Fandom and character nominations for The Autistic Exchange are now open! To make nominations, click here.
Nominations will close 17 May at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time. Sign-ups for the exchange will then open at 12:00 AM (EST) on May 20th.
What is the Autistic Exchange?
The Autistic Exchange is a fanfiction gift exchange by autistic people, for autistic people. Our aim is to encourage autistic people to write stories featuring their favourite canonically autistic or headcanoned autistic characters, and to receive a story featuring a desired autistic character in return!
We’d like to see more stories featuring autistic people on AO3. We’d also like to encourage more diverse representations of autism and autistic people. We’d love to see autistic people of colour, autistic people with additional disabilities, autistic women, queer autistic people, autistic people outside the gender binary, and more!
How do nominations work?
You will need an AO3 account to nominate and participate in The Autistic Exchange. If you do not have an account, you will need to request an invitation from AO3 here. Additionally, the Autistic Exchange currently has 10 invitations it can give to participants who do not have an AO3 account.
You may nominate up to four fandoms, and five characters per fandom. If you have less than four fandoms, or less than five characters for a fandom you are nominating, that’s ok! Just leave those extra places blank. :)
When nominating characters, please keep in mind the following:
You should be planning to request or offer to write at least one character from each fandom you nominate as autistic when you sign-up. However, nominating more than one autistic character is highly encouraged! These characters may be canonically autistic, you may headcanon them as autistic, or you may simply be interested in reading or writing an interpretation of the character as autistic. :)
You may nominate characters who you perceive as allistic, if you would like to request or offer them interacting with your autistic character(s). During sign ups, you may make note in your “Dear Author” letter that you are interested in how this/these allistic character(s) interact with your autistic character(s). However, be aware that your author may write any, or even all, of the characters in your request as autistic. The more autistic characters, the merrier! That is the point of this exchange, after all! :)
At this time, we are not accepting RPF nominations. Virtually all other fandoms, big or small, and characters are open to nominations, however.
Ready to make some nominations? Awesome! Nominate here! Nominations are now open!
Want to see the challenge profile, including rules and FAQ? Ok, here’s a link just for you!
Got some questions or suggestions? No problem! Throw an ask our way.
8 May-17 May: Nominations
20 May-31 May: Sign-ups open!
2-5 June: Assignments go out
7 August: Stories due
12 August: Stories revealed
16 August: Authors revealed
If you are uninterested, or unable, to participate, a signal boost would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, and happy nominating!