Help Page

Signing up for an account.
Submitting a story.
Editing your personal information, and changing the look of the site.
Other questions.

Signing up for an account

You can sign up for an account by clicking on the link that says Log in. Once there, you'll find that there are user name and password boxes to log in and underneath that is a link that says Register. Click on this link and you'll be able to sign up for an account.

Once you have signed up, you will receive an e-mail with a randomly assigned password. Only you will know this. The archivists will not. However, if you do not receive an e-mail, as sometimes authors' ISPs mistakenly identify these automatic e-mails as spam, please contact one of the archivists via their profiles and they will arrange to generate another password, and send this on to you manually.

Once you have received a password, you can change it to something easier to remember via the 'Your Account' option, and then going to 'Edit Personal Information'.

Alternatively, send an e-mail to to one of the archivists with a text file of the story attached and they'll be more than happy to create an author account for you and manage it on your behalf. You can contact the archivists by using the 'contact' option in their profile.

Submitting a Story

Once you've created an account, you can upload stories by doing the following:

1. Log in.

2. Go to Your Account.

3. Click on Add a story.

4. Follow the instructions, ensuring that you complete all boxes.

Before submitting anything to the site, ensure that you have read the submission rules. When submitting a story you need to remember the following:

1. Ensure that you've selected the correct category for the story to be posted in.

2. Stories may be uploaded as either plain text or html, although some html tags are not permitted by the software. See the information next to the submission box on the submission page for details.

Where stories are uploaded as text files, they should be uploaded as text files without line breaks. If text files contain line breaks, then this screws up the formatting of your story, making it look odd at different screen resolutions.

3. Stories should be formatted to have a double space between paragraphs, for ease of reading. If you are using html, it's better to use two break tags [br][br] rather than a paragraph tag [p] to mark paragraphs, as the software used on this site occasionally does funny things with paragraph tags. If you are uploading a text file, the software automatically inputs a break [br] tag wherever you have used a carriage return. Therefore, in order to ensure that you have a double space between paragraphs, you should use two hard returns (hitting the enter key twice) rather than using all of the fancy formatting options in Word or similar, and then save your document as a plain text file without line breaks.

4. Please put any notes, such as those thanking your beta, at the beginning of the file you are uploading or at the beginning of the text box, and offset it from the main story by ~*~.

5. Please do not put hypertext links, italics or bold tags in the summary. This screws up the formatting on the front page. If you wish to link to your own homepage, you can do this through your user profile rather than on individual stories. If you wish to link to, say, the challenge that inspired this story, please include the links in the notes, as mentioned in point number 4.

6. All stories need the chapter number completing, even if it is only one part. In that case, put something like Part 1 of 1 in this box, so that people will know the story is complete. You will also need to change the story completion status from 'no' (the default) to 'yes' if the story is only in one part and complete. You can do this through Your account and then editing the story - click on 'no' under the Complete heading, and it will change to 'yes'.

7. Where the story is part of a series, or is a WIP, post additional parts as additional chapters not as new stories, as there is no way of linking stories. Again, this can be done through Your Account and selecting Add New Chapter rather than Add New Story from the list of options.

8. Where the story is a WIP, and the story changes over time so that it no longer fits very well into the first category you put it into, you can transfer it between categories by going to your account, selecting the story to edit and then selecting the correct category from the dropdown list.

9. Long stories may also be posted in 'chapters'. There may well be an upper limit to the size of each part (we haven't found it yet, but we're using 75k per part as a guideline), so check before you add stories that all of the story is showing in the preview, and it hasn't been cut off. Also, the longer the story part, the more difficult it is for those on dial up to download the entire page.

10. The archive is set up so that all new submissions need to be validated by the archivist before they show up on the site. This step is unfortunately necessary to prevent spamming of the site. It shouldn't take long so please be patient. If you have submitted an e-mail address with your author profile, you should receive notification once the story has been approved. If you have any concerns about delays, please feel free to contact one of the archivists, which you can do through the contact button on their profiles.


You may leave a review for any story either anonymously or by name if you log into your account. You can manage your reviews by logging into your account and selecting View Reviews from the list of options under Your Account. You can also respond to individual reviews using this option.

Editing Personal Information and Changing the Look of the Site

There are a number of things you can do by editing your personal information, including changing your bio, setting it up so that you receive e-mail notifications of reviews you receive, carrying information across between chapters so that you don't have to input it again and changing the look of the site. To access these options, Log in and then, under Your Account, choose the option that says Edit Personal Information.

You can change the look of the site when you are logged in by changing the 'skin', which is an option right at the bottom of Edit Personal Information. This change will only take effect when you are logged in. If you are not logged in, you will continue to see the default skin of the site. More information on changing skins, including the skins offered, can be found here.

Other Questions

If you have any questions about any of these points, please do not hesitate to contact one of the archivists. You can do so via the 'contact' option on their individual profiles.