Summer Greets You With Fond Wishes
Posted by DIA
06/02/19 - 06:36AM
It’s June and we here at Lunaescence hope you’ve been staying cool and enjoying your summer. For this month’s announcements we’ve got a lot of news to cover, including more details on the Revamp to come and an update on the site’s Fundraiser.

Featured Stories

The nomination theme for June was "Fun in the Sun." Congratulations to the nominee, phoenixrebirth88.

Summer Paradise by phoenixrebirth88 (Gundam Wing, 17+)

July's featured story theme is one everyone can get behind: "Underappreciated Faves." This month’s theme is all about nominating a story you think deserves more appreciation. To nominate a work to be featured on next month’s announcements, head over to the forum thread.


This month’s featured challenge is "Summertime Sensations." For this challenge, we want you to write a piece that embodies the season of Summer. This includes, but is not limited to: Imagery, Relationships, and Narratives. More details on this prompt can be found in the forum thread.

Development Blog

This month’s DEV Blog post covers a wealth of topics regarding Lunaescence, including the Revamp, the Fundraiser, and planned improvements. A highlight of the post is included below.

Behind the Scenes – A brief look at some of the things that have happened behind-the-scenes in the past months.
Current Affairs – An update on active Moderators and discussion of current site plans.
The Revamp – Why a complete Revamp as opposed to other routes? The process behind deciding on the Revamp is discussed, alongside reveals of proposed features and improvements. How will it look? What can users expect? Answers to those questions, and more, can be found under the corresponding section on the post. You can also follow @LunaescenceDev on Twitter for updates pertaining directly to the revamp.
The Fundraiser – We will be closing out the Fundraiser by the end of 2019. What this means for Lunaescence, as well as target dates for shipping, are covered in the ‘Fundraiser’ portion of the post.
Going Forward – We believe there’s always ways to learn and grow. In this section, we outline some of the positive changes and improvements we’re working on to benefit Lunaescence. Whether that be better organization behind-the-scenes, to more documentation on site policies, story warnings, and Queue standards—we’re committed to insuring Lunaescence becomes the best place for writers to learn and grow.
Volunteer 4 Luna – Ahead of the Revamp, we will be accepting applications for Volunteers. Would you like to help shape the future of Lunaescence? We sure hope you do! More information can be found on the post.

To view the post in full, please head over to the post on Lunaescence’s DEV Blog.

Bug Reports

Last month, we reported the issue of Outlook blocking emails from the domain. Please note that this issue prevents Outlook users from receiving email alerts for story updates, reviews and favorites, as well as account recovery emails such as ‘forgot password.’

We estimate that this problem will be officially resolved in 45 Days or less—dependent on troubleshooting and response times from Outlook. When all issues are resolved, we will be sure to inform users via announcements. In the meantime, we advise anyone with a Microsoft-based (,,,, etc.) email address associated with their Lunaescence account to consider temporarily changing the email on their account to one that uses a different domain, such as Gmail, until this problem is resolved. You can change the email associated with your account by going to "Your Account" and selecting "Edit Personal Information" under "Your Settings."

Regardless of which email provider you use, we recommend whitelisting archive[at] and moderators[at], as these are the addresses the site uses for automated messages and the site Moderators use for user correspondence, respectively.

Encounter a major bug on the Archive? Need help with an issue? Recovering your account or password? As a reminder, the best place to file a bug report on the official bug report thread in the forum. Alternatively, site staff can be reached by email via contacting moderators[at] We’re always happy to help.

Rule Reminders

We’re always excited to see new submissions in the Queue. To help potential submitters, we want to take a moment to remind everyone of two of the Archive’s submission guidelines:

• We do not allow multiple chapters of the same story to be submitted to the Queue at once. A reason for this is that if one chapter is found to have errors, the others will likely have them as well. To prevent writers from having to resubmit multiple chapters if they’re found to have errors, we ask that chapters are only submitted one at a time to the Queue. If you’d like to submit chapters without delay, consider becoming a Validated Author. Criteria for becoming a Validated Author can be found on the corresponding forum thread.

• We do not allow decorative titles. Stories on Lunaescence are ordered alphabetically. Decorative titles impact the way stories are organized on the Archive. Your story title should only contain the name of your story. That means no character pairings, symbols, or unnecessary punctuation. As a bonus tip, the best story titles are kept short and sweet: excessively long titles are not recommended.

It’s a pleasure to serve such a wonderful userbase, and we sincerely thank you for your constant support. We hope you enjoy the rest of your June!


My How Time Flies!
Kerrigan Sheehan
Posted by Kerrigan Sheehan
04/30/19 - 11:14PM
Welcome to May, everybody! I can't believe it's May already... Enough chatter. There's a lot to go over here.


Our April challenge was "Villainous." We have one submission:

And It All Comes Down To This by SweetDeath (Marvel Comics, Iron Man, The Avengers, 17+)

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? This month's challenge is "Disney Songs". Be Prepared to write some songfics that bring Honor To Us All! Be Our Guest and check out the details here.

Featured Stories

The nomination theme for May was "Revival" Unfortunately, there were no stories nominated.

June's featured story theme is "Fun in the Sun". To nominate something, go here!

Bug Reports

We are currently experiencing a problem with Outlook selectively blocking emails from the domain, which is what the moderators and admins use for official site business as well as what the site uses if you're trying to recover your user account data or if you've signed up for email alerts on reviews and/or favorite story updates.

Dia has begun the process of contacting them to fix this issue, but it's out of our hands at this point, and it could take a while. If you have an email address associated with your Lunaescence account, especially if you're an unvalidated author planning on submitting fics to the queue any time soon, please consider temporarily changing the email associated with your account to an email that uses a different domain, such as yahoo or gmail, until this problem is resolved. You can change the email associated with your account by going to "Your Account" and selecting "Edit Personal Information" under "Your Settings."

As far as we know, no other domains are affected, but regardless of which email provider you use, we recommend whitelisting moderators[at] and archive[at] These are the two addresses the site and its admins use for most non-queue business.

Just a reminder, the best place to file a bug report is either on the official bug report thread in the forum or, if that's not possible, to email moderators[at] Those are the two places it's most likely to be seen quickly by the site admin.

The Queue

We appreciate your ongoing patience with queue submissions. We are very shorthanded at the moment, and with just a couple of us working on it, real life disruptions affect queue wait times a lot more substantially. Thank you for your understanding.


Please consider donating to the fundraiser here or sharing it to keep Lunaescence around as long as possible. Site donors get beta access to the site revamp as well as other perks. More details on the

Site Revamp

Dia is totally rebuilding Lunaescence. If you'd like to see the countdown and progress bar or sign up to the mailing list please check out the landing page here. Expect more information from her here soon.

She is also working on a mobile-friendly theme for the current site to help in the meantime. Expect that in the near future.


April, April, April...
Goodfellow & DIA
Posted by Goodfellow & DIA
04/07/19 - 10:57PM
The months seem to have passed us by in a blur! As always, we are still looking to improve Lunaescence and keep it around for as long as we can, but we can’t do it alone! If you’re able, please consider donating to our fundraiser or sharing the page so that we can meet our goal! If you’re interested in learning more about the fundraiser, how you could help, or what sort of incentives we have for those that donate, click here!


Because our February and March announcements couldn't get uploaded due to certain circumstances, we’ll just skip along to April! Our January challenge was "First to Say." We had some awesome entries!

Spices and Teas by Penguiduck (Fire Emblem, 13+)
Pretty by Ladybird (My Hero Academia, 13+)

Excellent work you guys!! This month’s challenge is “Villainous." The goal is to write any piece of writing that is from the perspective of a villain! Click here to get more details!

Featured Stories

Our nomination theme for February was Kiss Kiss Fall in Love. Unfortunately, no stories were nominated. Maybe next month! The theme for May’s featured stories is "Revival." You may nominate any story that has been updated after a hiatus of a year or more.

Click here to nominate someone!

Downtime in March

Lunaescence experienced a period of downtime mid-March. This was entirely due to the site’s host. We have taken appropriate steps to insure this does not happen again in the future. This includes enlisting a third party service to monitor site-uptime so potential issues can be more quickly addressed, as well as moving to a different service provider. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank users for their understanding.

Full Site Revamp

A revamp of Lunaescence Archives is in the process of being developed. New features and a updated, modern interface are just part of the improvements provided as part of this revamp. You can visit the landing page for the site’s revamp here. All accounts, stories, and content will be transferred to the updated website upon launch. Early Access to the site’s revamp will be provided to certain users during the revamp’s Closed and Open Beta periods. More information regarding features and dates will be covered in subsequent announcements.

Multiple Submissions

As a rule reminder, please be aware that we do not allow multiple chapters of the same story to be submitted to the Queue. Submitting multiple chapters of the same story in the Queue will result in the automatic deletion of the chapters in question. There are two main reasons for why we have this rule. For one, there is a risk that the chapters will not be read and validated in the correct order. Finally, if one chapter does not pass validation, it is unlikely the others will. Please only submit one chapter at a time.

As always, we sincerely thank you for visiting Lunaescence Archives and hope you'll enjoy the rest of your April!



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