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The SSHG Prompt Fest

Exploring the relationship between Severus Snape and Hermione Granger

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To promote the [info]sshg-promptfest, cut and paste the code below into your journal.


The SSHG Prompt Fest/sshg_promptfest is an anonymous, prompt-based fest that explores the relationship between Severus Snape and Hermione Granger with a showcase of new, stand-alone fan works. You're welcome to participate in the fest if you're 18 or older, which you can verify by joining and watching the community, or by emailing your prompt-offering and/or prompt-claiming template(s) to the mod account. Once you've verified your age, you'll be able to offer prompts to the community, claim prompts from the community, and produce SS/HG (het) and SS & HG (gen) fan works of any rating for the community and its followers.

The sshg_promptfest previously ran July 2013, January 2014, July 2014, July 2015, July 2016, and July 2017.

Please note that I (iulia_linnea) and my assistant mod/mods (sshg_pf_mod) don't censor the works created for this community, nor do we interfere with their constructive discussion. If that makes you uncomfortable, this might not be the community for you.

The sshg_promptfest Schedule
The SSHG Prompt Fest runs on Eastern Time.
 Prompts Collected  10-16 March 
 Prompts Reviewed  17-23 March 
 Prompts Claimed  24-30 March 
 Prompts Assigned  31 March 
 Works Due  31 May (by 11:59 p.m.) 
 Works Posted  1-30 July 
 Creators Revealed  31 July 

The Quick & Easy Version of How to Participate in the sshg_promptfest:

  1. Read the fest's complete rules, schedule, and submission guidelines beneath this list before you join and friend/watch the community, and then promote the fest—the more, the merrier!

    • If you're not a member of LiveJournal, you may cut and paste the prompt-offering template (and the prompt-claiming template when the time comes) into an email, tailor it appropriately, and send it to sshg.promptfest [at] gmail [dot] com. Please provide a link to your web presence (dA/other journal/site/Tumblr) if you have one.

  2. During the prompt-collection period (10-16 March), offer five brief, inspirational rather than instructional prompts by copying and pasting the prompt-offering template into a comment in reply to the prompt-collection post and tailoring it appropriately.

  3. During the prompt-review period (17-23 March), decide which five prompts you'd like to claim (you don't have to claim any, and you may claim prompts even if you don't offer any).

  4. During the prompt-claiming period (24-30 March), claim prompts by copying and pasting the the prompt-claiming template into the prompt-claiming post and tailoring it appropriately.

  5. When you receive your prompt assignment email on 31 March, reply to it immediately to confirm your email address and verify your intention to participate in the fest. Once that's done, friend the sshg_pf_mod so that I can show you how your entry will look when posted to the community (or don't if you don't want a preview).

  6. During the production period (April-May), create a fan work that honors your prompt while exploring your vision of the relationship between Severus Snape and Hermione Granger. Remember that your fan work, including its header, must fit into one LiveJournal post.

  7. Ask me for help if you need it. Ask me for an extension if you need one. Tell me if you need to drop out. Do any and all of this asking and/or telling well before the deadline of 31 May (by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time).

  8. Turn in your work as directed and on time, and don't tell anyone you created it (or post it anywhere) until after the Reveal because this is an anonymous fest.

  9. During the posting period (1-30 July), watch the fest, comment on the works that move you, anonymously reply to the comments that your work receives, and thank everyone involved in making the fest a success when the Reveal posts on 31 July.

The SSHG Prompt Fest's Complete Rules and Submission Guidelines

Prompt Collection

From 10-16 March, I'll collect prompts in a members-only, screened post. Prompts should be brief, concern some form of relationship between Severus and Hermione, specify the type of relationship desired between Severus and Hermione (SS/HG or SS & HG), and be offered as inspiration rather than instruction (for example, you may prompt in hopes of erotica, but creators will decide how explicit to be). If you'd like to offer prompts, please use the following template to offer one set of five individual prompts in reply to the prompt-collection post (your first two prompts must be art prompts, your second two prompts must be fic prompts, and your fifth prompt may be either an art prompt or a fic prompt—or be suitable for either art or fic); please don't edit your prompt set after submitting it:

Prompt-Offering Template

Prompt Review

From 17-23 March, I'll publicly post a list of prompts without reference to their prompters (each prompt will have a unique, identifying number). You'll be able to leave comments in reply to the prompt-review post, but you should not disclose which prompts you offered.

Please review the prompts carefully so that you only claim ones you can answer and have beta'd during the two-month production period. Art prompts should be answered with art, and fic prompts should be answered with fic. You may claim your own prompts, but you aren't guaranteed assignment of them as all prompts will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Prompt Claiming

From 24-30 March, prompt claiming will take place in a members-only, screened post. During the prompt-claiming period, I'll update the prompts list once a day to indicate which prompts remain available for claiming. I'll also ask you to submit a new prompt claim in the event that all your preferred prompts have been claimed. If you'd like to claim prompts, please use the following template to make one claim of up to five individual prompts (in order of preference) in reply to the prompt-collection post (please don't edit your prompt claim after submitting it):

Prompt-Claiming Template

Prompt Assignment

On 31 March (if not before), I'll assign one prompt per creator on a first-come-first-served basis via the fest's email account (sshg.promptfest [at] gmail [dot] com). Please reply to your assignment email as soon as possible to verify your email address and confirm your intention to participate in the fest. I'll reveal your prompter to you in your assignment email unless that person has offered prompts anonymously.

On 7 April, I'll post a list of the fest's creators (without reference to their assigned prompts) in the community.

Production Period and Deadline

The production period is April-May. You must produce, have beta'd (if you're a writer), and submit your new, stand-alone fan work by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 31 May (unless you arrange an extension). If you submit your entry by 30 April and would like to take another prompt, you may do so; your deadline will remain 31 May.

Submission Guidelines

Your new, stand-alone fan work must honour its prompt and explore some form of relationship between Severus and Hermione; you may include background characters and pairings in your fan work, but the relationship between Severus and Hermione must be its primary concern.

Art Entries: Art entries should be in the neighborhood of 800 by 600 pixels (so that they can display completely in one post without the need for scrolling—but I'll accept a downward scroll if necessary) and should be GIF, JPEG, or PNG files. Art entry headers should be formatted in HTML (without paragraph tags or "curly"/smart quotes), and emailed (with the attached art files) as attached TXT files to sshg.promptfest [at] gmail [dot] com by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 31 May. Thumbnail previews will not be accepted with art entries.

Fic Entries: Fic entries should be at least 1000 words long. They should be formatted in HTML (without paragraph tags or "curly"/smart quotes), and emailed as attached TXT files to sshg.promptfest [at] gmail [dot] com by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 31 May. Fic entries, including their headers, must fit into one LiveJournal post (approximately 10,000 words). Banners will not be accepted with fic entries.

Please use the following header when formatting your new, stand-alone fan work for submission, removing the brackets and tailoring it appropriately:

Fest Header

Posting Period

The posting period is 1-30 July. Creators are revealed on 31 July. Please don't discuss your new, stand-alone fan work with anyone other than your beta(s) or post it anywhere before the Reveal.

During the posting period, I'll publicly post up to two fan works per day (depending upon the number of fan works I receive by deadline). If I receive fewer than 30 fan works by deadline, I'll attempt to find pinch-hitters to make up the shortfall. If I receive more than 60 fan works by deadline, I'll adjust the posting period and Reveal date accordingly.

Contact Information

If you have any concerns or questions about the sshg_promptfest, please don't hesitate to email them to sshg.promptfest [at] gmail [dot] com so that I or an assistant mod can address them.

Affiliates

The sshg_promptfest is proudly affiliated with the sshg_exchange, the sshg_giftfest, and sshg_smut.

Disclaimer

The sshg_promptfest features fan works based on characters and situations created by J. K. Rowling, and owned by J. K. Rowling and various publishers, including but not limited to: Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books, Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended by the posting of these fan works.

Last updated 20 July 2017.

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