Recent Places To Submit

Taking Submissions: Freeze Frame Fiction Issue #1

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: June 15th, 2014
Payment: 1cent/word

What are we looking for?

Flash fiction, pure and simple. No genre or content restrictions. 1000 words or less. Possible themed submission windows in the future.

Good flash fiction is like a freeze frame—a snapshot of a real story about real characters. The word count is low, so many of the details are left to the reader to fill in, but they’re there. Flash fiction is not the same as a vignette, or a scene; it hints at much more. Give us something real (though not necessarily realistic), unique, and interesting.

What is our submission and publication schedule?

Open for submissions for Q1. We will publish online quarterly. Schedule subject to change.

SUBMISSIONS PUBLICATION
Q1: 1 April–15 June 1 July
Q2: 1 July–15 September 1 October
Q3: 1 October–15 December 1 January
Q4: 1 January–15 March 1 April
How do you submit?

During submission window, please email submissions (as .pdf, .rtf, .doc, or .docx attachments) to submissions@freezeframefiction.com with the subject “Flash fiction submission”. Please include contact information in the email itself, and withhold it from the manuscript. All submissions must be double-spaced and in a legible font and font size. Feel free to follow Standard Manuscript Format, apart from contact information.

Emails should be formatted as follows:
Author’s name:
Submission title:
Simultaneous submission: (y/n)
Cover letter / bio: not required, but welcome

Will we pay you?

Yes, 1 cent/word.

How will your work be published?

Initially, online, free to read. Future plans exist for an ebook version of an annual anthology of select pieces.

How and when should you query?

Expected response time will be updated on an on-going basis. As publication occurs three months after submission windows open, we don’t expect this to be a big issue. Please feel free to email submissions@freezeframefiction.com with the subject “Query” if you have any questions about a submitted work.

What rights will we be assuming?

For unpublished works, we are purchasing worldwide exclusive First Publication rights in multiple electronic formats for twelve months from publication. Further rights for annual anthology will be negotiated upon offer of additional publication.

For reprints (solicited only), rights will be negotiated upon solicitation and acceptance.

Do we accept simultaneous submissions?

Yes. We require that you inform us of this fact upon submission, and withdraw your piece immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Do we accept multiple submissions?

No, not at this time. Please wait for your piece to be accepted or declined before submitting further work.

Do we accept previously published work?

No, unless solicited.

Via: Freeze Frame Fiction.

Taking Submissions: A Mythos Grimmly

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Deadline: May 1st, 2014
Payment: $100 (if Kickstarter is met)

We are excited to announce that submissions for our first anthology, A Mythos Grimmly, are open!
This anthology will be made up of mash-up stories, combining Fairy Tales (Bros. Grimm and more!) and Lovecraftian Mythos tales. Little Red Riding Cthulhu? Maybe, we’ll have to wait and see what the authors come up with! Cultural tales are welcome from all over the world.

We are accepting submissions now through May 1st, 2014. Stories should be between 3,000 and 7,000 words long. Contributors will be announced by May 8th, 2014. Publication of the anthology is expected to be before or by December, 2014.

This anthology is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign, which will run in May, 2014. Monetary payment for accepted works will be sent out within 30 days of a successful Kickstarter. Accepted authors will receive $100 and a copy of the Kickstarter trade paperback of the book (within 90 days of publication), which is available through the Kickstarter campaign only.

A short biography and author portrait will be requested upon acceptance of the story.

Please take time to edit and proofread your work. While some editing will take place before heading to the press, submissions that have an abundance of grammatical errors, misspellings, or formatting will be excluded from the review process. Submissions that are accepted must be open for minor editorial corrections.

We are looking for original works for this anthology, no reprints.

Please submit your works to anthologies@whpublications.com by May 1st, 2014. Wanderer’s Haven requests first worldwide publishing rights for one year after publication of the anthology.

Submission Guidelines

Title
Mash-up Concept (What stories are you drawing inspiration from?)
Author Name
Word Count
Email Address

12pt Garamond or equivalent.

Single space. Do not use TAB key, new paragraphs should be formatted with a 0.3 indent.

Do not use symbols (*, #, etc) between sections, a double space is sufficient.

Good luck! And now…Once upon a time…

Via: WH Publications.

Taking Submissions: HWA Horror Poetry Showcase

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: April 30th, 2014
Payment: At the judge’s discretion, an electronic chapbook of qualifying poems will be considered for publication under the aegis of HWA. Each poem chosen for publication will be paid $5.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Horror Writers Association will be holding their inaugural HWA Horror Poetry Showcase in April 2014.

Open to all poets, the Showcase will be accepting submissions throughout the month of April with four poems chosen by HWA member judges to be honored on the HWA website.

Submission Guidelines:

      Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from April 1-30, 2014 and all rights will remain with the poets. Those interested in submitting should visit www.horror.org on or after 1 April to access the submissions link.

 

We are looking for more than “blood, guts, worms,” etc. Just being “Icky” isn’t enough. Poetry to fifty lines. Free verse preferred; no forced rhyme or cliches. Unpublished poems only (though previously published poets are, of course, welcome).

For example, these are some contemporary poets of darkness that we admire: Ann K. Schwader, Wendy Rathbone, Mary Turzillo, Bruce Boston, Gary Clark, Robert Borski.

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable from April 1-30, 2014 and all rights will remain with the poets.

In addition, at the judge’s discretion, an electronic chapbook of qualifying poems will be considered for publication under the aegis of HWA. Each poem chosen for publication will be paid $5.

Submit here between April 1 and April 30, 2014.

For the 2014 Showcase the judges will be Marge Simon, Peter Adam Salomon, and Jonathan Maberry.

About the Judges:

  • Marge Simon is a past president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and editor of Star*Line. She won the Best Long Poem Rhysling (1995), the Bram Stoker Award for Superior achievement in poetry (2008, 2012), the Strange Horizons Readers Award (2010), and the SFPA Dwarf Stars Award for short poetry (2012). Her flash fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Vestal Review, and more: www.margesimon.com.
  • Peter Adam Salomon is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild and is represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. His debut novel, HENRY FRANKS, was published in September 2012. His next novel, ALL THOSE BROKEN ANGELS, a ghost story set in Savannah, GA, is scheduled for publication in Fall 2014.His short fiction has appeared in Demonic Visions I and II and he was the featured author for Gothic Blue Book III: The Graveyard Edition. His poem ‘Electricity and Language and Me’ appeared on BBC Radio 6 performed by The Radiophonic Workshop in December 2013.

    He was also a Judge for the 2006 Savannah Children’s Book Festival Young Writer’s Contest, served on the Jury for the Poetry Category of the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards, and is the current Poetry Page Editor for HWA.org. www.peteradamsalomon.com.

  • Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, and the Watch Over Me series.He also writes the monthly comics V-WARS and ROT & RUIN, and has written extensively for Marvel Comics and Dark Horse. Two of his novels (Rot & Ruin and Dead of Night) are in development for film, and another (V-Wars) has been optioned for TV.

    He teaches Experimental Writing for Teens, is the founder of the Writers Coffeehouse, and the co-founder of The Liars Club. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist, Jonathan spent twenty-five years as a magazine feature writer, martial arts instructor and playwright. Jonathan lives in Del Mar, California with his wife, Sara Jo. www.jonathanmaberry.com.

Guest Post: The Audio Market

| April 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

audioIn a report titled,”The Infinite Dial 2013: Navigating Digital Platforms”, the Arbitron and Edison Research groups conducted a national telephone survey to gather estimates of emerging digital platforms and their impact on the media landscape. Their research found that an estimated 120 million Americans listened to online radio the month prior to the survey, a climb from 17% in 2003 to 45% in 2013. The highly detailed report also stated that when asked about the awareness of the term “podcasting”, the numbers jumped from 22% in 2006 to 46% in 2013.

 

So what do these numbers mean to the average writer just looking to get their story published? It could mean a lot. Reports like this show that the digital age for publication is not only limited to the Kindle and web based ezines, the audio market is growing… and growing markets are hungry!

 

Granted, the market of podcast fiction and online radio is not as well paying as some print markets. But it is a great platform to promote your work and there is the added benefit of the end product (your audio story) adding entertainment to your primarily text based social media sites.

 

Let’s face it; Podcasts and radio shows are entertaining. People want entertainment, and no matter how much you love your little darling of a story, at the end of the day people just want to be entertained. So why not submit your stories to a publisher that may pay little to nothing in money, but a lot in exposure?

 

I’ll use myself as an example… it’s my article; I can do that, so hush!

 

I’ve always been a fan of the audio book, and in March of 2013 I began to explore the idea of hearing one of my stories in audio form. A few internet searches later and I found myself submitting my short horror story “Swallow” to Chilling Tales for Dark Nights. They liked it, and on June 16th 2013 they published the audio version of my story.

 

Luckily for me, the narrator who chose to read and produce my story was a man by the Youtube moniker of Mr. Creepypasta. I say “luckily” for two reasons. First, Mr. Creepypasta did an amazing job with the story; second he has a large following on his channel.

 

Between Chilling Tales for Dark Nights and Mr. Creepypasta my story “Swallow” has been viewed (as of me writing this) 71,394 times! That’s a ton of exposure to my writing and it’s worth its weight in gold.

 

But free exposure wasn’t all that happened. In much the same way that I had been bitten by the writing bug several years ago, I had been bitten by the audio bug. I’ve never experienced the thrill of seeing a screenplay come to life on the screen (yet) but I imagine it’s similar to what I experienced. “Swallow” was no longer just a story, it had come to life.

 

That led me to submitting stories to other audio publishers like Pseudopod. I was sent a rejection letter of course, and I’m proud to say that Pseudopod has sent my favorite rejection so far:

 

“Dear Christopher

Thank you for sending us “Dollop”.  I’ve reviewed the story and decided not to purchase it.  In complete truth, I just felt it was too long for its payoff, with no character depth and just inherently gross.

Thanks for submitting, and I hope my comments have been at least a tiny bit helpful.

Sincerely,

Shawn Garrett”

 

It’s common to get cookie cutter rejections and rejections with helpful tips… but to be told that your story is inherently gross? Well, that’s just cool. Considering the basic point of the story was to tell the readers about a boy named Dollop who killed his parents, chopped them up and mixed the bits into spoiled sour cream (a dollop of sour cream… get it?), and then force fed the concoction to his class as payback for getting picked on… I’d say that I got the desired response. “Dollop” is inherently gross.

 

Shortly after the rejection letter I got the idea of making the pitch a little more appealing by contacting voice over artists and asking if they’d like to narrate my stories to add material to their portfolios. I’d then be able to submit not only the manuscript but an mp3 of the story ready to be edited. I would get exposure and so would the narrator. Win win.

 

Well, it worked. Narrator Lynne Darlington agreed to do the voice over for “The Cecil Hotel” and narrator Matt Grant agreed to do the voice over for “Character Within”. I took both mp3 files and sent them to the NoSleep Podcast and asked the show’s host, Dave Cummings, if he’d be interested in placing the stories on his show… he picked up both!

 

“The Cecil Hotel” Season 3, Episode 21, Story #3

“Character Within” Season 3, Episode 22, Story #4 (Members Only, sorry)

 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m no Stephen King or Harlan Ellison, and I don’t mean to repeatedly toot my own horn like some crazed road rage prone driver stuck on I-5 during rush hour… I still have a day job. But, I am a writer who loves to entertain his readers and listeners. I’m also an author who likes to help other writers whenever possible.

 

My point in this article is to encourage you to think outside the box when looking for places to submit your work. The audio market is growing and is the perfect place for writers. I hope that you’ve found this helpful and please feel free to visit my site MateoHellion.com, follow, send comments, or become my first stalker!

 

MH

 

This Guest Post has been provided by: Mateo Hellion. Mateo is a published author in the horror genre as well as in children’s literature. When not writing, he is the father of two boys and work as part of the security team for Monroe High School in Monroe WA.

Setting Self Doubt on Fire: First Draft Blues

| April 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Hi everyone, well I’ve finally reached the 100,000 words mark, however I’m still not finished with my first draft. I always thought that I would be done once I hit that word count, well not exactly 100,000, but according to the cards on my wall I still have a little while to go. I do think that by next week though I will have finally finished my first draft. I’d probably jump up and down and start twerking when I’ve done that because I’ve worked hard on this. So if any of you out there who are also close to finishing that first draft, then I hope you dance along and celebrate when you do finally type THE END.

 

So this leads me to this post right here. The first draft, it takes courage to sit and complete this stage especially as there’s no guarantee that it will ever get read. But it is a sure sign of your commitment, your dedication, and that hunger that burns within you. This is your step forward to chasing that dream, and if you’re determined to reach your goal it’s a step you need to take. However, like a baby’s first steps you will also be wobbly, unsure and a little scared, and this is what that pesky Mr Self Doubt loves to latch onto.

 

While writing my novel I’ve had to reread the last few pages to remind myself of where I’m at, and which direction I’m going in. I have those cards but I’ve found that they have changed so much that I don’t have the chance to write new ones to replace the old. I did however experience something unexpected, reading my work back made me cringe in some places. Things have been written badly, obvious spelling mistakes, things don’t make sense at places. It can be very off-putting, and can make you doubt yourself and your ability. So I’ve decided to do this post today to remind you of things that you need to keep in mind when you’re dealing with the first draft blues.

 

Things to remember

 

  • The main thing to remember is that this is only your first draft. The job of the first draft is to get that story down and quick. Just like when a house is being built, it’s messy at first bricks and dirt everywhere, but then eventually it becomes a beautiful home. That’s the same for your novel, the first draft is the foundation, and you’ll have plenty of time to decorate it later.
  • Nothing is perfect first time round, that’s why we have the edit process.
  • Everything can be improved, the novel you see now with work and effort will transform from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan, and the only magic that is needed is your own.
  • If you can spot the mistakes then that’s great, you can see what needs to be fixed. That’s better than thinking your work is perfect when it isn’t.
  • Actually finishing the first draft is an achievement in itself. Celebrate today and sort out the issues another day. Actually it’s advised that you leave the novel for at least a month before editing.
  • You’re human, you make mistakes and that applies to your writing.

 

Now these are only some things to remember, but they all basically say the same thing, stop being hard on yourself and don’t listen to Mr Self Doubt. So the next time you read any first draft whether short story or novel, before you cringe and insult yourself remember these points, and carry on.

 

I found some interesting inspirational quotes for writers, so I’ll end this post with one.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Agatha Christie

 

 

 

Taking Submissions: Whispers from the Past: Fright and Fear

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: August 31, 2014
Payment: Selected authors will receive a single payment via PayPal for their story based on length at a minimum rate of $0.0050 per word or $10 whichever is greater. Author shall also receive one print copy mailed and one PDF form of the book sent via email

Genres:  Paranormal
Theme: General
Submission Deadline:  August 31, 2014

Forward submissions  and publishing agreement to:  info@north2southpress.com

Required Word Count:  Approx 750 min -5,000 MAX

Ending Must Be: Happy ever after or Happy for now- not necessary

Overall description: Rumor has it- there are ghosts everywhere. Tell your scariest tale. 

Can not contain:

·         Pedophilia (sex involving one or more persons under the age of 18)

·         Necrophilia (sex with dead bodies—vampires, zombies, and the like don’t count)

·         Bestiality (sex with non-sentient animals or shifters in full animal form)

·         Scat or golden showers (sex involving urine or feces play)

·         Gratuitous violence (including splatter punk, slasher, and torture-porn)

·         Rape intended to arouse (though we will consider forced seduction or dubious consent if it is           respectfully handled)

·         Snuff (sex during which one or more persons are killed)

·         Intended to evoke hate

Selected authors will receive a single payment via PayPal for their story based on length at a minimum rate of $0.0050 per word or $10 whichever is greater.

Author shall also receive one print copy mailed and one PDF form of the book sent via email.

Authors may, but are not required to,  purchase additional copies of the print version at 50% off the retail price plus shipping from North 2 South Press for up to two years after the date of publication. A form with prices will be shipped with the initial copies and will be noted in the email with the PDF version.

Please review the open anthology guideline page  and the publishing agreement 

Forward submissions  and publishing agreement to:  info@north2southpress.com

Via: North 2 South Press.

Taking Submissions: Triangulation: Parch

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: April 30th, 2014
Payment: We pay 1.5 cents per word plus a $100 Editors’ Choice award to each of three stories that most effectively and ambitiously incorporate the theme. Authors will also receive an e-book version of the anthology and wholesale pricing for printed copies (typically 50% of cover price).

Theme:  “PARCH”

Word Count: We will consider fiction up to 10,000 words. There is no minimum word count.

Topics: We are interested in publishing a wide variety of entertaining and literate speculative fiction stories, so the more space a story would take, the more it will need to impress us. We publish science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction.

Compensation: We pay 1.5 cents per word plus a $100 Editors’ Choice award to each of three stories that most effectively and ambitiously incorporate the theme. Authors will also receive an e-book version of the anthology and wholesale pricing for printed copies (typically 50% of cover price).

Rights: We purchase North American Serial Rights, and Electronic Rights for downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication.

Submissions: Our focus is on original stories. Please do not send previously published stories, even if they’ve only been published on your blog. Please, no simultaneous submissions (wait for a response from us before submitting elsewhere). We do not publish poetry. Sorry. No hand-written manuscripts. We gotta draw the line somewhere.

We love creative interpretations of our themes. Don’t ask us what it means – tell us what it means with a story that convinces us you’re right.

We will run mature content if we like the story and if the mature content is integral to the story. So make sure there’s an actual story in that mature content.

No fanfic, even if it’s of a fictional universe that has passed into public domain.

No thinly-disguised transcripts of role playing sessions, no settings obviously based on D&D or other such games. Don’t get us wrong, we love to game ourselves, which means our imaginations are probably cluttered with elves and dwarves and orcs and the like as it is.

How To Submit: Electronic submissions make our lives easier. Please upload your story via Submittable. If this is your first time submitting to a publication that utilizes Submittable, you will need to create an account with them. It’s free.

SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT

Manuscript Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. There’s disagreement on some of the exact details of the “standard”. We’re not testing you to see if you can follow each and every niggling detail, we just want a manuscript that is easy for us to read.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

  • .doc or .docx (MS Word)
  • .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)
  • .odt (OpenDocument Text — format used by the OpenOffice.org suite)

If you absolutely, positively cannot submit electronically, please send the manuscript (with either a SASE or a return email address) to:

Triangulation 2014
312 N Beaver St.
New Castle PA 16101

Feedback: We are (in)famous for our feedback on submitted stories. We work with writers to improve accepted stories, as well. The results have been strong reviews from places like Tangent Online, and a reputation for consistent quality.

Response: Expect to hear back from us within a month. Please report your response times at Duotrope’s Digest.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or even related to the editorial staff, are permitted to submit to the Triangulation anthology. That doesn’t mean we’ll automatically publish them; just that we’re willing to look at their work. (We’re not worried about nepotism; if our friends writing sucks, we tell them.)

General Information:

We have no interest in getting more specific about the term “speculative fiction.” Science fiction, horror, fantasy, magic realism, alternate history, whatever. If there’s a speculative element vital to your story, we’ll gladly give it a read. We do prefer traditional narrative to experimental technique. Our intent is to provide a strong story experience for our readership.

We publish both new and established writers; the level of experience for the authors gracing our pages has ranged from “first time in print” to “Hugo winner” and “Nebula winner”. The majority of our stories usually wind up being from American authors, but we’ve had a number of international contributions; we’re happy to consider work from anywhere in the world, as long as it’s written in English.

Who We Are:

Triangulation is an annual short fiction anthology produced by PARSEC Ink, the publishing wing of the PARSEC science-fiction association in Pittsburgh, PA.  We publish science fiction, fantasy, horror, and any other speculative fiction that catches the editors’ fancy. Every year since 2003 (save for a brief hiatus in 2006 when we changed over to an international format) we have a new theme. We pay for the work we select and issues are available online at places like Amazon.com. We are a small press but we work hard to produce a quality product.

Triangulation shares an informal relationship with Parsec’s annual short story contest. Note, though, that the Parsec contest and the Triangulation Anthology are two completely different publications and have different requirements and submission guidelines, including eligibility and word length.

Via: Parsec Ink.

Taking Submissions: Grimdark Grimoire

| April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: September 15, 2014
Payment: Shared Royalties

We are happy to announce that Angelic Knight Press is opening submissions for Tim Marquitz and Tyson Mauermann’s newest anthology, GRIMDARK GRIMOIRE. The Project will contain 12 -15 original stories of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense. The book is schedule to publish in {Q4} November 2014.

GRIMDARK GRIMIORE
The antihero: love them or hate them, they tend to get the job done. Sorcerers, gunslingers, assassins, outlaws, et al, come together in twisted tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and suspense. When the end of the world is upon us, who will stand in your corner?
The Grimdark Grimoire idea is to focus on the antihero. Sometimes they lend a helping hand and at other times they take advantage of the situation.
What we are looking for is original fiction that takes place in unique and expansive landscapes and cultures that feature the antihero. We want adventure stories that don’t hold back and capture the imagination and run the gambit of speculative fiction.
Please read over the following before submitting:
Genre: Grimdark stories featuring Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and/or Suspense.
Submission window: Now – 1 September 15, 2014
Submission length: 3,000 – 5,000 words
Book Editions: Paperback and eBook
Payment: Shared Royalties
Format: .Doc or .Docx
Response time: 15 – 30 days
Policies: No reprints. The work must be 100% original and never published elsewhere in the past, including blogs, websites, self-published or any form of publication.
No multiple submissions. If your first story is rejected you may submit one other story for consideration.
Rights Sought: First worldwide print and electronic rights exclusive for 1 year from official publishing date.
When sending your Manuscript make sure to include the following information in the body of your email:
Full name
Location: City, state, Country
Story title, genre, and word count
Story synopsis
Website
Short biography
Send your manuscripts to DarkGrimiore@gmail.com
Thank you, and we look forward to your submission.

Via: Speculative Book Review.

Taking Submissions: Latchkey Tales: “Fire and Ice”

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Deadline: April 30th, 2014
Payment: roughly $10 per story and $5 per poem

If you have a story or poem that fits the theme, or you’d like to write one, please go ahead! You can email them to me at solarwyrm@gmail.com, with the subject heading “Latchkey Tales submission – [your name]“. Please submit as doc or docx files, 12 point font, a clean font like Times, Arial, Calibri. I’ll accept stories between 1000 and 6000 words. At the moment I am not sure how much I’ll be paying, but my working amounts are roughly $10 per story and $5 per poem. That will vary depending on how many subscriptions we get.

If you’re an artist and you’re interested in working on our cover, please get in touch with me at solarwyrm@gmail. Working amount for payment for cover images is currently $50, but that is also variable depending on subscription.

Each edition will contain five original stories, three poems, and a cover image

Via: Solar Wyrm.

Ongoing Submissions: Crooked/Shift

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Payment: Exposure Only

First off, let us thank you for your interest in Crooked Shift. As this is a brand-new and (soon-to-be?) burgeoning online literary publication, we are proud to welcome our first call for submissions. Our goal is relatively straightforward, I think: to give unpublished and seasoned writers alike the opportunity to relax. That’s right. If you want a shot at publication here, it’d certainly behoove you to check your pretensions and elitism at the door. While we take the written screed fairly seriously in these parts, we also understand the nervous, hair-eating trap the publishing world can bestow onto writers, new or pro.

The way I surmise this phenomenon is simple: I’m pretty confident I could take the exact text of “Hills Like White Elephants,” send it to one hundred publishers, and as if by scientific edict, seventy-five percent of the rejection letters would invariably say, “Trying too hard.” Twenty-four percent of the rejection letters wouldn’t say anything at all. But that one, lone independent online journal struggling to attract any submissions at all said they’d happily publish it—caveat being you won’t get paid, of course. (Well, sorry to say, for the time being, we won’t be paying you either. However, that could change as things progress, so stay tuned.)

The bottom line is what we’re looking to desperately avoid: a writer trying to impress us. The fear of a submissions editor can stifle a good story far more quickly than shit-piss writing. Simply put, we are interested in the story.

So what kinds of stories are we interested in?

Look, if you send us the twenty-first century equivalent to “The Open Boat,” we’re going to publish it. But our (do I dare say?) broader focus is less literary. We want to champion writers commonly ignored by the MFA editorial staffs preoccupied with Foucault and their thoroughly pervasive “how the fuck am I going to pay these student loans” attitudes. We want the stories that often get lost in that shuffle. I know they’re out there. I’ve written and peer reviewed many myself. And the most commonly ignored type of story of all is the Horror Story.

I know the horror writers who’ve stumbled upon this site can only shake their heads—having been force fed the literary triumphs of “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” in serious academia, only to be labeled blasphemous or not serious or worse, POPULAR FICTION! by the Editor-At-Gods-That-Be when trying it out on their own. Well, folks, you are welcomed here. Send us your horror. Send us your absurd. Send us your weird and satirical tangents. Got a half drunken rewrite of Candide sitting around? We want to take a look. Ever pondered the Universal Injustice as to why The Toxic Avenger will never be inducted into the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films—chances are you have an essay laying around we want to share with the world.

 

Submission Guidelines

All the above being said, let’s set a few ground rules as to not invite all-out anarchy, shall we?

 

1) We are looking primarily for short stories, flash fiction, and essays. However, if you have a great prose poem brooding in your desk drawer, send it our way. You won’t be discriminated against. Though we’re avoiding all-out poetry for the time being due to some relative sense of focus, we may consider it in the future. I will say though: if you decide to bombard us with a bunch of original, dirty limericks—I’d make damn sure they found a home somewhere. Unfortunately, we will not be accepting any novel excerpts.

2) Word Length. Listen, I don’t really give a damn. But I ain’t publishin no novellas here neither. If you’re going over 12,000 words, use sound judgment. Do you really need that paragraph about how your protagonist couldn’t decide between potato chips or licorice at 7-Eleven; or the subtle differences in backstory between a “wake-and-bake” and simply waking up stoned out of your gourd? We’re all literature majors here. We get it.

3) Single or double-spacing is acceptable.

4) In terms of essays, I’m particularly interested in the scholastic meanderings of gothic horror, literary horror and film tropes, (thoughtful) film reviews, camp and cult, popular horror fiction vs. literary fiction, and even pedagogical works disseminating all of the above (horror lit and film as a teaching device, creative writing instruction, etc.).

5) We will use Submittable for all submissions. We will not accept or even open submissions sent in emails or attachments. However, if you have any questions at all—or if you experience any problems with Submittable, please don’t hesitate to send us an email. Unlike most publishers, we won’t hold this against you. Shit happens. You’ll get a fair shot based on your work—not because Skynet suddenly decided to go live the moment you uploaded your short story.

6) Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for a decision on your submission. Honestly, as things get started here, you may even hear back in a day or two as we’re sittin here twiddlin our thumbs waitin for submissions. If it’s been longer than two months, prod us with a quick email. No hard feelings.

7) There’s a Notes section in Submittable. This is where a lot of writers fill in the space with a cover letter or author bio. Let’s just do away with that trite cover letter garbage. There’s nothing more nerve-wracking or a waste of time than a cover letter. I’d rather you just unartfully explain to me who you are and/or what you’re writing about. Or don’t put anything at all. It won’t affect your submission one way or the other. Author bios are appreciated, but in the long run, I won’t even be asking for them unless your piece is accepted.

8) IF ACCEPTED. Crooked Shift reserves the right to edit your work as we see fit. As noted, there is no payment for publication at this time. However, you will have to sign a contract giving Crooked Shift First North American Serial Rights (FNASR) to your work. We will not accept any work that has been previously published, whether it be another journal, book, anthology, blog post, Facebook, etc. If you have any questions about this, please ask.

9) And last but not least, we do accept simultaneous submissions. If your work gets accepted elsewhere, just shoot us an email or withdraw through Submittable.

We look forward to reading your work.

 

Matt Rotman

Editor-in-Chief

Crooked Shift

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