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18 March 2019 @ 12:24 pm

Writer sign ups: March 20 - May 20
Artist sign ups: March 20 - June 20
Beta Sign ups: March 20 (open)
Hype Reader Sign ups: March 20 (open)
Writer Check in: May 20
Rough Drafts (15k min/60% of final story) & Summaries due: June 20
Summary Posting: June 25
Summary Claiming: June 30
Artist check in: August 5
Writer's Final Drafts (25k min) Due: August 25
Artist's Rough Drafts Due: August 31
Posting Begins: September 1 (tentative)

FAQ can be found HERE

NOTE: Hype Readers are new for this year and will replace the sign ups previously for Cheerleaders, we will explain what the changes are and what exactly a Hype Reader is when we add the sign up posts. We have also given the FAQs a bit of an update this year, so even if you have participated in ACBB in previous years, please do give them a once over. Thanks!
16 September 2019 @ 08:59 pm

Title: Of Lions, Foxes and Bears

Author:  Szpurka

Artist: Chikynosora

Pairings/Characters: Merlin/Arthur, Will, Hunith, Gwaine, Jarl
Word count: 43,472
Warnings: Violence, language, mentions of torture, canon character death of a minor characters. No explicit sex scenes, though

Author's note: I'll be lazy and post my end note on AO3, you can read it there in full or here in short. Sorry, I am just really tired today ;_;

And with this we finish Part 1 of (hopefully) 3-part series that I  just wasn't able to write in the span of three months. Hope you liked  it, I really do because I poured my heart out to write it and make is as  interesting and intriguing as I could possibly make it. I had fun doing  research for this, myths and Celts are one of my favourite topics and  reading books and articles about them was no chore at all. Tried  incorporating a lot of what I learned from the story + some my own spins  and inventions.

On the end note I just wanted to thank my sweet sweet schweet for  being an amazing beta and to my artist Chikynosora who is my real life  friend and who I persuaded to draw for me last second. And of course to  amazing After Camlann Mods. Thank you!

On the end end note, this is an important  story for me. On one hand because I aspire to become a professional  writer and a filmmaker and always had this idea in my mind that if  someone googled my name and sees a fanfic the ground will have to  swallow me whole because I will be embarrassed. Because professionals  don't play in fanfics and being a fangirl and a shipper has a bad rep.  But you know what? Fuck that!! 

I want to write and film and create  something that I love and I love sharing it with people and now I am  confident enough to do both things that I love - write original stories  and write fanfics back to back!

Artist's note: I worked with Szpurka before, so we knew what was going on. Although I haven't worked on this kind of project before, it was fun. Because of work I didn't have much time and it's pretty sad I wasn't able to draw more for her submission, but I hope I visualized her vision at least in a small part.

Summary: Five years ago in The Great War Against Sorcery Prince Arthur went  missing in the middle of a battlefield. WIth King Uther’s untimely death  a few months later, the war ended. Then Agravaine (late Ygraine’s  younger brother) has settled on the throne of Camelot, seemingly a  friend of all things magic.

Now, a wounded unconscious man emerges  from the lake near Ealdor, where Merlin does his laundry. Merlin’s  fascination with the man pushes him right into the heart of an intrigue  he never dreamed of, filled with revenge, politics and adventures. He  also learns more about himself, his powers and his destiny, all the  while trying to help keep his heart from being corrupted by blood and  war.

Story link: AO3 (with art)

14 September 2019 @ 06:31 pm
small pic prat whisperer LJ

Title: The Prat Whisperer
Author: bunnysworld
Artist: lfb72
Pairings/Characters: Merlin/Arthur, Gwaine/Percy, Morgana, Leon, Aggravaine, some minor OCs and a horse
Word count: 44260
Warnings: none (other than fluff, romance, drama, the usual jazz)
Disclaimer: Merlin and everything that goes with the show does sadly not belong to either the artist nor the author. We've only gained fun from this (and stress and hectic...), no profit made. We just took the boys out to play. Returned them washed, fed and happy.

Author’s notes: Another year has passed and some of you know that it wasn't an easy one for me. To keep up some normalcy, I once again decided to write a BigBang. It was a lot more difficult this year as I had to make time in between all my appointments and whatnots. There were times I was ready to give up.
And along came lfb72 and offered to once again make beautiful art for my story. You're the reason this story got finished. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and your amazing talent! Only when I put the links to the art into the finished story, I realized how many wonderful drawings you made for this! I can't thank you enough for all of this.

My trusty beta issy did a hell of a job to wrangle my language as grammar ran away with me a lot more than it already does on good days. She cracked her whip on it to make it into readable English. If there are still any typos or weird word constructs in there, they are entirely my fault.

Thanks, dear mods, for once again running this fest. It's like a fixed point in my calendar and gives my writing life structure. I'm looking forward to it every year.

As you may have noticed, one of the main characters of this story is a horse by the name of Qadir. I was googling my fingers off to find something in Arabic that had the meaning I was aiming for and this is what the interwebs came up with. I hope I didn't misuse the language in any way.

Also...I have to confess I'm not a horse person. Been on a horse maybe twice in my entire life and while I can appreciate their beauty, horses and me don't go together. I'm rather on my own two feet. I did a lot of research and watched tons of videos of horse whisperers and equine chiropractics. If I did anything wrong or the pros amongst you shake their heads...I'm sorry. I did the best I could.

Oh, and title courtesy of Merlocked18!

Artist's notes: This is the third time I have collaborated with Bunnysworld on a big bang and I think we make a pretty good team. I was a bit apprehensive at first when she said she had set her story in the world of horses. I don't think I'd ever really drawn horses before and I knew very little about them. Having worked with Bunnysworld previously I knew she was a great partner so I put my fears aside, and armed with a book 'how to draw horses' plenty of research and reference photos I got to work. I'm fairly pleased with the results but apologies to any 'horsey people who spot discrepancies/inacuracies - I did my best!

Many thanks to my art beta, Merlinsdeheune (sindhunathi) whose advice and comments have been invaluable and to the mods for keeping this iconic fest going.

Summary: Arthur buys a beautiful stallion that turns out to be un-ride-able. Morgana convinces him to seek help from a horse whisperer. Arthur doesn't believe in such stuff, but he's at his wit's end, so he allows Morgana to make the call.

Merlin and his crew come to Camelot Estates to help a horse in need. Will he be able to whisper to the horse? And probably its owner, too?

Story link: here
Art link: here
12 September 2019 @ 08:04 pm

Title: Counterfeit Princess
Author: JessicaMDawn /
Artist: delicious-irony
Pairings/Characters: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Lancelot; Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Gwen, Gwaine, Gaius, Lancelot, Will, Agravaine, etc.
Rating: T
Word count: 33,570
Warnings: Kidnapping. Merlin uses magic to present as a female. Arthur breaks an ankle. Agravaine being Agravaine.
Disclaimer: Merlin does not belong to either the artist nor the author. This work was made for pleasure, not for profit.
Author’s notes: Thank you so much to delicious-irony for all the work you put in to making art for this piece. And thank you to the mods for hosting this challenge. And thank you to WardenRed and
DLanaDHZ for the beta reads. I enjoyed writing this fic. It's an idea I had ages and ages ago, back when Merlin was a new show, that I never felt I could do right. When I decided to take part in AfterCamlann, I found the file for the original idea and was finally able to mold it into something worthwhile. I hope you enjoy!

Summary: Morgana le Fay is Duchess of Ealdor, a moderately sized city in the kingdom of Albion. Her two best friends are Gwen, her handmaid, and Merlin, the physician’s assistant. One day news arrives that Prince Arthur is coming to town to meet her, but why?

When Morgana goes missing the day before Prince Arthur arrives, Gwen approaches Merlin with an idea: Merlin can pretend to be Morgana until the Lady is found. The idea is ludicrous - not least because Merlin is a man - but with a little bit of magic it might actually work.

The plan starts out well, with Morgana’s guard out searching for her while Merlin distracts the prince…except that Merlin finds himself falling in love with Arthur, who is visiting with the intention of making Morgana his queen. A gender bending fairy tale fic.

Story link: (with art) AO3, (without art) FFN
Art link: pillowfort, AO3
10 September 2019 @ 01:11 pm
Title: A single man in possession of a good fortune
Author: slantedknitting
Artist: merlocked18
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Mithian, Arthur/Elena, Arthur/Gwaine, Arthur/Others
Characters: Arthur, Merlin, Mithian, Elena, Gwaine, Percy, Mordred, Sophia, Vivian, Gwen, Leon, Kilgharrah, Uther, Morgana, Hunith
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 44k
Warnings: Technically polyamory since it’s a reality dating show

Author’s Notes: Firstly, incredible thanks as always to my fantastic beta, ji-ang who helped me turn this fic into something I actually like (and hopefully something likable by others!). Secondly, more incredible thanks to merlocked18 for agreeing to work with me on this and for bringing these boys to life in beautiful, vivid colors. I adore your work and I feel so blessed that you were willing to team up with me! Lastly, even more incredible thanks to the mods for running this awesome fest again and again. ACBB is a gift to the fandom and you are much appreciated.
Artist’s Notes: I wasn't going to take part in ACBB this year, but when SlantedKnitting approached me in Chatzy, I couldn't say no. I mean, I consider SlantedKnitting Merlin fic royalty. Their Silly Ol Dance fic is still one of my go-to fics dear lord.I was reeling at the fact that they even knew who I was and wanted to work with me! Moreover, I was given the pick of two stories, but I instantly fell in love with the first one I picked out to read, so I started arting for that. I did these pieces in England in the summer - wanted to do a few more, but RL work has interfered with my hobby big time. I might add a few pieces (the settings are very close to my heart), but for now, have these four oil pastels.
Thank you, Sknits, for collabing with me and letting me read your stories before anyone else WOOOOT. I feel honoured. Hope I wasn't too big of a disappointment. HUGS BIG TIME!!
Thank you to the ACBB moderators. I could never mod anything - I am useless in that regard. Kudos x thousands. Merlin fandom is alive and kicking, I must say. It's been six years and people still love it. It's going to take a lot to get rid of me, too, I can tell you. FOR THE LOVE OF CAMELOT!
Merls <3

Summary: Arthur is the first openly bisexual Leading Man on the popular dating show, Most Eligible, where he’s meant to find his one true love—and get engaged. He comes to the show with the goal of finding a wife, but he still has to date all of the male contestants. And one of them, a certain Merlin, keeps making it harder and harder to stick to his original plans. Arthur knows what he wants though, and he’s pretty such it’s Mithian. Or is it Elena? Could it be Gwaine? Maybe it’s actually Merlin after all? What a pickle.

Story Link (art incorporated): https://archiveofourown.org/works/20592614/chapters/48889937
Art Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/20529353
08 September 2019 @ 06:05 pm

Title: Mock the Time

Author: seaweed-is-cool

Artist: valika56 

Pairings/Characters: Arthur/Guinevere (canon), Arthur/Merlin, Merlin, Arthur, Guinevere, Gwaine, Leon, Percival, Elyan, Mordred, Morgana, Aithusa, Nusar (OC), Daegal, Gaius

Rating: Teen and Up Audiences

Word Count: 49,905

Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence, Canon Typical Violence, Major Character Death, Temporary Character Death, Pseudo-Slavery, Magical Torture, Physical Abuse

Author's Notes: Thank you to the mods for hosting such a wonderful fest. And to my artist valika56  who's support has been amazing throughout and has spurred me on from countless writer's blocks. To my beta vickytokio who I wrangled in early April and has put up with my ramblings since. To Shakespeare (and by extension my drama class) who I've stolen quotes and memorable moments from. 

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05 September 2019 @ 06:14 pm

Title: Arthur in Avalon
Author: harlequin aka slashweaver
Artist: altocello
Pairings/Characters: Arthur/Guinevere (background), Elyan/Niamh, Arthur/Lancelot, Arthur/Merlin (endgame); Arthur, Niamh and Orlaith (original characters, both Sidhe), Lancelot, Freya, Elyan, Gaius, Merlin
Rating: NC17 / explicit
Word count: 29,000
Warnings: none
Disclaimer: We mean no harm and make no profit from this transformative work.
Author’s notes: With gratitude to whimstories for the beta-reading, both kind and thorough. With love to altocello for once again gracing my humble words with your beautiful artwork. I can’t imagine what I ever did to deserve you, hon! And with thanks, as always, to the aftercamlann mods for running yet another year of a terrific challenge!
Artist’s notes: Thank you so much to the mods who made this fest happen; without you, none of this would be possible. I would also like to thank slashweaver for letting me entice them with the idea of writing for this big bang; it was an absolute delight to work with you again, and your beautiful prose worked its magic on my imagination. Many thanks are also due, as always, to my beta, amphigoury; without her thoughtful comments and encouragement these pieces would be so much the poorer. Lastly, I would like to thank the cheering squad, jelazakazone and alby_mangroves, whose enthusiasm is dynamic enough to light an entire city. Please know that without this little village, none of these would exist. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥♥
Summary: Arthur died in Merlin’s arms, and he’d thought that was the end of his story – but then he wakes up in agony in Avalon, as the Sidhe remove Mordred’s sword-point from his flesh. Soon Arthur is convalescing, and befriending Niamh, daughter of the Sidhe Queen Orlaith. He meets up with other old friends in Avalon, too, who find contentment in this place, but Arthur can never quite settle. He wants to return to the mortal world and continue his work. Orlaith tells him that’s possible – but first the Sidhe want something in return for healing him.

Story link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/20526545 (with art incorporated)
Art link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/20470367

Current Location: Avalon
Current Mood: calmcalm
05 September 2019 @ 03:03 am

Stay tuned...

The first ACBB Post is Coming Soon!

Hype Readers: This is where you come in! Here's your chance to show your support for our awesome authors and artists! And if you haven't already, it's not too late to sign up as a Hype Reader and pledge to support our ACBB participants!

Participants: Authors/Artists please remember to comment and confirm your date on the 2019 Posting Schedule! Thank you!

04 September 2019 @ 03:23 am
Are you ready?

It's finally here....

The 2019 AfterCamlann Posting Schedule!

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Please be sure to grab your posting headers and read the detailed posting information here: https://aftercamlann.livejournal.com/77065.html

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Notes: If you can not make your posting date PLEASE EMAIL THE MODS ASAP!

Authors and Artists, please comment here to confirm your dates!

Also, please check to be sure you have posting access to the aftercamlann community. If for some reason you don't have access, please email the mods and we'll get you sorted! Thank you!

Please re-check your dates. There may have been changes made after the list was originally posted. (Last edited 3:00 AM CST, Thursday, Sept 5.)
(Once you confirm, I will not change your dates without checking with you directly.)
01 September 2019 @ 05:17 pm
Just a quick note to say that the posting schedule is coming soon!

And we have a small change to our fest schedule. Our first aftercamlann big bang will be posted on September 5!

Thank you all!