|Date(s):||2017 - present|
|Runs:||January - March|
|Type:||"OR" matching: character and worldbuilding tags;|
fanfiction, fanart, and in-universe meta
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The Worldbuilding Exchange is for worldbuilding-focused fanworks (both fic and art). It first ran in 2017, with matching done through AO3, where the collection is archived. The exchange runs from January–March.
For main gifts, participants were expected to create one fanwork, which could be any of the following (depending on the requests they matched to): a story at least 1000 words long; a finished piece of art with a total size of 400K+ pixels; or at least 1000 words of in-universe meta (e.g. "fictional encyclopedia entries, newspaper articles, propaganda pamphlets, textbooks, etc. etc.").
For the purposes of this exchange, "worldbuilding" will be defined as any exploration of how a fictional world works beyond the information presented in canon. This includes (but is not limited to) more detailed extrapolation of information presented in canon, filling in gaps in the canon backstory, attempts to reconcile apparent contradictions in canon information, exploring the perspectives on canon events of characters implied to exist but not considered within the canon, etc. — from "Exchange Information, Rules, Guidelines, etc.", posted Jan. 17th, 2017
In addition to nominating characters for each fandom, people were required to nominate "worldbuilding tags". (Because of the limitations of the AO3 matching algorithm, these were nominated in the Relationship field; as a result, pairing nominations were not possible.) For their assignments, participants were then matched on one or more character tag and one or more worldbuilding tag (i.e. "OR" matching).
Treats are encouraged, and may be added to the AO3 collection any time up until creators are revealed. Creators do not have to be signed up for the exchange to give treats.
In the 2017 exchange, a total of 75 works were created, covering 48 fandoms.
In the 2018 exchange, 72 works were created, covering 56 fandoms.
In the 2019 exchange, 88 works were created, covering 60 fandoms.
The Worldbuilding Exchange will return in January 2020.