SUBMISSION GUIDELINES--FICTION, NON-FICTION, ESSAYS
We accept all genres, but please remember this is a family magazine and submit accordingly in fiction, non-fiction, essays and poetry.
We DO NOT accept pornography, erotica, horror, graphic language, graphic violence, children's stories, or anything deemed racial or biased toward any religion, race or moral preference.
We acquire first North American rights only.
Once the story has appeared in print in The Storyteller, all rights revert to author.
Send complete manuscript with cover letter. Please include your name, address, phone number and email (if you have one) on the first page of the manuscript, along with accurate word count.
At this time, we are only accepting stories by snail mail, but once you've been accepted for publication, we do ask that you send us an electronic copy in the body of the email. (If you do not have access to a computer, we will use the hard copy.) Canadian and foreign submissions are accepted by email. Please include your name, address, phone number and email along with your submission. If you do submit by email--and we DO NOT encourage it--it will be a longer wait for a reply. We would rather you did not submit by email unless international.Writers of short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as essays, should send a 4 to 5 line bio either with the original hard copy or with the electronic copy. All stories should be double-spaced. We will not read single-spaced manuscripts (unless its poetry) nor will we read anything hand-written.
Always include a SASE. ALWAYS.
All short stories 2,500 words MAX.
Do not send more than two stories at a time. We welcome new writers, but please learn to submit in proper format.
Read the guidelines carefully. That is one of the biggest reasons for rejections--writers ignoring the guidelines.
If your story or poem is accepted for publication, please do not submit again for at least six months.
We accept all forms of poetry up to 40 lines. The same restrictions apply here as to the short stories for content in your poetry.
No graphic anything. Submit only three poems at a time.
We do accept reprints, but author must indicate where and when the piece was first published. If we get in trouble with the other publications--so will you.
We do accept simultaneous submissions, but PLEASE make sure you tell us that in your cover letter. And be sure to let either me or the other editor know if it's been accepted by one or the other publication.
Due to the economy and a slow-down of subscriptions, all payments have been suspended at this time. We hope to continue payments in the near future. Please bear with us.We DO NOT provide contributors copies at this time, (see above) but with your support, that could change. Please consider a subscription or even a single copy order from our online store, or you can order directly from us. It is our intention and goal that everyone will find at least one story or poem they enjoy in the magazine. We rely on the generosity of our subscribers in our quest to bring a quality magazine to the public. Give us a chance; we think you'll be pleased.(if ordering directly through us, please be sure to indicate which copy you want to purchase.)
Jamie Johnson is now the submissions editor.
Tips for Submitting:
So many writers are rejected out of hand simply because they did not follow the standard rules editors expect. Here are a few tips to help you understand that by not following the rules, editors will send it back to you unread.
1. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). If you are unsure of the postage for the return of your material, a good rule of thumb is to put as much postage on the return envelope as you did to mail it. If you don't supply the SASE, editors will not return your material, nor will you hear anything from them.
2. Read the guidelines before submitting. If you send a manuscript that is too long for that magazine, you'll get a fast rejection letter. If the word count isn't listed in one of the writer's markets, then check their website or email them. If all else fails, call them. Do not send a manuscript you know is too long. You're not only wasting your time, your wasting theirs.
3. Be sure your name, address, phone number and email is on the first page of your manuscript in the left hand corner. Without a name on the manuscript, you'll probably never hear back about your work. Don't make the editor's or agent's job any harder than it already is by expecting them to guess who sent it. On the second and all following pages, be sure your name and the title of the story are on the top of the page. It can be either on the left hand side or right, but make sure to leave enough room for the page number.
4. You should always include a cover letter, unless the guidelines specifically say not to. This letter should consist of three paragraphs. The first should tell a little about the story, the second, a little about the writer and the third should simply say, thank you for your time. If you send the manuscript to more than one editor at a time, you must tell the editors you have done so. If one accepts the material, you should immediately let the others know it's been accepted.
5. Find out what editor you need and send it accordingly. Don't send a cover letter that says, Dear Editor. Editor's think that if you're too lazy to find out who they are, then you're too lazy to write a story up to their standards.
Do your homework, read the guidelines both in a writer's market and on their website. Don't let the little details keep you from getting published.