A minimum word count of 10,000 words.
We're not going to be totally tyrannical about this. If you're only 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. Talk to us and let us know how you are getting on. 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 (15,000 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 wrote for the last couple of years here and here.
Lastly you don’t need a title at this point, we all know that sometimes this can be the very last thing that you write :D.
We will put up more details and reminders as we get closer to the July 1st deadline but as always if you have any questions just drop a comment to this post or one of the weekly check ins, PM one of the mod squad, or send an email to email@example.com.