and Contributor's Guidelines
(want to read the old
Manifesto for some weird reason-click
regarding Xena fanfic
to the Manifesto
Welcome to the semi-
new, updated Manifesto. A lot has changed in the
months that the site has been up, a lot has been
added and things have been redesigned more than
once, and it now has a solo webmaster, but it's
still here and the rules for submission are still
pretty much the same. As for the purpose of the
site, it too has remained largely unchanged. I'm
still hoping to avoid being too intensely
pretentious (and I'm still sure that you, the
readers, will help in this endeavor). Past that, the
site's still about fanfiction with strong female
images and relationships. Does that mean that
everything and everyone has to be lesbian or bi
themed? Nope, not at all, but I am looking for
stories with strong female leads and relationships
at the center-point. The biggest thing I'm looking
for, however, is still quality storytelling. Does it
mean that the guys have to instantly become
invisible or total idiots? Nope, that's not a
necessity at all. Strong men are cool even when not
the focus. What it does mean is that we're going to
try and post stories that show the strong women in
active situations, with a special emphasis on
female/female romantic fanfiction. (note: as of
7-29-99 we will not be accepting Xena fanfiction
from any author who has not previously been
associated with the site--other fandoms are
definitely wanted from new authors, and authors on
the site are welcome to submit stories from any
fandom, including Xena--to read the announcement click
does this mean for you, the viewer?
Well, funny you
should ask that, because, among other things, it
means we're looking for submissions. In short, you
could be part of the consortium. Now before you
freak at the notion of not getting anything but
group credit for your brilliance. Relax, only the
webmaster and associated helpers has to give up
personal identity for the hive mind. Contributors
are allowed to keep their personal identities.
A note regarding
artwork submissions: at present, outside artwork is
not being accepted.
kind of Submissions are wanted for the Site?
(technical requirements are at the end of the page)
- Fiction with strong women in lead
roles (G through R ratings)
- Well structured plots, good
writing and grammar.
- Beta reading is strongly
- Humor, action, adventure, and
all those good things.
- Willingness to be edited and
- Finished stories. For a whole
lot of reasons, stories won't be posted in parts
except in very rare instances, so don't plan on
- Romantic Rules of the road.
relationships that are integral to the
- Relationships that build in
realistic logical ways, as opposed to two
people just suddenly realizing they have to
strip their clothes off, and boff each other
right now, for no apparent reason. This is a
- Erotica that's more than
just sex. Those nasty old emotion thingies
are important, so this is also a firm rule.
- Reasonably believable
relationships. This means if you want to do
something outrageous, you may have to work
to make it believable. Which is not to say,
it can't be done, but if Gabrielle and
Callisto abruptly look at each other in the
middle of fight, and proclaim their love,
you'll have to pull something impressive out
of your sleeve to make it work.
- Most fandoms welcome, including
but not limited to those listed below (I follow
those shows well enough to know the characters
and what's going on)
- Alien Resurrection
- Ally McBeal
- Babylon Five
- Crusade (though I
haven't seen much of this one)
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer
- Law and Order
- NYPD Blue
- Poltergeist: The Legacy
- The Practice
- The Pretender
- Sports Night
- Star Trek (all
incarnations, but Voyager is particularly
- The X-Files
- Any well structured pairing
of women for the Subtext Zone (fanfic only
for this site--though we'll encourage anyone
writing original fiction to post it to one
of several good sites).
Things that won't
- Hard Core Pornography. An
overabundance of four letter words and
emotionless sex just aren't our thing.
- PWPs. Stories that are just
short excuses for explicit sex with little
emotional bonding and no plot.
- Male/Male slash--I have nothing
against it, nor the people who create it, but
bluntly put, it doesn't float any boats around
here, plus there are lots and lots of places to
read and publish it on the web. If you've
stumbled into Pink Rabbit in search of a place
to read or publish m/m slash, we will gladly
point you in the right direction, but this rule
will not be changing.
- Brutal rape (particularly
between lead characters). A little slap and
tickle bondage is fine, and the spectre of
sexual threat can be an effective storytelling
device, but for various reasons, this line will not
be crossed on this site.
- Stories with real people
(celebrity or otherwise).
- Stories with no strong female
characters, or stories in which they get to walk
on and walk off. The boys have lots of places to
play, but this isn't one of them.
- Mary Sue stories -- These are
stories where an original character is just a
thin cover for the author's own fantasies of
putting themselves into the situation.
Invariably far too perfect, Mary Sue's are the
real center of the story, and tend to be
smarter, faster, stronger, wittier, etc than
everyone else and wind up romantically involved
with the lead character/s of their choice, while
being worshipped and adored by the rest of the
cast, and ultimately saving the day.
Now, that wasn't so
hard, was it? Now, that you've made your way through
my babbling efforts at laying things out, hopefully
you still want to get involved. If you're
interested, drop me a line.
- Please include the following
information with every submission
- Email: (this is really
important--things do get lost or deleted
sometimes and without this, I can't find
- Summary: (1 sentence)
- Spoiler or Other
Information: (As needed)
- RTF (Rich Text File) format is
preferred for submissions. It will save your
formatting, doesn't transmit viruses, and is
easiest for us to work with. When you save your
file, choose Save As and select rtf. We can read
most other formats if for some reason you can't
save as rtf. Please, don't save as html. For
some reason, that always seems to cost more time
than it's intended to save (many long and boring
- Do not indent (it won't work in
html). Instead space once between paragraphs,
and use word wrap. This will create the most
reliable transfer of your paragraph formatting.
- Insert some kind of break
indicator between scenes. The default on this
site is six stars with a space between each. * *
* * *
- If you have an extremely long
story, please break it into the logical parts
that you would want your audience to receive it
in. Try to keep file length under 100k.
- Make sure to spell check and
proof your document. Beta readers are also
- Lastly, make sure to include
the name you wish on the story and an email
address in the file, so we know how to contact
you, if your mail is lost or destroyed.
- PB - Rabbitworks Inc.
- The Pink Rabbit Consortium