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18 August 2010 @ 01:06 pm
Fall 2010 Sign Ups  
SIGN UPS ARE NOW CLOSED

Welcome to the
Fall 2010
Hogwarts Founders
Fic and Art
Exchange


I can hardly believe it, but we're already on round three! So exciting!

Sign ups will last from now until around 11:59 PM (PST) on September 1. That's two weeks. Please don't wait to sign up till the last minute, because that can provide confusion with time zone differences. If you'd like to get an idea of how past rounds have gone, feel free to check out the masterlist from last year, or the masterlist from the year before.

Please take time to review the community profile, as it gives an overview of the exchange, the rules, etc. For brevity's sake, however, here are the submission rules. By signing up for this exchange, you agree to follow all of these rules.

1. All fics must have a minimum word count of 1,000 and should be completed. They should not be sequels to or continuations of a pre-existing work. There is no maximum word count; however, if you want to write a novel-length fic, make sure you manage your time! Also keep in mind that most exchange fics end up being somewhere between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Artwork should be of a quality somewhat equivalent to this; it should not be a quick doodle on Microsoft Paint, but should be completed and should have taken some effort. No photomanipulations or the like are allowed.

2. All fics must be spell-checked and beta-read. Fics riddled with numerous grammar/spelling mistakes will be sent back with a request for a beta-reader to look them over. If you cannot find a beta-reader, contact the mods, and they will be happy to do it for you or find someone else to do it.

3. All fics and artwork must be newly-created by the author or artist. Old works are not acceptable, and furthermore, plagiarism is not tolerated. Reasonably-sized quotes from books, songs, etc., are allowed with proper credit.

4. All fics and art, upon completion, should be sent to the mods at foundersgiftsmod@gmail.com. Fics should be in .txt or Word format, and should contain all proper html tags. Art should be sent as either an attachment in .jpg, .gif, or .png format or uploaded to an image hosting site such as Photobucket (you would email us the link). Proper heading information should be sent along with both fics and art.

5. Since this is an anonymous exchange, all fics and art posted will remain anonymous until the time of the big reveal. That means you may not claim a piece of fic/art as your own, or post it elsewhere, until after the exchange is done and the big reveal is posted.

6. NC-17 - rated fics or art are allowed but somewhat discouraged, since this is not meant to be a smut exchange. To give or receive NC-17 - rated material, you must be eighteen years of age or older and should have an age statement in your profile. All NC-17 - rated posts will be marked for adult content. Additionally, due to LiveJournal's policy, fics/art depicting characters under the age of eighteen in explicitly sexual situations are not allowed.

7. All submissions, of course, must be centered around the Hogwarts Founders and that particular time-period.

8. If you need an extension during which to complete your submission, please email the mods.


But now, to the sign up form!

Under 'RECEIVING,' you will find a question about 'personal canon.' This is included because so very little is known about the Founders, and so some people have already formed a strong idea of how they prefer them to be characterized/look. This question is entirely optional, but feel free to link to pictures, etc.


YOU
Name:
Email:
Age (only if you plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material):
LJ name of someone you trust (and can keep a secret) that the person creating your gift can contact with questions about your preferences (optional):

RECEIVING
Fic or art:
Desired rating of yor gift (G to NC-17):
Romance or gen:
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one)
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive:
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive:
Any personal canon you would like to see included? (Character appearance, background, etc.)
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional):

GIVING
Fic or art:
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17):
Romance or gen:
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw:
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw:
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional):



Once again, here is our ideal schedule. When posting ends and the reveal goes up obviously depends on the number of entries received. The schedule will be updated here and in the community profile when I have an idea of the latter two dates.

Sign ups: August 18 - September 4
Assignments sent: September 5-6
Fics and art due: October 16
Posting begins: October 26
Posting ends: around November 2
Big reveal: around November 3

The creating period has been extended by at least ten extra days; so hopefully this will decrease some of the need for extensions. However, I am still willing to grant extensions, but ideally only up to October 26. I don't like being strung along throughout the entire fest, only to have someone drop out the day before posting ends. So please try and check your calendars and schedules ahead of time. I don't want to have to kick anyone out for turning in their assignment too late.

If anyone has questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Let's make this another amazing year. :)
 
 
 
peskywhistpaw: cloudspeskywhistpaw on August 18th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Part 1
YOU
Name: Amber/peskywhistpaw
Email: lostmaeblleshire [@] gmail [.] com
Age: I don't plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material
LJ name of someone you trust: chimbomba

RECEIVING
Fic or art: Either
Desired rating of yor gift (G to NC-17): G to PG-13
Romance or gen: Rrrrrromance, or gen with slight romancey undertones
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one) Helga/Salazar, Godric/Rowena, Rowena/Helga
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive: If it’s Godric/Rowena, I’d really enjoy some humor, witty banter, etc. For Helga/Salazar, I do always love to see the lighter side of them together, but a dark, angsty fic definitely also works for them. For Rowena/Helga, I guess just make it believable. I prefer how-they-get-together fics, pre-schism, and I’d rather the story focus more on the main pairing than on the Founders as a whole. Action/adventure or a mystery could also be fabulous, actually.
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive: Anything that has to do with Salazar's dramatic depart from Hogwarts (so something before the schism is preferred). Sex. Excessive use of the word “lover.” I'd prefer if the main pairing wasn't pre-established, unless it's absolutely necessary. Salazar being [completely] evil, Helga being stupid. Anachronisms. Excessive fluff. Salazar being physically abusive to anyone, unless it's an accident (or it's a battle or something). Pregnancy- or kid-fic.
Any personal canon you would like to see included? (Character appearance, background, etc.) I have a post here about their appearance; anything else in the post you can take as you want. I've also been doing some additional research, based on the Lexicon's speculation of where the Founders came from. (Godric is from SW England - Godric's Hollow - around Devon/Cornwall; Helga is probably from Wales; Salazar is from around East Anglia/Norfolk - the Fens; Rowena is from Scotland.) I used these to research a bit about religion in those areas around 900-1000. (This will tie into one of the prompts below.) I think both Helga and Rowena are Celtic/Gaelic; Godric, even though he's from near Cornwall, and Cornwall is now a Celtic nation, I see as being Christian; I believe at the time there was a heavy Christian influence in that area. Salazar would logically be Christian/Roman, but I really, really can't see that happening. I asked here about Salazar's background in the Fens, so when coming up with background about him (if you need to), feel free to browse through the comments there for ideas.
peskywhistpaw: cloudspeskywhistpaw on August 18th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Part 2
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional):
1. Some kind of conflict of religions among the Founders (especially between Godric and Salazar?). This is where gen fic might be appropriate, and why the personal canon section above is important. It would also be AMAZING if you could tie it into the next prompt:
2. Halloween for the Founders. Again, this ties into the personal canon section. The 31st of October/the 1st of November represent a lot of different holidays. For Helga in Wales, Nov. 1 is Calan Gaeaf (the first day of winter), and the night before is Nos Calan Gaeaf (kind of a "spirit night"). For Rowena in Scotland, there's Samhain; this is also what I envision for Salazar, but you're welcome to take him another pagan route if you'd like. If Godric is a Christian (and you don't have to make him be one!), you might be dealing with something like All Saint's Day, etc. However you use these are up to you, whether it is to create conflict or celebrate diversity, or what have you.
3. Lughnasadh! August first, marks the beginning of the harvest season. Although none of the Founders are Irish, there's an interesting part of the Wikipedia article about Lughnasadh (linked above): "Among the Irish it was a favored time for handfastings — trial marriages that would generally last a year and a day, with the option of ending the contract before the new year, or later formalizing it as a more permanent marriage." I really like the idea of working that tradition into the wizarding world, even if you change up the rules a bit. That could be fun for any of the Founders pairings (even Rowena/Helga, oooh). There's also Lammas, if you'd rather work with that.
4. Helga convinces Salazar to help in her garden, humor ensues... Or not.
5. [Man] wants to practice with his sword, [woman] helps, something surprising results. (No, this is not a euphemism!)
6. What the Chamber of Secrets was used for before it housed the Basilisk
7. There is a dragon that needs slaying/taming (literally and/or figuratively). I wouldn't mind seeing genfic for this, involving all four Founders battling a dragon, or some such.
8. The invention of a new spell/magical object; a discovery of some kind
9. There is a faire or festival or celebration going on; the Founders play host, or are simply guests. Bonus points for a tournament of some kind, or a dance.
10. Something dark and mysterious is brewing in the castle (that doesn’t have to do with Salazar). AKA a mystery fic.
11. A journey somewhere; bonus prompts: fog, moors, glint, boat
12. How so-and-so first meets so-and-so
13. For Rowena/Helga, something involving the language of flowers. This is kind of cliche, but maybe find a way to make it work?
14. The Founders generally having a merry time.

GIVING
Fic or art: Either
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17): PG-13
Romance or gen: Preferably romance
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw: Helga/Salazar, Godric/Rowena, Rowena/Helga, Bloody Baron/Grey Lady mainly, but I’ll take a crack at almost anything
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw: Godric/Salazar, sex.
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional): Humorous banter for fic, femmeslash for art.
rena_rulesrena_rules on August 19th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
YOU
Name: Rena/ rena_rules
Email: skd9694@verizon.net
Age (only if you plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material): I don't plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material
LJ name of someone you trust (and can keep a secret) that the person creating your gift can contact with questions about your preferences (optional):

RECEIVING
Fic or art: Fic, definitely
Desired rating of your gift (G to NC-17): G- PG-13
Romance or gen: Either (or Both)
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one) Rowena/Godric, Rowena/Salazar Salazar/Helga
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive: Even if it’s a Romance, I’d love lots of little friendship moments mixed in. I’d like a lot about the Founders’ dynamics on the group level, how they work together, who argues the most with who, who gives the best advice, who they each turn to in their weak moments. If it’s a Romance, I want to see how the romance effects the group.
I like it when there’s a love triangle between Rowena, Godric, and Salazar, with both men in love with Rowena. Rowena doesn’t have to pick either of them, but is she picks one, make it Godric in the end.
If you include the Grey Lady/Helena in it, I prefer her to be very young/not yet born. If she has to be a older, you can sow the seed of her problems with her mother, but she shouldn’t be anywhere near actually running away. I like it when no one knows who her father is, and if anyone knows, it’s Rowena and Rowena isn’t telling.
If Helga/Salazar (I really like arranged marriage Helga/Salazar but you don’t have to do that), it won’t last forever, and you can show the fluffy moments but definitely show the angst. Remember that they were friends before the relationship and unless the end of the relationship coincides with the schism, Helga and Salazar will at least attempt to remain friends afterward.
If you want to write a long fic (which I would just love but you don’t have to) I’d love for it to start with how-they-got-together and show all the little and big moments until the schism happens. That would be awesome.
Oh and if you could use some of the things from canon, like the locket, diadem, sword, etc. that would be great. And remember Salazar is a parseltongue and slip it in now and again. Plus I love Snarky!Rowena.
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive: No slash, threesomes, foursomes, orgies, anything like that. No mindless fluff, no angst for the sake of angst. No Evil!Salazaar, or for that matter one-dimensional Founder characters. No post-schism fics (unless you add a reconciliation-that-history-forgot scene to the very end). No Grey Lady/Bloody Baron (unless it’s extremely pre-pairing and in the background)
Any personal canon you would like to see included? (Character appearance, background, etc.) In terms of character, I like Rowena being really free spirited to a fault, and very argumentative. She’s not like a typical women of her times, even for a witch. In my personal canon, she’s a bastard (illegitimate child ( her mother’s unwed)) and she’s raised as a servant/childhood companion for one of the other founders who in my personal canon are all Nobility.
In terms of appearances, I see them all as looking pretty much like how they do on the lexicon, except for Salazar. Rowena with raven-hair, Helga as a slightly chubby redhead, muscular Godric with auburn hair and a beard. Salazaar is not an old bald man (or at least he isn’t until Godric is too). Salazaar would be an impeccably mannered, polite, well groomed gentleman, probably with a silvery blond haircolor.
Also in my personal canon, the Peverell brothers are alive at the same time as the founders and they at the very least are acquaintances, but you don’t have to include them if you don’t want.
rena_rulesrena_rules on August 19th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional):
1. Salazar/Helga arranged marriage. Godric is Helga’s cousin/protector, sent to keep her company. Rowena is the servant/ childhood companion to Salazar who lets her get away with far more than she should.
2. There’s a war going on and it involves Dragons.
3. How they got all their magic artifacts in the first place.
4. Mother!Helga trying to get the others to stop bickering.

GIVING
Fic or art: Fic
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17): Low PG-13
Romance or gen: Gen or gen with slight romancey undertones
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw: Rowena/Godric unrequited Salazaar/Rowena,
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw: Bloody Baron/ Grey Lady, Slash, Femslash, Threesomes, Orgies
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional):
salazar_quinnsalazar_quinn on August 20th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
YOU
Name: Riley / Salazar Quinn
Email:rkirkwin@xplornet.ca
Age (only if you plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material): Don't plan on it.
LJ name of someone you trust (and can keep a secret) that the person creating your gift can contact with questions about your preferences (optional):

RECEIVING
Fic or art: Either
Desired rating of yor gift (G to NC-17):G Anything, except NC-17, I guess, 'cause I'm too young.
Romance or gen: Preferably romance in a fic, art – doesn't matter
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one) Rowena/Salazar (with or without Godric/Helga) or Godric/Salazar
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive: awkward romance, revised ideas of a certain type of magic/person (i.e women, Muggles, whatever), and/or Helga surprising everyone
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive: non-con/dub-con as part of a ship, absolute angst
Any personal canon you would like to see included? (Character appearance, background, etc.)
Salazar and Rowena with dark(er) hair, a generally non-evil or good Salazar
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional): Fic: Someone drunk who isn't usually, a shy/unsure character being oblivious to the fact that the object of their affections returns their regard, Salazar defending a non-pureblood to or protecting them from a member of his family. Art: Godric without a shirt on for whatever reason

GIVING
Fic or art: Fic
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17): 14A
Romance or gen: Either
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw:
Any ships, although I prefer R/S and G/H or Helena/Baron. Humour and angst are my specialties, but I'm open to new things.
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw: Outright evil/unreasonably bigoted Salazar, love triangles (unless VERY temporary), angst with no hint of a happy ending
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional): new takes on canon (especially Salazar), twists
superhero baseball.acidpop25 on August 29th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Part 1
YOU
Name: Jess/ acidpop25
Email: yourapocalypse25 [at] gmail [dot] com
Age (only if you plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material): I'm not really planning on writing it, but I'm 22, so if the person writing for me wants to write NC-17 that's fine.
LJ name of someone you trust (and can keep a secret) that the person creating your gift can contact with questions about your preferences (optional): aveeno_baby

RECEIVING
Fic or art: Either
Desired rating of your gift (G to NC-17): Whatever the author decides!
Romance or gen: Either, though I prefer romance
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one) Rowena/Salazar, Salazar/Helga, Godric/Salazar, Rowena/Helga, Rowena/Salazar/Helga, Rowena/Salazar/Helga/Godric. Background Godric/Helga is cool with me too, I'm just not particularly interested in it as the focus of the fic.
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive: It really depends on what pair you're writing, so I'll go into more detail in the 'prompts' section. The founders when they're young friends is always interesting, though, and I love fics that aren't afraid to look at a relationship in all it's tangled, difficult complexities. Digging into the characters is great– who they are, what makes them tick, how they think.
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive: Evil!Salazar (he can be a bastard, sure, but being unpleasant ≠ evil) or really any overly simplistic take on the characters. Straight-up sugary fluff. If the author includes sex, please no scat, watersports, or bestiality.
superhero baseball.acidpop25 on August 29th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Part 2
Any personal canon you would like to see included? (Character appearance, background, etc.) For appearance, I'll just refer you to the actors I picture for the founders: Natalie Dormer for Rowena, Sophia Myles for Helga, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers for Salazar, Sean Bean for Godric, Katie McGrath for helena, and Richard Armitage for the Bloody baron (who in my personal canon is named Corvus Black). Generally speaking, I consider Helena to be Salazar's unacknowledged daughter– Rowena refuses to marry. Also, in my personal canon Helga and Rowena have known one another since they were girls– Helga's mother was a servant in the Ravenclaw household– but that's flexible. My most important personal canon on personality is for the Ravenclaw women (yes, I have favorites): for Rowena, that she is a brilliant Seer who never shares her visions, and that she is neither particularly moral nor particularly nice, but rather aloof, cool, and willing to do pretty much anything if she stands to learn something new. Objective and unemotional, but able to find beauty in strange places. Helena, more like Salazar, and very headstrong, passionate, and tempestuous. Hope those are good jumping-off points for my writer!
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional):
Rowena/Salazar: Dealing with/raising Helena, first meeting, ancient magic, her refusal to marry, winter, a journey.
Salazar/Helga: Trapped alone somewhere (maybe in the wilderness?), naivete, culture clash.
Godric/Salazar: Salazar leaving, swordplay, them as young men, final meeting before Salazar's death, jealousy.
Rowena/Helga: Young women in the Ravenclaw household, language of flowers, personality clash, gifts, the other founders finding out.
Rowena/Salazar/Helga: Each one's side of their story, Salazar envying their girlhood closeness, difficulty reaching Rowena, their relationship from Godric's POV.
Rowena/Salazar/Helga/Godric: Outside reactions/ideas of their relationship, secrecy, Rowena finding out she's pregnant with Helena, Salazar leaving.

GIVING
Fic or art: Fic
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17): Probably R.
Romance or gen: I can do either, but I prefer at least a little romance.
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw: Basically anything not Godric/Rowena, but I'd prefer Rowena/Salazar, Salazar/Helga, or Rowena/Helga. I'm best with character-driven stuff, and I'm good with angsty or darker prompts.
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw: Godric/Rowena. I don't write extreme kink, and fluff isn't my strong point.
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional): I think I covered that above.
ghostonfilmghostonfilm on September 2nd, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
YOU
Name: ghostonfilm
Email: a.ghost.on.film at gmail
Age (only if you plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material): 23
LJ name of someone you trust (and can keep a secret) that the person creating your gift can contact with questions about your preferences (optional): sykoryoko

RECEIVING
Fic or art: either
Desired rating of yor gift (G to NC-17): any!
Romance or gen: either would be great!
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one) Helga/Rowena, Helga/Salazar, Rowena/Salazar
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive: Anything involving the construction of the school would be awesome. (The invention of firewhisky or the Sorting Hat.) I would appreciate if it's pre-Salazar's departure (although hints about it happening in the future, or about his eventual alienation, would be welcome). Stories from a female point of view. Mystery and adventure would be great - anything plotty, really. Anything that will have a bearing (even just a hint) on Things to Come (i.e. the books). Family heirlooms. People getting drunk and making dumb decisions. Arranged marriages. A very different historical and political situation than the modern wizarding world - giants and dragons running around, different Muggle-wizard relations (particularly if some witches and wizards are "out" - to everyone or just certain people - and Muggle/wizard friendships), historical events, etc.

As far as sex goes, I'm pretty vanilla in my tastes. Light kink and bondage is fine; non-sexual bodily fluids and lifestyle BDSM don't interest me. Honestly, if you don't hit any of my squicks, you're probably fine.

Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive: Godric/Salazar, PWP, rape, abuse, character bashing, incest, torture, darkfic (angst is fine)
Any personal canon you would like to see included? Nothing I can think of.
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional): --

GIVING
Fic or art: fic
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17): any
Romance or gen: either would be great
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw: Anything I listed above for receiving.
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw: Godric/Salazar, PWP, rape, abuse, character bashing, incest, torture, darkfic (angst is fine)
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional): I'm not great at porn but I'll give it my best shot.
Venturous1venturous1 on September 3rd, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
YOUventurous1
Name:Ven
Email:venturous1 at geeemale
Age (only if you plan on giving/receiving NC-17-rated material):50-something
LJ name of someone you trust (and can keep a secret) that the person creating your gift can contact with questions about your preferences (optional):spidermoth

RECEIVING
Fic or art:either
Desired rating of your gift (G to NC-17):any
Romance or gen:more plot than porn!
If romance, then which ships? (try to put more than one)
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would like to receive:see below: play on the elemental qualities of the founders' temperments and philosophies, and how their magic blends well to create somethng monumental, but sets up misunderstandings. I'm not attached to particular pairings, I rather think there would be perhaps one mostly stable pair, and competition, infidelity and angst among them, including same-gender attraction. I love hurt/comfort stories where characters are pushed together by circumstance and reveal their hearts. I also love stories and art where the magic is essential.
Situations, genres, things, etc., you would NOT like to receive:really fluffy romance, especially het; extreme kink with no magical purpose; demonizing SLytherin or snakes;
Any personal canon you would like to see included? (Character appearance, background, etc.) I'd love to see Salazar get the benefit of the doubt, that places Slytherin's legacy on equal footing with the others.
A few extra prompts for your gift (optional):I think of them as representative of the 4 elements: Fire-Goderic, Air-Rowena, Earth-Helga, Water - Salazar. apply this to their appearance, temperment, magical inclinations, world-view... run with it!

GIVING
Fic or art:art
Highest rating you will write/draw (G to NC-17):nc-17
Romance or gen: either
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you can/would like to write/draw: I love all the founders and will do any pairing or gen. I love to illustrate fic. dramatic moments, use of magic, h/c, angst, passion are all good. themes that make use of landscape or sentient Hogwarts are great!
Situations, SHIPS, characters, genres, things, etc., you CANNOT/would NOT like to write/draw: best to avoid the really fluffy-sweet, very young characters. No demonizing of Salazar
Your writing/drawing strengths (optional):I'm good at atmosphere and setting, drama and mystery in my art. interiors or landscape.
foundersmodfoundersmod on September 5th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
SIGN UPS ARE NOW CLOSED