Rules for Members

Cratered exists for authors of speculative fiction to exchange critiques in an environment of mutual trust, respect and encouragement, with the ultimate goal of helping each other to become better writers. The following rules aid that purpose.

  1. Membership. Members must (a) be at least 21 years old, (b) write speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, horror and alternative history (among other genres), and (c) aspire to professionally publish their finished works.
  2. Cost. Membership is free of charge. We suggest a small donation of $5 per workshop attended. Every penny helps. Proceeds pay for hosting and administration that keeps Cratered online.
  3. Identity. Members may join under pen names but must disclose their real names to the Cratered president (to be kept confidential, if desired).
  4. Rights. Author publication rights are paramount at Cratered; all works, critiques, comments and other original content are copyright by their respective authors. Members grant Cratered the right to reproduce, copy, use and distribute all and any portion of their copyrighted content to the extent needed to provide and operate the Cratered workshop. Members may, for confidential and personal use as Cratered workshop participants, download copies of copyrighted works which belong to other members, provided they do not distribute said copyrighted works beyond the Cratered workshop. Violators risk suspension or termination from Cratered, and criminal and civil liabilities for copyright infringement.
  5. Service. Cratered urges members to retain backup copies of submitted manuscripts, critiques (given and received), forum comments and other content. Due to data storage costs and limitations, content posted in a Cratered workshop may be archived or deleted, with or without notice, when a workshop is completed. Your work is valuable. Save it.
  6. Policy. Members must read and agree to abide by the Editorial Policy and Code of Conduct.
  7. No Fan Fiction. Derivative work is disallowed for three reasons; (1) it likely infringes on the author or publisher of the original work, (2) it typically cannot be professionally published, and (3) because, compared to original works of fiction, derivative works are a poor creative exercise. As such, original Star Trek novels are disallowed, as are Game of Thrones novels, Harry Potter novels, and disguised imitations, such as worlds featuring populations of orcs, elves, and dwarves.