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Submit Stories To: guardian[at]scifi-online[dot]org
Note: In the email addresses on this site, all of the "@" and "." symbols have been removed to defeat spambot scanners. You'll have to manually replace "[at]" and "[dot]" with them respectively.
Now, this is me trying to save authors who have already submitted work here some time by making the submissions address easy to find. However, if you're new to this site, I'd ask that you please read through the submission rules posted below before you attempt to send anything.
I've attempted to make things easier to find by providing this handy table of contents. Simply click on a link directly below, and it will take you to the appropriate section. Click "back" to return to the top of the page. Or, you can simply scroll through everything, as it's all on the same page.
1) Remember that the people who are adding fics are volunteers and have lives outside of the internet, so if your story doesn't appear on the site immediately, please don't complain. It may take up to around 3 days to get a story posted. If that amount of time has passed and it still hasn't been posted and you haven't heard back from us, send CX a private message (PM) to inquire about your story's status.
2) No relationships ('ships) that contradict established canon. This applies to all cases of canon characters suddenly and inexplicably either falling in love or otherwise getting it on outside of their established character, whether it's Kirk/Spock, Archer/T'Pol, Worf/Troi/Riker, or something else along those lines – I'm hoping you all get the idea. I see it as an abuse to the characters involved, so I'd rather not have it on my site. There are other places you can post stuff like that at, like FanFiction.Net. That being said, if it's your own work with your own characters, you're more than welcome to submit it here for the Original Work section. I know this is a somewhat confusing rule, so if you have something you want to submit and aren't sure about it, contact CX.
3) Include all HTML coding in your submissions. Trust me, it's a lot easier to put it in as you write your story than it is to try and add it in later, and it's definitely a lot easier for you to do it than it would be for us to try to add it later. So if you don't have it in there already when you submit it, we will send it back. If you don't know a thing about HTML, don't worry, there are some HTML Basics at the bottom of this page about how to do it on your own. If you prefer, you can also try this website by just following the instructions. It'll look like crap when you give it to us, but it should work. If all else fails, you can PM me (CX) about it and we can try to work something else out.
4) Rate your work appropriately. We use the same ratings that the MPAA uses for its movies: NC-17, R, PG-13, PG, and G. You can look up what the ratings mean here, but it's going to be a matter of using your own judgment in rating them. Please don't be offended if we end up raising the rating. Also, if you see a posted story you feel should have a higher rating, let me know and I'll look at it.
5) Proofread your work. Just do it, please, it'll make your work that much better. I'd actually advise using one or more betas because other eyes tend to catch what your own can miss, at least in my experience.
Violation of Rule #2 or Rule #3 will mean that your fic either won't get posted, or it'll get taken down. If something of yours gets taken down, we will contact you about it and explain why. If you don't get that message but something of yours is gone, a mistake may have happened, so please contact CX about it.
On a related note, we aren't going to be able to read through all the stories ourselves, so if you've read one and have seen something that you think might be in violation of the rules, please send me (CX) a PM, and I will look at it and act appropriately.
Violation of Rule #1 will really, really annoy us. It certainly won't get things done any faster. Violation of Rule #4 will annoy us too, because it means we'll have to look through and decide on an appropriate rating ourselves. It'll also annoy you, because we'll have to temporarily take your fic down while we do so. Violation of Rule #5 will just annoy anyone who reads it if it's really bad, but it won't keep your story from being posted or anything.
This is a description of all the sections in The Guardian of Forever. Please read through here before submitting your work, so you can best decide where it should be archived.
Star Trek: Enterprise - Stories that take place in the canon universe or an AU that features the main characters from the series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005). This includes stories that take place after the end of the series, as well as stories that fix or ignore the episode These are the Voyages…. Just be sure to include things like that in your story's description.
Star Trek - Also referred to as The Original Series. Stories that take place in the canon universe or an AU that features the main characters from the series Star Trek (1966-1969). This includes the first pilot, The Cage, the three seasons of the original series itself, The Animated Series, the first six movies, the first part of Star Trek: Generations, and what would constitute the late 23rd Century of the "Lost Era", as long as it revolves around the main characters from the media listed.
Star Trek: The Next Generation - Stories that take place in the canon universe or an AU that features the main characters from the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). This includes the series itself, the bulk of Star Trek: Generations starting with the holodeck scene, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis, and what would constitute the early to mid-24th Century of the "Lost Era", as long as it revolves around the main characters (such as Picard, seeing as he's pretty old in the series) from the media listed.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Stories that take place in the canon universe or an AU that features the main characters from the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999). This includes the series itself, before the series, or after the series, as long as it revolves around the main characters from the media listed.
Star Trek: Voyager - Stories that take place in the canon universe or an AU that features the main characters from the series Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001). This includes the series itself, before the series, or after the series, as long as it revolves around the main characters from the media listed.
Original Works - Basically everything else. If it features canon characters from one of the series/movies, but only in what would be considered a cameo appearance, it would go here. If you rebooted one of the canon series, it would go here, just be sure to include that fact both in your stories description, and in your email to us. Also please include the era your fic takes place in. The eras break up as follows: pre-ENT – basically anything up to a few years of when ENT took place (2151); ENT – (2145-2161); post-ENT – the late 22nd Century; pre-TOS – the early 23rd Century up to the when The Cage took place (2265-ish); TOS – (2265-2293), basically The Cage through The Undiscovered Country; Lost Era – includes the TOS movies, the beginning of Generations, and goes through the start of TNG; TNG – everything from Encounter at Farpoint to Nemesis; post-NEM – everything after the movie Star Trek: Nemesis.
The Submission Process
First, I need you to make sure that you have all the appropriate HTML coding and everything in place. That includes an appropriate heading, which I'd like everyone to follow so as to keep everything standardized within the site as much as possible. Below is an example, HTML coding and all:
Which will look like this on the website:
Disclaimer: CBS and Paramount own pretty much everything except the actual plot of this fic. I’m not making any money off of this; I’m just having some fun in my spare time.
Genre: Angst, Drama, Romance, etc.
Description: Follow the adventures of the Enterprise as it's crew discovers something that will change the galaxy forever, or at least makes for an interesting story.
Author’s Note: This was pulling teeth to write, but it was a labor of love. Thanks to Bubba for helping me to beta this.
This is my story. Isn't it cool? Nice and short anyway.
This is what it does and what it's for:
"Title" – Just put the title of what your fic is, and the part number if it has more than one part to it. The coding there will make the title appear bold, so as to make it stand out a bit more. The coding at the end is to make the next line appear right underneath it.
By Author - You can use your real name, a pen name, or an internet handle, it doesn't really matter as long as everyone knows who wrote it.
Rating - See Rule #4. Here's that MPAA link again. You can also include why you chose that rating in parentheses after the rating itself if you want, but it isn't required. The rating itself is required, though.
Disclaimer - All stories must have one that acknowledges the ownership of Star Trek by CBS and Paramount (CBS owns the series and Paramount owns the movies). You don't have to use the exact same disclaimer that I used as an example. In fact, I encourage you to be creative and tongue-in-cheek if it strikes your fancy. Just make sure that it isn't vulgar or anything.
Genre - This is voluntary, and just something that might help someone decide whether or not to take the time to read your story. There is no organization by genre here, so strictly speaking it isn't needed for this site, just suggested for your audience's convenience.
Description - I'd say this is a must. Just give a brief description of what your story is about to give people an idea of what your story is about, when it takes place, etc.
Author's Note(s) - This is optional, and a place to put anything else you might want to tell someone reading your story before they start.
The horizontal line is to separate the heading from the story itself.
ALWAYS include that heading with your story.
Once you have all your ducks in a row, you need to attach the document (in ".doc" or ".rtf" format) to an email sent to guardian[at]cidvision[dot]com.
In the subject title, include the words "Story Submission", followed by the section the story is being submitted to (ENT, TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, OW). In the body of the email itself, include whether it would be considered Alternate Universe (AU) or Mirror Universe (MU), or if submitting to the Original Work section, further elaborate on what era the story takes place in.
If you don't know what I'm referring to as far as AU and/or MU, AU would be something that uses the canon characters and the setting but the events are different from canon, like if you wrote a story about one of the parallel crews encountered in the TNG episode Parallels, if you wrote an alternate season to one of the series, an alternate movie, things of that nature. MU would be something that takes place within the Mirror Universe established in the canon franchise. You should also include any other information about your story that you would consider important. Be sure to tell us if it's part of a multi-part story, or part of a serial, as we will create a sub-index for it.
If your story is a crossover which fits into more than one of the sections, be sure to tell us that, so it can be posted in all of the appropriate sections.
Here's a crash course, which should give you everything you need for your story submissions.
Italic – place the tag <i> before the word or phrase you want to appear in italics and the tag </i> after it. If you forget the "/", the web browser will keep italicizing everything after the <i> tag.
Bold – place the tag <b> before the word or phrase you want to appear in bold and the tag </b> after it.
Underline – place the tag <u> before the word or phrase you want to appear underlined and the tag </u> after it. I wouldn't suggest using this in your stories though, as they might be mistaken for links.
Paragraph – place the tag <p> before each paragraph. If you don't, everything will appear as one massive block of text. This will produce a space between paragraphs as in the block or modified block style of writing. You don't need a </p> tag with this one, just make sure <p> is at the start of every paragraph and it will work fine.
Line Break – place the tag <br> at the end of the line before you want the line break, or at the beginning of the line itself. "Line Break" means it will just move the text after that <br> tag to the next line rather than producing that blank space as with the <p> tag.
Horizontal Rule – place the tag <hr> where you want a line to appear across the screen. If you use the <p> tag just before it thusly, <p><hr>, it will ensure that there is a blank line between whatever text is above it and the horizontal rule.
Links – if you want to link to another story, or to a reference, do so thusly: <a href="http://www.website_url.com">Name of your link</a>.
If you need something else, this website is an excellent reference, or you can contact CX to ask about it.