October's Challenge: Caryl Bingo

Come one, come all! For October, we have a challenge we hope you will all enjoy, a game we have all played at one point in our lives or another made new: Bingo. But this isn’t your average bingo game. It’s Caryl Bingo! What do you ask that is? For anyone not familiar with the game…. “A game of chance in which each player has one or more cards printed with differently numbered squares on which to place markers when the respective numbers are drawn and announced by a caller. The first player to mark a complete row or other pattern of numbers is the winner.”

However, with Caryl Bingo, the card below has fanfic tropes, phrases, and nouns printed on it. In order to get “bingo,” the writer must include all of those elements in their story. (Sorry giffers and artists. Next time!) You must include all of those elements in either a horizontal, diagonal, or vertical row. The card below is a 5x5, which means there are five elements in any direction you must include in your story. If you decide to attempt “bingo” with one of the diagonal, horizontal, or vertical rows that includes the middle “FREE” square, that means you may add an additional element all your own. YOU get to add an additional trope of your choice. Depending on which row you pick, McReedus fics are accepted. And as always, multiple entries are encouraged and most welcome!


caryl bingo card

Now for the Rules:

Challenge Dates - Submission date is October 21; Posting date is October 22.

Open to - Fan Fiction (Caryl and McReedus)

The Prompt - Caryl Bingo. Include all five in the row to get ‘bingo.’ Please remember, however, as this is a Caryl archive, the story must feature both Carol and Daryl or McReedus prominently.

The Deadline - All submissions must be turned in by midnight on October 21 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Send a PM to Sira, silversundown or the-space-between1013 on the Nine Lives site that you want to enter the challenge. Even if you're not sure you'll have anything ready in time - let us know you're planning on it. *YOU MUST DO THIS TO BE INCLUDED.*


WRITE! Stories must be at least 100 words.

Multiple entries are allowed (and so veryyyy welcome)!

Do not upload it yet!

Submission Day is Saturday, October 21st – post your fic. It will not appear on the archive, but will enter our validation queue. Make sure you submit it under the Nine Lives Challenge category! Just like in challenges past, we will be suspending automatic validation for that day for all authors who enter the challenge. (This is one of the main reasons why you need to let an admin know you'll be participating.)

Publication Day is Sunday, October 22nd – Just in time for the Season 8 premiere! In celebration of this momentous occasion, the 100th episode, the publication date will be October 22nd. We will post the master list and all of the challenges entries so everything shows up at once.

Any challenge fics posted before October 21st will be deleted. IF FOR SOME REASON you are unable to post on the 21st, please send a PM to one of the challenge mods - we will work with you.

Any questions? Post here or privately to one of the challenge mods. Happy ficcing!

-- on October 01, 2017 5:00pm 1 Comments

Hey everyone! A writer had a question that I think everyone who's participating in the Caryl Bingo challenge or is THINKING of (give us your names!) might benefit from seeing the answer. 

Question: If the author could post just chapter one of the story, and maybe only one of the elements from the card being addressed in that chapter. 

Answer: Yes. The way the writer gets 'bingo' is by addressing each element in that row within their story. Whether that's all within one chapter, because it's only one chapter, a one shot, or sprinkled throughout the story, through several chapters. Either way or any combo is fine. The key is to simply address each of those elements within the entirety/body of the work. Of course it's okay if your story isn't finished by the time Posting Day comes (Saturday, October 21st). Just get it in. I'm not the only one excited for new fic! 

- the-space-between1013 on October 18, 2017 2:58pm