A player wishing to take part in the contest, will send a private message via Digital Spy to the original poster of the current contest thread, within the allotted sign-up time.
A host can generally choose whether players will receive countries randomly, via picks or other means.
Random: The player receives countries randomly from the host. Usually a player will receive one considered 'good' and one considered 'bad' country.
Picks: The player can list in order of preference which countries the player would like when signing up to the contest. The player will at least be given a country on their list, along with a random 'bad' country.
The artist must be from your country (unless it is a microstate - rules apply), or have a connection through parents or grandparents; any other connections will not be accepted. If the eligibility is questioned by the host, they may require proof of eligibility.