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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

Papercuts VOLUME 18: Dead Medium

 

Please note that submissions for the online edition of Papercuts Volume 18 are NOW CLOSED. Stay tuned for the announcement of our next theme and deadline.

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Guest Editor: We’re proud to have speculative fiction writer Anil Menon join Papercuts as Guest Editor for the magazine’s Spring 2016 issue, Volume 18 Dead Medium.

Mr. Menon’s debut Young Adult novel The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan, 2010) was shortlisted for the 2010 Vodafone-Crossword award and the 2010 Parallax prize. In 2012, Mr. Menon co-edited an international anthology of short fiction Breaking the Bow. His most recent novel Half of What I Say (Bloomsbury, 2015) has been shortlisted for The Hindu newspaper’s annual literary fiction prize for 2016. Mr. Menon’s short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and magazines such as Albedo One, InterZone, Interfictions Online, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Sybil’s Garage and Strange Horizons.

 

THEMATIC SUBMISSIONS

 

For Volume 18, we are exploring the theme Dead Medium. A dead medium could be a communication tool that is outdated or no longer in use. (Remember floppy disks?) But think bigger, and you’ll notice that entire social and cultural communities built around these technologies are also endangered. How often do we hear these days about declining print readership or children never visiting libraries? Finally, we are also open to the spiritual interpretation of the theme, where a medium is an intermediary between spirits and the living. Paging all speculative fiction writers! We’re ready for works that cover nostalgia but also speak to our anxieties about what comes after the present.

 

Prose: One short story, original and unpublished, maximum 5,000 words

Poetry: 3 to 5 poems (in one document), original and unpublished, no limit on number of lines

Reportage: 1-2 pitches for creative non fiction essays (in separate documents), original and unpublished, 500-1000 words. If your pitch is selected, we shall commission you to write the essay.

Art: Upto 5 colour pieces at a time.

 

How to send: Email your entries to editor.papercuts@desiwriterslounge.net with the subject line “Volume 18 (Specify Prose/Poetry/Reportage/Art) Submission”, for example: Volume 18 Poetry Submission.

 

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS

 

We have also opened submissions for general content. Send us your best work!

 

Prose: One short story, original and unpublished, maximum 5,000 words

Poetry: 3 to 5 poems (in one document), original and unpublished, no limit on number of lines

Reportage: 1-2 pitches for creative non fiction essays (in separate documents), original and unpublished, 500-1000 words. If your pitch is selected, we shall commission you to write the essay.

How to send: Email your entries to editor.papercuts@desiwriterslounge.net with the subject line “General (Specify Prose/Poetry/Reportage) Submission”, for example General Poetry Submission.

 

For all entries, we accept simultaneous submissions as long as you promptly inform us if the piece gets accepted elsewhere. Only entries that get accepted will be acknowledged. Papercuts editors work with the contributors to edit the pieces before publication.

 

PAPERCUTS PRINT MAGAZINE

 

Submissions are only for online publication. None of the works accepted are guaranteed publication in print. Papercuts editors will make the decision for print content and notify selected contributors separately.

 

Payment: We regret that we cannot pay for submissions at this time. Print contributors receive a complimentary copy.

 

Copyrights: For all published pieces, Papercuts magazine retains first publication rights. After publication, the rights revert back to the writers. We request you to grant us the permission to archive the work online permanently. Once the piece is published in Papercuts, writers are free to publish it elsewhere but we request writers to credit Papercuts with the first publication.