January 24th, 2013

The Fourth 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.

Last year, as a response to a member poll,  we set the minimum word count for Big Bang stories at 15,000.   From further feedback we've received, this seems to be a very happy medium for most, so we're sticking with it this year too.  Remember, that’s a minimum. If you want to write 30,000, 50,000 or even 100,000 words, we’re not going to complain. In fact we’ll cheer you on. :D

Writer sign-ups will start on the 1st of February, and run until the 1st of March. Artist sign-ups will also start on the 1st of February and close on the 31st of May. Stories and art will be due in late September, and posting will begin in October. (A more detailed schedule can be found on the ci5_boxoftricks profile page and on the left hand side of the main com page).

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 2013 Box of Tricks!

— The Modly Five