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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018 2:57:54 PM

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Story Submission: A Step-by-Step Approach

Content Restrictions The first consideration for a submission to Stories Space is whether it belongs on this site. Please take note of the following before submitting:

• Stories Space doesn’t publish erotica. While we will allow a story that contains a few tastefully written sex scenes, if a story is primarily sex-focused, it isn't suitable for this site.
• Even in stories deemed appropriate for this site, any sex scene must involve consenting characters aged sixteen or older.
• Graphic, gratuitous gore is not allowed.
• Scenes where animal abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse or torture are described in detail aren't permitted. If a character witnessed or endured such acts in the past, mentioning it is okay but lengthy scenes are something we want to avoid.
• With narrow exception, stories containing racist remarks/hate speech, etc., aren't allowed.

Keep in mind the underlying principle of our submission guidelines: “If your story or poem is more likely to upset or offend rather than entertain, please refrain from submitting it to this site.”


Category There may be a certain amount of overlap in category selection. If a submission fits into more than one genre, use your best judgment and add any “subcategories” as tags.

• Some categories have a maximum word count. Micro Fiction should contain no more than 100 words, and Flash Fiction no more than 1,000 words.
• The Musings category is intended for submissions that ponder the bigger questions in life, rather than a category for rants or a place to take private disputes public.
• The moderator verifying your submission may move it to a different category that he/she feels is more appropriate.


Rating Please try to select the proper rating under the following guidelines:

G - Written with a general audience in mind and suitable for readers of all ages. This story does not contain any references to sex, drugs, alcohol, violence or swearing, and the content is understandable by children.
13+ - Suitable for readers aged thirteen and over. This story may contain low level violence, swearing and mild references to drugs, alcohol or sex.
18+ - Not appropriate for readers under the age of eighteen. May contain moderate to high levels of swearing and horror, sex, violence, alcohol and drugs. Any stories dropping the "f" bomb will need to be given an 18+ rating.
EC - Contains extreme content. For readers over the age of eighteen not offended by graphic scenes. This story may contain extreme levels of violence, drugs and alcohol use, sex and harsh language.


Title The title should pertain to the submission, should not be in ALL CAPS, and should not contain a period/full stop or other punctuation at the end.


Tags Tags are required and are used to aid in searching for stories about a particular topic. They should be descriptive and pertinent to the story. Please do not include a comma following the last item in the tag list.


One-liner The one-liner is not required. If used, it should relate to the submission being verified. A plea to vote and/or comment is not an acceptable one-liner.


Cover Image The image accompanying a submission, if included, should be appropriate for the story or poem. Explicit images aren't allowed, and the author should own the image or have obtained permission to post it.



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gypsy
Posted: Saturday, September 15, 2018 5:06:13 AM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:
Story Submission: A Step-by-Step Approach


Good idea to post these guidelines here, thank you.

May I suggest reminding authors that there is the possibility of hiding the story snippet? The option is below the box for the text of the story, on the submission page: Hide the few lines of this story that appear on home and category pages stories list

There are times when this is recommended, particularly with very short texts in micro fiction and poetry. The snippet seems to contain around 70 words, and for micro fiction and short poems, that's close to or even the entire text presented in the snippet. This gives everything away, without keeping the formatting the author has used in the text itself.



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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2018 12:00:19 AM

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gypsy wrote:
magnificent1rascal wrote:
Story Submission: A Step-by-Step Approach


Good idea to post these guidelines here, thank you.

May I suggest reminding authors that there is the possibility of hiding the story snippet? The option is below the box for the text of the story, on the submission page: Hide the few lines of this story that appear on home and category pages stories list

There are times when this is recommended, particularly with very short texts in micro fiction and poetry. The snippet seems to contain around 70 words, and for micro fiction and short poems, that's close to or even the entire text presented in the snippet. This gives everything away, without keeping the formatting the author has used in the text itself.


Thank you for mentioning the story snippet, Gypsy. Hiding it is indeed a good idea for very short pieces. I’ll add that to the submission guidelines.

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