Submission Rules

Submission Rules

aka Ten Things We Would Love About You

We have some very basic submission rules. There is also some even more basic submission guidance for use of this software, which you can find under Help. Please read them before submitting a story for the first time.

1. The archive is for stories about CSI and its spin offs. We do not accept real person fiction or stories featuring underage relationships.

2. Stories must be at least 100 words in length and double spaced, i.e. a blank line left between each paragraph.

3. The archive has some minimum quality standards in place; consequently all stories submitted to this site must have been at least proofread and preferably beta read. Stories that do not meet the minimum required standard of English, for example stories that are riddled with spelling or grammatical errors, confused homonyms (they're, their and there; your and you're) etc., will not be accepted. In this respect, the decision of the archivist is final.

4. This archive will archive stories in English only. However, if English is not your native tongue, and you require assistance in either translation or betaing, please contact one of the archivists and we will attempt to put you in touch with someone who can help.

5. All stories submitted to the archive must be your own work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any instance of plagiarism proved to the satisfaction of the archivist will result not only in the removal of the plagiarised story, but all other stories by that author, the author's name from the list of authors and an explanation for the removal posted on the front page of the site.

6.By the same token, stories submitted to the site must not quote substantial parts of works by others and should contain significant original content. In practice this means that:

- the quoting of song lyrics, poetry etc. must be kept to a minimum. This means one or two lines, perhaps as much as a verse, but certainly not the whole song, poem etc.

- the vast majority of the story should be in the author's own words (and this would include not submitting stories that consist largely or significantly of dialogue from the shows themselves rather than the fanfiction author's own words).

- if the story is based on an idea by someone else, for example a movie or novel homage, this fact must be acknowledged in the author's notes and, again, the story should be original, not the characters saying or paraphrasing the words written by someone else.

For more information, please read this news item.

7. No character bashing stories. Characters with flaws are acceptable - and indeed reflect the show - but gratuitous bashing of any characters will not be tolerated.

8. Please ensure that you have placed your stories in the correct category or categories. Categories are pairing based and you can now place your story in more than one category, for example Gil/Sara and Catherine/Nick. Stories containing both slash and het relationships should also be tagged as 'bitextual'.

Please try not to place your stories in categories that are mutually exclusive, for example 'General' and then a pairing category. We're not going to make it a hard and fast rule, because there are always stories that fall on the line between, for example, general and a vague pre-slash or pre-ship, but please be sensible about it or we may have to make it a hard and fast rule.

If you require any assistance with this, please contact one of the archivists, which you can do via the 'contact' option on their profiles.

9. Stories in a series should be linked using the 'series' option under your account. You can choose to make series closed - i.e. only you can post to them - or open - i.e. anyone can write in your Universe and post stories to it.

10. We accept works in progress (WIPs) providing that they meet the minimum quality standards of the archive. WIPs must also be updated regularly and stories that have not been updated for three months will be removed from the archive. You are, however, welcome to resubmit once the story is finished.

11. Warnings, spoilers and ratings. We're not a huge fan of warnings, but we understand that some readers (and authors) prefer them, so we've created some very basic, high level warnings, namely 'adult themes', 'non-consensual' and 'death of a canon character'. Please use them. If you are an author who would prefer to give more specific warnings, you may do so in your story notes.

12. Spoilers: please include any specific spoilers for episodes within your author's notes and attach the 'episode related' genre to your story. The more specific the warning (i.e. 'for this/these episodes' rather than 'for Season 3'), the better. We leave when to warn and when not to warn up to individual authors, but please be aware that seasons air at different times in different countries, so at a minimum you may wish to warn for the current season's episodes. In other words, courtesy to other fen is key.

13. Ratings should always be used, with anything containing explicit sexual details classed as NC-17. Where different parts of a story are rated differently, the first part should be rated at the highest rating, as it's the rating of the first part that shows up in menus and on your author's page. If there's going to be sex - in any part - then rate the whole thing as NC-17.

14. Authors notes should not be posted as a separate chapter nor should they repeat information that's already displayed on the story page. As they should be as succinct as possible, there should be no need to post them as a separate chapter and there should be no need to repeat them in each individual chapter, unless your 'chapters' are actually separate stories with separate notes.

15. By the same token, authors notes should not be used to thank people for leaving reviews, or to request reviews. In the first instance, you can respond to your reviews individually by going to 'Your Account', choosing 'View Reviews'. You will then see that next to each review is an option that lets you respond. As far as requesting reviews in the notes, if people are moved to comment, they will do so and a link inviting them to do so is posted on every story page. If you're not sure whether something is working, then please seek a beta prior to posting rather than requesting readers to comment.

16. This archive is set up to allow both anonymous and signed reviews. We encourage constructive criticism, but flaming other authors will not be tolerated and may result in you losing your account. 'I think that this could be done better...' is constructive criticism. 'You suck...' is a flame. 'I think your story sucks...' is not a flame, as it is talking about the story not the author, but it is still rude and not constructive, and we're no more fans of rudeness than we are of flaming. Be polite.

If you are in receipt of flames - either anonymous or otherwise - please contact one of the archivists, as we'd like to be informed of abuse. However, we will not 'take sides' and we will not tolerate ongoing flame wars between authors. If you have a problem with another author, take it elsewhere.

If you have any questions about any of these points, please do not hesitate to contact the archivists. You can do this via the 'contact' button on their profile. The final decision on whether a story is suitable for the archive will always be the archivists'.