2022 Secret Santa Event Announcement

I know we wrapped the October Road Trip event literally yesterday, but I am very excited to jump right into our next one and, apparently, I’m not alone! When I asked on Discord if you guys wanted a little breather before the next announcement, you all basically said, “Who needs breath? Gimmie!” 

So, here we are. 

There is a lot of info below, and I recommend taking your time to read it all if you wish to take part, but the short version is this: during December, members who have signed up will give and receive a fic (or art!). 

If you’ve never taken part before, or if you need a reminder, here’s how it works: 

As of this post going live, you can fill in a GOOGLE FORM HERE to sign up. 

Everyone who signs up to participate will write one fic (or make a piece of art) and receive one fic (or piece of art. You can opt out of this in the Google form if you’re only interested in written fic). Each fic should be a “one-shot” size (or be posted as a single “chapter” in the case of art). That is, the fic must be under 14,750* words in length. 

*While the chapter word limit is technically 15,000 words here on EF, variations in processor word counting created a lot of work (and many workarounds) previously for Holly, so we're keeping it lower to assure there won't be any further issues.

There is no word count minimum to this event. 

Gifts DO NOT need to be holiday-related in any way (unless your giftee requests it!). 

Participants will receive an award on their profile at the end of the event. This year, it (and the custom banner art, displayed at the top of this post) was kindly designed by MillennialCryBaby.

NOTE: There are no additional awards for betas, artists, or commenters. Both authors and artists will receive the same ‘2022 Secret Santa Participant’ award. Artists who create banners for other people’s gifts will not be eligible for a participant award. 

Once you sign up, EF Event Mod EllieRose101 will make best case matches from all of the responses, and then reach out to each participant with the penname and story preferences of their giftee. Please remember that this gift-giving is confidential. Don’t share who you have for a giftee until you post your fic! Revealing that information ahead of time will allow demonic Santa to start his spree of terror early, and that would just be a bad time for everyone.

Any member, whether they've previously written a fic on EF or not, is eligible to partake in this event––UNLESS you signed up for last year’s Secret Santa event and did not complete your fic or did not complete your fic by the deadline. Those members will not be eligible to participate this year, but may participate again in 2023.

Please note that bad behavior toward your gifter or giftee, in regards to either the gift you receive or the gift you deliver, will result in a permanent ban from this event for all future years. We wish we didn’t have to say it, but we do.

Any ineligibility will be communicated to you by a Mod, if it becomes relevant. Otherwise, you may assume you are good to go.

Important Dates: 

  • Today: Sign-Ups Open (See link, above.)
  • 11.59pm site time on Sunday 20th Nov.: Sign-Ups close 
  • 22nd & 23rd Nov.: Assignments Distributed
  • 1st December: Participants can start posting
  • End of 31st December, site time: All gifts must be exchanged. 

No late sign-ups or publishing will be allowed. Leaving a participant giftless will make Spuffy deeply sad, and we can’t have that.

Whether or not you sign-up to participate in the event itself, you can sign-up to be a Secret Santa Rescue Writer! Either choose "yes" on the event sign-up form where it asks, or email EllieRose101 at and let her know that you'd like to be on the volunteer Rescue Writer list. If she ends up with someone in need, she may reach out to you (by no later than Dec. 16th) to see if you can rescue a gift.

Any questions? Comment below!

--EllieRose101 and the Mods on November 02, 2022 02:55pm 15 Comments

Oh I want too, but I can't trust myself to get it done :/ 

-- Blackmysteria on November 02, 2022 03:10pm

Eeeeee so excited to do this for the first time! <3

-- cawthraven on November 02, 2022 03:43pm

I loved this event last year and can’t wait to do it again!! Thank you, Ellie and mods, for organizing!

-- the_big_bad on November 03, 2022 05:48am

P.s. love the artwork by MillennialCryBaby!!

-- the_big_bad on November 03, 2022 05:50am

Definitely signing up this year, as last year's event was what got me actively writing on the site lol. One question though, and forgive me for being enormously behind - I've only just noticed that my fic from last year is missing its little badge/icon. How can I get that fixed?

-- IndigoDusk96 on November 03, 2022 06:12am

I'm very excited for this!

-- scratchmeout on November 03, 2022 07:06am

@IndigoDusk96 - That's because the site time is done screwed up so if you posted close to the deadline, you might've been given the boot. I'll fix it. 

-- Holly on November 03, 2022 07:14am

aww thanks  @the_big_bad! I had a great time designing it. Excited for another round of Secret Santa!!

-- MillennialCryBaby on November 03, 2022 12:32pm

Had yo join again because I enjoyed doing it last year. 

-- DeamonQueen on November 03, 2022 10:25pm

So since this will be the first year that artists will have a spot (yay!), can we consider rescue artists as well? Perhaps even have an option to replace a fic with art if an author has to opt out? Generally speaking, a piece of art can sometimes be whipped out faster than a whole fic on a short notice. :)

-- Dirtyaim on November 04, 2022 09:45am

@Dirtyaim: You may notice we cleverly asked for people who didn't want art to opt-out of the possibility and for people willing to make art to tick a box and let us know, but there is technically no way to formally request art. This was done intentionally to avoid, for example, ten people requesting art if only three artists sign up.

Edited to Add -- If people want to sign up as rescue artists, by all means drop us a line!

-- EllieRose101 on November 04, 2022 12:03pm

Eeek so excited to participate for the first time. read

-- Feanix88 on November 05, 2022 03:35am

As I did last year, I'll probably just sign up to be a potential rescue writer. That worked out okay last year and I ended up having a holiday fic when I didn't expect to.

-- slaymesoftly on November 19, 2022 08:05am

Just wanted to say how lovely the Event Artwork is - Looking forward to all the wonderful new stories.  

-- nmcil on November 26, 2022 11:25am

I'm mostly commenting on this to see what the site time is. That's the only thing I'm confused about. Can't wait to see this all by tomorrow. 

-- StrawberryPoet on December 30, 2022 04:30pm