makobdayexchange: (2017)
Welcome to the 2017 Tachibana Makoto Birthday Fanworks Exchange!

This is the fifth annual event celebrating our favorite Iwatobi captain & backstroker. :D

makoto playing with kitten

The exchange is open to art, comics, fic, and manips centered around Makoto. Despite the name, fanworks don’t have to be birthday-themed. All romantic pairings (het/slash/other; twosome/threesome/moresome), platonic pairings (with friends/family) and non-pairings (Makoto alone or with animals) are welcome. ♥♥♥

A special note: we would like to stay out of any and all shipping wars. To that end, we ask that you kindly refrain from requests or fills that involve hate or harm for any canon character, including character bashing (but the kink meme is always open for all your needs!). Thank you for helping us keep fandom a happy place!

This challenge runs on Japan Standard Time.

2017 TIMELINE
Sign-ups, Phase 1: September 3 - 17 (note: an AO3 account *is* required)
Sign-ups, Phase 2: September 18 - 26 (note: a DW account is *not* required)
Assignments Sent: September 30
Fanworks Due: November 7 (countdown clock | timezone converter)
Emergency Pinch Hit Period: November 8 - 15
Works go live on AO3: November 17 (Happy Birthday, Mako!)

Sign Ups | Assignment Guidelines | Posting Guidelines | Pinch Hitter Sign-ups | Find a Beta/Be a Beta
 

FAQ )
makobdayexchange: (2016)

We are now in the final 24 hours to the November 7 JST deadline! (This applies to the main round only; Party Favors – the bonus round open to everyone – is another story.)

Please note and keep in mind that the the time and date of the deadline may not match the time and date in your own timezone. Every year there is someone who says they didn’t know this, but that will not be accepted as an excuse this year.

So to avoid confusion, please use these links:

NOTE: You will have the time between the deadline and reveals to polish your fill; it only has to be complete by the deadline, not perfect. :D

If you do need to request an extension, please email me. You may ask for an additional 1-2 days; experience has shown that longer extensions usually result in the participant dropping at a late date and a pinch hitter having to work under pressure for a tight deadline. Let’s be as nice as we can to our pinch hitters!

It’s not too late to join as a pinch hitter, btw. In fact, we’d love to have you!

Here are some other useful links:

If you have any questions that aren’t answered at those links, let me know.

Have fun and good luck!
makobdayexchange: (2015)

The 2015 Makoto Birthday Exchange has officially come to a close, with the bonus round as well as the commenting contest ending today. Of course works for all three years of the exchange remain available for everyone’s enjoyment.

If you want to be considered for a prize in the 2015 Commenting Contest, be sure to send in your entry by end of day on December 2nd. (Details here.)

To everyone who participated in the exchange and/or the commenting contest, and to all who signal boosted and otherwise offered support—thank you so much for contributing to another wonderful event this year! 

Please look forward to all the great events in the Free!dom this holiday season and throughout the year. See you next Makoto Birthday Time…!



makobdayexchange: (2015)

The extension deadline has passed, and we’re super happy to say that no new pinch hits are needed. Way to go, everyone! :D

There is one pinch hit being worked on. We’re all cheering you on, anonymous (for now) pinch hitter!

For everyone who finished and posted an assignment, we’re now in the grace period before works go live. This will happen as soon as possible on Makoto’s birthday. Our ideal would be to go live at midnight on the 17th, Japan time (midnight is the start of the day).

You may use the time between now and then to make any edits you want to your work, to get it exactly how you want it for your recipient. 

You also might consider doing something for Party Favors, the bonus round for extra gifts. Party Favors fills are open to everyone, regardless of whether you signed up as an original participant or not.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has participated and supported us along the way this year. Please look forward to all the wonderful art and fic on Makoto’s birthday!

makobdayexchange: (2015)

The extension deadline for the Makoto Birthday Exchange is end of day today, November 7th. That gives you 13 hours from the time of this post.

COUNTDOWN CLOCK

Additional extensions are not being granted.

Remember that your work does not have to be perfect by the deadline, just complete (you will be able to edit/polish during the grace period as we get ready to go live for Makoto’s birthday).

Good luck!

makobdayexchange: (2015)

Assignments for the 2015 Makoto Birthday Exchange are due in a little over 12 hours from the time of this posting.

COUNTDOWN CLOCK

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who has finished and posted!

Good luck to everyone still working on it!

As mentioned in the guidelines, you will be able to edit/refine/polish your work after posting -- we just need a completed piece by the deadline, so we know which assignments need pinch hitters.

If you need an extension of a day or two, please email us (sallynotsally @ gmail dot com).
 

makobdayexchange: (Default)
Hello!

This is just a quick reminder that the Fan Works Due Date, November 4th 2015, 11:59 PM PST, for Makoto's Birthday Exchange is fast approaching!

You can see what time that is, around the world through our count down clock available here!

Thank you so much to everyone who's gotten their fanworks in early!


Please note, anyone who has not posted a complete fill or requested an extension by the deadline will be defaulted. (Additionally, if you default and the person writing/drawing for you also defaults, your requests will not be sent to a pinch hitter.) You can contact the moderators through the email address sallynotsally @ gmail.com

You'll still be able to edit your story/refine your art, after this deadline - it's just we want to make sure that there's something for everyone who's completed their assignments, and ensure that our pinch hitters will have enough time to be able to complete their own works.



If you've already completed your exchange assignment, and are looking for something to do, why not check out Party Favours - a free for all bonus round or sign up as a pinch hitter here?

Best of luck!
makobdayexchange: (2015)
Hi, everyone!

This is a reminder that your assignment for the 2015 Makoto Birthday Exchange is due in one week, on November 4. To avoid any confusion, this will tell you in days/hours/minutes/seconds exactly how much time is left:


Here are some useful posts for your review, if you haven't read them yet:
While we hope no one will have to drop out, we understand it's unavoidable in some cases. In other cases, though, an extension of a few days might help. If you think you need an extension, please email us before the posting deadline on November 4 to request one.

Anyone who has not posted a complete fill or requested an extension by the deadline will be defaulted. (Please note that if you default and the person writing/drawing for you also defaults, your requests will not be sent to a pinch hitter.)

Let us know if you have any questions or problems. Good luck and have fun!
makobdayexchange: (2015)
Assignments for the 2015 Makoto Birthday Exchange are due on November 4. Here is a countdown clock to the deadline


::Notes::

You are only required to fill one of the requests in your assignment in order to complete the assignment. You are welcome to do more than one request or multiple fills for the same request, if you have time and interest (optional; not required).

Please do not talk publicly about what you're working on until after works are live on AO3! It's absolutely okay to say you got your assignment and other general kinds of things, but it would be great if you don't give away whose assignment you got or which prompt you're doing. Some of the fun is the element of surprise, after all (finding out who created something for you and which of your requests they chose to do). :D

If you have any questions for your recipient, please contact us. We'll relay the message to your recipient and get back to you with their response as soon as possible.

::Content Requirements::

  • Your fanwork must  include the characters in the request you choose to fill from your assignment.
  • Your fanwork must be the type specified by your recipient for that particular request.
  • Details and specific prompt requests in your recipient's letter are optional. Having said that, it would be great if you could respect and avoid their dislikes.

::General Requirements::

You are only required to fill one of the requests in your assignment in order to complete the assignment.

These guidelines apply to all fills, regardless of type.
  • original work previously unpublished
  • finished/polished quality
  • standalone (not part of a larger work or series)
  • complete (the whole story should be told)
    • multi-chapter stories are allowed only if all chapters are posted
  • English language only (or, in the case of art/comics/manips, no words)


::Technical Requirements by type::

If you are doing a fill for Party Favors, the bonus round for extra gifts, please note that there is no minimum requirement. All other requirements apply.

Art

  • minimum of 600px per dimension; no maximum 
  • traditional as well as digital media
  • color or b&w
  • still/static or animated/moving image

Comics
  • minimum of 3 panels; no maximum
  • color or b&w

Fic
  • minimum of 1000 words; no maximum
    • while you’re more than welcome to do multiple fics for your recipient, one of them must be at least 1000 words
  • optional: the find a beta post

Manips
  • minimum of 3 panels; no maximum
  • must use screencaps or other official art (no fanart)
  • still/static or animated/moving images
  • accompanying text/ficlet is optional (not required)


::Posting Your Fill / Dropping Out::

Log in to AO3 and go to your Assignments page. Find the assignment marked "2015 Tachibana Makoto Birthday Exchange." There will be two buttons:
  • To post your fill, click "Fulfill." This will take you to the page where you can post your work, with the challenge and your recipient's name already filled in.
  • To drop out, click "Default." The event coordinator will get a message and send the assignment to a pinch hitter.
Please note that if you drop out and the person drawing/writing for you also drops, your requests will not go to the pinch hitter list.

If you're dropping out because you don't like your assignment, please read these notes:
  • Remember that you do not need to fill a specific prompt. You only need to do a fill of the type requested, using the characters requested. All other details are optional, including relationships and nsfw content/rating.
  • Some people put their general likes/dislikes in their “Dear Creator” letter – so if your recipient included a link, be sure to check that out.

In the spirit of Makoto swimming in the ocean in Season 1, it would be great if you could do your best. But if you simply cannot, please default through AO3 as soon as possible, so we can give the pinch hitter who picks it up as much time as possible.
 



If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment here or send an email.

Thank you and happy creating!
makobdayexchange: (generic)
Many thanks to everyone who responded positively to the post about having another fanworks exchange for Makoto’s birthday this year.

It seems like there is interest, so we’ll be going ahead with it again! Please look forward to details in a couple of weeks. :D

In the meantime, it’s worth mentioning that you’ll need an AO3 account to participate this year. If you don’t have one, you can go here to request a free account.
makobdayexchange: (generic)
Hi, everyone!

We’re starting to think about this year’s exchange and, as you may have guessed from the title, the big question is whether or not there’s interest in doing it again.

It would be wonderful to have a third year for the exchange and we’d love to do it if people want it! But if not, we’re completely okay with stepping aside and letting other events celebrate Makoto’s birthday.

If there is a 2015 fanworks exchange, it’ll be a traditional one on AO3. so that means sign-ups would be 100% through AO3 and matching would be done automatically by the system, based on type of fanwork (art or fic) and characters involved. You’ll still be able to provide specific details for prompts/likes, of course. While matching is not done based on these details and they are considered optional for whoever gets the assignment, artists and authors almost always try to give you something you want.

As in past years, the exchange will be open to fanart, fancomics, and fanfic centered around Makoto. Despite the name, fanworks don't have to be birthday-themed. all pairings (het/slash/other; twosome/threesome/moresome) and non-pairings (alone or with friends/family) are welcome.

If this sounds like something you think you’d want to do, please reply to this post (the anonymous option is on, as always) or send us a message. Expressing interest is not a commitment; this is just an informal poll to get an idea of whether it’s worth going ahead.

And definitely let us know if you have questions about anything.
makobdayexchange: (2014)

Happy Makoto’s Birthday, everyone!

Thanks to this year’s participants and our rockstar pinch hitters, all the birthday fanworks created for the exchange are now live on AO3!

So far we have 69 works of Makoto-centric art, comics, fic, and manips for you to enjoy. With a wide range of characters/pairings, genres, and ratings, there’s sure to be something for all Makoto fans! We hope you’ll come over when you have a chance and check it out.

And it’s not too late to join in on the fun! Party Favors, the free-for-all bonus round open to everyone (whether or not you were an original participant), is running now through November 24th.



Two notes for main round participants:

You are free to crosspost your work anywhere you like now! (Mention of the exchange and/or a link to the collection on AO3 would be much appreciated, so more people can enjoy all the excellent fanworks.)

Please be sure to leave kudos/comments for your gifter, even if you defaulted. Regardless of your situation, your gifter worked really hard for you and would love to hear from you!

 

No matter how you celebrate it, hope you have an amazing Makoto’s birthday. ♥♥♥

makobdayexchange: (2014)

A reminder for those of you who are still polishing/revising/adding to your fills for the main round of the 2014 Makoto Birthday Exchange:

The hard deadline for the main round is midnight PT on November 16. That’s about 35 hours from now, at the time of posting. Please note that midnight is the start of the day, not the end (so realistically you have until end of day on the 15th).

To avoid any and all confusion, here’s a COUNTDOWN CLOCK.

 

Party Favors, the free-for-all bonus round, is open now through November 24th. Details are available here.

 

Good luck and have fun!

makobdayexchange: (2014)

The Tachibana Makoto Birthday Fanworks Exchange is pleased to announce Party Favors 2014—a bonus round to the main exchange, where everyone can fill whatever prompt(s) they like!
 

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GENERAL INFO

  • Party Favors 2014 runs from now through the Monday after Makoto’s birthday, ending on November 24th [countdown clock].
  • Anyone who wants to can do a Party Favors fill, whether or not you signed up for the main exchange.
  • During the bonus round, all requests/prompts for this year’s exchange are visible on AO3.
    • There is no claiming; if you want to do a fill for a request, go right ahead!
    • Multiple fills are welcome.
  • Party Favors gifts should be posted to the 2014 Makoto Birthday Exchange collection on AO3.
    • You will need an AO3 account for this. If you don’t have one, go here to request a free account.
  • Party Favors is open to art, comics, manips, and fic.
    • There is no minimum requirement for these bonus gifts.
    • Other than that, please follow the gift guidelines.


USEFUL LINKS

makobdayexchange: (2014)
There will be a big post with a lot of information in the next day or so, once everything is settled with pinch hits, so please keep an eye out for that.

In the meantime, here’s a clarification on editing after the deadline:

Your finished, polished work should be up on AO3 by the time the collection goes live, which will happen when (1) everyone has a gift and (2) it is the 17th somewhere in the world.

Technically you’ll be able to edit after that and whenever you want, but that’s the point at which your recipient (and others) will be able to see/read the work.

The big info post will include a suggested editing deadline and countdown clocks, to avoid any time zone confusion.
makobdayexchange: (2014)

The deadline for the 2014 Tachibana Makoto Birthday Exchange is approaching rapidly (works are due in a little under 12 hours, at the time of posting this).

To avoid time zone confusion, here is a countdown clock to the deadline:

COUNTDOWN CLOCK

So far over half of you have posted to AO3, which is great—congratulations!

To those still working on it, good luck! The rest of this post is for you.

USEFUL LINKS:

SPECIAL NOTE:

You do not have to post a completely finished/polished version of your fill by the deadline. You can still edit your posted work during the pinch hit period. (Look for a post about the editing period after the deadline has passed, once I’ve had a chance to get a handle on how things stand with pinch hits.)

By pressing “Fulfill” and posting, you are promising that you have finished the best possible version of the gift you are giving, or that you will finish it by the pinch hit deadline.

Please think carefully before using this option. There are no extenuating circumstances or acceptable excuses once the deadline has passed. Be aware that if you suddenly become unable to finish after the deadline, you will be putting the pinch hitter and the exchange itself in a bad position. 

Speaking of pinch hitters, it’s not too late to join us as one! You can learn more here.

Anyone who has not posted by the deadline will be defaulted and those assignments sent to the pinch hit list for claiming.

Go go go! :D

makobdayexchange: (2014)

Hi, guys!

I’m concerned that a couple of you may be posting in a way that will end up defaulting you.

Currently, there are 23 works in the archive but only 21 assignments have been completed, according to AO3.

Unfortunately I can only see works from the “completed assignments” page, so I have no way of figuring out what the discrepancy is. My best guess is two participants have posted the first chapter of a multi-chapter work, which makes the assignment look incomplete.

If you are posting a multi-chapter work, please be sure that it appears as complete by the deadline!

In other words, if you have checked the box for “This work has multiple chapters” in the “Associations” section, be sure that you put the number of chapters you have actually posted.

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You can always change the number in that box during editing, if you need/want to add another chapter.

I hope this makes sense and/or is helpful!

makobdayexchange: (2014)

Fanworks for the 2014 Tachibana Makoto Birthday Exchange are due in a day and a half (a little over 36 hours, at the time of posting this). To avoid time zone confusion over the date, here is a countdown clock to the deadline:

~ CLICK HERE FOR THE COUNTDOWN CLOCK ~


So far nearly a third of all participants have posted to AO3, which is fantastic. Way to go! And to those still working on it:

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(If you don’t remember him from last year’s event and/or understandably can’t recognize him, that’s Makoto… who still believes in everyone!)

If you need to drop out for any reason, please do it as soon as possible. That will give the pinch hitter who takes the assignment more time. (Before you decide to drop, please see the special note at the end of this post.)

Speaking of pinch hitters, it’s not too late to join us as one! You can learn more here.
 

USEFUL LINKS:


SPECIAL NOTE:

You do not have to post a completely finished/polished version of your fill by the deadline. You can still edit your posted work during the pinch hit period.

Please think of your recipient if you use this option. By posting, you are promising that you have finished the best possible version of the gift you are giving, or that you will finish it by the pinch hit deadline.

Anyone who has not posted by the deadline will be defaulted and those assignments sent to the pinch hit list for claiming.
 

Good luck!

makobdayexchange: (2014)
1. Go to the page for the 2014 Tachibana Makoto Birthday Exchange (makobday2014):
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/makobday2014


2. Click the "Post to Collection" button.






3. This will take you to the Post New Work page, with the collection already filled out for you. In the "Associations" section, you will want to put the name of requester whose prompt you did.
You can find it from the Requests Summary page, if you didn't write it down.





4. Fill out the rest of the fields as you normally would and hit the "Post" button at the bottom when you're done. (If you haven't used AO3 before, it's fairly intuitive--but feel free to contact me if you need help.)
  • If you're posting art, instructions on how to post images to AO3 are here.



makobdayexchange: (Default)


Fanworks for the 2014 Tachibana Makoto Birthday Exchange are due in one week. To avoid time zone confusion over the date here is a countdown cock to the deadline:

COUNTDOWN CLOCK

We’ve already received several completed assignments—congratulations to those who have finished and good luck to everyone who is still working on it!

If you need to drop out for any reason, sooner is better than later as that will give the pinch hitter who takes the assignment more time.

Speaking of pinch hitters, it’s not too late to join us as one! You can learn more here.

USEFUL LINKS