Getting Down to Business
First things first- the email address for submissions for the new Writer and the White Cat Web Magazine is firstname.lastname@example.org. Even more clever, the address for the editor is email@example.com. Submissions for the June magazine are open now. The website will be open March 15 and will be http://www.thewriterandthewhitecat.com/, which is currently parked, but the emails are functional.
Submission guidelines for the first issue (which will premier June 1st, 2011) are as follows:
We are interested in receiving stories with a strong emphasis on mystery and suspense for the June edition. Since the category of mystery and suspense cuts across all genres, we will be moving through each in turn, but for the first edition of The Writer and the White Cat Magazine we're asking for Steampunk submissions. What, you've never heard of Steampunk? Look it up- it's a hugely fun genre and full of creative opportunities. We'll still accept all other genres, though, so if you have something with a strong mystery or suspense element you think we'd like, feel free to send it along.
Although we'd originally capped the word count at 2,500 we will extend this to 4,000 words for the first edition. Should go without saying for those of you who've read this blog that we're not interested in excessive gore, violence or sex. What we are interested in are the finest, most well written stories we can find. Again, no matter what genre we're asking for, the element of mystery, suspense or surprise is important to us. I've invited some well established editors to help with this project and it's an excellent chance for you to profile your work.
Payment is still 5 cents per word for fiction, $50 for movie reviews. Reprints at 1/2 cents per word. The first edition will have 5 stories, and 3 movie reviews. And yes, you've guessed it, the movie reviews need to be sci-fi. The price for interviews is negotiable.
Most of you know our stance on plagiarism, but to be clear- if you submit it, it better be yours.
If we select your story, here's what we'll get: First world serial rights, first world electronic rights, the option to bu non-exclusive world anthology rights (at 2 cents per word) and the right to a limited time exclusive period in which to podcast your work. If we decide to podcast your work we'll pay a one time fee to you of 1 cent per word for that right.
We will edit for both precision and clarity, and will always err on the side of the reader.
The next posting will cover guidelines for artwork.