E: For everyone, even Ewoks. You could read it to a teddy bear and not have to worry about a thing.
12+: Maybe the topic deals with something serious or contains a couple of low-key curse words.
16+: The topic has some minor mature content. If it's talking about a mature situation or an act of violence, it should be rated 16+.
18+: A topic should be rated 18+ if it has any of the following elements:
- - Graphic content (violence included)
- It is sexually explicit
- Has strong language
In addition, to give readers more information about what to expect, you can also add three tags:
M: Mature. Refers to any material that is not suitable for younger audiences.
L: Language. If there are any profanities, please include an L tag.
V: Violence. If there is any violence, please include a V tag.
If you have any questions about what rating your literary work needs, err on the safe side and go for the tougher content rating. After you post it, send the name of the work along with a link to any moderator (someone in light or dark green) and ask what it should be rated.
Moderating Team Addition 11/26/2021:
Please note, YWS is not the right audience to be sharing literary pornography when so many users are minors. Literary works that are only sex scenes unattached to a larger narrative (scenes within larger work withstanding) are therefore not allowed. The work must be a literary one, singular sex scenes will be taken down.