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What's this fest about?
Ask for a song and receive a story.

Jukebox is a challenge festival for fanfic writers. It is based on a theme of songs and music videos, and it uses a gift exchange structure, like Yuletide and many others. When you sign up, you will prompt several possible stories using songs for inspiration, and you will commit to writing a story for a recipient who will be assigned to you.

The goals of this fest are:

  • Write a story (or more, if you feel inclined)

  • Get a story

  • Share and learn about music

  • Read and comment on many creative interpretations of song narratives.

What’s the schedule of the fest?
Brainstorming: 15 to 24 July
Nominations: 24 July to 1 August
Signups: 4 to 11 August
Assignments go out by: 13 August
Assignments due: 23 September (six weeks)
Collection opens: 25 September
Authors revealed: 4 October

What do I need if I want to sign up?
You need an account at the Archive Of Our Own ( If you don’t already have one, you can ask for an invitation on the front page. They take a couple of days to process.

You need to be able to commit to writing a story of at least 1,000 words by the deadline (23 September 2013) for a song you have offered, to match your recipient’s prompt. You will have approximately six weeks to write this story.

You need to keep an eye on official announcements at this fest’s Dreamwidth or Livejournal communities. You don’t have to have a DW or LJ account to do that, but it helps.

Can I participate in other ways?
Yes, you can beta (edit) participants' stories by signing up to be a beta reader. You can also sign up to be a pinch hitter (a writer who may pick up an assignment when the original writer has had to pull out of the exchange). I will be posting in the DW and LJ comms about these options.

You can look at the prompts, which will be available on AO3, and write treats. You can also read and comment on the stories when they go live. Exchange participants tend to like comments. ^!^

Why songs?
A song can be only a few minutes long but describe a whole world. By running a fest based on song and music video canons, I want to take advantage of the rich inspiration a song can provide. I also want it to be as easy as possible for participants to (re-)acquire and consume a canon in order to write to a prompt.

Just as a song can include a whole world, participants are encouraged to stay within those worlds. This is not the exchange to request a Labyrinth fic using the themes of a David Bowie song, or an Avengers fic set to Marina and the Diamonds. Crossovers are only permissible if you are crossing over songs that have been nominated for the exchange, and if your recipient has asked for this kind of crossover.

What counts as a song?
A piece of recorded music that includes lyrics (in any language) and is shorter than 20 minutes. This may include a video.

Songs nominated for this exchange must be widely available. Preferably, there will be a YouTube link or a link on the artist's website or another publically accessible link. I will create a table of links and lyrics for use in the exchange.

The song must must be able to stand on its own without reference to a longer work. I don’t object to people nominating songs from musicals or operettas – but if it would be necessary to understand the whole musical, or the whole operetta, or to read a contextual explanation in order to appreciate the piece, then that piece of music is not appropriate for this exchange.

Songs must also be able to stand on their own without reference to the artist - unless the song is autobiographical, or self-referential in some other way. This exchange is not the place to request musician RPF. In general, actors who appear in music videos are to be treated as characters, not as their real-life selves.

Covers by specific artists can be nominated separately.

You can either nominate a song on its own, or a song with an associated music video. It's possible to differentiate these when nominating on AO3.

Songs that don’t quite fit these requirements, but that fit the goals of the exchange, can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Why just fic?
This is the first year I’m running this exchange. I’m sticking with what I know to ensure the fest runs smoothly. I’d like to open future fests up to visual artists if the first fest goes well.

More about the nominations process
You don’t have to nominate any songs in order to sign up. But it’s a good idea to take part in nominations if you have specific songs you know you’ll want to offer or ask for.

Nominating canons is done by filling out a form on AO3. I will post a guide and a link to the nominations form closer to the time. You can nominate a total of 5 songs or music videos.

More about signing up
When you sign up, you can make between 3 and 6 requests from the available (nominated) pool of songs and music videos. There is a space to enter a prompt for each song you request, so you can give your mystery writer an idea of what kind of story you’d like.

Some exchange participants also like to post a longer letter for their writer in a personal journal or somewhere else. Feel free – that’s up to you.

You must also choose between 3 and 10 songs or music videos that you are willing to write for.

You will be assigned someone who has asked for at least one song or music video that you have offered. You must write them a story of 1,000 words or more, based on any of their prompts.

If none of your recipient’s requests are songs or videos you actually offered to write, email the mod account (jukebox.mod, at gmail) and I will sort this out.

More about writing
Please keep your assignment a secret during the writing process. All authors will be anonymous until a week after the stories have been made available. Not knowing who’s written what story is a traditional part of this kind of exchange.

For this fest, you are strongly encouraged to get your story looked over by a beta reader before you submit it. I will create a mailing list for volunteer beta readers and I will make a separate post about this in the comms.

Something may come up for you in August or September and you will realise you can’t complete your story. If you need to drop out, email the mod (jukebox.mod, at gmail) or click the Default button that is visible on AO3 next to your assignment. We understand. Do please let us know as soon as you know, because that makes it easier to find someone to write your assignment instead. You're also still expected to thank your writer for any fic you receive, if you can.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here (anonymous commenting is enabled) or email the mod.

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Date: 2013-07-13 11:43 pm (UTC)
akamine_chan: Created by me; please don't take (Default)
From: [personal profile] akamine_chan
This is the first year I’m running this exchange. I’m sticking with what I know to ensure the fest runs smoothly. I’d like to open future fests up to visual artists if the first fest goes well.

Okay, I can see limiting the exchange to just writing the first year, but you should also consider opening it up to not only visual artists, but podficcers as well in the future.

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Date: 2013-07-14 04:15 am (UTC)
akamine_chan: Created by me; please don't take (Default)
From: [personal profile] akamine_chan
Here are some fanwork exchanges that allow some variation on allowing visual arts, vids, fanmixes, and podfic.

The Miranda Fanworks exchange

The Kaleidoscope Fanworks exchange

Kurtofsky Gift exchange

Ante Up Losers

Sam/Lucifer Fanwork exchange
Edited Date: 2013-07-14 04:15 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-07-15 06:11 am (UTC)
xenoglossy: (Default)
From: [personal profile] xenoglossy
Are songs that are not in English allowed, provided there is an English translation of the lyrics available?

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Date: 2013-07-26 12:29 am (UTC)
sureasdawn: girl wrapped in wolfskin (Default)
From: [personal profile] sureasdawn
I'd like to participate, but a lot of the songs I would like to nominate do not have characters with names. Are we being asked to basically write original fic with our own OC's playing with the themes of the song, since fannish (non-musical) canons are not allowed?
Edited Date: 2013-07-26 12:30 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-07-26 12:39 am (UTC)
sureasdawn: neko on a charger with a sword (neko case)
From: [personal profile] sureasdawn
Yes, yes, thank you that is exactly what I needed to know.


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