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geeking out on shakespeare's histories
June 19th, 2017 
histories ninja

Because Livejournal may have slowed down, but we haven't.

A few clarifications and ground rules:

1. "Histories," for ficathon purposes, means "stuff categorized as histories in the 1623 Folio". Which means the two tetralogies: Richard II/Henry IV/Henry V and Henry VI/Richard III, plus King John and Henry VIII.


a) Please be advised that Macbeth, King Lear, and Cymbeline are ineligible for this ficathon, as are the Roman histories.

b) The Merry Wives of Windsor is attached closely enough to the second tetralogy that if you want fic about it, that's fine. (I don't think anyone has ever asked for fic about it.)

c) The almost-certainly-partly-Shakespearean Edward III and Sir Thomas More have enough claim to being Shakespeare that they count (if anyone wants fic about them).

d) Crossovers with other early modern texts are permissible, but not other crossovers (for instance, with media properties such as Doctor Who or Harry Potter -- I'd happily read either one, but please don't request or submit them for the ficathon). Incorporating historical knowledge of the play's time period or historical backstory on the characters is perfectly valid (indeed, encouraged) and does not make the fic a crossover.

e) Requests for radical AUs (i.e. AUs set in completely different time periods and/or locations) are, as always, also permissible (and really, if you have ever done this ficathon you probably know that this fandom LOVES them).

f) Early modern history plays by other authors that engage with the same events/characters as Shakespeare's histories are also permitted (although in the entire history of the ficathon there has never been such a request in a non-crossover context). Although you probably won't need it if you have a request in mind, there is a comprehensive list of known early modern history plays here, arranged chronologically by content.

g) We anticipate that interest in this ficathon may well be increased by recent high-profile productions of history plays, including the new season of The Hollow Crown and the RSC's King and Country cycle. Fics inspired by or based on these productions are welcome! Please remember, though, that not all participants have access to them; you are therefore welcome to include optional details based on any of these productions in your request, but be aware that your writer may or may not be able to accommodate them.

h) While fic based on specific productions is permissible, do not request actor RPF based on contemporary productions. If you want fic about, e.g., Richard Burbage playing Richard III, that would be fine, but don't include RPF prompts about living people.

TL;DR: If you're not clear whether something is acceptable, please ask! However, all signups MUST include at least one prompt from one of the two tetralogies (Richard II, 1 & 2 Henry IV and Henry V OR 1, 2, & 3 Henry VI and Richard III) in order to facilitate matchups.

2. While rule #1 permits requests for AU fic, we'd like to ask participants not to request fic in pre-existing AUs. Fic taking place in pre-existing AUs may be written for Histories Ficathon Madness, but not for the main ficathon. If you wish to write in an AU not your own, please contact the mods so that we can ask the original creator(s)!

3. As always, this is a fic exchange. Assignments will go out as soon after the deadline as possible, once lareinenoire and I have had a chance to look over the entries.

4. We're open to pretty much whatever genre or pairing configuration -- gen, het, slash, femslash, giant hilarious orgies, whatever, so feel free to request whatever you like.

5. All ficathon administrative posts will appear here at thisengland and will be mirrored at @shredsandpatches on tumblr. Tumblr posts will be tagged with #historiesficathon2017; those reading this post on tumblr may wish to track that tag.

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. Ficathon fics will be hosted at the Archive Of Our Own. I have created a collection for this year's Histories Ficathon entries; once assignments have gone out, I will give all participants access to it and link it on thisengland. Links to all fics will be posted on thisengland as well.

To sign up:

Fill out THIS FORM by SATURDAY, JULY 1 at 11:59 pm CDT (go here to see what that is in your time zone). The final deadline for fics is tentatively set on AUGUST 31 at NOON CDT. (This is negotiable if it's a bad time for participants.) Once everyone's assignments are in, we will post all unwritten prompts at thisengland for anyone to write fic of any length (even if you weren't originally part of the exchange) and open the collection to all comers -- much like Yuletide Madness, in other words. All fics will then be made available on SEPTEMBER 7. Authors will be revealed on SEPTEMBER 14.
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