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MtYG reveal!

(Sorry, I forgot to do this before I went to bed last night!)

Make the Yuletide Gay 2014 Santas' names have now been revealed!

pensnest and I would like to say a great big sparkly thank you to all the Santas, to the beta-readers, to our awesome pinch-hitters and to everyone who sent feedback for the stories. Hopefully we'll see you all back again later in the year for Make the Yuletide Gay 2015.

MtYG access issues & feedback

(Whoops! Apparently I managed to post this in my own LJ instead of here. Fail, mod, fail!)

Apparently people have been having intermittent trouble getting the MtYG site to respond. I'm really sorry for the issues. We've been away from home but we're back now, and the Head Tech Elf has restarted the MtYG software.

We're not 100% sure of the origin of the problem, but things seem to be working right now. If anyone has a problem with the site dropping out again, then please email santa@maketheyuletidegay.org and we'll get onto it ASAP and try to make sure it's fixed for good.

And, as a quick reminder, there are just a couple of days left to send feedback before the Santa names are revealed. Feedback is always much loved, and happy Santas this year means more stories to read next year. Please sign up to donate just £2 a month to help save the endangered popslash Santas feedback a Santa today!

Guess the Author!

In accordance with tradition, we have a chance to guess who wrote which story. Whether you guess according to the content of the story or the format of the section breaks (!), now's your chance!

Guess away!

ETA: I am well impressed by the quality of this year's guesses!

I win!

I got the best story HANDS DOWN. I got the winner. Seriously. It's so awesome. There is Lance (in a suit!) and JC (with glitter!) and Chris (as the office best friend!) and Justin (as the snotty mamma's boy) and I'm sure Joey, but I don't remember at this second, because Bassez!

*throws glitter*

Make the Yuletide Gay 2014 is live!

MtYGay 2014 stories are live!

Thank you to everyone who signed up this year and worked hard to deliver stories for their recipients. Without Santas, there is no SeSa. Once again no one dropped out this year, but we'd still like to thank our awesome pinch-hitters for volunteering. Without you, MtYG would be a far more nervous experience! And thank you to everyone else -- beta-readers, cheerleaders and senders of feedback -- who all do their bit to help us Make the Yuletide Gay.

Remember that even if you aren't a Santa you can still sign up for a reader account, allowing you to send feedback during the anonymous phase. Details can be found in the previous post.

If you spot any problems with the story you posted or received, please contact us ASAP and we'll do our best to fix it.

MtYG - Reader Accounts etc

The Make the Yuletide Gay 2014 will be going live very, very soon! Before it does, here is the annual overview of the feedback system and other general reminders.

Recs, reviews and author guesses

We very much encourage people to share their recs, comments and discussions about the stories via this community. You can either post directly here, or link to posts in your own journal, blog, rec site, etc. If you post here, please cut-tag for spoilers, and don't post flames or extremely negative comments. Thank you!

Author guessing is always encouraged! But please, would authors and betas be careful not to give writer identities away before the reveal.

Reader Accounts

Reader accounts allow anyone who didn't take part in the challenge as a writer to give the gift of feedback while the writers are still anonymous. (Challenge authors can send feedback by logging in with their usual name and password -- there's no need to sign up for a second account.)

Once the stories are live, anyone can get a reader account by going to the Make the Yuletide Gay site and following the link on the front page. There's also a link on each story page.

Please note: in order to use the feedback system, you must provide a valid e-mail address, to allow the authors to reply to feedback after the reveal. Until you have validated your e-mail address by clicking on the link in the sign-up confirmation mail, you will not be able to log in and send feedback.

If you had a reader account last year, or were previously signed up as a Santa, you'll be able to use that account again. You'll need to go through the sign-up process again (using the same username and password), and click on the confirmation link in the sign-up mail to reactivate the account.


Reveal will once again be on the 6th of January.

MtYG: Pinch-hit sign-ups

For those of you who are new to SeSas, pinch-hitters are the back-up writers who step in when, for whatever reason, a Santa can't fulfil their assignment. They're the fabulous folks who help us ensure that everyone who takes part in MtYG receives a story.

Unlike regular MtYG authors, pitch-hitting authors will be able to see the request (and pairing) before they commit to writing it.

You don't need to be participating in the current challenge to be a pitch-hit author, but some experience writing popslash is required. You will also need to have some free time around December 18-23, as that's when we anticipate the most need for your help.

If you're already a Santa this year and would also like to volunteer to be a back-up author, please elfmail us to let us know. Please include the pairings you are willing to write (so we can get a rough idea if we've got reasonable coverage).

If you aren't signed up for MtYG this year, but still want to be a pinch-hitter, you can e-mail us at at santa@maketheyuletidegay.org. If you signed up to MtYG in previous years, we can reactivate your old account. If you didn't sign up in 2007-2013, we will need to create an account for you, so please also include the following:

A password that you don't mind the Admins knowing (please do not use your LJ/DW password or other valuable password.)

Thank you!

MTYG: Submissions Open!

Submissions for Make the Yuletide Gay are now open! Santas can submit a story by going to the main page and following the Submit Your Story link.

There are full instructions on the page, but if anyone has a problem, please get in touch with us via Elfmail. The opening of submissions also means that Dear Santa letters can no longer be created or edited.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm PST December 20th. Good luck to all the Santas out there!

MtYG assingments are out!

After a bit of a delay, the MtYG 2014 assignment mails have finally gone out. Good luck, Santas, and I hope the spirits of SeSa have smiled kindly on you!

If you don't get the mail, or there's a problem with your assignment, please get in touch with the mods via Elfmail ASAP.

MtYG sign-up closes Friday

There are only 57 shopping days until Christmas THREE days until the close of sign-ups for MtYG 2014. Don't leave it to the last minute, sign up in a panic, and discover too late that you've mis-clicked and your Letterboys request is now AJ/Joey.

Sign-ups this way!.