Frequntly Asked Questions
ABOUT PROJECT FICTION
We encourage all those interested in positions here to send us an e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org] to tell us a little about yourself and what you could bring to our site.
We look for those who are active with Project Fiction in some way and those that show interest in what we do. We are always looking for help in every outlet possible.
What exactly do you do here?
We interview an author each month and read through the stories nominated by you. More recently, we publish e-books of the best stories we've found.
How can I contact you?
Our e-mail that we check periodically every day is email@example.com. You can write to us there for any comment, question or suggestion you may have, as well as any nominations, challenge entries, or beta applications. You can also find us at the major fiction websites, the links of which you can find on the bottom of each page.
How can I follow your updates?
You can sign up for the Resistance Wire to get updates in your inbox once or twice a month, or for more frequent updates by the lively staff member Ariel, you can become a fan of our Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
THE NOMINATION PROCESS
What is the nominating system all about? How do I nominate?
The nominating system is there for you to tell us which stories, one-shots, or poetry you wish to be on Project Fiction's Good Lists. You can nominate stories and one-shots by clicking here. You can nominate your fiction or anyone else's fiction.
What is your process for accepting and rejecting submissions?
We take a vote between all of us, and once the submission gets a majority vote, then it is either accepted or rejected. We believe this is an accurate depiction of how good the submission actually is.
How long will it take you to respond to my submission?
It will take anywhere from two to four weeks to review your submission, and then we will reply with your results.
How long does my story need to be in order to be accepted?
For a chaptered story you need to have at least four chapters already posted online. We ask for this much so that we have enough to decide whether or not we will accept it.
Can I reapply once I've been rejected from the Good Fiction, One-Shot, or Poetry List?
Yes. Once you are rejected, feel free to check out the selected fiction from the Authors of the Month, read their interviews for inspiration, hire a Beta to help you edit, or all of the above. Then simply submit your story again. There is no limit on how many times you can submit your story.
If you received a really good nomination for a "slash" or same-sex couple story, would you accept it? Some people don't think of same-sex couple fiction as good fiction.
Yes. We are not prejudiced against same-sex couples or any other type of fiction that may not be considered good fiction to any majority.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGES
What happened to the challenge section?
We stopped getting enough entries for the time it takes to create and judge the challenges. Once we feel more people will participate, we will bring the challenges back. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you would like to participate.
What is a challenge?
A challenge is a contest that aims to get the minds of writers reeling. The writer is inspired by a given prompt and writes a short story based around the inspiration.
ABOUT PROJECT BETA
What is Project Beta?
Project Beta is a system we set up in which you, the writer can get in contact with betas (editors) to help you out. Project Fiction is basically the middle man to get the writer and editor together. You can read more about it here
What does this editing job entail? How can I become a Beta editor?
Being a Beta requires ample reading time and a basic understanding of writing and editing fiction. You would be getting requests from authors and then helping them with their writing on your own time. If you would like to be one of these editors you can apply here; it requires that you simply read a full length story and write a review for it along with improvements for the story.
Will a Beta review my story a second time?
Project Fiction does not pay any Betas and is not responsible for their opinions; they are all volunteers, and so have the right to turn down any request they receive.
ABOUT AOTM (Author of the Month)
What is the AOTM?
The AOTM is the author we choose from a fiction website every month to promote, and then we provide the interview we had with that author.
How does an author get chosen for Author of the Month? Can I apply? If so, where?
We chose authors by sifting through the best stories on the fiction sites. You cannot apply, but we do allow anyone to suggest authors on the Writer Watch page of the website. This will contribute to a list of writers which we will look to when deciding on an AOTM. You can suggest yourself or any other author, as you can remain anonymous.
ABOUT THE FICTION
Where is this alleged good fiction?
You can find the good fiction on the left-hand side menu under "The Good Lists." You can click Good Fiction List to look at the stories by genre. To see the poetry list you can go to Good Poetry List. You can also go to the Fiction Archives to see everything alphebetized all in one place.
What is online fiction?
Online fiction is fiction that anyone can publish online anonymously to be rated and reviewed by anonymous readers. Usually it is posted in chapters, very much like serial publication in newspapers or journals. What we do is weed out the not-so-good ones and provide links to the best ones. You can find online fiction on many websites, such as Inkpop, Fictionpress, and Mibba, etc etc.
What is a "one-shot"? What is the difference between a "one-shot" and a "short story"?
A one-shot is a term used for short fiction that is published online. It is shorter than a novel-length story. The term "one-shot" has been termed and used by online fiction web sites such as Mibba and FictionPress. We are simply adopting this term. One-shots and short stories are the same thing and can be used interchangably.
ABOUT PROJECT PUBLISH
What is Project Publish?
This is the newest aspect of Project Fiction, in which we create an e-book for an author's completed story. You can go to All About PP to read the complete details or click here to see the page where the published books are kept.
How do I get published on Project Fiction? How long does the process take?
To get published here, your story must be completed and accepted to The Good Fiction List. You may be accepted and then contact us once it is completed. You must edit your story thoroughly and then we can start the process of creating the book cover and layout design.
The process may take weeks to a few months depending on how fast the author edits their fiction and gets back to us with their information.
Is the security on this site good? I'm pretty serious about my writing and I don't want anything to get stolen.
The only security we have is disabling the right click, which is just as much as any other fiction site. You are taking a risk just by posting your fiction online. You have to trust people not to steal it. If you don't trust them, then you have to trust the other kids that will tell you if and when they find your fiction elsewhere. Keep in mind, Project Fiction only promotes good fiction, we do not host it.
What is a Mary-Sue? Why don't you like stories that include a Mary-Sue?
A mary sue is a character with no flaws, or the flaws they do have are laughable. They usually have a standard traumatic past that they hold no scars from, they never lose a fight, and they are always good. They are just completely perfect in all ways and can do no wrong. Basically, they are unrealistic and inhuman.
We prefer to get submissions that have more realistic characters as opposed to those that are perfect, such as a Mary-Sue.