Here is the schedule I'm planning on:
Sign-ups: April 24-May 1
Assignments sent out: May 3 (or earlier)
Assignments due: June 14
Assignments revealed: June 21
Creators revealed: June 28
There is some flexibility on these dates, so if you know you want to participate but would need, for instance, sign-ups to last a little longer, please let me know and I'll see if I can make adjustments. It's a little earlier this year in order to avoid overlapping with The Harbors of the Sun
coming out on July 4.
I'm going to try including the option of fanart this year, as well as fanfic. Art should be a completed piece of traditional media or digitally-created artwork created 'from scratch' - that is, not icons or manips. Fic should be a completed piece of at least 1000 words.
Requests will be a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 requests, each one including from 1 to 5 characters. While it is possible to duplicate characters from request to request, I do ask, just for the sake of matching, that you not include the same character(s) in every request. So for instance, it would be possible to request Moon and Stone, Moon and Jade, Moon and Chime, and Moon by himself, but I'd ask that you also try to come up with a request that doesn't include Moon, just in order to try and ensure people can be matched more easily.
Offers will be a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 offers, each including from 1 to 5 characters. Same rules apply as with requests - while it's permitted to duplicate characters, please try to vary it somewhat to allow for a wider range of matches!
The tag set from last year is visible here
, which I think includes all the characters from the series. They don't show up in alphabetical order, unfortunately, so someone may appear to be missing but may actually be down at the end of the list. If you notice someone I've left out that you would be interested in requesting/offering, please let me know and I can add them. In a few cases when the character's name is not currently known, I've entered them using a descriptor and which book they appeared it, such as "Trading Post Sealing (The Edge of Worlds)". If you're unclear on who an unnamed character is meant to be, or you would like to add another unnamed character I haven't included, please let me know.
There will also be, as last year, the option of requests/offers that do not include any of the books' characters, such as for world-building stories/art, works set in another time period than those we've seen in the books, excerpts from the writings of Three Worlds scholars, and so on. This will be done by requesting or offering 'Original Character(s)'.
It will also be possible to combine original character(s) with canonical characters, as each request will be able to include between 1-5 characters. So it would be possible, for instance, to make a request for Stone and Original Character(s), if you were interested in something about Stone exploring a different part of the Three Worlds.
No other tags (relationships, additional tags, ratings, etc) are going to be required. All that is guaranteed is that you and your recipient will match on one request of 1-5 characters, and on chosen media (fanart or fanfic). Optional details can be provided to assist your author/artist, but authors/artists do not need to follow provided prompts - however, they will be expected to abide by any stated squicks, triggers, and Do Not Wants.
If you have any comments or questions, you can leave a comment here, or contact me at raksuramod at gmail dot com. Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested, as well!