Submissions

The Scriptic Collective is currently closed for submissions. We will post an announcement on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter when we prepare to re-open submissions.

We encourage works from writers of all sorts, artists, and photographers.

The next round of submissions will be published on Scriptic and attributed to its author or creator, with a link to where your other work can be found. Please read these guidelines carefully and completely before submitting.

Each submission will be assigned to an editor for review, depending upon genre and editorial availability. All editors will discuss the chosen pieces upon selection for final review.

Each piece must be polished as much as possible before submission; we will not accept first drafts or indifferent third drafts for publication.

It may take up to three weeks for us to get back to you. If you have not received an email from Scriptic within one month, please check your Spam filter and Submittable account. If you still have not received notice, then you may email the editors.

We are looking for unpublished fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, and art. We are genre-friendly (including horror, speculative fiction, historical, etc.), but do not accept serial work in general. If your piece works as a stand-alone story (where your editor will not have to read many other pieces to understand the selection), we are happy to consider it.

We work mostly with the Chicago Manual of Style, with help from Strunk & White, leavened with our years of editorial experience and grammar nerdery, and we will edit you accordingly if your piece is accepted. All works published on Scriptic will use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, as the final authority.

We will accept both literary and artistic submissions via Submittable only, as we find it streamlines the process and allows greater and clearer communication with authors and artists.

If you do not yet have a Submittable account (and if you are a writer, you should), you will be prompted to create one when you submit your piece. Each submission will be marked with your name, email, and other contact information automatically, so you do not need to include it in the submission itself.

We would very much like to help you understand how publishing generally works so that you can submit your work to other places as well. If you would like a short explanation (two sentences to one paragraph) why your piece was not selected, please type “Criticism” at the top of your submission.

We are not here for vanity publishing, but we’re excited to read work by new authors, the unpublished, and the widely read alike. This is intended to be good practice for you in the art of submitting work to paying publications. Please attempt to check your ego at the door, and remember that all criticism comes by request only and is meant to help you grow as a writer.

We’re here to provide you with a small step towards publication credits, so please follow our guidelines carefully. Those submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be rejected automatically.

Writing:

We prefer single-spaced, 12-point font, and accept only .doc, .rtf, and .txt files. You will enter the title in a text box and upload the file. Please make sure that only the text of your story or poem is included in the file submitted. Please format your title according to the Chicago Manual of Style, and append “–[genre]” so we know how to sort it. For example, “The Sun Also Rises–Fiction.” You may submit one piece per genre, per month.

Those who flood the submissions manager will be considered more selectively than those who send one or two pieces, so bear that in mind. Please fill out a separate form for each submission.

Fiction/Non-Fiction (including Memoir/Informative): Your piece should be no more than 5000 words. If you have a longer piece that you would like us to evaluate, we may consider them on a case-by-case basis, depending upon time–remember, we are all volunteers with day jobs! If we think it will split well, we may suggest cutting it into smaller pieces and consider serializing it on our site.

We are not currently seeking children’s fiction or non-fiction, music, video, or erotica. If you send us a vampire or zombie story, it probably will not qualify unless it is truly amazing. Tropes will be shot on sight.

Poetry: You may submit three poems per month for consideration, unless you are recreating novel-length sagas. Please fill out a separate form for each submission.

Poetry must be poetry and not declarative sentences arranged in a decorative manner. Classical or strict format poems are welcomed as long as they are done well, though these will be evaluated according to the format before the writing is considered.

We are seeking poems that are heavy on imagery and feeling, with thoughtful word choices, and great meaning condensed into something with claws and teeth. Poetry with difficult formatting, like a concrete poem, is unlikely to translate well to our site.

If you must rhyme, do it well. Doggerel will be deleted, but dirty limericks will be kept for our private amusement.

If you have questions about the length or nature of your poem, feel free to contact Grace.

Art and Photography:

We welcome photography and graphic art submissions as well; if we accept your submission, we will publish it as a standalone piece with the option of using it again as complementary artwork for writing submissions.

No photo essays, please. Please fill out a separate form for each piece of art.

All submissions must be your own original work. If your art is built upon someone else’s art, you must have that person’s permission for use of their work, and acknowledge that person’s name in your submission.

Submissions should be no smaller than 400 x 300 pixels. Generally, the file size should be less than 2 MB, sized around  1024 x 768 pixels @ 72 ppi. Your submission must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .gif, .tiff, or .png.

Images depicting graphic violence will not be accepted. Images that are overtly pornographic in nature will not be published (like Justice Stewart, we’ll know it when we see it). Images of kittens, bunnies, or anything that belongs on LOLCats will be simultaneously mocked and cooed over.

Ready? Go.

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