Human Fiction

Action – Creation – Critique

Contributor’s Guide

Version française.

You like to read or write fiction? You’d like to share some critique or some thoughts? Human Fiction is searching for contributors and we’d be happy to include you in our columns. Would you like to join our forces? Don’t be shy:

please-reply @

However, we know it’s not everyday easy to write an incredibly good article and to format it perfectly for being published, so here is a small guide to help you improve your article. Consider it as a way to focus on your work, and not as on its sidelines.

Recommended tools

Ideally, you should use the tool of your choice. Yet, our workflow as a website makes some tools more suitable to us. Our server receives our articles as plain text files pre-formated with the Markdown syntax. This means that plain text editors are highly recommended. Here is a short list of plain text editors you may like:

Also, please consider checking for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. We’ll double-check but we’d prefer to pass more time on your ideas than on typos.


As we said, we use the Markdown syntax for our articles. If you feel up to it, you can read the syntax documentation. Otherwise, here are a few hints.

First, Markdown has been designed to be readable just like emails. Take a look.

This is a paragraph.  A paragraph may have
one line or several lines.

This is also a paragraph.

> This is a quote.

In paragraphs, you can use *italics*.  In
quotes too, of course.

+ This
+ is
+ a
+ list.

1. This
2. is a
3. numbered
4. list.

But that’s not all! Markdown also has really powerfull things in it.

You may want a presentable draft while
using Notepad on Windows (poor you).  As a
matter of fact, horizontal scroll is not a
fatality: you can press return as much as
you want, Markdown will interpret it as a
common space.

However, you may want to go to the next
line in your article.  It’s easy:  
Two spaces, then return.  You’ll catch on
in no time.

You may also want to insert some links in
your articles… Of course you can! Here is
an [example](

Oh! I almost forgot footnotes…[^1] You’ll
love those.[^2]

[^1]: This is a footnote.
[^2]: This is another footnote.


You may perhaps want to illustrate your article with a picture. Please check first that you’ve got the right to use that picture. If you don’t have that right, we can’t publish it with your article, sorry. If you’ve got skills in graphic design, a good way to be sure you’ve got the right to use a picture is to make it yourself.

The picture should be maximum 600 pixels wide. If it’s wider, we’ll resize it. If the contrast with the background of the site is too subtle, we’ll add an indigo border.


By submitting a text to Human Fiction, you confirm that this text has been writen by you (or translated by you and you had the right to do so), and you allow us to modify it, to translate it, to publish it modified or not, translated or not.

All of the contents published on Human Fiction are, unless otherwise stated, published under Free Art license. We do this because Human Fiction is about sharing ideas on fiction, and we don’t think we need a legal bulwark to interact with our audience. However, if you want your work to be published under another license, you can state otherwise.

Editorial line

We do not have any specific editorial line, because we want every author to express his own style. However, we recommend that you still meet a certain base criteria to remain consistent with our other writings. For example, please avoid unjustified vulgarity.


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