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Submissions Policies

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Editor: R. A. Rubin

We do very little editing. If it reads okay,
sounds okay, has a few commas and periods,
lacks run on sentences, makes some sort of
sense, and if the editor laughs or says 'gee
whiz,' out loud, then chances are good you will
be published.

We are currently seeking all kinds of fiction, poetry,
non-fiction, art, and photography for our April 06 edition.

What are we looking for? Ideally, we like a good mixture of
material - literary to humorous, insightful to original. We are
looking for quality and creativity in all submissions.

Format suggestions

Our web format gives us quite a bit of flexibility. For this
coming edition, we are considering all kinds of writing.

Some fiction possibilities:

* short stories
* serialized stories (must be complete before submission)
* flash fiction
* vignettes
* memoir pieces
* humor
* any genre, from literary to humor and everything in between

Some non-fiction ideas:

* non-fiction stories
* essays
* book, music, or movie reviews
* commentary and editorials
* reviews on any other topic (tech, food, etc.) (send query
* interviews (send query letter)
* features and articles (send query letter)

Lots of poetry:

* free verse
* rhyming
* haiku and other structured verse
* limericks
* "what is... ?" metaphorical definitions

Don't forget art & photography:

* full sized art
* small sketches
* digital art
* color or black & white
* cover art
* short or serialized comics (humor or drama)
* photographs

The above are only suggestions. If in doubt, inquire.

For legal reasons, we cannot accept fan fiction or art derived
from copyrighted material. The only derivative works that we
can accept are those allowed by copyright, such as parody.

Please include a few lines of biographical information with
your submission - writing highlights, a humorous mix of
interests, town where you live, etc. You may also include a
photo, website link, and email for the contact link.

Writer's Guidelines

Prose and Poetry should be in by March 3rd to provide time
for editorial feedback and corrections. Changes must be
completed by December 23rd. Submit in electronic format -
.rtf, Word .doc, .txt, or in the text body of an email. If you send
.txt or a text body message, please include formatting marks:
*Bold*, _Italics_, [notes] for anything else. All prose
submissions must be electronic. We recommend query
letters for articles and interviews.

Please check all submissions for grammar and spelling.

Some story criteria

* Readable, clean, well-written prose
* Clear, consistent point of view
* Establish key story details (character identity, setting) early
* Begin in the middle of things. Avoid too much exposition.
Keep the story moving.
* Create believable characters who are sympathetic and/or
* Every story should have a beginning, middle, and an end.
Plots need a conflict and resolution.
* Focus on showing rather than telling
* We will occasionally consider unusual pieces like vignettes
which don't necessarily have a complete plot, but they should
still be a coherent scene with vivid showing.

Some non-fiction criteria

* Readable, clean, concise well-written prose
* Essays need a clear thesis; the thesis should be
well-supported and well-reasoned, and the reader should
come away with a clear conclusion
* Use correct method for citing references
* Submit query letter for articles and interviews
* Pieces should be focused and keep the reader's interest

Poet's Guidelines

Some poetry criteria

* Show not "what it means" but "how it means"
* Creative use of language (rather than cliché)
* Strong imagery and metaphor
* Insightful, fresh perspective, original

Email your submissions.

Artist's Guidelines

Art & photography should be in by March 3rd. Please email
scanned copies, preferably in medium to high resolution.

Images should be JPG, PNG, or TIFF files with a minimum
resolution of 150 DPI. 300 DPI is better. We will resize as
needed to fit the web site; however, we need the higher
resolution should we create a print edition or an anthology.
All images should be saved in RGB format (NOT CMYK). If
we do a print edition, please note that images will probably
be in black and white (except the cover) ; images in an
eventual anthology may or may not be in color depending
upon our resources and printing costs.

Some art & photography criteria

* Creative, original, insightful
* The image should capture some interesting quality - a play
of light and shadow, texture, detail, emotion, etc.
* Demonstrate artistic skill

Email your submissions

The Future

We are hoping to eventually create an anthology, and we are
also investigating low cost print options such as those
offered by CafePress.com.

For Contributors

Prose Toad is a not-for-profit publication run by a group of
volunteers simply for the love of good writing. This means we
do not currently pay contributors. However, your work will
remain available in our online archives even after the edition
in which it appears. Contributions are also eligible for
inclusion should we publish a print anthology.

Prose Toad acquires First North American Serial Rights, a
one time, non-exclusive use of Electronic Rights, with all
rights reverting to the author upon publication. This will also
apply if we decide to create a print edition to coincide with our
electronic edition. We may also contact you for permission to
use your work in a future anthology.

We expect authors to follow proper publishing protocol: with
the exception of collections and anthologies, a given piece
should not appear in more than one electronic publication,
just as it should not appear in more than one print
publication. Note that work appearing in Prose Toad remains
available online in our archives for public reference. If an
author does choose to re-publish work elsewhere on the
web, Prose Toad should be credited as the original publisher.

While we will consider simultaneous submissions, please
be sure to let us know that they are simultaneous and keep
us updated on their publication status.

We appreciate it when authors include us in their list of

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