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Original Work

A quick Google search and Wikipedia tells us that: "Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others."

This is exactly what the new "Original Scrolls" section means to host. Keep that in mind when you submit your stories.

Please follow the rules and guidelines set up for the fan fiction archived here, where applicable. If unsure, contact us. Our non-slash policy still stands and we highly recommend that your work be beta-read before posting. Do not forget to add appropriate warnings if needed and to rate your story accordingly. Keep an eye out for Mary-Sue and Marty-Stu. Unfortunately, they do not just exist in fan fiction! ;)

A note about copyright

Open Scrolls Archive (and the administrators) do not, and will not, claim any copyright to your works posted. We are merely providing an avenue for you to reach a larger audience.

There is some copyright advice below that some of our members have provided that you may find useful. We are not experts and encourage you do do your homework if you are concerned about copyright.

More information can be found on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA)'s website on their Resources page. Writer Beware: Warnings About Literary Fraud and Other Schemes, Scams, and Pitfalls That Target Writers

Writing for fun - but want to retain copyright?

If you are writing for fun, consider the Creative Commons license which is free. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization with a mission to expand private rights to create public goods, creative works set free for certain uses. Offering your work under a Creative Commons license does not mean giving up your copyright. It means offering some of your rights to any member of the public but only on certain conditions.

Dreaming of being published one day?

Things to keep in mind if you think you might want to become a professional writer down the line...

Remember that posting on an open archive or forum may be considered "publishing" and may only be marketed as a reprint. We have been advised that many publishers are categorically unwilling to publish anything that has been published even in bits on the Internet. They may not allow reprints to be submitted, and if they do, it's typically at a lesser rate.

If you think you might want to try and be published in the future, we suggest you rather post in a members-only workshop for critique. That way your work may not be considered as 'published'. Some original fiction groups are usually closed so that first publishing rights are not violated - possibly.

Another problem with posting original fiction online is that you may open yourself up for a copyright headache unless you've already registered your copyright. Apparently, you can do this for a fee in the U.S., possibly $20-$50. This is nothing that we have verified, and you may want to check it yourself first.

If you need advice, post in our forums, before you post the story. Someone may be able to give you more advice that meets your circumstances.