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Name: Due South 6 Degrees Snippets
Date(s): Created on 29 January 2007
Moderator: desireearmfeldt, glass_moment, hazelwho, luzula, malnpudl, omphale23, seascribe, spuffyduds
Founder: slidellra and omphale23
Type: weekly challenges
Fandom: 6 Degrees of Canada/Due South
URL: livejournal; dreamwidth; AO3 tag

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ds_snippets is a LiveJournal challenge community founded in 2007 for posting short fics in any "Due South 6 Degrees" fandom.

According to the tags, due south was by far the most popular fandom (700+ posts), but other common 6 degrees fandoms included Battlestar Galactica (19 posts), Hard Core Logo (45), RPF (17), Slings & Arrows (22), and Wilby Wonderful (34).

As of January 2021, the comm has 1,643 posts; 9,967 comments; and 138 members. The owner is omphale23.[1] (Many LJ users have deleted accounts and posts so this number may be lower than what was originally there.)


From the profile page:

What’s the deal?

Weekly challenges to write drabbles and teeny tiny ficlets in any of the due South 6 degrees fandoms. This includes RPF, Canadian movies, Canadian television and Canadian music. It also includes non-Canadian productions featuring due South actors--so all those little David Marciano fics you've been itching to write? Go right ahead.

6 degrees isn't easy to define, but our rule of thumb is fic must feature someone who was in a production with a dS cast regular. Still in doubt? Ask us.

Each week, we'll post three to six prompts; choose as many as you like to write no more than THREE fics for that challenge. Snippets can be in any dS 6 degree fandom. Slash, het, and gen are all welcome. You must use the prompts as inspiration but are not required to include exact prompt dialogue, etc.

Each Sunday night, a challenge will close and a new set of prompts will be posted. [1]


Cross-posting is fine, as are links to individual journals. It’d be nice if people mentioned the challenge when they post their fic to other places.

This is a place for short fics, so we’ve got a few rules that you may not see elsewhere.

1. No single fic can be more than 300 words long.

2. Right now, we’re asking that people limit themselves to THREE entries for each week. This may change, but we’re trying for brevity and that’s easier if people can’t continue the story in limitless 300-word chunks.

3. Posting is open to all members, but please keep it topical. Completed fic and requests for betas are good; discussions of the beauty of CKR’s hands are entertaining but inappropriate.

4. Late posting is not allowed. We will run occasional Amnesty Challenges.

5. Because this is a multi-fandom, multi-pairing, multi-rating kind of place, please cut-tag any fic entries. In general, this is the preferred format:

[POST TITLE] Fic title OR prompt and author’s name


Title: Fandom and Pairing: Rating: Length: Prompt:


Author’s Notes:


[lots of space and then a separate cut tag with any warnings beneath it (if necessary)]

6. Please tag entries with fandom and challenge information. Your friendly neighborhood mods will add any fandom tags that don’t already exist.

7. Snippets may be posted friends-locked (RPF, for example).[1]

Comm History

The original mods were slidellra and omphale23. In February 2009 slidellra stepped down, and akamine_chan joined the mod team.[2] In December 2010 omphale23 retired and spuffyduds and lamentables stepped up[3] until July 2013[4], after which mod duties rotated on a monthly basis between seascribe, luzula, scribe, hazelwho, and malnpudl, then desireearmfeldt.

A Dreamwidth mirror called dsc6dsnippets was created on January 3, 2011, and now has more posts than the original comm.

In June 2015 there was a discussion about the decrease in participation and whether to continue[1], but several users carried on posting and filling prompts until 2017.

In April 2017, mod desireearmfeldt announced the comm was moving to dreamwidth:

To follow up on the whole LJ/DW business: Starting this week, ds-snippets will conduct its activities on DW only. Admin posts and roundups will only happen on the DW comm. We won't be backing up the LJ to the DW any more in the future (though I will try to get one last backup done so that this last week's couple of posts will be copied to DW). Please post your prompt responses to the DW comm going forward.[5]

A few people continue to participate on the dreamwidth comm sporadically.


  1. ^ a b c ds_snippets - Profile, Archived version (accessed 10 January 2021)
  2. ^ Amnesty, anniversary, arrivederci, and Aka!, Archived version, posted by slidellra 1 February 2009. (accessed 10 January 2021)
  3. ^ Quick announcement!, Archived version, posted by omphale23 12 December 2010. (accessed 10 January 2021)
  4. ^ Fresh blood? :D??, Archived version, posted by spuffyduds 28 July 2013. (accessed 10 January 2021)
  5. ^ Challenge 9, Archived version posted 10 April 2017. (accessed 10 January 2021)