Can you believe it has been a year since our last Ultimate Slash Madness tournament? Last year’s event brought in over 9 million votes plus more than 25,000+ user comments, countless tweets and an avalanche of #slashmadness Tumblr postings.
We launched this annual tournament back in 2012 to celebrate fandom’s most popular fantasy m/m couples. Since then, for better or for worse, references to “slash”, “shipping”, “OTP”, “fandom” and the like have busted out of Tumblr and other online fan hangouts and now are common references in mainstream media and embedded in popular culture. Actors and TV showrunners comment on it, tweet about it, cheer it on… and in some cases probably wish it would simmer down. (It’s true, all that fan fervor for certain non-canon pairings might get a little frustrating for actors and writers if that’s all that anyone wants to ask them about.)
Still, the heart wants what it wants. And fandom wants slash! Hence our 3rd annual Ultimate Slash Madness Tournament.
Last year, the non-canon slash pairing Destiel (a.k.a. Supernatural’s Dean and Castiel) beat out Sterek (a.k.a. Teen Wolf‘s Derek and Stiles) as fandom’s favorite slash couple. Will they pull off a repeat for 2013– or will an entirely new slash pairing move up the ranks to claim the Ultimate Slash Madness crown?
Before we kick things off with the actual voting we thought we’d throw it out to all you slash fans out there: which current and all-time great slash couples should be included in this year’s poll?
Who is your favorite OTP (“One True Pairing”) this year? You can let us know in the comments below, or if you want to get fancy and include fanart to lobby for your favorites. you can always submit that stuff to TheBacklot Tumblr.
Or you can post your nominees directly on Twitter or Tumblr! Just be sure and include #slashmadness as a tag and, if you can, include a link back to this page….
Get creative on behalf of your OTP with fanart, animated gifs, screencaps, whatever– because we’ll count reblogs, retweets, etc. in deciding which pairings make it into the actual tournament.
We’ve even got a banner for you to include if you’d like…
We’re really looking forward to seeing what people come up with on social media in support of their favorite slash couples this year, and we’ll be highlighting some of the most creative postings in the coming weeks.
We will announce the 32 popular slash pairings competing in the tourney and start the first round of voting by Monday July 21.
Please note, we define “slash couple” here narrowly to mean only non-canon male couples. We’re looking for fantasy male couples that exist only in subtext and the alternate universe of slash fanfic and fanart. Like Sterek, Stanno, Destiel, Merthur, Kirk/Spock, etc. That means that real people like those One Direction guys or actual textual gay couples, like Klaine or Modern Family’s Cam & Mitchell would not be included in this tournament. Finally, we’re leaving popular femslash couples (Glee‘s Faberry, Rizzoli & Isles, etc.) to our sisters over at AfterEllen.