We are now reading and accepting submissions in all genres. We will close the general Booth submission portal on March 31, 2017.
In addition to our usual genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, etc), we invite submissions to Reboot: Adventure Stories. Previously unpublished Reboot stories will be considered for publication in Booth and in a forthcoming anthology to be published by Break Away Books. You may submit a story that has been previously published and it will be be eligible for publication in the Break Away Books anthology, but not for publication in Booth. For more on Reboot, see below.
Q: What kind of stuff can I send?
A: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, lists. Especially the last three. We want more of those.
Q: Simultaneous submissions okay?
A: You bet. But you should know that if your work is accepted elsewhere and you don’t bother to withdraw it from our submission manager, your name goes on the Secret Blackball Wiki shared by every lit mag editor on the planet.
Q: How about multiple submissions? I’ll send you my whole collection, and you guys can pick which villanelle you like.
A: With poems, you can send up to 3. With everything else, just send one thing at a time, please. If we kick it back, you can send us something else right away.
Q: If accepted, will my work go into the print issue?
A: Maybe. We publish 50 pieces a year online. Twice a year we design and release print issues, which are curated from material that appeared on the web + a few solicited pieces.
Q: Do you take submissions during the summer?
A: We are open to new submissions from September through March. We continue to read existing submissions from April to June. Once July hits, we put our brains in the chest freezer so we can pursue other interests.*
Q: How much can I submit?
A: Depends on the category.
Poetry: up to 3 poems
Fiction or Creative Nonfiction: up to 7,500 words
Comics: up to 20 pages, JPEG, width: 850-900px, Landscape preferred.
General Submission Data
Q: How many submissions do you receive?
A: From September to March, we typically receive around 3,500 submissions, or between 15-20 per day.
Q: How many submissions do you accept?
A: Around 50 per year, or roughly 1.4%.
JPEG, width: 850-900px, Landscape preferred
If submitting more than 1 image, please include them all in a single zip file.
Include up to 3 poems in a single document. Please add a note to your submissions should a specific poem get accepted elsewhere.
The short pitch: Reboot a classic adventure story.
The (slightly) longer pitch: Start with any adventure story (or character from an adventure story) in the public domain. Then reboot, reinvent, reimagine. Play with any of the tools of fanfiction, including (but not limited to) alternate universe, alternate ending, alternate point of view, or crossover (grafting together different fictional worlds).
Want some possible examples? Think: Captain Nemo's origin story; Tarzan returning to the jungle as an old man; Zorro dueling D'artagnan; Robinson Crusoe, from Friday's point of view.
Speaking of alternate points of view: The old adventure tales were great, but they were almost all written by white guys about white guys. For this anthology, diversity among characters and contributors will be a point of emphasis.
What's an "adventure story?"
Action & danger are central to the story. Here's a starter list of classic adventure fiction. Note that while the source material should be an adventure story in the public domain, your reboot doesn't necessarily have to be. Maybe you want to write about Tarzan discovering inner peace through adult coloring books, I don't know.
What are the parameters?Pretty flexible. In terms of length, let's say as short as one page, and as long as thirty. Any form, any genre.
If your story has not been previously published, it will be considered for publication in Booth and in a forthcoming anthology to be published by Break Away Books. If it has been previously published, it's still eligible for publication in the anthology, so go ahead and submit it.
This submission portal will close on April 15, 2017.
Questions? Email furuness(at)gmail.com