Submissions Guidelines

Updated: 27 July 2022

We always welcome story submissions from our readers! After all, it’s our readers who know best exactly what works in stories like ours. You can use this form to provide feedback or to email a story submission.

This is a free, nonprofit archive. No compensation is offered. Metabods posts stories directly submitted by the author or with the author’s permission; we don’t automatically include any stories that are genre-relevant appearing elsewhere on the web.


Submitting a story

To submit a story for consideration, please use the contact/submission form and paste your story in text form in the “Message” box.

Formatting. Use regular text, with a blank line in between paragraphs. Try to avoid unusual characters, since not all browsers are compatible. You can use HTML italic and bold tags (<i> and <b>) and ampersand escape codes (e.g., &mdash; for an em dash), if you want to.

Author information. You MUST include your name and email address with a story submission. This information will be kept strictly confidential unless you explicitly agree otherwise.

Byline and author links. Feel free to supply a pen name to list your stories under. You may also include a web page and or email address that can be linked next to your byline and on your author page. If you want to attach a web page or email address to your previously posted stories, please contact me and I’ll be happy to add them on. You can also change your byline any time after publication; just let me know.

Editing. Metabods retains the right to edit any submitted story for grammar and clarity, unless the author explicitly informs the editor/moderator that the story or chapter must be either published as is or not published. (There is an option for this on the submission form.) Normally, edits are limited to what is necessary for English readability, in the judgment of the site moderator and editor. You can request to review edits made to the submitted work prior to or after posting of the submission on the site. If you want to request this at the time of submission, just include your request in the “Comments (for the Moderator only)” box on the submissions page.

Language. Your story can be in either American English or British English; don’t worry, I won’t localize “localise” into “localize” or anything like that. As of this writing, however, everything on Metabods is in the general category of English, mostly because I am not able to edit or quality-control submissions in any other language.

Style. After years of reading, writing, and editing erotica I’ve assembled a few things every writer should think about to make a good story. The big one is, a second read after you’re past the initial blush of creation is crucial—it’s during the second read you see things like typos not caught by spellcheck (because they are also words, just not the right ones); accidental tense shifts from past to present tesnse and back (very common in sex/action scenes!); paragraphs that are longer than readers might find comfortable; and so on. See the link below for tips and strategies!

Making your story a good read

Possible problems

There are a few different ways a story might be potentially problematic.

Authorship. Please only submit a story if you are the author, or explicitly have permission from the author to submit the story for display on Metabods. Please do not remove or replace another author’s or poster’s attribution from a story submission.

Problematic content. Please do not submit stories with involving adults having sex with minors, or underage minors having sex with each other. Stories featuring characters who are of high school age should specify that they are 18 years old; alternatively, you could move the setting to a college or other venue not associated with minors.

Other problematic content includes what common sense would suggest. For example: rape or coercion of minors; abusive situations involving minors; graphic violence; unwilling participants; dangerous sexual acts; depiction of minors being photographed for distribution; suicide or attempted suicide without consequences; adult sexual situations with children; or works which the submitter does not have permission to contribute to Metabods.

Fanfiction. Generally speaking, stories involving copyrighted characters from mainstream media are discouraged, not only for legal reasons but because this is not generally a site focused on fanfiction and similar content. Personally—and this is stated without judgment as there is a lot of very good fanfiction out there—the tenor of Metabods is skewed toward original characters and situations. If you submit a story featuring fictional characters from television shows, movies, books, comic strips, etc., please include an author’s note flagging the use of such characters for the benefit of those who might not want to read such a story.

Celebrities. Stories about celebrities may not include stalking, threats against celebrities, or the death of celebrities or their friends or family members as a plot device. If you submit a story that features real individuals, please include an author’s note flagging the use of such individuals for the benefit of those who might not want to read such a story.

Rights

Stories belong to their authors; by submitting, you’re granting us a license to share them on the site.

Authors. Authors retain rights to and title to their submitted works. By submitting a story, you grant the Metabods a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, and noncancellable license to display the work.

If you have concerns about this or specific issues relating to a particular work—say, it can only be published after or until a specific date—please contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss.

You can license your stories to other publishers, but that doesn’t revoke the license granted to Metabods. Metabods will respect requests for changes to stories, to attribution, and/or to email addresses by the original author of the work (See “Removing a story” below).

Publisher. Metabods retains the right to decline to publish on metabods.com, or remove from publication on metabods.com, any story or chapter submitted. Normally such refusal has to do with problematic content or intellectual property (see “Potential problems” above), or because the story or chapter is not, in the judgment of the moderator/editor, consonant with the tone, history, and existing content of the site.

Publication and removal is at the webmaster’s discretion, which may be both subjective and arbitrary. Please see also the General Disclaimers page for more information.

Removing a story

You can request your story be removed from the active site even after it’s posted.

Author rights. The author retains the right to remove or revise any story or chapter at any time upon submission of a request via email; if this request is not from the email address associated with previous correspondence, some additional verification may be necessary.

Honoring requests. Decisions to honor requests to remove a work from public display are determined on a case-by-case basis. This does not nullify, terminate, or revoke any license granted to Metabods. If a story you wrote appears on Metabods and you wish to remove it, please contact me immediately and request the story be removed.

Questions?

If you have any questions or queries about submission, just ask. And thanks for sharing your fantasies! We and our readers truly appreciate it.

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