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Submission Rules and Guidelines
First things first: EftW is a moderated archive.
What does that mean?
1. Your fanfiction must be based on Saiyuki (RELOAD) -- it must be based on in Saiyuki universe, or contain one or more of the Saiyuki characters. By implication, that means that crossovers are allowed, so long as they are based in the Saiyuki world, or feature the Saiyuki characters in some other series.
2. No Mary Sues.
Just to clarify: Original characters are allowed. It's only the extreme ones that fall into the Sue category that aren't.
Exceptions: We sometimes make exceptions for Mary Sue parodies, if they're obviously parodies and well-written ones, at that.
Also, there is often scope for original characters whose existence is acknowledged but who not actually described by Minekura sensei -- examples include the Dragon Kings, generals and marshalls of the other armies in Heaven, etc. These are original characters only in the sense that the author has put names, faces and personalities to otherwise unillustrated characters, and are perfectly acceptable.
If you are still uncertain as to whether your orignial character qualifies as an MS or not, feel free to contact Elvaron and ask.
3. Your fanfiction must be written in English.
Some use of foreign languages within an English fic is normal and acceptable. However, please keep this to a minimum -- the occasional suffix, title, noun, exclamation or short phrase is fine; long sentences, multiple sentenced descriptions, conversations are not.
4. No MSTs
a. Try to avoid Script-format stories. This is a fanfiction archive, which means that we're looking for prose, and very occasionally, poetry.
b. Spelling and grammar
This pointer would include tensing. Unless you're working in funky changes in time line or perspective, stay in the same tense. It's much easier to write in past tense as if you're narrating events that are over. Present tense has, well, a tenseness (pun intended! ^^) to it that can be a very effective literary tool, but it's been found that a lot of people who attempt to write in present tense slip up. Whatever it is, remember that if you're writing in past tense, everything should be past tense. "Sanzo waited. Morning became afternoon, became evening", not "Sanzo waited. Morning becomes afternoon." Usually, the only exception is when you're talking about a universal truth that persists until today. "It is a little known fact that Jiipu was really a magical dragon." (Since by the time the story is told, it is assumed that Jiipu is long gone.)
c. Show, don't tell!
Showing keeps things far more interesting. A writer's job isn't just to get the reader from point A to B -- writers have to describe the scene and the scenary along the way. Remember that readers can't read your mind, so you have to provide them with visual cues!
Along the same vein is the need to explain why things happen. The line between an fic that would go into the reject bin due to bad characterization or bad plot and a fic that would get approved is your ability to describe and explain all the strange going-ons in your fiction. The prime example would be getting snarly, antisocial Sanzo to open up to anyone. It could happen, but it's not something that would occur out of the blue. Coming up with a plausible scenario or insight into Sanzo's mindset would be necessary to save a fic from the deep, dark pit of OOCness (out of character-ness.)
d. Points of View
3rd person then split into two types -- 3rd person omniscient and 3rd person limited. Omniscient is when you take a neutral stand as narrator, and is not easy to write. Consistency is the key -- you should devote equal amounts of attention to each character, and you should either see the thoughts of all the characters or none at all. You would be Kanzeon watching events in the lotus pond -- you see everything, and know everything, and should not focus over much on one character.
3rd person limited fics involve seeing the action through the eyes of one character, and one character only. The most important thing to remember in these fictions is that You are technically in the shoes of your narrator-character, and you cannot see into the heads of others! Thus, if you were to see the world through Hakkai's eyes, you shouldn't have, in the same scene, Sanzo's thoughts flying around (unless Hakkai is telepathic.) Also, don't impute knowledge to your narrator that he shouldn't have, or make him see through closed doors into the next door. If you want to do that, put in a scene break. "Meanwhile, Jiipu was sleeping in the next room..."
f. Review begging
h. Author's notes, poll, interactive fictions, etc
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