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[sticky post] ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DIRTY GAY FICTION WEBZINE, SHOUSETSU BANG*BANG [May. 7th, 2014|08:10 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

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  • All issues and stories are posted on Livejournal! Right here!

  • All issues and stories are also on a standalone website! Right here!

  • The stories on the website have little hearts to click on the bottom if you love them! And there’s lists of the most liked stories, art, and the most recently liked stuff!

  • You want ebooks? We got some! Those take a while, but relvetica works hard and brings them to you! You can find those here!

  • We’ve got a wiki that you can put whatever you want on! Info on authors, on stories, rec lists, you name it! It’s right here!

  • Want to talk to your fellow creators and readers about anything? Our bulletin board will let you do just that! Here it is!

  • Curious about our upcoming schedule? Check out 2015 and 2016!

  • We’re on twitter! Of course we are!

  • We’re on Tumblr! Believe it!

  • Prefer updates by email? Sign up to get them!

  • And the ask box is always open, as is our email at shousetsubangbang@gmail.com!
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Prospective Participants for Bang*Bang 79 [May. 9th, 2019|08:44 pm]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

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This is a signup for the June 24 issue; the text deadline for the issue is Tuesday, June 11 and the art deadline is Saturday, June 22. Please comment here if you plan to submit a story or artwork for this issue. Artists should specify whether you're submitting a standalone piece, offering to illustrate a story, or doing both. Artists offering to illustrate should provide either links to or thumbnails of past works as examples of style; writers wishing to collaborate with artists (or artists wishing to collaborate with writers) should respond directly to comments to this post. As always, you don't have to sign up to participate, and you're not creating an unbreakable contract by signing up, but it's always a good idea!

The theme for this issue is When On High: Whether you like ancient gods and creation myths or prefer more contemporary positions of power, this issue invites a view from the tops of the world.

NOTE: The submission guidelines have updated to reflect recent policy changes, but as a reminder: Issues are now all-content. If it would've run in one of our previous m/m, f/f, or Yes, And issues, it's fair game here.


Consider adding yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper or our bulletin board. For related nonsense, announcements, and various goings-on, find us at our main website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, y!gallery, Archive of Our Own, Plurk, and Goodreads!

Receive reminders and deadlines by email by signing up for our newsletter! We promise: no spam, only porn.

Check out the SSBB Wiki! We welcome all contributors who have information to share.

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Bang*Bang no. 78 [Apr. 29th, 2019|06:57 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

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cover by The Druid

~*~

Quarry, by shukyou (主教)

Red as Ruby and Fragrant as Plum Blossom, by green papaya *

A Fine Distraction, by Okō

Theories of Resonance, Laplace or Otherwise, by Ana Miruko (婀汝 美琉子)

*illustrated

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Awaiting Sir’s Inspection, by Iron Eater

Custom Ornamentation, by Someone Else

~*~

Shousetsu Bang*Bang cordially invites you to attend our seventy-eighth bimonthly issue,
A BLACK TIE AFFAIR

Admission is free, but donations of likes, retweets, reblogs, and other social media boosts are encouraged.

Beneficiaries of this event's efforts include the Global Fund for Gay Whale Marriage and the National Arts for the Endowed.

Venue negotiable | Attire optional

For this and other charitable events, visit http://shousetsubangbang.com and help make your world a better place.


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For summaries, authors' notes, and more, see this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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Prospective Participants for Bang*Bang 78 [Mar. 3rd, 2019|01:29 pm]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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This is a signup for the April 29 issue; the text deadline for the issue is Tuesday, April 16 and the art deadline is Saturday, April 27. Please comment here if you plan to submit a story or artwork for this issue. Artists should specify whether you're submitting a standalone piece, offering to illustrate a story, or doing both. Artists offering to illustrate should provide either links to or thumbnails of past works as examples of style; writers wishing to collaborate with artists (or artists wishing to collaborate with writers) should respond directly to comments to this post. As always, you don't have to sign up to participate, and you're not creating an unbreakable contract by signing up, but it's always a good idea!

The theme for this issue is A Black Tie Affair: Dust off your tuxedo and fluff out your petticoats -- you don't want to be late for these balls.

NOTE: The submission guidelines have updated to reflect recent policy changes, but as a reminder: Issues are now all-content. If it would've run in one of our previous m/m, f/f, or Yes, And issues, it's fair game here.


Consider adding yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper or our bulletin board. For related nonsense, announcements, and various goings-on, find us at our main website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, y!gallery, Archive of Our Own, Plurk, and Goodreads!

Receive reminders and deadlines by email by signing up for our newsletter! We promise: no spam, only porn.

Check out the SSBB Wiki! We welcome all contributors who have information to share.

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Bang*Bang no. 77 [Feb. 25th, 2019|08:20 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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cover by A. Boggart

~*~

Snow night, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

Out in the Wash, by Iron Eater *

The Potion Master’s Husband, by green papaya

The Two Witches
, by A.S. Mara

Day Job
, by Domashita Romero (地下ロメロ)*

The Edge of Morning, by Kilerkki *

The Blerd and the Hedge Witch
, by TF Grognon

it's been a while since I have even heard from you
, by Suikazura Amai (吸葛甘い)

The Absence of You
, by shukyou (主教) *

*illustrated


~*~

Still using that same old eye of newt? Wondering why your abracadabra doesn't dab anymore? Maybe it's time to bring your magical thinking up to speed with the power of Shousetsu Bang*Bang!

Throw out that rusty old cauldron -- we've got enchantments you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home and hocus-pocus you can pull up right on your phone. No more waiting for single or double toil and trouble! We've got a whole spellbox of sexy delights cast and chanted just for you! It may say 'ordinary' on the label, but the contents are extraordinary.

Guaranteed happy endings. Not responsible for any associated hexes, exes, or unexpectedly bewitching encounters. For a full list of terms and conditions, read the entire issue.

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For summaries, authors' notes, and more, see this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.
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SSBB Quick Answers [Jan. 1st, 2019|03:14 pm]
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revised January 2019

We have a big ol' set of submission guidelines for stories and for art that detail pretty much everything you'd ever want to know about contributing to Shousetsu Bang*Bang. However, we realize that sometimes that's a lot of reading for when you just have some very simple questions. Thus, behold our Quick Answers For Authors:Collapse )

While pretty much everything up there applies to illustrators too, we've got some additional Quick Answers For Artists:Collapse )

And that's what we've got! These aren't intended to be full substitutes for the information contained in the Mission Statement, Submission Guidelines, or Guidelines For Art Submissions, though, so if you're planning on participating, you definitely want to read through the relevant pages. They are, however, the most frequently asked of the questions out there, so we figured we'd save our time and yours by collecting them on one page for easy reference.

If you've got any other quick questions you think need Quick Answers, let us know and we'll be glad to add them to the list!
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Prospective Participants for Bang*Bang 77 [Jan. 1st, 2019|09:53 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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This is a signup for the February 25 issue; the text deadline for the issue is Tuesday, February 12 and the art deadline is Saturday, February 23. Please comment here if you plan to submit a story or artwork for this issue. Artists should specify whether you're submitting a standalone piece, offering to illustrate a story, or doing both. Artists offering to illustrate should provide either links to or thumbnails of past works as examples of style; writers wishing to collaborate with artists (or artists wishing to collaborate with writers) should respond directly to comments to this post. As always, you don't have to sign up to participate, and you're not creating an unbreakable contract by signing up, but it's always a good idea!

The theme for this issue is Ordinary Magic: Urban witchcraft? Or just the power of love? Mundane meets fantastic for some spellbinding happily-ever-afters.

NOTE: The submission guidelines have not been updated yet updated to reflect recent policy changes, so as a reminder: Issues are now all-content. If it would've run in one of our previous m/m, f/f, or Yes, And issues, it's fair game here.


Consider adding yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper or our bulletin board. For related nonsense, announcements, and various goings-on, find us at our main website, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, y!gallery, Archive of Our Own, Plurk, and Goodreads!

Receive reminders and deadlines by email by signing up for our newsletter! We promise: no spam, only porn.

Check out the SSBB Wiki! We welcome all contributors who have information to share.

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2019 Themes and Dates [Dec. 31st, 2018|07:57 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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Do you enjoy being prepared? Have we got a treat for you: SSBB's 2019 themes and dates, ready for you to put on your calendar -- you can even click here for our Google calendar with the dates pre-loaded!

This schedule may look a little different from what you've gotten used to in years past. A longer discussion of these changes can be found at this post, but here are the highlights:

  1. Publication schedule is now six issues a year, one every two months.

  2. All issues are now all-content.

  3. There's now two weeks between text deadline and publication.

We're hoping these big changes will be positive ones, and that you're already looking forward to seeing what's in store for this year:

Issue 77: Ordinary Magic
* issue date: Monday, February 25
* text deadline: Tuesday, February 12
* art deadline: Saturday, February 23
Urban witchcraft? Or just the power of love? Mundane meets fantastic for some spellbinding happily-ever-afters.


Issue 78: A Black Tie Affair
* issue date: Monday, April 29
* text deadline: Tuesday, April 16
* art deadline: Saturday, April 27
Dust off your tuxedo and fluff out your petticoats -- you don't want to be late for these balls.


Issue 79: When On High
* issue date: Monday, June 24
* text deadline: Tuesday, June 11
* art deadline: Saturday, June 22
Whether you like ancient gods and creation myths or prefer more contemporary positions of power, this issue invites a view from the tops of the world.


Issue 80: Nerds vs. Jocks, Goths vs. Preps
* issue date: Monday, August 26
* text deadline: Tuesday, August 13
* art deadline: Saturday, August 24
Opposites attract, repel, and then attract again in this issue of sometimes-curious alignments.


Issue 81: The Monster at the End of This Book
* issue date: Monday, October 28
* text deadline: Tuesday, October 15
* art deadline: Saturday, October 26
Turn the page and come face to face with your fears and fantasies in our (sometimes) tantalizingly terrifying October issue.


Issue 82: Theme Free
* issue date: Monday, December 23
* text deadline: Tuesday, December 10
* art deadline: Saturday, December 21
Finally, wrap up the year right with our annual theme-free big bang!


Interested in doing a cover for one of these? We're looking for full-color, finished pieces with homosuggestive, if not downright homoerotic, themes. Looking back at the covers of our previous issues, you can see that they run the gamut from sweet to sexy, from serious to silly, and everything in-between. While the editorial staff will gladly opine if asked, what you do is pretty much up to you!

If you're game, send us an email at shousetsubangbang@gmail.com and list your top three theme choices. We can't promise that everyone will get everything they want, but we'll do our best.

Preference will be given to individuals who a) have been active participants in SSBB, and b) have not done a cover the previous year.
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Changes for 2019 [Dec. 26th, 2018|10:35 am]
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ladysisyphus
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Looking ahead to next year, we of the editorial staff have been considering and reconsidering a lot of the ways SSBB gets run. We want to keep this project going strong, but due to a number of real-life changes and challenges, certain practices have become unsustainable. Therefore, starting next year, we're going to be making a number of pretty big changes that hopefully will make thngs easier and more fun for everyone!

If you want the short version, here you go:

1. Publication schedule is now six issues a year, one every two months.

2. All issues are now all-content.

3. There's now two weeks between text deadline and publication.


If you want to know why, here you go, part two:

This project started in 2005 as one thing, but has evolved over the years into something pretty darn different. As fandom, the internet, and the editorial staff have changed and grown, we've seen spaces and motivations change in ways that would have seemed impossible a decade ago.

But one of the big changes is in our readership and contribution pool. While dudes-with-dicks stuff is still the bulk of the interest and material here, the most recent issue is pretty solid proof that when you remove that requirement, things spin out in delightful directions. There's also a change here in terms of availability -- the online original m/m market was not a decade ago what it is today, while even now, content for other smutty combinations can still be hard to come by.

So we've decided to make the all-skate policy permanent. From now on, all issues are all-queer, however you want to define that. All of them will still feature opportunities for standalone art submissions, and all of them (except December!) will still be capped at 25,000 words. So instead of having to wait for the special issues, you can submit whatever, whenever.

December will still be a theme-free issue with the upper word bound removed. Because we're eliminating the Artist Special, however, the December issue is now open to multi-page sequential art.


Another thing that's changed dramatically over the past decade is Your Editor's life and schedule. When I took over in 2010, I was a grad student; now I'm full-time faculty. I can't guarantee anymore that I can find enough time during the middle of Edit Week, which is something everyone who's submitted this year has surely noticed (and for that I'm very, very sorry).

That's why we're doubling the reading time -- stories will still be due on a Tuesday, and issues will still come out on Mondays, but now instead of a six-day gap between those two, it'll be a thirteen-day gap. Hopefully, this will make it so I'm not spending all my time scrambling and begging contributors for their patience and understanding. It'll also mean that authors who need a short extension can have one without running the risk that I won't have time to edit their stories as they deserve. So it's a win for all!

Artists, your stuff is still due the Saturday before publication. With any luck, this will open up room for more illustrated pieces, as authors will now have time to approach artists with completed stories in hand.


For a while now, SSBB contributions and readership have been on the decline, and these changes are part of admitting that this project isn't what it used to be. We have no idea what the future has in store -- even the most immediate future is in question, with Tumblr's anti-porn changes. And who knows? Maybe this is a project past its time, fit to ride off into the sunset. But we're not quite done with it yet, and we hope you aren't either.

So if you like SSBB and want to keep it going, here are the three things you can do to see that it does:

1. Contribute!
What's in an issue depends on who shows up. This goes for illustrations too, so if you're submitting a story, talk to one (or more!) of the illustrators offering services. If you're thinking about being a part of an issue, go ahead and add your name when the signup goes live; signups are not binding, but they're a good way to motivate yourself to live up to your commitments.

2. Comment!
Authors and artists alike put a lot of time into these pieces, and doing so can sometimes feel like screaming into the void. If there's a creator whose stuff you like, the best way to ensure that creator comes back is to let them know how much they're appreciated. Even a simple 'I liked this' lets creators know they're not alone.

3. Share!
If you liked something, tell other people as publicly as you can. Sure, not everyone can crow on their family Facebook or professional Twitter about how great an indie porn zine is. However, if you've got accounts with fandom-friendly audiences, please help spread the word. This is going to get even more important as folk scatter from Tumblr to parts unknown.


...And if you really want to help keep things going, here's a fourth thing you can do: Review!

At various points through SSBB's run, various people have read the whole issue, then written up little pieces giving their summaries of and thoughts on each of the stories contained within. (We've done our best to preserve these snippets on the SSBB Wiki's pages for the relevant pieces and issues.) They've been historically helpful for getting people excited about diving into issues. They don't even have to be for the most current -- sometimes they've been about years-old issues, since it's not like the old stories and art have expiration dates.

If you do decide to do this for an issue, please let us know and we'll be happy to share as best we can. Reviews are subjective, of course, but they can also be helpful for people who find their tastes align with the reviewer's.


We'll be announcing themes and dates for 2019 in just a few days, so you can plan your year right. In the meantime, we hope you can work in a little rest and relaxation as 2018 winds down, and that you'll be ready to join us again in the coming year!
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Bang*Bang no. 76 [Dec. 17th, 2018|08:26 am]
Shousetsu Bang*Bang

ladysisyphus
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cover by cloven

~*~

remember to love each other, by A.S. Mara

The Brittle Blade, by Onabe Ōkamiotoko (御鍋狼男)

Local Flavor, by Ptarmigan *

Just Seven Days, by Hyakunichisou 13 (百日草 十三)

Out of this World, by juou no zan (女王のザン)

Where You Gonna Sleep Tonight, by Wakahisa Rei (若久零) *

Knickpoint, by Iron Eater *

* illustrated

~*~

And here it is! The last issue of the year, our theme-free, all-content, no-upper-limit extravaganza! That's over 125,000 words of free sexy, smutty love stories, in the form of seven tales sure to warm up whatever season it is where you are.

In the next week or so, we'll be going live with the 2019 schedule, which is going to represent some big changes in the way we do things around here. But for now, sit back, relax, and sink right down into this great big warm pile of Happily Ever Afters. All we ask is that if you like something, you leave a comment telling the creators just how much you appreciate their hard work -- and if you like everything, help us spread the word on your favorite social media platform (preferably one that hasn't recently decided to ban porn).

Here as 2018 winds to a close, we're grateful as always for all the artists, authors, readers, commenters, supporters, tweeters, rebloggers, wiki contributors, and general wonderful people that surround this project and keep it going, year after year. Thank you all for everything, and we hope to see you all in 2019!

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For summaries, authors' notes, and more, see this issue's entry on the Shousetsu Bang*Bang wiki.

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