November 2018: Not Quite Human

Challenge Period: 11/1/2018-11/30/2018
Challenge: Write a novel about a mutant character.
Word Count: For the purposes of this challenge we’ll be offering four different levels regarding word count. You will be asked to declare your house word count minimum goal at sign-up. These levels are as follows:

25,000 – Gryffindor
50,000 – Hufflepuff
75,000 – Slytherin
100,000 – Ravenclaw

Sign Up Dates: 10/1/2018-10/15/2018 – SIGN UP HERE.
Project File Due: 10/25/2018

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Why have different levels?
A. Because it’s fun.

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!

Q. What does “mutant” mean in relation to the challenge?
A.  Someone who is at least half-human who has extra-human abilities derived from their own genetics or some post-birth event such as experimentation or exposure.

Q. Can you give me examples of what does and does not qualify as “mutant” for the challenge?
A. We created a list of mutations/powers that we feel keeps the challenge broad and fair for participants. Obviously, not everything is included here so if you have questions regarding a specific topic that isn’t covered, please feel free to comment. We made the decision to exclude paranormal and magical creatures for simplicity’s sake. It’s not up for debate.

Qualifies: X-Men type mutations, experimental science, technological, or chemical exposure leading to mutation, zombies, psychic powers (telepathy, psychometry, teleportation, telekinesis, precognition & clairvoyance etc), Sentinels/Guides, half-alien, & demigods.

Doesn’t Qualify: werewolves, vampires, alien, fey, witches/wizards, angels, demons, ghosts, magical realism, A/B/O AUs, & gods.

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 I write a sequel to another story?
A. Yes, but it should stand on its own.

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 11/30 or can I keep working on my project after the challenge is finished?
A. Posting on the site will end December 5th.

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


  1. I was thinking about using this challenge as the kick that I’ve needed to finally sit down and write the sequel to my published X-Men fic. I know that you said sequels are okay, but I just wanted to make sure that writing about the actual X-Men (and not an X-Men style AU in another fandom) was okay and not violating the spirit of the challenge.

    Thanks so much for all the work you do! It’s greatly appreciated, :).

  2. Just to double check, would a transgenic from the show Dark Angel count as a mutant? Their DNA was spliced in the womb and many have advanced speed, among other abilities,

  3. Would the ATA gene in SG1/SGA count if it was the subject of the story rather than just an element? My idea is to expand/extend the effects of the ATA being ‘turned on’, a similar (but very different) idea to ‘As The Stars Fall’ by flitterflutterfly

    • I’ve not read “As The Stars Fall”. Can you elaborate on your concept?

      • In ‘As the Stars Fall’ the ATA gene is activated in Earth’s population after the Stargate to Atlantis is opened. It creates mutations in ATA gene carriers who are then pursued by non ATA holders, with many being killed. (Think X-Men) The mutations are extreme forms of the usual Ancient gifts – telekinesis, healing, mind reading. I don’t want to spoil the story for you if you haven’t read it, but my idea would be different. I haven’t worked out how it would go as I wanted to know if it was a viable option for November before I began plotting, but my thought is that the ATA gene, once activated, creates certain imperatives similar to a Sentinel and Guide bond. I want to use the idea in ‘As the Stars’ that the gene is turned on once the Stargate to Atlantis is opened, and was a sort of failsafe the Ancients built into the human population to ensure Atlantis could be rescued and used once the Ancients themselves died out.
        I’m sorry if this sounds muddled, I know it is, but the idea only occurred the other day.
        Daisy x

      • Yeah, it qualifies. Have fun.

  4. So, would the MCU count? Like Extremis and the Super-Soldier Serum? I also know its X-men type mutations but could I include the X-men directly in it? And, on the flip side, would the DCU also count because of Superman and Wonder Woman?

    • Yes, you can use MCU provided the character you’re using fits the criteria set down in the FAQ for mutant. X-Men are fine, too. There is no limit on the fandom provided it fits the criteria. Wonder Woman is a demigod, so she’s fine, but Superman is an alien so he’s not okay. Please read the FAQ.

  5. Can I rewrite a work I previously wrote? That is to say, can I re-use my plotting as long as I don’t directly use the material I have already written (parts of conversations between characters may be similar but I won’t be copying and pasting content from the old work)?

  6. Would the events in the SGA episode Conversion count? If more than just John ended up infected and/or not all of the effects could be cured?

  7. You say not Wizards/Witches as a mutation, but can a character be a mutant within the HP Universe – where the mutation is nothing to do with their Magic and does not affect it?

  8. Two things to clarify. One, does Loki and Thor counts as God and thus their children Demi-gods or are they considered aliens??
    Two, would it be okay to be in a universe with creatures, where one character realizes they were adopted or a parent was not who they thought they were and that gives them magic or powers of some kind, I mean alien, demi-god, child of fae, etc.???

  9. Does the mutantcy have to have occurred prior to the timeline in the story, or can it be something that happens during the plot of the story?

  10. I know wereanimals don’t count but what if someone was experimented on and they received tiger DNA that got mixed in with there own and gave them tiger like characteristics. Like excellent night vision, speed and strength. Would that be okay?

  11. This will be my first time participating and I just want to clarify: I can plot any time, as long as I don’t actually start writing until 11/1?

  12. I put way to much thought into the word count. Here is my reasoning. Gryffindor’s only write 25000 b/c there to busy doing other things and having fun. Hufflepuff write 50000 b/c it’s the half way point and fair to both sides. Slytherin writes 75000 b/c , well they HAVE to do better than gryffindor and doing less than Hufflepuff would be shameful. Ravenclaw does 100000 b/c they end up writing to much and have to trim it back and that’s all they were willing to lose. So, how was reasoning?

  13. Two questions
    One – what is a project file?
    Two – does splicing DNA count as a mutation?

  14. Reaper of Ghost Gum Pie

    How about if in a failed experiment, it effects how they are connected to the physics of the world/reality, but not in a way changes their DNA or whatever?

  15. I know Demons and magic don’t count, but one about someone being affected (permanently) by demonic or magical artifacts. My original idea is sort of mutating into something else.

  16. Hi, I am on holiday from the 17th to the 27th of October with no internet access (shock and horror I know) will this affect my ability to take part?

  17. If I’m doing something with original characters that are unrelated to any fandom, should I just put my fic under the generic MCU tag, because there will be connections to the MCU mutant-verse?

  18. Is it okay to go over the chosen word count? I already declared my house/word count goal but I was going over my plot outline again and now I’m thinking it might end up longer than I was expecting.

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