OPEN CALL FOR POETRY & Anthology SUBMISSIONS
Submission Guidelines for Anthologies
- SUBMISSIONS CLOSED FOR NOW -
We seek stories (roughly between 2,000-7,000 words) that fit broadly into the category of sex work. The more unique, specific, and realistic, the better. Our aim is to publish 20 stories, each showcasing a different type of sex work. For example, escorting, sugar babying, stripping, professional pornography, cam-worker, dom(me), stripper, fetish model, and more (especially) sex adjacent jobs, like certain club hosts, masseuses, or anything you can think of or make up—even if your character is just being paid for sex in a one-off, indirect way like a game or bet. We want to publish something no one else would, something a reader will find delightfully weird. No limits on what tone, vulgarity, or taboos you use.
Outcast Press is all about free expression.
Tips: We prefer, though don’t require, longer pieces that have a poetic tone and are no stranger to slang and/or dark humor.
NO reprints unless explicitly asked. NO copywritten material like song or poem quotes. NO sci-fi/fantasy because we are a dirty REALism press—unless it happens during a dream, psychotic episode, or drug-fueled hallucination.
E-mail your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide a short summary in the e-mail body, an author bio with socials you want promoted (150 words or less), a picture of a book/magazine of yours we can promote, and attach the story as a .doc or docx.
Please format your story in accordance with the standard short story format by William Shunn:
We buy exclusive first World-English Rights for a period of 12 months upon publication. After 12 months, all rights revert to the author.
Advanced payment of $25-$100, depending on reprint status, length, and complexity/originality of the story. All payments/printing acceptance contingent upon working with the editor on reasonable changes (adding minor sensory/background details, expanding upon vague phrases, cutting redundancies, etc.)
If your story is reprinted after the 12-month period, please indicate Outcast Press as the original publisher.
If your story is reprinted after the 12-month period, please indicate Outcast Press as the original publisher of the piece.
OPEN CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR MONTHLY ON-LINE ISSUE
“I wanted to rub the human race in its own vomit, and force it to look in the mirror.”
― J.G. Ballard, Crash
Outcast Press publishes poetry that explores raw, dark, honest, and shocking themes. Leaning towards the transgressive genre, we strive to deliver work that pushes boundaries with unpredictability.
Readers should be cautioned that all work carries a broad-spectrum warning over content that might be potentially triggering.
Before submitting, we ask that you read past issues of Outcast Poetry to familiarise yourself with the type of poetry that we like to publish. If you think we’d be a good home for your words, here are the rules…
Submissions open: 1st of every month
Submission close: 21st of every month
Submit 1-3 unpublished poems (max 40 lines each) in one word document via email to email@example.com. Please format each poem in Verdana font 12pt size. Each poem should start on a new page. NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS, NO PDFS. Unfortunately, if you fail to follow these guidelines your submission will be automatically declined and returned unread.
Word doc file name: [TITLE] – YOUR NAME
Email subject line: SUBMISSION – YOUR NAME
In the body of the email, please include:
- Your name as you would like it to appear in the issue
- The title(s) of your poem(s)
- A brief third person bio (max 50 words)
- Your social media handles, if applicable
A brief cover letter is always appreciated, though there’s no need to explain your work – your poetry should speak for itself!
All poetry submissions should be sent to Amy-Jean and HLR at firstname.lastname@example.org
We publish a new volume of poetry every month. If you do not hear back from us within a month, please shoot us a query email regarding your submission.
We are currently a non-paying market for poetry. We ask that you credit Outcast Press as the original publisher should your work be republished elsewhere. You retain all rights to your work. We ask that if your work is published in one of our issues, you wait at least one month from publication before submitting to us again. We do not tolerate plagiarism at Outcast Press. While we are open to content that pushes boundaries, abuse and harassment of any kind will not be tolerated by the editors.
- SUBMISSIONS CLOSED -
(Closed until January 2023)
If you have a completed transgressive or dirty realist manuscript, feel free to send us a pitch either by email or through a twitter DM. If we are interested, we will request a synopsis and the first three chapters. Ideal word length is 60,000-90,000.