Please read the list of rules below before submitting your story for validation.
By posting a story here, you are stating that you have read and understood the rules and will abide by them.
|1. Title & Summary||
Titles must be capitalized properly and be grammatically correct.
All submissions must be accompanied by a complete disclaimer. If a suitable disclaimer is not included, the admin reserves the right to add a disclaimer. Repeat offenders may be subject to further action up to and including removal of stories and account.
& Story Types
Stories must be submitted to the proper category. Please note that Original Fiction is a category solely for original stories (with original characters and original backgrounds).
Characters, genres and story types must be carefully selected before submitting your story. If a celebrity doesn't appear on the list, please contact us.
|4. Warnings & Ratings||All stories must be rated correctly and have the appropriate warnings. All adult rated stories are expected to have warnings. After all, they wouldn't have that rating if there wasn't something to be warned about! The admin recognizes that there is an audience for these stories, but please respect those who do not wish to read them by labeling them appropriately. See list of ratings.|
5. Chapter Notes,
& End Notes
Chapter Notes: This is where you put your Author's Notes.
Story Text: This is where you copy-paste your chapter. You may also insert a poster in "Story Text". The width of the poster must not exceed 800 pixels. Any poster that doesn't comply with the rules will be removed.
End Notes: This is an additional place where you can put your Author's Notes.
No in-text author notes. Please keep all notes in Chapter Notes or End Notes; try and avoid placing them in Story Text.
|6. Spoilers||As much as possible, spoiler warnings are expected on all stories. For stories about Asian dramas, spoilers are mandatory for the current season and/or most recent part. An appropriate spoiler warning to place in your summary would be: Spoilers for [drama]. DO NOT do anything like this: Spoilers for [drama] where [character] dies.|
|7. Reviews||Flaming/Trolling is NOT tolerated! Respecful and constructive criticism is welcome though. Advertising your graphics/reviews web site in reviews is not allowed. You may advertise on chatango though. Reviews are there to give feedback, nothing more. Any review that advertises a web site will be deleted without prior warning. Do not add "I will update when I get x amount of reviews." because we will delete that from your story.|
|8. Originality||No plagiarism is allowed. If we find out that you've taken someone else's work and claimed it as your own, you'll get an automatic ban. Please, report plagiarism. Read the Plagiarism Policy for further information.|
|9. Alternate Links||Of course, you can post your story on other web sites such as Winglin, Asian Fanatics, your LiveJournal, etc. However, you are not allowed to post an alternate link to one of your stories hosted on another web site. You can post other links though (youtube, mp3, etc.)|
10. Character Chart,
You may insert a character chart in "Disclaimer". The width of the chart must not exceed 800 pixels. See an example.
You may insert a banner of 700 x 110 pixels in "Summary". Here's an example: http://bit.ly/bz78Hq. It must be exactly 700 x 110 pixels. Any banner that doesn't comply with the rules will be removed:
You may also insert a poster in "Story Text". The width of the poster must not exceed 800 pixels. Any poster that doesn't comply with the rules will be removed.
11. Story Standards
In effect as of June 21st, 2011
Correct spelling, grammar and verb tenses are expected of all stories submitted to Asian Fanfiction. They do not have to be perfect (everyone makes mistakes) but the admin needs to get the impression that you have taken the effort to make sure that your grammar and spelling are to an acceptable standard. The Asian Fanfiction administrator is not a grammar expert. However, she reserves the right to request corrections in submissions with a multitude of grammar and/or spelling errors. If such a request is ignored, the story will be deleted.
Language: Only stories written in English are accepted. If your characters use some Japanese/Korean/Chinese expressions, please give the translations in the End Chapter Notes.
Format: In order to give our readers a pleasurable experience, AFF does not accept:
- Stories with no spacing between paragraphs. (The text looks cluttered like one giant block of text thus it's difficult to read.)
- Stories with too much spacing between paragraphs. (The text looks choppy and distracting.)
Standard Rule: ONE space between each paragraph. Not two. Not three. One.
Please leave a space between paragraphs and dialogue to make your story more spaced out and nicer to read. In other words, make paragraphs to separate the dialogue from the narrative text. See an example. Script format in stories (including phone conversations) is not allowed. However, it is allowed in chat conversations and SMS conversations as well.
Length: A chapter isn't a chapter when it's too short. All chapters must be at least 500 words in length except for teasers, drabbles, forewords, prologues and epilogues.
POV: Having only one POV per chapter but switching between chapters is acceptable. Having 2 POVs per chapter is also acceptable as long as the scenes are long. Switching POV back and forth 3-4 times within a chapter is not allowed because it interrupts the flow of the story. 1st and 3rd POV are allowed but 2nd POV isn't. Please stick to either 1st or 3rd POV, not both.
Spelling: Any story that has more than 5 spelling mistakes for every 500 words will be rejected. Spelling mistakes may include a character's name, a country/city's name, or any other commonly misspelled or misused words.
Grammar: Any story that has more than 5 major grammar errors for every 500 words will be rejected. Major errors include, but may not be limited to, capitalization, punctuation, quotations, verb tenses, dialogue formatting, proper and varied sentence structure, and the use of netspeak.
Writing: This type of writing is NOT tolerated in titles, summaries AND chapters.
What is not tolerated?
Quality: Stories may be rejected due to overall quality. This may include, but is not limited to, clumsy sentences, choppy organization/format, and any other factor the admin deems to not meet the standard of quality.
|12. Inappropriate Content||
Asian Fan Fiction does NOT accept stories that contain any of of the following:
- PWP which means Plot? What Plot? or Porn Without Plot (N.B. Smut with plot is acceptable with the proper warning.)
- Adults having sex with minors
- Male Pregnancy (Mpreg) In effect as of November 5th, 2011
- Stories in script form
- Applications stories (stories that require readers to apply to be a character)
- "You" stories (stories written in the second person)
- Stories with "_____ (insert your name here)" (please give your main character a name)
13. Validation & Rejection
In effect as of June 28th, 2011
Before submitting, you are expected to proofread your chapter to make sure your spelling, grammar, verb tenses and format are correct. Please, make your OWN effort. If you are submitting a story to a challenge, be sure you follow its rules (if there's any).
The validation of stories depends on the admin's schedule and the number of new submissions to process. It may take 5 minutes to 7 days.
New stories appear to the public after the admin has approved it. You will be notified by an email whether your chapter is accepted or rejected with reasons given. In the meantime, you can always edit the story in your account area.
After you have submitted two approved chapters, the admin deems that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by the rules of Asian Fan Fiction (AFF). Your entire story will be validated: your future chapters (chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5, etc.) will be automatically validated and immediately viewable on AFF.
In effect as of June 28th, 2011
After two approved chapters, the admin trusts each member will continue to follow the rules. However, stories can be unvalidated anytime if the admin deems they don't comply with the rules.
If your first and/or second chapter doesn't get approved in the first round, then the admin will check on your next chapters to ensure that you follow the rules. If they don't comply with the rules, your story will be unvalidated.
|15. Save a copy||Please save a copy of your chapter in your computer. If we reject your chapter, we will DELETE it from our database.|
Submissions found to be in violation of these rules may be removed and if needed the author's account suspended at the discretion of the admin. The admin reserves the right to modify these rules as needed.
For any question regarding the rules, contact us.