We’ve gotten a lot of great questions the last few weeks, and wanted to share a few that may have occurred to you, too.
Q. The rules say essays should be submitted as a text document. Does that mean a .txt file?
A. We’ll take .txt, .doc, .rtf . . . pretty much, if we can open it with Word, we’ll accept it.
Q. What do you mean when you say “alternate way to contact” me?
A. Phone number, mailing address, another email–basically, if we can’t get in touch with you using the email you sent your entry from, we don’t want to have to give up.
Q. Can I co-write an essay with someone else?
A. Absolutely! Just make sure you include contact information for both of you in your submission.
Q. I know the essay is supposed to be on Dollhouse, but can I talk about other Joss Whedon shows, too?
A. Yes. As long as the main focus is clearly on Dollhouse, you should be fine.
Q. The word limit is 3000 to 4000 words. Do footnotes count?
A. Officially, no. So if your footnotes take you a few hundred words over the 4000-word mark, don’t worry about. We just ask that you don’t use them to sneak in an extra 1000 words you really wanted to have in the main text. (We’ll notice.)
Do you have any questions not answered here or in the official rules? Shoot us an email and ask!