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When you submit a story the system lets you know when it will be up for review.

The waiting time depends on how many stories are already in the queue when you submitted yours. Usually, it's between 1 and 4 weeks.

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It means that other people can see on your member page which stories you particularly liked.

When viewing a story, other people will also be able to see if it's someone's favorite.

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A story goes through several phases on its way through CC. We have a queue system so your story will go to the back of the queue when you submit it and it will eventually go into review.

When you first submit your story it will be put into the upcoming section of the queue. You will be told on the submit story receipt page when it is scheduled to come up for review. Typically this will be 2 weeks or so (for the newbie queue it is different; your story always goes up for review the next Wednesday).

During the time that the story is in the upcoming section (sometimes referred to as being "in the queue"), Standard members cannot revise their stories. Premium and Premium Gold members can, however, change their their story as much as they want.

Finally the story moves from the upcoming section and goes to up for review. You will receive an email when that happens and it will also be highlighted in the notification center at the top of the page as well as in your Reminders box on the front page.

Your story will be up for review for a period of seven days, Wednesday to Wednesday.

During this time, both Standard members and Premium members cannot touch their stories. Premium Gold members are able to revise their stories during this period with a few restrictions (they cannot change the story layout but fix individual paragraphs).

When the review period ends your story will be moved over to Older submissions. At this point you will be able to revise the story. Other members can now also read all crits on the story. You should not expect any more crits on your story after it has been put into older submissions.

When your story becomes really old, CC might archive it which will not make it behave any differently than other stories in the older submissions category and you can always bring it back from the archive.

If a story has inappropriate content or there is some other problem with it the administrators can reject it. It will still show up in your story list but your credits have been refunded and no one else will be able to see the story.

Once your story has reached Older submissions you can delete the story. This will remove all the story text but the story 'container' will still be on CC with the crits you have received attached to it. No one but the author can look up a deleted story.

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Of course! One chapter at a time works out well.

For your own good, try to keep each submission to 5000 words or less. People are notoriously lazy at critiquing longer submissions.

Longer stories are more expensive to submit than shorter ones. Each 5000 words beyond the first 5 cost an additional credit.

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If you remove your story from the Queue before it comes up for review, the credits are restored.

The same happens if a story is rejected by the Admins.

A story that has gone through the critique cycle and is in 'older' will yield a refund if deleted only if it has received no critiques.

So, if you delete your story and it has no crits you should always receive a refund.

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Yes, you can submit stories in any language — but you may not get many critiques.

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You can, as long as they are different pieces or stories, and not the same text cut and pasted twice to make the 300 word count limit.

Remember though, that short pieces can also be put up for review in the 'short text' forum, and critted for free

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No. The queues are not a place for self-promotion, and you should not post a story as an ad for your published or almost-published work. This is not fair to the critiquer, who spends time and effort on a critique that will go wasted, and it is not fair to other CC-ers, as it takes up a story slot that could be put to real use.

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You can mark your story so that children and teenagers don't have access to it, but of course that depends on them giving us their age, which not all choose to do.

There is also a red lettered warning about it being adult oriented on top of the story.

If you're concerned, we also recommend that you use the Content Advisory box to warn people. That way, there are at least no nasty surprises.

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Critique length dictates how many credits you get.

You will receive 1 credit for critting a story if your critique is 300-600 words. 1 1/2 credits if it's between 601 and 900 words and 2 credits if your critique contains more than 900 words.

In some instances the story author will choose to give credits for completing a full crit (over 300 words). You will then see this banner on the story page.

Typically this will mean that you get an extra 1 credit for completing a full crit (in private queues it can be higher).

If your crit is below 300 words you always get 1/2 credit and if it's below 150 words no credits are awarded.

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