July 2020: The Year of the Sentinel – Bonds

Challenge Periods: 7/1/2020-7/14/2020 &  7/16/2020-7/31/2020
Challenge: Write two stories about Sentinels and Guides coming together to bond.
Word Count Minimum: 10,000
Maximum Word Count: 25,000
Sign Up Dates: 6/1/2020-6/15/2020
Project Files Due: 6/25/2020

You’ll essentially have two weeks to write each story. Once the first challenge period ends (on the 14th), you’ll not be allowed to work on your first story anymore on the site. The second challenge period starts the 16th and at the end of the month, posting will close. We’ve lowered the minimum to 10k to make it easier to accomplish.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Why is the word count minimum  10,000?
A. Because goals are good for you.

Q. Do I have to sign up for 2 stories?
A. Yes.

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

Q. Can I use my Rough Trade project for the Quantum Bang?
A. No. Your bang fic is supposed to be a secret, dude! Also, in this circumstance it just isn’t long enough!

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. If I don’t finish my first story by 7/14, can I still participate in the second event?
A. Yes, but you will not be able to work on your first project until after the challenge officially ends. See next question.

Q. Do I need to finish by 7/31 or can I keep working on my project after the challenge is finished?
A. After the challenge ends, you have until August 5th to post on either story from this challenge.

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


  1. Is it a requirement that Sentinels/Guides are known? i.e. if the story took place in a time in the past before they had come online en masse so they weren’t a known entity and there weren’t protocols in place surrounding them.

  2. Does one of the members of the main pairing have to come online in the story, or can they both be online but unbonded at the beginning?

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