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Please read this post carefully if you are interested in pinch hitting - this is going to work differently from Yuletide!

What is Pinch Hitting?

Pinch hitting means writing a story for someone whose assigned writer has dropped out. Once you have got a pinch hit you are under the same obligations for it as if it were your main assignment.

Who can pinch hit?

Anyone - but you will need an AO3 account to upload the story (if you need an invite code, the mods can give you one). Particularly you are not require to be a participant in the original exchange.

How will it work?

When there are pinch hits to go out, each pinch hit will be emailed to the pinch hitting list. Anyone who wants it should reply to the email (to After around 24 hours after the pinch hit is sent out one of the respondents will be picked at random to be assigned this pinch hit. They will be emailed to that effect.
The delay is to allow people in all the different timezones to have a chance at pinch hits and for people to be able to think about it before claiming pinch hits.


Except for last minute pinch hits the deadline is the same as for regular assignments. Unless the pinch hit email specifies a different deadline, your story must be uploaded by then.

Rewards For Non-Participant Pinch Hitters

If you are not a participant but upload a story for a pinch hit, the mods will ask you if you want to have prompts added to the list. There are no promises that a story will be written for you.

I didn't get the pinch hit, can I write a story anyway?

Yes! The more stories the better!

How do I become a member of the Pinch Hit list?

The list is on googlegroups at:
There should be a link on the right of that page that says join this group.
There is also a rss feed of the group if you don't want to sign up (or don't have a google account) - you should still be able to see the messages and if you can't reply you can email directly to the mod address including the number of the pinch hit in the subject line of the message.

I will be sending an email out to the group soon, so that we can all see how it works.

Date: 2012-05-09 05:08 pm (UTC)
pauraque: bird flying (Default)
From: [personal profile] pauraque
After around 24 hours after the pinch hit is sent out one of the respondents will be picked at random to be assigned this pinch hit.

I like this policy a lot.

Date: 2012-05-10 03:52 am (UTC)
veleda_k: Text says "Six hours later I still hadn't written a thing, but I did win 7 out of 245 games of solitaire." (I'm "writing")
From: [personal profile] veleda_k
After around 24 hours after the pinch hit is sent out one of the respondents will be picked at random to be assigned this pinch hit.

Oh, good idea.

For pinch hitters without AO3 accounts

Date: 2012-06-13 10:32 am (UTC)
ollipop: b/w photo of woman in Navy captain's hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] ollipop
Given the AO3 slowdowns and difficulty getting invites, I would be happy to "foster" a finished work for a few weeks so that folks without an AO3 account still had the opportunity to pinch hit. Then when the invite codes are back up and working we can coauthor/transfer the work. That way if someone didn't currently have an AO3 acct, they would still have the opportunity to pinch hit.

Hopefully there are not eleven zillion pinch hitters without AO3 accounts, but I want as many good pinch hitters as possible. :)

Date: 2013-05-04 03:06 pm (UTC)
tptigger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tptigger
What's the address for the RSS feed? It's not obvious from the page site... Ah hah, it was hiding in the old groups setting.
This may be a problem for folks who A) Don't have google accounts or B) Never check their gmail. (I'd have used the group if it could be sent to an email I actually use!)
If anyone else is looking for it, the feed address is:
Edited (Sussed it! (Adding feed url)) Date: 2013-05-04 03:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-05-04 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tptigger
In your defense, there were a lot of edits :)


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