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14 September 2012 @ 01:04 am
Rules, Timeline, & Promotion  

September 21 - September 30: Sign-ups
October 1: Beta post goes up
November 1-14: Post during your assigned week.


What's this all about, anyway?
This fest was created to showcase women in an A/B/O universe, and that is entirely what this is about! We accept gen, het, and femslash of any sort; as long as there's a woman in the spotlight, your work qualifies for this fest.

How is the fest organized?
Very casually. It isn't an exchange fest; the idea is to celebrate the trope and produce more fic and art. We'll have sign-ups in order to keep track of how many people are participating, a prompt/brainstorming post, and a primer. Once sign-ups close, we'll also put up a beta search post.

So, you sign up by September 30, write your fic of at least 500 words or make your art of at least a sketch, and post your work (or a link to it elsewhere) to the community during your assigned week (either the first or second week of November, to help spread posting out a little). Simple!

What fandoms qualify for this fest?
Any and all, from your fandom-of-one to your favorite megafandom. RPF and origfic are also allowed.

What exactly is your definition of an A/B/O universe?
There are a thousand variations on the trope, and the only specifics we require are
  • Preset roles; your characters don't choose to be an alpha/beta/omega, they're born into their orientation

  • Heats and/or ruts; some kind of biological imperative is necessary

  • Other kinds of biological differences, however major or minor you'd like them to be; this can be anything from the self-lubricating anuses of legend to simple size differences between alphas and omegas; it's up to you!

Everything else - mpreg, formalized social hierarchies, knotting, D/s dynamics - is totally optional. A great post for elaboration on these can be found in the primer.

Does my work have to be porn / does my work have to be analytical?
Not at all! Anything from the filthiest porn your id can deliver to the most sophisticated deconstruction of the trope is perfectly fine, as is everything in between.

What about genderswap?
Genderswap is allowed, as long as the focus stays on a female character, canonical or not; male characters who have been turned into women via magic or science (e.g. not an always-a-woman AU) aren't.

Does the fic have to be from a female character’s POV?
Nope, as long as the fic has a female character in the primary relationship (or is given equal time if it’s a genfic), the fic can be from the POV of any character you like!

What about threesomes/moresomes?
Threesomes/moresomes are welcome as long as equal time is given to the female character(s) as to the male character(s) in the relationship. Of course, f/f/f threesomes are also welcome!

This sounds fun, but I'm not sure what to write or draw.
Fear not! We have a prompt/brainstorming post, where you and your fellow writers can go to swap ideas, throw prompts into the mix, and generally talk about how to do this thing. Pick and choose from any of it; there's really no way to go wrong.

Do I need to join the comm?
Yes, you do, in order to post your work (or the link to your work) to the comm. We promise not to flood your flists!

If you'd like to promote the fest using our fest banner, just copy the code below and paste it into an entry of your journal. (Banner courtesy of the lovely ladyofthelog.)

All clear? Then you're ready to go sign up!

If you have any other questions, please comment to the Page-a-Mod post or email your mods at a.b.o.ladies@gmail.com.