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Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 - Reveal!

Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 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 2017.

MtYG Reveal is coming soon!

There are just two days left in which you can send feedback to the Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 Santas before their names are revealed. Please do take the time to feedback stories if you possibly can.

Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 Stories

Remember that even if you weren't a Santa this year, you can still give the gift of feedback by signing up for a reader account.

MtYG crossover stories

I just finished the MtYG crossover stories and I feel compelled to share my delight: I can't pick my favorite story because they're all more than worth an immediate read!

Okay, maybe that's a bit of a lie, because I do have an obvious favorite, and not just because it was written for me: There's Some Holiday Spirits (In Your Coffee). It's a Kevin/JC AU and simply put it's just one of those utterly brilliant stories that hits all the right notes, and then some. I'm pretty sure I told my wonderful Santa it was an impossibly perfect story. And it so is. ♥

But there's so much more popslash goodness in this category alone, there's the lovely Two Doors with a most intriguing premise, to name but one thing, and then we have Something like you, which perfectly captures the things that once made me fall in love with popslash (I'm all about the easy banter and apparent love between all these boys). But let's not forget (Not) Dying to meet you which boasts, among many other things, a rather irresistible Kevin. And while I would love to share my favorite bit from the glorious let nothing you dismay, I definitely don't want to spoil the surprise. But I have a feeling most of you will know it when you read it. Last, but by no means least, is the epic A Fairy Tale of Two Cities, not something I'd normally read, and now I feel as though my life would not have been complete had I not read it. And if that doesn't make you go and read it, like, right now, I don't know what will.

In short, if you don't know where to start your reading this year: the crossover stories come highly recommended.

Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 is live!

Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 stories are now live!

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up and worked hard to deliver stories for their recipients. Without Santas, there can be no SeSa. While no one, eventually, dropped out this year, we'd still like to give enormous thanks to the pinch-hitters for volunteering. You guys are the safety net that make MtYG possible. And thanks to everyone else, too, the 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 in the comm.

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.

Happy holidays from all of us to all of you, and enjoy the stories!

MtYG - Reader Accounts etc

The Make the Yuletide Gay 2016 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 hitters

Hello all!

We find ourselves very short of potential pinch-hitters this year. If you think that you might have some time available between now and the 24th to help us ensure there will be gifts for all under the metaphorical tree, we would be enormously grateful.

If you're already signed up for MtYG this year, please volunteer via Elfmail. If you aren't signed up, please send an email to santa@maketheyuletidegay.org instead.

Thank you!

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 2007-2015, 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 are now open for Make the Yuletide Gay 2016. You can submit your story by going to the MtYG site and clicking the submissions link on the front page. Please make sure you read the instructions carefully, especially the parts about HTML tags, which are the most common reason for failed submissions.

If you have any trouble submitting, please contact us via Elfmail.

Remember that stories must be submitted by 11:59pm PST December 20th. If you think that you won't be able to make the deadline, please contact the admins as soon as possible.

Good luck, Santas!

Make the Yuletide Gay assignments out!

MtYG assignments have gone out! If you haven't received your assignment, or there's a problem with it, please get in touch with the admins via Elfmail as soon as possible.

MtYG assignments

Apologies for the delay, everyone! Assignments will go out tomorrow (2nd November).

Until then, signups are still open for anyone making a last minute decision.