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Literature Gallery Restructure

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 1:36 PM


:new: Remember that time there was like a giant discussion about how there should maybe be microfiction and flash fiction and short stories and novella and novel-chapter categories and it was like, whoa that's a lot? Well, we had another discussion and decided to go back to the way things were a long time ago: we're proposing to ditch the length-level categorizations for prose. No more figuring out whether your work is flash fiction, a vignette, or a chapter before submitting.

Original journal below the totally relevant GIF. (Everyone loves it when GRRM does that, right? Right?!)

If you haven't browsed Literature lately, it's a mess. Sure, some of it comes from people whose work truly transcends genres (ever read the Library of Congress classification for Gravity's Rainbow?) and some of it comes from how people choose to interpret certain genres.

But a lot of it comes from people having trouble navigating the galleries.

Please keep in mind that a lot of discussion went into the updates, so when you do get mad about them do it with the assumption that there's a reason behind this. Any change that adds more complexity will get an extra-helpful side dish of questioning, fair warning. We're trying to make things simpler.

All galleries will accept text and PDF submissions unless otherwise specified.

Characters & Settings

The original divisions of Contemporary, Historical, and Sci-Fi & Fantasy will be removed.
  • Character Profiles & Sheets
  • :new: Plot Outlines & Synopses
  • Settings & Worlds
  • Sketches - merge into Prose > Fiction > General Fiction

Fan Fiction


This gallery structure is being entirely shifted from a focus on genre to one on style and form. Please use the Browse tool to see how it is currently.
  • Formal Verse (verse that is constrained by some combination of rhythm/meter/rhyme)
    • Fixed Form
    • Fixed Rhyme/Meter (poetry with rhyme schemes and/or fixed meters, but not a specific form, go here)
    • Other (any recent, relatively unestablished forms including newly invented forms)
  • :new: Free Verse
  • Performance
    • Spoken Word
    • Lyrics
  • Visual (this gallery will also accept image files)
    • Visual & Concrete
    • Found & Blackout

Prose > Fiction

:new: No more subgalleries. Everything in Flash Fiction & Vignettes/Short Stories/Introductions & Chapters will be merged.
  • Children and Teen - merge into General Fiction
  • Family Life - merge into General Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • General Fiction
  • :new: Historical
  • Horror
  • Humor
  • Mystery & Suspense
  • Philosophy & Perspectives - merge into General Fiction
  • Romance
    • Erotic - merge into Romance
    • General - merge into Romance
    • Post-Teen (Mature) - merge into Romance
    • Teen - merge into Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Socio-political - merge into General Fiction
  • Spiritual & Occult Religious & Spiritual
  • Transgressive - merge into General Fiction

Prose > Non-Fiction

  • Academic Essays
  • Articles & Interviews - merge into Journalism
  • Biography & Memoir
  • Editorial Opinion
  • Emotional - merge into General Non-Fiction
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Historical - merge into General Non-Fiction
  • :new: Journalism
  • Letters
  • Philosophical - merge into General Non-Fiction
  • Reviews & Guides - merge into Journalism
  • :new: Tutorials >>> redirect to Resources & Tutorials

Scripts & Screenplays

No subgalleries (Comedy/Drama will be merged into the top level).
  • :new: Comic Book Scripts
  • Full-length Scripts - merge into Theater Scripts
  • Monologues & Soliloquies
  • One-Acts - merge into Theater Scripts
  • Screenplays & Teleplays
  • Skits & Sketches
  • :new: Theatre Scripts

Before you comment....

We need your feedback on this. These are your galleries, we need to know where you are willing to submit your art. But please remember a couple of things:
  • These changes aren't arbitrary. We've looked at the content submitted to the galleries and, based on how much use they get, we're merging areas that may be seen in a bookstore but just aren't well-represented on deviantART.
  • We need to be able to define what belongs in each gallery, and it needs to be sufficiently discrete. (Someday, prose-poetry. Someday.)
  • Streamlining is key. We've got users from all over the world ages 13+, and 99% of them aren't going to click all the way through to Literature > Prose > Fiction > Science Fiction > Hard > Dystopian > Chapters when they can just toss their work in Science Fiction > Chapters and add keywords like 'hard sci-fi' and 'dystopian'. If you think a subgenre is really important to have, please be prepared to back it up. Again, none of these changes are arbitrary.

All that said, WE NEED YOUR THOUGHTS! Don't expect someone else to say what's on your mind. If there's a gallery you want to see, please suggest it.



The galleries are getting a makeover! IF YOU KNOW PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN COMMENTING ON THIS PLEASE SHOW THIS TO THEM. Also please favorite, comment, promote, etc. All that jazz.

Before you comment:
:bulletred: Erotica as it is traditionally defined (explicit sexual acts) is NOT allowed on the site. FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?
:bulletred: Words included in the description will also work in a search, it's not just keywords.

Also, this fantastic quote from ShadowedAcolyte: "Lumping two things together does not mean that they are the same thing, it means that it makes sense to put them together." :)
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CailinLiath Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
BETTER! So much better!
neurotype Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist General Artist
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner 2 hours ago   General Artist
I had the same thought as Exillior, I've often thought perhaps general fiction with the subcategories of childrens, YA and adult - but I understand your response as well.

I LOVE the idea of journalism and free verse being added, as well as others being merged. Honestly I think this will be for the better and make choosing a category easier to submit! I have no negative remarks or iffy questionings, I think this will be a fantastic change :heart:
neurotype Featured By Owner 1 hour ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think it could totally come back for discussion, if we see a good trend. Like historical clearly needed its own.

Exillior Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question - just out of curiosity, not because I want to see it instated - but would General Fiction ever be stratified into other categories? I'm thinking Children's Fiction and Young Adult and Adult fiction are all very different things - not, of course, that there is anything wrong with them being together under General Fiction. Also I can see how if we want to please people by sub-grouping things according to everybody's taste, it's going to go all crazy.
neurotype Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
We discussed this and perhaps if there was a huge niche, although the only real difference between YA and adult is the age of the protagonist. Childrens is a sea of no, so clearly there isn't much merit to having it. But as you can see we're adding Historical, as there's quite the community for it now.
Exillior Featured By Owner 29 minutes ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I see your point about the gallery and totally agree. I also loved seeing the additions, and personally I think the way you have it really works out far better. :nod: The question about Children/YA/adult is really more to understand what the take is on these in terms of dA and what you say makes sense.

I think the debate of what YA really is and what differentiates it from other categories of fiction will always remain a matter of opinion, and I err in the camp that there's more to it than just the age difference (although seriously I can't imagine any YA novel with 40-year-old characters :lol:)... but yeah those are just semantics and it hardly matters much at the end of the day.
neurotype Featured By Owner 19 minutes ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, like if we did it entirely based on reality, it'd look a bit different!

Haha, the problem is that every example I throw that is "they don't do this in adult/YA, only one or the other"...there actually is a counterexample. It's less steamy than New Adult, but that's also true of most Adult fiction.
Exillior Featured By Owner 9 minutes ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's safe to say there is an overlap in everything - heck, even prose/poetry have their overlaps. That said, I kinda agree with this blog:… although the general idea they're giving is that YA has to have an immature character, and that's so not it.

And lol the other day I'd read a book that was YA in all aspects... and then suddenly, steamy sex scene. I have to say I was a bit surprised. :lol: And people subsequently protested that it was YA because of that. So I hear you on the topic...
neurotype Featured By Owner 7 minutes ago  Hobbyist General Artist

My argument is that writing a teenage main character will naturally lead to a different voice and worldview, so it's still just that one point :P But you could have a naive adult character, too, so....
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