Submission Hints - Story
When you're writing your story, be sure to pay attention to details and try to make it as interesting as possible for the reader. Tell the truth by all means, but also give people a sense of what you were thinking at the time, why you'll always remember the scar, etc. Did your little brother accidentally clock you with a nine-iron while goofing around in the basement? Did you have a major operation that you'll always remember? Did you get hit by a car while riding your bike to work? Your story can be funny, insightful, depressing or anything in between, but above all it has to read well. Also, please come up with some sort of title for your story (if you don't, you forfeit control of the title to me and I'll name it something weird). I don't have any length requirements, but if it's under 250 or over 1000 words, you might want to work with it a bit. I do promise to read every submission that is sent to me, but I can't promise that every one will be put up on the site. If your story is on the verge of making it onto the site (and time permitting), I may e-mail you back with some suggestions as to how I think it could be spruced up a bit. I'm not a great writer by any means, but this is the system that I have worked out for now. Also, provide me with either an e-mail or web address that I can link to from your name (or you can remain anonymous if you really wish). Submit!!

Submission Hints - Picture
Even while coming up with the idea for the site, I knew that this would be the one problematic area with the idea. While most everyone has a scar with an interesting story behind it, not everyone has a scar that's easy to see. I knew that I'd run into people with great stories and associations with their scars, yet it would be nearly impossible to photograph them due to fading with time, etc. If you have a great story, but your scar is small and / or hard to photograph, simply do your best in trying to capture the image. You don't have to try to get your whole body in the frame, but do make sure that the scar is clearly visible and large enough in the picture that you can tell what it is. One of the best ways to do this is by using skim lighting across the surface of the scar. Even if it's barely visible, it will most likely show up if you light it just right. If you still can't get a decent shot, I wouldn't even mind if you resorted to Photoshop a bit. One final note (sorry for so many) is to try to keep the picture size down to around 300x250 pixels at 72 dpi. If you have any other questions, drop me an e-mail and I'll try to get back to you. Thanks for your patience. Submit!!