Literotica was amongst the first adult sites to be open to story creators, quickly having replaced the usenet erotic story sections. Its few rules prohibit stories about pedophilia and bestiality (except fantasy creatures like dragons and unicorns), and it is mostly aimed towards amateur writers and readers who prefer the (largely) image-free environment. Stories submitted include short, one-off stories, chain-stories written in collaboration with other authors, and entire novels submitted in a "chapter-by-chapter" mode.
The stories themselves are categorized into various themes, and there are also categories for stories with pictures and stories with audio.
Literotica's message boards, account for only 6% of literotica's web traffic. (Alexa.com, 2008) However, this forum has over 756,000 registered members as of April 2008. There are 23 forums in which users can participate; 16 English speaking and seven non-English language boards.
Inside Literotica's message boards are many different forums from which users can choose one or all forums to frequent. These deal with topics such as Amateur Pictures, the Author's Hangout, Roleplaying and Sexual Roleplaying, as well as the unmoderated General Board. There is also a How-To forum and a place for writers to seek advice, and also BDSM and LGBT sections. Literotica's forum is popular and comfortable for people who want to enjoy erotic activities with the anonymity the internet provides.
Members of the message boards, also known as 'Literoticans', 'Litizens' or 'Litsters' Sometimes meet in what are known as 'Litogethers.' This is where members from particular areas plan an event, in order to socialize with others they have formed friendships with online.
Literotica users can use their log-in password and username for CHYOO.