Submission Rules

Submission Rules

  1. 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.† Repeat offenders may be subject to further action up to and including removal of stories an
    1. has a Zero Tolerance Policy regarding plagiarism. The story you submit must be your own work! If you are caught plagiarizing you will be given three days to rewrite or delete the plagiarized section/chapter/story. If no action is taken within three days your account will be deleted. - If you come across something that is plagiarized, please contact us directly at with the plagiarized piece AND the original.

    2. Submitted stories should always be backed up. While we continually monitor the server and make regular backups, these are primarily to preserve our software and database setup. 5SOS Fanfiction makes no promise to archive your stories as an alternative to you making a backup. While we make every endeavor to safely store submitted stories, we cannot be held responsible for circumstances beyond our control, such as server crashes and hacking attempts etc. which may cause any submitted material to be irretrievably lost.

    3. Summaries should be neat, clean and condensed. Any summaries that have unnecessary breaking, spacing or any other sort of space-abuser, an admin reserves the right to correct and edit it.

    4. The story's main character(s) must be a member(s) of 5 Seconds of Summer. Please make sure if the story revolves around one specific member (romance, relationship, etc.) that you are ONLY selecting the main character, not every member of the band. To select characters, hold in CTRL + Click. For Mac users, Comment + Click.

    5. Please check your grammar, spelling and story formatting before posting. Make sure there is a line space in between paragraphs and each individual line of dialogue. If you copy/paste your story and the lines are all running together, please insert < br >< br >(without the spaces) in between each paragraph/line of dialogue to break them up. - We are working on a solution to this problem.
    6. All story graphics/pictures must not exceed the dimensions of 200px height by 650px width. If your banner exceeds these limits, it will be removed without warning. In order to keep this site neat and clean, this rule must be followed or banners/story graphics will be permanently disabled.

    7. All stories must be rated correctly and have the appropriate warnings.¬† All adult rated stories are expected to have warnings. After all, they wouldn't have that rating if there wasn't something to be warned about!† The site administrators recognize that there is an audience for these stories, but please respect those who do not wish to read them by labeling them appropriately.
    8. Be kind and courteous to your fellow authors and reviewers. Anyone found posting abusive, slanderous, hateful, threatening, or any other such material that may violate any applicable laws will be warned. If that warning is ignored, the person is subject to account suspension and/or deletion. This includes but is not limited to stories/reviews containing objectionable material such as threats to members/admins, hate material and racism.

    9. Posting a hiatus, excuse, explanation, nomination, etc as a "chapter" by itself, is prohibited. It appears to readers as an update which is false! If you'd like to explain your reasons for lack of updates, hiatus, or to promote an award nomination please do so by editing your Summary or Story Notes. You may also wait until you have an actual chapter update and post the message in the Chapter Notes or End Notes section.

    10. This site is for 5 Seconds of Summer fanfiction only. Please do not upload Justin Bieber, Big Time Rush, Allstar Weekend, The Wanted, One Direction etc. fanfictions. Also, posting is for stories only! No banner requests, character try-outs or anything else of that matter is permitted on Please conduct your services elsewhere. We will have forum set up for this soon!

    11. Creating a story and then posting nothing but a link to an outside host is prohibited. If found, these stories will be deleted.
    Sample Disclaimer
    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.
  2. Stories must be submitted to the proper category. †If there is an appropriate sub-category, DO NOT add your story to the main category.† The submission form allows you to choose multiple categories for your story, and we worked very hard to add that functionality for you.†† So please do NOT add your story multiple times!
  3. Titles and summaries must be kid friendly.† No exceptions.†
  4. "Please read", "Untitled", etc. are not acceptable titles or summaries.
  5. A number of authors have requested that fans refrain from writing fan fiction based on their work.† Therefore submissions will not be accepted based on the works of P.N. Elrod, Raymond Feist, Terry Goodkind, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne McCaffrey, Robin McKinley, Irene Radford, Anne Rice, and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb.†
  6. Actor/actress stories are not permitted...not even if they're visiting an alternate reality.
  7. Correct grammar and spelling are expected of all stories submitted to this site.† The site administrators are not grammar Nazis.† However, the site administrators reserve the right to request corrections in submissions with a multitude of grammar and/or spelling errors.† If such a request is ignored, the story will be deleted.
  8. All stories must be rated correctly and have the appropriate warnings.† All adult rated stories are expected to have warnings.† After all, they wouldn't have that rating if there wasn't something to be warned about!† The site administrators recognize that there is an audience for these stories, but please respect those who do not wish to read them by labeling them appropriately.† Please note: Stories containing adults having sex with minors are strictly forbidden.
  9. 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 administrator or ask a friend to help you.
  10. As much as possible, spoiler warnings are expected on all stories. For categories with serialized content, such as series of books or television series, spoilers are mandatory for the current season and/or most recent part. An appropriate spoiler warning to place in your summary would be: Spoilers for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. DO NOT do anything like this: Spoilers for the one where Spock dies.

Submissions found to be in violation of these rules may be removed and the author's account suspended at the discretion of the site administrators and/or moderators.† The site administrators reserve the right to modify these rules as needed.