Thank you for your prompt response, It00. But it doesn't really answer my question. I know the entry doesn't need to complete. But if one intends to complete it (which I do, and which the 2 winners MUST), does it have to be novel length?
Wikipedia says this about the lengths of novels: But while the length of a novel is to a large extent up to its writer, lengths may also vary by subgenre; many chapter books for children start at a length of about 16,000 words, and a typical mystery novel might be in the 60,000 to 80,000 word range while a thriller could be well over 100,000 words.
There is a huge gap between 5,000 words and 16,000 (the minimum listed by Wikipedia). Just wondering what the intended length range of the story is supposed to be.