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03 September 2011 @ 08:47 pm
Important Dates

Round One:September 3rd, 2011 to February 3rd, 2012
Sign ups: Cards can be requested anytime before February 3rd, 2012
Amnesty Period: February 5th, 2012 to March 5th, 2012


1. Each bingo card is a randomized 5x5 grid filled with prompts drawn from a master list. All prompts are open to interpretation as either hurt or comfort. The goal is to make a bingo on your card. There are multiple ways of earning bingo. Each finished bingo brings you points; for more information see Points and Scoring.

2. Squares are marked off toward a bingo or an extra by filling the prompt within the square. For each square a new piece of work (fic, art, vid, etc.) must be created.

3. You can submit any kind of content: fics, mixes, art, vids, podfics, picspams, rec lists, icons, meta and so on. Fandom or original content is accepted. To keep the amount of work consistent between types of fills there are minimum requirements:

Fic - 500 words
Art - medium sized (at least 320x240)
Icons - set of 10
Rec post - 10 recs (any combination of fandoms)
Podfic - 500 word fic
Picspam - 20 pics
Vids - 30 seconds
Mix - 10 songs with track list and explanation included
Meta - 1000 words

4. Bingos can be made up of any combination of content. You do not have to do all fic, all art, etc. to make bingo - ex: you could submit 2 art, 1 mix and 2 fics to make a line bingo. Additionally a bingo does not have to be all in one fandom - ex: you could submit 2 RPF, 1 Pokemon, 1 Original and 1 Buffy fills in the same bingo.

5. You must complete at least one bingo on your card before requesting a new one. However if you receive a card with prompts of a triggering nature for you please contact the mods ASAP so that we can work with you to create a more suitable card.

6. After completing your first bingo you may complete extras on your current card or request a new card. Extras cannot be completed until a bingo has been made and they do not count toward a bingo, but they bring you points. For more information on extras see Points and Scoring.

7. Some dark prompts can be potentially triggering. If you're uncomfortable with writing about certain categories, please note that when you sign up so we can give you a card avoiding these areas altogether.

Please look at the list of prompts the cards are made from before signing up and veto from one to three prompts that would be triggery/uncomfortable for you to write about. If you need more than three prompts vetoed, please contact the mods by PM or email and we will work with you to make sure you have a suitable card.

8. Even if it is in the prompt you are still required to warn for rape/non-con, dub-con, incest, character death/suicide, graphic self-harm, any type of sexual trauma, any type of child/domestic abuse, and any other triggering themes or images. Other warnings are left to your discretion but we strongly encourage you to warn as fully as possible. When in doubt, please err on the side of caution. Warnings for ‘slash’, ‘het’, ‘femslash’ etc will be deleted and mods will ask they be removed before resubmission to the community.

If you don't want to warn for something because it would spoil your story, please use this code from amadi's post on warnings to make a greyed-out warning readers can choose to read or not.

9. Anything publicly posted previously may not be used to fill a square for dark bingo. Each fill for your bingo must be newly-created content.

10. Each fill for each prompt should be a separate and finished creation. Chapters or parts of one story cannot be used to fill several different squares. Several stories in a series are allowed (i.e. you can have a story filling a square and its sequel/prequel filling a different square as long as each has a clear beginning and end.)

11. You can reuse any square on your card as many times as you want, but each use must be a new piece of a fic, art, etc. A fill cannot be used in more than one bingo or extra.

12. Individual fills can be posted where you see fit (your journal, communities, AO3, etc.), but they’re not to be posted to the community itself until you reach a bingo or extra. When you post your bingo you will include headers and links to the individual fills.

13. To receive points for the completed bingo you must post it to the dark bingo community. Your post to the community must include links to all the fills included in your bingo. All links need to go to open posts (no locked/private entries/sites). If we discover a link goes to a locked entry, bingo will not be awarded, and may be redacted. For more information see Posting Template.

14. If you have not completed a bingo by February, 2012, you can still fill prompts during the amnesty period. Links to prompts filled during the amnesty period can be posted to the community individually but will not receive points.

15. All prompts are open to interpretation. For example, 'tentacles' can vary from a character being attacked by something tentacled to the difficulties of being tentacled to being soothed by tentacles, etc; 'loss of vision' could mean anything from a temporary or permanent loss of sight to the loss of ones' vision/goal/future/psychic sight to the removal of a hurtful vision/psychic sight, etc. But all must be dark.

16. Your work should have more than just a singular mention of the prompt. It should deal with it in some way. For example, if your prompt is "broken bone" that should be a significant factor in your work not just a passing mention. How you deal with a prompt is left at your discretion. Remember that the genre is 'dark', but the definition of it is fully up to you. Some of the prompts deal with sensitive issues, and we trust our players to deal with them carefully and respectfully.

17. If you are writing RPF, please do not use anyone's existing children as the focus of your fill.

18. If your story is based on a real life, large scale tragedy, mods reserve the right to review it on case-by-case basis and possibly veto without explanation.

Please also read the FAQ for further clarification.
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Nyxelestianyxelestia on March 9th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Is poetry allowed? What would its minimum word count be if yes?

Edited at 2012-03-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
Lady Strangesynnerxx on March 9th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes. 100 words minimum.