Welcome to Lewis Challenge, a community dedicated to running various fanwork challenges and exchanges for the Lewis fandom. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to drop us a comment here.
Under the cut below you will find a Masterlist of Masterlists for all our past challenges and exchanges.
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December is now with us, and with it the posting of Secret Santa creations. We thought it was an appropriate time to check in with our participants to see how everyone is doing.
As you know we have planned to start posting from 22nd December onwards (mod travel arrangements permitting as we're both in transit around Christmas time). Your creations will need to be sent to us using the lewismod email address by 20th December to enable us to post them on the comm.
We will post further about formatting guidelines.
Every person who has signed up please check in and let us know that you will be able to complete in time, as we need to know whether or not we need to assign pinch-hitters.
Can you please check in by email using the lewismod email address. For some reason LJ won't allow us to screen the comments on this entry so an email is needed.
So far we have only had three sign-ups and more are needed to make the challenge viable.
The minimum requirements are only:-
Fic - 1000 words
Icon set - 10 icons
Larger graphics(headers, banners, wallpaper) - 2 graphics
Fanmix - 10 songs
Videos - 1 minute
So come and join us and make Santa happy. Further details can be found here.
Before signing-up, please make sure you have read the Lewis Secret Santa Exchange Q&A first.
To sign-up, email us with the below information. We will email you back to acknowledge your entry.
Email: Let us know if you want us to use an alternative email to the one you're sending your entry from.
I would like to receive: Please provide as much detail and options as possible here about what type of Secret Santa gift you would like to receive. For example, characters, pairings, genres, types of fanwork, any specific prompts etc. See below for 'good' and 'bad' examples of how to fill out this bit.
I would NOT like to receive: Please provide details here about what you would NOT want to receive, for example any squicks or pairings you don't like. See below for 'good' and 'bad' examples of how to fill out this bit.
I am willing to create: Please provide as much detail and options as possible here about what type of Secret Santa gift you are willing to create. For example, characters, pairings, genres, types of fanwork, any specific prompts etc. See below for 'good' and 'bad' examples of how to fill out this bit.
I will NOT create: Please provide details here about what you will NOT create, for example any squicks, pairings you don't like, or other limitations. See below for 'good' and 'bad' examples of how to fill out this bit.
Are you willing to act as a pinch-hitter? I.e. are you willing to step in to create an additional fanwork if someone has to drop out of the Exchange? We're hoping that all participants will receive something so you can help make this happen.
Providing details of what you want to and don't want to receive:
Don't be too vague or too narrow in your requests. Provide as much options as you can. If you say 'I would like some fic, anything is fine' then you are forfeiting the right to complain if you happen to receive a fic with e.g. a theme or pairing you don't like.
I would like fic, Lewis/Hobson if at all possible but Gen is also good. I like romance, humour and happy endings. Case fic would also be awesome. I really love the 'pretending to be married' cliche so would be over the moon if you can incorporate it. I'm also happy with any graphics or e.g. a fanmix, again Lewis/Hobson preferred, but Gen ones are also great. I like classical music and colours green and blue so something with those would be cool.
I'm not too keen on m/m or f/f slash so not that please. I don't like heavy kink or graphic violence (some violence is okay, like if you have a murder in the case fic, but not too many details please). I don't really get videos so wouldn't know how to appreciate it. Oh, and I hate techno music so none of that on fanmix please.
Too vague: I want some art/Fic please/Slash only/Anything goes (you can put this last option but must be prepared to accept literally anything then).
Too dictatorial: I would like a fic where Lewis and Hathaway live on the moon and adopt space monkeys and then there's civil war and it should all provide some in-depth social commentary about the nature of power and democracy.
Providing details of what you are willing and not willing to create.
I'm willing to write fic, can write Gen or Slash (Lewis/Hathaway preferred but guess I could try my hand at femslash too...). I'm particularly good at angst and darker stuff, can do most kinks. Other fanworks I can create include fanmixes and icons.
I don't want to write het. Not very good at fluff or happy fics. I'm bad at creating original characters. I can't do videos and my graphic skills aren't great so I wouldn't want to try any larger graphics.
Too vague: I'll write some fic/Het preferred/Anything goes (you can put this last option but must be prepared to receive a request of literally anything then)
Too dictatorial: I've been planning on this oil painting of naked James so I'll do that/I hate everyone except Lewis so I'm only going to write fic about him.
We hope this is clear enough. If not and you have any questions, please ask them HERE
Jingle bells, jingle bells... Yep, 'tis a time for goodwill and seasonally themed fanworks exchanges again. Thusly, lewis_challenge is pleased to host
Lewis Secret Santa 2016 Exchange
This post is for information and for you to ask any questions you may have. To sign-up to the Exchange, go to the Sign-Up Post but please read the familiar guidelines below first.
Q: How will the 'Secret Santa Exchange' work?
A: When signing up for the Exchange you provide details of the kinds of fanworks you would like to both receive and create (and anything you definitely wouldn't (see Sign-Up Post for information). Mods will match all the requests to creators as best as we can and 1. send your request to someone and 2. send you the details of the request you are expected to fill. You will only know your recipient's name and all fanworks will be posted anonymously (by the mods). Everyone will receive a lovely Secret Santa treat. Authors' and creators' names will be revealed after the Exchange is over and in the meanwhile you can all enjoy a little excitement and secrecy to spice up the winter time.
Q: What are Minimum Requirements?
A: You are expected to create at least:
Fic - 1000 words
Icon set - 10 icons
Larger graphics(headers, banners, wallpaper) - 2 graphics
Fanmix - 10 songs
Videos - 1 minute
Q: Can I sign-up just to receive a gift?
A: No. This is an exchange so if you post a request for a gift, you will be asked to give a gift in return. Therefore, please do not sign-up if you believe you will be unable to complete a request given to you.
Q: Can I create a sequel/missing scene to an existing fic/fanwork?
A: No. All fanworks must be new creations. This is for two reasons: 1. You are creating a 'gift' for somebody else, which means you should be aiming to write/create something that matches their wishes. 2. Creating something linked to an existing fic/fanwork would negate the anonymity of the posts.
Q: Do I need a beta reader/viewer?
A: We strongly encourage this practice if at all possible. As you're creating a gift, it's a good idea to get it checked over by a second pair of eyes. Feel free to keep using the community Beta Post to find a beta.
Q: What if I my recipient requests for something I really don't want to do?
A: This shouldn't happen. Everyone is encouraged to provide a variety of options and prompts and the Mods will do their best to find a suitable match for everyone.
Q: What is the time schedule like?
Sign-ups open: 12th November
Sign-ups close: 18th November
Assignments are sent out: by 21st November
Check-in: 6th December
Assignments are due: 20th December - PLEASE NOTE NO EXTENSION LONGER THAN A COUPLE OF DAYS WILL BE GIVEN.
Posting starts: ~22nd December (mod travel arrangements permitting, we're both in transit around Christmas time)
Author/Creator reveals: Once all fanworks are posted, probably after New Year
Q: Sounds awesome, how do I sign-up?
A: Go to the Sign-Up Post for all the necessary information.
Q: Can I pimp this to my friends?
A: Please do.
Q: I am confused and still have questions, what to do?
A: Comment in this post with your questions and we'll do our best to answer them.
Rating: Teen and Up
Characters and Pairing: James Hathaway, Robbie Lewis (no pairing)
Warnings: Mentions the death of a child (non graphic)
Summary: James and Robbie are haunted by a fairy tale.
Read it on AO3
Apologies for the tardiness, I was having computer trouble. Thank you the mods for hosting the challenge!
Author: xfdryad (Dryad/AO3)
Characters/Pairing: James Hathaway, Robbie Lewis, Robbie Lewis/James Hathaway
Warnings: unbelievably, none.
Summary: Just a dream...
Author's note: this is rough. I wanted to write something scary, but this story happened, instead. James will explain in the story...
SPOILERS: only if you haven't seen the end of the last series...
- Current Music:The Juan MacLean - Deviant Device
Characters/Pairing: James Hathaway/Robbie Lewis, Laura Hobson
Word Count: 1270
Warnings: Vampire AU
Summary: I offered up my veins the moment I realized what he had become.
Note: More thanks than words can convey to owlbsurfinbird for giving me the confidence to post.
Read on AO3
Read on my LJ
Characters/Pairing: Robert Lewis/James Hathaway
Genre: supernatural elements
Warnings: Dubcon (not committed by either of our boys). Highlight to see details: The dub!con tag is there because Robbie has erotic dreams about James, who he secretly desires. The dreams are caused by an incubus (sex demon). The dream-sex is not very explicit.
Summary: Dreams can come true... but that's not necessarily a good thing.
A/N: My thanks to wendymr for the speedy, last-minute beta.
Read it on A03.
Characters/Pairing: James Hathaway & Robert Lewis
Rating: Teen and up
Wordcount: 1251 by AO3's count
Warnings: In the words of AO3 no archive warnings apply, but there is a very briefly described scene where a predator eats a deer and some very vague, brief mention of suicidal thoughts by one of the characters
Summary: It's been a part of James' life for a long time now and no-one has found out, yet...
Read it on AO3
Author: Fictionwriter (margaret_r)
Warnings: Supernatural theme
Summary: “Tell me again, sir, why we are here.”
Note: Thank you to moth2fic for the quick and efficient beta and to the Mods at lewis_challenge for presenting another Halloween Challenge.
Monster Mash on AO3
Title: Out Of The Shadows
Author: b37d45 (prosfan on AO3 and fanfiction(dot)net)
Characters/Pairing: James Hathaway, Robert Lewis, minor canon character.
Rating: M for adult themes
Warnings: Character with suicidal tendencies, discussions of dementia.
Summary: When Hathaway starts making questionable desicions, he gets firm advice from an unlikely source.
Characters/Pairing: James Hathaway/Robbie Lewis
Summary: “They’re not dragons,” James continues, filling the time with obscure facts as only he can. “Dragon is a mistranslation of the Icelandic draugur. It means ghost, not dragon. Much more appropriate if you ask me.”
Draugur on Ao3
Characters/Pairing: Author would prefer not to reveal anything James Hathaway, Laura Hobson, mentions of James Hathaway/Robert Lewis and Laura Hobson/Robert Lewis
Warnings: Author chooses not to use warnings Helpless situation, ambiguous ending
Summary: Three days, as near as he can guess from counting his own heartbeats and estimating how long he’s spent unconscious. Three days in total darkness, in complete silence and absolute isolation. It’s no wonder he’s losing his mind.
With huge thanks to my wonderful beta owlbsurfinbird.
The Box on LJ
The Box on AO3
Posting on behalf of thesmallhobbit who is holidaying!
Title: The Monthly Meeting
Characters/Pairing: Lewis/Hathaway, Innocent/Mr Innocent
Warnings: By the nature of the challenge, this is a story with a twist. There is nothing graphic, it is all in the mind.
Summary: Lewis is surprised Mr Innocent has come to his meeting.
A/N: My thanks to the Mods for posting this in my absence. I shall reply to any comments when I get back from holiday.
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Fright Fest posting starts tomorrow! There is one thing to check before posting though: are you a community member? If not, you cannot post! Please join and then we can open your posting access!
Please adhere to these posting guidelines as we will ask you to edit your posts if this is not the case.
Q: When can I post my fanwork?
A: From Sat 29/10 to end of Mon 31/10
Q: Where can I post my fanwork?
A: Anywhere you like as long as you post here on your dedicated posting date with a link to the fanwork and provide appropriate header information.
Q: I want to post my fanwork directly to this community, not just link to it. Can I do that?
A: Yes. However, if you are posting directly to the community, please remember to place all fanworks under a cut. Things outside the cut should only include header information, and any 'teaser' quotes/small graphics.
Q: Hold on, it sounds like you're saying I can't post my 200 icons/wallpaper/other large item outside a cut.
A: Yeah, that's exactly what we're saying. Please exercise common sense and consideration and place any large items under a cut/behind a link. You can include up to three icons as a sample or a small thumbnail graphic as a teaser.
Q: How about that header information you mentioned?
Header information for fic:
Rating: The two systems typically used for fanfics are the MPAA and Fiction Ratings and lately also the AO3 rating system, any of those is fine.
Warnings: As per standard fandom practice, things that you must warn for include character death, rape/non-con, under-age sex, graphic violence, specific sexual kinks and anything else you think might be triggering/offensive/problematic. If you want to preserve the surprise, you can always hide the warning, see the textbox below for coding. Alternatively you can use the AO3 declaration of 'author chose not to provide warnings'. Do not be a numpty and warn for slash or het as neither are things that need warning for and the 'Pairing' information should tell the reader everything they need to know about that.
Feel free to also include e.g. Genre (e.g. AU/case fic/romance/pwp), a standard disclaimer or any additional author notes.
Header information for non-fic fanworks:
Feel free to adapt the fic header to suit your needs. Warnings, if applicable, must be included.
Q: How do I hide a warning that is also a spoiler?
A: Use the coding in the textbox below:
Q: I still have questions!
A: This is why the gods of LJ created the comment function, ask away!
HAPPY POSTING EVERYONE!
Dearest spirits, ghouls, and other denizens of the other realms!
This is to remind you that Lewis Fright Fest 2016 sign-ups CLOSE TOMORROW FRI 7TH OF OCT!
Have you signed up yet? If not, creep, float, scuttle and shimmer on over here to do so asap!
Yours in spine-tingling anticipation,
Sign up for the challenge here
In comments of this post, leave prompts for the Lewis Fright Fest 2016.
Subject: Art, Hobson/Lewis
Prompt: Vampires and blood
Subject: Fic, Gen or Hathaway/Lewis, Warning: non-con, violence
Prompt: I would like fic where Hathaway is kidnapped and... *this is where I might go into detail about all the nasty, awful things I'd like to see done to Hathaway*
This post is solely to find inspiration or leave your unwanted plot bunnies and express your deepest fannish wishes. However, remember to keep all prompts to the theme!
What's the theme then? Anything Samhain/All Hallows' Eve/Halloween appropriate, so think horror, supernatural, fantasy, thriller, death, religion (old and new), anything otherworldly... So that fic about Lewis and Hathaway buying curtains together would not fit, unless the house they buy them for is haunted or they plan to use the curtains to wrap the bodies of their victims in... You get the picture :D
There is no need to 'reserve' a prompt for yourself (though feel free to comment on each other's prompts, the prompter will undoubtedly be thrilled to know if you're considering their idea or even agree that it's the best ever). More than one person can use the same prompt as inspiration. Similarly, no one is obligated to use the prompts here.
Play nice. There will be no mocking/insulting of each others' prompts/pairings or exclamations of disgust/horror. Your kinks are not everyone else's kinks and vice versa, be respectful. Or else.
Finally, have fun. There is no limit to how many prompts you can post so go wild, people!