This week, ICANN announced the release of a series of draft papers that serve as explanatory memoranda for the not yet released Applicant Handbook.
These four papers are:
An additional paper covering Cost Considerations of the New gTLDs Program will be published with the Draft Applicant Guidebook before ICANN’s next international meeting in Cairo on November 2 2008.
According to the ICANN website a 45-day comment period covering the papers and the Applicant Guidebook will begin on October 24th 2008.
You can find more information on the ICANN site.