Thirty Ballads

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30 Ballads
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Theme community using song titles for prompts.

Welcome to 30_ballads! This is a friendly, low-pressure community of writers and artists who want to explore and develop their skills through the original 30 Ballads Themes. People of all fandoms are invited to participate and couples of all orientations are welcome. Neither homophobia nor heterophobia will be tolerated.

This community was inspired by the 30_kisses, 30_romances, and 30_lemons communities.

Feel free to join just to enjoy the fanworks, but don't be intimidated. Writers and artists of all levels are welcome to participate.

How It Works

Claims: Couples/fandoms/characters/non-romantic pairings may be claimed by up to two people/collaborations at a time. You are also allowed two claims at one time, the only caveat is that they must be from two different fandoms. Please note that if you claim two, you are committing yourself to complete all thirty themes for each of them. Claims counts for both writing and art. No one is required to do both, but it's definitely encouraged.

Specifics: Original characters, original stories, OCs with fandom characters, crossovers between two fandoms, AU stories and songfics are all acceptable. Icons and/or banners are not. (Try iconfiend100 for things such as that.)

Request: At this post with the subject line "request". Make sure you include the full names of both characters and the fandom that they are from. (And please check the list of claimed couples first to make sure they aren't already taken.) The claims list will be updated at least once a week.

Done!: When you are done with a couple or decide that you can't/don't want to finish, please leave a comment in this entry. You cannot request a transfer of your couple to another person but someone else is free to request it as soon as you drop it.

The Deadline: Take as long as you wish, but try to post something once every three months. If you remain inactive for more than six months, your pairing will be put back to the drawing board for others to claim. If you are going to go abroad or missing for six months or more, please email and/or comment at this post.

Posting: Only fic/art may be posted to this community. (Posting advertisements for other communities without permission will not be tolerated.) You may use fake cuts, but you must have the correct subject and header information as well as a link to its actual location.

Archives: All entries are archived once a week. Please let two weeks pass before notifying us of a missing memory. If you do not want your entry archived, please state so in the header.
The Idea

Order: Themes do not have to be written in any particular order. You can pick ANY 30 prompts from any of the theme lists. Any. However you need to pick one of the theme sets and stay within it. No mixing and matching from other theme sets. List of themes are here.

Tagging: PLEASE, please use tags. Tag like you have never tagged before. Please tag every person in the pairings name, the series, and the theme number. For example, if you have Renji/Ichigo/Shinji from Bleach and you're writing prompt #12 from the Theme set Rock, you would tag as follows: character: abarai renji, character: kurosaki ichigo, character: hirako shinji, fandom: bleach, theme: rock, rock12. Simple, no?

Those of you doing mixed themes are to use the theme tag that applies to the prompt of the fic. Example, if the prompt is rock #12 you tag - theme: rock, rock12; if it's emo #11 you tag - theme: emo, emo11 and so on.

Interpretation: Feel free to interpret each theme however you wish. The song title is the prompt but if you wish to use the lyrics as well and write an actual songfic they can be found at Lyrics.com.

Style: The style of your entries is completely up to you. For authors, it can be as short as a paragraph, or as long as a multi-chaptered novel. For artists, it can be a full watercolor or the five-minute sketch you did before class. All that's important is capturing the feeling of the theme.

Works in Progress: You may submit works that are in progress, but please don't make a habit of submitting works that you've already finished and made public.

Format: When you post, please use the following format:

Subject line:
Title(fandom, pairing, challenge #)

Theme: (include the # and the theme)
Disclaimer: (yes, you need one every time! unless you're doing your own original work, in which case I'd suggest including a claimer). IF YOUR FANDOM INVOLVES REAL PEOPLE, your disclaimer MUST state that your fanworks are purely fictional and do not imply any actual relationship or event.

LJ-cut: Anything longer than a paragraph and ALL artwork must be put behind an LJ-cut.

Ratings: All ratings are welcome, but anything of an R or higher rating must be clearly marked as such in front of the LJ-cut.

Plagiarism: Will absolutely not be tolerated.

Feedback: Is encouraged.

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