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Can you believe we've been at this for six years? Because I can't.

This year there are a couple of special issues to take into account:

The first is that this is the first ficathon that's started since The Hollow Crown aired in the UK. It doesn't change anything about the ficathon rules, really, other than that we hope it will increase interest in histories fic.

The second, which is more substantial, is that we're going to start hosting the fics on the Archive of Our Own this year! Signups will still be done as in the past -- we thought about doing them on AO3 but I couldn't make heads or tails of the setup even with a tutorial, and this is still a small enough ficathon that it should be manageable -- but when it comes time to post your fics, you can do it yourself. This should make everyone's lives a little bit easier. All administrative business will take place here, and links to ficathon fics will still be posted to this community, so we're not going anywhere!

A few clarifications and ground rules:

1. "Histories," for ficathon purposes, means "stuff categorized as histories in the 1623 Folio," which means "medieval and early Renaissance English histories." Which means the two tetralogies (Richard II/Henry IV/Henry V and Henry VI/Richard III), King John, and Henry VIII.


a) Please be advised that Macbeth, King Lear, and Cymbeline are ineligible for this ficathon, as are the Roman histories.

b) The Merry Wives of Windsor is attached closely enough to the second tetralogy that if you want fic about it, that's fine.

c) The possibly-partly-Shakespearean Edward III and Sir Thomas More have enough claim to being Shakespeare that they count (if anyone wants fic about them).

d) Crossovers with other early modern texts are permissible, but not other crossovers (for instance, with media properties such as Doctor Who or Harry Potter -- I'd happily read either one, but please don't request or submit them for the ficathon). Incorporating historical knowledge of the play's time period is perfectly valid (indeed, encouraged) and does not make the fic a crossover.

e) Requests for radical AUs (i.e. AUs set in completely different time periods and/or locations) are, as always, also permissible (and really, if you have ever done this ficathon you probably know that this fandom LOVES them).

f) Early modern history plays by other authors that engage with the same events/characters as Shakespeare's histories are also permitted (although in the entire history of the ficathon there has never been such a request in a non-crossover context). Although you won't need it if you have a request in mind, there is a comprehensive list of known early modern history plays here, arranged chronologically by content.

g) NEW FOR 2013 We anticipate that interest in this ficathon may well be increased by the airing of The Hollow Crown last summer. This ficathon is not Hollow Crown-specific, but fics inspired by or based on the production are welcome. Please remember, though, that the series has not yet aired in the United States (it is scheduled to begin airing on September 20, 2013) and that some participants may not have seen it. You are therefore welcome to include optional details based on The Hollow Crown, but be aware that your writer may or may not be able to accommodate them.

TL;DR: If you're not clear whether something is acceptable, please ask! However, all signups MUST include at least one prompt from one of the two tetralogies (Richard II, 1 & 2 Henry IV and Henry V OR 1, 2, & 3 Henry VI and Richard III) in order to facilitate matchups.

2. While rule #1 permits requests for AU fic, we'd like to ask participants not to request fic in pre-existing AUs. Fic taking place in pre-existing AUs may be written for Histories Ficathon Madness, but not for the main ficathon. If you wish to write in an AU not your own, please contact the mods so that we can ask the original creator(s)!

3. As always, this is a fic exchange. Assignments will go out as soon after the deadline as possible, once [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire and I have had a chance to look over the entries.

4. We're open to pretty much whatever genre -- gen, het, slash, femslash, giant hilarious orgies, whatever, so feel free to request whatever you like.

5. All ficathon administrative posts will appear here at [livejournal.com profile] thisengland.

6. Word limit for fics is 1000 minimum, as in [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.

7. NEW FOR 2013: This year, new ficathon fics will be hosted at the Archive Of Our Own. We feel that this will make posting the fics much easier for you and for us. I have created a collection for Histories Ficathon entries; once assignments have gone out, I will give all participants access to it and link it on [livejournal.com profile] thisengland. Links to all fics will be posted on [livejournal.com profile] thisengland as well.

Things to let us know when you sign up:

1. What you want (be as specific or not as you want. Please give at least three prompts, to make matchups easier and to give your writer a bit of a choice). All signups must include ONE prompt from one of the two tetralogies.

2. What you prefer to write -- include plays, characters, genres, what you will.

3. What you would rather not write. Please be sure to specify plays and genres (e.g. deathfic, romantic comedy) as well as kinks; the former is generally more helpful for the purposes of assignments (we get very few requests for kink in this ficathon).

4. Whether you need an AO3 invite.

5. Whether you're willing to pinch-hit

To sign up:

Email all of this info to me at strangebrooch AT gmail DOT com, AND [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire at lareinenoire AT gmail DOT com, by MONDAY JUNE 10. Don't forget to include your handle if it's not clear from your email and/or I don't know who you are. The final deadline for fics is tentatively set at THURSDAY AUGUST 15. (This is negotiable if it's a bad time for participants.) Once everyone's assignments are in, we will post all unwritten prompts at [livejournal.com profile] thisengland for anyone to write fic of any length (even if you weren't originally part of the exchange) and open the collection to all comers -- much like Yuletide Madness, in other words. All fics will then be made available onSATURDAY AUGUST 17. Authors will be revealed on SATURDAY AUGUST 24.

Date: 2013-05-27 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Question! Is there or can there be a DW feed for this comm? I check LJ approximately never and don't want to miss anything.


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