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Taking Submissions: Hickory Stump Magazine Fall 2018 Issue

October 10

Deadline: October 10th, 2018
Payment: $2 for 6 word story, $2 for 50 word story, $3 for under 1000 words, $5 for poetry, $15 for 1,000-20,000 words. One editor’s choice winner will receive $50
Note: No Romance or Horror

Our magazine is currently accepting short fiction and poetry for its Fall 2018 issue

Writers…and readers:

Publish in  a brand new literary magazine. The Hickory Stump is for you. Showcase your work. Experience the work of others.

We are a quarterly periodical, without endowment or sponsors, for people who truly love creative fiction. The Hickory Stump is free online. We pay everything from our own personal pockets – writers, promotion, developers, hosting and more.

We aim to establish close relationships with our writers, to the advancement of all concerned.

Please submit by October 10th for inclusion in the fall issue.

We take submissions in the following categories (all work must be unpublished unless otherwise specified):

Short fiction

Stories may be sad, funny, thought-provoking, or any other tone. Any genre is accepted, excluding romance and horror.  We need character-driven, thought-provoking stories. Insights into foreign lands and subcultures, alternative voices are welcome. Your story should either be unpublished, or else you should tell us all the details of the previous publication or publications. Truly excellent stories may be republished here.

Please check your story for correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. When characters speak, they of course may use bad grammar if that is the sort of people they are (naturally first person narrator may also speak in whatever voice suits their personality).

Stories will fall into the following categories:

Short story

  • 1000-20,000 words
  • Payment takes the form of a mini-contest. This is NOT the same as the Hickory Stump Short Story Contest, which has different criteria and a much higher prize.
    • $50 dollars for the winner, plus optional interview payment explained below.
    • $15 dollars for each runner-up plus optional interview payment explained below. The exact number of runners-up will vary.
  • optional online video interview – 10-15 minutes – for an additional $10 payment
  • writer’s own personal donation button
  • link to author bio up to 1,500 words, with images

Flash fiction:

  • 1000 words or fewer, but excluding mini-sagas and six-word stories (see below)
  • $3 per story
  • optional online video interview – 10-15 minutes – for an additional $10 payment
  • writer’s own personal donation button
  • link to author bio up to 1,500 words, with images

Mini-Saga:

  • exactly 50 words, not including the title. No more, no fewer
  • the title may be no more than 15 words
  • $2 per story
  • optional online video interview – 10-15 minutes – for an additional $5 payment
  • writer’s own personal donation button
  • link to author bio up to 1,500 words, with images

Try to tell a lot in just a few words. Here is an example:

When I was shot, fear seized me at first. No surprise there. But once I realized I wasn’t going to die – despite the thermonuclear pain and widening puddle of weirdly warm blood – my mind recalibrated. And one thought, comforting yet disturbing, leapt into my head: I need to Tweet this.

Daniel H. Pink

Six-word story:

  • exactly 6 words, including the title. No more, no fewer
  • hyphenated words count as one, if the hyphenation is used correctly
  • $2 per story
  • optional online video interview – 10-15 minutes – without payment
  • writer’s own personal donation button

Perhaps the most famous six-word story is the one attributed to Hemingway:

 

Secondhand baby shoes for sale

Unused.

Poetry

Move us or make us laugh.

  • any form accepted
  • $5 per poem
  • optional online video interview – 10-15 minutes – for an additional $5 payment
  • writer’s own personal donation button
  • link to author bio, up to 1,500 words, with images

 

Graphic Literature

This is literature, too, and we would love to see it. Sad, goofy, realistic or absurd, escapist or gloomy. Or something else. Fiction or memoir. Current events or advocacy. Or something else.

Graphic novella

  • number of pages: 1-infinity
  • either unpublished or not to be found elsewhere online
  • story may be in one or more installments, but the whole story, including the ending, must be submitted up front
  • $3-15 per page.  To be negotiated, maximum payout $25
  • optional online video interview – 10-15 minutes – an additional $10 payment will be provided, but total payment, both work and interview combined, may not exceed $25
  • writer’s own personal donation button
  • link to author bio, up to 1,500 words, with images, or an equivalent graphic representation
  • more adult images may wind up password protected

Funnies

  • 1-4 panels
  • either unpublished or not to be found elsewhere online
  • $1-4, to be negotiated
  • writer’s own personal donation button
  • link to author bio, up to 1,500 words, with images, or an equivalent graphic representation

 

Short films

To be negotiated. Query first

Novels and novellas

To be negotiated. Query first

Procedures:

For stories

Please submit your story to [email protected]pasted into the body of the email. Sorry, that is our policy, because we need to avoid all possibility of virus contamination.

Please include the words “MAGAZINE submission” in the subject line.

Type first you name and then your email address at the top of your story, before the title, in the body of the email. Yes, this information will also be in the header, but for administration, it will be much easier for us to copy over.

Please make sure to type your name and email at the top of your submission for ease of administration.

For graphic literature

Please provide a link to your work or else send in an attachment.

Please include the words “MAGAZINE submission” in the subject line.

Type first your name and then your email address at the top of your email, before the link, in the body of the email. Yes, this information will also be in the header, but for administration, it will be much easier for us to copy over.

We look forward to enjoying your submission.

 

Please submit your work to [email protected].

Via: Hickory Stump Magazine.

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About Stuart Conover

Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!

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