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20 January 2014 @ 05:18 pm
Rarewomen 2014  
It's time for the 2014 rarewomen Ficathon! Come play? I've had a blast each year I've participated. As in past years, this ficathon features rarely fanwritten women characters (in any and all fandoms). As last year, play will happen entirely on the AO3, with mod posts on LJ, a DW RSS feed and a platform-agnostic RSS feed.

Anyone can nominate characters! Nominations are not a commitment to play. After nominations, players request 3-6 fandoms with 1-10 women characters per fandom, and offer 3-10 fandoms and 1-20 women characters per fandom (all from the nomination set).

Timeline


  • 01/31-02/08: We enter nominations on the AO3.

  • 02/09-02/15: The mods tidy the nominations.

  • 02/16-03/02: We sign up on the AO3.

  • Early March: The mods send the assignments.

  • 04/27: Stories are due on the AO3.

  • ~05/03 (depending on pinch-hitting): The mods reveal the stories and authors.


Links


Rules and Timeline | Nominations Discussion | Contact a Mod


[personal profile] havocthecat has posted about possible nominations in SGA, Sleepy Hollow, The Witches of East End and FK. I don't see any of the rest of you there yet. What nominations do you have in mind? Shall we conspire and trade? :-)

I've made four "promotional posts" in the nominations discussion thread: FK, HL, YB and Original BSG.

At this time, I'm thinking of nominating the first five characters in each of these lists below, leaving the rest for you to nominate... or to convince me to nominate instead of the ones I've listed. On many of these, I'm easy! (You know I'll write and read almost anyone in FK.) On others, I won't be budged.

  • Forever Knight: Janette DuCharme, Serena, Urs, Lily Toeffler, Alexandra, Natalie Lambert, Tracy Vetter, Amanda Cohen, Grace Balthazar, Fleur de Brabant, Norma Alves, Alma, Brianna, Divia, Mai Chung, Emily Weiss, Erica, Magda, Denise Ford, Sofia Jurgen, Alyssa von Linz, Alix Logan, Amalia, Barbara Vetter, Christina Noble, Ellen/Monika/Jacqueline, Francesca, Gwyneth, Helen Ruskin-Slater, Jody Fraser, Lily Toeffler, Marian Blackwing, Rebecca...

  • Highlander: Tessa Noel, Randi McFarland, Angie Burke, Anne Lindsey, Rachel MacLeod, Alexa Bond, Michelle Webster, Grace Chandel, Ceirdwyn, Rebecca Horne, Annie Devlin, May-Ling Shen, Claudia Jardine, Neferteri...

  • Young Blades: Jacqueline Roget, Queen Anne (Anne of Austria), Liana the Sorceress, Charlotte Larousse, Emanuelle, Elise Bouvier Parisot, Pauline LaRue, Mimou, Clementine de Bobignay, Princess Tatiana

  • Battlestar Galactica (1978): Cassiopeia, Serina, Sheba, Tinia, Rigel, Athena, Bree, Dietra, Aurora, Ila

If nominations are up to 5 characters in up to 5 fandoms, as last year, that leaves me a spare fandom for horse-trading.

Aside: What's "rare"? Out of 3,052 HL works on the AO3, only 52 (1.7%) tag Tessa, 10 Anne, and 3 Randi. ~wince~ But out of 510 FK works on the AO3, 243 (47.6%) tag Natalie and 142 Janette. FK, in canon and fandom both, does better by its women characters than almost* any fandom I know.

* Excepting Call the Midwife and Sailor Moon, obviously...

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Amy R.: Other Fandom HL Tessabrightknightie on January 22nd, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
How to Play Rarewomen
Rarewomen is an exchange fest. It's very much like Yuletide (but much smaller and for rare female characters only, of course).

Anyone may nominate fandoms and their rare women characters; nominating isn't a pledge to play.

After the nominations are settled, then players sign up through an AO3 form that guides each player to request to read a story from any of 3-6 fandoms with any of 1-10 women characters per fandom, and to offer to write a story from any of 3-10 fandoms and any of 1-20 women characters per fandom.

All fandoms and characters must come from the nominations, so it's important to nominate your fandoms and characters! :-)

Like Yuletide, there is no place for prompts in the sign-up form, but there are "Dear Author" letters.
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greerwatsongreerwatson on January 22nd, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
"FK, in canon and fandom both, does better by its women characters than almost* any fandom I know."

Hear, hear!

I'm definitely thinking of playing again this year, and will certainly nominate FK. Mary Renault's The Charioteer is probable. I suspect, if my sister doesn't nominate Janet Sandison's Jean Robertson series, then I'll do it on her behalf so that she can request it—and then, time permitting, I'll write it. (I did that last year, as a treat for her.)

Then there's Janet Kagan's Hellspark. I requested it last year, and also for Yuletide; and others did so too. Yet there are still no stories—on AO3 or anywhere!—which is a crying shame. It is, of course, a very tiny fandom.

That may leave me, too, with a spare slot.
greerwatsongreerwatson on January 22nd, 2014 05:39 am (UTC)
Ah, yes. Characters.

Well, Natalie, Tracy, and Amanda Cohen. (You realize that Natalie didn't get nominated last year?)

Your list then proceeds to offer far too many possibilities, yet leaves several off: Urs, Myra Schanke, and Jenny Schanke. I can't ask for all of them!

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Amy R.: Other Fandom HL Tessabrightknightie on January 22nd, 2014 06:32 am (UTC)
>"You realize that Natalie didn't get nominated last year?"

If I recall correctly, Natalie wasn't eligible by the old rules, which were percentage appearances in the fandom's works, not a single minimum count for any fandom regardless of size. Indeed, Natalie may not be eligible this year -- while it's very unlikely, someone could theoretically insist that Mel's archive disqualifies her.

>"yet leaves several off: Urs, Myra Schanke, and Jenny Schanke."

Urs is the third character on my list, in bold, after Serena and before Lily. I did indeed omit Myra and Jenny Schanke. I wasn't attempting to list every woman in FK: only those in whom I'm particularly interested, myself. There are dozens more, of course.
greerwatsongreerwatson on January 22nd, 2014 07:00 am (UTC)
"If I recall correctly, Natalie wasn't eligible by the old rules, which were percentage appearances in the fandom's works"

Were those last year's rules? I guess I was remembering the rules for the first year, when they divided fandoms into "large" and "small"; and all women in small fandoms were eligible.


"Urs is the third character on my list, in bold,"

Oops, sorry. I read that list three times and still didn't see her! (That comes of having so few letters to her name, I guess.)

What I actually meant was simply that the characters I mentioned were ones that I might nominate. It leaves far too many others for whom neither of us has slots.

As you say, FK has so many memorable women. Many of them have seldom if ever been written about. All deserve stories.
greerwatsongreerwatson on January 22nd, 2014 07:02 am (UTC)
If you have Urs's name in bold, then presumably you plan to nominate her. That will open up one of my slots; so now all I have to do is decide who I'll pick.
Amy R.: Other Fandom HL Tessabrightknightie on January 23rd, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm definitely planning to nominate Urs, unless someone else does, first.

Both Havocthecat and Twilight2000 have posted on the Rarewomen nominations thread that they also plan to nominate FK characters. Skieswideopen has said that she's considering playing, and Falcon_horus may be, too.