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Introduction

Have you ever wanted to write for an obscure canon but thought there was no point? Maybe you felt lonely doing it, or unmotivated due to the lack of audience. Whatever your reasons were, Be The First! challenges you to just go for it, and write for a fandom that has zero fics.

The aim is for this to be a friendly little community — even if we're writing for different series, we can still provide support and company for each other. When deadline comes we'll have been introduced to new fandoms, and will have a very varied collection of fics to read through.

I hope you'll take part :)

FAQSign-ups ○ Fandom Promos (soon!) ○ AO3 Collection
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Sign-ups 2020

Hello, and welcome to the fifth round of Be The First! Based on your requests, two things are new this year: One is that there's now a DW community in addition to the LJ one! Several of you have asked for this, and here it finally is. Please don't hesitate to let me know if I messed up some setting or whatever, as I'm new to having an actual account there myself. Secondly, another request I've gotten more than once is to raise the limit of stories that can be posted by each person. So, instead of the previous two, everyone can now post up to four fics. This is just a trial, though! After the round is over I'm planning on running a poll, asking if you guys want to keep this new amount or go back to old one — or maybe settle for something in between with three?

But aside from that, nothing has changed since the previous rounds. This is still a low-pressure challenge to write a fic, of any length, for a fandom that previously had none. That's it! If you want to take part, just reply to this post :)

Quick rundown: You have two months to write. The deadline is at 23.59 GMT on the 20th of April, and the archive will go live at 00.01 GMT on the 22nd of April. You can submit up to two four stories, as long as they are for different fandoms.

If you'd like more information beyond those basic points, then you can find the FAQ right here. The AO3 collection for this year is here, and I'll be putting up a fandom promo post in a few days.

Thank you to everyone who's reading this, whether you're a returning participant or someone checking out the challenge for the first time. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all write this year! ♥

[Click here for the DW version of this post.]
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Stories are now revealed!

The collection is live! We ended up with a record-breaking twenty-seven fics this year, the most this challenge has ever seen! Amazing job, everyone!

As usual, please do not check out the fics out via the fandom list page on AO3. Only a couple of fandoms are listed there, due to AO3's wrangling policy, so most of the stories will not show up on said page. Instead, there's an alternative fandom list below. (You can also browse the collection via the works page on AO3, where all are accounted for.)

All stories, ordered alphabetically by fandom:

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Thank you all so very much for taking part! I know these are all nonexistent fandoms, but I hope we can try to check out our fellow participants' stories and comment wherever possible. If you're not familiar with any of the fandoms, you can also try browsing the tag page to see if there are any themes/tropes/kinks that catches your eye.

Happy reading! I hope to see you guys again next year ♥
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Slight delay/extension

I really hate to do this, but due to sudden and unexpected RL matters I have to slightly delay the opening of the collection. It'll be revealed two days later, at 00.01 GMT on the 24th (with the collection staying open for submissions until then). I'm very sorry for the inconvenience! It was either this or open it now, two days early, which I definitely didn't want to do.

As I'll be offline until a few hours before reveals, I won't be able to answer any last-minute questions. I apologize for that as well, and can only hope the FAQ will be of some use.
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Ten days till deadline!

Hey guys, just a quick reminder that there's now only ten days left to submit your stories. The deadline is at 23.59 GMT on the 20th of April (with the collection going live at at 00.01 GMT on the 22nd).

We got nine fics in the collection already, good job! Best of luck to everyone who's still working -- you can do it :Db
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Check-in post

Time flies, and the deadline is starting to approach! How's it going, everyone? I hope all is well, but please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. You've got until 23.59 GMT on the 20th of April to add your fic(s) to the collection -- so don't panic, there's still plenty of time.

A big thanks to everyone who has signed up so far, return participants and newbies alike! I'm so happy you're all taking part ♥

If your writing is coming along nicely (or if you'd like to procrastinate), you can do some canon pimping here, or maybe just check out what others have posted.
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Fandom Promos

Have you already decided what fandom(s) to write for? If so, how about doing some pimping? :D

We've all chosen tiny obscure fandoms, needless to say. So by doing a little promoting you might be able to convince someone else to give it a try — or perhaps you'll even run into a fellow fan, who can't wait to read your coming fic.

Your promo can be long or short, and contain whatever you feel like. Want to post a couple of intriguing screencaps from a movie? Quote a few paragraphs from a book? Rec the best episode of a TV series? Talk about why you love your favorite character/pairing from your fandom? It's all good; anything goes!
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Sign-ups 2019

Hi there, and welcome to the fourth round of Be The First! Nothing has changed since the previous times; this is still a low-pressure challenge to write a fic, of any length, for a fandom that previously had none. That's it! If you want to take part, just reply to this post :)

Quick rundown: You have two months to write. The deadline is at 23.59 GMT on the 20th of April, and the archive will go live at 00.01 GMT on the 22nd of April. You can submit up to two stories, as long as they are for different fandoms.

If you'd like more information beyond those basic points, then you can find the FAQ right here. The AO3 collection for this year is here, and I'll be putting up a fandom promo post in a few days.

I hope you're all as excited as I am — I really can't wait to see what you write this year! And let's see if we can beat last year's total of twenty-two fics, shall we? Good luck, everyone!
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Stories are now revealed!

The collection is live! We have a total of twenty-two fics, in all brand-new fandoms. We juuust barely missed beating last year's record, but we still did really damn good! Well done, everyone :Db

Like usual, please do not check out the fics out via the fandom list page on AO3! Only a couple of fandoms are listed there, due to AO3's wrangling policy, so most of the stories will not show up on said page. Instead, there's an alternative fandom list below. (You can also browse the collection via the works page on AO3, where all are accounted for.)

All stories, ordered alphabetically by fandom:

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Thank you all so very much for taking part! I know these are all nonexistent fandoms, but I hope we can try to check out our fellow participants' stories and comment wherever possible. If you're not familiar with any of the fandoms, you can also try browsing the tag page to see if there's a theme that catches your eye.

Happy reading! I hope to see you guys again next year ♥
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Final deadline reminder!

Technically, there is now one day left to finish your fic(s) -- but I'll throw in a little extension by keeping the collection open for submissions until an hour before reveals. I did this last year too, so I guess it's not much of a surprise, but whatever! The important thing is that it gives you an extra day to write, should you need it :)

Since the last reminder the collection has doubled in size, which means that we're up to twelve stories now! Awesome! And if we manage to double it again we'll also break last year's record, dun dun duuun!

Finally, remember that stories can be of any length. So if the one you're currently working on is getting away from you, there might still be time to whip up something shorter. Good luck to you all, and thanks again for taking part!