Weasel Press is a new independent publisher still figuring things out in the literary world. We’re dedicated in seeking quality writers and helping them get a voice in an already loud world. We’re a little rusty at the moment since things are still under construction, but we hope to build a great reputation!
Our first publication was Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones, a literary magazine that is still printing and still growing. From there we’ve grown into a few other titles. This past year we’ve released two issues of Vagabonds, partnered with Mind Steady Productions to bring an electric issue of Open Mind, and dove into the darker world with The Haunted Traveler. We’ve got a lot of plans for the near future, so stick around and watch us grow into something awesome!
So let’s see if we can explain some things in more detail =]
1. What exactly are we accepting?
Weasel Press has sort of a Beat Generation mentality when it comes down to it. When reviewing submissions to be accepted, we’re looking for works that show explicit portrayals of the human condition. We love to be immersed! At this time we are only accepting Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Scriptwriting/Playwrights.
If you are looking to publish smaller works Weasel Press publishes two bi-annual anthologies. Authors looking to publish shorter material can submit to those anthologies during their open submission period. You can find out more about our literary magazines at our Current Projects Page. Collections of essays and short fiction can be discussed.
Weasel Press does accept chapbooks for review.
Although Weasel Press is generally looking for experimental slice of life works, there is a period of time where we accept works in the Horror and Science Fiction Genre. This is known as Weasel Press After Dark. Submission Guidelines for Horror and Science Fiction can be found in our After Dark Section.
2. How to Submit to Weasel Press
There is essentially a 2 step process when submitting.
Please do not send your full manuscript at first. We prefer to get to know the author a bit before diving right into the manuscript. Please send us an introduction with the following information:
-Biography (this can include previous publications, achievements, any just simply a profile of the writer). We want to get to know you as a writer and as a person, where you’re from, a bit of background, etc.
-A Description of the work you are submitting. The description should have a clear definition on the focus of your manuscript. It should also include the length of the full manuscript (page length, word count, number of poems, etc), possible audience for the submission, and your future plans and hopes for the work you are submitting.
-Although it is not required, the writer can choose to submit a sample of the work they are introducing to us. Please note that Weasel Press will never use samples for any publication without the written consent of the writer. Samples are strictly used to determine interest in the work that is being pitched. Response time for all introductions received is about five business days. Please note, this time is subject to change pending the bulk and backlog of submissions received. We will do our best to take no longer than five business days to respond to all introduction queries.
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After the introduction, if we like your idea we will ask for a full manuscript to review.
We typically have a call for submissions, but feel free to email us any time!
This process can be done through email. If selected you will be notified and asked for a full manuscript. We do accept electronic submissions. Please note, due to time constraint it can take up to 3 months for a manuscript to be reviewed. You will be notified of a decision once one is available.
If you would prefer to send us a hard copy of your work, please state that in your email to us and we will provide further instructions.
3. After the decision has been reached
Writers will receive royalty fees for projects that have been selected. Please note that this does not include the anthologies that are published. To find out what those anthologies offer, please visit their webpages. Royalty fees will be negotiated between the editors and the writers.
Weasel Press does expect the authors to assist in the layout design and advertising of the project. Book Publication does include Layout Design, Promotion, Royalty, and Distribution.
Weasel Press also accepts Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy through its counterpart, Weasel Press After Dark. We have an addiction to the weird tales. It’s no secret that the darker worlds of literature are strange and daunting, but there is a popular fad going around regarding paranormal romance which we would prefer to avoid. What we like to see are works that really dig into you as a reader. We love to be immersed! At this time we are only accepting Fiction. From Horror we accept: Paranormal Literature (not to be confused with paranormal romance), Grindhouse, Psychological Thrillers, Some cheesy B-material work, etc. We also accept a huge variety of Science Fiction; from Space Opera to Dystopian future. To get a better sense of what we like and what we accept, take a look at our Bi-annual anthology: The Haunted Traveler.
If you are looking to publish smaller works Weasel Press publishes two bi-annual magazines. Authors looking to publish shorter material can submit to those publications during their open submission period. You can find out more about our literary magazines at our Current Projects Page. Short Story collections are open for discussion.
The Review process is essentially the same as stated above.