A Clones-centric gift exchange celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The Clone Wars.
(Closed, Moderated, Gift Exchange Challenge)
About Vode An Exchange 2018 (VodeAn_2018)
1. What is this Exchange?
Vode An is a fanfic exchange celebrating ten years of The Clone Wars, running from mid-May to August 4th. The exchange is based on the same principle as Maythe4th and Star Wars Rares. Works must center around a clone featured in Canon or Legends material, but are welcome to include other non-clone characters and original clone characters.
Participants who sign up agree to write a story of no less than 1000 words that can stand as a completed work in exchange for receiving one story.
2. Who can participate?
Anyone who signs up and wants to create clone content! You must have an AO3 account. You cannot sign up using pseuds from the same account; if you intend to write under multiple sock accounts, please remember you will be expected to produce at least one fanwork for each signup.
3. What can I nominate?
The tag set nominations will be based on relationships from all Star Wars media featuring clones, from the films, television series, video games, Legends material, the comics, Rebels and so on. All nominations should be of the form "/" for romantic relationships and "&" for platonic relationships.
Clone and non-clone pairings are allowed (e.g. Cody & Obi-Wan or Bly/Aalya). Please do not nominate pairings that do not include a clone, as they won't be included in the final tag set.
If you wish to nominate single clone characters, in order to make matching easier you should nominate the relationship “[Character] & None.” In other words, if you wish to request or offer a fic or artwork featuring Commander Ponds, you would request “Commander Ponds & None.” A fanwork featuring, for example, Ponds and Asajj Ventress would fulfill the request, so please be specific with Do Not Wants.
4. What are the rules for requests and offers?
Participants can request 3 to 10 selections from the nominations list, with one or two relationships for each request. You must offer at least 4 and up to 10 relationships from the nominations list. Additional offers can be made as long as the minimum has already been offered, up to fifty. Requests will come with a request box in which you can leave prompts and ideas, as well as list specific Do Not Wants (i.e. non-con, kidfic, Kaminoans). Do Not Wants that you wish to be honored should appear in the signup box.
Letters are optional but encouraged for going into greater detail about your requests. Please do not leave placeholder letters; at a minimum you should be able to copy and paste the requests from your sign up and go into further detail later.
5. What are the minimum requirements?
After assignments are sent out, you must write a story of at least 1000 words.
The work you create must be focused on the characters in the platonic or romantic relationship in the request, or on the one character requested.
The optional details in the request box are optional, however please respect listed Do Not Wants.
To fill the assignment, click the button beside your assignment in your list from your AO3 dashboard sidebar. Works will be viewable to you from your own Statistics page and your Works in Collections page, but invisible to anyone else until after reveals. Redating your work (changing the Posted Date) to the August 10th reveal date is strongly suggested. Editing your work after the deadline is cool, but do not upload unfinished works which can't stand on their own.
6. What's the timeline?
Dates and times will generally be midnight UTC. If you are unsure about a deadline, ask often and post early.
May 6 - May 11: Nominations
May 12- 18: Sign ups
May 19/20: Matching and assignments go out, requests go live
July 21: Early default deadline
Aug 4: Assignments due, pinch hits go out
Aug 08: Pinch hits due
Aug 09: Mayhem!
Aug 10: Works go live
Aug 17: Archive closes and creators revealed
7. What about treats?
Treats should fill a stated request for the recipient, and should respect any Do Not Wants, but otherwise don't have to meet the minimum word count or picture size. Please tag all treats as "VodeAn Treat." Treats may go into the main collection.
8. I want to nominate characters from Republic Commando / The Clone Wars: No Prisoners / Battlefront II / Star Wars Rebels, &c. Can I request those?
Yes! As long as the request features a Canon/Legends Clone character, anything goes.
9. Are Original Characters (OCs) and Original Clone Characters (OCCs) allowed?
Of course! But do remember your requests and offers must feature a character from Canon/Legends. Supporting OCs and OCCs are more than welcome.
10. Anything else?
Please only sign up if you are sure you can meet the deadlines. There is a default button next to your listed assignment and if you feel overwhelmed, please default early rather than leaving the mod no choice but to call in the pinch hitters. For all the fun without the pressure, give someone a treat!
Remember, this is an anonymous exchange, so if you want to chat about your assignment, do so judiciously. If you have a problem with what you were assigned because you didn't offer it, please contact email@example.com asap. If you don't like what you were assigned but you offered those characters during sign-ups, tough cheese my dude.
Please do acknowledge (ideally comment) on your gift even if you default. Someone has spent their free time and effort into creating something for you, even if you couldn't reciprocate.
If there's an explicit DNW in your gift, please contact the mod.
This is supposed to be a fun low-key celebration of the plastoid-plated troopers and Star Wars as a whole. This is not a place for kinkshaming, ship wars, militant moral policing, or general assholery.
10. Where can I find more information?
Vode An has an official tumblr at vodeanexchange.tumblr.com. The Ask Box is open and information on deadlines, FAQs, and other need-to-know information will circulate there.
Once the collection is revealed, links to works in the collection will be posted on the official tumblr. (If you do not wish a link to your work to be posted on tumblr after reveals, please let the mod know.)
The mod and other clonethusiasts can be found chatting over on the GAR Clones Chat: https://discord.gg/vncPTQB