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Fan fiction is literature too, and this group is for authors who treat their stories seriously. This group gathers quality fan fiction together in one place, including the fanfic Daily Deviations. Our purpose is to be the place deviants come to when they want to find a well-written fanfic, post their own, and give and receive thoughtful comments and critiques.
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Rules and Guidelines

Welcome to LiteraryFanFiction!


We are the gathering place for quality fan fiction. Our goal is to raise awareness of quality fan fiction and to improve the community's overall opinion of it. Fan fiction suffers from a stigma that it is poorly written, plotted, full of poorly developed characters, and basically that it is "bad writing." We wish to show the community that we are serious writers and we take our fiction seriously. This is not to say "bad fan fiction" doesn't exist - it does - but there are numerous well written fanfics out there as well. We want the community to see how wonderful our chosen medium can be. We wish to share with the community the all great fanfics available.

Please feel free to look around and enjoy! :D

Come visit our new chat room! #LitFanFic




Rules & Guidelines


Since we are striving for quality fan fictions, we have strict guidelines for submissions.

:bulletgreen: Fan Fiction - This is a fan fiction group. Your submission must be fan fiction in the English language, as we are not qualified to judge literary standards in other languages.

:bulletgreen: :new: Format - Please submit only pieces that are narrative prose (stories), poetry, or non-narrative prose about writing or fanfiction. Prose should not contain in-line citations, excessive footnotes, or "fill in the blank" passages.

:bulletgreen: Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation - Please make sure your fic is well-edited before submitting. A typo can be overlooked, but a fanfic that's full of errors is just sloppy. :new: This includes punctuation of dialog.

:bulletgreen: Gallery Folders - Submit to the proper folder. Each folder has 'Fandoms' and then letters listed after it. Those letters are for the first letter of your fan fiction's series title. Do not use articles (a, an, the) when alphabetizing your series. (Ex. - The Dresden Files would go under D, for Dresden, not T.)

:bulletgreen: Crossovers - Crossovers are allowed, if the story premise is possible (please nothing wild, like humanized My Little Ponies traipsing around with sparkling vampires). Please submit crossovers under the fandom name the main POV character belongs to. Example: in a Superman/X-Men crossover, if the fanfic is told from Wolverine's POV, submit the story into the "Fandoms V, W, X, Y, Z" gallery because Wolverine is from the X-Men franchise.

:bulletgreen: Featured Folder - The Featured folder is reserved for the Fan Fiction Daily Deviations, and other DDs related to fan fiction. Remember, if you know any great fan fictions, feel free to recommend them to me, SingingFlames! :)

:bulletgreen: Canon - To avoid reader confusion, stories should remain canon or, at least, canonically possible (something that is conceivable in that fandom).

:bulletgreen: Romantic Relationships - Please keep all relations in your fanfic canon or canonically possible (i.e. the 'other' person in a romantic triangle). We accept all orientations, as long as it's canon. Don't change a character's sexual orientation to 'fit' your pairing.

:bulletgreen: Original Characters - OCs are allowed, but canon characters must also be present or be set in an immediately recognizable setting (i.e. having your OC wizard students attending Hogwarts is fine, however, an OC wizard with a wand and no recognizable locales or spells being used is not enough).

:new: Continuity - please submit chapters in order. We reserve the right to decline chapters of a work if all previous chapters have not been accepted into our gallery.

:bulletgreen: Submission Limit - At the moment, submissions are limited to two a week. This may change as the group grows.

:new: When posting a new story, please submit only the first chapter. After that one is approved, you may post new chapters at your leisure within the submission limits.

:new: Flash Fan Fiction Friday - If your Flash Fan Fiction Friday entry would put you over the week's limit, please tell us this in your comment on the entry when you link us the story, and hold off on submitting it to the group gallery.

Reasons Why a Submission Might Be Declined



:bulletred: Mary Sues - Mary Sues/Gary Stus are overly perfect characters with little to no flaws, and they outshine the main cast.

:bulletred: Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation - Please, please, please edit your stories. An occasional typo happens to everyone, but basic grammar rules need to be understood and followed. Fics with multiple errors will be declined, as will fics with "fill in the blank" sections.

:bulletred: dA Rules and Guidelines - No submission that breaks dA submission policies will be accepted. Please don't argue with me about the rules. It's dA's site, it's their rules. If it's mature, tag it. FAQ #554: Is my deviation Mature Content? FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be? Repeated attempts to submit works that flagrantly violate dA's rules on pornographic content will result in being banned from the group. :(

:bulletred: Quality - 'Quality' is a very subjective term, but your fic should be well organized, interesting and easy to understand.

:bulletred: OC x Canon - All relationships should be canon, or at least conceivable in that fandom. For this reason, we don't accept OC x Canon fics if that Canon character is in an established relationship. Any OC x Canon relationship must be conceivable (i.e. it is believable, even expected, for Captain James T. Kirk to have numerous "flings" with pretty much any female around).

:bulletred: Wrong Gallery - Deviations submitted to the wrong gallery, or not labeled so we can tell what fandom they belong to, will be declined. We want our galleries easy to navigate.

:bulletred: Plot - Have one.

:bulletred: Implausible Crossovers - As mentioned in the crossover rule above, any crossovers have to make sense and be conceivable. No human!Ponies with sparkling vampires (I haven't seen that, but I'm sure it's out there).

:bulletred: Moderator Discretion - This is similar to the 'Quality' issue listed above. Sometimes - for varying reasons - a story may not quite fit inside our guidelines. For that reason, we rely on Moderator discretion. Our Moderators have to right to refuse any story as necessary.

:bulletred: "Submit and Run" Members - Please do not join our group long enough to submit, and then leave the group.




:bulletpurple: Special Note - There are so many fandoms out there, it's impossible to be familiar with each one. We will do our best to insure all the fanfics here are canon (or canonically possible), but if you find one that is not, please note the group so we can investigate it.

As we are still new, these rules are subject to change. Any major changes will be announced in a blog. If you have any questions, please send us a note.
Flash Fan Fiction Friday (4F)

Last time, we reflected on the things characters "take for granted"!

The Small Things (Iron Man Flash fic)The Small Things
Marvel’s Iron Man Flash Fic
Prompt: Taken for Granted
Characters: Tony, J.A.R.V.I.S., Pepper
Universe: Movie (Post Iron Man 3)
Word Count: 347
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    This was the fifth time it had been late.
    Tony just did not know how to approach this kind of situation. He never had to do it before. As a man of his status, he had always expected such mundane things to just happen. It was hard to come in every morning and not see it there, waiting in all its glory. It was like a little jab to his soul, reminding him of everything he had just gone through. Losing his house, temporarily losing J.A.R.V.I.S., almost losing Happy and Pepper. A man needed that one stable thing in his life!
    “Sir?” J.A.R.V.I.S. chimed from his phone. Tony had nearly forgotten he had propped up the little device on the counter beside him. “I believe the machine has stop
Playing Against Type (Transformers: Rescue Bots)He tried spending time with the family, but he felt too exposed.
He tried watching the TV, but that only reminded him of what he was trying to escape.
He tried surfing the web. It worked for a while, the old familiar haunts of the internet soothing him. Pictures of kittens and stories of things his fellow browsers had seen lasted a while. As he sat there crouched over the glaring flat screen, head aching and stomach sick with the fear of the day, he almost began to feel better, to calm down.
Then, at the bottom, almost a hundred topics down, was a question about the objectification of women on reality TV. Like a slap in the face, it knocked him back into his office in Griffin Rock, shuddering in the shadow of a giant poster of a kitten. What if Prescott’s cameras had seen that?
What if he’d used other technology aside from just cameras: Wiretaps, keyloggers, rootkits? What if they had shown Prescott all the things the Burns had written, the pictures they had taken, the mess


This week, let's talk about... wait for it... Anticipation! You may incorporate the theme into your story any way you like, so long as you have fun; using the word isn't necessary.

:star: Contests :star:

Topsy Turvy Fanfic Contest

Once a year we throw a party here in town
Once a year we turn all Paris upside down
Ev'ry man's a king and ev'ry king's a clown
Once again it's Topsy Turvy Day
It's the day the devil in us gets released
It's the day we mock the prig and shock the priest
Ev'rything is topsy turvy at the Feast of Fools!

Why am I quoting Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame song lyrics? Perhaps because it's one of my favorite animated movies? Is it because it's April Fool's Day? Or maybe it's related to the contest I promised in the title?
Yes to all three! Boogie! 
To celebrate April Fool's Day, I invite you to write a short "topsy turvy" fan fiction! A topsy turvy story (at least for the purposes for this contest) has everyone in opposite roles than normal. Bad guys are good guys and visa versa. You
Mini-contest:w00t: Let's get some creative juices flowing! :w00t:
We've been pretty inactive mainly because of lack of prizes for future competitions... and we're still low on prizes but let's get something going to promote activity in the group. :D This mini-contest will have a really simple topic, because we want as many members to participate as possible. :)
:target: Crossover theme :target:
This theme has probably already been used in a previous competition but it's always fun to revisit. :D
THE TASK IS SIMPLE: All you have to do is draw or write a scene that includes at least one canon Transformer and one canon character from another fandom. For example, you can draw Megatron and Loki from the Marvel Universe together, or write about Sideswipe and Sunstreaker pulling a prank with Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter series. Be creative!
There will be ONE winner in the ART category and ONE winner in the LITERATURE category. Everyone who participates will be featured in a


:bulletgreen: We now have a chat room! Come over to #LitFanFic and hang out a bit! SingingFlames tries to hop in there whenever she's on. :)

:typerhappy: Guidelines :typerhappy:

:bulletblue: 300 or 500 word count limit. If you really want to challenge yourself, try a 100 word 4F.

:bulletblue: You have until next Friday to submit your 4F.

:bulletblue: Include the theme in your 4F.

:bulletblue: Post a link to your 4F in the current Flash Fan Fiction Friday journal. When the next one is announced, I'll feature them. As of right now, there is no limit to how many you can submit (but we will only feature one per person).

:bulletblue: Submit your 4Fs to the gallery folder named "Flash Fan Fiction Friday," located at the bottom of the folder list. These submissions won't be as highly monitored as regular submissions, since you only have a week to work on them. However, grammar and spelling do still count.

:new: Did You Know? :new:

This week we're going to try a new feature: a weekly fact or helpful tip about the group or its operations!

Did you know that high volume of our declined stories are chapters out of order? We only accept chapters after the first for stories if previous chapters are in the gallery already. If you find your hypothetical chapter 4 was declined, make sure 2 and 3 are in the group!
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SideQuestPubs 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Re: rules/first chapters
"When posting a new story, please submit only the first chapter. etc"
I'd already figured on doing something like that if permitted, as it effectively lets me submit two stories a week until they're all up. That you suggest doing it just confirms that it is allowed.

But I have to wonder, what about "table of contents/cover art" entries?
None of my incomplete stories have such entries (yet; I mean to start creating a few once I've got something suitable to use for cover art).
But my thus-far-only completed fic does have its own ToC--which is a photoshopped deviation, by the way, with the actual chapter listing in the description. (Thus needing cover art for the others.)
And I've got another individual "literature" deviation that functions solely as a table of contents to almost all of my other fanfics.
In the first case, or in the case of the planned lists, would the photoshopped deviation be acceptable to submit, or would I be better off skipping straight to chapter one?
And in the second case, well, all it is is a list with links to my other fics from a variety of fandoms. You don't have a gallery folder for that, so I assume I wouldn't be submitting that one.
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flamewarflipsides 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Generally, we only allow actual stories or poetry here. We've turned down a number of pieces that were wholly front matter before. I'm interested in finding solutions for people once a few things happen with regards to our backroom projects and schedules, but for now, we can't accept a deviation that only contains tables of contents, disclaimers, or other frontmatter. 

That said, we have no rules against linking (or in small quantities, including) said front matter either above the actual piece of literature or in the artists comment. At least one of my pieces in the group has a leading disclaimer almost as long as the first chapter... it's just submitted as part of the first chapter. 

So yes, you can set up two chaptered fics and wait for a approval (though I weakly frown on this practice) and no, you can't submit anything that isn't actually fiction or poetry unless it's part of the same deviation as the actual fiction or poetry. Please skip straight to chapter one (and consider including a link to the next chapter or TOC in your artist's comment)
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SideQuestPubs 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
"but for now, we can't accept a deviation that only contains tables of contents, disclaimers, or other frontmatter."
That's all I needed to know in that regard, thank you.
As for linking to or including the frontmatter within the actual chapters, my multi-chapter stories should include navigation links within each chapter anyway, so that would include a link to the ToC... at least they'll include them once they're all formatted.

"So yes, you can set up two chaptered fics and wait for a approval (though I weakly frown on this practice)"
:? "Weakly frown on?" On submitting chapter one for each of two stories?
Just for clarity's sake, what do you prefer? That I wait until my 40-plus chapter fic (the only completed one) is up before I submit chapter one of the next fic? That'll take a while. ;)
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flamewarflipsides 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about dropping that personal preference there. That is not reflective of the admin team here as a whole.

Sometimes you have to read more than just a first chapter to approve something, and when that happens, I keep reading. I can handle that, of course, but approve/decline isn't all we do. When authors ask us for feedback, I personally can be much more detailed and effective if I only have one story by each author to keep track of, not to mention a little faster. It's not a rule and it's not anything we judge people for. It's just a suggestion to maximize my usefulness to the submitting user. 

It really depends on what level of interaction you want with us on top of the approve/decline, and the content of the story. Generally, the main reason I go digging in later chapters before approving chapter one is a concern about how a later plot element or character will turn out. The more complex your story, the more you stand to gain by getting chapter 1 approval before submitting a chapter one for a different piece. :)
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Splendidissimus Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry to clutter up the front page, but I didn't see an actual rules journal to leave a comment on and didn't want to bother anyone with a note. ^^;

I'm looking for clarification on the Canonocity rule. Does it mean it just has to be plausible, or that it can't interfere with the canon timeline at all? For instance, Harry Potter is highly documented, so basically anything written within the time frame of the books where anything major happens almost has to be separated from canon... or a series where a main character dies, almost anything written with them couldn't be canon. (In the story I was thinking of submitting, it's not AU or anything, but it would end up interfering with the canon timeline because it would remove a character from the remainder of the series.)

Sorry ^^' It's just that there are some series it's highly difficult to write an actually canon story for unless you want to write introspectives.

And just out of idle curiosity, does the relationship rule still come into play with a [canon character] x [canon character] relationship where one of them is already involved if it doesn't seem necessarily out of character they fully acknowledge that they are adultering? :P Not that I'm planning to try testing it, but it occurred to me that I have some that fall in there and it made me curious.
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flamewarflipsides Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We're happy to answer questions that aren't about specific stories or artists in public parts of the group. :) We actually don't have a particular rules journal, just one a while back where we explain some changes to the rules, so this is all right. I just hope I remember where it is next time we revise the rules! 

Fanfics we accept here should both be plausible and basically compatible with canon events. If the apparent contradiction can be explained away in a manner friendly to canon without too dramatically changing the implications of the original story, we're definitely going to examine it closely before declining. We also don't have any rules about where in timelines fanfics have to be, so even people who die in canon have options. You're right, though, that something that completely changes the remainder of a series would probably not be compatible with our rules. Still, if you're not ready to give up on it yet, send us a group note with details about your particular work. And just because we decline something doesn't mean it's "bad" either. Our group is just not set up to handle AU.

As for the canon and canon rule, if a character who's in a relationship would cheat, it would actually be inappropriate for us to decline them cheating, wouldn't it? We take situations like this on a case by case basis. The question becomes whether that character would cheat, and why. There might be two pieces with the exact same pairing, and we might decline one and accept the other depending on how they explain, handle, or rationalize the "violation" of the canon pairing. Again, if you have a particular piece, send us a group note to ask about it. We might take a bit to discuss it before we get back to you, but we will get back to you. 

Does that answer your questions?
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Splendidissimus Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, I think it does. Sounds like my story is a bad fit (seeing as someone end up in prison and several others maimed but some of the details say it can't be post series. YGO is difficult to write canonically for unless you want endless dueling >.o) Which is a shame because it's pretty awesome :P

That is about what you'd say on the pairings. I thought "No pairings that interfere with canon pairings" was a little too simple. Glad to see it has enough flexibility to maintain the integrity of the characters (although again, I'm not going to be testing it).
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flamewarflipsides Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It does sound like that story might be too AU for us as a group, but that doesn't mean you can't do other things with it. Most of our affiliates don't have anti-AU rules, so you should try shopping that story around there.

As for the pairings thing, why not test it, via group note if not submission? There's no penalty for having a story declined except that it takes out of what you can submit for the week, and asking us via note doesn't even do that. :) My first major submission to this group came after I noted the group with a story about a fic that ran into a tricky spot with one of the rules, and look where I am now!
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HedgehogNeesah Feb 4, 2014
Yep, there needs to be a group like this. So this group accepts fan fictions from any fandom?
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flamewarflipsides Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure do. Our rules mostly pertain to the content of the stories, not the fandom they're set in.
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