boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (otter and ferret)
Boundbooks ([personal profile] boundbooks) wrote in [community profile] otterandferret2011-08-27 05:46 pm


What is Otter and Ferret?

Otter and Ferret is an annual Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy gift exchange. Participants submit prompts and create a 1,000+ word story tailored to one or more of another participant's prompts. Gifts are created anonymously, and then shared with the community. Authors/Artists are revealed one week after gift reveals.

Otter and Ferret Sign-Ups Announcement Mailing List - Receive an email letting you know that sign-ups are open.
Click here to sign-up with a Gmail address or Click here to sign-up with a non-Gmail address

What is the Otter and Ferret 2014 Gift Exchange schedule? (See profile for Gift Exchange, Mini-Fest, and Forever schedules)

Otter and Ferret 2014 Gift Exchange Schedule
January 15 - January 30: Sign-ups open
February 9: Assignments sent on or before this date
April 5: Default deadline
April 13: Works due
April 28: Works revealed
May 5: Authors revealed

What are Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest and Otter and Ferret Forever?
See answer.

What is required to participate in this exchange as a gift-giver and recipient?
  1. You must have an AO3 account and sign-up before the sign-up deadline. You can request an AO3 invitation.
  2. Once signed up, you must produce an original to the exchange, non-WIP story of at least 1,000 words which incorporates at least one of your recipient's prompts, and submit it to the Otter and Ferret collection by the submission deadline.
  3. You must have your work remain anonymous, exclusive to the Otter and Ferret AO3 collection, and you must not reveal the name of your recipient. After author reveals, you may reveal all of the above and post your work elsewhere.
  4. Once works are revealed and you have received your gift, you must comment on it and thank your gift giver within one week after works are revealed.

Do I have to have a Dreamwidth account?

No, a Dreamwidth account is not required. If you'd like one, you can create an account, but you don't need one to participate or follow-along.

What is required to participate in Otter and Ferret as a reader?

Absolutely nothing other than being able to click a link to the collection on AO3 at some point after the works are revealed. No stories will be locked from public view, and no age-registration is required.

What is required to participate in Otter and Ferret as a reviewer?

An email account. Comments on AO3 do not require an AO3 account, but do require leaving an email address, similar to commenting on a Wordpress blog. Kudos can be left without an email address, and Kudos left without being signed into AO3 will be registered as 'from a guest.'

If you would like an AO3 account, you can request an AO3 invitation.

If you would like to recommend a story, in the upper right-hand corner of all stories are a series of links. Click 'Share' and a box will pop up with pre-formatted HTML text, which allows you to easily copy and past all the relevant information into a post. See some of my links to Short Fiction Examples for slightly modified forms of the HTML 'Share' code.

Is constructive criticism allowed?

Courteous constructive criticism is welcome as part of Otter and Ferret, as is critical creation of fanworks.

Some General Thoughts on Critical Creation

Critical creation involves considering and aiming not to perpetrate stereotypes, tropes, and other structural injustices when creating fanwork. Racism, homophobia, and sexism are some of the things which are not welcome at Otter and Ferret. In character statements, such as Draco being racist about Muggles, are fine. Authorial statements/narration, such as stating being gay is morally wrong, are not fine.

I'd like to participate in Otter and Ferret as a pinch-hitter. What should I do?
  1. If you'd like to pinch-hit, make sure you have an AO3 account or request one at the request post, so that you can post your finished pinch-hit to the collection.
  2. Sign-up for the pinch-hitter mailing list.

  3. Click here to sign-up with a Gmail address or Click here to sign-up with a non-Gmail address

  4. If you claim a pinch-hit assignment, be sure that you can deliver it in time. While pinch-hitters can default, since life happens, and there are no penalties for pinch-hitters defaulting, it's preferable that this not occur.

Do you accept fanart?

Right now, Otter and Ferret does not accept fanart. AO3 does not currently offer fanart hosting, but once AO3 offers this service, Otter and Ferret will open to fanart. AO3 promises fanart support 'soon,' which is why references to fanart are in the FAQ.

I want to take my fanwork down from the archive/Can you delete my fanwork?

Otter and Ferret cannot delete stories, as AO3 stories are under the control of their posting author. Additionally, we sincerely request that authors do not delete or take down their stories from Archive of Our Own. While we have no ability or desire to have the authority to stop authors from doing so, we would like authors to remember that these stories are gifts to someone else, and removing an Otter and Ferret story from Archive of Our Own is akin to taking it away from the recipient.

Archive of Our Own: About Orphaning

Archive of Our Own offers an option for authors who no longer want to be associated with a story or their work to 'orphan' their works, thereby permanently disassociating the work from the author's account and attaching it to Archive of Our Own's Orphan Works account. What orphaning a work will do is remove the author's name from the work and remove the author's name from all comments the author has left on the work. Existing links and bookmarks will remain intact, allowing others to enjoy the work afterward, and works will be credited to 'Anonymous'.

We sincerely request that any authors who wish to disassociate themselves from their work do so through AO3's orphaning option, rather than permanently deleting their work from AO3.

How do I promote Otter and Ferret?

Promotion Banners

Other FAQ Resources

A Quick Guide to Using Archive of Our Own (AO3)

Otter and Ferret ebooks and Podfic

Art Resources

Writing Resources & Short Fiction Examples

Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest & Otter and Ferret Forever

Other Dramione or Dramione-Friendly Collections on AO3

Penalties and Permanent Bans

Why does Otter and Ferret look like Yuletide?

Otter and Ferret looks almost exactly like Yuletide because the mod thinks that Yuletide has come up with a very good system of rules and practices for running a fanfiction exchange. Yuletide is an annual small-fandom fanfiction exchange whose sign-ups usually start in October/November, and the mod heartily encourages people to check it out!

[personal profile] strawberrykait 2012-03-14 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
What is the difference between the default deadline and the works due dates?

[personal profile] strawberrykait 2012-03-15 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
At first (and second and third read throughs), that was clear as mud. Then I read what you wrote on the link and I think I get it now.

Defaulting is failing to submit the story, like defaulting on a credit card. This date is designed to give you time to find a pinch hitter.

Works due is the actual due date for the story, and at that time, we click the "fulfill" button to submit the completed story.

Is that right? :) Sorry to be so dense! :)

[personal profile] strawberrykait 2012-04-03 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
What about extensions...? ^_^ Are they available, if necessary, and if we offer up some blandishment to the the Mod(s)?

[personal profile] strawberrykait 2012-04-03 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
So as long as SOMETHING is uploaded on the 16th, I could, in theory, keep re-uploading newer versions up to the 27th? Do I have that right? Is so, so much weight has been lifted!


(Anonymous) 2012-04-12 03:26 am (UTC)(link)
I was just wondering if we put up what prompts we were given so those reading the story would know if it is there's or not, and also so others can see how I had created a story through that prompt?

Also, since I submitted prompts, does that mean that someone at least has those prompts as well- to make a story out of the 4/5 I gave? Since I would really love to see if they took on the more challenging ones I gave instead of the easy scenario type one :P :)

(Anonymous) 2012-04-16 08:07 am (UTC)(link)
A-ha! Just the info I was looking for. Mine is finished, I just need to do some editing/polishing. Will have it posted tomorrow, er, later today. :D

ingberry: (Merlin: Arthur profile)

[personal profile] ingberry 2012-04-16 03:53 pm (UTC)(link)
This isn't a question, I just wanted to drop in and say that I'm definitely definitely posting my fic today I'm just such a last-minute-editing kind of person and I didn't want anyone to worry. :3
ingberry: (Merlin: Arthur profile)

[personal profile] ingberry 2012-04-16 04:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Right?! He's distracting me right now. Damn him. XD He should be illegal.
ingberry: (Merlin: Arthur profile)

[personal profile] ingberry 2012-04-16 05:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Hahahha definitely. (And I think I'm about to overdose soon. Tumblr is a dangerous place XD)
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[personal profile] eilonwy1 2012-04-22 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't have a question. Just wanted to say how pumped I am for this exchange! Can't wait for the 28th and then for the May 5th reveal! I have a feeling we're in for some real treats!
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[personal profile] eilonwy1 2012-04-22 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, and I have to say... I think Tom Felton in my icon pic (from his new film, "Labyrinth") definitely gives Bradley James a run for his (incredibly handsome and dashing in a suit of mail, sword-wielding) money!
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[personal profile] eilonwy1 2012-04-23 01:40 am (UTC)(link)
See my reply there! Or I can just say it again here, actually. lol

I absolutely love the idea of a fairy tale/myth/folklore-based Big Bang for Dramione! I've already written several fairy tale remixes. Fantastic premise. It allows us to tap into such a lot of primal, classic lit.

H&V has already done their Reverse Challenge a couple of summers ago, wherein writers were assigned a piece of art to then create a fic from. It was tremendous fun, and we got a lot of amazing fics out of it, not to mention wonderfully inspirational art.

That pic of Tom from "Labyrinth" would certainly inspire. in fact, I've already got some vague ideas along those lines. :-)

(Anonymous) 2012-05-10 08:39 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my gosh, I feel like crying tears of blood. I had written 30,000 for the forever challenge on my phone...and yesterday I had to reset my phone... And I thought I had backed everything up...but I hadn't... And now I only have 10,000... There are not enough words in the English language to express how blergh I feel. Argh.

Sorry, I just randomly plodded this in. T_T)~



[identity profile] 2013-01-13 06:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I didn't see this question in there, unless I missed it, but what are pinch-hitters?

alina290 at LJ

(Anonymous) 2013-01-17 09:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi, I'm not new to Dramione, but I am new to this kind of thing, I mean I knew of fic exchanges and all that but I was never introduced to this kind of thing. So I don't have an account on here or AO3, but I am interested in this I just don't know if I can...

[personal profile] strawberrykait 2013-01-29 05:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm confused about the sign up, specifically on the OFFER part. Am I supposed to come up with three to four prompts ***I*** want to write? Or was that accidentally carried over from the REQUEST area?
Edited 2013-01-29 17:11 (UTC)

[personal profile] strawberrykait 2013-01-30 02:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks for clearing that up, I was so confused! :)
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[personal profile] rural_juror 2014-01-27 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
I was excited when AO3 made that announcement in 2011 but am no longer holding my breath. While I really want them to do it I can see why it might not be a priority.

(Anonymous) 2014-03-09 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)

I'm already done with my fic. How do I send it to you?

(Anonymous) 2015-01-23 06:06 am (UTC)(link)
Is there going to be an Otter & Ferret Fic Exchange in 2015? People on Tumblr are asking us at (we're a fic rec & reference site for Dramione) and we want to know how to answer their asks.
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[personal profile] floorcoaster 2015-01-23 02:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd be willing to HELP someone run the fest!