Submission Guidelines


We are currently accepting submissions in all fiction genres! We're looking for good, solid fiction. If you can write it and not end up being investigated by federal agents, there's a good chance we might be interested.

Here are some basic "do's" and "don'ts".

-DO give us strong characters and good plotting. DO put clever, but logical twists on the end of your tales. DO experiment with new ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché.

-DON'T submit any stories based on movies, television or any printed media not your own. DON'T send more than one story in the same submission.

-DON’T send a submission that is fraught with grammar and spelling mistakes unless you’re a masochist and like to receive rejections.

All submissions are reviewed within 4-6 weeks. Simultaneous submissions are "OK", provided that you let us know at the time of submission that other editors are reviewing this work.

For all submissions, please fill out the form on the website and copy the requested sample of your manuscript into the appropriate box. If there are concerns about lost formatting, images, or other concerns please indicate them at the bottom of the copied document.

Include the Query Letter and the first ten (10) pages of your manuscript in the body of the text box.

If you don’t know the first thing about how to craft a query letter, this is a great resource: http://www.agentquery.com/writer_hq.aspx

Attach a synopsis no longer than three (3) pages that includes:

-Title
-Word Count
-Genre
-Author's Legal Name
-Pen Name
-Warnings / Disclaimers: (e.g. No vegetable or fruits were harmed in the creation of this document, but there is a dream sequence involving a potato being launched from a spud gun at the main character)


In the spirit of helping writers, here are some tips we wish someone had told us in the beginning:
- Take a writing course or two. Continue to hone your craft no matter where you are in the publishing arena.

- Set aside a place and time each day to write and do it.

- Read as much as possible in all genres and research your preferred genre.

- Find your own voice and style.

- Read the following books:
 

  Stephen King's “On Writing.”
  Donald Maass' “Writing the breakout Novel.”
  Michael Seidman's “The Complete Guide to Editing Your Fiction.”
  Strunk & White's “The Elements of Style.”

- NEVER give up.


Other helpful websites:

http://www.bksp.org

http://www.bksp.org

http://www.writing-world.com/

http://www.writers.net/

 


 

Full Manuscript Formatting Guidelines


If we request a full manuscript – please follow the guidelines below when submitting:

Attach ONE document .doc (Word) or .rtf (Rich Text File)

Upload appropriate document via the submission link provided in the acceptance letter.

The first page must contain at top left:
- Name (real/pen)
- Title
- Contact information (Address and phone numbers)
- Preferred email address

Please format the manuscript as follows:
- 1 inch margins all the way around.
- Arial —12 point font.
- Double line spacing.
- 0.5 at beginning of each paragraph.
- No extra returns between paragraphs.
- Use * * * * (four asterisks with spaces in between – center this on its own line) between scene breaks.
- In longer works, begin chapters with the word “Chapter” followed by the chapter number.
- Insert hard page breaks between chapters.