Submissions are Open!

Submissions are now open for the month of February.

smallpenandinkWe’re placing the last stories in our 2016 schedule, and will have given final verdicts to our authors by February 15th (so fingers crossed for those of you authors out there who haven’t heard a final yes or no)!  We’re so very pleased with the amazing stories we’ve read, and truly impressed by the talent we see.

When we opened for two weeks last summer, we received 1200 submissions. Yes, twelve hundred!  We were a little stunned.  And then we were a little overwhelmed.  We were  forced to stop giving personal replies to every submission, but we still read every story that came our way, often more than once.

This time around we aren’t opening the gates quite so wide.  We have made the difficult decision to charge a small reading fee of $10 (about $7 US) for fiction submissions.  This will both regulate the flood of submissions and help us keep the magazine afloat.

As a literary magazine in Canada, we are unusual in our genre-jumping domain.  We like to think of ourselves as years ahead of the curve.  But we don’t receive any of the grants that more literary magazines receive.  We are proud of what we do, but we have to make this magazine stand on its own two feet.

pulp year 1Please know that submission fees are tax-deductible expenses for writers, and that every penny of those fees goes towards paying for the stories we print.  We are a non-profit publisher, and we’ve given our time freely so that some day Pulp Literature will be able to support all its contributors with subscription income alone, but that day has not yet come.

Starting in March we will be reading submissions received by the end of February with an eye to the Winter 2017 issue.

So let’s hear the drumroll!  We truly can’t wait to read your stories!



2 thoughts on “Submissions are Open!

  1. In only just noticed you have instituted a reading fee and I think that is the wrong way to go.
    It will no doubt stem the flood of stories, because any regularly published writer will consider a reading fee deeply unprofessional. See for instance the reaction on the Submission grinder. A reading fee gives a magazine a kind of pariah-status on all lists of places to publish.
    Writers should be paid for their stories and not have to pay to send them, no matter how small the fee.
    None of the published writers I know will ever send a story to a magazine that asks a reading fee: it feels too close to vanity publishing.

    I have noticed that some magazines and writing contests walk a middle road: they wave the fee for any writers they have already published in their magazine or who are a member of the SFWA or a like organization.
    It may feel a bit like discrimination but by using a fee you are already doing that.
    It selects for writers that are so desperate to get published that they will even pay for it, probably not a group you particularly want.

    I hope I don’y sound too harsh or high-handed, but I quite like your magazine and I think this could be mistake.

    1. Hi Tais,
      Good to hear from you and thanks for your feedback. Believe us we don’t like having to have reading fees, but it is a simple financial reality. If only half of the 2000+ writers who have submitted stories over the past two years subscribed to the magazine that would easily cover our costs, and we wouldn’t have to charge fees at all. But alas, our circulation still doesn’t support our costs without fundraising.

      In the ‘old days’ writers had to print out manuscripts and mail them, possibly with a SASE or international reply coupon. Paying a $10 CAD ($7 USD) fee works out to about the same cost and still takes considerably less effort. Our hope is this small hurdle encourages authors to only send in their best, most polished work.

      It’s true it’s an experiment. We’ve only started reading the February submissions, but so far there seem to be a higher ratio of quality stories and far fewer automatic rejections. And because of the lower volume we have time to read each story more carefully, making sure fewer gems escape our notice.

      One day we hope to drop the fees — in the meantime, encourage your friends to subscribe. It’s the only other way for us to pay our authors, artists, and editors!

      Jen, Mel & Sue

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