Guidelines for Miscellanea: a transdimensional library

Miscellanea Guidelines at a Glance

(do not neglect to read the more detailed guidelines below, they are important):

  • Seeking Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror)
  • Word limit: 300
  • Pay Rate: $10 (USD) upon acceptance
  • Rights: World Electronic English-language Rights
  • Send submissions in body of e-mail to

Inspired by such fantasy libraries as those found in Robin McKinley’s Beauty and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, Eggplant Literary Productions presents Miscellanea: a transdimensional library. The shelves will be filled with books of the other: books that have never existed and that haven’t been written yet. What I am looking for are excerpts from such books.

I’m looking for works 300 words in length or shorter. These must be works that have not been published elsewhere, that will not be published for the 6 months they’ll be featured on the library. I’m keeping my expectations wide open with this project: excerpts from fiction works, otherworldly recipes, snatches of poetry, faux reviews of imagined books, articles from cryptozoological texts, parapsychology manuals, works written in fairy languages, pictograms or mathematical equations, footnotes, even dedications are fair game. Let’s get creative here.

Please don’t submit anything that uses copyrighted or trademarked characters or worlds. The excerpts shouldn’t be complete stories in regards to plot or character. Although they should certainly lead the reader to believe that they are part of a larger, complete work. As with all the best excerpts and quotes, they should evoke curiosity on the reader as to what the whole is like.

The excerpt will appear on the website for 6 months. We’ll pay $10 (US) upon acceptance for published works.

Send submissions to Send questions to Send your submission in the body of the e-mail. Make sure to include all your contact information in the e-mail as well.

Response time varies but is holding steady at about six weeks. All submissions will receive a response. Please wait six weeks before querying about receipt of submission.

All submissions sent before September 15, 2013 have been read and a response sent.

Sample Contract

You can see a sample of the contract here: Sample Miscellanea contract.

Please note

Eggplant Literary Productions absolutely encourages submissions from—and submissions about—persons, of any race, color, creed, religion, national citizenship/origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability, age, or physical appearance.

Join the conversation! 12 Comments

  1. May I send more than one submission, and if so, would you prefer them in individual e-mails, or all in one big e-mail? Thanks! What a fun idea!

    • Raechel Henderson

      Multiple submissions are quite welcome! But please do put each submission in its own e-mail for ease of record-keeping.

  2. I look forward to this opportunity to play around with tidbits of history and character, technology and media. I have one piece I conceived of the other day which I am now trimming down to size.
    I noted that according to Duotrope, which led me here, that you were not accepting multiple submissions. I am glad to see you are willing to look at more than one piece, as my mind is bubbling and I may well send a few.

  3. You mention snatches of poetry–does that mean poems? If it does, I have them. Some of them are “naturralistic”, some of them are “thoughtful”, some of them describe “states of mind”. What sort of descriptions are you aiming. I might have them, if I knew what you needed.

    Zev Davis

    • Raechel Henderson

      Hi Zev –

      We are not looking for poems in the sense that we’ll be publishing poetry but we’re open to poems as they fit the theme of Miscellanea. What that means practically speaking is that the poetry we published will most often be part of a larger work, with prose framework that indicates how it fits into a book or writing that doesn’t exist.

      I know that might not be the most helpful of explanations. There will be examples on the site when we open January 31st that should better illustrate what we’re looking for.

  4. I sent a short-short about 100 words long on 2/11/12 called: A Sense of Morning. Just wondering if you’re still interested.

    dj barber

  5. What a fun little project! I’ll definitely keep tabs on it :D

  6. Are submissions still open?

  7. Raechel Henderson

    Update on submissions: I am caught up to April 1 on Miscellanea submissions.


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