1. Cricket Mag
Up to $0.25 a word, $25 minimum.
Description: A magazine for teens 14 plus.
2. Clarks World
10¢ per word for the first 5000 words, 8¢ for each word over 5000
Stories must be:
- Well-written. Language is important. There is no distinction between “style” and “substance” or “story” and “writing.”
- Convenient for on-screen reading. Very long paragraphs or typographical trickery may work against you.
- Suitable for audio. Stories should be equally effective, but not necessarily the same, in text and audio formats.
Science fiction need not be “hard” SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them.
Though no particular setting, theme, or plot is anathema to us, the following are likely hard sells:
- zombies or zombie-wannabes (seriously, I’m not kidding)
- sexy vampires, wanton werewolves, wicked witches, or demonic children
- stories about rapists, murderers, child abusers, or cannibals
- stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
- stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory
- stories where the Republicans, or Democrats, or Libertarians, or the Spartacist League, etc. take over the world and either save or ruin it
- stories in which the words “thou” or “thine” appear
- talking cats or swords
- stories where FTL travel or time travel is as easy as is it on television shows or movies
- stories that depend on some vestigial belief in Judeo-Christian mythology in order to be frightening (i.e., Cain and Abel are vampires, the End Times are a’ comin’, Communion wine turns to Christ’s literal blood and it’s HIV positive, Satan’s gonna getcha, etc.)
- stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING. (a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING).
- stories about the stuff we all read in Scientific American three months ago
- stories about your RPG character’s adventures
- “funny” stories that depend on, or even include, puns
- stories where the protagonist is either widely despised or widely admired simply because he or she is just so smart and/or strange
- stories that take place within an artsy-fartsy bohemia as written by an author who has clearly never experienced one
- stories originally intended for someone’s upcoming theme anthology or issue (everyone is sending those out, wait a while)
- your trunk stories
1) Offering $1000 as payment in full for those one-time reprint rights for a twenty page story (or equivalent for lesser number of pages) PRIOR to the publication, or,
2) Offering you a percentage of the sales of the publication, with a MIMIMUM of $1000 to be offered for those one-time reprint rights for a twenty page story (or equivalent for lesser number of pages under solicitation by myself), payable AFTER the retailing of the publication presently being prepared (this can be up to five months following submission)
That is, the payment for the one-time reprint rights is to suit your needs: you can ask for the money up front, or hope — as I do — that the publication sells well, and you take a higher cut of those sales after the sales period. Once I have accepted your material for publication you can select which payment option you prefer (so there is no perception of bias in my selection process)
- Allow me an option of a second reprinting of the material (with similar financial compensation to you as described above) if the first printing does well; possibly in the form of an anthology or a “Best of” volume down the track
EVERYONE who has contributed to the First and Second Issues have been paid, irrespective of the poor newsagent sales. (Sales results for the Third Issue have arrived, and those who have selected Option Two WILL SOON BE PAID accordingly.) I am attempting to foster a professional comic company here, where artists are paid their due. NO-ONE works for free (unless they choose to do so). Even if Issues do not appear in the newsagents (Issues Four to Six), all artists will be paid at the rate as described earlier in these Submission Guidelines.
Let me know if this is of interest to you; or if there are points you wish to question or elaborate on. I trust I have not forgotten to include anything!
I do pride myself on my ability to work with writer/artists/creators, and seek to bring their works to the public in the best possible light.
Let me know your thoughts; I am happy to engage in conversation with you.
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