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Taking Submissions: The Needle Drops
Deadline: May 1st, 2021
Payment: Poetry: £15 per poem upfront payment upon publication + 0.5% revenue share scheme., Flash Fiction: £50 upfront payment upon publication + 1% revenue share scheme., Short Fiction: £100 upfront payment upon publication + 2% revenue share scheme.
Theme: Elevate us, and share thrilling stories of horror and romance, betrayal and bloodlust. Wherever you go regarding genre or form, we yearn to read what great works have yet to be read.
Currently, we’re in the process of establishing our first publication – The Needle Drops… Whilst we welcome all submissions, currently we are only moving forward with those within the horror genre, to be featured in Volume One releasing in the Summer / Fall of 2021. The preliminary end date for submissions is the 1st of May 2021. However, we especially encourage submissions at any time from BIPOC and those from LGBTQI+ community, as it is important to prioritise underrepresented voices and experiences, especially within the publishing industry – something which has been dominated by the white cis experience.
The Needle Drops… features an illustrated comic strip, original soundtrack, curated design by our in-house team and more. Dive into our blog for more information. One contributor will have the opportunity to work with our composer on an original soundtrack piece that will feature in the OST, available physically in the Limited Edition of The Needle Drops… as well as digitally via our Urhi Supporter scheme.
Once we receive your work, our editor will take it onboard, considering how it could be placed in our current roster, and whether it is the right fit for us. If we are ready to collaborate, we will then get in touch, detailing the next steps on the process of publication. In the spirit of collaboration, all of our Contributors get access to our Design Document and all the relevant behind-the-scenes detail, including the Urhi Supporter scheme. They’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a tailored Q&A, and will have various branding elements crafted for their submissions by our dedicated designers, as well as featured blog posts as seen here.
Please ensure to check a few simple boxes below to make the process of getting involved as smooth as possible.
Guidelines & Conditions
Elevate us, and share thrilling stories of horror and romance, betrayal and bloodlust. Wherever you go regarding genre or form, we yearn to read what great works have yet to be read.
Please submit a maximum of two pieces for consideration at any one time, with a suitable gap between submissions.
Submissions must not have been published previously, with appropriate leeway provided on self-publication.
Whilst we aim to include works from across the globe, and are interested in potentially expanding into other languages in the future, currently we can only accept submissions in English.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but appreciate swift notice on acceptance elsewhere.
Submissions are welcome all year round, unless otherwise stated.
Poetry: no minimum, experimental style and form welcome.
Flash Fiction: no minimum, 750 word maximum.
Short Fiction: no minimum, 5000 word maximum.
Accepted File Formats: .doc, .docx, .odt, .rdf, .pdf
Font: Georgia preferred
Font Size: 12
“We seek writing that sheds new light to our readers, enabling them to explore new worlds and perspectives in both fantastical and grounded settings.”
We aim to respond to all submissions within a 6 week period, whether accepted or not, though this is highly dependent on the volume of submissions and the time of the year. As our series’ aim to be a cohesive collection revolving around a core theme, we stress that our opinions are merely subjective, and you should continue to create whether successful in publication or not.
At Urhi, we are proud of our competitive payment scheme for our contributors – coming from freelance writing backgrounds ourselves, we value and appreciate the time, work and effort that comes with crafting creative pieces. We never charge our contributors, and do not believe in charging reading or submission fees. For The Needle Drops… Volume One, pay is as follows and subject to inclusion.
Poetry: £15 per poem upfront payment upon publication + 0.5% revenue share scheme.
Flash Fiction: £50 upfront payment upon publication + 1% revenue share scheme.
Short Fiction: £100 upfront payment upon publication + 2% revenue share scheme.
For illustrators, designers and non-fiction submissions, please get in touch. We base these on the size and impact of your inclusion, and emphasis our dedication to fair pay for all involved.
We consider publication to be when we initiate physical printing.
How to Submit
The easiest way to submit to us is by using the form built into our website, found on the contact page. However, you can also directly e-mail us at [email protected] with a clear title format like the following:
SUBMISSION: *TITLE* by *AUTHOR NAME*, *GENRE*.
We wish you all the best, and are extremely excited to read your work.
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