Small Gifts begins today! Follow these three easy steps to celebrating the end of the year with Remus, Sirius, and your friends:
1. NOVEMBER 1 (Saturday) to NOVEMBER 7 (Friday): Participants leave prompts.
At any time between November 1 and November 7, you can join the exchange by responding to this post with a comment giving the following information:
Age statement: One of the following: "I am over 18 or over the legal age in my country (note here if you have a preference for rating)" OR "I am under 18 or the legal age in my country, and will neither ask for nor read anything with a rating over R." No age statement, or a falsified age statement, and you're out. Coal in the stocking and all that.
Three wishes: Please give three prompts consisting of: one word; one sentence; one quote; or one LINK to an image (no hotlinking!); see below for suggestions
Do not want to receive: insert squicks and pet peeves here: "songfic", "deathfic", "Tonks", etc.
Am fond of: insert favourite things here: "sexually-confident!Remus", "Lying-low-at-Lupin's", etc.
I am new to Small Gifts this year: Yes/No
A text box, if you like that sort of thing:
Please do not suggest too much detail, give a plot outline, or ask for a novel -- these are small gifts!
Bad example: "Sirius and James have a Clever Plan, and there is pudding, and somehow the Prank happens, and I'd love to have Lily there too, and also it should all be a flashback during the Grimmauld Christmas party, with sex." You will get... coal. For true.
Good examples: "trimming the tree"; "first kiss"; "warming hands by a fire"; "umbrellas"; "Dawn, New Year's Day"; "art for anything I've written"; "a remix for something of mine"; "story or art – Splendid Wings (song by David Brown)"; "cute MWPP-era icons". Please do not ask only for art: in general, there are more writers than artists.
Note to writers and artists: please, no sexually explicit fic or art involving underage characters.
2. NOVEMBER 8 (Saturday): Prompts open to claims at 11:00a Eastern Time.
Please claim by responding to the comment with the request that you want ("I claim marysue's request #2"). One claimant per request/participant, please. We would like everyone to get something!
If you finish your first small gift, you are more than welcome to come back and claim again.
Remember, "small gifts" are stocking stuffers--short fic (1,000 to 3,000 words), art, icons, whatever people can give. It's the thought that counts!
3. NOVEMBER 30 (Sunday): Final submission deadline for first-time participants.
DECEMBER 7 (Sunday): Final submission deadline for returning participants.
Please submit your work BETA'D as a post to this community (you'll need to join, if you've not already). It will go into the moderation queue, and we'll reveal one or two gifts per day until the end of the year.
Celebrate the season of lights, the solstice, birth and new beginnings, the promise of renewal. Snow and cheery fires, tinsel and mistletoe. Draw up a chair by that fire, settle in, and read....
Happy, happy holidays all around!