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Taking Submissions: The Quarterly Journal – Burn This F*cker Down
Deadline: February 28th, 2023
Theme: Burn This F*cker Down
A Literary Journal with Some Art and Analysis Thrown in for Good Measure
As Quarter Press continues to grow, we’re adding another coin to our pocketful of change. We want to offer a space for shorter works to mingle with art and other bits of nonsense, so we bring you The Quarter(ly): It just makes cents.
Issues are themed; however, we consider all interpretations.
Stories and / or Poems
For Stories: We’re open to micro works all the way up to 10,000 words. Just keep two things in mind: We want to be engaged and the submission must be completed (no pitches, please!)
We Want: Works with fantastical elements: scary, happy, creepy, heartbreaking, bizarre, hilarious, whatever. While you can see our “Loves” lower on the page, we’re pretty open to anything that’s worth picking up.
We (Probably) Won’t: Pick up works not tied to or containing fantastical elements. It’s kinda our thing. (However, some themes may lean more heavily on a specific genre or reality. Interpret accordingly.)
Where to Tread Lightly: We’re pretty open-minded and okay with just about anything, but there better be a reason for it to be in the work. The darker, more explicit you go, the more we’ll really need to see its necessity to the work. We don’t want shock / horror / violence for its own sake.
Definitely Will Not Publish: Any work that is hateful towards any race, creed, religion, gender, or identity. This aims to be an inclusive space.
Your work must be ORIGINAL.
Excluding non-fiction submissions, it must be complete. For these shorter forms, we need to see the whole thing to make an informed decision.
We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you let us know up front—and if / when it gets picked up by another venue as soon as possible.
If your work is accepted, please skip the next submission period before submitting again. (We want to include as many folks as possible!)
Rights: We request one-time, first publishing rights in print and digital forms. All rights will be retained by the creator. We simply ask that when / if published elsewhere, acknowledgment is given to its appearance within The Quarter(ly).
If a “Best of” or Collected Anthology is published, publication rights will be renegotiated for that publication.
Payment: We aim to be a paying venue, even if it’s just enough for a cup of coffee. Upon agreement of publication, we’ll pay contributors $5 and a PDF contributor copy.
However, in some instances where we’d like to publish a single poem or piece of art, we may not have the budget for a payout. We may offer publication for a Digital Copy only. (We totally understand if you’d rather not, though!) Please feel free to let us know up front if you do not want to be considered with this option.
Submit Your Work to chrisatquarterpress(at)gmail(dot)com
Please send us your bio, type of submission, and submission length in the body of an email. As an attachment, please include the ENTIRE work(s).
For non-fiction, feel free to submit a brief pitch for an interview / article idea. Remember that an interest in the pitch does not guarantee publication.
For prose submissions, be sure your document is double-spaced, in a legible font.
Things we love.
As our publishing tastes cover a wide variety, here is a very incomplete list of authors, artists, and various media that we would die to work with / publish / have made. These are a HUGE indication of our aesthetics.
Carmen Maria Machado, Erin Morgenstern, Susanna Clarke, Ben Templesmith, Neil Gaiman, David Almond, Take Shelter, Hanif Abdurraqib, The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand, Nova Ren Suma, Over the Garden Wall, Haruki Murakami, Donnie Darko, Daytripper, Jeff Lemire, Sean Murphey, Joe Hill, The Golem and the Djinn, Louise Erdrich, Luca, Samurai Jack, What We Do in the Shadows, Coen Brothers, Spirited Away, Hannah Tinti, Brad Neely, Adventure Time, The Hawkline Monster, Michael Deforge, Allie Brosh, Kate Beaton, Graham Annable, Richard Ayoade…
We love the blending of real life and the fantastic, the absurd, the magical, the heartbreaking, and the things that scare the shit out of us.
And if you want a more direct line, you can pick up a copy of one of our publications here.
If you feel like you’d be a good fit for the press, we’d love the opportunity to see your work. Please follow the above guidelines, but don’t hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions about our submission process.
Our current response times are two – four weeks. If you haven’t heard back from us after a month, feel free to check back in about your status! (Note: We may take longer if you’ve submitted early and the Deadline for the issue hasn’t passed yet.)
Via: Quarter Press.
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Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!