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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 These must be works that have not been published elsewhere, that will not be published for the 6 months they’ll be featured on the library.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 email@example.com. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
You can see a sample of the contract here: Sample Miscellanea contract.
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.