For your delectation and delight, I bring you:
The Pantechnicon eZine Submissions Guidelines! (Woo! Yeah!)
FICTION AND NON-FICTION
* Short stories: 1,000 - 15,000 words.
* Novellas: 20,000 - 50,000 words - these would be split across multiple issues.
* Articles: 1,000 - 5,000 words.
* Reviews: 1,000 - 2,000 words.
If you wish to pitch for an article slot, we'll consider anything. You could produce an article on breaking into the market, selling your first piece, working with editors, or your piles of rejection letters. Perhaps you know a writer or editor and would be willing to interview him/her for us. You could be in a profession that is relevant to our genres and write an article on common clichés, what really happens at cemeteries, the future of current technologies, or the different types of faeries common to Russian folklore. Pitch an idea for an article, and if it grabs us, we'll take you up on it!
If you choose to pitch for reviews, we'd like to see reviews for the more obscure media out there (foreign films, little-known fantasy works, reference books, etc) as well as events (such as literary festivals and conventions). Your review can take up the whole 2,000 words or, if you wish to do shorter reviews, you can write three or four within the same slot. If you are reviewing an event, please include some photographs and the date, time, location, and details on the regularity of the event (monthly, annual, etc). If the event is a recurring one, include contact details for the organisers (website URL, email, or other such information that would allow readers to attend the next event).
ART / PHOTOGRAPHY
* Artwork: Illustrations for stories, front and back covers.
* Photographs: Event / article accompaniments, author pictures, creative / manipulated imagery.
If you are pitching for artwork slots, please send us an example or two of your work (no larger than 10Mb in a single email), and we will contact you with an outline of the illustrations / covers we require. Do also advise us of how long you would need to complete a piece, as we may only have limited time to offer you on some items.
Feel free to pitch for any of the above, for as many pitches as you feel able to fulfil. Note that if you pitch for multiple slots, you will need to notify us of your preferred slot, as subsequent submissions will be used for later issues (so you'll have more time to write those ones). Similarly if you'd like to pitch, but want to shoot for a deadline beyond this September, do say so and we can hold you a slot in an issue that is more in line with your availability.
We will be operating as an editorial team, so be aware that any accepted submissions to the e-Zine will be subject to the editing process. We will not make any edits or cuts without your co-operation and permission, and we really aren't anything to be afraid of. We know that the prospect of having your work looked over by editors can be a daunting one, but rest assured that we are both gentle and helpful, as well as experienced editors, and are here to help your work become as good as it can be. We do expect a certain standard of spelling and punctuation before your submission hits us, as we'll be editing your work, not proof-reading it for you.
Please note that access to and download of this e-Zine will be completely free and, as such, we will not be generating any revenue. Therefore any work you do for us cannot (sadly) be paid for with cold hard cash. All we can offer you is the chance to be published alongside pro's (or, if you're a pro, to help talented amateurs get spotted).
We would prefer to recieve pitches for work that you have not had published elsewhere, but do advise us if you are submitting something that has already been published, and the location, dates, and rights associated with that prior publication. Do not send simultaneous submissions. Should your pitch be accepted (and hasn't been published previously), we will request First Internet Publication Rights to your work, but all other rights remain with you. For those new to publication, please also take time to look into the UK Copyright, Design and Patents act of 1988, and realise that to be legally identified as the author of your work is a right that you must assert - it is not bestowed automatically. Google can help you out on this one.
All submissions must be sent electronically. Email your item (or synopsis if your item is more than 2,000 words) to Editors@Pantechnicon.net . Please advise us if you are writing under your real name or a nom de plume .