Because this project will be consuming a lot more time than I was committing to the writing challenges in the past, I'll be asking for donations with each submission to cover both my time and expenses. Donations will be whatever the submitter feels comfortable with donating, but similar to a kickstarter campaign, larger donations will have added benefits. However, donations will have no bearing on what stories win in the polls. Of course, authors are welcome to promote their stories and send their followers to vote in the polls.
Those added benefits I mentioned? Those who donate $25 or more with at least one story submission will receive a free, signed copy of the yearbook, even if their story didn't get voted in. Those who donate $50 or more will receive a signed copy of the yearbook and a signed, ready-to-be-framed print of their choosing from the year's collection of artworks.
An even cooler benefit of participating, if your short story is published in the yearbook, and your short story can be expanded into a full novel, the first to donate $200 can use artwork for their book cover. I'll do the title treatment and design at no added cost and prep it for print and ebook.
In other words, ambitious writers can spend their time between submissions and voting to expand that short story into a full-fledged novel.
Only real rule? No erotica or overly graphic, offensive, or violent submissions for the short story submissions. If your story expands into that later, that's totally up to you. Just not in my yearbook or on my blog post. Deal?
If you have any questions I haven't thought to address here, contact me.