How do I see what's happening with my submission?

Here's a question. I submitted a news story (about the SCA presence at Worldcon) on Tuesday. I didn't think to check the box to email me about replies to that submission. I got the you-don't-have-permission error, but seeing that mentioned in the instructions for event submission I hadn't worried about it. But I can't seem to find any way to check on the status of my submission, or indeed any evidence that I submitted it successfully. It's rather time-critical (the event is in a week, and I'm trying to get people to come help), so I'd like to make sure I didn't screw anything up. Is there some way to see whether I submitted it right, and whether it's gotten rejected due to lack of interest among the reviewers?

Most certainly you can. :-)

Most certainly you can. :-)

In the right-edge menu whose heading is your username (in this case, "jducoeur"), look for the "my account" entry and click on that. One of the items that you'll see in the main part of the page then is titled "recent posts". Click on the link below that, and you'll see a list of everything you've recently contributed to the site.

Incidentally, your article is on the newswire today. We often have a queue of waiting articles, so things submitted may not get published right away. Please feel free to put "[TIME SENSITIVE]" in the headline of anything urgent, so that we'll see it and act accordingly. We'll remove that phrase from the headline before publishing the story.

what if my article submission is a weblink?

what if my article submission is a weblink?

Does it go to the front page?

Content types on

There are basically three kinds of articles published on

A story is a newsworthy article intended for our front page, that does not link to another source for the original content. In other words, stories are generally our own original content or are content we have permission to republish here in full.
A webstory is just like a story, except that it does have a link to the "original article". We use these when we don't have permission to publish the original article in full, and we are just writing our own abstract and/or using a brief quote (under Fair Use Doctrine) to point readers to the original content. We also use webstory articles for things like photo albums where the whole point of our "news article" is really just to introduce the album (or similar content) on another site.
A weblink is an article whose sole purpose is to appear in our Directory of links. These are not promoted to the front page.

The difference between a story and a webstory is very simple -- if it has a link, it is the latter, and if not, it is the former.

The difference between a weblink and a webstory really comes down to, "Is this a link to a web site, or a link to a web article." Or, looked at another way, are we announcing that someone has published something newsworthy on the web, or are we providing a permanent link? Things that are temporal in nature (e.g., news articles, photo albums from a specific event, Court reports, and so on) are "news" and get story or webstory articles. Things that are non-time-specific, such as a link to a merchant or a Kingdom's web site, or a link to the main page of an historical research site, get a weblink.

Now, in a few cases, if we encounter a really newsworthy new web site -- for example, if a university releases a large collection of digitized manuscript images -- we may link it with a weblink from our Directory and run a webstory link from our newswire to make sure people know about the new site. That's an editorial judgment call, of course, as to how newsworthy we consider the new site.

There are other content types such as event calendar items and static pages (such as our "About" page), but those are special cases that are treated somewhat differently than regular articles.

Incidentally, in the next month or two we will be upgrading to a new version of our content management software. One of the features of the new version -- and a feature that I'm proud to say I have personally designed and coded, with contributing work by others -- is that the somewhat artificial distinction between "story" and "webstory" will go away. Rather than two content types with either a mandatory link or none at all, the new version will just have "story", and not only will the reference link be optional, but you'll be able to have more than one of them if applicable.

Details are in our Guidelines for Contributors (also linked from the right-edge menu of the site).

I hope this helps. :-)


excellent, thank you

excellent, thank you. I figured something along those lines, but I still submitted my webstory as a link. Oh well, I will resubmit. should have read the guidelines first! Thanks.

Great; thanks.

Great; thanks. I figured it was probably in-process still, but was mainly concerned that I had screwed up the submission process...