1. A story that opens in any place other than a bed, a bar, or a bordello.
2. An adverb/verb ratio < 1:100.
3. Family stories that do NOT involve incest or physical abuse.
4. Typo-free pages.
5. Paragraphs shorter than one page.
6. A paucity of passive voice.
7. An adjective/noun ratio which does not exceed 1:1.
8. Stories where every word deserves its place.
9. Characters I wish were real.
10. Anything that keeps me reading because I have to find out how it ends.