NOTE: These guidelines apply to nonfiction
articles only. Fiction guidelines can be found here.
ARTICLE LENGTH: 500-750
words generally, or 1,000 if necessary.The
old adage applies: write it until its
perfect, then stop.
STYLE, DEPTH, ACCESSIBILITY: All
reviews and features should combine depth and passion for
the subject. Keep good grammar and spelling in mind (see Copy-Editing
Notes below). Keep it informal, and have a sense of humor
if that's your thing.
We don't want articles written like
textbook entries, promotional material, message board posts,
or guys hanging around outside the comic store. Make your
article entertaining and personality-driven. Curious people
who don't know anything about the work, for example, might
read your article and be lured into the fold. That's what
Features should provide enough context
to make them accessible and enjoyable to every reader, while
including enough depth of knowledge (or breadth, whichever
works best for the writer) to entertain the hardcore fans.
All reviews should be smart, well-informed, passionate,and
TONE OF REVIEWS: All reviews
should be fair and well-reasoned. Feel free to rant if the
subject deserves it, but make sure the justification for the
rant is self-evident. If something sucks, say it sucks, but
tell us why. If something is wonderful, say it's wonderful,
but tell us why. Give a frame of reference.
We don't want just glowing positive
reviews, and we certainly don't want to get a reputation for
brown-nosing publishers or studios, especially when we'll
be seeking advertising deals with them. But we want to be
seen as fair, by the fans and the publishers alike. Being
honest, but giving every product or show a fair shake, will
allow us to maintain credibility with the fans and avoid alienating
the publishers, studios, and networks whose products we talk
Don't let the bulk of your reviews
be synopses of the storyline. Don't give away major plot-points
regardless, unless you discuss them in the context of your
No "spoiler space." If the
reader really doesn't want to know, they should not be clicking
on the article in the first place. In the case of major revelations
of the Sixth Sense variety (Bruce Willis is really
a man!), we can put a disclaimer at the beginning of the article
saying that such things are discussed therein.
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While an article is published on RevolutionSF we require exclusive
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Please gather the following information about the subject
of the review:
- Genre(s) (e.g., science fiction,
fantasy, horror, superhero, etc.)
- Format (book, CD-ROM, VHS, DVD,
- Creator(s) (the names of the primary
authors or creators of the item)
- Rating (MPAA, ESRB, etc., if applicable)
- Date of Creation (the date the
product was released)
- Date of Review
COPY-EDITING NOTES: Spell-check,
All articles will be checked before
they get posted, so we may catch things you dont, but
in general, just be aware of spelling and grammar rules. We
won't be using an official style, like AP or APA, but it's
not a bad idea to follow rules set forth in either of those
And there are little
things that bother us: For example: "A
lot" and "never mind" are two
words. The correct abbreviation of "would
not have" is "wouldn't have"
or "wouldn't've," not "wouldn't
of." There are others. If you have a
copy-editing question, let
If you want something highlighted,
don't do anything (dashes, asterisks, underlines, quotes)
except put it in ALL CAPS. That makes it easier for us to
ON THE INTERNET, BUT NOT OF THE
INTERNET: We're a website, but that doesn't mean we have
to act like one. An ellipsis is three dots after a sentence
or thought, not 17... No informing the audience that something
you just wrote is funny by typing (LOL) after it. Using a
swear word is OK, but profuse cussing is sophomoric and lame.
Don't be lame. We're not making the site safe for your 6-year-old,
but we're not making it safe for your gibbering idiot, either.
Breaking these rules for the sake
of comedy or irony (or both) is fine. But be careful out there.
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