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This month our Guest Editor is the wonderful Brianna Molotke, who you can learn more about here. This month is also fun because we've transitioned to using Moksha.
If you're on this website, there's a very good chance you already know what Moksha is, so we're not going to explain it. We're busy. Click here to sub. We'll be open this month until September 20th.
Important note: Next month we'll be taking Halloween stories. If you have anything spooky to send us, please save it until October 1st.
Standard manuscript format is preferable, unless you messing with the format is part of your story. We'll be doing our best to reply to all submissions with a decision within 15 days of receipt. Some will take longer -- feel free to query at any time. I promise we never mind. Simultaneous submissions are fine, multiple submissions are not. Rejections will be short, polite, and begin with the words 'We're passing on this one'. Please don't take the brevity personally.
Every so often we'll close to submissions for a little while to let us take stock, do admin, and catch our breaths. During those windows, any submissions received will be deleted unread. Please feel free to submit them again once we reopen.
Submission Schedule and Process
We want to be as open with our process as possible. At the moment, we are a team of 2. During months in which we feature a guest editor, we'll be a team of 3. At some point we anticipate hiring slush readers, but we don't like the idea of them being unpaid, so until we can offer some kind of basic stipend, or other benefit, it's just us.
In the interest of extreme transparency, here's what happens when your story is received.
Sam will be the first one to see your work.
The vast majority of submissions will receive regretful rejection letters from Sam. He is truly very sorry, and wishes he could publish all of you.
An extremely small percentage of stories will be forwarded to Chelsea for a second opinion, and the writers of those stories will be notified of their advancement. Those forwarded stories will be discussed in a regular meeting .
An extremely small percentage of the already extremely small percentage will receive offers of acceptance, contracts, and our undying affection.
During months with a guest editor, said editor will have the final say over that month's accepted story, and will have the opportunity to read as much or as little slush as they like.
We require first electronic rights for any accepted pieces for a period of 3 months, and non-exclusive anthology rights for a period no longer than 24 months (dependent on when in our 24-month publication cycle your story is accepted). Further details will be enclosed within your contract should your work be accepted for publication.
We enjoy receiving author photos of the writers we publish, but appreciate that not everybody loves that practice. If you'd prefer to send us a picture of something else that feels representative of you, we're all for that.