T A S T E B U D S :
We go and lose our banana marbles for raw voices, stories about the human condition and untold perspectives. Writing that comes from a place of truth, something that matters. It might be something mundane like a plant, but it is so urgent, it screams out of you like a rocket. You have The Tick.
Key Words: Imperfection. Vulnerability. Mistakes. Being alone. Empathy. Social Issues. And The Big, The Bad, The Mad-Bad Weirds.
The best way to get to know us is to read our previous issues.
“But that takes time Frank!”
“I know but a stitch in time saves nine”
“What you talking about?”
“Maybe you’ll read a few things and realise your work is a little different. Then you won’t submit and bite your fingernails for an indefinite amount of time, waiting for that acceptance”
“Roger, Roger, Roger Red-Hat and Jennifer Yellow-Hat“
Having said that, we often don’t know what we like until we see it, as the cliché goes. If we haven’t yet published about that plant that you’re writing about, yet it’s urgent and raw and has The Big, The Bad, The Mad-Bad Weirds, don’t go discounting us.
We are especially motivated to provide a platform for traditionally marginalized voices. Black voices, women, queer people, non-binary folk, and any other voices that have been marginalized by the institutions.
M O N E Y :
WE ARE A PAYING MARKET! Contributors will be paid $30 per piece. Payments will be made via paypal (note that payment cannot be made in any other way).
F E E S :
It pains us to do so but have to take a reading fee for submissions. We are an all volunteer small press. All submission fees are in order to stay afloat with the myriad running costs and we also want to continue to pay our contributors.
R E S P O N S E T I M E S :
General submissions: Whilst we pride ourselves on our reactions- sometimes within earshot of a jab from some effin 24-carat dudo that looks like Mike Tyson, scrambling on The Egg Ropes- we receive a high volume of submissions so cannot always be speedy with our response. Sometimes we’re in that Tyson ball-park. We’re sitting on the sofa, eating chips and watching football and we’ll blink at submittable and see a sore-thumb flapping on the shores. It nods and we nod and we all keep eating chips and watching football. Other times we’re in the office with a Stiff Antoccino and we’re Rocking In The Waves Of The Sun, sucking the words through our pores like a thorny lizard. The words take time. We let them settle before revealing themselves as The Small I Am, The Silent Creeper, who would have thought it? This one said that. Typically then, we have no real typically but allow up to 10 weeks- if we haven’t responded by then send us a mail to ask for an update.
F A S T E R R E S P O N S E : Check a box on submittable for $3 and we’ll make sure we reply within 7 days. For manuscripts, allow up to 30 days.
P E R S O N A L I Z E D R E S P O N S E : Check a box for $3 and we will personalize our response. This option can only be selected once per person. So use your token wisely! Refunds can not be given for any mistakenly selected personalized responses i.e. if this box is checked on multiple submissions from the same person.
H O W W E P U B L I S H :
We take submissions on a rolling basis. This means that our deadlines are frequently extended as we continue to look for you and your work. We now publish on a QUARTERLY basis, with issues in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (we previously published sporadically: ISSUES 1-6). We publish 6 pieces per issue, including at least 1 Flash Fiction, Short Story, Nonfiction and Poetry. We accompany all literature with specialised artwork.