Submission Rules

All submissions must be accompanied by a complete disclaimer. If a suitable disclaimer is not included, the site administrators reserve the right to add a disclaimer. Please place your disclaimer in your story notes or chapter notes, not the summary. A disclaimer example is below. Remember, a vague disclaimer is nobody's friend.

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the author. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.

Stories must include the proper rating, category/categories, genre(s), and warning(s). If administrators feel that your story includes an incorrect rating, category, genre, or warning, we reserve the right to re-categorize it.

Titles, summaries, and story banners may not contain NSWF content, though Elysian Fields will allow for titles that have been censored with characters such as an asterisk (eg. Sh*t, etc.). Also, "Please read", "Untitled", etc. are not acceptable titles or summaries.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated at Elysian Fields. Please do not attempt to add material to the archive that does not belong to you. This includes any material generated by an AI, such as ChatGPT. Anyone found to have added plagiarized material or AI-generated material to the archive will be banned from Elysian Fields.

RPF (real person fiction) and self-insert stories are not permitted.

Stories submitted to Elysian Fields are expected to be generally free of errors. The site administrators reserve the right to request corrections in submissions with multiple grammar and/or spelling errors.

Stories submitted to Elysian Fields should be properly formatted and relatively easy for readers to understand. If the story is hard to read due to improper formatting or an unintentionally confusing storyline, we reserve the right to ask the author to make adjustments to their story.

Submitting a story does not mean that it will be automatically validated and published on Elysian Fields. This is a privately-owned site, and publication of fics here is a privilege, not a right. However, we will do everything we can to work with authors to ensure that their story is published on our archive.

All stories must be rated correctly and have the appropriate warnings. Our site rating descriptions can be found here. All stories rated R and above are expected to have warnings. Regardless of story rating, all applicable story warnings must be included at the time of first posting, excepting for those warnings that are the result of organic storytelling that the author did not foresee at the time of first posting. In these situations, warnings must be added as soon as the author is aware of the story's progression, and a note must be included at the head of the next chapter alerting readers to the new warning. The site administrators recognize that there is an audience for all stories, but authors must respect readers who do not wish to read certain stories by labeling these stories appropriately. Administrators reserve the right to edit ratings and tags for accuracy.

Stories with multiple chapters should be archived as such and NEVER as separate stories. Upload the first chapter of your story, then go to Manage Stories in your account to add additional chapters. If you have trouble with this, please contact the site administrators.

Chapters must have under 15,000 words to be submitted.

This is a Spuffy site, therefore all stories must prominently feature, in one way or another, a Spuffy pairing. This means the emotional and 'ship-focused narrative must always be blatantly Spuffy. This does not mean your fic has to be a Romance. The 'ship-focused narrative can manifest as friends, enemies, reluctant allies, lovers, or whatever makes the most sense for the story you're telling. Spike or Buffy /Other romantic or sexual pairings are permissible to the degree that they serve to move Spuffy closer together, not further apart. That said, if your story contains Spike/other or Buffy/other for ANY amount of time, you must use the appropriate warning. There are readers out there who are very opposed to reading such stories, even if the non-Spuffy pairing is temporary. Again, this is a Spuffy site, and we're looking for SPUFFY pairings.

• Stories containing Buffy/other or Spike/other may not include explicit depictions of sexual encounters with other partners unless there is a qualifying exception. A qualifying exception is defined as limited depictions of canon couples (Bangel, Sprusilla, Biley, Sparmony), a threesome fic (so long as the rules regarding threesomes are otherwise followed), or a direct exception authorized by the Mods, in which case the author must contact the Mods to inquire and be granted permission. We recognize that stories with explicit /Other sexual encounters can be written and enjoyed, but this is a Spuffy archive and therefore not the place for them.

Stories may only be added by their original author or by site admins on behalf of an author who has given permission. Members may not add stories written by other authors even if they have been given permission.

Stories containing threesomes must be marked with a warning. This is meant to allow readers to avoid such stories if they so choose. In any story containing a threesome, the relationship between Buffy and Spike must be the main focus throughout, and no relationship should supersede theirs.

• Stories posted on the website prior to March 16, 2022 may not reflect current publication rules. These stories are considered legacy stories and will not be removed from the archive. All stories published as of March 16, 2022 must follow these rules. Eligibility for archival hosting will be determined based solely on that story’s content.

Visual Media Submissions

• All artwork submissions must adhere to the site’s Spuffy prominence rule. We do not allow Gen Art submissions. We’re sorry, but we have finite hosting space and we are, after all, a Spuffy archive. Therefore all art pieces must be Spuffy-centric.

•  That said, for visual media purposes, we do allow solo artwork renderings of Spike or Buffy. They don’t always need to be together, but the piece must remain Spuffy friendly (i.e., No Bangel, Sprusilla, etc.)

•  All NSFW artwork pieces must be rated NC-17 or AO (Adult Only) and assigned NSFW Category and Genre tags. These must also be Spuffy only.

•  Use appropriate warnings for every art piece.

•  Artists are free to link to any artwork that does not meet the Spuffy prominence rule in their profile, as well as in the story notes. However, EF is not the place to host any such artwork. Any non-Spuffy artwork stored on our server will be deleted at our discretion.

Submissions found to be in violation of these rules will be subject to the following review process:

 The site administrators reserve the right to modify these rules as needed.