There are a lot of small changes and we encourage you to read the entire thing, top-to-bottom (several times, in fact). The Community Profile is now the complete FAQ/Rules/Schedule.
But since we know you probably won’t, here are the highlights:
1 – Addition of mini bang (7,500 words) and super big bang (20,000 minimum words) levels to the challenge. For this inaugural round of a tiered challenge, authors will sign up for a tier, but can change their minds at any time. No need to notify the mods of you scale up or down a tier.
2 – Artists signups. Artists will be able to sign up on April 1, just like authors.
3 – Clarification on Fusions. Fusions where the primary focus is of non-White Collar characters placed in the White Collar universe does not meet the requirements of the challenge.
4 – Clarification on what needs to be submitted for rough drafts and final stories. Rough drafts must be at least 75% of the minimum word count. Final stories must meet or exceed the minimum word count and be all but complete.
5 – New rules for posting very long stories. Stories that are more than 20k can be posted over a few consecutive days, and each segment must be at least 9k (except for the final post of the story).
6 – Changes to Date Selection rules. Up to four stories may be posted on the same date.
7 – Changes to Missed Posting Date rules. If an author misses the selected posting date, the author will be given the next free slot (which could be the next day). Authors will NOT be rescheduled to the end of the challenge. If the author misses the rescheduled date, the author is defaulted and banned from the next year’s challenge. Authors who are having trouble finishing their stories on time MUST contact the mods before their posting date. Mod will be happy to assist with extensions on a case-by-case basis.
8 – New rules on art claiming. Authors may claim their own stories for artwork ten (10) days after the art claims post goes live.
9 – New and expansive rules on Warnings. Read them.
Please comment with any questions.