For Azure Week 2022, fans on the Fanfiction.net Azure Week Forum and our Discord server have put together a list of 14 themes (seven themes with two “sides” to them) to use throughout the week to inspire fanfiction, fanart, fanmixes… or whatever! They’re inspired by the overall theme “City Living.”
How to Participate in Azure Week 2022
If you’re interested in participating, all you have to do is tag your work (wherever you post it: Archive of Our Own, Fanfiction.net, Tumblr, DeviantART, Reddit etc.) with #AzureWeek2022. If your platform of choice supports spaces in tags/keywords, then you may find it’s already there, formatted as #Azure Week 2022. No way to tag? Please make sure to reach out to me (I’m @Azurite on most sites; on deviantART I’m @the-sweet, and on Tumblr I’m @anzu-kaiba) so I can showcase your work here on Blue Eyes & Apricots!
Random Theme Generator
You might not be able to participate for all seven days of Azure Week, or maybe you want to try and combine themes into one work. Whatever your fancy, if you’re up for a challenge, try our Random Theme Generator! It displays one of the seven themes whenever you refresh the page, along with some additional inspiration. Use the main theme and the additional inspiration/challenge for max creativity!
Azure Week 2022 Themes
The 2022 themes are:
- city lights/blackout
- summer lovin’/winter blues
- car ride/walkabout
Extra Challenges: “Duel” Duality
If you want an extra challenge, try utilizing both “sides” of one of the above themes in a single work, along with the overarching theme of “City Living.”
Extra Challenges: Bonus Themes
Azureshippers had a hard time deciding on the themes this year, so for an extra challenge, why not integrate one or more of these themes that didn’t quite make it into the Top Seven? Include one or more of these in addition to your chosen theme(s) from the Top Seven, and the overarching theme of “City Living.”
- party time/study session
- big dreams/uncertainty
- out on the town/staycation
- department store/local market
- idols/ordinary people
- silent movie/action flick
Extra Challenges: Hard Mode
Want even more of a challenge? Try one or more of these ideas:
- Do the themes in some kind of order. You can follow the order above, or you can do alphabetical order, ordered by the number of words in a theme (e.g, one word themes before two word themes). You can also choose to make a random theme of your choice go in order of the series continuity, e.g., your first theme takes place during Duelist Kingdom, your second during the Legendary Warriors/Virtual World event, etc.
- Try and create a different kind of fanwork for each theme. For example, for one theme, you can write a fanfic, while for another theme, you can illustrate a short comic. You can also write a script, create a piece of fanart, edit a fanvid, put together a fanmix, write an essay or a piece of meta…. You can even make a list of your favorite fics/art pieces/songs/sites/whatever that seem to fit the theme to you!
- Use a different point of view character, art style or medium, genre, or tropes to go alongside your creation. For example, write “city lights/blackout” as an Azureshipping fic from Isono/Roland’s perspective, or try your hand at illustrating “summer lovin’/winter blues” with acrylic paint.
Submit Your Azure Week 2022 Works Here
Fill out the below form to submit a URL to your fanwork online so we can create a Master List of submissions here on Blue Eyes and Apricots! The URL should go to where your fanwork has a permanent home, e.g., a fanfiction on Fanfiction.net or Archive of Our Own, fanart on deviantART, a post on Tumblr/Dreamwidth/Reddit, or wherever else your submission might live.
Please make sure the link you supply does not require a login or payment gateway (e.g., Patreon) to access!
If you tagged your work with #AzureWeek2022 (without the spaces) or submitted to an Azure Week-specific collection (AO3) or Community (r/azureshipping, @azureshipping on Dreamwidth, on the Discord server’s appropriate channel, or the Azure Week Forum on FFnet), you should see your work linked/embedded on the Master List after Azure Week concludes. If you don’t, please fill out the below form; it’s possible we missed something even though it was properly tagged!