Big fat cookie for anyone who gets that reference by the way; you're both old and awesome. Congratulations!
Anyway, point of the journal is that recently, a fellow member wrote to me asking about having their story featured. I won't mention them, since, truthfully, I haven't gotten around to reading their submission yet. I promised I would, though (dangerous, I know!). But the point of this little anecdote is that they mentioned how they didn't quite understand how to proceed in order to be featured.
This lead me to go into the FAQ and see what exactly
and I had written down over several years ago. It wasn't long before I realised that some elements of the FAQ actually date back to the days of our founder
, nine years ago
So... before I knew it, I had opened up Word and Notepad and got to work, trying to revamp the whole thing. It's not perfect, but I like to think that the changes are pretty straightforward. Let me all know what you think! 1. Is this group active?
Yes! Between changing admins and personal life, we haven’t been as active as we would like. But journals and features go up every now and then, infrequent as they are. The current moderators are still active however, and more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.2. Why should I join?
If you’re looking for a diverse group focused on short stories, this group is ideal. The door is open to all, from hobbyists to professionals, and we don’t discriminate against any type of writing (that includes not only literature, but essays, too!)
We also try to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to themes. If you’re not certain if your story fits in any of our current folders, write to us. We’ll be more than happy to help!3. I'm not a very good writer...
Like we said, the door is open to everyone! While we don’t specialise in critiques like some other groups, we’ll be more than happy to provide some feedback if you ask for it! Besides, posting online is a very good and brave first step to honing your skills and craft!4. My stories aren't English?
Not everyone speaks English. We have a foreign languages folder. And if ever there are frequent enough submissions from writers of a specific language, we’ll create a folder to save users’ as much time as possible. 5. How do I join?
Click the "Join Our Group" button at the top of the homepage. You’ll be automatically added to our list of members. Welcome!6. Can my group affiliate with your group?
When it comes to sharing our passion for literature, there’s very little reason for us to not want to connect with as many people as possible. Feel free to invite us, we don’t bite!7. Can I submit to the group favorites?
Only if you’re currently a member and as long as you have that artist’s permission to share their work. We will not accept requests by the author themselves. It’s a folder to help highlight someone else’s work that you’ve really enjoyed and that you feel deserves more attention.
Send us a note, too, explaining why you feel it deserves recognition. We’ll be more than happy to feature the work and your thoughts. Writers deserve to know how much we love and want to support their work!8. How do I submit to the gallery?
First, when uploading a piece for the first time, you can choose to submit it to a group you're a member of, and you will be asked to select to which folder you wish to submit to.
Second, in the group gallery tab, you have a "Submit to this gallery" button. From there, you may select a deviation from your own gallery (or submit an entirely new one) to one of our folders. To select a folder, click on the pull down menu by the “Submitting to” button.
Finally, you may also add your work via the “Add to group” button on your deviation’s page. You’ll be prompted to manually enter the group’s name however.9. How often can I submit a story?
There is no current limit on submissions. This is subject to change, so keep an eye out on any journals that address this topic. 10. What folder does my story go in?
This is actually where you guys come in. For a group this large, it’s unfortunately impossible for us to monitor every single submission and to make sure it’s in the correct folder. We try to keep the folders as broad as possible in order to reduce confusion and encourage you to submit to the proper categories. 11. I put my story in the wrong folder!
Send us a note either on the “note” prompt on the main group page, or directly contact either
We ask that you add the subject “Submitted to wrong folder” to your note and that you include in the message the following:
- Name of the submission.
- Which gallery you accidentally submitted it to.
- Which gallery you want it to actually be submitted to.12. Do you only take fiction?
Non-fiction is accepted as well. As always, just submit it to the appropriate folder. 13. What about comics?
This is kind of a grey area. Our official stance is no. But feel free to send us a note explaining why you would want to submit your comic/graphic novel to our group and why you feel like it belongs here. We’ll see what we can do from there.14. What kind of stories does this group accept?
Key points to keep in mind:
- Your submissions need to be long enough to tell a story. The shortest story ever written is credited to Ernest Hemingway. His story was 6 words long: "For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn."
While there is no maximum in terms of story length, we’d ask that you be mindful of your potential readers. For example, the longest story written, per Guinness Records, is A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust. It contains an estimated 9,609,000 characters (each letter and space count as a character).
Don’t try to be a Proust.
- We accept chapters. You are required to submit the entire story to the Chapters folder, as opposed to any actual genre. It doesn’t matter if there is a folder that fits your story perfectly, each chapter must go in the Multi-Chapter Folder. No exceptions.
- As we said, we accept every genre. But obviously, we’re a group on deviantArt. So follow their rules, found here
. Since we don’t have time to read every single story, it is your responsibility to make sure your story follows these guidelines.
When it comes to Erotica specifically, it also needs to follow deviantArt's Pornographic Literature Policy as linked above. They need to be submitted to the Erotica folder.
Excessive violence or gore follows the same principle. Submit it to the 18+ folder (not to be confused with the Erotica folder). Be aware minors use this site, as well as people who are squeamish of certain things, so just be sure to limit access to your work in those cases. And be sure to always follow deviantArt's Mature Content Policies
The same goes for any story containing minors. Any inappropriate content will be swiftly removed and you will be reported. If you’re uncertain what we mean by inappropriate content, be sure to thoroughly read deviantArt’s Minors in Content Policies
And finally, please keep in mind deviantArt’s policy on Ideologically Sensitive Content
. Stories that talk about racism or hatred of specific groups must conform with the above rules.
If you stumble across stories that violate these policies, please notify us immediately. We take this very seriously, and will not hesitate to go the extra mile to make sure everything is kosher. 15. How do I get Featured?
Simply put, ask. Send us a note with the following subject line: Short-Stories Feature. In the body message, we ask that you give us a brief summary of your story and why you feel it should be featured. It can be as simple as you want as much exposure as possible in order to get as much feedback as possible. We’ll then read your story and judge whether or not we feel it should be featured on our main page.
Typically what we look for in a story are the following: general plot, narrative devices, detailed characters, and basic mastery of grammar and spelling. Please be sure to edit your work before submitting it to us. While it won’t automatically disqualify you, we may very well ask you to re-edit your story before we feature it.
Also, keep in mind we’re not all professional writers. We’ll offer whatever advice we can, but remember, our opinions are just that; opinions. The-Archaeon
studied in literature, and will be more than glad to offer their expertise on the matter. 16. Why is your gallery so weirdly organized?
Nothing gets under The-Archaeon
’s skin more than not enough folders. Not even too many folders. Cleanups occur when needed or prompted. Sometimes. 17. There's a lot of long stories in this "short-story" group.
We began as a short story group, but things change. We evolved, the needs of our members changed. Our focus is on being an awesome literary community, supporting all forms of storytelling and narratives.
Our members enjoy all kinds of stories. We encourage everyone to write what they want, how they want. Follow whatever road your passion takes you on. We’re just along for the ride. 18. Do you have contests?
Not really. We’ve tried to organise multiple events in the past, but we’ve never been able to commit the time and resources in order to get these initiatives off the ground. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them with us. For now, we mostly reserve our journals for features. As such, we encourage all members to send us notes to participate in these features, as detailed above.19. How do I get more people to read my stories?
After years of being active, the only suggestion we have is to put your name out there. Submit to as many groups as you can, not just ours. Comment on fellow artists’ work in the same way you wish people would comment on yours.
We have irregular journal features that remain on the main page for as long as we can keep them. Remember to send us a note and we’ll be more than happy to take a look at your story, offering advice and feedback.20. I saw a story in the gallery that goes against the rules!
If it violates deviantArt's policies, please report the deviation to the deviantArt Help Desk and let us know. We’ll remove it from our gallery immediately.