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Come one! Come many! Come all! It's time for The DG Forum Fic Exchange – Summer 2018!

Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out, a veteran fan or new to all the Draco/Ginny goodness, join us in our annual tradition of fic writing and gift giving! This year is extra special because 2018 marks The DG Forum's TENTH birthday! That's right! You heard it here, folks! The DG Forum is a decade old! And what better way to celebrate than to participate in releasing brand new DG fics into the world? *tosses confetti*

This will be your go-to thread for announcements and links relating to our summer exchange, so stay tuned.


So what is a fic exchange?

In a nutshell: participating writers submit a prompt for a fic they would like to have written for them, and in return they will write a fic following someone else's prompt. In a nutshell within a nutshell: everyone anonymously writes a fic for someone else, and in turn everyone has a fic anonymously written for them. It's like a gifting extravaganza where every forum-goer's DG dreams can come true!


Basic outline

Submit your prompts: You will be asked to submit 3 prompts.

Request your prompts: You will be asked to submit a list of 3 prompt requests numbered in the order you would most want to write for them. You get to choose 2 prompts that you would absolutely not like to write for.

Prompts assigned, start writing: Your prompt arrives by owl (email). You will have almost three months of writing time, so don't waste our benevolence and leave it to the last minute. ;)

Submit your story by owl: You will receive an email from The DG Forum listing all writing guidelines for fic submissions. Attach your guideline-compliant story document to an email, and send it to our account.

Stories are published: All stories will be posted from the forum's FFN account to maintain anonymity.

Voting begins: Voting occurs by poll.

Winners announced: Awards include honor, glory, bragging rights, and a shiny banner created by yours truly (idreamofdraco). Winners in the Overall category are added to our C2.

Drop outs are banished from our sacred lands: If you don't complete your fic, you're chained to the Wall of Shame and left as a peace offering for the local zombies. I hope you like brains...


General criteria for the DG Forum Fic Exchange

Pairings: Must be D/G centric; may feature any side-pairings.

Ratings: G to NC-17; please state in your prompt if you have a preference.

Length: Minimum: 1,000 words; maximum: no limit.



Here is a general timeline for our fic exchange (please note that dates are subject to change). You will have roughly 2 months and 3 weeks of total writing time – just enough for you to crack out your next DG masterpiece! Remember: deadlines for the exchange are final, so plan accordingly! If you drop out, you're leaving a fellow writer hanging without a fic of their own. That makes us all sad badgers. Please consider your decision carefully before joining, as dropping out may result in banning from the next writing exchange.

May 1: Prompt submissions open.

May 13: Prompt submissions close. Prompt requests open.

May 27: Prompts assigned - start writing!

August 12: Final writing deadline for all fics.

TBC: All stories posted.

TBC: Accepting nominations.

TBC: Voting period.

TBC: Winners are announced/writer identities revealed.


Where do I sign up?

Signing up is simple: just head over to the prompt submission thread, where you will be asked to submit 3 complete prompts. By submitting your prompts, you're agreeing to participate in the exchange.

Note that the first stop for non-members is the Who's Who thread, where you will sign over your life to us by becoming a member of our forum. All members may participate in the exchange, regardless of age, time of having joined, financial status, or social standing within the Wizarding community—ah, the advantages of an anonymous voting system!

Any questions?

Please refer to the previous exchange threads or send a PM to The DG Forum or idreamofdraco, one of your friendly neighborhood spider-mods.

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The DG Forum

Prompt submissions for The DG Forum Fic Exchange - Summer 2018 are officially closed.

We will be accepting prompt requests from May 13, 2018 through to May 27, 2018.

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The DG Forum

Prompt Requests for The DG Forum Fic Exchange – Summer 2018

Prompt requests are now open through May 27, 2018!

To request your prompt, please follow these instructions:

1. Visit the Prompts Submissions thread and read through all the prompts carefully - consider the required elements and the undesired ones before making your decision.

2. Choose at least three (3) prompts that you would absolutely love to write in order of preference. Remember, you are not guaranteed to receive one of your top three prompts, but the moderators will try their best to ensure that you do. If there are a lot of fics you'd be okay writing, feel free to request more than three prompts.

3. Choose no more than two (2) prompts that you would be absolutely mortified to receive. You are guaranteed NOT to get your bottom two prompts assigned!

4. Email your choices to The DG Forum account [the (dot) dg (dot) forum (at) gmail (dot) com] (but remove all spaces) by May 27, 2018. The subject of your email must contain: "your name's Prompt Requests".

Note that if there's a tie for a favorite prompt, it is usually assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Submit your prompt requests as soon as possible to optimize your chances of getting your top choice.

5. Do not PM. The moderators will be using email to communicate with you from this point on, so be sure to add the forum account to your contacts list to avoid our emails going to your spam folder.

6. You will receive an email from the moderators with your assigned prompt and further instructions. You should have your prompt by May 28, end of day at the latest.

Part of an exchange is challenging yourself as a writer, and another part is making sure that everyone who writes also receives a fic. Remember: while you're not guaranteed to get one of your top three prompts, you are guaranteed NOT to get your bottom two. Good luck!

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The DG Forum

Calling all beta readers!

We are a month and a week out from the submission deadline, so I think it's a good time to gather a list of volunteers to beta exchange fics.

To offer your beta services, you must:

1) be willing to communicate and commit.

2) NOT be an exchange participant (unless you're a mod).

Please email/PM us or make a post in the Beta Search thread stating that you are willing to be a beta reader AND how much time you need (for example, a week in advance of the deadline minimum, etc.). If between now and August 12th you are no longer able to commit to being a beta and you have not agreed to beta for anyone yet, please email/PM idreamofdraco or The DG Forum so we can remove you from our list. And, I hope this doesn't need to be said, but if you have agreed to beta for someone and you can no longer beta for them, please communicate that with them so they can find someone else as soon as possible.

If you are an exchange participant who would like to request a beta reader, PM someone from the following list with your request.

FE Beta Readers

Ha'niqua (stories under 10,000 words in length)


Boogum (must have the whole story completed and sent to me before July 25th)

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The DG Forum

Dear fic exchange participants,

The writing gods have smiled upon you and granted you a one-week extension. The new deadline for fic exchange submissions is Sunday, August 19th at 11:59pm. *tosses confetti*

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