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Bingos, Extras, Scoring and Prizes

Fills must be a minimum of 5000 words unless otherwise specified. The word requirements and scoring are the same for fic and podfic. Points *for bingos* are awarded based on word count, 100 points per 5000 words, rounded down. For example, a 14880 word fic would receive 200 points. Extras receive 10 points more for each additional prompt - for example, a postage stamp would receive 130 points per 5000 words. In addition, each additional prompt increases the minimum word count by 1000 words. A postage stamp must be 8000 words long, minimum.

If you have any suggestions - don't like the way scoring is set up, want to add more possible extras, or are able to help me with prizes, you can comment to this post, pm me, or email longficbingomod@gmail.com .

*New extras have been added as of January 19th*

How to make a bingo:
Straight line, 5 fills for 5 prompts, worth 500 points.

A straight line can be horizontal:


or diagonal, from one corner to another:

Blackout, 25 different fills for all 25 squares, worth 2500 points:

These are the only types of bingos awarded in this challenge. Due to the emphasis on longer fic, there is also an emphasis on creatively combining multiple prompts. Therefore, the variety of bingos available has been reduced and the variety of possible extras has been expanded. You are not required to complete a bingo before completing extras.


Diagonal pair - any 2 prompts which are joined diagonally, combined into one fill. Minimum of 6000 words, 110 points per 5000 words.

Mirror image pair - any 2 prompts which are opposite on the card, ie. if the card was folded in half vertically or horizontally, those two squares would touch, combined into one fill. Minimum of 6000 words, 110 points per 5000 words.

Single corner - Any 3 prompts in the corner of the card, combined into one fill. Minimum of 7000 words, 120 points per 5000 words.

Diagonal Triad - Any 3 prompts joined by their corners, combined into one fill. Minimum of 7000 words, 120 points per 5000 words.
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Postage stamp - 4 prompts in a 2x2 square, combined into one fill. Minimum of 8000 words, 130 points per 5000 words.

L shape - Any 4 prompts in an L-shape of any orientation. Minimum of 8000 words, 130 points per 5000 words.

Blanket - 9 prompts in a 3x3 square, combined into one fill. Minimum of 13000 words, 180 points per 5000 words.

Single line, whether vertical, horizontal, or diagonal from one corner to another - 5 prompts combined into one fill. Minimum of 9000 words, 140 points per 5000 words.

Four corners + Wild Card - 5 prompts combined into one fill. Minimum of 9000 words, 140 points per 5000 words.

Snake - 5 prompts which may form any shape, provided they are connected along one full edge, not by corners only. Minimum of 9000 words, 140 points per 5000 words.

Parallel lines - any two parallel lines, where each pair of opposite prompts is combined into a fill. 10 prompts, 5 fills. The shared wordcount of the five fills should be at least 14000 words. Individual fills may be less than 5000 words, provided they reach 14000 words in combination. 190 points per 5000 words.

Ring - the 8 prompts surrounding the Wild Card combined into one fill. Minimum of 12000 words, 170 points per 5000 words.

Border - the 16 prompts around the edge of the card, combined into one fill. Minimum of 20000 words, 250 points per 5000 words.

25 in 1 - all 25 prompts combined into one fill. Minimum of 29000 words, 340 points per 5000 words.

This is the part where I beg for help.

The challenge is not bound by a deadline. Writers are free to take as long as they wish to create their fills. You may post your fills to the challenge at any time, provided you follow the instructions for How to Post

Everyone who accumulates 2500 points will be eligible for a prize, provided that this community is in a position to offer prizes. Reaching this number of points represents a significant effort and I would love to be able to award prizes to those who manage it.

If you are willing to volunteer to create prizes for this challenge, please pm me or send an email to longficbingomod@gmail.com . Prizes may be anything - art, banners, icons, podfic, fanmixes, other things I haven't thought of. Banners and icons for this community would also be gratefully appreciated. The current banner was made in paint, and it shows.

I have also been tossing around an idea where players could create prizes which would fill a prompt(s) on their card and would receive double points for these fills. Podficcers could nominate the prompt(s) they wished to fill on their card and the prizewinner could select any of their own fics which they would like podficced, as long as it contained one of the needed prompts. Ficwriters could likewise nominate a minimum of 10 prompts or prompt combinations from their card, and the prizewinner would select one and create a more detailed prompt. Prizemakers would have one month to write a ficlet based on the prompt. Minimum word length in both cases would be 2500 words - a 2500 word fill would be worth 100 points, a 5000 word fill would be worth 200, and so forth. I would very much like to know if people interested in this challenge think this is a good idea.


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Jan. 14th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Since the emphasis in this game is on the extras, I'd like to propose a couple strange ones:

1. snake - any five squares that are all touching somehow. (or, any three, four, or five squares that are all touching somehow)

2. L - four squares in an L shape of any orientation

3. large corner - combo of the three prompts from any one corner of the card.
Jan. 14th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I love these! I think the challenge could really use a wide variety of extras, I will add them.
Jan. 14th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The extras are the part I'm really looking forward to, so having lots of different ways of combining prompts really appeals to me.
Jan. 16th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
How do extras interact with your bingo, if at all?

Assume the boxes are labeled horizontally as A-E and vertically as 1-5. I fill A1 and B2 in a diagonal pair.

How does this fill interact with my horizontal, vertical, and diagonal bingos?

I don't think either way will really make or break the challenge, it's just not super clear to me. Thanks! :D
Jan. 16th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
They don't, really. Say your extra combines A1 and B2, if you then wanted to do a bingo for the line A1 B2 C3 D4 E5, all five of the squares would need a new fill, including A1 and B2.
Jan. 16th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks again! I'm just trying to plot out what I will write for which prompts and this is super useful.
Mar. 5th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
If you fill several separate prompts and get to 500 points, can you still get a new card even if the prompts don't make a bingo, or can you only get points from a bingo or extras?
Mar. 5th, 2013 10:47 am (UTC)
The fills would have to be posted to the community, so they'd need to be a bingo or extras.
Mar. 16th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
...I keep asking questions. I'm sorry. So, for the mirror image extra, I'm thinking of writing a fic that has mirror images on the far left of my card, as in the left edge, with the second square up and the second square down being the prompts that are filled (so they would have one square separating them).

I'm fairly sure that if I folded the card in half, the two would touch, but I'd have to fold the square between them in half too, since there's an odd number of squares going diagonally. I'm fairly sure that even if they aren't on opposite corners, they still count as opposite ends of the card, but I'm terrible at spatial stuff, so...

Did this make any sense? If it didn't, I'm really sorry.
Mar. 16th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Ask as many questions as you like! You're probably not the only one who wants to know, and it will be useful if I someday stop being such a lazybum and put a FAQ post together.

If I've understood your question right, you're planning an extra which would look like this:

 photo mirrorimage1_zps956d1b3e.png

which would be fine. As you say, the card has an uneven number of squares, so that middle row is sort of the dividing line. Hope that makes sense, it is a bit confusing and I'm not sure I've explained it well.

Let me know if I'm on the wrong track here:)
Mar. 16th, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! You got it exactly right, and you explained it perfectly.
Mar. 3rd, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
Two quick questions.

(1) With the extras, can you use the wild card square with the diagonal and triad extras?

That is, if I wanted to do a diagonal extra with the wild card and the square down/directly to the left would that be okay or is the wild card excluded from some of the extra options?

I ask because using it with the diagonal extra would essentially be a prompt + whatever you want, which isn't really different than writing a prompt period. Though I hope that is allowed because I'm having what feels like a ridiculous amount of trouble figuring out what to do with my card.

(2) In my prior experience with fic bingo, the wild card prompt had to come from the master prompt/kink list. Is that the case with longfic-bingo?
Mar. 4th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
1. Yes, the wild card can be used to complete any extra. It probably is a bit easier that way, but I figure it's good if, like you said, you're a bit stuck for other options.

2. Yup, the wild card prompt should be something else off the list.
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