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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
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Comic 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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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Moving this comment from ShadowedAcolyte's last journal describing the poetry galleries:

My only qualm is that text-only deviations can't be uploaded to the found poetry gallery. I don't always take a picture of the process for a found poem because it gets pretty sloppy, but I'd very much like to be able to share the work in the gallery it belongs in instead of being forced to put it in free-verse. For instance, my title poems all belong in the found poetry gallery, but I have to put them in free verse instead. Who do I talk to about that?
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Hear, hear.
neurotype Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, that's something we want to remedy!
introverted-ghost Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Writer
I'd love to see a category for letters in the fictional prose section. We have one for non-fiction, but the fiction section lacks one and that makes it difficult to categorize some pieces.
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Eh, everything looks good to me.
KiriHearts Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
YES! :la: More excited about poetry than prose buuuut both look nice and sensible.
Goldfish-In-Space Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014   Writer
I like it. 
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
CailinLiath Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
BETTER! So much better!
neurotype Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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