Submission Rules

Submission Guidelines

This site is for stories set in the X-Men movieverse only. It is perfectly acceptable to use comic characters that were not in the movies in your stories, but if your story doesn't take place in the movieverse, it doesn't belong here. Stories focusing on the relationship between Wolverine and Rogue (romantic, friendship, or otherwise) should be archived at our sister site, the WRFA. Why? Because I pay for both sites, and it's silly to pay for space and bandwidth for the same story twice.
Please read our Terms of Service.
Series vs Chapters
Stories with multiple chapters should be archived as such and NEVER as separate stories in a series. Upload the first chapter of your story, then go to Manage Stories in your account to add additional chapters. If you have trouble with this, please contact the site administrator or ask a friend to help you.

A series is a set of stories that when read together comprise a story arc, but each story itself has its own plot. An example of this would be the Lord of the Rings books, or the Star Wars movies. Each book/movie has its own plot, its own resolution, and is generally understandable and entertaining independently of the others. You might not understand everything that's going on if you missed the earlier books or movies, but you get the general idea.

A chaptered story, on the other hand, is a single story with one basic plot (or an A plot and B plot, if you're ambitious) that is told one piece at a time, in small chunks that do not stand alone and don't make much sense if read independently. And example of this would be, well, just about any book you've ever read that has chapters in it. If you, having never read a word of the Lord of the Rings in your life, pick up The Two Towers and turn to chapter six and start reading there, you won't have any idea what's going on, because understanding that chapter is dependent on reading what came before it.

Four hundred words that picks up where the last bit left off and has no actual story structure of its own is not a story in a series--it's a chapter. If the administrators think your "series" should be archived as a chaptered story, they will contact you and ask you to change it.

Why does this matter? Because archiving your 48 chapter story as 48 separate stories takes up way more space on our server.


Categories
Stories must be submitted to the proper category. If there is an appropriate sub-category, DO NOT add your story to the main category. The submission form allows you to choose multiple categories for your story, and we worked very hard to add that functionality for you. So please do NOT add your story multiple times!
Titles and Summaries
All stories must have a title. If it doesn't have a title, you may call it "untitled" but do not call it "THIS STORY NEEDS A TITLE PLEASE HELP!!111"

"Please read" is not an acceptable title or summary.

Story titles and summaries should not be typed in all caps.


Off Limits Fandoms
A number of authors have requested that fans refrain from writing fan fiction based on their work. Submissions will not be accepted based on the works of P.N. Elrod, Raymond Feist, Terry Goodkind, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley, Irene Radford, Anne Rice, and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb. Please do not submit stories that crossover with these works.
Real Person Fic/Real Person Slash (RPF/RPS)
No RPF or RPS is allowed. Mentioning that the X-Men are watching a Hugh Jackman movie as a little inside joke in your story is fine. Having Hugh Jackman present and interacting with the characters in your story is not.

Links/Redirects
Redirecting to other fiction sites is not allowed. "Please read my story/the rest of my story my site/blog/journal!" is not acceptable and such stories will be deleted.

Put your actual story in the archive, not a link to it on your website or LiveJournal. Why? Because if you delete your site or lock your LiveJournal, then the link is broken, and we want an archive full of stories, not an archive full of broken links. Admins will delete link-only submissions.


Ratings
All stories must be rated correctly, particularly adult rated stories. The site administrators recognize that there is an audience for these stories, but please respect those who do not wish to read them by labeling them appropriately.
Spoilers
Please warn for spoilers for upcoming or recent X-movies and any recent issues of the comic books. The warning must appear in your story summary.
Sequels and Remixes
You must contact the original author and obtain permission before writing sequels to their stories, writing in a universe they've created, or remixing any of their stories. If the author has left the fandom and you are unable to contact them, this means you do not have permission.
Warnings
Writers: XMMFF writers are not required to warn for anything, but the trade off is that you will occasionally have to deal with complaints or sometimes outright flames over content. It's up to you to decide how you feel about that, and adjust your personal warnings policy accordingly.

Readers: There may be times you will come across content you feel should have been warned for, content you do not wish to read. Our advice is to use your back button and make a note of the author's name for future reference.


Violations
Submissions found to be in violation of these rules may be removed and the author's account suspended at the discretion of the site administrators. The site administrators reserve the right to modify these rules as needed.