Being part of a Writing Group
Being part of a Writing Group

Taking Submissions: The Ferryman

Deadline: January 15th, 2023
Payment: Royalties on stories above 4k
Theme: While ferrying souls across the river to their judgement, Charon, the ferryman, has seen some sh*t. Tell us the wildest stories of his passengers, the adventures in the land of the dead, but make sure Charon plays his part–and make sure he gets paid.

Title: The Ferryman
Opens: 15 Oct 2022
Closes: 15 Jan 2023 11:59 pm EST
Theme: While ferrying souls across the river to their judgement, Charon, the ferryman, has seen some sh*t. Tell us the wildest stories of his passengers, the adventures in the land of the dead, but make sure Charon plays his part–and make sure he gets paid.
Word Limit: 500-6k words, excluding title
Author Eligibility: Open to All
Reprints: Not allowed
Simultaneous Submissions: Not allowed
Multiple Submissions: Max of 2 (two) acceptance per author
Author Compensation: One (1) digital copy and word count based royalty split for 4k+.

Send your story and up to a 100-word author bio with 2 (two) links as a Word doc attachment to: [email protected]

Please include the Anthology Title, Story Title, and Author name in your email subject line, with your document file name as: Author Name – Story Title.

Manuscript Formatting

We follow industry standard formatting for professional submissions. Please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • 12 pt standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, Garamond, etc.)
  • Double-spaced, with no extra spacing between paragraphs
  • NO TABS or spaces at the beginning of a paragraph. Use paragraph formatting to indent the first line of each paragraph at .50
  • 1″ margins, letter size (8.5″x11″), portrait
  • All manuscripts must be in .doc/.docx format
  • We will not follow links
  • Scene breaks: #
  • Spelling: American English
  • A separate cover sheet is unnecessary.
  • Hyphenated words will be counted as one word. Paragraph/scene breaks, title, and author name are not included in word counts.
  • Word count requirements, deadlines, and author compensation are detailed in the individual calls.
  • For an example document, go here.

How to Submit

Rights

Paid Anthologies – We ask for Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for twelve months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

Unpaid Anthologies – We ask for Exclusive First Worldwide Publication and Electronic Rights for six months, and non-exclusive rights thereafter.

These remain in effect unless otherwise stated in the call.

FAQ

  1. Is it okay to contact an editor about why your story was rejected?No. It comes off as unprofessional at best. If your story is close but not quite what we’re after, you receive a personalized rejection and possibly a request to revise and resubmit. Unfortunately, most rejections will simply be form letters because of the time constraints. It does not mean your story isn’t good, just that it doesn’t fit what we’re looking for at the moment. Rejection of one story is not a rejection of the author as a whole and we encourage everyone to submit other works.
  2. What does NO TABS!!! mean? It means that when indenting the first line of your paragraphs, use the paragraph formatting option to do so, not tabs or spacebar.
  3. But isn’t formatting your job? Can’t you do that for me? We format every story to create a uniform, cohesive anthology. Formatting takes hours of time, when instead we could be reading the next great story. By you following the formatting guidelines, you’re being helpful and saving us time, but you’re also showing us you’re a professional who pays attention to details. Those are the kinds of people we will always want to work with and seek out when doing invite-only calls.
  4. Can I submit more than one piece at a time? The individual call will specify, but more often than not, you can submit more than one piece at a time.
  5. When should I email to check on my submission? We understand you’re excited about acceptances, but simply put, we’re behind on reading. Our initial plans for a 4-6 week turnaround have increased to 8-12 weeks as more submissions have come in. We assure you, your work will be read as soon as humanly possible and we respond to EVERY submission. We are now doing readings based on when the anthology is scheduled to go out rather than reading as they come in, which has delayed our response times on some of the older submissions. We truly appreciate your patience and apologize for any frustrations this has caused and are actively working to cut down on this time in the future.
  6. What can I send you? We are only open to submissions related to our open calls. We do not accept unsolicited novels and are not planning to publish individual author collections in the near future. Any novels sent to us will remain unread due to time constraints, but we wish you the best in your search for the right home for your work.
  7. Is there anything you have as hard no’s? Absolutely. We will not accept anything that glorifies sexual assault, rape, pedophilia, bestiality, animal cruelty, ableism, or prejudice or discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin.
  • This list is not all-inclusive. While we are open to all styles and genres of writing, we reserve the right to reject, at our discretion, topics that we feel are not suitable for our publications. Please read the individual submission call for guidance.
  • Writers should be able to tackle difficult themes, but those things do not need to be graphically portrayed on the page to be effective.
  • Cursing is acceptable, but depending on the anthology/editor, you may asked to tone done overly-vulgar language or situations prior to official acceptance.

Via: Black Ink Fiction.

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