Many Neopians submit articles, stories, commentaries,
critiques and exposť to the Neopian Times everyday. Only a small fraction
of all those stories submitted actually are accepted and put into the
times. I have had articles rejected many times but I always persist! I
have already gotten one in. It was called "Who Wants To Be A Neomillionaire?"
It was a help article and this one is too! For all those people who never
got their articles in and for those thinking about trying here is what
you need to know! Although many of the articles that are not accepted
are very well written, interesting and original there is something that
makes the chosen ones stand out. Now I'm really not sure what the exact
criteria is but I will attempt to tell you as best I can, how to get your
article accepted or at least give you a fighting chance!
1) Before you even start to write your article, you will
need something to write about! Maybe you excel at a particular game or
run a successful shop or guild or want to express an opinion or idea.
Write about something you know about and you'll have tons to write! Once
you know what you want to write about check past Neopian Times for articles
with the same theme, idea etc. The last thing you want to do is copy an
old article or write an article about something that has already been
written about! One thing not to do is write about something that has nothing
to do with NeoPets because it's most likely it will not get accepted.
It has to be about something others are familiar with.
2) If your idea is okay, then start to brainstorm things
that you could write about. Rack your brain until you have enough good
ideas to fill your article. Make the ideas relevant to the topic and they
should make sense and be true! Also, you should know what events are currently
happening on NeoPets. That really helps.
3) Now write your article. Look at your ideas. Put them
into groups that you can talk about and get writing! Make a couple of
drafts and be constantly rewriting and revising what it says to make it
the best article you possibly can! Once you think you are done, look at
your article. Read it over a couple of more times. Make sure it's a good
length. You don't wan't it to be too short or too long. Short articles
often don't have enough information or supporting points but if written
well, short stories still can work out. Long articles are a little harder
to get around. Readers can easily lose interest and get bored. Some will
skip parts or even skip the whole thing. People shouldn't be overwhelmed
by the length but again, if written well, long articles can work out.
4) The title is definitely one of the most important
aspects of your entire story. It's the first thing people will see and
many will decide whether or not to read your article based on your
title. It should introduce your topic briefly but be cool and catchy and
leave the person wanting to read the article. Don't make your title until
you have finished writing the article.
5) Write about appropriate topics. Most Neopians don't
enjoy reading articles of somebody complaining about being poor or complaining
about the poor. While putting opinions about these things and others can
be okay, don't write an entire article about it. And don't even bother
writing an article including cheats or anything that would be considered
illegal in Neopia because, DUH, it's obviously not allowed in an article
either and you are risking getting frozen if you do this!
6) This is the final point but just as important as the
others. Simple things like spelling mistakes, incorrect grammar and improper
use of punctuation really reduces your chances. Make sure you go through
and edit EVERYTHING! Many times using the spell check will not work as
well as a person can. One more thing to remember: include your user name!
It's most likely that NeoPets won't publish your work if they don't know
who wrote it. And even if they do you won't get the credit or that nice
Well I hope this has helped everyone and to all who submit
articles, I wish you the best of luck!