Templates: Media Submissions

Handdrawn illustration of a green meadow foreground, bracketed by deciduous trees with spindly branches, against a snow-capped mountain background. A flock of birds flies through the sky above the meadow. Scene is overlaid with the dark green/light green/white/grey/black stripes of the aro pride flag. The text Aro Worlds Submissions Templates sits across the image in a black, antique handdrawn type, separated by two ornate Victorian-style black dividers.

If you’re planning on submitting content, you might want to consider looking at my templates to see that your post contains as much information as possible. It is not required that you use them, but the more information you can include, the better it will be for audiences.

Please note that if your work contains romantic content, you’ll need to rate that content (from zero, no romance, to five, high romance) and provide a short advisory for what romantic content is included. This allows romance-repulsed people to make informed choices about the media they enjoy.

If your work contains non-explicit sexual references, you’ll need to advise for this in the post itself. If your work contains explicit sexual references or depictions, you’ll need to advise for this in the post itself and make sure the content is placed behind a keep reading cut or hosted offsite.

Please note that I do not want submitters tagging their content–I will do that myself.

All creators of fanworks need to name the fandom/property and the characters depicted somewhere in the post. I am not familiar enough with all fandoms to know from where your characters might come, and I need to be able to tag all fandoms for blacklisting purposes.

Creators should feel welcome to link to their blogs, publishers, stores, vendors, Patreons and Ko-fi accounts. If you’re making aro creations, it is absolutely acceptable to make it easy for aro audiences to support you.

Works in languages other than English are welcome, but please indicate this!

Please note that submitted content may be posted to the WordPress site as well as Tumblr. You may submit via a Tumblr submission or the WordPress contact form.

If your work doesn’t contain an off-site link, I’ll also see it if it’s posted to Tumblr’s #arospec creations tag.

Original Poetry and Prose

Title: [self explanatory]

Author or user name: [also self explanatory]

Length: [usually word count, may be page count if a print book]

Price: [if not a free work]

Vendors: [if available at multiple retailers, provide links]

Genre and keywords: [list the genres and keywords relating to your work–for example, fantasy, transgender, arovague, dragons, short story]

Romantic content: [rank from zero, no romance, to five, high romance]

Rating: [if your work has a MPAA or another national rating (for example, the ACB) please list it]

Content advisory: [list anything you think readers might want to know about. If you don’t wish to advise, please just state author chooses not to advise]

Summary: [paste your summary or blurb here. This is so important in telling readers what your piece is about]

Things to keep in mind:

  • Amazon is omnipresent in the US, but not quite so much in other countries. Listing only an Amazon link to your published works can be quite frustrating for non-Amazon users. At the very least, a link to your personal website or Goodreads helps some in letting the rest of us track down your work.
  • If you are not linking to a piece posted elsewhere, and it is longer than a couple of paragraphs, please place the bulk of your text under a read more cut.
  • If you’re posting a cover image as well as a link to your book, an image description of your cover placed under a read more cut would be helpful. This lets users of screen readers know what your cover looks like.

Fanfiction Poetry and Prose

Title: [self explanatory]

Author or user name: [also self explanatory]

Length: [usually word count]

Fandom: [state the fandom]

Pairings/characters: [state any pairings or characters included in the work]

Link: [provide link to work]

Genre and keywords: [list the genres and keywords relating to your work–for example, fantasy, transgender, arovague, dragons, short story]

Romantic content: [rank from zero, no romance, to five, high romance]

Rating: [if your work has a MPAA or another national rating (for example, the ACB) please list it]

Content advisory: [list anything you think readers might want to know about. If you don’t wish to advise, please just state author chooses not to advise]

Summary: [paste your summary or blurb here. This is so important in telling readers what your piece is about]

  • If you are not linking to a piece posted elsewhere, and it is longer than a couple of paragraphs, please place the bulk of your text under a read more cut.

Video and Music

Title: [self explanatory]

Author or user name: [also self explanatory]

Length: [in minutes, especially important for video]

Price: [if not a free work]

Vendors: [if available at multiple retailers, provide links]

Genre and keywords: [list the genres and keywords relating to your work–for example, fantasy, transgender, arovague, dragons, short story]

Romantic content: [rank from zero, no romance, to five, high romance]

Rating: [if your work has a MPAA or another national rating (for example, the ACB) please list it]

Content advisory: [list anything you think readers might want to know about. If you don’t wish to advise, please just state author chooses not to advise]

Accessibility: [does your video have transcripts? Does it have closed captions? Are the closed captions auto-generated and how correct are they? Is all the information presented on screen with no voice over? Can the sound be turned off and the video watched solely via closed captions or subtitles? Do you have subtitles in languages other than English? Answers to these questions are very important for disabled and non-English-speaking audiences]

Summary: [paste your summary or blurb here. This is so important in telling readers what your piece is about]

Things to keep in mind:

  • If you’re posting an album cover image, an image description of your cover placed under a read more cut would be helpful. This lets users of screen readers know what your cover looks like.
  • If posting a video, it is not possible to describe the whole thing, but a description of the opening screen is also helpful.

Merch and Swag

Price: [please indicate when in USD, as not all followers are US-based]

Vendors: [if available at multiple retailers, provide links]

Keywords: [list any keywords relating to your work–for example, dragons, badges, aromanticism, demiromanticism, aroflux, jewellery, handmade]

Description: [tell us a little about what your product does]

Photo: [provide an image of your product]

  • If you’re posting an image of your product, an image description of your cover placed under a read more cut would be helpful. This lets users of screen readers know what your product looks like.
  • Please note that merch intended for sexual activities is not accepted.

Recommendations

Anything from the above is great to include in a recommendation post, but at minimum we’d like to see:

Title of work: [self explanatory]

Author/creator of work: [also self explanatory]

Vendors/links: [if available at multiple retailers, provide links]

Genre and keywords: [list the genres and keywords relating to the work–for example, fantasy, transgender, arovague, dragons, short story]

Romantic content: [rank from zero, no romance, to five, high romance]

Summary: [paste your summary or the work’s blurb here]

Reasons for recommendation: [why you think we need to know about it]

Artwork

There’s no real written information required if it is worksafe, but I would appreciate if you would, if posting fanart, list the fandom it is from and the names of the characters depicted. This is because I am not familiar with many fandoms and will need this information for tagging purposes.

If it is possible for you to provide an image description, I would be also grateful.

Conversations

Feel free to talk however you wish about aro media, aro creativity and aro representation, but keep it worksafe and polite. There will be folk who feel very differently about certain works, fandoms or characters, and that’s fine–wonderful, even–as long as we respect each other’s viewpoints.

Any inability to do this will result in offenders being blocked.

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