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This is a guide for potential new authors and seeks to explain everything you need to know about submitting written works to the library. Click the appropriate icon above for further information.
The Library of Spanking Fiction supports a number of different document types as follows: stories, serials, poems, limericks, plays, articles, books, letters, snippets, songs and 'other' as well as audio tracks.
Stories: works with over 300 words and no more than 2 parts.
Serials: works consisting of 3 or more parts that represent a continuous narrative much like the chapters in a book.
Snippets: short works consisting of 300 words or less.
Letters: these refer to transcriptions of reader's letters from spanking magazines rather than narrative in the form of a letter.
Poems: items written in verse.
Limericks: a poem typically written in five-line anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA).
Songs: lyrics, typically to existing songs, in the form of parody.
Books: transcriptions of existing books which are no longer copyrighted.
Articles: non-fictional works. Some are loaded from our electronic journal, Wellred Weekly.
Plays: works featuring scripted dialogue between characters.
In addition, the library features:
Ordered series: individual stories which can be read standalone but which typically feature a recurring theme or characters and are intended to be read in a particular order.
Unordered series: individual stories which can be read standalone but which typically feature a recurring theme or characters but are not intended to be read in any particular order.
Collaborative serials: serials in which the various parts have been written by different authors.
layout & formatting
We try to ensure a degree of uniformity in terms of the layout and formatting of library submissions. In addition to the actual layout of the text there are a number of items which may be included in a submission:
Ordered series reference
Line between paragraphs
Bold & italic
grammar & punctuation
Grammar and punctuation may be a bit boring but if you get them right, your story submission will get through our assessment net and end up being loaded in the library where it will be read and (hopefully!) enjoyed. We don't expect perfect prose but we do expect would-be authors to adhere to basic standards, such as proper sentence construction where each sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop/period. Here are some examples.
Quotation marks are a form of punctuation which help readers know where dialogue begins and ends. They differentiate the words your characters are uttering from those that you are simply using to describe the events in the story. Always use double quotes for direct speech.
The apostrophe has two main uses: contractions and ownerships
A colon is used to separate a list of items from the main part of a sentence but the separated section of the sentence must be able to stand on its own. Colons are also used to separate a sentence from a quotation, a phrase that provides introduction or after the opening salutation in a letter. Advice on the correct use of the colon can be found here.
A semi-colon is used to separate two related and complete sentences from each other but can also be used to separate items in a list to give the list better readability. Advice on the correct use of the semicolon can be found here.
A hyphen is most commonly used to separate two words that can stand on their own but it does have a few other uses. Advice on the correct use of the semicolon can be found here.
Consistency of Tense
A common mistake is to change tense in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Further information can be found here.
No underage sexual contact
We do not publish anything that involves sex between an adult and a minor, nor anything which sexualizes a minor.
The main focus of stories should be on spanking as opposed to sex or some other fetish (enemas, rectal examinations, foot worship, age-play, diapering etc). We do accept stories that can be classified within the Romance genre, but these must be primarily spanking stories as opposed to a love story with a few swats thrown in.
If the content of material is likely to cause offence to a significant number of people, we won't publish it. Obviously this represents a subjective judgement on our part but we reserve the right to use our discretion to filter out unsuitable material. The LSF is not a porn site, and although sex in spanking stories is fine (providing the age rule is met) scenes of a sexual nature must be well written and should relate to the story. Stories which feature rape will not be loaded.
Real Life Accounts
We have a policy of not publishing real life accounts. Please send in fictional stories only.
We do not include any images in library submissions with the exception of articles that are loaded from our electronic journal, the Wellred Weekly.
Things to avoid
In the interests of creating well-written fiction we would recommend the following be avoided:
Submissions can be sent either via email or by using the Contact Us facility and copy-pasting the text into the textbox. Those wishing to submit items via email should first use the Contact Us facility to get in touch and we will respond providing our email address.
title as subject
When submitting items via email please place the title of the submission in the subject field. Simply leaving the subject field blank or entering 'new story' is likely to mean that gmail attaches your message to a previous one with the same subject, increasing the possibility that your submission might go unnoticed.
When submitting an item with more than one part please let us know whether it's intended to be a 2 part story or a multi-part serial so we can load it accordingly. If submitting parts of a serial which you're aware will have 10 parts or more do let us know from the outset so that we can label the first nine parts with a leading zero, e.g. Part 01, Part 02 etc.
Please let us know when a serial you have been submitting is completed so we can mark it as such on the site.
All items are ultimately loaded as plain text but in terms of making submissions they can also be sent as attachments in Open Office (.odt), Rich text Format (.rtf) or Microsoft Word (.doc). Note, if using more recent versions of Microsoft Word please use the Save As facility and save in .doc NOT .docx format.
Typically, submissions are initially reviewed by the Head Librarian, flopsybunny, who assesses the items for suitability. They are then passed to Februs for pre-formatting (see here) and loading onto the site. Once loaded, items are assigned to be validated. The process of validation consists of the following:
Items are loaded in a batch when a total of 30 submissions have been acquired. Individual submissions which have issues go to the back of the queue so it's worth making sure our submission guidelines have been followed. It's not possible to provide a fixed timescale for loading as that depends on a number of factors including when we are otherwise disposed for a while watching football, eating chocolate or drinking to excess.
When your first item is loaded an 'author page' will automatically be created for you (see below). Prior to loading your first item we ask that you decide on the following and provide the necessary information where applicable:
author name: the name which your stories will be credited to. Note this can be the same or different from your user name on the site. Where they are different the site is able to link the two.
email: whether you wish your email address to be visible
location: the country you are located in (enables us to place the correct flag)
notification: whether you wish to be sent an email whenever someone comments on one of your submissions (note: this does not require that your email address be visible on the site)
website:a link to your own website, so long as it is related, at least in part, to spanking fiction
bio: a biography of up to 300 words of text can be displayed.
photo: a passport-sized portrait photo can be displayed.
copyright text: if you are unhappy with the default text we provide it is possible to specify alternative wording, subject to agreement with the library admins.
Authors who are also members of the site have an additional menu item (My Author Page) located within the MyLSF sub-menu, which when clicked will take them directly to their own author page.
The Author PageThe author page is a reference point where all the submissions of a particular author can be found as well as a number of other pieces of related information. There are up to 8 'tabs' which can be selected which provide the following:
All: provides a paginated list of all submissions, sub-divided by document type and ordered by initial letter of the submissions title.
Stories: provides a paginated list of stories ordered by initial letter of the submissions title.
Serials: provides a paginated list of serials and collaborative serials.
Poems: provides a paginated list of poems and limericks.
Other: provides a paginated list of articles, books, letters, snippets, songs, plays and 'other'
Comments: provides a paginated list of comments made on the author's submissions in date order
Stats: only available where an author has made 5 or more submissions, provides the following statistical information:
Latest: a list of the author's most recent submissions in date order.
Sub-genres: In addition it is possible to view the number of sub-genres featured in the author's submissions.
Awards: Up to 5 different awards, each with 3 levels of attainment, may be displayed based on the following criteria:
If you have entered one of the library's challenges and finished in the top 3 one or more of the following rosettes will be displayed.
Responding to comments
The site allows readers to comment on submissions. When responding to commenters please do so by sending them a popup message rather than commenting on your own submission as the commenter will not get to see your response unless they return to the comments page for the submission. Clicking on the commenter's name will bring up a popup message text box ...
New authors are announced via a post on the library Noticeboard forum. Please make a point of exploring the forum as it provides an excellent way to interact with other site users, many of whom may be commenting on your submissions.
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