[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
As we wait for few more gifts to roll in, I just wanted to say a huge thanks for everyone that participated this year, AND to all those who've been going through and leaving lovely comments for everyone! you rock!

This was the TENTH year of the exchange, from what I can tell, and apart from the first year, I think this year we had as many gifts as 2 or 3 of the other top years! AWESOME!!!

A few people have mentioned continuing the giving and exchanging throughout the year, so we've come up with an idea.

What if you got to leave a prompt/gift request (within a certain time frame) and then those who've made requests - or even some that haven't - come along and anonymously claim the prompt to create something for it as a secret Valentine for Magical Heart-Shaped Ass day?

[livejournal.com profile] ekg_club will host the event, and that is where you will post your own gifts on the 14th of February. The ekg_club and this event is as always open to EVERYONE!!!!

How does that sound?

Comments, concerns, feedback?

if anyone wants to volunteer to make a banner we can use to promote the event, let me know asap as I'd like to set up the request post next week.


ETA: oh and along with cross-posting to your journal and places like tumblr on wednesday (tag with #qafgiftxchnge), don't forget to add your fic to qaf_giftxchnge collection on AO3!
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com

This year gift requests will once again be made by using a googledocs form. It makes my life easier to sort through and match up all the requests!

----->QAF_GIFTXCHNGE Signup Form

(if you have any troubles using/accessing the form, please contact me immediately)

*Sign ups close on NOVEMBER 1st, 2015 - 11:59pm Eastern

*Entries are due December 29, 2015 - 11:59pm Eastern (emailed to qafgiftxchnge @ gmail.com)
**If entries are received early, I'll start posting on the 26th of December

*Find submission guidelines HERE

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

*comments for this post will be screened if you have any questions*

Please track this comm if you tend not to check your flist often. This way you'll get updates on motivational check-ins and reminders.

[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Hi again.
If you post your gifts to AO3, don't forget to include them in the qaf_giftxchnge collection!
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/qaf_giftxchnge

Update

Jan. 7th, 2015 04:14 pm
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
I just wanted to post an update in case people were wondering what's up, what's happening.

There is still possibly one gift fic from the annual exchange that is left to be posted.

And then there is also the final Raffle Prize to be posted as well when it's ready in the next week or two....so watch this space!

Once those are up, I'll post a feedback poll.

Thanks to all those who participated this year and to those who created multiple works! I think everyone kickin' around QAF fandom in these parts truly appreciates the continued creativity. And thanks to all the comments so far! My inbox is flooded....so gifters make sure you reply to the love....and giftees don't forget to check out your gifts and leave some love!

And since we're quickly approaching the 10th Anniversary since the end of QAF (22 May to 7 August 2015 S5 airdates), I think we should somehow mark the occasion! I've just only begun to think on it, but likely whatever takes places would be hosted at [livejournal.com profile] woodys_place (once I confer with [livejournal.com profile] museme87), so please add that comm to your watch list. Please leave any suggestions or ideas you might have for that in the comments or PM or email me. I'll include something about this in the feedback poll as well.
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com



This year gift requests will once again be made by using a googledocs form. It makes my life easier to sort through and match up all the requests!



----->QAF_GIFTXCHNGE Signup Form
(if you have any troubles using/accessing the form, please contact me immediately)

*Sign ups close on OCTOBER 30th, 2014 - 11:59pm Eastern

*Entries are due December 29, 2014 - 11:59pm Eastern (emailed to qafgiftxchnge @ gmail.com)
**If entries are received early, I'll start posting on the 26th of December

*Find submission guidelines HERE

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

*comments for this post will be screened if you have any questions*

Please track this comm if you tend not to check your flist often. This way you'll get updates on motivational check-ins and reminders.

[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com


IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR...YOU KNOW THE ONE...THE GIVING TIME







Welcome to the 2014 GIFT EXCHANGE!!!!!

This notice is coming out early SUPER so you'll have plenty of time to write, draw, photoshop, vid, or whatever other medium you work best in.

~ The sign up post will be posted on or before October 7th (before I leave for my NYC adventures)

~ Sign ups will remain open until OCTOBER 30, 2014 11:59pm Eastern

~ Assignments will be sent out by November 4, 2014. I will make assignments and pair you up with your gift recipient. I wanted to get them out earlier in case anyone is doing a November writing challenge.

~ All gifts must be submitted to me at qafgiftxchnge @ gmail.com with the subject line: 2014 GIFT by 11:59pm Eastern December 29th, 2013. (this will give everyone a little extra time around the holidays)

~ Gifts will be posted December 30, 2013 to January 5, 2014
**If entries are received early, I'll start posting on the 26th of December
***if you end up giving multiple gifts, we'll sort out a delayed submission.

~Fic gifts do not need to be epic multi chaptered sagas. Drabbles are welcome.

I hope many of you will participate. Last year there was about 32 gifts given, so come out, come out wherever you are, old fans and new! Let's make this year even bigger!


Like previous years, this exchange will be held on Livejournal and Insanejournal. You can sign up where you want, I will mix up all participants and then post all the gifts on LJ and IJ. That way everyone should be able to play. I'll also be spreading the word on Tumblr, so hopefully that will add even more participants into the mix.



RULES


  • Please don't sign up if you may not be able to fulfill your gift. IF an emergency happens and you can't participate, please let me know as soon as possible so I can beg someone to stand in so that no one goes giftless.



  • Please, NO Brian/Michael, no MPREG, no RPS. Everything else is fine.



  • Gifts cannot be posted in your own LJ, IJ or elsewhere until one week after they are revealed here.



  • All submissions have to be new and complete, everything else would be just plain rude. Find more rules about submitting your worksHERE )

  • All submissions must be stand alone pieces created specifically for this fest. You may not submit a part of a work-in-progress as your submission, nor can you include fic/art/graphics that you've already posted elsewhere.


  • And don't forget to put the work behind an lj-cut.

Submitting Your Work


All submissions should emailed to qafgiftxchnge @ gmail.com by the due date (Dec 29th).

In the subject line of your email, please include your screen name, gift for: [name], and title. This makes it so much easier for us to find and organize your work.

Please remember to copy, paste, and fill this out to include in your email along with your submission:


Adapt this to fit your needs, such as word count/length.




When submitting a fic:

  • Please be sure that it's been saved as an ".rtf", ".doc", or ".docx" format. Also, please include all html coding (bold, italic, underline) in your finished fic. If you're not familiar with html or don't know what the code is for a specific one, check it out here. I WILL be sending back fics that are not html coded as there have been some nightmares trying to break up posts for fics with giant character counts.


  • There is no maximum or minimum for the gift exchange, but the mods ask that you keep your plot bunnies in control. 100,000 word fics will probably make us cry because we scan each fic for glaring spelling/punctuation errors. If you exceed 8,000-9,000 words, the mods will have to break your fic into parts due to LJ character restrictions, and we will need to know where you want those breaks to occur.


  • Multi-chaptered fics will still be accepted, but nothing will be posted until the fic in its entirety is received. So please don't get in over your head if you're not going to be able to finish it by the due date.


  • Please make sure that you spell all character names and places according to their canon spellings. Just ask if you're uncertain.


  • While having your fic beta read is not a requirement, it is always encouraged.


  • The mods reserve the right to ask you to correct any spelling, punctuation, or grammar issues before your fic is posted.


  • If you are using Word to prepare your manuscript, please make sure to turn off smart quotes! Tools >> AutoCorrect >> AutoFormat As You Type >> Uncheck "straight quotes with smart quotes"


  • Please ensure automatic spaces before and after paragraphs are not a part of the document. These spaces should be put in by you manually. This helps when the doc is pasted into the LJ/IL html editor.

    When submitting a fanart/graphics:

  • Please include your art/graphic as an attachment in the email. OR the links to where you're hosting them.



  • When submitting a fanmix:
  • Please include a link to your fanmix in the email.


  • Please include any information (artists, titles, featured lyrics) that you'd like to be included with your download link in the body of the email or in a text document.



  • When submitting a fanvid:
  • Please include a link to your fanmix in the email.


  • Please include any information (artists, titles, featured lyrics) that you'd like to be included with your download link in the body of the email or in a text document.




  • ***If these formatting guidelines are not followed, you will be contacted and requested to make required changes.***


    I will make every effort to match requests with talent. I will also make every effort to fulfill each request. However, if for some reason, your request cannot be fulfilled, I would hope that whatever is substituted will be accepted with gratitude and dignity and with the spirit in which is was intended.

Please feel free to pimp away...and beg all fans to come and participate. Questions? Ask away!



If you're a non-writer and non-graphic maker, stay tuned to this space as I've got an idea in the works especially for you.
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Well, I guess I'll sign off for another year (unless a couple more missing fics roll in...)

Gifters are free to post their stories, etc to their own journals and other places around the interweb. If you crosspost your fic to AO3, there is a "community: qaf_giftxchnge" tag, plus there's also a 'collection' for it too (qaf_giftxchnge).

I hope everyone had fun creating and reaping the benefits of these creations! :D I did some begging and some arm twisting of people into agreeing to double duty (or more!) to get as many works as we did this exchange, so thank-you so much to everyone that was able to contribute to our little corner of fandom this year.

And now for a little poll (comments are screened if you want elaborate on any of the questions)

[Poll #1951977]


Thanks again to everyone for their participation!
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Hi All,

There still might be a few more gifts coming, so I'll wait to post some closing remarks and an end of fest poll til then.

But I wanted to let you know that if you crosspost your fic to AO3, there is a "community: qaf_giftxchnge" tag, plus I also just created a collection for it too (qaf_giftxchnge).
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Just a note to those who are still sending gifts in... please make sure you send them to qafgiftxchnge@gmail.com (the qaf.xchnge@gmail.com is the old one that ohfreckle was using a few years back) I will send you a confirmation of receipt, so if you've sent something and haven't heard from me, please check the address.

Otherwise, I hope everyone's enjoying the goodies! I'll be posting though Sunday, about 3 to 4 posts a day.

Happy New Year's Day!
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Just to give everyone an update, gifts will start being posted at 6am Pittsburgh time. There'll be one every hour or so (more or less). Postings will be made until the 5th in order to space everything out and give some extra time to those who needed it.

And everyone should be excited as there are lots of fabulous fanworks coming in the queue! Including SEVERAL videos from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] maybe742 AND [livejournal.com profile] qafmaniac. So while some participants might technically have both of their requests filled, really, we all benefit from the loveliness of QAF set to wonderful tunes.

So I hope everyone enjoys all the gifts this year! and please remember to leave some love for all the great fanworks :D

Note to Authors/artists )
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Welp, looks like we're all done for the 2012 gift exchange. Gifters are free to post their stories, etc to their own journals and other places around the interweb. (fyi there is a "community: qaf_giftxchnge" tag if you're posting on AO3)

I learned a lot of things during this exchange, so hopefully I'll be able to implement those lessons next time around.

[Poll #1889096]

Thanks again to everyone for their participation!
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com
Hi everyone! It looks like everyone's enjoying themselves, rolling around in all the wonderful gifts people created this year!

The last two will go up as soon as they're available.

And I just want to post a reminder that gifts cannot be posted in your own LJ or elsewhere until one week after they are revealed here.
----but please feel free to link to the comm and pimp away!
Sorry for any confusion my confusion about the anon/not-anon posting may have created.

Happy New Year's Day everyone!!! <3
[identity profile] mander3-swish.livejournal.com

IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR...YOU KNOW THE ONE...THE GIVING TIME





Calling all writers, drawers, photoshoppers, vidders, layout makers, fanmixers, or whatever other medium you work best in. Sign-up to give a gift and get one in return! Plus everyone benefits from all these contributions to our fandom! :D

~ Sign up post

~ Sign ups will remain open until November 11, 2012 11:59pm Eastern (if you miss that or forget, post a sign-up anyway, and I'll see what I can do, but please try to make that deadline. Thanks!)

----->  UPDATE :: late sign-ups will be considered until
5pm eastern on Monday, November 12th.  <-----


~ Assignments will be sent out by November 19, 2012. I will make assignments and pair you up with your gift recipient.

~ All gifts must be submitted to me at qafgiftxchnge @ gmail.com with the subject line: 2012 GIFT by 11:59pm Eastern December 29th, 2012. (this will give everyone a little extra time around the holidays)

~ Gifts will be posted December 30 -31st, 2012, and the contributor reveal will be a week later.


RULES

Beta Volunteer Sign-up -There are already 2 awesome volunteers signed up, so please take the time to consider their assistance.

Please feel free to pimp away...and beg (twist arms, offer sexual favours,  whatever you need to do) all fans to come and participate. Questions? Ask away!

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