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Literature Gallery Restructure

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 1:36 PM


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 (godsdamnit, 'dark' is not the same as 'horror'! No, this gallery hasn't existed in ~6 years. Stop judging me).

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

Based on your feedback and more backroom discussion, we've reupdated things! 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 ;p

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 > Non-Narrative

:new: Fan Fiction

A redirect to the Fan Art > Fan Fiction gallery.


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

  • Children and Teen - merge into General Fiction
  • Family Life - merge into General Fiction
  • Fantasy
    (This substructure will be in all Prose > Fiction galleries.)
    • Flash Fiction & Vignettes Sketches, Vignettes, & Non-Narrative
    • Flash/Short Stories
    • Chapters & Sections
  • 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
    • Sketches, Vignettes, & Non-Narrative
    • Flash/Short Stories
    • Chapters & Sections
  • Editorial Opinion
  • Emotional - merge into General Non-Fiction
  • General Non-Fiction
    • Sketches, Vignettes, & Non-Narrative
    • Flash/Short Stories
    • Chapters & Sections
  • 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: We have decided not to split flash (non)fiction and short stories. If you have a really, really compelling reason for it, please do post, but otherwise it will be something to think about down the line.
: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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choc-chino Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i love to see those changes!
but still, i'd prefer to have romance section divided. romance between teens and adult were different, right?
and maybe family and friendship should not be merged.

thanks very much! :D
neurotype Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

The problem is that I looked through the Mature Romance gallery...most of it is still teen romance. So people aren't using the category as intended.

We plan to educate everyone on how to use tags to allow people to search for specifics that won't be included in the gallery structure :)
choc-chino Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... i guess the same thing happened in my forum. truly think that there is should be a way to educate them, such as guidelines with reward & punishment system.

and maybe a patrol! that is the best :P
neurotype Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's tough with about a million people submitting literature - no way to get everyone, unfortunately ^^;
choc-chino Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
... okay, i know

maybe with report system? everybody could help then
neurotype Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps, although it doesn't increase the amount of staff actually able to move everything ^^;
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Where would Haiku or traditional eastern works go to? :?
neurotype Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fixed form :B we're getting rid of western vs eastern.
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
So one can't browse them through categories from now one? And would have to search 'haiku' instead?
neurotype Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: Or go to the appropriate groups.

TBH most of what's submitted there doesn't really qualify as Eastern....
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