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Taking Submissions: Chiral Mad 5

December 31, 2020

Deadline: December 31st, 2020
Payment: $0.06/word, contributors copy
Theme: The End Is the Beginning / The Beginning Is the End
Note: Only open to underrepresented demographics (POC, LGBTQIA+, female)

My voice needs to be heard. How can I submit?

If you are not part of an underrepresented demographic (POCLGBTQIA+female), please do not submit at this time, but feel free to send recommendations; otherwise, if you feel your voice needs to be heard, send your submission to [email protected] (or just click the email link, but read the next part before doing so). There are no formatting guidelines other than file type: .doc, .dotx, .rtx, or plain text. The words are what matter.

What can I submit?

  • Fiction (5,000 words or fewer recommended, payment capped at 5K), only one submission at a time. If you receive a rejection, feel free to submit again, immediately. No reprints.
  • Poetry (50 lines or fewer, payment capped at 50 lines), up to 5 poems at a time. If you receive a rejection, feel free to submit up to 5 more, immediately. No reprints.
  • Artwork (9.25 height x 6.25 width, 300 DPI, black-and-white), .jpg preferred for initial consideration.


  • Fiction – $0.06 per word, US, capped at 5,000 words
  • Poetry – $1 per line, US, capped at 50 lines
  • Artwork – exposure only, unless contracted individually
  • Contributor copies of all editions


  • December 31st, 2020 (end of the year, basically)


A publishing contract will be made available for all accepted work, to be signed by both parties prior to publication. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Written Backwards requests first worldwide print rights
  • Rights revert back to the creator immediately upon publication
  • You’re allowing your work to be published in this anthology for as long as there is a need for the anthology, but you get your rights back the moment it goes to print
  • Simultaneous publication in deluxe hardback (exclusive to this campaign), trade hardback, trade paperback, and eBook

Via: Chiral Mad 5’s Indiegogo.


December 31, 2020