-40,000 words is the munimum length for each story. There is no upper limit. Stories can be written with a partner or by a group; the minimum word count is still 40,000 words, no matter how many people are involved.
-Stories must have at least one beta reader. We recommend you have two for a story this length, but we're only requiring one. If you don't have a beta reader, check out the beta post and see if anyone there fits your needs.
-This challenge is for new stories. If your story has appeared online in its entirety, it's not eligible for five0bang. If you want to complete something you've already started, that's fine, but at least 30,000 words of it must be new material.
-Sequels are great! If you write a sequel to something you've written in the past, include a link to the original story in your author's notes, so people can read from the beginning if they haven't already.
-If you need some inspiration, check out the prompt post. Take the prompts as literally or as figuratively as you want - use part of one, use three or four, use half of one and half of another. It's entirely up to you.
-In order for your story to qualify for this challenge, you cannot post it anywhere online until the due date. On that day, you can post it wherever you'd like - Livejournal, Dreamwidth, AO3, your personal website, or anywhere else - and link to it here. Just don't put it up before the reveal. (Posting details will be given closer to that time.)
-Rough drafts are due on 4 November. A rough draft is a document with a beginning, middle, and end that meets the minimum word count; it does not have to be beta read at this point. Completed stories are due on 12 January, and the reveal will be on 14 January.
If you'd like to sign up as an author, fill out the form below. Be sure to join and friend this community - all checkins and reminders will come through here, so you'll have to watch us to stay informed.
Signups close 1 July.