A minimum word count of 15,000 words.
We're not going to be martinets about this. If you're only at 13,000 words, but it's clear you're well on the way to finishing, that works for us. But if you're only at 1,000 words, we have a problem. Talk to us. We don’t bite... hard.
A reasonably complete outline of any unfinished scenes
The outline can be as complete (massively detailed descriptions of every remaining incident in the story) or as brief ("insert sex scene here") as you like.
A reasonable confidence that you will be able to finish the whole story (20,000 word minimum) by the September 23rd deadline
This last bit is the most important. Since it gets handed to an artist at this point, we'd like for the artist not to work on something that isn't going to get done.
A short paragraph length summary/blurb that can be posted publicly on the comm for the artists to claim from. This should give a good flavour of the story, but doesn't have to give everything away. You can see what people posted last year here at last years artist's claiming post.
Finally in a couple of days we will be putting up a post detailing how to send us your rough draft and summary so please look out for that.
And as always if there is anything you need to know just ask.