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(Adapted from hc_bingo)

What is allowed?
- Any fandom, including real person fiction (RPF)
- All ratings and pairings
- Gen, slash and het content
- Crossovers and fusions
- Original characters in existing fandoms

What is not allowed?
- Original fiction
- Art with no fandom-specific images (i.e., characters, logos, objects, animals/creatures)
- Previously posted stories

Is a fill limited to fic only?
No. While fic is used as a shorthand you are not limited to fic. Bingo squares can be filled with fic, art, icons, picspams, vids, podfic, or mixes.

What are the requirements for a fill to count?
To keep the amount of work a fill takes consistent there are minimum requirements for a fill. They are as follows:
fic - 500 words
art - medium sized
icons - set of 10
podfic - 500 word fic
picspam - 20 pics
vids - 60 seconds
mixes - 10 songs

You can, obviously, write/art/vid MORE than that, but no less.

What are the rules for mixes?
1. Mixes are a minimum of ten songs. They must be uploaded to mediafire, megaupload, or another long term hosting site. Mixes must be in a zip/rar file. On your post, please specify what format each song is in (mp3, m4a, other).
2. Cover art is optional, however you must include a track list with an explanation of how each song fits your schmoop prompt.
3. When posting to the comm, do not link directly to the download. Link to your own LJ post with track listing and DL links.

Can I write in more than one fandom? For the same bingo line?
Yes and yes.

Can I write a series?
Yes. However, you are limited to one fill per chapter.

I have a story posted previously that fits one of my prompts, can I use it?
No, everything for the bingo should be newly written and tagged as written for schmoop_bingo.

Can I write, vid, etc. as part of a team?
You can sign up as a team but you cannot split the prompts between you. Only one member of the team should sign up for the team card and put their partner(s)' name(s) in the comments.

May I sign up for more than one card?
Only if you are working with a partner. You may sign up for one individual card and one team card.

Can I post my bingo story to newsletter communities and such?
Yes.

Do I have to post every thing I've made for the bingo to the community?
No. You can only post the combination (bingos and extras) with the links to individual fills to the community; posting single fills to the community is only allowed during amnesty period.

I dislike my card and want a new one, can I request it?
To request a new card you have to finish at least one bingo on your current one. Remember that you don't have to fill out all prompts in your card or be stuck with it until December. Fill out the bingo you're most comfortable with and request a new card to play with!

However, if your card has prompt(s) that you feel are triggering, please email the mods (schmoop.bingo.mods at gmail.com) and we will work with you.

I've submitted a line bingo and now want to do a blackout, can I just fill the missing squares?
You'll have to write new stories for the squares you've used in previous bingo. You can reuse the square however many times you like, but only if you fill it anew every time. If you do that we'll count points both for your previous bingo and your blackout.

I've completed a bingo but I don't want to ask for a new card, I want to continue playing with this one. Can I do this?
Yes, absolutely, as long as you're making new fills for the previously used prompts.

Can I make a fill that covers several squares at once?
Only if you are doing extras. Even if your fill answers two or more prompts at once, you still can only use it to cover one square.

How much focus do I have to give the prompt?
Your fanwork 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 "stuffed animal" that should be a significant factor in your fanwork, not just a passing mention. The interpretation of the prompt is up to you. Some prompts are generalized, others are more specific. If your prompt is "wedding," you may write about any aspect of a wedding--planning, choosing a dress/tux, exchanging vows, cutting the cake, etc--or the entire process from beginning to end.

What is a "wild card"?
It's a card for which you choose a schmoopy prompt, either from the master list of prompts or otherwise. You still have to fill it if it's in your bingo, just with the prompt of your own choosing.

I have a question that isn't answered here.
You can either leave it as a comment to this post with "Question" in the subject heading or email the mods.

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whitereflection
Jun. 18th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
question
I apologize for the bother, but I'm also wanting to ask about the possibility of requesting a card without pregnancy/babies/kidfic prompts? Personally, pregnancy of any sort is a squick issue for me, and the others are things I just couldn't write about at all. There's enough of those sorts of prompts it'd be just my luck to end up with a card full of them and not be able to complete a bingo. Thanks for your time--I love the idea of this so much and would love to be able to participate.
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peppervl
Jun. 19th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: question
Not unless it is a triggering issue, as per the updated FAQs. (If it is, please email or PM me and we'll talk.)

We don't want anyone genuinely upset by their card, but we're also not willing to strike things from the card because people don't like them. This is supposed to be a challenge, and part of that is writing what the randomizer gives you, even if it's not something you usually write or care for. We're also approaching 400 participants right now, and generating a random card without specific choices for everyone would be far too time-consuming.

However, we do encourage you to remember that you can be creative. You don't have to write the kids/babies/pregnancy as the main pairing's/main characters. It can be a chance encounter, something they're watching from a distance, a memory, something that they see that gets them thinking, a movie, a song, etc. The possibilities are endless.

We're excited to see the creative ways that people come up to deal with these prompts, because the first thing that comes to mind is not what it has to be.

Also, please keep in mind that there are 155 prompts and only 14 of them deal specifically with kids, babies, or pregnancy. The chances you will get a card that you cannot make a single bingo on without writing one are slim.

I hope you decide to participate!
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peppervl
Jun. 19th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: question
Just assigned yours. Only two, both of which could be gotten around without ever using children.

And, just a thought, but baby animals are still babies. :D

Like I said, creativity is encouraged.
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peppervl
Jun. 19th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: question
I'm honestly not sure what you're trying to say here.

We're encouraging every participant to be creative with every prompt fill. That's kind of the point of the whole thing.

People who have the old holidays are allowed to substitute different holidays because we changed the way we handled it. They're still going to be filling their prompts with holidays. That's exactly what I was encouraging you to do by suggesting you use baby animals— substitute a different baby, but still fill the prompt with a baby.

And if that doesn't work, there are multiple bingos you can fill without using either of those squares at all and then you can request a new card.
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peppervl
Jun. 19th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Re: question
Not unless it is a triggering issue, as per the updated FAQs. (If it is, please email or PM me and we'll talk.)

We don't want anyone genuinely upset by their card, but we're also not willing to strike things from the card because people don't like them. This is supposed to be a challenge, and part of that is writing what the randomizer gives you, even if it's not something you usually write or care for. We're also approaching 400 participants right now, and generating a random card without specific choices for everyone would be far too time-consuming.

However, we do encourage you to remember that you can be creative. You don't have to write the kids/babies/pregnancy as the main pairing's/main characters. It can be a chance encounter, something they're watching from a distance, a memory, something that they see that gets them thinking, a movie, a song, etc. The possibilities are endless.

We're excited to see the creative ways that people come up to deal with these prompts, because the first thing that comes to mind is not what it has to be.

Also, please keep in mind that there are 155 prompts and only 14 of them deal specifically with kids, babies, or pregnancy. The chances you will get a card that you cannot make a single bingo on without writing one are slim.

I hope you decide to participate!

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