Hey everyone! We hope the writing is going well. We're trying to get a head of this for everyone. Give you enough notice to get any extra words out you need. Rough drafts are due on the 22nd. That is in roughly five
days! (We are actually early this year!!) So here's all the info about how to submit them. This is only required for the author track; since they're not being paired with an accompanying fanworker, tandem track and solo track participants don't have to submit a rough draft.
We are looking for rough drafts, so it is okay if they are very rough at this point. We're just checking for length and completion. Your story does not have to be completely finished, but you must have at least 80% of it done. This means that we will not be accepting any drafts under 8,000 words. However, if your story is going to end up around 20,000 words long, 80% would be 16,000 words.
If you are submitting an incomplete draft, please be aware that it needs to have all of the scenes at least outlined, including the ending, so we know that you are truly close to finished.
Anyone who submits a rough draft and does not end up finishing and posting their story on time will be banned from participation next year. There is no penalty for dropping out before you submit a rough draft, but once it is submitted you will be paired with an artist and it is not fair to them for you to drop out. In other words, make sure that you can actually be finished by the posting date before you submit.
If you're worried that you won't be finished in time, or don't have 80% but think you could be done writing by the time posting rolls around, you can switch to the solo track with no penalty. Let us know if that's what you want to do. Doing the solo track means you won't get paired with an artist, but you will be able to include your fic in our AO3 collection if you so choose. Solo fics still need to meet the minimum length requirement and still need to be beta read.
How to submit:
♠ Email your fic to firstname.lastname@example.org
♠ Your subject line should say ROUGH DRAFT and include the username you signed up with
♠ We can accept the following file types: .doc, .docx, .pdf, or gdoc. Make sure that your gdoc is shared with email@example.com so that we can see it. (Share the doc with at least commenting capabilities
; we need to be able to view the word count. If you submit it as view-only we will not be able to accept it
.) If you can't use these file types contact us on our Page-A-Mod post
or via email or on our Discord and we will see what we can do. Don't just send us a different file type without contacting us first.
♠ In the body of the email you need to copy and paste the information below, keeping the html
♠ Take time with your summary, because this is what the artists will use to make their claims. Make sure you give enough information for potential artists to make decisions, but don't write so much that it's overwhelming. Check out this post
for helpful summary writing tips.
♠ Make sure to be clear and thorough about trigger warnings so that artists will know what they are signing up for. You must put any and all warnings in this version of your summary, even if you choose to use an "author chooses not to warn" label later. We don't want anyone to be unhappy with the match, so please warn for noncon, dubcon, excessive or graphic violence, underage sex, incest, character death, or anything else that might be potentially problematic for a reader. Do not warn for slash, femslash, or het.
Once we receive your submission, we will send you a confirmation email. If you don't get a confirmation email from us within 24 hours, contact us on our Page-A-Mod post
or via email or on our Discord. If you have any other questions, please direct those there as well.The deadline to submit is 11:59 PM EST on 22 September.