Well, this has been a very interesting day. Didn't start out so great, waking up with that rash and all...
What? No, not THERE. Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm having an allergic reaction to my new bar of deodorant.
Anyway, it was a long day and I came back to find my inbox flooded. I'm so excited for this opportunity to hopefully build the fan fiction community up a little and hopefully help us all overcome many of the prejudices that plague us. Yes, Sturgeon's Law is very
true when it comes to fanfiction, but every quarry has precious stones within.
Oh! And I might as well plug my site. For those of you who love Transformers, I run an RPG site called Cybertron's Core.
It just turned 7 years old last week! Funny enough, one of my primary reasons for joining devART originally was to help promote that site. If you love to write Transformers, this is the site for you!
First and foremost, a piece must have polished grammar. I always say, if you can't be bothered to put the effort into writing correctly, why should we commit the effort to read it?
Keep characters in character. "Shipping" is a matter that I intend to handle delicately. While AU stories that feature characters who have been romantically teased at but never officially got together (for example, Wolverine/Jean Grey) are welcome, totally random pairings (like, say, sworn enemies such as Professor X/Magneto) are too out of character.
Stories featuring original characters are welcome, but please, no Mary Sues or Gary Stus. I know this is subjective, and I will judge on a case-by-case basis. If a story stars an original character, I would prefer canon characters at least cameo in the story to frame the story within continuity.
Stories have to be complete before they will be accepted. No works in progress. If the chapter can stand alone as a complete story that just builds into a larger arc, I'll consider it. But otherwise, I won't be accepting any stories that aren't complete.
This isn't so much a rule as it is a recommendation or a guideline, but I would prefer to feature stories that are under 5K in their word count. The object of a Daily Deviation is to get an artist more exposure, and people are less inclined to read stories that are too long. It's unfortunate, but it's just human nature.
The only "mpreg" I'll even consider is something along these lines