The theme for this issue is HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: I'd like to thank the Academy....
I know there are many of you who see this theme and think RPS. (If you don't know what RPS is, feel free to skip this paragraph.) Frankly, that's some of what we were thinking when we thought it up. However, all submissions to SSB*B must be original fiction. Of course, this does not preclude characters that just happen to resemble real people, down to many of the unique circumstances of their lives. But the way to do original fiction from that point and make it look like you're not just playing cheap paper dolls with find-and-replaced names is to change something. Humans aren't fictional characters, and not everything that happens in a person's life fits neatly into a plot narrative -- so feel free start from an inspirational source, but don't let that source define what you do with the characters or the story.
This of course does not preclude the occasional cameos and/or supporting roles filled by real persons wearing their real names, as discussed in the signup for the Historical Romance issue. But the point in the larger story is to show off how good you are with an original story. Besides, given the various geography, pop culture exposure, and life stages of readers here, you can never be 100% sure that anyone will recognize any real-life inspiration -- and just as each individual story in an issue must be able to be understood without a reader's having read any other story in any other issue, so must they be able to be understood without a reader's coming in armed already with specific pop culture/historical knowledge.
- Submissions guidelines for writers: All the specifics for text submissions. READ BEFORE SUBMITTING.
- Writing aids and standards: Here are writing resources to make sure your story doesn't fall afoul of the thirty minute rule.
- Submissions guidelines for artists: Whether you're illustrating or submitting a standalone piece, if you're hoping to get your thousand words done with a picture, here's what you need to know.
Also! Please double-check to make sure you have smart quotes turned off. Google Docs' recent redesigns have turned that option back on for many people without their knowng it, and that's terrible.
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!
And one more plug for our social media and theme suggestion poll, because we'd like to get as much input on that as we can!
Prospective standalone (only) artists:
Illustrators offering services: