Submissions

CURRENT 'OPEN' SUBMISSIONS & GUIDELINES:

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If you are a new author or poet, we suggest you read protocol and guidelines for submitting your work (to most pub co's), publishing termonology, and order a book from our catalog to see what we publish. RedD is a modern indie publisher. If you are seeking 'The Chicago Manual of Style' or old school looks in your book, you might want to state that in your query.

We also do not mind questions from authors about what we are looking for, but if you check out the work on our ezines or in our catalog you will find out we prefer polished writing, but new or established authors are welcome.

Anthology 3 (open for bi-yearly subs) and 4 (e-zine) are CLOSED permanently for anthology submissions; see below.

Z-composition (zombiepoetry.com; anthology 3) & CowboyPoetryPress.com & AnnapurnaMagazine.com (anthology and e-zine 4)

We previously paid our anthology contributors (2) two copies per anthology. After Oct 2014 we will pay (1) copy per submission.

Thank You for all who submitted to the 2013-16 years for ALL our anthologies and e-zines, we're grateful for your following!

Submissions open October 1st - Feb 28 for most calendar years, unless invited by managing editor; anthologies slated for June each year. Send to editor@reddashboard.com, your name and which anthology in subject line, word.doc file only, any work in body of email is automatic deletion.

Anthology #1 is CLOSED - deadline Sept 1st, but reopens Oct 1st, through Feb 28, of the following year; blind readings.

dis·or·der

Mental Illness and its Affect
                 (influence)

1. a state of confusion.
“tiresome days of mess and disorder”
synonyms: untidiness, disorderliness, mess, disarray, chaos, confusion, and more.

Mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder is a mental or behavioral pattern or anomaly that causes either suffering or an impaired ability to function in ordinary life (disability), and which is not developmentally or socially normative. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks, or perceives.

May include: ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, OCD, and other disorders

No entry fee, and previously published work is accepted

You can check it out @ Amazon.com

There will be a panel of judge editors who will do a blind reading. Each author may submit up to 5 poems, 2 fiction and 2 non-fiction pieces, up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography for the cover, and will have the opportunity of having 2 pieces of poetry, and 1 fiction/non-fiction chosen for the collection. Our editors are looking for polished edited work. This disease affects millions of people, many commit suicide, so our story (managing editor's mother, sister, father, cousins, and an uncle suffer from various disorders) should be shared, it helps others realize they are not alone. Each author will be paid 1 copies of the anthology for submission, if your work is chosen.

Artists wanted, same submission guidelines apply; you retain all rights.

Authors and artist retain their rights, we only ask you hold off on submitting to others until after our reading period, March 1st - May 1st, 2015, anthology slated for mid-June. Once the work has been chosen, we will email authors yes or no.

This book is also available for any organization who wishes to raise money for awareness, email questions: editor@reddashboard.com

"Dis-o-rder" is both thought provoking and empathetic to those who have been directly or indirectly affected by mental illness.As with most anthologies, one relates to some poems and short stories than others. While there were many good pieces, I found the poem, "The Crusade" by MD Marcus, and the short non-fiction work, "Moments", by Erica Goss particularly engaging.
~ RJ Stastny

 

Anthology #2- is CLOSED - deadline Sept 1st, but reopens Oct 1st of calendar year through Feb 28, of following year, each year.

Unbridled, a collection of works from Cowboy Poetry Press and others who write in the western genre. There will be a panel of judge editors who will do a blind reading. Each author may submit up to 5 poems, 2 fiction and 2 non-fiction pieces, up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography for the cover, and will have the opportunity of having 2 pieces of poetry, and 1 fiction/non-fiction chosen for the collection. Our editors are looking for polished edited work. We pay 1 copies for work accepted.

Authors and artist retain thier rights, we only ask you hold off on submitting to others until after our reading period, March 1st - May 1st. Once the work has been chosen, we will email authors yes or no.

No entry fee, and previously published work is accepted

Artists wanted, same submission guidelines apply; you retain all rights.

You can check out this years book @ Amazon.com

 

Anthology #3 CLOSED as said above, there will no longer be a print anthology for Z-composition; only online e-zine bi-yearly

Anthology #4- CLOSED as said above, there will no longer be a print anthology or e-zine for Clarify via Annapurna Magazine.com; this magazine will no longer be available; it is shut down for lack of submissions.

2015 guest editor-

Lois Losyk is a poet, writer of short fiction, and memoir living in NC.  She is co-president of the Writers Group of the Triad.  Her works have been published in Greensboro, NC’s News & Record, Fire & Chocolate anthology, Z-Composition, Red Dashboard, Bebe and Friends, Your Daily Poem, Fresh Magazine, Medusa’s Kitchen, Guilford Women Magazine, and others.

2014 Guest editor:

Ava Chin, NYC author and radio personality

email submissions: editor@reddashboard.com

Guidelines which are not followed are an automatic email deletion; we do not take poems in email (query is fine), word.doc files only please!

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DIME 'FLASH' NOVEL SUBMISSIONS OPEN YEAR ROUND

"In 1860 a publishing phenomenon appeared that would provide Americans a wealth of popular fiction in a regular series at a fixed, inexpensive price. Early dime novels, first printed in orange wrapper papers, were patriotic, often nationalistic tales of encounters between Indians and backwoods settlers. By the mid-1890s, bold color covers depicting scenes of bloodshed and courage appealed to a mostly adolescent audience." We are attempting to bring back a version of this, with our own branding of the Dime Novel in modern form.

We are currently seeking 8500-10,000 word max 'Flash Novel' manuscripts for... (submission open ALL YEAR)

Red Dashboard "Desert Dime, Detective Noirs, Fantasy, and Gothic Novel (soft core horror)" Series

All genres are considered, especially in what we publish in our three ezines (Z-composition, Cowboy Poetry Press, Annapurna)

These may include all genres we publish in the ezines, but we are particularly interested in the meta-western and western for our “Desert Dime Novels", but also seeking Detective (Meta-Noirs) Noirs, Fantasy, and Gothic" style flash novel style works. This new series will include flash novels, or stories with numbered chapter breaks (vs. asterisks) that would be suitable for a pocket-size book.  Please query first with a cover letter, a brief synopsis of your work, and a 5-page sample.  

Email: editor@reddashboard.com.

Guidelines which are not followed are an automatic email deletion; we do not take poetry, fiction or any submissions in the body of emails (query is fine), word.doc files only please!

Thank you, we appreciate your submission according to our submission guidelines

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REGULAR SUBMISSION AND QUERY POLICY FOR BOOK MANUSCRIPTS (MS)

(Full Length books are 70 + & Chapbooks are 15-30 poems; fiction and non are 10,000 +; flash novels are 8500 words max, but exceptions are made)

POETRY

SHORT "FLASH" STORIES

Submissions Open October 1st - Feb 28th each calendar year for spring anthologies, manuscripts, and other

Spring date Extended thru June 15th, 2016

Genres (what we are looking for): 

Horror & Sci-fi (varied), Western (dime novel style), Meta-western, Native American, Hybrid, and OPEN to other style genres (we'll know it when we read it). No manscripts from multiple authors, only singularly authored works; unless a collaboration is specified.

What we publish- (full length and chapbooks) Poetry, Prose & Flash Fiction (up to 7500 words each, consistently same throughout).

We want well polished manuscripts; edited and properly assembled for our editors. We also prefer you have published with us previously in one of our ezines, or a very well constructed query letter explaining your manuscript.

ORIGINAL WORK ONLY, PLEASE

Representative Authors

See our Catalog for current books. It is recommended you purchase one of our books if you wish to see the contruction and quality, we have designed a layout for the front and back matter using modern spacing. Any of the books in our catalog can be looked over via Amazon.com, this will give you a better idea of how the interior and covers are represented.

Guidelines which are not followed are an automatic email deletion; we do not take poetry, fiction or any submissions in the body of emails (query is fine), word.doc files only please!

Thank you, we appreciate your submission according to our submission guidelines

Formats: Paperback, hardcover, audio, and E-books. We use a POD and mainstream print company.

Partial manuscripts with queury letters/proposals are accepted, but ms must be in word.doc format.

Please send unformatted ms: no page numbers, artwork, fancy fonts (Century and TNR only), etc.

Must be complete with proposal and introduction of work (must be separate .doc file and not within body of email or we will not consider the work)

Reading Period:  After Feb 28th each calendar year, we have already chosen our authors for the following season by mid-April.

A query requires a brief description of the work, your name, full address, phone number, etc and an excerpt of your work – 5 pages of poetry, up to 10 pgs of prose – copied into an email message or send one word file attached to an email message. Do not mail anything. We will let you know if we want to see a whole manuscript- expect up to 6 months for any type of answer.

We are selective and can receive between 3 and 5 queries a day, we will only publish about eight-12 books each year.

Reporting Time: Up to or greater than 3-6 months, after submission is acknowledged.

Payment: Details in contract; otherwise we pay 1 contributor copies if chosen for anthologies

Charges/Reading Fee: NO

Contests: NO

Accepts Electronic Submissions: Yes, please send properly edited manuscripts via editor@reddashboard.com

Snail Mail Address: NO

Proposal Letters: See below suggestions*

Manuscript Exterior/Interior: Cover letter, Proposal, Introduction (with email for response), Title page, acknowledgement, introduction/forward, content (no number necessary), and exterior artwork as separate jpg files (sample manuscript formatting- althought we prefer a cover page and title page, but this gives you idea)

Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: NO

Anything sent in the body of email other than query, bio, and personal information will be deleted and not considered.

Electronic email, and m/s should be Word.doc and, or PDF file only: editor@reddashboard.com (copy and paste in your url)

Manuscripts

We routinely edit for spelling, grammar, incorrect word usage, and the like. Simple factual errors, if they can be fixed quickly and easily and do not significantly change the style or content of the story, will also be fixed. If your story has significant structural editing required, we will notify you so you can decide what to do. We will not publish any story which does not meet our standards.

By submitting your manuscript to us we will begin a process of above (in red), an assessment, and let you know if the manuscript fits our criteria. It does not mean we own the rights to your work, but it does mean that after the contract is signed and publishing process begins we have temporary rights and they refer back to the author once the book has gone to print, and is published. You own your work out right, and this is normal publishing practice.. If you want to pull out of the submission process we require an email from the author asking us to do so, but once the contract has been signed there is a process stated within the contract, and authors must adhere to those terms. Publisher (Red Dashboard LLC) has the right to pull out of the contract, said publishing process if we feel the manuscript does not adhere to our above criteria.

We recommend any authors, new or professional seek out professional editorial advice before sending us your manuscript.

No one will receive a contract unless Red Dashboard LLC and its owners/editor have decided to accept and make an offer/ contract.

 

Website Last Updated OCTOBER 3, 2016