Submissions Open - Pulp!
Pulp! Two-Pawed Tales of Adventure
That’s all for our heroes today. Tune in next time! Can your masked vigilante foil the plots of an evil mastermind whose mystic powers threaten the city? Can your intrepid world-traveling hero beat the Nazis and win back the strange occult artifact that could spell victory for the Third Reich? Can your brassy female gadgeteer pilot who’s not content to sit on the sidelines help foil a madman’s super-science plot to take over the free world? Can your stoic hero rescue the young damsel from the clutches of a bizarre cult hiding in exotic foreign ruins, worshiping strange and alien gods?
These questions and more should be answered in your submission to Pulp! Two-Pawed Tales of Adventure!
- 10,000 words max. (Query for longer stories before submitting with a basic synopsis and why you need those extra words – We might be willing to stretch the limit.)
- Word .doc or .rtf file, Times New Roman, 1” margins all around. No need to worry about double-spacing. Use Italics for Italics.
- When submitting, include preferred contact info on first page as well as author name and submission title.
- Number pages and include author name and abbreviated title in header of each page.
- No simultaneous submissions or copyrighted characters that are not your own creation.
- Original stories only please, nothing that’s been in other anthologies or up on FA, SoFurry, InkBunny or any other website or community.
- Email all submissions to email@example.com Include “Pulp Submission” in your subject line.
- Yes, you can submit multiple submissions, but in most cases only your top story is going to be considered.
What I want for Pulp!:
- Nostalgic Adventure – Pulp should hearken back to the old days of gritty adventurers and sassy dames. Your pulp story can certainly take place in a modern world, but it should have some of those old-style characters and situations found in old adventures and serials.
- Don’t just copy one source – If your pulp story clearly contains just a furry version of a certain noted adventuring archaeologist with a penchant for fedoras and bullwhips, you won’t get as far as you would otherwise. Certainly borrow from the general elements of other pulp stories, but make them your own.
- Over the Top – This is a chance to go ahead and go a little crazy in a story. Pulp doesn’t often involve sympathetic villains with deep emotional issues. Rather, go for the capital “E” in Evil. Corrupt madmen that want power for power’s sake, gritty heroes that somehow survive impossible odds through daring escapes; these are some of the hallmarks of pulp.
- Mysticism and Super-science – This goes along with the last point, but feel free to use strange devices and powers in your stories for both heroes and villains. Keep in mind that you don’t have to explain how the telepathic death ray works in a pulp story. Also remember that mysticism is not the same as the high magic seen in fantasy stories. Think more along the lines of strange mental powers, hidden occult objects, etc.
- No Sex – At least not on screen; this is more of a PG-13 level anthology. Once your wise-cracking heroine has rescued her brilliant scientist friend from the villain, and they’re grateful to be back together, fade to black and rejoin our heroes the next morning when the unstoppable assassin attacks.
- Complete Story – Please, only submissions that are complete stories in their own right. I know serials were a staple of pulp, but I’d rather not have something that is part of a larger whole. If you have characters that are likely to have other adventures at some point, that’s fine, just make sure they’ve had an adventure with a beginning, middle, and end this time. Then there’s always a chance we could tune in for other adventures later…
For questions about any of the criteria above, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Pulp! Questions”
Submissions will be open until May 1, 2013 for Pulp!
Stories – Rabbit Valley® Comics will pay out a flat rate of $100.00 per accepted story for the print production of the anthology. A second payment of $100.00 may be paid out after a period of one year from publication for the digital version of the anthology. We do not pay out on word count as we feel that authors should be free to express their story in as many words as necessary, within the limits of the anthology in question.
Artwork – Rabbit Valley Comics is not actively seeking artwork for submissions at this time.
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