Community Guidelines

The Golden Rules

1. Be kind and constructive.

2. Don't be an ass.

3. Have fun.

The Gathering

Welcome to the adventure! If you have wandered in for a look around, are searching for treasure, want to fight dragons or write about the rain; you are welcome to do all of it here. Inkitt is your avenue for stories. We are your community for reading, writing, and sharing. Our aim is to provide a positive, constructive environment for all and see great writers come forth to develop themselves in an uplifting and engaging manner. Be a reader, be a writer; but most of all - be good to each other.

The Journey

Above all, Inkitt wishes to create an environment of support and positivity. We are here together as a community of story lovers. We are home to stories of nearly all genres and nothing would please us more than to see our authors and readers broaden their horizons and look forth at a growing list of possibilities.

We also want to see authors evolving through reader input. This means that comments should be constructive and not derogatory, insulting, or vindictive. Love thy neighbour, love thy literature, and don’t be an ass. We are all here for fun so don't get nasty. If you see something that could be done better, then approach someone it in a kind manner and let them know your thoughts. As Thumper so eloquently states in Bambi “If you can't say somethin’ nice, don't say nothin’ at all”.

Under the Bridge

If you see something on our site (users being extremely critical, disrespectful, or if you spot spammers), please report it to us and we will take care of it. We want your experience on our site to be an enjoyable one, so feel free to shoot us an email about any concerns you might have.

The Great Judgement

Any violations of Inkitt guidelines and codes of conduct may result in removal of your comments, reviews, profile or stories from the site.

Writing Guidelines


  • Are all of your paragraphs properly aligned? This means no spaces or indents at the start of paragraphs/sentences. Please refrain from using indentations or spaces as this only increases the time it takes to edit and approve a piece.
  • Is the spacing between your paragraphs even? No more than one space between paragraphs please.
  • Speaking of page breaks - are you using Inkitt's line tool? Asterisks, zeros, and dashes are a thing of the past.

  • Is your story free of author notes, out-of-character comments, or other text not related to your story? This includes copyright notes and links to other stories. Please be assured that a story published under an author's name is copyrighted to that author. Should you wish to link other content please do so on your profile page. Let's keep your story for your story! We want to read the plot, we want to get lost in the text. Let’s not break that up by adding a running commentary. Use your story space for your story alone.

Grammar & Punctuation

  • Does your writing follow the rules of English grammar?
  • Please check that your grammar and punctuation are appropriate? Experimenting with grammar and punctuation can have a great effect on a story, but it can also go seriously awry. We suggest having a Beta Reader to ensure that everything is where it should be.
  • Is your spelling correct? You may use British or American spelling but be sure that if you pick one that you stick with it!
  • Is your dialogue formatted properly? ("Words," she said. "Words!" he replied.)
We understand that you can use grammar, punctuation, and spelling to enhance a story and that sometimes utilizing an incorrect method can benefit a plot. However, grammar, punctuation, and spelling are all present to enhance communication. In doing so it enhances your story and makes it more likable for readers. If you aren't sure about your grammar, punctuation, and spelling then grab a friend, family member, or BETA reader to check it out.

Technical Deets

  • Is your cover photo at least 1200x450 pixels in size? (Check out Pixabay or Flickr for great photos!) If it appears even a little bit ‘stretched’ or pixelated on our site please change it. This saves us having to postpone on the publication of your story while we wait for a higher quality image. We want you to have a beautiful, crisp, eye catching image and will do what we can to ensure that your story is presented in the best light. This means that we will be checking cover images for suitability.
  • Does your cover photo have text on it? It shouldn't. Be assured that the author name and story title will appear on your story! Your cover image should be an image alone - no text, no titles, no author names.
  • Is your title just a title? Your author name, story genre, and other details do not need to be in the title. We want to know what the story is called in the title bar and see the rest in its relevant spot.


  • Is your rating appropriate for your story? Our editors do their best to ensure that all stories are rated appropriately but it is up to you to set the bar for your readership. Please be sure to rate your story according to the ratings we have here on Inkitt. This makes the editing and reading process a lot easier and a lot more enjoyable for all involved.

Thank you, authors! With your help we can make the approval process on Inkitt quick and efficient. We ask that you stick to our formatting and technical guidelines so that we can help you get your story up and running as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing your posts and can't wait to have them published!