Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking at 2012 projects, as 2011 ends.

We have several projects in mind. We are not looking at particular markets, yet, since we don't have a commitment to sales. Of course, one does not start a venture like this without the down-the-road goal of a self-sustaining business, so we will likely evolve that way, but we are also committed to giving alternate business models a try, and while we are doing that, we are producing compendiums and anthologies and collections in accordance with our wide range of interests.

At this time, we are developing two projects. We are looking at getting at least five projects in process in 2012, with one or two started to cross us into 2013. So we will continue to toss ideas and eventually choose three-five more projects, but the two we know we will be calling for in 2012 are:

1. Flash Pan -- flash fiction of up to 750 words. There will be small prizes related to several topics (topics TBA).
2. Grantswood -- prose, poetry, and art in the Midwestern Gothic style.

We also expect to produce at least one speciality publication, a follow up to Marauders of the Waterways.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Progress Report!

Work continues on Marauders of the Waterways! Submissions should be in by 2 February, but the fact of the matter is that we already have most of the submissions that we expected. We are going to have more room than we thought we would, since most of the submissions are fairly short, so we may re-open for submissions in January, depending on how well the webzine design goes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Open Call: Moon Hollow

Moon Hollow is the irregularly published masthead of Moon Hollow Press. Our goal is to present an ongoing "open until filled" vehicle for publication. It's currently scheduled to publish yearly, but a more frequent schedule is probable if a sufficient number of pieces are available.

Submitted pieces that are not right for other projects but are still something we'd like to publish are frequently diverted here.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Fiction and poetry that fits within the scope of the general publication and general submission policies. Please read these two policies for more information.

After you have read those policies--because you need to know what is in them BEFORE you submit--please do send us something. We now accept all submissions through Submittable.

And when you have finished submitting, please consider tracking your submission via Duotrope!

READING PERIOD:

Ongoing.

General Submissions Policy

Most people who have a gift work extremely hard at it, if they are able to, because the work is intensely, immediately, and reliably rewarding. You have to make a living, but art is very seldom a practical way of doing so. Most artists are in it for the satisfaction of knowing they’re doing, literally, the best thing they can do. ~~ Ursula K. Le Guin


Please read this submission policy and follow carefully. Generally speaking, ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST FOLLOW THE POLICIES SET FORTH BELOW! Some calls for submission may impose additional restrictions or include additional instructions. You improve your chances of acceptance by following them.

1. Electronic submissions only. We are accepting submissions through Submittable.

2. Submit your work as an .RTF file. You should have already edited your file--you have used the words you mean to use, the punctuation you mean to use, et cetera. Spell check is your friend, but also your enemy. Give your work a complete read, and then have someone else give it a complete read, too, lest you find that a properly spelled word made your sentence senseless. We will presume you mean what you write.

2a. The attachment should be set in 12 point Times New Roman (or a similar serif font). Fiction should be double spaced. Poetry can be single spaced. Again, the file should be saved in .rtf format. Anything else will be returned unread. Make it easy for us to read it.

2b. Identify your document. Include your name, the title of the piece, the word or line count, and the number of pages in the upper right corner. Set the footer of the document with your name and the page numbers. You get our undying love if your footer doesn't just number the pages, but indicated the total number of pages, as well, like so: "Clampett, page 1 of 3"

3. In your cover letter, BRIEFLY describe your submission ("3 poems about Lake Bolivar"). If you are responding to a particular call for submissions, tell us which one. Otherwise, we will presume it is a general submission and consider it for the open call. Then, tell us a little about yourself. Give us your real name, your pseudonym should you wish to use it, your complete address, your email, your phone, your website should you wish to have traffic sent there, and a biographical statement of no more than 150 words if you would like to have a bio published with your work. NO MORE THAN 150 WORDS for bio. Please avoid laundry lists of prior publications, because those won't help you here.

WHAT YOU SUBMIT:

On wordcount
For fiction, our policy is to consider up to 7000 words per author per submission. You can send a single story of about 7000, or you can send 3 shorter pieces of 2334, 2300, and 2366. Your maximum is 7000 words at a time. Those 7000 may be all in one piece, or spread across up to 5 pieces. We won't consider more than 5 pieces at a time, even if all five use only 100 words each. No more than 7000 words, no more than 5 pieces.

On linecount
For poetry, our general policy is to consider up to 100 lines per submission, although particular calls for submission often modify this. You can use up all 100 lines in one poem, but shorter works have a better chance. No more than 5 pieces per poet, per submission, and all pieces should not total more than 100 lines.

Significant Fine Print
All submissions must be the submitter's original work. Generally, we will accept reprints if you include the information on the original publication and if you have the rights to reprint. We are for-the-love editors, and so we will not take on the onus of ensuring that you have the rights. If you are not certain that you have reprint rights, check before you send it.

We aren't bucking for anything, but you should recognize that publication here will use your first-printing rights for previously unpublished works. At this time, we are publishing for the love and can offer no payment. Remember that donation paragraph? We make things freely available. That means we don't make any money. If you are sure that your work can be sold, then shop it around before you consider us. The editors here are the sort of people who understand that for some writers and poets, publication and exposure is enough. Moon Hollow Press seeks to work with those authors and poets who are fine with for-the-love publishing, whether it is because they just want to be published, or because their pieces are good, but not what the market is buying.

Submissions to Multiple Projects
All submissions will be considered for the intended project, but may be considered for all projects.

What does that mean?

If you send us something for Grantswood, we will consider it for Grantswood. Sometimes, submitters send us things that really are not what we are looking for in a given project, but we'd still like to publish the piece. In that event, the piece will receive what we like to think of as a redirection: rejected with an acceptance to a different project. You can, of course, turn that redirection down. Most people don't, but if you really feel your funny story about a Alaskan living in California belongs in a project devoted to the Midwestern Gothic style, you can take our rejection and try your piece in another market. You are writing, so rock on with your bad self and follow your dream!


On Copyright and Reprinting
You own the copyright to your piece. We will own the copyright to the compendium, chapbook, or anthology that contains your piece. You retain most reprinting rights; we reserve the right to reprint in a "best of" anthology. If your piece is previously unpublished, we will own the first publishing rights as we will be the first publishers.

General Publications Policy

Moon Hollow Press is a press dedicated to your voice. We keep things free around here, so your voice can be heard.


FEES, PAYMENT, AND DONATIONS:

Moon Hollow Press does not generally charge reading fees. We do not require you to purchase anything. We do ask for donations so that a prize pool can be created. We would like to be able to offer payment or significant prizes in the future, and donations will make that possible. However, we realize that times are tight, and many people are happy just to be published and spread the joy. Still, if you read something you like, it's not unreasonable to ask you to toss a couple of bucks into the collection plate. Consider it positive reinforcement. We can accept Paypal donations at uncommonmoon (at) yahoo (dot) com.

We say that we don't generally charge reading fees because we reserve the right to occasionally open contests with reading fees to ensure that there will be prize money. If we decide to go that route, the reading fee will be explicitly listed in the call for submissions.

WHAT WE PUBLISH:

Fiction and Poetry. We are looking for fiction between 50-7000 words and poetry of up to 100 lines.

Some calls for submission will include requests for art, so it would be fair to say that we will also publish art that can be digitally displayed. However, that is not our focus. At this time, we are not looking for stand-alone art.

We are not committed to a particular genre, but we do know this: we are not looking for gore or explicit sex. This is a publicly available publication currently hosted on a provider with some pretty particular terms of service. If it will violate Google's TOS, this is not the place for your submission. Let us be absolutely clear: no explicit sex of any sort, no gratuitous violence. We are not prudes and realize that violence and sex are a part of life, and sometimes a part of a whacking good tale, but they should be handled tastefully and part of the plot advancement. It's not like you have to fill 750 pages. You only get up to 7000 words or 100 lines, so make that space count. Furthermore, we do not accept fan fiction. See submissions section for more detail on how and what to submit.

We are currently a "For-The-Love" publishing house. We do not offer payment at this time.


Significant Fine Print
All submissions must be the submitter's original work. Generally, we will accept reprints if you include the information on the original publication and if you have the rights to reprint. We are for-the-love editors, and so we will not take on the onus of ensuring that you have the rights. If you are not certain that you have reprint rights, check before you send it.

You should recognize that publication here will use your first-printing rights for previously unpublished works. At this time, we are publishing for the love and can offer no payment. Remember that donation paragraph up there? We make things freely available. That means we don't make any money. If you are sure that your work can be sold, then shop it around before you consider us. The editors here are the sort of people who understand that for some writers and poets, publication and exposure is enough. Moon Hollow Press seeks to work with those authors and poets who are fine with for-the-love publishing, whether it is because they just want to be published, or because their pieces are good, but not what the market is buying, or whatever.

When you submit to Moon Hollow Press, your submission indicates that:

1. The submission is your original work.
2. You have the copyright.
3. If this is not the first time it has appeared in print, you have the rights to reprint in a webzine, ebook, and/or print anthology.
4. In the event that you do not have the above-stated rights, you agree to release and hold harmless Moon Hollow Press from any liability or harm attached to the publication of said works.

HOW WE PUBLISH

Generally speaking, the specific format for publication will be spelled out in calls for submissions and will pretty much always include a free option. At this time, we are creating compendiums and anthologies, so there are no single author works planned. There will always be a PDF version for download and a webzine version for free online reading. There may be a print on demand version offered; if so, this will be set at cost of printing and shipping in accordance with the print on demand service, and will exist solely to allow authors to buy a bound version of their work if they want one.

We are considering putting out some of the compendiums as "shareware" as a way to encourage donations.

Lastly, we reserve the right to put together an anthology of the works we like the best and offer it for sale. We hope that these anthologies will generate enough profit to allow us to pay authors, but, again, there is no guarantee.