Okay, I gave it an extra week, hoping someone would email me to say "Whoops, I forgot - here's the story", but no joy. In fact, only daimeryan_rei
let me know anything - and thank you a million times over for that, Dirj. (Dirj, you can quit reading here; I already said most of this to you in email.)
I've been thinking this over, and to put it both frankly and bluntly, screw it. The contest will not be held this year or in coming years, at least not by me.
Last year, I got three entries that weren't from judges. Three out of the twenty who said they were going to write, not the best odds, something like 15% of the potential. First year, I said to myself, not everyone's going to know about it.
Now, I'm wondering if I only got that many because I nagged all year. This year I decided to try a more low-key approach, with few reminders, etc., and tada, no entries. Now, Daimeryan Rei was kind enough to keep me informed of her progress, and while her fic was finished in time, the beta-ing was not.
I heard nothing from anyone else to know if they still even remembered
the challenge was ongoing.
So, again, screw this. It can be someone else's headache.
All that being said, though, if your fic is finished or nearly finished, I'll host it on the challenge page as a non-competing fic - or if I like it enough, on my own personal site. Just let me know in comment. If you're interested in taking this over for next year, leave it in comment.
So, that's about it. Later.