The Sixth Annual Blessed-But-Not-Official Elysian Fields Exquisite Corpse Challenge! by yellowb +1
Responses: 2
Categories: Pre-Series, Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Between Seasons (any), Comic (Season Not Specified), Post-Series
Characters: Ensemble
Summary:

*** Edited to add: THE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS ENDED ... check back in January for EC 2023! ***

 

Please read through the rules!  They change a little every year.  And if anyone has an old unpublished WIP around that could serve as a first chapter, please DM me! 

 

For those who are new to the concept:  an "exquisite corpse" is a surreal, collaborative artwork created using a series of prompts.  Each person writes their part based on very thin knowledge of what came before.  The wiki-history of the form is here.  You can read the previous Elysian Fields exquisite corpses here.

This is intended as a time-limited, prompt-driven challenge -- that is, by signing up you commit to waiting for your prompt, to seeing what it sparks, and then to writing for approximately 7 days. The end result tends toward the surreal specifically because the small amount of info passed along from author to author encourages discontinuities.  That’s a feature, not a bug.

 

 

Here's how it will work:  

1.   If you want to participate, PM me before or on February 7. Let me know if you have special timing needs -- any periods in February, March, or April when you know you will be otherwise occupied. Also let me know how you prefer to communicate about the Corpse (email, site mail, etc.).  And if you would let me know what email your chapter will be coming from, that will help me keep track of whose chapters are whose.

2.   I'll put you on the list.  

3.   I will randomly draw names from the list to establish the order of writers.

4.   The first person writes Chapter 1, and sends it to me.  

5.   I send only the last paragraph and a deadline on to the second person, who then sends me their completed chapter.

6.   Etc.

7.   This will publish on consecutive days this spring and summer.  Depending on how many authors participate, it may be in one big run of days after the last chapter is in, or a few long weekends at intervals.  It also might not begin during challenge month this year.

 

Rules:  

  • Your chapter must start with the paragraph you were given, just as you were given it.  
  • Only your final paragraph will be forwarded to the next author.  A natural last paragraph is much preferred, and I reserve the right to trim off overly-detailed exposition. (“Crap!” said Buffy, for instance, is an acceptable final paragraph; as is “Crap,” said Buffy, glaring at the now teacup-sized Angel.  But please don’t force out something like “Crap,” said Buffy, glaring out the now teacup-sized Angel who had been shrunk by a boomeranging shrinkage spell of his own devising that had been intended for Spike on the occasion of this their wedding night.)  
  • No cross-overs.
  • We are a small community -- please do what you can not to share info about chapters before publication. You are of course free to have your chapter beta’d, but preferably not by a fellow Corpser.
  • NC-17, though you do not have to rise to that rating.
  • The Bewildered Rule: While I generally recommend a 1,000 to 5,000 word chapter, there is a maximum word count of 14,700.
  • Your chapter should be sent to me by your deadline if at all possible, since other people will also be waiting for their prompts.  But if something comes up that interferes with your ability to write during your assigned week, let me know!  We can either see if someone is available to swap places with you, or move you to the end of the queue, later in the summer. 
  • And since authors always ask: You are very, very welcome to use your EC chapter as part of a future work! Or as a stand-alone one shot. Or put it on other archives, though I’d appreciate a reference back to the Corpse. The Exquisite Universe is an open universe, and you can link related stories to it as you wish.


Summary: Lo!  Slouching through the Walmart parking lot it comes — the Sixth Annual Unofficial Yet Blessed Elysian Fields Exquisite Corpse.  
The lovely banners are by OffYourBird.
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bmerb, MiseEnPlace, Passion4Spike, popculturedeference, the_big_bad
Artists: OffYourBird
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Drama, Dramedy, Established Relationship, Humor, Lighthearted, Porn w/ Plot, Porn w/o Plot, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: The Sixth Annual Blessed-But-Not-Official Elysian Fields Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Event: April Challenge 2022
Completed: Yes Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Word count: 27,611 Hit Count: 1,894 ePub Downloads: 44
Published: April 30, 2022 Updated: August 14, 2022
Summary: Lo!  Slouching through the Walmart parking lot it comes — the Sixth Annual Unofficial Yet Blessed Elysian Fields Exquisite Corpse.


Beta and Sensitivity Readers: Aspasia, Doublemeat Palace, EllieRose101, Sigyn
Artists: honeygirl51885, OffYourBird
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Dramedy, Fluffy/Comedy, Porn w/ Plot, Porn w/o Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: The Sixth Annual Blessed-But-Not-Official Elysian Fields Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Event: April Challenge 2022
Completed: Yes Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Word count: 32,435 Hit Count: 2,618 ePub Downloads: 53
Published: April 30, 2022 Updated: June 12, 2022