April 2020: The Year of the Sentinel – Pairs

Challenge Period
: 4/1/2020-4/30/2020
Challenge: A story about a Sentinel/Guide pair in an established relationship.
Minimum Word Count: 30k

Sign Up Dates: 3/1/2020-3/15/2020
Project File Due: 3/25/2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I use a work in progress?
A. No.

Q. Can I write a sequel to a work already published?
A. Yes, but please provide a link to the previous work in your project file so people won’t ask! Additionally, while there is no rule against writing a sequel to a work you haven’t published, it would be a burden for both you and the moderation staff as readers would be very invested in finding the previous work to read.

Q. Can I use my Rough Trade project for the Quantum Bang?
A. No. Your bang fic is supposed to be a secret, dude!

Q. Can I start engaging in the challenge in the last week of the month like a total twat?
A. No, because I will have deleted your ass on Day 14 of the challenge if you haven’t posted at least once. I mean it and I’m not going to waste my precious, immensely valuable time emailing you about it either.

Q. Can the story be part of a larger arc?
A. As long as the story stands on its own as a complete work, yes.

Q. Do I have to post daily?
A. No, but no less than 3 times a week during the course of the challenge.

Q. Can I post more than once a day?
A. No.

Q. Is there a minimum post length?
A. 1,000 words

Q. Do I need to finish by 4/30 or can I keep working on my project after the challenge is finished?
A. After the challenge ends, you have until May 5th to post on your story before the site is closed to posting.

Q. Is there a limit to title length?
A. No, but don’t be fucking ridiculous either.


  1. Can it be a sequel to a previous RT project (assuming the previous parts are posted)? I did two short SGA stories in a previous LBD (July 2018). If they were posted prior to the challenge, could I do I sequel, and use a pairing from that universe?

  2. Does it have to be the conventional/fanon idea of Sentinel and Guide? Put more specifically, does the Guide have to be empathic? Does the worldbuilding have to use the psionic plane?

  3. Does it have to be romantic, or can it be any form of relationship?

  4. Can the pairing be established, but both/either guide/Sentinel not ‘online’? This might have been covered, but I wanted to clarify. Thanks:)

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