We’ve begun our reading period, and with great enthusiasm and excitement, we have begun to dive into your submissions.
There are a few things I’d like to touch on:
- While we don’t have a hard word-count cap, you’re better off submitting something short than something long. With only 100k words of space available at present, we’re not going to have room for many novelettes [and many Cirsova novelettes are JUST over the category cut-off]. You stand a much better chance of getting in with a 2500-5000 word story than with a 10,000-15,000 word story.
- Present-tense is kind of a “no” for us. Our first issue had a story in present tense, and even though I loved it [in spite of the tense], we got a lot of negative feedback on that aspect of the story, we recommend only sending us stories written in past-tense.
- We don’t have a hard and fast rule on multiple submissions, but unless you have prior arrangements made with us, please do not send more than two at a time and be aware that, unless you have a prior arrangement with us, chances are that we will only take one of them.
- We can’t tell you which story you should submit to us. If you ask us which you think would be a better fit, we’d just be guessing if we haven’t read it.
- Being our bro online, being part of the PulpRev community, etc. does not guarantee you a slot in our magazine. Even being generous, consider that within 24 hours, we’ve received over 40 submissions and will likely purchase no more than 12. Competition will be FIERCE. Things may be, or seem, naturally weighted in favor of past contributors, however, because it’s already established that we love their stories, but with the limited space, there are still no guarantees. Do not let this discourage you; just be aware of the constraints we’re under.
- When we say “we will get back with you soon”, we mean “no later than November”. If you don’t hear from us right away in October, it means a) we still haven’t read your story, or b) we’ve read your story and are holding onto it as a “maybe”.
- Payment is on acceptance.