Snarry-a-Thon is an anonymous, prompt-based fic and art fest hosted at snape_potter and posting at AO3 as well as LJ, IJ,and DW. This fest is all about having fun with our favorite pairing and celebrating the enduring love we have for these two men and they have for each other. Posting will begin on May 1, 2020. Snarry-a-Thon 2020 - After all this time? Always.
Submission of prompts: February 4 - February 15
Sign-ups and claiming of prompts: Begins February 17
When can I start?: As soon as the mods have confirmed your prompt.
Creations are due: April 18.
Posting starts: May 1, 2020
- Participants must be eighteen years old by May 1, 2020.
- Snape/Harry will be the primary pairing of all creations. Secondary pairings are allowed but the primary pairing (or threesome) must include Snape/Harry.
- We accept all ratings from G - NC-17.
- The minimum word count for fics is 1,000. There is no maximum.
- All fics should be beta-read or at the very least SPaG (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar) proofed.
- For fic, your story should be submitted in fully post-ready form. That means that we should be able to copy and paste from your document right into a livejournal html posting window without making changes. It is a good idea to test your coding by making a private-locked post before submitting.
- Submit your fic as .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt. No gdocs and please turn off "curly quotes".
- Creations must be complete and original. They can't be part of a WiP. However, they can be part of an on-going series/universe if your submission is able to be read/viewed as a stand-alone.
- Creations are posted anon.
- You may not post your creations elsewhere until after the big reveal.
- Email your creations and any questions you may have to spfestmod @ gmail.com
- Please use one of the following headers:
- Most importantly: have fun! Yes, that's a rule. This fest is all about celebrating the delight we have creating and re-inventing new ways our two favorite men to interact together. Snarry-a-Thon 2020 - After all this time? Always.
Q. - Do I really need to read all the rules and FAQs or are they pretty much the standard ones for fests?
A. - They're pretty standard, but we'd still suggest you read them. Especially since there are some new additions to the fest you may have questions about.
Q. - Where will the fest be held?
A. - The fest will be held at snape_potter and all stories, art, and mod posts will be cross-posted to IJ, LJ, and DW as well as AO3. Commenting will be enabled at all four sites.
Q. - When will the mods stop taking prompts?
A. - The mods will stop taking prompts at 11:59pm (EST) on Saturday, February 15.
Q. - You are taking prompts on IJ, LJ, and DW. Will the mods be making a combined post when it's time for claiming?
A. - Yes. After we stop taking prompts, a complete list of all prompts will be posted at 12 pm (EST) on Sunday, February 16. Comments will be temporarily disabled to give everyone a chance to read over the entire list of prompts and decide which prompt they would like to claim.
Q. - When will I be able to claim a prompt/sign-up?
A. - On Monday, February 17, at 3 pm (EST), comments will be enabled on the post and claiming of prompts will begin.
Q. - How do I claim a prompt?
A. - Claims should be made in the comment section of the prompt post on IJ, LJ or DW and should use the claim template. All comments will be screened.
Q. - What happens if I won't be in front of the computer when claiming begins?
A. - In that case, you can ask a friend to claim a prompt on your behalf. However, each comment must consist of only one claim. So if both you and your friend are participating in the fest, your friend will need to make two separate comments - one for his/her claim and one for yours. Please use the standard claim template which can be found with the complete list of prompts. The mods will e-mail you to confirm that a prompt is yours and you can begin writing/drawing your entry.
Q. - Will people know who signed up for the fest?
A. - Eventually. ;D But all comments on the claiming post will be screened. One of the mods will e-mail participants to confirm their prompts.
Q. - How many prompts may I claim?
A. - With one exception, each participant may claim only one prompt. However, after you submit your first entry, you may claim another prompt.
Q. - May I claim more than one prompt if I plan to incorporate them all into a single entry?
A. - Yes. This is the one exception noted in the preceding question. ;D
Q. - What if someone else claims the prompt I want?
A. - Each prompt can be claimed up to four times - two times by an author and two times by an artist. The mods will indicate the number of times a prompt has been claimed by authors and by artists.
Q. - The claim template asks me to select an alternate prompt. Do I have to?
A. - No. That is completely optional. The mods hope everyone will be able to receive their first choice of prompt and we will always give you your first choice before moving on to your alternate choice. But there is such a wide diversity of fantastic prompts we hope people will consider an alternative if their first choice is taken.
Q - I found a prompt I really like but the person requested a specific ending/specific kink and that's not really how I want to write/draw the prompt. Am I obligated to write/draw to their specifications?
A - No. Since this isn't a gift exchange you don't need to feel obligated to incorporate specific requests into your submission although you are certainly free to do so. You may interpret the prompt in whatever manner you prefer.
Q - I found part of a prompt I really like but the person added a number of other plot points that I don't want to include. Am I obligated to write/draw the entire prompt?
A - No. Again, since this isn't a gift exchange, you don't need to feel obligated to incorporate all elements of the prompt into your submission, although you are certainly free to do so. However, you should make an attempt to incorporate the most important elements of the prompt into your entry or claim a prompt that suits your idea better.
Q. - I want to use one prompt fully, but also adapt part of another prompt for a single entry. How should I word my claim?
A. - Since you will only be fully using one prompt, that's the prompt you should claim. If another prompt inspires you to incorporate certain actions/events/details in your entry, feel free to acknowledge them in the author's notes of your completed entry.
Q. - The banner this year looks very romantic. Are only romantic prompts/entries welcome this year?
A. - No. All types of Snarry are always welcome at Snarry-a-Thon.
Q. - What if I want to use a prompt from previous Snarry-a-Thons? Or perhaps even use a prompt of my own.
A. - Then you will need to claim a wild card as your prompt.
Q. - What is a Wild Card?
A. - There are two different wild cards. No one will be assigned a wild card. If you want a wild card, you must claim it as your prompt. Wild Card 1 means you want to write/draw something that is not one of the 2020 Snarry-a-Thon prompts. It must still feature Snape/Harry as the primary pairing, but everything else is up to you. Wild Card 2 means that you are willing to write/draw a prompt chosen by the mod. Of course, you have the right to specify the types of things you prefer not to write and you may decline any prompt chosen for any reason. However, it will be more fun if you truly are open to writing almost anything if you sign-up for Wild Card 2.
Q. - Are wild cards limited to 4 claims?
A. - Yes and no. ;D Wild Card #1 can be claimed by an unlimited number of participants since there is unlikely to be a repeat of prompt scenarios which is the reason the claims are limited. Wild Card #2 can also be claimed by an unlimited number of participants. However, the mods will only match participants with prompts that have not reached their claim limits.
Q. - May I submit crafts, baked goods, or jewelry as my entry?
A. - Absolutely.
Q. - May two (or more) people collaborate on one entry?
A. - Absolutely.
Q. - May one entry feature both fic and art?
A. - Absolutely.
Q. - What if I claim a prompt and then the muse dries up? Can I write/draw something else?
A. - Absolutely. But please let the mods know of the change.
Q. - Is this fest really just an excuse for the creation of more Snarry?
A. - Absolutely. ;D
Q. - If I know my spelling and grammar do I really need a beta?
A. - We highly recommend having another set of eyes read your fic before you submit it. Betas are good for more than spelling and grammar. They can help spot plotholes, typos, canon errors, Britpick and smooth language for non-native speakers.
Q. - How long do I have to decide if I want to claim a prompt?
A. - The deadline for making your first claim is one month before the due date, which this year means it's April 1st. For people who have already submitted one entry and want to claim a second prompt, they may do so until posting begins on May 1st. However, you must submit a completed entry before claiming your second prompt.
Q. - Last year I signed up but wasn't able to complete an entry. Can I still sign up this year?
A. - Absolutely! There is no penalty associated with not being able to submit an entry. Though the mods would appreciate knowing if you need to drop out or if you need an extension. We're all friends here.
Q. - Where should I submit my completed entry?
A. - All entries and any questions should be submitted to: spfestmod AT gmail DOT com
Q. - Will the entries be posted anonymously? Who is doing the posting?
A. - All entries will be posted by the Snarry-a-Thon mods. And they will be posted anonymously. A master list of entries will be posted at the conclusion of the fest.
Q. - How does posting at AO3 work?
A. - The mods will post the entries to AO3 and they will remain anonymous until reveals at the end of the fest. However, the creator will be able to edit and/or tag their entry before it posts.
Q. - What if I don't want my entry on AO3 or don't have an account there?
A. - We will not post to AO3 if the creator so desires. Just let us know if you'd prefer we did not. If you don't have an account but would like one, there shouldn't be any difficulty creating one before the fest begins. We're also happy to post an entry and maintain it for the creator on our mod account.
Q. - When will our submissions be due?
A. - All submissions are due April 18.
The Call for Prompts for the Twelfth Edition of Snarry-a-Thon begins tomorrow, February 4!