DPP is now accepting manuscripts for our next anthology.

THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD

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Submission period opens October 15, 2019 and closes to February 15, 2020

Theme: Travel stories (fiction or memoir). DPP is seeking stories of travel (as in travel to actual places that exist on Earth). Journeys of the mind and spirit, metaphysical journeys, time travel tales, stories to imaginary worlds, travel poems, and other works that do not involve actual journeys to actual places are outside the scope of this collection and will not be considered.

Please read this entire page if you intend to submit to this awesome anthology.

THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD marks our first entry into travel tales. We’re looking for stories of a wide variety of subject matter but that are grounded in reality. That is, your travel story should be something that could conceivably happen in real life. It can be funny, scary, sad, eerie, touching, thought-provoking. But it can’t take place on Mars in a dream in 1953, sorry.

The Devil’s Party Press editorial staff will select the entries that they determine exemplify solid storytelling. The selected works will be collected and published in THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD, an anthology scheduled for a mid-May 2020 release.

DPP Editorial Staff will review all submissions received.  The top-three submissions will be awarded prizes as follows:

• First place: $100
• Second place: Five copies of the anthology (estimated value $75)
• Third place: Three copies of the anthology (estimated value $45)

GUIDELINES

    1. Devil’s Party Press celebrates the mature writer, so you must be at least forty to submit to this anthology.
    2. Your submission must fit the theme of travel. No torture porn involving, no exceptions.
    3. Your submission must be a work of fiction or memoir.
    4. We are not accepting submissions of erotica, children’s literature, religious material, stories of cruelty, or material that moralizes at the reader. As stated above, we are not interested in stories that fall into the realm of “torture porn” so if that’s your thing, please don’t bother. We expect that the majority of our readers will be over the age of 40 and, as such, suggest that your submission appeal to a mature reader rather than teens or young adults.
    5. Please do not submit a chapter of your in-progress novel, even if you consider it a stand-alone tale. We are only interested in publishing short, complete works, not novel excerpts. We cannot emphasize this enough.
    6. Your work must be original, unpublished, and free from libelous material. You will be required to sign a release prior to publication granting DPP the right to publish your work.
    7. Story/memoir length is 1,000 – 8,000 words and should, ideally, fall somewhere in the middle of this range, though we certainly won’t refuse tales that run the full 8K race.
    8. Your work must be submitted via email, preferably in Microsoft Word, 12 point New Times Roman.
    9. Your work should be publication-ready. This means you are submitting a final version of your work, free of grammatical, spelling, and other errors to the best of your ability.
    10. If your work is selected, you will retain copyright but must grant first publication rights to Devil’s Party Press. This includes digital and paper publications of THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD and reprintings of same.
    11. Submission does not guarantee publication.
    12. Authors are limited to submitting three entries for this anthology.
    13. Each submission must be accompanied by a $10 entry fee to cover administrative expenses. This means that two entries require a $20 entrance fee and three entries, a $30 entrance fee. No more than three entries per author.
    14. Devil’s Party Press reserves right to edit for grammar and spelling and to make developmental edits as we deem necessary; writers will be given an opportunity to review and discuss changes before publication.
    15. Submissions will be accepted from Tuesday, October 15 until 11:59 PM PST, Saturday, February 15, 2020 (entries received at or after 12:01 AM PST, February 16, 2020, will not be considered and the entrance fee will be returned to the payee).
    16. Submissions will be selected for publication based on a variety of factors including the creativity of the submission, the quality of writing, and fit with the theme, as determined by Devil’s Party Press editorial staff.

HOW TO SUBMIT TO THIS ANTHOLOGY

email your story to: submissions@devilspartypress.com. In your email and manuscript file, state your preferred author name, your contact information (including phone, email, and physical mailing address), and the title of your submission. Attach your submission to the email as a Word or Pages document. Please do not submit a PDF of your story.

Submit entry payment via the secure DPP online shop at time of article submission by clicking the “Submit Now” button found below:

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WHY SHOULD YOU SUBMIT TO OUR ANTHOLOGY?

Devil’s Party Press specializes in publishing authors over the age of forty and publishing unique and emerging voices in fiction, we aim to help our fellow late bloomers find an advantage in the market.

Our press is local to Delaware, has won both state and national awards. We have a following of local readers, book clubs, etc. We want to bring more than your work to our community; we want to make you a part of our funky artist community in Milton and the whole “Eastern Shore” area (and beyond). We have also begun to build a network of international authors and are excited to feature talents from all corners of the Earth.

Following publication, you will be invited to attend a launch party, and we will actively promote the anthology, and you, through our networking channels including our website. We’ll feature you on our Contributors page, in marketing collateral, on social media, etc.

SUBMISSION NOTES

  1. Please format your manuscript in Times New Roman 12 point. Include your name, story title, and address (mailing address and email address).
  2. We are serious about word count, so when we say 1,000 to 8,000 words we do not mean 8,500 words. Entries that do not adhere to the word count limit are subject to immediate disqualification. We want to be able to read all submissions; by adhering to the word count limit, you helps us do this.
  3. We strive to publish authors over forty. We won’t ask you for identification, but please recognize that our aim as a publisher is to focus on older authors who may be new to publishing.
  4. You will be notified via email within a few days of submitting your manuscript and entry fee that we have received your work. If you don’t receive a response within 1 week after submitting your work to us, please contact submissions@devilspartypress.com to confirm that we received your entry.
  5. The deadline is non-negotiable. If you wait until the last minute to submit your entry, there is little to no margin for error (email problems, word count, etc.). To be fair to all entrants, the deadline is firm. No exceptions.
  6. Amazon only allows us to list eight contributor names per each anthology. This is Amazon’s policy and we are unable to change it. In fairness to all, in the event an anthology contains more than eight contributors, the contributors will be listed in order of submission date. Thus, if it’s important to you to have your name listed on the Amazon page, we strongly recommend submitting early rather than at the last minute.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is There an Age Minimum for the Writer?
Submissions are open to authors ages forty and older. We specialize in publishing older authors. Authors under the age of forty are encouraged to contact us after they age a bit more, like a wonderful cheese.

How Do I Submit My Work to THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD?
Between October 15, 2019, and February 15, 2020, email your story/memoir/poetry (as an attachment in Microsoft Word or Pages) to submissions@devilspartypress.com. There is a $10 entry fee for each piece submitted, and you may submit a maximum of three stories/memoirs. Payment should be sent at the time of submission via our secure online store by clicking on the “Submit Now” button, conveniently found below:

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Stories or memoir (up to three per writer) of 1,000 to 8,000 words are eligible. Work should be creative, engaging, and related to the theme THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD as described above.

What Types of Stories Do You Accept?
We are seeking engaging stories of fiction or memoir. We are not accepting: erotica, children’s stories, stories of cruelty, religious material, stories that moralize or editorialize, torture porn.

I Really Wanted to Submit My Manuscript by the Deadline but My Computer Died Unexpectedly. Can’t You Cut Me Slack?
The deadline is 11:59 PM PST, February 15, 2020. No exceptions. Emails are time stamped, and if your submission arrives AFTER the deadline, it will not be read and your submission fee will be returned. For your own peace of mind, please DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY. Seriously, we can’t emphasize this enough.

Will I Receive a Critique of My Story?
At this time we do not expect to be able to provide individual feedback on manuscripts not selected for publication.

Can I Submit a story that isn’t travel themed?
THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD is a travel anthology. We’re seeking travel tales to actual places. Please do not submit tales of the “spiritual journey” or a story about a trip to the moon (unless you are an actual NASA astronaut who has been there and is writing memoir). We do not accept children’s stories, erotica, editorial, religious material, or torture porn. Additionally, please work to submit original ideas.

How Do You Select Manuscripts for Inclusion?
The DPP editorial staff will read and review all manuscripts submitted to THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD  an anthology to be published in paperback format in mid-May 2020 by Devil’s Party Press. We are looking for well-written, original, creative, and engaging works. DPP staff will select the top-three entries, and these will receive the first three spots in the anthology and will receive compensation as noted below.

Each published author will receive one complimentary paperback copy of THE LAST LONG DARK STRETCH OF ROAD and can participate in launch events and book signings/readings. Additionally, these authors can purchase additional copies at a forty-percent discount. Note that authors are never required to purchase copies of the anthology unless they so choose.

What About Prizes?
Although we’re a small-press publishing house, we do want to recognize outstanding contributions. We will review all entries and award three prizes:

• First place: $100
• Second place: Five copies of the anthology (estimated value $75)
• Third place: Three copies of the anthology (estimated value $45)

How Do I WOW the Editors?
The editors are seeking creative voices and strong writing. You are limited to 8,000 words, so choose those words carefully to tell the best tales possible.

Is My Entry Fee Refundable?
Entry fees received before the deadline are non-refundable. Entry fees received after the deadline expires will be promptly refunded to the author.

Where Should I Include My Name and Contact Information?
Include your name and contact information (email address, physical address, and [optionally] phone number) in the body of your email message and within your manuscript submission.

Will You Confirm Receipt of My Submission?
Yes. We acknowledge all entries via email as quickly as possible. If you have not received an email to confirm that we have received your submission within one-week’s time, please contact us at submissions@devilspartypress.com.

How Are Authors Notified?
We will be working to review manuscripts within 1 to 2 weeks of submission with the intention of informing authors whether their submission(s) has been selected as soon as possible. At the latest, authors will be notified on or around March 15, 2020. If your entry is not chosen, you will be notified via email on or around this same time. Be sure to check your spam folders.

Any other words of advice?
Thank you for your interest. We are excited to have published, as of October 2019, eighty-seven amazing authors, and look forward to seeing this number increase as submissions for our travel anthology arrive. If you have submitted work to DPP before, then you have an idea of our work ethic and the type of material that resonates with us. If you are new to submitting to DPP, consider checking out one of our recent anthologies to help inform you of the work that appeals to us.

Best of luck, but remember . . . good writing is no accident.

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