If you wish to archive a fanfic at the Teaspoon then it must meet the requirements of the Submission Guidelines. We do not moderate story content or style, save where they conflict with the Terms of Service, but we do expect a minimal standard of spelling, grammar and formatting. If there is an area which you are unsure of, there is a list of helpful websites listed below the guidelines.
What is a story, anyway?
We do not allow transcripts or stories which heavily feature song lyrics ('song-fics'.) Nor do we allow stories that are about the actors rather than the characters (also known as RPF). We also ask that you don't make stories, or chapters of stories, out of inquiries, requests, rants, or other such discussion-type material. If you don't have a title for your story, or you really want someone to write a story about Rose's pet cat falling in love with K9, or you want to gripe about the plotline for "Keys of Marinus," there are more appropriate places online to do that. (We recommend Gallifrey Base's discussion boards and the numerous communities on LiveJournal.)
A good summary means more readers. It should be short, to the point and entice a potential reader into clicking on your story. In order for your story to be accepted to the Teaspoon, your summary must adhere to the following rules:
For examples of good summaries, please take a look here, here or here.
Spelling, grammar and formatting
Other reasons your fic might be rejected include, but are not limited to, the following:
If your fanfic is rejected, you may resubmit after edits. If it has been rejected more than once and you are unsure of what the problem is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you don't have access to spell checking software, here are some links where you can get the same sort of information:
We also have some handy links to some grammar websites, in case you get confused about where to place quotes and whether you need an apostrophe or not:
In case you're American and you need to know the proper usage of the word "bollocks" (or other such sterling examples of the fine English language) here are some sites to help you out:
And just in case you've forgotten in which story Five explains what the heck his celery is all about ("Caves of Androzani" for all of you playing at home), here are a few places where you can check your canon: