Rescribo! The Harry Potter Remix Archive Rules
Remember! All assignments are to be kept secret until the Grand Unveiling on June 20.
May 3: Sign-up ends
at 11:59 PM EST. Late sign-ups may be accepted.
May 4: Assignments go
June 15: Remixes due by 11:59 PM EST. You'll have six weeks.
Stories go up (we hope).
June 20: Authors revealed.
What if I'm
We won't cause you bodily harm or anything. But we won't put the
remixes up until we get all the stories. We'll have a list on the site of
everyone who's playing, and when people ask us where the stories are, we'll
point them to that list, where people whose stories we haven't received will
be branded with a scarlet "A" be marked as delinquent, just to
make sure that the pitchfork-wielding mob goes after the right people. So like
your kindergarten teacher used to say, don't ruin it for
Okay, I'm remixing a story. What can I change?
we'll start off by telling you what you can't change:
You must keep the pairing of the original story; also, no hetifying slash
pairings or slashifying het pairings unless suggested by the original
~what happens: That is, the basic plotline. If the plot is
"Harry and Ron get together with assistance from Hermione," "Lupin angsts over
Snape, then commits suicide," or "Draco is raped by Lucius and goes on a killing
spree," then that's what you write. Remixes, like fairy tale retellings, are all
about the how. Of course, what constitutes "basic plotline" is
subjective; use your discretion. But remember, the events of the ending must
remain the same: if Harry and Draco declare their lurve and ride off into the
sunset together, no fair stopping the narrative before they 'fess up, leaving
them dangling in angst; likewise, if Ginny and Hermione have separated forever,
then you can't glom on a happy ending. Of course, the more ambiguous the ending,
the more leeway you have. Also, no killing off/resurrecting people who are
alive/dead in the source story.
~when and where: Stick to the time
frame (say, fifth year) and locale (say, the Burrow) of the story. This is
somewhat negotiable, but the key thing is to remember that this is not intended
to be a prequel or sequel to the remixed fic, but rather the same story in a
You can change:
character/narrator: Is the story from Ron's viewpoint? Then tell it through
Snape's, Percy's, or Moaning Myrtle's eyes. Just connect that character, however
tangentially, to the events at hand.
~structure: You can't change the
events of the story, but you can screw around with how those events are
presented to us. Tell it backwards, start from the middle, make a series of
drabbles into an integrated narrative or an integrated narrative into a series
of drabbles, turn it into an epic poem, whatever.
When you change viewpoints or structures, different elements and details are
brought to the forefront. Or maybe not?
~anything that isn't essential to
the basic plot: Chop scenes, expand descriptions, turn everything upside
down. If it's not a crucial plot point, it's yours to play with. Go
Also: your remix does not have to be the same length as the original story; a multichapter epic counts as one fic, and if you can hit all the major plot points in 1000 words, go for it. Likewise, go ahead and turn a ficlet into an epic, if you wish.
Who can sign up?
To participate, you must have at least
three eligible (see below) stories available online by May 3. You
don't have to have your own site; as long as your stories are publicly
accessible at some central place (such as FF.N, FA, or LJ), you're cool.
However, if your stories are on LJ, put them all together in Memories, under the
heading "My Stories" (or something similar), and make sure anyone can access
them. The message archive of a Yahoo group does not count - move them
someplace where people who aren't group members can find them. Remember, you
won't know who's remixing you until after the challenge is over, so make it
convenient for that person.
Eligible stories are:
That is, your own work. Co-written stories are not eligible, unless you and your
co-writer sign up as a team (in this case, you must have at least three eligible
co-written stories with that partner). Of course, writing partners may sign up
as individuals, as long as they each have at least three independent eligible
stories of their own.
~Harry Potter-verse FPF: Het, slash, gen, we
care not. But no Mary Sues.
~completed: it's pretty damned difficult
to rewrite a story when you have no clue how it ends.
~not PWPs: Smut
is fine, as long as there is, in fact, a plot.
~longer than drabbles:
there needs to be something for the remixer to work with.
there should be at least two different pairings in your corpus of stories; they
can be all Snape, all Malfoycest, whatever - as long as there's at least one
Snape/whoever in with the Snape/Harrys or one Narcissa/Draco in with the
Lucius/Dracos; even if it's just a background pairing (like R/Hr is in so many
H/D stories, for example). That way, even people who despise your favored
pairing will have at least one out.
So what's this about safe
If you've written at least four eligible stories, you can
designate one (only one) as "safe" - that is, you don't want that one touched,
for whatever reason. Whoever has you is not allowed to remix that story;
likewise, you are not allowed to remix your assigned author's designated safe
story. Safe stories are just an option; you don't have to have one if you don't
I hate het/slash/incest/Ron/squids! What if I get assigned someone who only
writes that which I despise?
Well, our first instinct is to go "Tough
titty." Here's an opportunity to expand your horizons, so make the most of it.
However, if there is something that you would rather kill yourself than write -
and when we say "kill yourself," we mean that you'd actually sooner take the
knife and disembowel yourself (honorably or not) than write that icky stuff
-- first, consider whether this chance-based challenge is right for you, and if
you're still desperate to play, then tell us. None of this "I'd prefer not to
write…" - nope, you have to be willing to cause yourself grievous harm to avoid
whatever it is: in other words, prove your non-wimpiness some other way. But you
really should consider sucking it up - this is a challenge after all.
Plus, we want the assignments to be random, and if you interfere with
that, we'll be annoyed.
Can I remix so-and-so/have so-and-so remix
You will be randomly assigned an author to rewrite. And someone else
will be assigned to rewrite you. Randomly. However, no one is stopping you from
rewriting as many stories as you wish, or arranging an independent remix
exchange with someone else; feel free to send these stories to us, and we'll
gladly put them up. But you're still expected to complete the assignment you
I wanna play!
First, you figure out if you're
eligible (see above). If you are, send us an e-mail and
~your e-mail address
~where your stories
can be found
~your "safe" story (if applicable)
If you have questions or complaints, we can be reached at email@example.com or individually at firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com. If it's about your eligibility, please get in touch before May 3.
Guide for Participants