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Code of conduct

Our community guidelines

Our Code of Conduct and your pledge to be an upstanding member of the Short Stories community.

I will upload only work that I’ve created

Share your own work on Short Stories.

  • Don’t post others’ work.
  • Don’t take credit for others’ work.
  • Don’t post copyrighted or trademarked content.
  • Don’t plagiarise others’ work. A remix/rebound is ok. An exact copy/ replica is not. (See: “I will give due credit”).

If your story violates these guidelines, it will be removed from Short Stories and your account may be suspended. Note: Per our Terms of Service, Short Stories has final say over whether content is appropriate.

What to Upload

Short Stories is a community dedicated to showcasing the creativity and talent of short story authors. To ensure a high-quality and enjoyable experience for all members, please adhere to the following guidelines when uploading your stories:

  • Upload short stories that you have personally written. Ensure your work reflects your unique voice and creative efforts.
  • Share stories that are complete and polished. While drafts and works-in-progress can be valuable, consider providing context or seeking feedback in designated areas of the community.
  • Ensure your stories are concise and fit the short story format. Aim for a length that allows for a complete narrative arc, typically between 500 and 7,500 words.
  • Refrain from uploading content better suited for other platforms, such as promotional materials, advertisements, or tutorials.
  • Avoid uploading videos or multimedia content unless they are directly related to enhancing the understanding or enjoyment of your short story.

If your stories violate these guidelines, it will be removed from Short Stories. Note: Per our Terms of Service, Short Stories has final say over whether content is appropriate.

I won’t post inappropriate content

Short Stories aspires to be a welcoming and inclusive community. Please don’t post content that is:

  • Illegal
  • Pornographic, mature in content, or gratuitously or overly sexual [1]
  • Racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive
  • Shockingly graphic, grotesque, or obscene
  • Inflammatory (e.g. name-calling, preaching, ranting, stirring up controversy, or venting frustrations)

[1] We realise that overly sexual can be a grey area. We want stories to be suitable for a wide audience, however stories deemed as being overly sexual or pornographic will be removed at Short Stories discretion.

If you post inappropriate content, it may be removed by Short Stories per our Terms of Service. Short Stories has final say over whether content is appropriate. If you repost content that’s been removed or continue to post content that violates these guidelines your account may be suspended or removed.

If you notice a Short Stories member posting inappropriate content, flag the story or report it by contacting us.

I will follow the following guidelines for my profile

For all profiles:

  • Do not replace your name with an email address, website url, or keywords to attempt to appear higher in search results.
    • Do: John Smith
    • Don’t: John Smith • Fiction Writer • Crime Writer
  • For Pro profiles:
    • Do not include an email address or website url in the bio headline or image on your profile (including the use of special characters)
    • Do not include any profanity, offensive or hurtful language in the bio, bio headline or image of your profile. 
    • Do not post known false information including onsite statistics, follower counts or other misleading information
    • Do not include any inappropriate content in the images on your profile. Inappropriate content includes text and images that are:
      • Illegal
      • Pornographic, mature in content, or gratuitously or overly sexual [1]
      • Racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive
      • Shockingly graphic, grotesque, or obscene
      • Inflammatory (e.g. name-calling, preaching, ranting, stirring up controversy, or venting frustrations)

If you post inappropriate content, it may be removed by Short Stories per our Terms of Service. Short Stories has final say over whether content is appropriate. If you repost content that’s been removed or continue to post content that violates these guidelines your account may be suspended or removed.

I won’t spam other Short Stories Members

Short Stories provides many features that allow users to interact with one-another. Please don’t use these tools indiscriminately to spam or send unsolicited messages to other members. If you’re caught spamming other Short Stories members, your account may be suspended or removed.

What do we consider spam?

  • Using likes, follows, and other disingenuous social gestures to draw attention to your account
  • Linking to your own work in comments on other members’ stories
  • Asking for likes and/or follows
  • Leaving many comments that are short on substance to draw attention to your account
  • Misusing site features and functionality in a way that isn’t in line with their core purpose for personal gain

If you see a Short Stories member spamming others, report it by contacting us.

Your account may be suspended or removed if you engage in activity that violates these guidelines.

I will give due credit

If your work is inspired by other work on Short Stories, make sure to give credit. You can do this by mentioning the Short Stories member. Know that work that’s inspired by others may be interpreted as stolen.

If you’re the owner of work that has been posted on Short Stories without your consent, please review our Copyright Policy.

Please link back to Short Stories when posting Short Stories content elsewhere.

I will be constructive in my feedback

When providing criticism or feedback to other Short Stories members—be helpful, not mean.

I recognise that personal accounts are only to be used for posting my personal work

All work posted under an individuals account represents that account holders personal work and not the work of a team, collective, community or any other group of individuals.

Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your messaging privileges being suspended or revoked.