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Camelot Remix FAQ/info post

Here are the rules/FAQs for Camelot Remix.

What is this?
A remix is a challenge where you write a new version of a story by another participant. You should keep the basics of the story the same (including the basic plot, characters, pairings or lack thereof), but change the style, structure, focus, pov, or etc. Our "What's a remix?" post (LJ|DW) explains some more about what remixing means and some of the different approaches people have used. You can get some quick ideas by checking out the stories from previous fests. This year's Camelot Remix entries will be posted in a similar format in a new sub-collection under our main archive.

camelotremix is a remix challenge for both Merlin creations and Merlin RPF creations. In your signup you can specify whether you're willing to write or create art that is FPF, RPF, or both. Beyond that, we won't be matching people by pairings or genre, so before you sign up make sure you're open to writing different kinds of stories.

What are the eligibility requirements?
In order to sign up as a regular participant, you need to have at least five remixable fics of at least 500 words each or 5 pieces of art for your remixer to choose from. These five works
-must be posted publicly.
-must be complete (no works in progress).
-can be FPF, RPF, or a combination of both (for example, two Gwen/Morgana works and four Bradley/Colin works), but not crossovers with other fandoms.
-should stand on their own – five parts of one story counts as one story, not five.
-should not be collaborative projects or remixes of other people's work.

You'll have the option of designating a "safe work" that cannot be remixed. This work won't count toward the five works you need in order to qualify. You will also have the option of denoting a "starred work" which is the work you'd most like to see remixed. Keep in mind that your remixee is in no way obligated to remix this work, nor are you obligated to remix the starred work of the person to whom you are assigned.

Crossovers and fics of less than 500 words are fair game for remixing even though they don’t count toward the eligibility requirement. Collaborative works are not fair game for remixing.

If you don't have enough qualifying works, you can still sign up as a pinch-hitter and we'll contact you if we need someone to create an extra work.

What do I have to create?
Writers: You need to write one story of at least 500 words that remixes one story/art by your assigned remixee. There is no upper word count limit.
Artists: You need to create one piece of art that remixes one story/art by your assigned remixee. Word counts do not apply.

The story you choose to remix can be any length and can be a crossover with another fandom, but it can’t be a work in progress, a remix, a collaboration, or the remixee’s "safe work".

We will e-mail you with your remixee's name and a link to their work, and you'll have about eight weeks to create and post your work.

How do I sign up?
There will be a sign-ups post here on the camelotremix journal. If you don't have an account you can comment anonymously or with OpenID. We will e-mail you your assignment, which we'll ask you to keep secret until the reveals post is up, about a week after the final work is posted to the AO3 Collection.

In the sign-ups post, we'll ask you to post a link to a list of all your Merlin works; this could be a website, a journal post or a fic journal with tags, or a page at the AO3 or another archive. If you don't have your fic listed or organized somewhere, please try to take care of that before you sign up, it'll make things a lot easier on us and your remixer!

Where will the works be posted?
The works will be posted to the Camelot Remix sub-collection of the current year under the mainparent collection at Archive of Our Own. This will make it possible for each author to edit their own work whenever they need. It will also make it easy for the mods to control when the works go public and when the remixers' names are revealed.

If you don't have an AO3 account, you'll need to set one up in order to post. Sign up at the Invitation Queue and you should get a code within a few days. If you do not get a code, contact one of your mods as soon as possible, and well before the posting deadline. If you do not have an AO3 account and do not want to get one, the mods will be happy to post your work for you directly to the LJ and DW comms. However, please be aware that by doing so, you do not have as much direct control of your work that you would have by posting your work to AO3.

Should you have questions about posting to AO3, please refer to last year's Posting to the AO3 is easy! post.

What if I need to drop out?
We hope you'll only sign up if you're confident you can get a fic written by the deadline, but we understand that these things don't always work out. If you need to drop out of the challenge, just let us know as soon as possible so we'll have time to find a pinch-hitter and they'll have some time to write. You can e-mail us or leave a comment at the Contacting the Mods post on LJ or Dreamwidth.

What about this other thing?
Have other questions or concerns? Feel free to comment here, e-mail, or PM the mods.

How can I keep up with announcements?
Friend or track camelotremix.

If you’re an LJ user and would prefer not to friend this account, you can subscribe to the syndicated feed camelot_remix to see announcements. But for linking or commenting please use either camelotremix or camelotremix.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 11th, 2017 08:37 am (UTC)

What does RPF and FPF mean?

Sorry, I've not heard those terms before

Edited at 2017-02-11 08:38 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2017 11:43 pm (UTC)

RPF is real person
and FPF is fictional characters

Hope you choose to sign up!

Feb. 12th, 2017 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying that, and yes I have signed up and am now panicking!
May. 3rd, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)

Is there a Camelot Remix 2017 collection put in on A03 yet? I would like to submit something o/

May. 22nd, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
So sorry for the delay!

You can find info about submitting here:
May. 18th, 2019 03:42 am (UTC)
Couple questions
What's the point of a safe work if it doesn't actually have anything to do with the fest? Wouldn't that just be an unrelated piece?

And to clarify-- If you want your work remixed, you have to have 5 different projects, but if you want to remix someone else's, you only need to do one?

And how exactly are people paired up? Do the remixers have any choice in the matter?

Sorry if this is obvious or already been clarified, I have a headache that isn't helping my comprehension right now. Haha
May. 18th, 2019 03:58 am (UTC)
An amendment to my last comment about safe works:

So it's not that you sign up and create work to be remixed specifically for the fest but that you sign up with all your existing works? That makes more sense haha
May. 18th, 2019 08:58 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for your questions.

Ok, so it works like this. You sign up to take part (sign ups are usually around about February). You need to have at least five eligible works in your back catalogue so that the person remixing your work has plenty to choose from. You do not need to create new work specially to be remixed unless you do not have enough eligible works, the work that gets chosen could be something you did last month or something you did years ago. You can nominate a safe work that you do not want someone to remix – something that is important to you and you don't want messed with. Previous collaborations, such as Reverse or ACBB, are automatically disqualified, as are incomplete works. You can also nominate a preferred work that you would like someone to remix, but the remixer is under no obligation to go with this suggestion.

Once sign ups are closed and we have all our participants, the mods use the preferences etc that people have listed on their sign up to try and match people up – we try our best to get this right but we are only human. A post will usually go up before matching where if there is someone whose work you really want to remix you can secretly request that person – this is not a guarantee you will get them but again, we try.

The assignments are secret, so we will send out emails to let each individual know whose work they are remixing (but not who is remixing theirs!). You need to either write one fic of minimum 500 words or draw at least one piece of art, or do a combination of both or something completely different, that is a reworking of one of your remixees works – the work you choose is up to you so long as it is not the safe work or a collaboration.

And then just basically have fun with it :)

If in doubt, it is work perhaps checking out some previous remixes to give an idea of the sort of thing people do. Our Ao3 collection is here: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/CamelotRemix/works
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