(Quickie disclaimer: If this belongs elsewhere, let me know. Since I cannot edit the Subject on the OC Alliance, I thought it might be easier to start a new thread for the Challenge) Welcome one and all to the OC Dueling Circle! Here for your reading pleasure, our competitors shall compete for great honor! Here are the Rules should you wish to step into the Dueling Circle and prove yourself: 1) The only stories accepted either a)Are written using only OCs or b)Are stories featuring Canon characters, but primarily driven by OCs 2) Every competitor is to be treated with utmost respect. Flaming WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! 3) If you wish to help out, let me know! Now, here are the rules for the Challenge: 1) Approximately every other week there will be a Challenge posted in this thread, generally in the post following this one. Competitors will have one week to write a fic based upon that theme. You can write in any time period (Before/Saga/Beyond). 2) No fics/links are to be posted on this thread. Competitors are required to PM me with the link to their stories on their respective boards. Once the submission window closes, I will put up a post with that links to that Challenge's submissions for voting. (Why this rule? Hopefully to keep things running smoother and less cluttered in this thread.) **UPDATE: I am considering permitting fics to be posted here. I'll be testing this for the first couple Challenges to see if it works out. So help me out by participating!** 3) The voting period will run for about five days, during which you PM me to cast your votes. I will be keeping track of the votes received, and at the end of the voting period, I'll announce the winners. One fic from each Board will be chosen as a winner. 3b) I will participate in this Challenge, but I won't be voting with everyone else. However, if there is a tie, I'll cast the tiebreaking vote. UPDATE: To clear up any confusion, you cannot vote for your own fic. Try to find someone else's you like, rather than voting for yours. 4) What will the winners get? You will receive considerable honor...plus amongst the three of you, you will come up with a topic for the next Challenge, which I'll give you time to decide on. Once you do, PM it to me and I'll have it ready for the next Challenge. Note that failing to do this will result in me (and anyone assisting me) arbitrarily assigning a new Challenge. *Also, note that rules are subject to change as the Challenge goes on...in which case this post shall be updated accordingly.* That's it. Have fun and write ferociously! EDIT: Clarified a few things.