– CURRENTLY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS –
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: AUGUST 10, 2017
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
Inside The Bell Jar accepts poetry, short stories and flash fiction of absolutely any genre. The only real requirement we have is that your piece is related to mental illness in some way. This can be in a character, the general theme, something about the setting – you decide.
WHERE WILL MY WORK BE PUBLISHED?
We have been publishing quarterly issues online for a year, but are now seeking to transition into bi-annual with plans to produce the journal as an eBook. We have set up a Patreon to help us do so and would love it if you could check it out. We will have more announcements on this in the coming months, including possible ways to feature work that does not make it into the eBook issues.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
It’s our passion to share with readers an intimate insight into the minds of those suffering from a mental illness. We are therefore looking for writers of fiction and poetry that speak openly and honestly about their own experiences, or those of their characters. We are especially keen to hear the voices of young adult teens, people of colour, those from the LGBTQA+ community or any other groups which often find themselves under-represented in the world of fiction.
RULES FOR SUBMISSIONS
- All poetry must be no more than 40 lines. All short stories must be between 1,500-5,000 words. Flash pieces must be between 200 and 1,500 words.
- You are allowed to submit as many times as you like, but please do so separately – one email per piece.
- Please edit your submissions before sending them in for consideration. Small typos and minor grammatical errors are fine, but as the journal is run by a small team there is simply not enough time to make substantial changes to sub-par work. Tip: reading something aloud a few times is very useful for spotting errors or clumsy sentence structures.
- All work must be your own.
- Work should not be published anywhere else, though simultaneous submissions (work that is currently submitted to another market) are allowed. We ask you that you inform us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.
- We buy First Serial and Electronic rights i.e the right to be the first place to publish that story. Work can then be sold elsewhere after publication.
DO YOU PAY WRITERS?
At the present moment we are only able to pay our writers a small payment per published piece, given our reliance on crowdfunding to pay production costs. For now, we rely on our Patrons to enable us to create this important space to give a voice for those living with mental illnesses.
As of May 9th 2017, our rates are as follows:
- 5 GBP per published short story.
- 5 GBP per poem.
- We currently are not paying for flash fiction. However, we are interested in publishing an unspecified number of flash fiction per issue.
Every contributor will receive a free eBook copy of the journal.
Payment, of course, counts as a publishing credit also, enabling you to list such a publication when submitting elsewhere.
Payment will be made via PayPal upon publication. We will contact you for your PayPal details if your submission is accepted.
WEREN’T YOU MOVING INTO PRINT?
We had previously planned to move into print publication for Inside The Bell Jar but unfortunately encountered some roadblocks. For details on these changes, please see this post.
We aim to reply to all submissions within 60 days, although we will sometimes go slightly over during busy periods or holiday seasons. Feel free to enquire about your submission after this 60 day period if you have not heard back from us, as it may have been lost in the mail.
STILL WANT TO SUBMIT?
Simply email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, title of your submission, plus the submission both attached as a .doc and pasted at the bottom of your email.
Please also include a short bio (max 50 words) in the body of your email.
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