Question: How does one get on the featured box?
Answer: They write stuff and publish at the right time.
Question2: Ravenmane, can you reveal to me your secrets?
Answer2: *deep inhale*
Timing: This is a tricky read and I've noticed a pattern here in EST land of dropping chapters between 2 and 4 am will leave you on the box for some time. If you can drop a chapter or two then that's better since it will leave more of a mark and keep you there longer.
Popularity: I write almost exclusively HiE stories, though I have some non-human/oid stories down in notebooks. Because of this I find myself out in the land of "been there, done that" and it's hard enough to see the board that way. As such, I find a way to throw a curve ball. For example, I started a story about a fleeing white collar criminal and people took to it since it was HumanXCelestia for more than just "let's get together and do stuff." Each chapter past the first one left me enjoying about a day or two in the featured box. (Next chapter still pending)
One Shots: As an avid believer of the fact that there could be more to a story than just a single [string of expletives] chapter, I won't even mess with this one aside from saying what are people smoking when they write one-shot crack?
Clop Fics: I don't go there and favor my not so subtle brand of implying to say that "things happened, move along." I leave clop fics to Crowley, who writes some damn good ones.
Some Actual Secret: Um... I got nothing. No, I really mean it.
P.S. Don't send me to the moon...