We're not going to be too doctrinaire about this. If you're at 8,000 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.
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. We just want to make sure you know where you're going with the story. And if you're a bit vague on the details of the ending, that's fine. Endings are hard, and personally, they're always the last thing I finish. Often in the wee hours before I post a story.
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.
What you don't need is a title. If you have one, groovy. If you don't, we know you'll come up with one before you post.
You'll also need to send us a 25 to 50 word 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 away all the plot twists unless you want it too. Once an artist has claimed your work, we'll be sending them the rough draft you've given us. And then you can send them new scenes as you like.
There you have it.
I hope everyone is ticking along with the writing. And for those of you who aren't, here's a neat little blog post I found this week:
The Little But Really Useful Guide to Creativity
Good luck everyone!