|What is the purpose of the group?|
MadWords is a literature group focused on the collection of quality works of poetry and prose from around DA. We also aim to provide our members with unique prompts.
Who can join?
Anyone may join the group. We do require that you read over all the group rules before submitting an application to join.
Who may submit to the group?
Members can submit their own writing to the group's gallery, or suggest someone else's poetry or short story for a group favorite.
What are the group's rules for submitting writing?
Submissions should be one-shot prose or poetry. No long novels, please.
Please be open minded and thankful to critics--it is not necessary you take their advice, just that you respond with a mature, open minded attitude. If you do not wish to receive critique at all please do not submit to the group.
Please do not submit multiple pieces all in one document or compilation. We want to judge each piece of writing individually on its own merit, and if three amazing poems were in the same document as twelve sub-par ones, we wouldn't be able to accept the document.
Because we aim to collect literature in which the author demonstrates an understanding of the craft of writing, we do submit all of our submissions to quality control. Quality control is elaborated on below. If you have any further questions, please note AfterTheNonSequitur.
Mature content is welcome as long as it abides by DA's rules.
Please DO NOT submit to the "Featured" gallery. Because of the way DA has set up their groups to work, if we do not keep that gallery open, we can not set our submission limits to other galleries the way we wish to.
What does the group consider when reviewing submissions for quality?
Correct spelling and grammar is a must, and should go without saying. Exceptions are made, of course, for poets purposefully breaking rules to create poetic effects. However, the purpose of the breaking of the rule should be apparent to the reader, and aid the poem's message, not hinder it. The reason for rule breaking should never stem from "laziness," or the author's own lack of understanding of grammar.
The writing should offer either a fresh subject or a fresh perspective on an old subject, or a fresh method of writing on an old perspective of an old subject. In other words, anything that isn't completely same-old, same-old.
Through reading the text itself, it should be apparent that the author or poet has some understanding of the craft of writing.
The writing is complete. Short stories should have rising action, a climax, and a resolution, both literally and thematically. We do not accept descriptions of characters or settings, incomplete stories, or chaptered novels.
What if I submit my work and it isn't accepted?
Please do not take it as an offense if your piece is not accepted. We do not intend any cruelty, only to provide our watchers with writing which meets the standards described above.
If your work is not accepted, please do not re-submit the same piece.
If you wish to improve your writing, feel free to request a critique from the staff (though, it may take us a while to respond, and this is not a guarantee you will receive it).
You are welcome to submit other writing to the group. Please keep that in mind when you reply.
Please do not harass our volunteers for doing their jobs--by joining the group, you agree to be civil and polite to our staff and members.
What should I expect from this group as a watcher/member?
If you watch our group, you should expect that every piece submitted to our group will be something worth reading. There won't be a need to sift through five pages worth of submissions to find a piece that really stands out--they all will.
For this reason, we will have significantly less submissions than the larger literature groups on DA. This is a good thing, because it makes it easier to recognize authors and poets you like when they are not lost in a sea of submissions. The group's hope is that this will generate more over-all exposure for our members, and create recognition among our watchers for those we feature.
If you watch our group, feel free to comment or critique on any submission to the group, as we require our members be open minded and mature towards critique. That being said, if you find critique offensive, this is not the group for you. Critique is not guaranteed, but we encourage it.
Can I submit prompt ideas?
Sure. Send a note to the group with your idea.