods: please take a bow and take a drink of your choosing, you deserve it. :-)

Art Post: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8435995
Title: Artwork for "Great House, Secret Spaces" by golden_bastet
Artist: loxleyprince
Author: golden_bastet
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Warnings: None - artwork is Safe For Work

Notes: HUGE thanks to my wonderful writer, golden_bastet, for the opportunity to illustrate her amazing Ancient-Egyptian-Pros-AU story. I've had TONS of fun playing with the lads (and occasionally the stoats) in Ancient Thebes! *g*
Big thanks also to the lovely ali15son for her beautiful screencaps which feature in more than one of my pictures.
Last but not least, big thanks to the new BB Mod Squad. WOOHOO!!! We survived!!! :-)

Link to Art: Art Master Post
Link to Story: tba Story Master Post
30 October 2016 @ 01:10 pm
Title: Great House, Secret Spaces
Author: golden_bastet
Artist: loxleyprince
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Word Count: 26,558
Warnings: slashy stuff and a couple of murders
Summary: Born of an Egyptian mother and unknown father, Raymond Doyle had fought his way to a spot on Pharaoh's elite police force only to be shunted aside after exposing the corruption of his superiors.

He finds himself plucked up by a Lord Cowley, seconded to his mysterious organization, to investigate the appearance of odd amulets around the city. An assignment, not likely to amount to much, but perhaps enough for him to redeem himself elsewhere.

Lord Cowley teams him with a WAP Bodie, an ex-army charioteer also seconded to the organization. As arrogant as he is good-looking, this Bodie is almost impossible to talk to, much less work with, and the assignment meant to salvage Doyle's career is off to a poor start. Doyle finds his next fight with this Bodie: they are polar opposites, barely tolerate each other – but then their minor assignment leads to murder, and mayhem, and something much bigger than either had imagined... in more ways than one.

Inspired by real events (!).

Notes: Great thanks to my beta, solosundance and my artist loxleyprince who have done a wonderful job of encouraging me to keep going during some extremely rough patches (NOT THE STOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAATS). I was very lucky to have them on my side.

Also would like to thank the comm, and the fandom, and Brian Clemens / Mark One for the characters and the company. :D

There are background notes immediately after the story, but placing them here would be spoiling, so...

Link to Fic: http://archiveofourown.org/chapters/19294570

Link to Art: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8380132

23 October 2016 @ 08:33 am
Title: Here Be Monsters
Artist: sc_fossil aka kat-byrd
Author: agent_talis
Archive to Pros Lib: Yes
Genre: Slash
Characters/Pairing: Bodie/Doyle
Warnings: None

Notes: Thanks to agent_talis for being tolerant of my efforts to create art. I am not an "artist" but I do get these pictures in my head while reading. This is what I saw when reading this fine story and agent_talis was okay with them! She is a trooper. :)

Special thanks to the mods of this year's Big Bang. They took on a big task and did a super job of it. You guys are special!

Also a head's up to giseerouchon. She is a fabulous artist. Go and look! Her art inspired my story from year's Big Bang. :)

Link to Art: Art Master Post by kat-byrd (sc_fossil)

Link to Fic: Fic Master Post

Link to Art: Art Master Post by GiseeRouchon