As a hub this is a great step in the right direction. Watchers will have an easier time discovering news, activities, and events outside of their watch list. Instead of figuring out if you're watching all the right people and hunting down your lit news, it will come to you.
If you're newer, or not as well known, to the literature community, submitting will help you reach more active and interested deviants. In turn, it's an opportunity to increase your participation levels. And you know we're all about participation!
This is a great feature on dA, but only when used appropriately. We want to prevent abuse from inappropriate or irrelevant journal posts, and we want to avoid spamming message centers with a flood of journals at one time. To handle those issues, we've implemented a staff voting system.
Our staff members will review each journal submission and vote to accept or reject it based on our loose criteria. Each journal will require two "Yes" votes from staff to be accepted.
Journal / News Criteria
Follows dA’s rules
Open to community involvement
What does "open to the community involvement" and "worth promoting" mean? Well, it means it is applicable and available for the community to participate or appreciate in some way. For instance, if you're running a contest and only your three friends are allowed to participate, there is little point in advertising in #CRLiterature. It won't help your contest, and there is no need for members to know about it.
If your contest is open to your group members (assuming your group membership is open), or deviants in general, that's a different story. We'd love to promote that! We're also interested in discussion articles, events, activities, anything interactive, or even plain old informative.
These guidelines are very basic because we never know what the literature community will come up with! We don't want to stifle promotion of your fantastic news with a billion rules and hoops to jump through. As an added measure, we've carefully selected our approval staff who have done their fair share of activity promotion. Through experience they're familiar with all the hard work you put into your projects and have plenty of latitude for their votes.
Edit: We've discovered that submitting through stash requires at least contributor status in the group. All is not lost, however! You can submit the old fashioned way directly through our journal.
If you have any questions, please let us know!