Created 2002-06-01 | last modified 2010-07-06

Posting Rules and Agreement

All stories are acceptable for posting on Finestories.com as long as they follow the guidelines as presented here. Please take the time to read through this page carefully before submitting. It will help gain a better understanding on how things work on Finestories.com and help you avoid common mistakes that cause delays in posting. This is a binding contract between authors and World Literature Publishing Co. (WLPC)

By submitting your work for posting on Finestories.com you certify that the following conditions are true and you agree to all the terms outlined here:

  1. You are the creator/co-creator of the work or you have explicit written permission from its author to post the work online. OR Submission is in the public domain (copyright has expired - which you may be asked to prove.)

  2. You grant Finestories.com, its parent company 'World Literature Publishing Company (WLPC)' and its affiliated sites unlimited rights to publish the work in any format that it supports, for as long as WLPC exists or until you withdraw the work with a written request for removal. You retain all copyrights that you may have for the work.

  3. You allow Finestories.com and WLPC to make the necessary changes to make your work suitable for publishing on our sites. (Your contents will not be changed, just simple formatting changes and file structure changes if necessary. We may divide your work into multiple files, and move sections into their own files.)

Also, by submitting your work to Finestories.com you acknowledge and certify that you understand the following:

  1. Stories may not contain explicit sex; and must not have a sex theme, revolves around nudity or sex in general.

  2. Stories may not contain foul language. Some words my be mildly censored.

  3. Finestories.com has the right to refuse the posting of any work, for any reason.

  4. Finestories.com may remove your works at any time at the discretion of the moderators. (We'll notify you if that happens and the reason.)

  5. Teasers and blackmail are absolutely prohibited. (Teasers are any story parts that require or entice readers to read preceding or following parts on other sites or purchase those parts or sending money for further postings.)

  6. Illustrated stories must not contain photographs, only illustrations and you must have explicit permission to use the artwork. (You assume the responsibility of using the pictures)
    Illustrations are handled at the discretion of the moderator. Pictures maybe shrunk or converted into another format to bring the file size down (our bandwidth is limited). Usually pictures are shrunk to below 400 pixel in any dimension, or kept to a size below 20 KB. And if the pictures don't add any value to the story, they may be deleted completely from the submission.

  7. Copyright infringement and plagiarism are not tolerated. If complaints are received about copyright/plagiarism on your part, all your work will be removed from the site, and your author account will be closed.
    For those vague on the meanings of copyright infringement or plagiarism, it's simple, here it means 'Unauthorized use of the material, partial or complete'. No vague interpretation and your personal views on the issue do not matter, the definition is not up for debate.

  8. Finestories.com has general disclaimer and copyright notice that covers all the site's contents including what works you may post on the site. Each reader has to agree to disclaimer and copyright notice before they use the site. If your work contains very similar copyright and disclaimer notices, the moderator will remove the disclaimer from your work for redundancy. (to save on bandwidth)

  9. Advertisements in stories or blogs are not allowed. (especially for other story sites)

  10. Links in stories are handled at the discretion of the moderator. (links to commercial sites, banner sites are not allowed)

  11. Only stories and poems are accepted for posting. The site's moderators may make exceptions if contacted about the issue ahead of submitting.

  12. An author's first effort for posting on the site must be at least 750 words.

You must keep your contact information current. Any change/deletion requests will be honored only when coming from the account that posted the story. Your email address should be valid and current. Announcement and notices regarding your stories (if any) will be emailed to you, and verification of your requests may require contacting you at the email address listed under your account in Finestories.com's database. So make sure that you don't lose your log-in information and keep your contact information current.


File Formats:

File formats accepted for submission of works through the site are: Plain Text (.txt, .asc) and HTML files. (All open formats, no proprietary formats are accepted -- No Word, Wordperfect, MS Works, AppleWorks, or Lotus Word) If you need to submit styled text like italics and bold, convert your document to HTML. All the popular word processors support one of these two.

Some text formatting from your files is retained on the site; also some formatting power is given to you (as long as you use it wisely). Please read the Formatting Guide for more about what you can use and what you can't use and the advantage of each file format and what's retained, depending on which format you use to submit your text. You must check the appropriate box in the submission forms to have your formatting retained; otherwise, all formatting will be stripped from your files.


Submission Tips:

Always put the story's title and the author name at the beginning of each file that you submit. That would help us avoid confusion, if something were to go wrong with the submission.

The submission wizard on the site was designed to be as easy to use as possible and as helpful as possible.

At each step of the submission process, make sure that you select the appropriate choice and if in doubt read all the instructions on screen.

Try to use as few files as possible. If you have a story with multiple parts, try to paste all the parts into one file and upload it.

The submissions wizard's final step which is where you upload your files, has a time window of 5 minutes and a file size limit of 2 MB.

Make sure that your submission does not exceed these limits at your connections upload speed limit.

Chapter/Part/Story length:

Due to various technical reasons, we try to keep the length of each file served from the site below 58,000 characters (approximately 12,000 words). Any story or chapter longer than 58,000 characters will be served in pages on the site, just like in a book. The page breaks are created by a script, so you never know where your file will be divided. If you don't like the idea of page breaks in unexpected places, then divide your own text into smaller chunks.


Good Submission Practices:

As you can see on the site, each story has a description and a bunch of codes to categorize it. Please follow these guidelines to ensure that your story reaches the right audience.

If you want your story to have a good score, then you must do several things:

Good Text:

Make sure the text is clear and easy to read. Run your work through a spell checker and a grammar checker if you have it. Make sure that your paragraphs are reasonable, overly long paragraphs are hard to read, and poorly punctuated text could deliver the wrong meaning.

Better yet, send your text to one of the volunteer editors on the site for help, they'll proof read your text and help you where you need it.

Story files without any paragraph separations will be rejected.

Story files with exceedingly long paragraphs will be rejected.

Story files written in ALL CAPS will be rejected.

When posting a serial, at least the first chapter should be posted, can't post just a prologue or preface for the story and later post chapter/part 1.

Proper Description:

A good description is key to attracting readers. Few people will read a story without knowing what it's about, so if you want wider readership you need to have an attractive story description; that's your invitation to the reader to read your work.

Story description should tell something about the story's subject, it's supposed to make the story appealing to your audience. It's not the place to say why you wrote the story. It's not the place to ask for comments and feedback and it's not the place for you to introduce yourself. Your author's profile is the place for these things or even the story's text itself.


Miscellaneous

For now, English Language stories only. A story may contain phrases in other languages but the story must be fully readable and comprehendible by english-only readers. (Other languages maybe supported in the future.)


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