One Direction Big Bang

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Name: One Direction Big Bang
Date(s): 2012 - 2018
Moderator(s): el_em_en_oh_pee, eachtoeach
Founder: el_em_en_oh_pee, eachtoeach
Type: Big Bang
Fandom: One Direction
Associated Community: 1d_bigbang at Livejournal
1dbigbang at Tumblr
URL: Round One on AO3
Round Two on AO3
Round Three on AO3
Round Four on AO3
Round Five on AO3
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The One Direction Big Bang is an annual Big Bang challenge with a current minimum word count requirement of 25,000 words. It allows "mixers, vidders, and any other kind of traditional art medium (drawing, painting, manips, you name it!)" to pair with each writer.[1] The fics are allowed to be multifandom, any pairing, and any rating, as long as at least one member of One Direction is featured. You could also sign up to be a cheerleader, a beta, or a britpicker.


The One Direction Big Bang appears to have started on LiveJournal and the first post advertising the One Direction Big Bang challenge appears to have been posted on September 13, 2012. The posting began on February 14. The first six rounds were maintained by el_em_en_oh_pee on ao3. The tumblr account for this was @1dbigbang.

  • Round One: The minimum word count for this round was 15,000. There were over 100 sign-ups for Round One, and 27 completed fics were posted between February-March 2013. Over half were Harry/Louis stories, with all other pairings falling far behind.
  • Round Two: The second round nearly doubled its participants, with 60 completed fics posted between January-March 2014. At the time of the second round the mods created a tumblr for the challenge but required everyone who participated to have a LiveJournal account. The challenge post was put on tumblr on August 14, 2013.
  • On June 26, 2014, the tumblr account posted a survey for feedback on Rounds One and Two and what they could improve on for the next round.
  • Round Three: Round Three raised the minimum word count to 20,000 words. Still, it saw approximately 70 fics published between February-April 2015. A mod post on 1dbigbang's Tumblr mentions 80 fics from this Round; it is unclear if this number includes fics that were deleted or withheld after Zayn Malik's departure from the band that March, or that are simply not available on the AO3 profile. Harry/Louis continued to be the most popular pairing, though Zayn/Liam and Louis/Liam had a respectable showing. The announcement for the start of this fest was posted on August 20, 2014 on tumblr. An LJ account was still required at this time.
  • Round Four: Approximately 90 fics were published as part of Round Four between February-April 2016. Harry/Louis was the most popular pairing by more than double the next most popular ship (Liam/Louis). The post for this was published on August 17, 2015.
  • Round Five: The minimum word count requirement was raised to 25,000. Approximately 60 completed fics were posted in mid-2017, most of which were Larry. The author sign ups for this went live on October 18, 2016.
  • Round Six: Signups for Round Six were advertised in late 2017 for posting in April 2018. As of May 17, 2018, no updates have been posted through any official channels since January 2018. It appears to be the end of this set of One Direction Big Bangs.
At this point there were two One Direction Big Bangs going at the same time. The creators of the new Big Bang (@OneDirectionBigBang on tumblr) said that
"This Big Bang was created because the original Big Bang creators (and a lot of its participants) said that Larries weren’t welcome and were quite insulting towards that section of the fandom. In this Big Bang, nobody’s left behind. The only premise is to be respectful."
One Direction Big Bang
When asked about who said insulting things towards Larries the newer blog responded:
"The mods of the other project replied to a question about Larries in a very unfortunate way, but the remarks made in tags/reblogs of that post were what drove us to create this project, because there was clear animosity there.

You can try to find those comments in the original post, but we won’t be responding to any more questions about this because we’re not in favour of a witch hunt or creating more rifts. As far as we’re concerned, it’s all finished. We’re doing this project; they’re doing theirs.

Thank you for your interest, though! xx
One Direction Big Bang

The newer Big Bang's tumblr's first post was on October 31, 2017. This Big Bang is still going and is only on tumblr and ao3. The minimum number of words was 25,000. It was first moderated by LadyLondonderry and beccasafan. In Round Four Lululawrence joined the team.

  • Round One: The challenge post for this was posted November 3, 2017. On April 11, 2018 the fics started posting. There were 25 fics posted in Round 1 and all of them included Larry Stylinson even though some also included Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles in other pairings as well. The last chance to post a fic was June 2, 2018.
  • Round Two: The sign ups for Round Two opened on October 1, 2018. @1dbigbang was no longer active at this point. On April 12, 2019 the fics for Round Two started posting. There were 43 posts and over 3/4 had Larry Stylinson as a ship.
  • Round Three: The sign ups for Round Three opened on October 1, 2019. The fics began posting on April 12, 2020. 48 works were submitted and all but one had Larry Stylinson listed as a relationship.
  • Round Four: The Round Four sign ups opened on October 3, 2020. The fics will start posting on April 12, 2021.


  1. ^ 1d-bigbang, Round Four Rules