Thursday, February 03, 2011

The Guidelines





Getting Down to Business


First things first- the email address for submissions for the new Writer and the White Cat Web Magazine is submissions@thewriterandthewhitecat.com.  Even more clever, the address for the editor is editor@thewriterandthewhitecat.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.

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18 comments:

Christine Purcell said...

Woo hoo, Steampunk. You know it's my favorite!

Rick said...

I'm looking forward to the stories and artwork for this first edition!

laughingwolf said...

grats, bro!

good time for your launch... most appropriately, the vietnamese declare 03 feb. 2011 the first day of year of the cat, unlike the chinese and some others, who insist it is the year of the rabbit! :)

Rick said...

Hello, laughingwolf! That is most auspicious. :)

mafarivar said...

Story submitted, based on actual dream of mine, truly nauseating, but I hope it is enjoyed by someone!

laughingwolf said...

your e-mag plugged on my page :)

Charlie Cochrane said...

I suspect I'm being incredibly dim (has been known). When do submissions for the June issue have to be in?

Christopher said...

OK, so sci movies... got it. Sci-Fi movies in theaters now? Or are you looking more for the hidden gems from the past that people haven't heard about?

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds really exciting!

Jai Joshi said...

Fabulous, thanks for this info!

Jai

Rick said...

Hello everyone, submissions can be sent starting now to submissions@thewriterandthewhitecat.com. The new website isn't up yet, but the email is working.

Lana Gramlich said...

The logo looks really cool on that mug, hon!
I look forward to your artist's guidelines (although, if you're publishing steampunk, I don't know that my works would be any kind of "fit.")
Best of luck with your endeavor!

JR's Thumbprints said...

I know a few punks I'd like to steam; thats gotta count for something (minus the blood, the guts, the gore), don't you think?

Nevine said...

What an exciting new venture, Rick! I can't wait to read the first edition. I know you will be putting out a quality product; I expect nothing less from you. And expect the best, too! I'll be waiting for that first edition...

Nevine

Rick said...

Lana, I'm up for anything well written, which would probably be just what you write.

Rick said...

I think you've hit it on the head, JR.

Rick said...

Thanks, Nevine. Now I've got to add poetry guidelines.

Tyhitia Green said...

Congratulations on the mag, Rick. Love the logo.