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[sticky entry] Sticky: Schedule and FAQ

Schedule )
Rules )

Any other questions? Ask us in the comments, or email darkestnightfest@gmail.com.
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Nominations closed

 Nominations are now closed. We will be working through the tagset to process your nominations tonight and tomorrow, and should having a nominations clarification post up tomorrow evening.
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1 Day Until Nominations Close

 As of this posting, you have a day left to nominate your characters, groups, and freeforms. See a countdown here. Reminder: nominations will close at 11:59 PM EDT. (Find out what time that is for you.)

After nominations close, a post will be made on the comm to discuss unaccepted freeforms so that people can suggest ways they can be modified to fit, or alternate tags that are similar but more conducive to the theme of the exchange. Sign-ups will open on the 28th as scheduled.

Nominate your fandoms and freeforms here!

Tolkien Fandom Post

This is the tagset mod. 


This post is just for the discussion of Tolkien related fandoms.  We want to avoid redundant fandoms, so either we are going to split them up by media type or use the All Media Types.  This is your place to express your opinion on how we should best handle Tolkien.  Once a decision has been made we will not be going back and changing things.  There really aren’t any issues with The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien but it has been included for completion’s sake and so people can see what has been nominated. 



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Nomination Issues and Questions

This will be a catch-all post for our questions about your nominations, to be edited as they come up. The nominations are in bold, and our questions are below the bolded text.


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Thank you all!
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Nominations are open!

Nominations are live!


You may nominate 6 fandoms, with 5 characters/groups in each, and 10 tags.

There is no rarity requirement regarding which fandoms are eligible. RPF, Crossover Fandoms, and Original Works are all allowed. Non-traditional fandoms such as songs, poetry, anthropomorphism, etc. are allowed. Fan-created fandoms based on existing fandoms will be decided on a case-by-case basis. If you are nominating a fandom with multiple versions (e.g. the various Lord of the Rings adaptions), or has been known to cause issues with exchange tagsets, please comment and tell us if you think they should be combined and why.

Characters & Groups
You can nominate individual characters or groups of characters. To nominate individual characters, just use the character's name. If your character has multiple versions across fandoms, please specify the fandom in parentheses after their name. If you'd like to nominate a group, please use the format group: Character A & Character B (platonic relationships) or Group: Character A/Character B (for ships). All characters nominated in a group must be from the same fandom; otherwise, nominate them under Crossover Fandoms. If the group is a Crossover Fandom, please put each fandom in parentheses after each character's name. Rule 63 versions of characters are allowed; please use the format Female Character A or Male Character B. See the examples below:

Momomiya Ichigo
Steve Rogers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Female Sparrow Hood
group: Third Doctor & Sara Jane Smith
group: Charles Xavier (X-Men Movies) & Zordon (Power Rangers)
group: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy

You can nominate up to 10 tags total. These can be tropes, kinks, settings, etc. They should be related to dark themes in fic/art.

Psychological Torture
Alternate Universe - Post-Apocalypse

We will be asking the community to help determine when to combine related tags together.

Any questions? Comment here.

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Round 2 begins July 9

We're happy to say that the Darkest Night is running again this year! Please have a gander at our schedule/FAQ/rules and ask any questions on that post or via email to darkestnightfest@gmail.com. Current schedule is: 

Nominations open: July 9
Nominations close: July 23
Sign-ups open: July 28
Sign-ups close: August 11
Works due: September 30
Works revealed: October 5 (8:00PM EDT)
Creators revealed: October 12 (8:00PM EDT)

We have changed the rules regarding nominations of relationships. Last year, we used group: X & Y plus category matching for ship requests and offers. This year, we're doing away with that and allowing you to nominate ships in the format group: X/Y. More clarification is in our rules, linked above; please feel free to ask any questions.

Thanks for reading, and we'll see you on July 9!
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Now that creators have been revealed, everyone has a gift, and so on, how about some feedback?

This was our first year running this fest (and this mod's first time running an AO3 exchange at all), so any input you can give would be great. You can comment here - anon is on - or email us at darkestnightfest@gmail.com.

Thank you all for participating!
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Creators revealed!

Thank you all for participating! I'll be posting a feedback post in a bit so we can get your input on the exchange.
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Works are revealed!

Check out the collection here!

Huge thanks to our pinch-hitters, who really saved the day.
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Last-minute pinch-hit

Edit: Taken!

One last pinch-hit before the reveal! This one will be due ASAP (ideally before the collection is due to open).

While the collection is supposed to open at 3 p.m. EDT (click here for time zone conversion), works will not be revealed until everyone has a gift.

As usual, please comment here with your AO3 username or email darkestnightfest@gmail.com to claim the pinch-hit. Comments are screened.

Pinch-hit #8: Dragon Age (Video Games), Original Work, Hockey RPF, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wiedźmin | The Witcher - All Media Types, Crossover Fandoms, Naruto )
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The six-hour countdown

In six hours, all works for the Darkest Night will be due. Please contact the mods if you need an extension, or default if you need to ASAP.

The next pinch-hit batch is going out directly after this post, and I anticipate having one or two more, so keep your eyes peeled!

Just as a reminder:

Assignments are due on September 30, 11:59 PM EDT. What time is that for me?

Want to see a countdown? Here's a handy link for you!

Comment here or drop us an email at darkestnightfest@gmail.com if you have any questions.
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Five days until assignments are due

We're getting closer to the end!

Assignments are due on September 30, 11:59 PM EDT. What time is that for me?

Want to see a countdown? Here's a handy link for you!

Comment here or drop us an email at darkestnightfest@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Edit: Now with 100% accurate times listed.
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Two weeks until assignments are due!

Assignments are due on September 30, 11:59 EDT. What time is that for me?

Want to see a countdown? Here's a handy link for you!

Comment here or drop us an email at darkestnightfest@gmail.com if you have any questions.
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Beta post

If you'd like to be a beta, please fill out the following form and post it as a comment.