David Hatfield Sparks is a writer, musician, librarian, and gay father who written and performed from the Midwest and Manhattan to Austin, Texas and San Francisco, where he has been active in queer artists and writers communities. His creative work is in poetry, creative non-fiction, and short stories with emphasis on spiritual/magical elements. His nonfiction work focuses on music/performance/research/politics of gender, religion, the arts, and myth in LGBTQIA multicultual contexts. Looking for a supportive LGBTQ group.
We aim to publish art and words for the future by artists and writers who believe they're carrying, on their hunched-over-computer shoulders, a pretty heavy yet very pretty burden—to offer us all a way into ourselves so that we may come back out with the wisdom required for positive change as individuals, and as a society. All accepted work will appear both online and in print.
We aren’t certain there is “good” and “bad” art—only honest and dishonest art… but we’ll get back to you on that. Suffice it to say, we really don’t want to be gatekeepers. We want to be a blank canvas.
Press Pause will never have a social media account. It will never promote itself (or get into online debates) on social media, so that the art that is shared can be appreciated within the embrace of a lovely now-uncommon silence.
Submitting to Press Pause will always be free.
We are interested in fantasy with a dark theme. We accept both works set in our Athuruin Shared Universe as well as original work in an original setting.
We only accept submissions that are high fantasy with a dark tone. We are aware of the many sub-genres of fantasy, however, and consider many varied versions, such as dark fantasy.
Often the first things we do are skim the manuscripts for anything that would give it away as “off-genre” and are most certainly a disqualification. Some of these things include: cell phones or electronics, cars, couches, houses, apartments, radios, ballpoint pens, TVs, showers, flashlights, watches, sandwiches, teddy bears, raincoats, Earthly location names and settings, real languages (if the characters speak a variation of Tamil or Farsi, for example, it is fine. But no references to the actual language names themselves), modern colloquial terminology and jargon, teenagers (including the word itself).
Please adhere to guidelines and proofread before you submit.
I am a high school social studies teacher who is fascinated by the constructed nature of place in America. I use the past to fight for social awareness and equity, and I've traveled over 30,000 miles around the United States by RV to study American culture in pusuit of my passion. Other favorite pastimes include examining primary source materials and performing field research on a variety of topics, especially the Civil War. I wrote the thesis for my M.A. in American and New England Studies during an RV trip where I focused on narratives of the American West in an effort to bring fugitive landscapes--stories pushed to the periphery because they don't support the master narratives--to the forefront. I'm transitioning from academic research and writing to a focus on fiction that is historically accurate, saturated with a sense of place and time, and thought-provoking. I'm currently working on a historical novel that takes place on the Rocky Mountain frontier just after the Civil War, and I've written several short stories and poems that I'd like to fine-tune and get published.
Hey, I'm an aspiring writer from Chiang Mai, Thailand. I've been writing for a while, but I've yet to publish. I know my mechanics and basic principles, so I'm almost ready to start putting my work out there. Right now, I'm gathering material, working out a manageable editorial calendar, and thinking of of consistent content ideas.
I'm interested in learning the tricks of the trade and joining craft communities.
Hope to meet some interesting people.
Small Print Magazine, a resource and showcase for writers and artists, features contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry thoughtfully presented alongside beautiful photography and artwork from new and established artists. You’ll also find engaging interviews with authors and other industry professionals, cartoons, craft book reviews, as well as articles on writing, writing tools, writing & publishing news, and more.
Read Small Print Magazine online. Submit only finished material. See our website for guidelines: https://smallprintmagazine.com/submissio...
Exclusive submissions are read first. We make no response-time guarantee for simultaneous submissions.
Submissions are currently closed for the following:
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry.
You might describe us as a heavy metal acid trip via literature. We believe books are hallucinogens suffused with emotion, feeling, and sensation. Our books wobble in the frame of reality and dissect the prism of surreality. These books tend to be difficult to categorize, but together they form a kaleidoscopic mirror of an increasingly bleak world. However, we're far from hopeless. We like to have fun and believe in the power of art. We are a space for writers to explore their risky ideas in new and interesting ways. Anyone with an open mind is welcome to join the party.
We are seeking imaginative and challenging books that push boundaries. We are as interested in mood, sensation, and altered states of perception as we are in the story. We like stories with the ethereal quality of memory filtered through a psychedelic kaleidoscope. We want darkly peculiar narratives that are compelling and have a range of emotion. We want daring work that keeps us on edge, waiting for the next ghost to materialize. Surprise us. Most of all, we want books that take risks. Show us something we've never seen before.
BLP is currently accepting engaging stories in search of a great home. Our main themes explore the liminal world where anything can happen. We love authors who are willing to take a chance and explore the concepts of “other” through a variety of genres. Magic isn’t just for fantasy readers anymore.
If you think your manuscript pushes the boundaries and will leave us breathless, we want to hear from you. Although all manuscripts go through an editing process, your book should be at its best before you submit. The best way to be noticed is to send a professional query letter and a strong summary.
Middle Eastern literature in translation.