Submission Guidelines

The fiction archive at "Steve Miller's Domain of Fun and Games" is here for fun.
To maximize everyone's fun, please follow the submissions guidelines.
(It's no fun for you to get rejected. It's no fun for Steve to have to reject your submission.)

The Fiction Archive accepts two kinds of submissions, fiction and art. We only accept submissions in eletronic format. Refer to the appropriate sections below for details.

At present, we do not offer any payment aside from giving authors and artists an outlet. If we ever figure out how to make a web site profitable that may change.
 

Original Fiction

The archive focuses on genre fiction. Fantasy, science fiction, and horror are the preferred genres, but well-written thriller, action, or western stories will also be considered. Short stories can be from 500-10,000 words.

We only accept submissions in eletronic format. Acceptable file formats are RTF, Word 2000 (or older) for Macintosh, simple text files, or HTML.

All submission must be made by the author or the entity that holds the copyright to the work submitted.

Your submission must be accompanied with your real name and street mailing address. An active e-mail address is also a must. We need to be able to contact you about your submission. The information is also kept for our records, but we will keep it strictly confidential.

If you want a pen name to appear on the story when it is placed in the archive, make sure to spell that out clearly in your mail. Ideally, both your real name and pen name should appear in the story file. Only the pen name will appear when the piece is uploaded, however.

Please spell check your story before submitting it. In this day and age, there is NO EXCUSE for a writer have misspelled words in their submissions. Even Apple Works has a spell checker. (Misspellings in Submissions Guidelines are okay. Guideline writers are expected to be hypocrites.)

Authors must agree to be edited. In fact, authors should recognize that the edtior is their friend. The editor and the author both want the story to be the best it can possibly be... and the editor is usually the one who has a more objective take on right and wrong in the story. (Ask Steve about arguing with an editor over a scene in a story, only to apologize to the editor after seeing the story in print and realizing that she was right all along.) Editorial changes will in most cases be minor, as anything the requires major editing will be be returned to the author. If we like the story enough to request changes, we hope you'll follow through... because it means we like it alot!

Authors should recognize that people come up with similar ideas all the time. They should also recognize that ideas are the easiest and cheapest part of a story. It's the writing of the story and the presentation of the idea that's the hard part. No one here will steal your idea. We've got plenty of our own, thank you very much.

At the present, the Fiction Archive does not offer any payment to authors beyond bringing their fiction to the visitors to "Steve Miller's Domain of Fun and Games." If we ever figure out a way to make money with the Fiction Archive, the authors who have permitted us to display their work will be the first to know. because we will want to share the good news and wealth with them.

Reviewing submissions for the Fiction Archive, or submitting material to the Fiction Archive, does not establish any sort of business relationship between Steve Miller or the submitter. Nor does Steve Miller have any obligation to the submitter, other than to acknowledge receipt of the submission.

All rights to the story remain with the author. The author grants the Fiction Archive the right to upload their work to a page that is part of the over all "Steve Miller's Domain of Fun and Games," but does otherwise not surrender any claim to the work.

Any work in the Fiction Archive will be removed at the earliest possible date at the request of the author. Steve Miller can also remove any work in the Fiction Archive at his discretion.
 

Tie-in Fiction

This site does not normally accept submisisons of tie-in fiction or fan fiction that uses characters and settings that are in copyright. We gladly accept submissions featuring characters that are in the public domain, however. Currently, we are interested in "sequels" or "prequels" with the adventures of:

* Professor Challenger or any of his companions (from "The Lost World" and "The Land of Mists")

* Violet Strange (from "Strange Problems")

* Auguste Dupin (from "The Purloined Letter")

*EXCEPTION: We are interested in high-quality "Dragonlance" fan fiction, or fiction featuring characters from the properties adapted in our "Big Eyes, Small Mouth" section of our site.

If authors of stories featuring characters from other media that they own the rights to wish to submit to the Fiction Archive, the guidelines above apply.
 

Original Art

We are interested in art that illustrates the fiction uploaded to the archive. If you're an artist who feels inspired by the stories here, we'd love to feature your work. Portraits of specific characters and exciting representations of particular scenes are of particular interest!

We only accept submissions in eletronic format. Acceptable file formats are jpg, gif, and Canvas 7.

All submissions must be made by the author or the entity that holds the copyright to the work submitted.

Your submission must be accompanied with your real name and street mailing address. An active e-mail address is also a must. We need to be able to contact you about your submission. The information is also kept for our records, but we will keep it strictly confidential.

If you want a pen name to appear on the story when it is placed in the archive, make sure to spell that out clearly in your mail. Ideally, both your real name and pen name should appear in the story file. Only the pen name will appear when the piece is uploaded, however.

At present, the Fiction Archive does not offer any payment to artists beyond bringing their work to the visitors to "Steve Miller's Domain of Fun and Games." If we ever figure out a way to make money with the Fiction Archive, the artists who have permitted us to display their work will be among the first to know, because we will want to share the good news and wealth with them.

Reviewing submissions for the Fiction Archive, or submitting material to the Fiction Archive, does not establish any sort of business relationship between Steve Miller or the submitter. Nor does Steve Miller have any obligation to the submitter, other than to acknowledge receipt of the submission.

All rights to the artwork remain with the author. The author grants the Fiction Archive the right to upload their work to a page that is part of the over all "Steve Miller's Domain of Fun and Games," but does otherwise not surrender any claim to the work.

Any work in the Fiction Archive will be removed at the earliest possible date at the request of the author. Steve Miller can also remove any work in the Fiction Archive at his discretion.


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