Submission Guidelines

How to Submit Stories

Authors wishing to submit stories must first Register for an account. They will have access to the Dashboard, where they can create a new post to submit their story to the submission queue.

Length Requirements

A Fan Fiction submission, unless it is poetry or a novelty item, must be a minimum length for acceptance. Items of less than 750 words will not be posted.

Basic Grammar Requirements

All stories submitted to DBO must meet some basic grammar standards. We’re not asking for perfect prose – but you should at least run your story through a spellchecker before submitting it. Likewise, punctuation is required. If you can’t be bothered to do this, we can’t be bothered to post your story. You’ll find fewer people willing to read and review your story if they can’t understand your text.

Coding and Formatting

Submissions can be edited using the Post editor. You have the option of using the Rich Text Editor or the plain text editor. In either case, formatting must be done in HTML format.

Any stories that are submitted with NO formatting – in other words, the entire story is viewed as a single block of text – will be rejected. 

Language Requirements

All stories submitted to DBO must be in English. Apologies to non-English writers — but we just don’t have the manpower to process fiction in languages other than English.

DBO Submission Suggestions & Entry Flooding

In order to control the volume of stories that are submitted into DBO, we ask that you only submit one piece per update. This is not compulsory, but it can alleviate the system and help evenly distribute the submissions so that every author gets a chance in the ‘spotlight.’ We also ask that you don’t submit more than 3 pieces per week; we’ll simply reject the extras. Again, this is to help limit the number of submissions and make it easier for us to manage the site.

Name Changes, Series Titles

We will not accept name changes once a story has been published. (This applies to both submitter names and story names.) Choose wisely.

DO A SEARCH for your story’s title BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. If we find a story with an identical title as the one you’ve submitted, we will reject your entry.

Why all the rules?

If you’re wondering why we have so many rules and guidelines, it’s because there are a lot of people who frequent DBO Fan Fiction, and these structures can help separate the signal from the noise. Often, people don’t bother to follow the guidelines, much less look at them, so these rules have been established to make clear what we expect of you when you submit. There are certainly other websites for publishing your Destiny fan fiction if you find them too strict.