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Jinglemas 2019 Rules:

Enrollment Rules

1. If you are interested in joining our secret santa collab, please PM me and tell me that you want to join. Be sure to include one (or two) ponies you’d like to see in your story. If you would like to have other short notes (as in, please no romance, or please a comedy) include that as well in your request. These little notes will ultimately be optional, but will still be forwarded to your secret santa for consideration.

For Example: "I want to have Twilight and Fluttershy in it. It would be nice if it was an EQG comedy, but not a shipfic."

2. People who wish to participate have until November 30, 11:59 PM to send me a PM and ask to join.

3. On December 1st, everyone’s names will be collected, shuffled and redistributed. Each of you will receive a PM stating what ponies your secret santa recipient would like to see in your story, as well as who your recipient is!

Writing Your Secret Santa Story

4. Keep the word count between 1k and 5k words. 5k words is a soft limit. A hard limit of 8.5k words will be applied to all stories. Stories should be one-shots only. If you want to extend it to multi-chapter stories, I recommend making sure that your story stands alone as-is for the Secret Santa, and then go back and add chapters onto it after everyone's shared their gifts with each other.

5. Please keep your fics at a E or a T rating. Similarly, please use the [Gore] and [Sex] tags sparingly on T-rated stories. For M related content, consider checking out JingleClop!

Story Writing Tips And Rules:

- The character(s) the recipient chose is/are the character(s) they want to see in the story. The stories don’t need to be exclusively about them, but they should nevertheless be significant. Please don’t throw out one or two cursory references to the character(s) and then focus the story entirely on somepony else - it’s a pretty thoughtless way of saying that you don’t really care about what your recipient wants. On that note, we encourage for those who wish to join to refrain from asking for stories about OC's, and stick to characters from the show.

- Unless you can think of a creative or original way of telling a holiday story, please try not to use mostly human characters, crossover stories or HiE/Displaced stories. Non-pony content isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and we’d like to keep things accessible for everyone. That said, if you have a fun idea that involves the Hearth’s Warming spirit and the ponies in your letter, go for it! Also, if your recipient specifically asks for human characters and/or Anon, assume that writing about humans and/or human-related things is okay.

- Similarly, EQG characters might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you can find a creative and fun way to tell stories based on EQG, or if your recipient specifically asks for EQG characters, go for it! Otherwise, it might be best to set things in or around Equestria itself.

- To help us all get into the spirit of things, the stories should be set around or focused on  Hearth’s Warming, Hearth’s Warming Eve or a similar point in the year. It doesn’t have to be the exclusive focus of the story, but it’d be a bit out of the holiday spirit to write a story set in the middle of the summer. It doesn’t necessarily have to be snowy out, though - if you want to write a holiday story in the tropics or under the sea, more power to you! :pinkiesmile:

After You've Completed Your Story

6. Include the word “peppermint” somewhere in the first PM you send to me - it tells me that you’ve read through the rules up to this point, which helps put me at ease about your story’s content (and whether or not it follows the guidelines from the previous post. :rainbowkiss: )

7. Submit your story by December 21st, 11:59PM CST to me (FimficCollabs). GDocs are the easiest way for me to access the content, though other methods are fine - and if I have a problem with viewing your story for any reason, I’ll let you know. Please don’t immediately post your story to your Fimfic page,because…

8. On December 22nd, all of the submitted stories will be posted en masse to a separate Fimfic story expressly made to host all of your wonderful stories. All of your stories will be posted in the order in which they were submitted; after the title of each story will be a note in parenthesis saying who the story is for, and who the story was from. For example: “My Crazy Project Horizons Summer Holiday (written for Petrichord by TheMaskedFerret.)” Please try to have your stories finished by [the aforementioned date,] so that you don’t keep your recipient waiting.

After The Master Jinglemas Story Is Taken Down

9. On December 29th, feel free to post the stories that you wrote to your own account. After all, they’re your stories - you should take pride in having written them! Also add them to the Jinglemas group! Also be sure to include in your story's long description:

[hr] This was written for [url=https://www.fimfiction.net/user/UserInfoHere]UserInfoHere[/url] as a part of Jinglemas 20XX! [url=https://www.fimfiction.net/group/213263/jinglemas]For more information about Jinglemas, checkout our group![/url]

10. On December 30th, the Jinglemas Master Story will be removed from Fimfiction.

If you have any questions or would like to know about Breezie Signup, check out our FAQ or send FimficCollabs a PM! Also, we have a process now for those who don't get a story. Read about it more in the FAQ.

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