Releasing on July 3rd, 2014 to honor a day of reflection, The Fictioneer will be available for purchase on Unsolicited Press's website, Amazon, and other national retailers. A PDF version and physical copy will be available. As always, the journal is rich with characters, plot, poetry, and the like.
The Fictioneer is a trimesterly publication that seeks emerging and known authors. This issue features work from Cara Long, Emily Kiernan, Mick Bennett, Kevin Armstrong, Adam Phillips and more. The poetry will snag you by the balls and the fiction will keep you wondering what happened.
After a long six months of acquiring manuscripts, the editors at UP believe that this issue is the best thus far.
The cover art is credited to SR Stewart, our loving acquisitions editor. The brilliance behind her dark portrait is a mystery, but once we saw it, we knew that it screamed The Fictioneer.
Issues are available for $10 at Unsolicited Press (includes shipping). Electronic versions are available at Unsolicited Press or through Amazon Kindle. All major online retailers and local stores will carry the journal.
If you have a local bookstore that doesn't carry the journal, ask them to. Provide them our information (or hell, give us their information).
NOTE: We are still waiting on our book order to come in. For the time being, you can preorder the book or find it online.
Submit your work to our email address and in the subject heading let us know that it is for the contest. A button to pay your entry fee will be coming by May 1st ,2014.
Last year we did a small contest and the winners were put into our lit journal, but this year we are joining the big guys. We are offering publication to three lucky contest winners. Yeah, it's that kind of big. Three winners in any genre will be published under UP with the full marketing ploy. The winners will receive 10 copies of their book. This contest will only work if we receive enough entries. We have to have a solid set of manuscripts to choose from. Authors interested in submitting should have a complete, edited manuscript. We will do one edit cycle for each winner.
Submission deadline: 5/15/14
Winner notification: 6/1/14
Publication date: 6/25/14; 7/5/14; 7/15/14
Entry fee: $25
Fiction: 100-200 pages
We will do this quick n dirty, but professionally. Every book will go under our professional editorial and production plans before publication. We have installed a set of editors to run the contest and run the editorial process for each book. Rubie, Eric, and Esme are the lea editors.
Did we mention that should you win, you would be nominated for a Push Cart? And that you'll receive a little bit of flow? We can't guarantee the amount until we see the entry results.
Cool flyer to come.
Acquisitions is a bitch. Just ask Rubie. Ask Miss Stewart....her associate acq. editor. Ask the interns who read submissions with the editors. Ask the rest of the team who joyously waits for the next office favorite.
Acquisitions may be the bet department to be in, but it also means so many other things too. Rubie and her acquisitions teams must be thoroughly educated in contract law, permissions, copyright law, and hunting down brilliant titles. If you though that an acquisitions author just sits at her desk waiting for submissions, well you've gone nuts.
As the current acquisitions intern, I have seen Rubie pack her things and tell us that she is going to stalk the coffee shops down the street for the people writing in notebooks. That broad will do anything for a good title.
But don't get in her way. Don't make her angry. She is our cutthroat editor and she will hack you from the team if you do not cooperate. If you think that your work requires no editing. She will sleep well that night knowing that she was right. So, you may be wondering how to get on the good side of an acquisitions editor...email her when she is filling up her editorial calendars.
In the next three months, Rubie will be acquiring 48 titles, given that we receive 48 fantastic pieces. Did you hear that? FORTY-EIGHT. What is she looking for? How will she pluck you up from the 200+ emails that she receives monthly? Your query letter. Don't even think that she will read your work if you cannot craft a solid 2-4 sentence blurb about your book.
She wants poetry. She really, really, really wants essay collections. She would kill for a few memoirs...as long as they aren't "memoiry". Realistic fiction. She wants to feel pain, the emotional, can't take it back sort of pain.
Submitting early does not guarantee that, should she love you, your work will be published early. She has a weird way of placing writers. They work serendipitously...yes, I said that. If we get enough work that rocks, then she will begin to fill the next year's calendar. She said that she is on a mission. Or she'll lose her mind and close down submissions for a year....like last year.
So, you should submit. You should only submit if you are ready. You should only submit if you are ready to have your work edited, suggested against/for, and to work as a member of our team to make your work great.
May the best dogs win.
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