Issue #2: Old Things, Changes to Submission Guidelines

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Twitter contest of Guess the Theme! Maya Lowy correctly guessed the theme: Issue #2 asks you for Old Things.

The call for Issue #2 submissions is up! Please note that the submissions period doesn’t open until January 1, 2013, but details about the theme are now available. We cannot wait to read what you have.

The other point of interest is that our guidelines have changed. We want to be as transparent as possible about what goes on behind the editorial scenes, so here are the changes:

  • What we want: The language here has changed a bit to reflect what our hearts’ desire.
  • Accepted File Formats: We now only accept .doc, .docx, or .rtf format files. Previously we accepted PDFs, only to find we need to request one of the previous file extensions for formatting purposes.
  • Response Times: Previously, we aimed for a response time of 30 days. We now ask writers to query about their submission’s status only after 100 days have passed. We are still determined to respond as soon as possible, but we also want to be able to really let work sink in and stay with us. This new timeframe will give us time for that manner of deliberation.
  • Legal: Basically, an elaboration on the rights we seek (this hasn’t changed), and what it means for you, the author.
  • Print copies: When we first launched this journal, we explored options for printing our issues. (Original statement: “While we are not able to pay our contributors at this time, we are actively working toward being able to provide monetary compensation and tangible, print copies that showcase our artists’ work.”) We have since made the decision to remain, for the time being, digital-only. That may change in the future, but for now, we’re focused on exploring avenues towards continuing to put out the absolute best and most gorgeous digital copy of your work, and, in the future, paying writers for their work. Our goal, as readers and writers, is to find more wonderful, speculative work, and also to contribute support to the community of writers.
  • If you have any questions, let us know in the comments or by email!

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