Announcement, 2015 dates, and 2015 FAQ

Since its inception, rarewomen has been about being a fanfiction exchange that seeks to correct the gender disparity of characters represented in fanworks. We have noticed a gap between number of stories written about cis-men and those written about other genders and sexes. During last year's exchange, we encountered several characters whom mods and participants did not feel comfortable placing a cut-and-dry gender statement upon, or including under the banner "rarewomen".

As a result, we began the process of changing rarewomen into something that would continue to address underrepresented and/or marginalized genders or sexes in fanworks, but would also be more inclusive than the name rarewomen suggests.

This year, we will be operating under the name rarelywritten, or RW for shorthand. We are also moving our home base to dreamwidth, with our RSS feed [edit 1/17, thank you mk_tortie!], the RSS feed as an LJ account, and tumblr. Rules and modus operandi should be the same (with a few small adjustments) aside from the inclusion of other underrepresented and/or marginalized genders or sexes. This list can include but is not limited to: cis women, transgender women, transsexual women, genderqueer individuals, intersex individuals, gender fluid, a-gender, two-spirit, bigender, pangender, third gender, transgender men, transsexual men. If your character has self-identified as a gender that you are not sure is eligible, please ask and we will be happy to amend the list or clarify for you. One quick question you can ask yourself in regards to eligibility is "would this character feel comfortable being included in an exchange for underrepresented and/or marginalizes genders or sexes?"

Important Dates and FAQ for 2015 are located here (please update your links and follow where you prefer!)

Updates are underway

Hello, past, present, and future participants in rw!

You may recall that last year brought some changes involving including several non-binary, genderqueer characters while remaining under the titular banner of rarewomen. We have been following your response to this, and discussing ourselves and have decided to make a few further adjustments. These will be detailed in a future post, but in short, these changes will include:

- a name change for the exchange that reflects diversity in gender
- clearer language regarding inclusive eligibility of characters
- language in mod communication that is clear, concise, and reflects the shifted focus of the exchange

To do this, we are asking for help. Both mods (aphrodite_mine and prozacpark) identify as cis females, and acknowledge that our privilege doesn't always make for the best resource in this area. Research cannot replace personal experience, and accurate sources can be difficult to track down. So we are seeking out a mini task force to look over our proposed changes and suggest any further adjustments, to call us out on any shit, and to make non-cis voices heard.

If you would like to participate, please fill out the information in a screened comment below.

Username at preferred chatting client
Have you previously participated in rw/rarewomen?
[If and only if you choose to disclose:]What is your gender identity?
Anything else you think we need to know up front?

Participation can/will involve:

- reading a google document or text in an email
- responding to email
- communicating via IM or Skype text for discussions
- (possibly) participating in a group Skype text or tinychat discussion (date, time TBD)

Your participation will never be linked to you/your online identity unless you choose to disclose this yourself. Comments are and will remain screened for anonymity. If you would prefer, you can also email me your information., please use the subject RW HELP.

I will be emailing respondents sometime in the next two weeks with the first draft of changes.
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one story, and half an hour to go!

Archive will go live in a little over half an hour. While we wait for that, we still have one person without a story.  If you can do any of their prompts or write them treats, it would be greatly appreciated!  There are some popular tv fandoms here, so please, give them a look.

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We'll post here again once the archive goes live.  Almost there!
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People without stories.

As of now, there are still some people who have written stories who have no stories for them in the archive.   I'm posting details for their prompts.  If you have any of these people, turn in your stories ASAP.  If you can write anything for these people, it would bring us that much closer to the archive opening.

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We'll go live as soon as the first three people on that list have stories, or at midnight, whichever comes first.


Barring any last minute disastaers, the archive should open tonight. We'll post an hour warning here.




All pinches have been claimed! If we remain on schedule, the archive should open late May 10th/early May 11th, so make damn sure any edits/finishing touches are done by then.

If, for any reason, you feel you may be delayed for your extension/pinch hit please email as soon as possible. No surprises are good surprises!


Pinch away, Pinch Hitters!

Remaining are pinch hits ##19 and #20. Not bad!

If you can't do a full pinch, or just can't write in these fandoms, don't forget you can pass the hours waiting for the archive to open by writing treats for anyone!

Here are the pinches. Please email aphrodite.mine at gmail dot com with the number of pinch you want, your AO3 account, and the date by which you can likely have the story completed & posted.

#19 - Samurai Flamenco, Shoujo Kakumei Utena | Revoltionary Girl Utena, Neon Genesis Evangelion

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#20 - In the Flesh, Warm Bodies, Supernatural, Grimm, Teen Wolf

Request 1 by liliaeth

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Status update: pinch hits and archive

There were... quite a few last minute defaulters/no-call-no-shows, so we have a series of pinch hits going out. I'm actually sending them out right before I go to bed, so don't expect a reply until around 10AM CST tomorrow (assuming my phone email works while I'm on break).

After 24 hours (tomorrow at this time), I'll post any unclaimed pinches here for the taking.


If you have uploaded your story (THANK YOU) here's a short list of things to consider:
-- the archive will go live no earlier than, but possibly ON May 10th. Any edits/beta work/massive overhauls should be complete AS FAR AHEAD OF THAT DATE AS POSSIBLE to avoid an incomplete/sloppy story going live. Think how you would feel if your gift ended mid-sentence! We *will* post here a few hours before hitting go, but that won't give you much time even IF you happen to be watching your LJ feed.
-- do you have your story saved as a Draft, rather than Published? CHANGE IT. Your recipient will NOT be able to read your fic if it isn't published! You will be counted as a defaulter and we'll need a last-last minute pinch. Please don't do that -- your fic is ALREADY UP!

If you were granted an extension/have a later due date for a pinch, these notes are for you:
-- please (PRETTY PLEASE) keep me (aphrodite.mine at gmail dot com) updated on your progress. If you think you may need another day, LET ME KNOW. If you come down with the stomach flu and won't be able to finish, LET ME KNOW. The sooner we know of issues, the sooner we can fix them.
-- If it means a story for everyone, we will delay opening the archive. But remember, EVERYONE will be waiting, even you. So take a break to walk around the house, eat a protein bar, and power write! (Kidding, I'm kidding. But also not.)

If you still need a beta and can't find one elsewhere, please email me! I will send the request out to our beta volunteers, and even read it over for you if there's no response!


In summation, take a moment to double-check that your story is 100% a-okay, have a great night, and start counting down to a beautiful archive full of stories about rarewomen of all sorts!