Yuletide is a-comin’ in . . . .

I meant to post this sooner, and now it’s very nearly too late, since nominations close in about fifteen hours. But Yuletide nominations are open!

If you don’t know what that is, I’ll recap what I said last year:

Yuletide is a fanfiction gift exchange for “rare fandoms” — meaning not your Harry Potters and so on, but things that don’t normally get a lot of fannish activity. This means stories for obscure ’80s movies, book series you loved when you were nine (whenever that was for you), indie comics, songs, paintings, historical personages, bizarre TV commercials, Appalachian murder ballads, London museums, and Plato’s Dialogues, along with many, many other things.

Participating means that you sign up with requests and offers: things you would like somebody else to write for you, and things you’d be willing to write for somebody else. Offers get matched to requests, everybody gets an assignment, and you go off to write a complete story of at least one thousand words, featuring the characters your recipient asked for. Come Christmas morning (ish, depending on your time zone), you get to read the story your assigned writer wrote for you. And much fun is had.

I wasn’t making up that list, either: all of those things were nominated last year. Nominations matter because those create the list of things people can offer or request, so if there’s something you want to see in Yuletide, you have until 6 p.m. UTC tomorrow to make your wishes known. Here are the guidelines for what can be nominated. You do need an AO3 account to participate, but if you don’t have one, let me know and I’ll send you an invite code.

It really is a lot of fun. Yuletide is full of people going “oh my god, I’m not the only person who loves this!” (In fact, that’s kind of the point.) This is my fifth year participating, and it’s become sort of my annual treat to myself, writing some stuff just because it’s entertaining to do so, not because it’s my job. Plus it’s a lot more communal and social than writing generally is. If that sounds like your cup of tea, give it a shot!

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