The Fifth Annual Exquisite Corpse Challenge! by yellowb +3
Responses: 2
Categories: Pre-Series, Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Between Seasons (any), Post-Series, Wishverse, Vignettes, Missing Scene, Challenge Response, Time Travel, Poetry
Characters: None
Summary:

Welcome to the Fifth Annual Exquisite Corpse Challenge!

Even if you've written for the EC before, please read through the challenge, as the rules get tweaked a little bit every year.

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, etc.).

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, starting no sooner than April 30, after it's complete -- although if we get a lot of authors, we may split it into a couple of flurries of continuous days.

 

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 14,000.
  • 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 and I will see if someone can swap places with you.
  • And since it has happened and people have asked: You are very, very welcome to use your EC chapter as part of a future work.  The Exquisite Universe is an open universe, and you can link related stories to it if you wish.


Summary: The Corpse is dead!  Long live the Corpse!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bookishy, kats_meow, MiseEnPlace, Sigyn, The Danish Bird
Artists: Dusty, OffYourBird
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Pre-Series, Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8 (Comic), Season 9 (Comic), Season 10 (Comic), Alternate Reality, Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dramedy, Established Relationship, Fighting, Fluffy/Comedy, Humor, Lighthearted
Warnings: None
Challenges: The Fifth Annual Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Completed: Yes Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Word count: 47,796 Hit Count: 3,869 ePub Downloads: 80
Published: April 30, 2021 Updated: July 02, 2021
Summary: The Corpse is dead!  Long live the Corpse!
Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bewildered, DeepBlueJoy, EllieRose101, sandy_s, Sigyn
Artists: OffYourBird
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: None
Warnings: None
Challenges: The Fifth Annual Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Completed: Yes Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Word count: 46,356 Hit Count: 2,142 ePub Downloads: 50
Published: April 30, 2021 Updated: August 15, 2021