Hi, everyone, we have a few important updates for you concerning this year's fest.
A few weeks ago, we announced that we would start sign-ups on September 15th to narrow the gift creating window, which would encourage shorter fics and create a low pressure exchange for the holidays. However, based on some participant feedback and our own vision for the fest, we've reconsidered the idea and have decided against it. Last year, we had so many wonderful long fics, and we would love to have more of them this year too. We do not want to put limits on what our authors are inspired to create, nor do we want to unnecessarily limit the time they have to create it.
For this reason, we are bumping our sign-ups up to September 1st at 12:01 AM EST. They will run through September 7th at 12:01 AM EST, or until we reach 75 sign-ups. Artists and authors will sign up on the same post this year. Assignments will go out within 2 weeks, but hopefully sooner.
Those who participated last year and turned in their gift promptly (no more than one week past the deadline, with appropriate communication with the mods) will receive an extra week to complete their assignments, putting their deadline at November 22nd. For new participants or those who required more than one week past the deadline to complete their assignment, the deadline will be November 15th. We will inform you of your personal deadline in your assignment email, but if you need to know ahead of time you may inquire via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be the participant's responsibility to know their personal deadline once it has been given to them.
Additionally, we would like to remind everyone that hp_yule_balls is a higher-ratings fest, accepting only gifts rated R or NC-17 for sexual content. We do not have the word smut in our name, but we have had the rating requirement in our rules since day one. We ask that you keep this in mind before signing up and while you are creating your gift.
In the next few days, we will put up a post with the updated sign-up template and instructions for signing up. The sign-up post itself will go up on September 1st at 12:01AM EST.
That you all so much for your feedback and dedication to this fest. We have seen and received so many comments from those that are looking forward to this year's exchange, and we are really excited as well. We hope to see some of you on September 1st!
-trubbleclef and tailoredshirt (formerly midnightblue88)