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Rules for Submissions 1.1

In just a few short weeks, BTM's come a long way. We've quadrupled our membership since the site's inception; we've got eleventy billion pages worth of reviews, and the site's actually getting hits. Needless to say, lots of stuff has changed, including the rules for submitting. Updating them was a necessity; as the site gained its modicum of popularity, it became apparent that we needed to tweak them a little to make sure people knew what they were getting into if they should get on staff. So the new process for on-staff admission is as follows:

  1. Send your review (in .txt or Word format, or just typed straight onto the email) to so that all the staffers can get to it easily. Any submissions sent to individual staffers will be deleted
  2. There will be a one-week window of opportunity for all the staffers to read the submission and weigh in with their thoughts on its merits. After the one-week window has expired (or all staffers have had their say, whichever comes first), you'll be notified as to whether or not your submission was accepted
  3. If you have three submissions accepted, you will become a probationary staffer, which means you will be eligible to review submissions, submit reviews directly for publication (i.e. you don't have to go through the submission process) and participate in the creative process of the site, but your work will still be listed on the contributors' page, and you won't be eligible to participate in the group events, like collaborative reviews and such. If you come up with ideas that the site adopts, you'll recieve credit, of course. This is designed to let prospective staffers get a feel for the site and not jump into something that they weren't prepared for. There's a surprising amount of work that goes on here.
  4. After a probationary staffer has two additional reviews published on BTM, they will become a full-fledged staffer, and all that implies.

The only way around this process is to be contacted by a staffer and expressly asked to submit something. In the event that this happens to you, every requested review will count as one accepted submission. You still have to get three to move out of the contributor ranks. And begging individual writers to ask you to submit something is the quickest way to eating a big plate of the Ire of Buster Time.

It sounds daunting, I know, but BTM's all about commitment. All the staffers here log a ton of hours working on their reviews, and as a result almost halfway know what we're talking about :) We're interested in quality first, and quality comes from devotion to a subject.

We aren't for everyone. If you submit a review, please understand that it CAN get denied. We aren't going to accept everything, much as we'd like to. If we turn your submission down, we'll try to include as much constructive criticism as we can. All we can say is sorry, but that's all there is to it. Just rework it and try again; we don't hold grudges - if you rewrite it and we like it, then it's good enough for us. Hell, DJC's favorite Wrestling Writing Story is how got turned down from Rant Central when he first applied, kept writing, and got accepted retroactively four months later.

So what will we accept? If it's a review of wrestling, then we're interested in putting it on the site. It can be a review of a tape, or of a live show, or of a book, or a video game, or toys, or whatever. We don't accept opinion columns, but everything else is fair game.

And that about sums it up. Git ye on to writin'!

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