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The Rules of the 2014 DRACO TOPS HARRY Fest

The Rules for
the fourth dracotops_harry Fest


The dracotops_harry Fest is an anon, prompt-based slash fest. It is a fest exclusively for Draco/Harry, thus all stories and art must have Draco/Harry as the primary romantic or erotic pairing.

As the title of the fest suggests (*hint*), only top!Draco fic and art is allowed. This means that if your fic/art is R or NC-17-rated and penetration is happening during sex, Draco has to be the one doing the fucking, and Harry the one receiving it up his arse. Whatever else is happening in the story or art is entirely up to you (and your prompt, naturally ;)). Draco giving Harry a blowjob is accepted. For the purpose of this fest (and this community) topping and bottoming is defined as sexual practice only, not as submissive/dominant behaviour and attitudes of the boys out of bed.

If a fic/art we receive for this Fest features bottom!Draco, however, we will return it to you for revision, or ultimately reject it from the fest. Please no switching! There are lots of other fests and communities for bottom!Draco and switching fic/art – this one is for top!Draco/bottom!Harry only. Please respect the theme of the dracotops_harry fest and community!

Fest Schedule

Prompt Collection: January 11 to 19
Sign-ups & Prompt Claiming starts: January 22
Submissions due: March 16
Fest starts: Tuesday, April 1
Posting ends: April 25 or whenever we run out of submission
Guessing Poll: April 30
Reveal goes up: May 9

Fest Rules

Joining the Comm:
If you plan to participate in the dracotops_harry Fest– as artist, writer, prompter, reader, lurker – please join dracotops_harry to keep up with all fest updates and announcements.

Prompting:
Everybody can submit prompts, whether you are going to participate in the fest or not. You can submit as many prompts as you want. Please look out for the Prompting Post on January 11.

Claiming:
Each prompt can be claimed once for art and once for fiction. Once you submitted your story or art, you are welcome to claim a second prompt. Here is the Claiming Post. Claiming closes around the beginning of March.

Submissions:
• All work should be stand-alone and must not be part of a series or a sequel.
• All fiction and art must be new and written/drawn specifically for the dracotops_harry Fest. It should not be posted anywhere else until after the Reveal.
dracotops_harry Fest is not a Gift Exchange. Stories are written for the community and not for the prompter specifically. Prompts are thus for inspiration; writers and artists are allowed to alter them. Please respect the prompter's squicks, though.
• The mods will not check the submissions. Stories and art will be posted as received. Faulty html making a post unreadable will be fixed, but the mods will not correct SPaG, spacing etc.. Please have your stories beta-read before submitting them for the fest.
• All submissions must come complete with all html coding, such as bold, italic and centered. Please refer to phoenixacid's Simple HTML and LJ Codes Guide for how to do LJ coding.
• Appropriate warnings are required in the header info; feel free to white-out spoilery warnings if you prefer. If you have a question about coding or warnings, please email or PM the mods.

Deadline and Other Problems:
While deadlines are not carved in stone, please try to stick to them. Still, this is not an exchange fest, so we won't have hordes of pink unicorns chase you down if you cannot manage the deadline or have to drop out of the fest. But please let us know as soon as possible, so we can re-arrange the line-up for posting. Also keep in mind that prompters love to see their prompts come to life in a story or work of art.

Flames and Unsolicited Beta/Concrit:
Under no circumstances is flaming tolerated in the dracotops_harry Fest. One warning is given; if flaming persists the mods will ban you from both the community and the fest. If you feel you've been flamed by a member of this community or a commenter in the fest, please immediately contact the mods.
The mods reserve the right to screen comments made to fest entries that include unsolicited beta or "concrit" advice. We love commenters! Comments are love. ♥ But please keep in mind that this Fest is a fannish celebration of top!Draco/bottom!Harry and not a writing workshop. If you have valid concrit, please ask the author or artist per PM whether they are interested in hearing it. For some sage (and fun) advice on how to be a good commenter, please read capitu's 8 ½ Fail-Safe Ways To Write A Comment.

Please read and take to heart flyingcarpet's Guide to Participating in Fic Exchanges (applies to Prompt Fests, as well).

Art:
• Art should reflect at least two hours' work. It can be in the form of a comic, vid, movie, slides – whatever form you chose.
• If you are working with an art beta, please put their name into the header of your art. A header template will be provided.
• Your finished art should be submitted as .jpg or .png files. However, the mods will happily go a very long way to accommodate any kind of artistic format. Just please contact them well in advance so possible problems of off-site hosting can be solved long before your posting date.

Stories:
• Stories must have a minimum of 1000 words.
• All submissions should be beta-read and free of spelling mistakes. Please put the name of your beta into the header of your story. A header template will be provided.
• Your finished story should be submitted as a document file in .doc, .txt or .rtf format.

Podfics:
• We are accepting podfics for the dracotops_harry Fest. Only Draco/Harry and top!Draco stories are acceptable as podfic submissions to the fest. Other than that, all stories can be podficced for this fest, no matter how short or long and no matter when they were written.
• All podfics should be beta-ed. Please put the name of your beta into the header of your story. A header template will be provided.
• We expect you to have received permission to podfic from the author before submitting anything to us. You may also refer to the list of Podfic Friendly Authors in the HP Fandom.
• Podfics will not be posted anon; the podficcer will be named, both in the post and on the podfic cover.
• Submissions need to be uploaded to a file-sharing account (such as Mediafire). Posting will be done by the mods, so for submission, please email the download links and header information to the mods.
• If you don't provide your own cover art for the podfic, we will use a standard dracotops_harry Fest cover, based on the fest banner.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the mods at dracotopsharry@gmail.com or in comments.

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