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Outcast looks for literary works that challenge the norm and break boundaries. We want thoughtful, inspiring and daring queer work.
Outcast publishes LGBTQ+ folk and anyone interested in queer literature and art. We enjoy cross-genre, intersectional, marginal and transgressive work.
Send in 1 original and unpublished story of upto 5000 words as a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject [Prose Submission].
Send in up to 5 poems, no limit on the word/line count as one Word document to email@example.com with the subject [Poetry Submission].
Works in this column cover anything about queer lives and queer existence. If you have a personal experience you’re writing about, this column is the right place for it.
Send in 1 piece to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject [Personals Submission].
Works in this column cover interviews, articles, blog pieces, opinions and much more.
Send in 1 piece to email@example.com with the subject [Non-Fiction Submission].
We are not able to pay our contributors at this time but hope to do so in the future.
However, we do hold exclusive competitions and have special issues where contributors are paid for their pieces.
We respect that some of our writers may not wish to share their works under their own names. In this case, we welcome you to submit your work under a pen name.
Outcast takes the security and privacy of our writers very seriously.
What We’re Looking For
Writer’s Egg Magazine publishes short stories, poetry, flash fiction, fan-fiction, artwork and short comics. Issues are currently published monthly and are available to download on our website for subscribers only. Each issue will include different amounts of work, depending on what we are sent/ we write ourselves. We will always be open to submissions, but due to the very small team our final verdict will not be available until the current submission deadline has passed.
We would love to see your personality through the email with the submission, or even leave it blank if you wish. The subject line should include the title of your work and the category. The title of the piece should be the category, your name and the title (e.g. Poetry – John Smith – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).
We also ask that in the email itself, you add a short bio of either your life or your writing career, the inspiration behind the piece, a professional photo to include (the photo is optional), and any professional website that you may have which we can link to your work. We will even include a link for a YouTube reading you may have done of your work.
We will gladly publish previously published work and with regards to artwork, if there are any items for sale then we will advertise for you through our magazine. As I have mentioned we are a very small team, so please only submit one piece per email, please do not send more than one piece in a single document!
If your work has been published previously (even if you’ve self-published), then please read their guidelines as many magazines for example request first publishing rights for a certain amount of time. If they do have first publishing rights, then please add this to the submission document.
Now for the nitty gritty. The information that all you lovely people want to know… the submission guidelines!
We accept all work, even if it has been published, or being published in other magazines or competitions. Please check other magazines guidelines, or competitions if it is a simultaneous submission as their guidelines and rules may vary.
The Actual Guidelines
Short Stories: We accept any type of fiction up to 2,500 words. Please send in Calibri, size 11, 1.5 line spacing.
Poetry: We accept up to three poems – One document per poem! Due to the influx of submissions, we will now only be accepting two poems per person. We have no set length but we would prefer a poem that isn’t 2,000 words long. Please send in Calibri, size 11, 1.5 line spacing.
Flash Fiction: Please send pieces no more than 500 words and no more than 3 pieces (again, in separate emails). Please send in Calibri, size 11, 1.5 line spacing.
Fan-Fiction: We accept anything up to 2,500 words. Please send in Calibri, size 11, 1.5 line spacing.
Artwork: Artwork that we will use will either be on the front cover or be linked to a writing piece. If you prefer that we do not do this then please say this in the email. If you have work to sell then please also put this in the email with a website and some prices etc.
Comics: We can only accept pieces that are up to four pages (on a word document).
*NEW* Book Reviews: We accept work that is between 1,000 – 2,500 words, although we will be lenient. The book reviews can be from any genre or book. All we ask is that the review is comprehensive without giving ANY spoilers, and makes us NEED to buy this specific book!
*NEW* Children/ YA Adult pieces (fiction – any- and art): We are accepting all written pieces from any of the categories above, and artwork, created by children or young adults (YA), or work specifically made for children or young adults. Please bear in mind that this work will appear in our new magazine called, ‘Young Eggs Magazine’. This magazine is still in the planning stage so therefore you will only receive a confirmation email that we have received your submission(s). We cannot, as of yet, give a specific date of when the magazine will be launched, therefore, if you have the submission pieces published before the magazine has launched, please email the submissions team.
*NEW* Interviews: We are looking for creatives to hold interviews with, which will be fun and quirky and where you can promote your work, maybe even have a reading or a expedition of your work. If you would like to know the types of questions we would ask because you want to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NEW* True Story Articles/ Essays: We accept all word counts for true life articles or essays. We accept all themes and genres. We want pieces that are thought provoking, break barriers and completely uncensored!
Check out our weekly competition and monthly writing prompt on our blog page here.
Writer’s Egg Magazines weekly competition: Use the word of the week to write a flash fiction, no more than 500 words, a poem or a short story. This competition runs Monday to Friday. Best pieces will receive £2 off any issue, grab a spot on our website, and in our next issue of the magazine! You must have ‘Word of the Week’ or ‘Prompt of the Week’ and the number, in the subject line. In the email provide a bio, photo, social media handles and websites you own. You can use a previous competition from our blog page.
Writer’s Egg Magazines monthly writing prompt: You must have ‘Monthly Writing Prompt’ in the subject line in the email with the number of the prompt. In the email provide a bio, photo, social media handles and websites you own. You can use a previous prompt from our blog page.
How To Submit
Submissions for the 5th issue are now open until 14th November!
To submit please email your pieces to email@example.com, or fill in the form below. Pieces should be sent as an attachment to the email. The title of the piece should be the category, your name and the title (e.g. Poetry – John Smith – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest).
All work should be in a 11 point-typeface in a standard font (no fancy-ness please, your words will bring it, don’t worry), and a word count as a footer. Please be aware that if you are accepted for publications, we reserve the right to make miner edits (punctuation, grammar etc.). Larger revisions will be requested.
Upon acceptance, if you haven’t included this in your original submission; you will be asked to submit a short bio of yourself, the inspiration behind the piece (no more than 500 words) and a photo with any websites that you may have.
Payments and Rights
Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a short bio of 500 words, and a picture that will appear alongside your work, but of course, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.
Please understand that as this is a very new magazine, we are unable to pay contributors. For information, if you are a contributor, you will need to buy a copy of the digital magazine to view everyone’s amazing work. For more clarification, you will NOT receive a free copy of the magazine. All proceeds go toward further expanding the magazine.
You will of course have full love on our social media platforms.
We claim first world electronic rights and non-exclusive anthology rights for our annual Writer’s Egg Anthology. After 12 months, most rights revert to the author/artist so long as credit is given to us as the first publisher. For more details about what these rights mean, CLICK HERE.
For more clarification of the 12-month electronic rights, what we mean is if you do publish the piece elsewhere, then we would need to have Writer’s Egg Magazine as the first publisher. It also means if we decided to conduct a ‘throwback’ post of favourite pieces, then we would have the right to post your piece on the website; we would of course still ask your permission before doing so. additionally, we will keep your piece on our records for 12 months for the purpose of the yearly Anthology.
At the end of the year, we will assemble the best pieces from the previous year in the annual Writer’s Egg Anthology. These pieces will represent the best of the magazine, and will be hand-picked for their quality and style. When the pieces have been selected, the authors will promptly be informed.
You can only submit work for the anthology, that has been previously published in our monthly magazine.
The Women’s National Book Association is a 100+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books.
We honor and celebrate women authors and diverse writers and hope to include YOU with our 2021 Effie Lee Morris WNBA-SF Literary Contest, launching October 1st and running through March 31st, 2021.
The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter is pleased and proud to continue the Effie Lee Morris WNBA Literary Awards in honor of our founder. Ms. Morris was a pioneering Black librarian and the founder of this chapter of the Women’s National Book Association in 1968. She became the first female chairperson of the Library of Congress and was the president of the National Braille Association for two terms. She was dedicated to literacy for children as well as children in underserved communities, and those who learn differently.
The Effie Lee Morris WNBA Literary Awards Contest is actually three contests in one:
- Our nonfiction contest is named for our aforementioned founder, Effie Lee Morris.
- Our fiction contest is named for Elizabeth Pomada who worked at David McKay, Holt Rinehart & Winston, and the Dial Press in New York City before moving to San Francisco in 1970 with her partner and husband, Michael Larsen. Together, they co-founded the San Francisco Writers Conference and started Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in 1972. Elizabeth Pomada served as President of the WNBA-SF Chapter for several terms.
- Our poetry contest is named for Kathi Kamen Goldmark, who was an author, columnist, publishing consultant, radio and music producer, and songwriter. Kathi most notably founded the Rock Bottom Remainders featuring beloved authors such as Amy Tam, Stephen King, Scott Turow, James McBride, Barbara Kingsolver, Sam Barry Ms. Goldmark and more. Kathi Kamen Goldmark also served as President of the WNBA-SF.
Anyone writing in English from anywhere in the world may submit. We prefer unpublished work, though we do accept stand-alone excerpts from works seeking a publisher or agent. We accept simultaneous submissions, but if you are published elsewhere, please notify us immediately.
Please double-space your submission. We recommend that you use a 14-point font that is easy to read. Cambria, Arial, and Verdana are all good. If you forget, we may fix it for you. Do NOT include a cover letter is necessary, as all information we need is in the submission form, and judging is anonymous. We will request bios & photos from the winners.
Fiction and Nonfiction should be 500-2500 words.
Poetry should be no more than 40 lines per submission.
Participants may submit up to 3 pieces, but must pay a separate fee for each submission. Submit your work by filling in the form below starting October 1, 2020.
WNBA members $14.00 per submission
Non-members $20.00 per submission.
First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third Place earns $50.
Winners also get publication on the San Francisco WNBA website for 90 days. After 90 days the rights revert to the author, though if you publish it elsewhere please identify WNBA as the original publisher. If we publish your work, the rights still belong to you, though we ask you not to resubmit until 90 days after it appears on WNBA-SF and give us credit if it is published elsewhere.
Open throughout 2020, we are continuing to explore the legacies in the twenty-first century. We’re interested in hearing new perspectives on historical Bauhaus traditions, as well as reviews of/essays on/interviews with contemporary artists and makers who are reworking Bauhaus practices.
Word count will vary depending on the type of submission, but generally we suggest roughly 600-1000 words for reviews, articles, and interviews.
For written creative responses, we are looking for work that directly responds to a piece of visual art or craft, or a craft technique.
The best guide to the kind of submissions we might like to receive is what we usually publish, so please take the time to familiarise yourself with previous issues before contacting us.
We generally advise submitting a proposal of around 200-300 words first, so that we can discuss your ideas before you write the piece, so that we can discuss how this will fit in to the issue as a whole. However, do feel free to submit a full piece for review.
Please note that unfortunately we are not currently in the position to pay for submissions, as the Decorating Dissidence blog generates no revenue and everyone involved with editing and managing it is donating their time for free. We are working hard to change this in the future!
FEED currently accepts all submissions on a rolling basis.
All submissions must be single spaced in a single .doc/.docx or plain text format file. Files should be titled with the writer’s name and the submission’s genre (EX: NAME – GENRE).
Submissions should include a brief third-person biography of 75 words or less on the final page of the submission file. See genre specifications below for additional requirements:
- Poetry – Send three to five unpublished pieces of poetry in a single document. Limit one poem per page; six pages maximum.
- Prose – Send up to three unpublished pieces of short prose in a single document. Limit 750 words per piece; nine pages maximum.
FEED’s commitment to media that is mobile-friendly means that, unfortunately, we are unable to publish works that require special formatting, such as shaped poems or works that rely heavily on spacing. Pieces that are not format-compatible will be declined.
Simultaneous submissions are encouraged—just let us know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to withdraw your submission.
We are humbled by each of our readers and submitters. While we are unable to pay contributors at this time, we remain committed to working with and promoting the works of our writers on FEED’s social media pages.
Submitters will generally hear from FEED editors within one to two weeks; please allow at least one month to pass before inquiring about submissions. We ask that authors wait three months before submitting further work to FEED for consideration; contributors are asked to wait six months.