Ohhhh yes, they happen. Today is no exception. Have no fear, everyone! We're extending the deadlines!
Drafts need to be in this Saturday by midnight. Artist/Mixer sign-ups close at the same time as drafts.
Claims will go up afterwards, which means that authors need to submit the following with/after their drafts:
And just to answer some FAQs about those:
Title: [This may well end up on your art, so please choose wisely!]
Author: [To help sort out who's submitted and who hasn't. If you go by an author name different from your LJ name or have changed your LJ name since you signed up, please list them all so we can find you in our contacts and check you off. This will also be the name that most likely ends up with your matching artwork.]
Series: [So your artist/mixer knows which canon they should be working with.]
Characters/Pairings: [Artists will need to know if they'll be able to do art for your fic.]
Warnings: [Artists need to know if they can handle whatever's in your fic to do art for it.]
Rating: [choose from G, PG, PG-13, M, R, NC-17] (To avoid confusion please use the MPAA rating system vs. the fanfiction rating system; FF.Net, Thrice, or otherwise.)
Current Word Count: [This should be close/exactly/over 15k WITHOUT any notes.]
Beta(s): [You're going to need one! Please see the beta post if you need help finding a beta.]
Summary: [Provide as much detail as you think you need to give your artist a good idea of what's going on in your story. Just don't be too wordy as once artists have claimed stories, you can send the artist your draft to read or the mods can send them to the artists for you.]
Complete: [To let your artists know how much more story needs to be told/filled in.]
When sending us your drafts, it will be easier if you put your username and "Rough Draft" in the email's subject line (sent to email@example.com). Don't worry if you've already sent us your draft, you're still counted. After the deadline is passed, you should receieve a confirmation email from us. Don't freak out if it takes us a while, we're checking everyone's!
What are we looking for? That you have a.) 15,000 words (or close), b.) a beginning, middle, and end (or visibly near ending). Once we're finished checking, you'll receieve an email telling you you're good to go and we'll add you to the claims list!
EXTENSIONS, DEADLINES, AND WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Rough Drafts Due Saturday, Sept. 18th by 12AM EST (timestamps will be noted)
~Accompanied summaries are due by Sunday, Sept. 19th at 12AM EST
Artist/Mixer Sign-Ups close Saturday, Sept. 18th at 12AM EST
Claims will be opened shortly after that. There will be a poll to ascertain comfortable times for everyone.
Please refer to the sign-up post and use the correct form when signing up. It makes the organizing and checking off a lot simpler. After you've signed up, request a membership to the community. If we don't receieve one by the time sign-ups close, we'll send you an invitation, so please keep an eye on your inbox afterwards.
An official volunteer post will be up in the next few days for those looking and willing to help.
The posting schedule will remain the same. However, there are some who've asked about late submissions. We will be taking them, but they'll be posted after New Years and possibly with little to no art. Why so late? Because of the holiday rush and family get-togethers everyone will need a break from writing. We'll put the submission reminder up before the hols kick in and January will be the late submission posts to ring in 2011.
The discussion of dropouts came about when the horrible realization occurred to one of the mods that pen and paper are still better for writing (they don't get viruses). In brainstorming about doing a dropout post, late submissions were born. If for some reason you'd still rather dropout than do a late submission, please let us know either on the post below this one (comments are screened) or by PM and/or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Those of you who decide on this option or late submission will NOT be banned from next year's round.