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Old 06-11-2009, 04:26 PM   #1
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Call for submissions/First issue now out

I've decided to start a 'zine. Lately I've found that there are few markets actively seeking extreme horror or splatterpunk style horror. So, in honor of my novel (and the fact that I love the title):

Sex and Murder is a magazine for the darker side of fiction. We want your most disturbing tales. We want you to peel back the thin veil of humanity to reveal the monstrous, give us the truly horrific, and scare us silly. The genre isn't necessarily important, if your tale is set in the old west, so be it; if it's a tale of dark fantasy, that's great as well. What is really important is that it is well written, tight prose that pushes the boundaries of whatever genre it is set in.

We accept short fiction, flash fiction, art, and poetry. Short fiction should run between 2,000 and 8,000 words. Flash should be less than 1,000 words. As for poetry, well, simply put, we don't want rhyming poetry, period. Art must be sent as a .jpg file. One piece of art, per issue, will be chosen for the cover. All submissions should be sent via email to editor (at) sexandmurder.com.

Short fiction should be sent attached as either a .doc or .txt document in standard manuscript format. Include your name, address, email address, and approximate word count in the left corner of the first page and at the top of your submission email's body.

With that said, let's deal with some specifics. First off, blood and gore are great, we want blood and gore, but blood and gore, no matter how extreme, must be intrinsic to the plot, not simply thrown in for violence's sake. The same goes for sex, if it's in there it better have a purpose. At the same time, the absolute lack of either or both doesn't mean we don't want your story. There are plenty of ways to be truly terrifying without the slightest trace of either.

We don't want rambling diatribes or thinly veiled hate speech, neither one is interesting.

Submissions that are chosen for publication will be published on the website, in both .pdf and .prc (mobipocket) formats, and in a print publication. We are a non-paying market. Hopefully that will change in the future. Author grants first electronic and print publication rights, as well as the right to electronically archive the piece for one year. At the end of that year, the author may request that the piece be removed from the website.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know in the body of your email. Also, unlike many markets, we accept reprints. Please send no more than one piece of short fiction or flash fiction per submission. Send no more than five poems per submission. All work must be original. Finally, do not submit more than once per month.

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Old 06-11-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:07 PM   #4
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Old 06-12-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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I'd love to sumbit stuff, but do I really want to go to my "dark place" and write? I am already working on a very macabre story, but not quite to this level. Well, maybe a very small part might be.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:11 AM   #6
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Sorry, but I cannot in good conscience support an electronic 'zine that does not support ePub and LRF.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:26 AM   #7
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Since you already have PDF, if you just add ePub and LRF, you will have both my and JSWolf's support.

And hey, what more could a guy starting a zine want?

- Ahi

Ps.: On the bright side, you could pander to JSWolf's moral strictures by simply converting your Mobipocket files by Calibre. I believe Mobipocket is the preferred source format for conversions.
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Old 06-18-2009, 04:32 PM   #8
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Well, I want the magazine to reach the ereader community so, what the hell, I'll offer it in those forms as well.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #9
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YEA!!! Best of Luck in getting this started (the hardest part). Great idea making it available in other formats.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:57 PM   #10
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your genre isn't something that I'm terribly interested in, unfortunatley, but I certainly wish you the best of luck in getting this going! We really need more fiction writers out there.
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:12 PM   #11
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:58 PM   #12
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The first issue is now up on SexandMurder.com.

I'm also offering downloads of it, in the freebies section, in epub, lrf, pdf, and prc formats.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...366#post527366
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