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If you are not sure what, exactly, your piece should be rated, here are some guidelines to help you figure it out.

G – This is a piece that contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that would offend parents of younger children. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present.

PG – This is a piece that may contain some material unsuitable for children. Some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity may appear, however they are not so intense to require strong parental guidance. There is no drug use content in this rating (please note that some consider alcohol to be a drug.)

PG-13 – This is a piece that may contain violence, nudity, sensuality, language, or brief adult activities mentioned in passing. It may also contain light drug use. Nudity may not be more than a brief description for a short time and will generally not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence, but generally it is not incredibly realistic and extreme or persistent in nature. One sexually-derived expletive may be used once in exclamation (example: F***) but more than one use or use in a sexual context is not permitted in this rating bracket.

R – This is a piece that contains some adult material. It may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements. The elements are not incredibly rich in detail and generally do not take up all of the time in piece. For example, in-depth description of sexual activity would not fall under this rating.

NC-17 – This is a piece that contains content too adult for any sort of children and is only appropriate for adults. It can be based on incredibly detailed descriptions of violence, sex, aberrational behavior, drug abuse or any other element that most parents would consider too strong and off limits for viewing by their children.

Please note, as mentioned in the rules, that all fiction rated above PG-13 must be member-locked.

If you still have questions, leave a comment here, or send one of the mods a PM. We will be happy to help.

These guidelines have been adapted from the MPAA guidelines found here. We have tried to make them simpler and more straightforward to understand, and they are not being used for profit in any way, shape or form.

May 2012

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