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These are the standards by which all stories must abide in order to be posted to The Petulant Poetess. By posting a story here, you are stating that you have read and reviewed these rules and will abide by them.
Please categorize your story in its proper place. Each category has sub-categories with which the author should be familiar before posting. Stories categorized in a Harry Potter Fanfiction sub-category, or an LJ Community or Challenge subcategory with an HP theme, should never have a secondary category listed from the Original Fiction subcategory list—and vice versa. To familiarize yourself with our categories please click here.
Summaries must be grammatically correct with the use of proper spelling, punctuation and grammar. Please, no net speak or odd caPItaLiZAtionS. Refrain from using html in the summary (blockquote, paragraph tags, breaks), as they sometimes create problems with our coding. Banners and pictures are forbidden within summaries as well, whether it is a story or chapter summary. Banners and/or pictures are encouraged to be placed within the text of your story. (See section on Banners and Pictures below.)
While we love that people post to many archives, we do not allow links in story summaries (or within the story itself) informing readers where they may find your story. A field may be found on your user page (Edit Personal Information within your Account Page) where you can list what other archives you post to.
BANNERS AND PICTURES
If you have a banner to include with your story, whether it be an award you received or as an advertisement of sorts for your chapter or story, it should be placed at the top of the main text of your story. Graphics can either be loaded in the Images section of your Account Page or can be hotlinked from various free image hosting sites.
Pictures or illustrations are highly encouraged. The placement of these depends on where they make the most sense to you and to the content of your story. See the previous paragraph regarding where to upload your images.
PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR
Before submitting a story, it should be free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. The administrators on the Petulant Poetess do not beta stories; therefore, it is highly suggested that you acquire the service of a beta before submitting your story.
This is a moderated archive, which means that we expect the basic, widely-accepted rules of grammar and punctuation to be followed. The idea is to provide a reading atmosphere that is comfortable to readers in general. We follow standardized rules of punctuation, which can be found in several reputable writers' and editors' punctuation guides as well as several online references. All admins are trained to follow the same rules to be as consistent with all of our authors as possible. See here for a sample of the resources we use. Our Punctuation Guide is a work in process, meaning that it may not be complete but does offer a solid source of reference for our authors.
The fiction software recognizes line breaks (hard returns) and does not recognize tabs. Because of this, all stories must have a single space between each paragraph. Create this by entering/returning two times after each paragraph, taking you down two lines to begin the next paragraph. There should be absolutely no hard or soft returns used within a paragraph.
Paragraph html tags < p > and line break html tags < br > are not needed and sometimes create problems in spacing within a submission. Also, it makes your submission incredibly difficult to admin since many of us paste the text from the textbox into Word in order to keep track of corrections more efficiently. Submission including html paragraph or line breaks will be sent a Fix Letter (see below).
When pasting text in the Story Text Box or uploading a text file, you will notice that formatting features such as italics, boldface, and centering text will not carry over. These you must assign the respective html codes. (Visit the Help Page for help with html tags).
NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS
Every author who posts to the Queue will be allowed to post two submissions simultaneously, whether it is two of the same story or two separate stories. After that, the system will not allow another submission until one has finished the Queue Process.
Note: If you upload two chapters of the same story at the same time, there will be at most a four-day waiting period between validation of the first and consideration of the second. This is beneficial to you, as your story will be at the top of the 'Recently Added' list again after a few days.
SIZE OF SUBMISSIONS
There is a size limit on submissions entering our Queue of approximately 15,000 words. This is because large submissions are very time-consuming for our admins to go through.
WHAT IS ALLOWED IN SUBMISSIONS
» You may post Harry Potter fanfiction involving any pairing (ship) – or no pairing at all (no romantic liaisons); simply place it in its proper category. Categories are defined on the Categories Page.
» Original fiction and poetry are also accepted. It is a wonderful way to see what your favorite authors can do outside of the Harry Potter universe or to explore plot and character development that you cannot always do with fanfiction. The Petulant Poetess wants to encourage writers to broaden their horizons.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED IN SUBMISSIONS
Please make special note the following things we will not accept in a submission. Contact a Head Admin (by visiting our Help Page) if you have any questions:
THE QUEUE PROCESS
GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE REJECTION:
The chronic misspelling of canon words (not including improper capitalization), improper dialogue punctuation, improper formatting of the text, and any story that does not follow the Submission Rules implicitly (see "What is Allowed and Not Allowed" above) are all cause for immediate rejection.
VALIDATED AUTHOR STATUS
An author who has proven that they can follow the submission rules and submit relatively correction-free stories on a consistent basis (an occasional typo or two is understandable and forgiven), will become Validated Author after submitting a fair amount of their work so that their status can be adequately determined. If you feel that you may have been overlooked, please contact a Head Admin to ask if you may be considered.
ANSWERING THE CALL OF THE ADMIN
If a letter sent requesting corrections to a submission and we receive no reply, we will send out a follow-up letter in five (5) days. If that e-mail is not answered within two (2) days, we will delete the unvalidated chapter(s) from the queue. (If you uploaded two submissions, both will be deleted.)
UN-VALIDATING A CHAPTER
The admins receive an e-mail every time a story is edited. If an administrator notices an author reverses a correction that has been requested and made before validation, the chapter will be unvalidated and returned to the admin 'holding area' until the matter has been taken care of. The admins on The Petulant Poetess want to communicate with authors and take into consideration any concerns they may have. Communication regarding requested corrections is respected and welcomed. It is better to communicate with us prior to validation than cause hard feelings by changing your submission after validation.
ABANDONING A STORY
If an author cannot finish the story they have begun, it should be marked as abandoned. This is a courtesy for the readers here at The Petulant Poetess. If the admin notices that a story has not been updated in over a year, she will mark the story as abandoned for the author. If an author posts only a few chapters here and decides to post no more, for whatever reason, leaving it incomplete, that story is to be marked as abandoned. The author is given the option to remove the story from the site instead of abandoning it. Any story that has been marked as abandoned can be changed to reflect active status if the author decides to begin updating again.
This in no way means that the story is available to be "finished" by another author. If anyone wishes to do so, the author must be contacted and give their explicit permission. If any story "continuations" are posted here, we ask that the original author be given proper credit in an Author Note at the beginning of each chapter, just as one would (and should) give credit to J.K. Rowling. A copy of the original author's permission will be requested by our admins for any story "continuation" that shows up in our queue.
Disclaimer: This site puts all submitted stories (by unvalidated authors) through the same process, and each story will be treated equally regardless of a writer's ability.
~ Edited by NSS 22Feb2011 08:34PST
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