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As promised, here is the feedback post, intended for you to voice anything good or bad about your experience of the exchange and suggest what I can improve for next time. I am particularly interested in hearing any opinions about:

1. Timing. Did the time of year that I picked for this work for people? I somewhat randomly chose it so that it was between the Histories ficathon and Yuletide and wouldn't overlap with either. However, we hit NaNo planning time with the end date. Any opinions on this? Is there an alternative time of year that you'd like to suggest for next time?

2. Reveal & anon period. Again, my executive decision was to not have an anon period due to the small size of the exchange and the attached assumption that you'd be able to tell who wrote what anyway. Was that a sensible thing? Or would people prefer an anon period next time? If so how long?

3. Minimum word count. Was 1,000 words okay? Would you prefer a smaller word minimum so it's less of a commitment?

4. Mechanism of signing up and matching. I tried to make it so that the sign-up form was more or less in letter format but would you like a letters post in addition to the sign-up form? Anything about the sign-up that chould change, for example would it be useful to have a mandatory field for preferred characters/pairings in addition to requested play?

5. Medium. This time around this was a fic-only exchange. How do people feel about opening it up to other types of fanworks?

I have already had some feedback to suggest that we need a "find a beta" post next time so that is one thing that I will provide next time!
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The collection is now revealed! You should have notifications with your gifts.

So go forth and read all the fic! It's here:http://archiveofourown.org/collections/stage_of_fools_2016

Please remember to leave a comment on your gift.

Thank you all for participating and making this exchange a success. I'll put a feedback post up in a couple of days.
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All fics are in! Thank you so much everyone for submitting on time.

This means now is MADNESS TIME! Under the cut are all prompts sorted by requester's AO3 name. Pick one or more, write a story of any length, post to the collection. For a reminder about how to post please see this post.

All prompts )
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The deadline is tonight. As a few fics are still missing, this is just to say, if you need an extension please let me know and I can shift the deadline forward a few days.

Once all stories are in I'll post all prompts here so people can write treats.
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Hello lovely groundlings! I hope you are all well on the way with writing your stories for people, or at least have an idea about what you want to do and just need to find time to transfer it from your head to the page.

This might also be the time where people get ready to post their stories. Currently the deadline is:

OCTOBER 21, 2016, 23.59 GMT. What time is that for me?

So I thought it would be good to make a reminder post about how to do it. I've included screenshots so am putting this under a cut for length. I've also remembered to set the collection to "open" and "unrevealed" so people can post their fics, and they won't be seen by anyone except me until the reveal.

How to post to Stage of Fools 2016 )

I hope this makes sense, and enables you to post your fics. If you have any technical trouble with doing this, or if you are running a bit behind schedule and would like an extension, please let me know.
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I have sent all assignment emails. Please acknowledge receipt. If there are any problems please contact me.
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Sign-ups are now closed. I'll be matching people up as soon as possible, so assignments will be going out in the next couple of days.
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Signups close at 23.59 British time today, meaning you have 11 hours to sign up.
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Sign ups close at 23.59 GMT tomorrow, giving you just under 40 hoirs to sign up.
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The sign-up form is now live!

Please GO HERE TO SIGN UP. Sign-ups will close on SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, at 23.59 UK time.

What time is that for me?

Countdown timer

If you have any questions please comment on this post or PM me.

If you would like to press-gang your friends into joining promote the exchange, you can use this handy graphic. Just copy and paste the html code from the text box underneath it.

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Aug. 4th, 2016 10:28 pm
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I'm planning on opening sign-ups on Saturday, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to make a social/chatter post for challenge participants and those who are thinking of participating. I'm including a questions thread so if you have questions about the exchange you can ask there. I may update the Rules post as a result to clarify some stuff, but I doubt anything *major* will change.

Please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments! And/or tell us about your favourite Shakespeare play, or that great (or awful) production of a play that you saw recently, squee about your Shakespearean OTP/3/x... Please remember to be nice to one another: if you wouldn't say it to someone's face, maybe don't say it.
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There's a Shakespeare wave currently, so I thought I'd kick this off and see what happens.

Here's a tentative draft of rules and an idea for a schedule. All of this is currently up for discussion, do please comment if you have any suggestions or queries. The ones that I'm most shaky on are the rules regarding crossovers and RPF, any input from potential participants is welcome.

Equally, the dates are currently tentative. I've chosen a window that overlaps neither with the Histories ficathon nor with NaNo for writing purposes, but there is a little flexibility - things can shift either forward or back by a week or two if people prefer.


The exchange will be run on an offer/request basis, like yuletide and other similar exchanges. Each participant will get to request a number of plays that they'd like to receive fic for, and offer a number of plays that they feel comfortable writing fic for. Based on this, participants will be matched up. You'll also have an opportunity to leave specific prompts for what kind of fic you want and about which characters, and tell your writer about any triggers/dislikes/DNWs so they can work around this. This is done either by writing a "dear writer" letter, or by specifying "optional details" in your request, or both.


As there are separate exchanges for the Histories and the Roman plays, I was thinking this exchange should be for the plays that don't fall into those categories. Which leaves us with this list:


All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado about Nothing
Taming of the Shrew
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale


King Lear
Romeo and Juliet

IMPORTANT STUFF: (rules mostly adapted from [livejournal.com profile] thisengland)

a) Cardenio and The Two Noble Kinsmen were probably partly written by Shakespeare, so it's fine to request them.

b) AUs (Alternate Universes): Requests for radical AUs (i.e. AUs set in completely different time periods and/or locations) are permissible and encouraged.

c) Crossovers: I'm not too sure what to do about this one. I'm tempted to say crossovers of the plays with each other or with other early modern texts are fine, but everything else isn't. So, a fic wherein Benvolio and Horatio discuss what it's like to survive a Shakespearean tragedy = fine; a fic wherein Hamlet meets the Doctor = not fine. You may request a crossover in your optional details if you want one but be gentle to your author and give an alternative prompt as well - they may not be familiar with the crossover property you want.

d) RPF: Fic based on specific productions is fine, but please do not request actor RPF based on contemporary productions. If you want fic about Shakespeare playing the Ghost of Old Hamlet, that would be fine, but don't include RPF prompts about living people.

e) Specific productions or films: Fics inspired by or based on specific productions or films are welcome! The RSC and the Globe have both released DVDs of their recent productions, and other theatres are following suit. A film version has to use a version of the Shakespearean text to count - so, Baz Luhrmann's R+J or Almereyda's Hamlet would be fine, My Own Private Idaho or any of the ShakespearRetold films wouldn't. You are welcome to include optional details based on a specific production in your request, but be aware that your writer may or may not be able to accommodate them, as not everyone may have access to the specific production or film version you have in mind.

TL;DR: If you're not clear whether something is acceptable, please ask!

2. While rule #1 permits requests for AU fic, please don't request fic in pre-existing AUs. Fic taking place in pre-existing AUs may be written for Madness, but not for the main exchange. If you wish to write in an AU not your own, please make sure you have permission from the original author(s). If they don't have a permission statement please get in touch with the mod.

3. Assignments will go out as soon after the deadline as possible.

4. Request whatever pairing/configuration or lack thereof you fancy - gen, het, slash, femslash, giant hilarious orgies, whatever.

5. All administrative posts will appear here at [community profile] stageoffools and the mirror comm on LJ, [livejournal.com profile] stageoffools.

6. Word limit for fics is 1000 minimum, as in yuletide. All stories posted for the ficathon must be finished stories with a beginning, middle, and end. Posting an incomplete story, even one that fulfills the word limit, will be grounds for banning.

7. Fics will be hosted at the Archive Of Our Own.


Sign-ups: August 6 through 19
Assignments go out: around August 21
Assignments due: October 21
Madness/prompt claiming time: October 21 through 31 - as soon as all assignments are in, all unwritten prompts will be revealed for everyone to write fic of any length. You don't have to sign up as a Stage of Fools participant to participate in Madness.
Go-live and author reveal: November 1
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