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DD Suggestion Guidelines Revamped

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:33 PM
Revamped Christmas 2012

Why should I suggest literature to you?

Oh for any number of reasons, the most logical of them being that I (and all of us Lit ^CV's) cannot be everywhere on the site at any given time. There is literature going gravely unnoticed right now that deserves attention and you may be the only one aware of that writer and their work. You should suggest literature because it helps represent the literature community as a whole. It helps us understand what is impacting writers and what is capturing readers' interest when we receive suggestions-- of similar topics, genres, or forms. It helps keep our view of the community in perspective so we are able to make reasonable decisions regarding DD choices.

That Being Said...

I've been a Literature ^CV for a little while now and I'd like to clear up a few things surrounding lit DD suggestions as well as revisit my guidelines below. Starting January 1st, 2013, any suggestions not following these rules will not be considered until the problem is remedied (I will ask you to fix what is wrong). These guidelines are here to keep things organized so that nothing slips through the cracks, and are not here to restrict. When suggesting I ask that you:

Send only one suggestion per note.

I've had several notes with three or more suggestions. This makes it very hard for me to stay organized with my suggestions, and I've dealt with it enough over the past few weeks, as I have lost track of several promising suggestions that were coupled with others that were lacking.

Be aware that DD's can only be awarded to members once every 6 month period, not 3 months.

This is a common mistake, but a very easily preventable predicament to avoid. To determine if the user has had a DD within the last 6 months, add /dds to their deviantART profile url, like so:

Know that pieces for contests that have not yet finalized cannot be DD’d.

I've received a few suggestions that have still been part of ongoing contests, and while they may or may not be DD material, I've had to reject them outright upon finding out they are part of a contest.

Do not send me suggestions 'on behalf of a group.'

I will not put the suggester down as a group because, for one, it will always be an individual effort to suggest a DD, whether it is a collective front of individuals or one single deviant. I am also doing this to discourage groups from 'offering' DD suggestions for participating in events, features, or contests. There's no guarantee of consistent and varying quality through any one group and it will always be up to you as an individual to suggest work to be featured, but DD's are and will remain an individual experience.

Do not send me suggestions from your features, contests, or events.

This is more a request than a rule (feel free to make exceptions sparingly) and is similar to what I have described above, but it is the most common problem I have faced when receiving DD suggestions. If you host events and then suggest work from that event I am much less likely to feature it because of a variety of different reasons, the most common being that it just isn't stellar material; it was something that had the appearance of stellar work because of what it was accompanied with: a prompt, a contest, or a feature. A literature DD has to be tougher than any other DD out there and must be able to stand on its own in the footer; it must create its own context for those who will view it, as it will not be in the controlled environment of a journal feature or a contest or prompt.

Be aware that I may or may not select a different piece by the same writer and still list you as the suggester.

In the case of the above, or if an older work is suggested to me, I generally look for more profound and recent material from the person suggested. Depending on how much contrast there is between the switched pieces, I may note you back so you as the suggester are aware of the change.

Here are four things to ask yourself when you come across a piece of literature you'd like to suggest:

What am I reading? What is the idea behind it, the focus, the protagonist, the protagonist's goals, what is the writing describing?
What does it read like? Does it read like a tabloid article, a sci-fi epic, or a nostalgic letter?
How is the author having me read this? When and where is this set, how is it formatted, how is the pacing?
Does all of the above complement each other?

Send Me...

  • Originality - Whether it be unique thoughts, concepts, imagery, or characters.
  • Poetry - This is what I prefer, practice, and know best, but I will read everything you send my way!
  • Quality - Where the writer shows a firm grasp over what they are doing technically and emotionally.
  • Writing with Merit - A piece of literature can stand on its own with the help of a sound message.
  • Lastly, every piece of writing should resonate on an emotional level with somebody. Send me something I will want to keep reading!
  • Other Notes

    Self-suggestions are more than welcome. A little enthusiasm (optional) when suggesting will go a long way. If you have any questions please ask away! Your friendly neighborhood armadillo, Nichrysalis

I've been a Literature ^CV for a little while now and I'd like to clear up a few things surrounding lit DD suggestions as well as revisit my guidelines. Be sure to read if you plan on suggesting soon!

*Note On Group Suggesting: If you have suggestions, objections, or anything to say regarding the topic of suggesting on behalf of a group, please let me know. I am open to changing this, but as of now this is my preference for the reasons above.
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question - does the emotional connection mean that things in the non-fiction academic section and such cannot be suggested for DDs? I would think that being academic would mean that a great emotional level of connection in something like that would be strange...not that I really have something in mind to suggest, it just popped into mind as I was reading this.

(And I'll admit, I'm coming at these from an entirely different level. I can barely stand poetry, and don't write or read much of it...I much prefer novels, short stories, and nonfiction. So I'm probably not going to be sending much your way, I'm afraid.)
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that those cannot be suggested for DD's, I welcome them just as much as anything else. As you have said, a great deal of emotion would be put into them, as with most writing.

And just as a side note, I've been monitoring the Academic Essays category in Non-Fiction for a few weeks for something that stands out. Nothing has really said 'feature me!' yet.
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant that a great deal of emotion shouldn't be overtly visible in them, I probably failed at saying that. I don't know, I just think that something that screamed "EMOTION MADE ME WRITE THIS" would probably make me take it less seriously as a piece. I was curious because your guidelines say that it should make people feel an emotional connection, and while I think some people would connect to academic essays, I think it would probably be lesser than other types of writing. Did that make sense? Sorry, I'm all over the place with this question.

...I wish I could offer suggestions, but I really have no ideas. I'll keep my eyes out though, I think I'm going to be looking more in that section as I post my own things there.
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes that made sense. :nod: I don't entirely agree with it however.

If you do find something to suggest I'd love to hear from you. :)
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: I'm curious about your thoughts, if you don't mind sharing them. I'm just confused, because a lot of the time, I'm told that an emotional connection to my academic subjects is wrong (except for a few professors, that encourage it. I'm massively confused, in other words.) Therefore, an emotion based essay (with a few exceptions) would be bad...

If I do, I will definitely remember to send it your way!
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, my thoughts are that if you are to write an essay of the sort you are attached to it. And I believe anything that builds up a culture, be it technical or expository such as academic writing or more artistic is still purely expressive on many wavelengths and therefore, emotional; I don't believe you can detach from yourself and still create and express-- I don't believe you can detach from yourself at all. So in the act of creating art, expressing any ideas, doing any actions, or thinking alongside your peers you are contributing to a culture, which culture itself always has emotional, mental, and physical connotations attached to it (I'm roughly paraphrasing this from an essay I had written about artistic expression, which I have since lost).

I hope this makes sense to you. It always has to me, but I've had trouble explaining it before.
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a horribly late response, my apologies.

I think I was coming from the point of view that I get essay topics week after week while in school, that I have no real emotional connection to and forget roughly a week after finishing. So I don't think those types of essays really have emotional connections, except possibly resignation to writing them. Now, some of my essays I have a connection to - I can still remember my bad/good source annotated bibliography, which I was attached to and made my professor laugh. :lol:

It makes sense to me! I get what you're saying.
JakesException Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hopefully after my six months are up I'll find you something else just as awesome as before. <3

[P.S. I agree with all your points in the Journal - I know a lot of CVs who all abide by very similar rules.]
Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That'd be great. :)
JakesException Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Aww... I can't tell if you're just being legit or humouring me, but I'm flattered either way.

Did you see Jack's 'Kyrie eleison'? I think it's pretty damn good. I'm writing a response poem to it! XD
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