Submission Guidelines for Anthologies
Anthology Submission Call:
Mirrors Reflecting Shadows: A Trevor Project Charity Antholog
Considering the increasing marginilazation LGBTQ+ individuals and the attack on gender affirming care through legislation Outcast Press, Anxiety Press, and Roi Fainéant Press have teamed up to curate a charity anthology with proceeds going towards The Trevor Project. For over 20 years, The Trevor Project has worked tirelessly on suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth, who are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers (Johns et al., 2019; Johns et al., 2020).
We are open to most genres, including, but not limited to, literary, transgressive, horror, crime, noir, and speculative fiction. The pieces can be about most anything, so don’t feel you need to write about LGBTQ+ issues. We want a smorgasbord of short stories and flash fiction. Of course you can touch on these topics, and are encouraged to do so, but the point is to gather excellent short fiction in service of a great cause.
(We aim to publish approximately 30 pieces)
Flash: 300-1,000 words (roughly)
Short Stories: 1500-7,000 words (roughly)
Submission Window: Feb 15th – April 15th, 2023. Acceptances and rejections will be sent out around May 1st.
Tentative Publication Date: June 15th, 2023
Reprints are allowed, but it’s your responsibility to ensure your piece, if accepted, doesn’t violate another publisher’s contract.
Compensation: Due to a very generous donation from Mythic Picnic, we can pay authors a flat $40 for licensing their piece.
How to Submit:
In the subject line of your email: [type of submission], [name]. Content should be emailed as an attachment. Acceptable formats include: (.doc, .docx, .txt, pdf, .rtf, 12 point Times New Roman preferred, double spaced preferred). All personal information should be in the email body or as a separate attachment.
- SUBMISSIONS are open for 2024 -
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.
OUTCAST PRESS POETRY SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED
“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.
POETRY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We are now publishing new issues of Outcast Press Poetry on a quarterly basis.
To be considered for publication in our Summer issue: submit your poetry to us by 1st July.
To be considered for publication in our Autumn issue: submit your poetry to us by 1st October.
To be considered for publication in our Winter issue: submit your poetry to us by 1st January.
To be considered for publication in our Spring issue: submit your poetry to us by 1st April.
Before submitting, we ask that you read past issues of Outcast Press 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…
Submit 1-3 unpublished poems in 1 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.
Please do not send pdfs.
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
All poetry submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A brief cover letter is always appreciated, though there’s no need to explain your work – your poetry should speak for itself!
We prefer exclusive submissions, though if you do simultaneously submit your work to other presses as well as ours, we ask that you specify this in your email and notify us immediately if any of your poems are accepted elsewhere.
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 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.