October 30th, 2011

bang bang

Prospective participants list for Bang*Bang no.34

This is a signup for the December 19 issue; the text deadline for the issue is December 13, and the art deadline is December 17. 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 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 throwing your name into the hat is always a good way to get that creative impulse gowing! Signups for the beta reader pool will be in an upcoming post.

As is traditional for December around here, there is no theme for this issue! Run wild!

Special to this issue: We're going for a big bang! The minimum word count remains the same as it's ever been -- 1500 words -- but the upper bound is gone! Keep in mind, though, that this means that any text submission better have been edited thoroughly before it gets to me. Obviously the thirty-minute editing rule doesn't really work for something that takes me longer than thirty minutes to read, but that means if the errors slow me down even a little bit during my pre-publication read-through, the story's going to get bounced back for the author to fix.
A small, repeated plea from your editors: use Google Docs. It's not mandatory, and we'll still accept submissions in any form in which we can read them, but please, it makes editing, sharing, and collaborating just that much easier -- and ensures submissions won't be lost in the spam folder. And speaking of that spam folder, if you're going to send us an email for any reason, please take a minute to make sure the subject line and body have enough unique text that they won't trip Google's overactive spam filter; if you don't hear a reply from us in a few days, best to change up your wording and try again.

Please remember also to add yourself as a member of the bb_shousetsu community if you're writing or illustrating, as many admin announcements and past entries are locked to members only. For open discussion on any SSBB-related topic, start a thread at bangbangwhimper. For related nonsense and goings-on, come hang out on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, DeviantArt, and y!gallery!

In case you missed it, there was a post clarifying policies on deadlines, text accompanying art, and summaries/warnings (and our dedicated lack thereof) that should answer a lot of questions we've had come up lately. To that effect, though: bangbangwhimper is open to everybody, and we'd love to see it used. If you want to make a list of recommendations, create warnings about potential objectionable content, start a thread for people to ask whether or not certain stories might be to their liking, post an entry where the comments can contain reviews (anonymous or otherwise), or do just anything else you can think of -- go for it! It seems that there's interest out there about these sorts of things, and I suspect the work of anyone who did this would be appreciated by a number of your fellow readers. The only thing we'd ask about to posts to that community is that anything that might be considered a spoiler, including summaries and warnings, be kept under an <lj-cut> tag, so as not to spoil the people who prefer flying blind.

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