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+ Okay, here we go: announcing with all due pomp and ceremony, sign ups for 'The Future is Ours': A TWW AU Dystopia ficathon!

(These are the Rules in bulletpoints, as a quick-glance version of the rules present in the community user-info. Please read one or the other. Or both.)

# You may write:

-- a completely AU dystopic fic - the TWW crew in space or a hundred years in the future, or whatever
-- a fic in which the canon world has *become* dystopic - someone drops a bomb on D.C.
-- a world which has simply *become* dystopic by process of evolution, i.e. not through cataclysm
-- a post-apocalyptic (or in the process of an apocalypse) world
-- anywhere within the timeline of the show itself
-- anywhere in the future

What we do ask is that the story not be set in a past time, though a dystopia in which civilisation has regressed into something which closely resembles a past time, is just fine.

We also ask that the fic be set somewhere in the known universe - not the fantastical world of Whereandnow with bonus unicorns.

# Within your dystopia, for structure, for inspiration, or whatever, it would be great if you could use (in any way you choose) one of these classic plot themes (stolen from here):

1. [wo]man vs. nature
2. [wo]man vs. man
3. [wo]man vs. the environment
4. [wo]man vs. machines/technology
5. [wo]man vs. the supernatural
6. [wo]man vs. self
7. [wo]man vs. god/religion

It occured to us that each of these categories is either very easy, or very interesting (sometimes both!) to interpret in a dystopic fashion. So, pick a category, please. If, after you've signed-up with one category, you find that you're having trouble writing it and need to change (for instance if you decide you really don't want robots taking over the world (category 4) but would rather write a society controlled by a totalitarian government (category 2), this is allowed. But please make every effort to write within the category you sign-up with.

[Mod note. Some of these categories are more obviously apt to be interpreted dystopically than others, however, we're sure it's possible. The categories themselves are not meant to define your dystopia but rather give you some help with a theme or a plot within your story. For example, I might pick category 6 - man vs. self and write a story about how Toby copes with his life all alone in a post-apocalyptic world. The category itself has nothing to do with the nature of the dystopia, how the dystopic vision operates, only with what happens to the characters within the dystopic world.]

# There is no limit on the number of fics you can produce before the deadline. There are limitless ways to define dystopia, so if inspiration takes you, feel free to create as many dystopic worlds as you like. Or create one world and write different pairings and storylines for it!

# OCs are acceptable in small doses, but the main characters of the story must be TWW characters.

# Fics should be at least 1,000 words long.

# You have approximately two and a half months to write. Sign-ups run from May 23rd until June 7th, when writing time officially begins. Following the June 7th deadline there is a one week grace period during which you may still sign-up and join the community. After June 14th sign-ups and membership of the community are closed.

# Fics are due August 24th.

# When you're done and want to post, use a header, like this:

Pairing: (if applicable)

You're free to post your fic whenever you're finished. Try to use a beta, definitely use an LJ cut. :)

And if you're still awake after all that and you think you'd like to play along, sign up using this form. Thank you!


One more thing: if you think you'd be up for beta duty, head over here. :)


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