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What kinds of stories are allowed?

See our Submission Rules.

How do I contact the site administrators?

You can e-mail us via our contact form.

How do I submit stories?

If you have not already done so, please register for an account. Once you've logged in, click on Account Information and choose Add Story.  The form presented there will allow you to submit your story.

In addition to the submission rules, we have detailed formatting information available.

What are the ratings used on the site?

The ratings and a rule-of-thumb of what they mean go as follows:

G:       Suitable for general audiences/all ages.

PG:     Parental guidance suggested; generally not suitable for ages under 10; contains nothing more sexual than kissing/hugging; no violence; no swearing stronger than "damn" or "hell".

PG-13: Not suitable for ages under 13; may contain violence levels akin to what you see on the show; sexual content is not graphically described and limited to what can be seen on US broadcast TV (not cable!); may contain profanity up to and including the "F-bomb", though an R rating is suggested in cases of excessive use of the latter.

R:       Violence and/or sexual content stronger than what is shown in the series; violence akin to movies like "Kill Bill" or "Alien"; nudity can be openly described but no graphic descriptions of anything interactive with genitals.

NC-17: Adults only! Though usually used for sexually explicit material, this rating would also be appropriate for violence disturbing/gratuitious enough to be labeled "blood porn."

What are the story classifications?

Stories are classified by categories, genres, and warnings.

Gen? Het? Slash? Threesome/Moresome? I'm confused!

Sometimes these terms can have subtly different meanings depending on who you ask, but for our purposes:

Gen:  Short for "General"; no specific romance or pairing is featured.

Het: Short for "Heterosexual"; sex/romance happens between members of the opposite sex.

Slash: Refers to stories featuring sex/romance between members of the same sex. Long story behind the name.

Threesome/Moresome: As the name implies, this means a relationship/sexual encounter between three or more people at the same time.

I'm not familiar with what some of your categories/genres mean.

Here are explanations of the ones we get the most questions about:

AU: Alternate Universe. Basically, anything that is written to happen concurrently with the show but outside of the show's canon.

BDSM: Bondage/Domination/Sado-Masochism; always consensual.

canon: What you see on the screen when watching the show, period. Novels, Memory Alpha, etc. are "official," not canon, and there is a difference.

crossover: A mashup between one show and another. For our purposes, this could either be Enterprise and another Star Trek show, or Enterprise and another completely different show, like Doctor Who.

drabble: A story that is precisely 100 words long.

E2: A specific kind of AU story that takes place within the alternate timeline established in the episode "E2".

MU: A specific kind of AU story that takes place within the Mirror Universe established in the episode "In A Mirror, Darkly."

non-con:  Non-consensual sex (rape).

Porn!Bomb: A drabble-like story featuring explicit sex, but we're more flexible on the word lenght (to a point).

PWP: Longer than a Porn!Bomb, but pretty much the same idea. Initials stand for "Porn Without Plot," or alternately "Plot? What Plot?"

Twilight Universe: No, we don't mean vampires that sparkle. This is a specific kind of AU story that takes place within the alternate timeline establised in the episode "Twilight."

How can I improve my fanfic?

Good writing takes effort and commitment--but there's no reason why that can't be fun! One way is to join the Delphic Expanse forums. We offer many resources for writers like links to helpful websites, beta readers, challenges and other activities designed to stretch your imagination along with your skill--all in a positive, encouraging environment!