The Small Fandom Big Bang Challenge

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Name: The Small Fandom Big Bang Challenge (originally The Yo-Yo)
Date(s): 2008–2009
Founder: jane_elliot, meishali, later modded by gryvon
Type: Big Bang
Fandom: Multifandom
Associated Community: The Yo-Yo, smallfandom
URL: (defunct, archive link)
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The Small Fandom Big Bang Challenge began in April 2008 with a planned pair of rounds, the first requiring 10,000 word minimum stories and the second requiring 30,000 words.

Round One

The fandoms and pairings were set by the challenge organizers before signups and consisted of:

-Temperance 'Bones' Brennan/Seeley Booth
-Angela Montenegro/Temperance 'Bones' Brennan

Die Hard 4 (Live Free or Die Hard)''
-Matt Farrell/Lucy McClane
-Matt Farrell/John McClane

-Burton 'Gus' Guster/Juliet O'Hara
-Shawn Spencer/Carlton Lassiter

Samurai Champloo

Vorkosigan Universe
-Cordelia Naismith/Aral Vorkosigan

-Miles Vorkosigan/Gregor Vorbarra [1]

The first round had no eligibility requirements, but did require finished stories to be have two betas. Unlike many big bangs, the first round did not have an collaborative fanart component. There were frequent posts in the community for author check-ins, finding beta readers, fact checking and for cheerleading and encouragement. The stories were housed on a website and posted on July 7, 2008.

There were eight stories completed in the first round.[2]

Round Two

The second round began taking signups on July 13, 2008 for 30,000 word minimum stories in any small fandom. Small fandom was defined as, "any fandom with 1,000 stories in any given archive and/or with less than 10 stories over 20,000 words. Any fandom that has hosted its own big bang challenge is automatically disqualified from this challenge." [3] Writers had to have completed the first round of the challenge or have posted a story over 15,000 words. These rules had changed only slightly from the original plan. The second round did not include any fanart.

The same style of check-in posts, cheerleading, fact checking posts and beta recruitment was maintained for the second round. The completed stories were uploaded to the website in late October.

In 2009, the website closed and the stories were moved to a new Livejournal community, smallfandom. The round one and two stories are combined under the 2008 challenge tag. There are 13 stories in total.

Round Three

The third round began taking signups at the new community on June 7, 2009 and with a new mod. This round had similar rules to round two, but dropped all eligibility restrictions and set a 20,000 word minimum (down from the initial 30,000 word limit after one prospective author noted that other big bangs had lower limits).[4] The challenge kept the format of requiring some author check-ins from previous rounds, but there was much less community activity than in previous years.

Stories were posted to or linked from the community, and the first story was posted on October 18, 2009. After a deadline extension for authors, four stories were posted.[5]

A similar challenge, the Small Fandom BIG BANG also began taking signups in mid 2009 at smallfandom_bb


  1. ^ Welcome to The Yo-Yo: the Small Fandom Big Bang!, accessed August 31, 2011
  2. ^ And the first round is over! So, what did you think?, accessed August 31, 2011
  3. ^ Sign Ups for Round Two are now open!, accessed August 31, 2011
  4. ^ Sign-ups Now Open, accessed August 31, 2011
  5. ^ Stories tagged 2009 challenge, accessed August 31, 2011