Call For Submissions

in #fiction5 years ago (edited)

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

Link required.
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 .


Must be free of formatting, grammar, syntax, and spelling issues.

That is going to very hard for most of the writers on here. You do realize that there is not one known work of Stephen King that would meet those requirements? Reality is there will always be errors that get in the way, multiple and endless errors yes those works need work. But one or two errors out of 1000 or more words, you need to have a broader perspective. Also, remember, there are spelling difference between American English, EU-English, NZ-English, and Australian English. Not all english speaking country use the bastardized spelling of color, some still use colour.

@bashadow, I'd like to personally invite you to the Fiction Workshop on Discord. It can be a confusing forum to navigate for some, but once you find the workshop channel, you're set. I see from your blog that you are definitely a reader. Don't know if you do any fiction writing, but we always have stories in the queue needing feedback. We have a lot of great Steemit writers dropping in from time to time and it's just a fun place to be. Here's the invite link:

Thank you for the invite, right now I am still trying to learn more about steemit, and am not really interested in the chat-room side of things at this point in time. I will look again in a few months maybe as winter gets in full swing up here, but I really do not like chat rooms that much anymore.

Excuse me, but do you seriously think we are ignorant of the differences? We have curators from multiple places in the world and many of us are well-read with international fiction and accustomed to the differences. We don't rule something out because they aren't American. Once you have a big name in the mainstream world, you can get away with a lot of things. But to get published initially and develop that big name, you have to put out pretty clean work. An author who isn't willing to work to improve these things is never going to make it anywhere. And the SFT has been known to set its curators to work helping a really promising author do final polishing on a piece when the author was interested in doing so. Spending some time in the fiction-workshop on PALNet is highly recommended. A peer critique system is extremely effective at working out the majority of the bugs, if an author is, again, WILLING to do the work.

As a non-native English speaker who was nonetheless curated by the SFT on my first piece, after having received a huge amount of support and encouragement and guidance from the members of the MSP Fiction Workshop, I can honestly say that I have never felt my multilingual ESL background or my preference for colour over color to be a disadvantage. Language evolves differently indifferent cultures, leading to differences in spelling. To refer to these cultural differences as bastardized versions is, in my humble opinion, a bit of a supremacist attitude that grates on a world citizen like myself.

Thank you for taking the time to point out that they are not as stringent as I first thought. There are so many good stories and writers that are not native english speakers I felt that the rules they laid out were pretty much out of reach of non English speakers. Thank you for showing me I was wrong.

One or two errors out of 1000 or more words - that would be fine.
What we see, routinely, is failure to proofread and (more time consuming for unpaid editors to handle) the need to *teach * basic grammar, syntax, and puctuation in dialogue. I'm ever amazed at how many errors show up. As for Stephen King, a lot of editors *would * reject a lot of his stories. Once established, writers get away with a lot more than unknown writers do. King's latest, co-authored with his son, has some pretty harsh reviews. Anyway, if SFT's criteria sound too daunting, try reading some of the work that's already been curated. We know there is always room for improvement. Also, we offer a Workshop (free!) to help with the formatting, grammar, syntax, and spelling issues. Ignore it at your own risk. Thank you for reading and commenting, and please know it is not our goal to scare people off with impossibly high standards.

Thank You, I did reply to myself to thank all of you. I will try to find some of the works that have already been curated.

Another thing to consider is the authors themselves who produce very high quality, well edited work. Do they not deserve special recognition for that effort? Recognition doesn't always coincide with payout. Over time, perhaps it will. But until then, should we continue to allow the best fiction published on Steemit to go unrecognized? I think not. I think the SFT can help fill that gap quite well.

I am sure it will. I was just not sure about the purpose after reading the post, and then seeing that one rule. I would like to thank you all for pointing out that things are not as they always appear. @tinypaleokitchen showed me that non-native english speakers are not ignored. I have found so many good stories and writers from areas that english is the second language.

Try using that same argument on the literary agent who rejects your work time and again.

It is true that not everyone aspires to achieve these standards. Not everyone wants to publish in the mainstream. And that is perfectly fine. But for those who do, these standards do not seem unusual or too stringent.

I would like to take the time to thank all of you who have replied. It would seem that you are not into elitism as much as my first read would have indicated. Thank you again for pointing out my error in my interpretation of your post. The part I posted and commented on seemed to be a warning off of any new writers seeking any sort of assistance. I am glad I was wrong.

I live in a country where I primarily speak a language that is not my native language. I understand the challenges of writing and communicating in a second language. While SFT only curates things in English, the global perspective is appreciated. There is also no reason why a similar endeavor couldn't be created for authors in other languages. It just isn't something we can do. But the fiction-workshop does ask participants to mention if English is their native language or not and collects info on native language in the hopes that someday there will be an author base to allow people to support each other in other languages.

It should be hard for most of the writers on Steemit or anywhere else for that matter, hence curation. Are you in all seriousness suggesting that SFT should lower their standards because you find them to exclusionary or elitist? Also––as pointed out by @tinypaleokitchen––your use of 'bastardized' justifiably raises quite a few eyebrows in an open writing community. I assure you the curators are well aware of the international nature of this community and as such would not consider a regional spelling of a word a spelling mistake. It's interesting to me that in this single comment you manage to both imply a certain elitism of the SFT curators AND a lack of understanding of how language works.

Are you in all seriousness suggesting that SFT should lower their standards because you find them to exclusionary or elitist?

No I am not suggesting that. It was the wording of the post and the stringent requirements that made it appear that way. Fortunately several individual have responded and corrected my mis-perceptions about what it is SFT is trying to do. I am very aware of people that try to be elitist and that one requirement seemed to me to have been from one of them. No I would never tell someone that they need to do away with their own rules or standards.

It's interesting to me that in this single comment you manage to both imply a certain elitism of the SFT curators AND a lack of understanding of how language works.

I do not see how my comment on the use of 'bastardized' when it came to the spelling of color evoked any of your quote above. I honestly do not understand how it implied Elitism on the part of SFT or its curators. I just really hate how so many people see the word colour and assume that it is spelled wrong. We all have our pet peeves, now you know one of mine.

Because your wording, perhaps unintentionally, made it sound like you assumed the SFT would be judging people who used other English variants unfairly because we required correct spelling. But correct spelling means correct for the variant you use and consistent. Don't spell it color half the time and colour the other half. And it is fiction, so you still might have characters who do NOT use correct grammar and spelling. We can tell the difference. But now you know we don't judge that way, so we'll put it all behind us and move forward happily. In future you might want to ask for clarification before assuming someone would judge against your preferred variant of the language. You might have meant it as a joke. That is not always easy to determine without a context of body language, which would normally be written into fiction but not into this media.

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@sft -- Your focus on strictness and focus on high quality is in fact creating a valuable brand. Just one, question, in the "Guidelines for submission", I don't see an instruction on to send you the link. Comment to this? Discord? Thanks.

Good post; thanks for the info

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