Call For Submissions
SFT curators can’t keep up with all the fiction posted on Steemit, though we do make an effort to look for work posted by unfamiliar authors. Because of this challenge, we’re open to suggestions. Can you help us find posts that might be good for curation? We do have guidelines, but they’re not complicated.
When considering whether a post is worthy of submission, please keep in mind that the SFT is looking for fiction worthy of inclusion in top-quality mainstream publications, like literary and genre magazines. If you wouldn't want to see the post in a publication you paid real money to read, we don't need to see it.
Unlike other curation organizations, we aren't looking for the best at the moment. We'd rather curate nothing than curate things we don't believe reflect positively on our organization. Some weeks we may curate multiple times. Other weeks we may curate nothing at all. We’re at the mercy of our own ability to raise funds for author reward. Also, during some weeks, quality pieces may go unrecognized even if our curators have seen them. We have to consider the vote power of those who follow our voting trail. We don’t want to drain the people who support our efforts.
The potential payout of a post is irrelevant to our selection process. We also don’t care if it’s a contest piece, or whether it won or lost. Even if one of our own curators is among the judges of a contest, we have enough alternate curators to guarantee impartiality. The primary factor will always be the quality. We won't choose a low value post just to draw attention to a struggling author. Nor will we disqualify a post simply because it has gotten attention from Curie or a whale.
If you dream of someday having some of your own work on the SFT Library shelf, we recommend a strong focus on the craft of writing. Work with a top quality editor or in a peer critique group filled with hardworking writers like the fiction-workshop on PALNet. Study articles or books about writing and editing, put in the time and practice to hone your craft, and spend time writing, editing, and rewriting. You don't need a mainstream education to be a good writer, but talent alone is never enough.
Guidelines for Submission
Must be FICTION—not memoir, news, or poetry.
Must be a newer post, so curated works can benefit from exposure before the post is locked down on the blockchain.
Must be free of formatting, grammar, syntax, and spelling issues.
Indicate if this is YOUR WORK or the work of another author on whose behalf you submit. Both cases are acceptable and we especially encourage submitting quality work you've read that has been written by someone else.
If the submission is part of a longer work, like a novel or series, it must be the FIRST CHAPTER or installment. In some cases we will consider stand-alone pieces that are set in a world shared with other pieces, but they must be able to be read and enjoyed completely independently of any other piece.
Fan fiction and other works of that nature are not eligible.
F4F, “please upvote me,” or bot comments will be FLAGGED INTO OBLIVION. You were warned.
Information about why a piece is chosen or rejected for curation will not be discussed in public or with anyone other than the original author.
This curation trail is a project made possible by @aggroed 's PALnet @minnowsupport channel, conceptualized by @andrewgenaille, @rhondak, @mk40, and @swelker101. Logo created by @pegasusphysics. If you would be interested in lending your support through delegation, please contact @mk40 or @swelker101 .