The only rule of art and literature and cocktail parties is this: be interesting. Not much different than a cocktail party, writing. Relaxing in some stranger’s living room telling a story that has the room eavesdropping. Art in a corner in a fashionable dress that is maybe a little revealing, and music slinging drinks while improvving on the baby grand.
Baby, just be interesting. Be interesting in any form listed in the submissions guidelines.
Make a magazine for cocktail parties. It is laid out on tables before the grand event, and everyone can read them while drinking, and stare at the art. Really good musical pieces are there for anyone with a guitar habit or piano lessons behind them. You can read the stories to each other if you want. People need our help to be interesting sometimes.