NOTE! We are still closed to ALL submissions for the forseeable future, as we get Issue 7 out the door.
Reading for Issue 9
Our dictionary defines literature thus: written works, esp. those valued for form and style. And that is what we are looking for—form and style, though be sure there's substance as well. Any genre, including literary or mainstream, is acceptable. We don't back away from a fight—if your work screws with convention, breaks rules, makes demands of the reader, then we're equal to the challenge. Just please, by whatever you hold dear, give us some prize at the end of the fight.
(Non-fiction)—Are you going to tell us something we already know? Or something we don't care about? Forget it. If you have something new to say, something that rocks the boat, challenges conventional thinking, we're ready. Political, topical, contentious—we can handle it. But don't vent. Get off your soap-box. Make your point, but do it intelligently. The key words here are research and balance.
If you're doing an interview and we haven't heard of the interviewee, why should we care what they have to say? Make us. And if we have heard of them, make them open up, tell us something we didn't already know.
Make something our readers will remember, make something they'll tell a friend about.
We want to feel there is reason behind every stroke yet we want craftsmanship as a vehicle for the expression, not the other way around.
PLEASE SUBMIT ONE POEM PER FORM ENTRY.
Stop me. Make me linger over the image. Break my heart. Make me angry. Inspire me to write a story, a letter. Show me something I've seen before, but open my eyes to it.
PLEASE submit only .jpg or .gif format images, 600x800 (or smaller), @72 dpi for initial review. If we buy your work, we'll ask you to upload a full-size (300 dpi) CMYK .tif later. Please keep in mind, with the exception of the covers, images will be printed in grayscale. Also, for images featuring human figures, a model release will be required.
Any mood, any style—there must be craft involved, but the message is more important. You're not going to be the first to make your point, but if you make the point your own, it should be remembered. Keep in mind that items may need to be reformatted to fit the journal layout, if accepted—4.5" wide, 7.5" tall (printable).
PLEASE submit only .jpg or .gif format images @72 dpi for initial review (or larger as needed for legibility). If we buy your work, we'll ask you to upload a full-size (300 dpi) CMYK .tif later. Please keep in mind, with the exception of the covers, images will be printed in grayscale.
Hold on to your hats here. We want first world electronic and print rights (though we will consider reprints— see our payment terms), and we would like the right to archive the work indefinitely. We know we're not the biggest fish in the pond, nor the end-all-be-all. If a newer issue's out, and either our sell-through of your piece has seen its heyday or you've got a bigger offer that we're getting in the way of, we're willing to pull it from that issue's pdf, end its individual pdf sales, and see to it that it's not included in any future physical reprints of the issue. And if GUD should close its doors, rights revert six months after the fact. We intend no harm. We have no problem with you selling your work elsewhere, but would like a mention that we previously published it.
Once accepted it will be available in our archives—on a pay per view basis—and may be included in anthologies until either party decides they want out of the agreement. So if your story is as hot as you think it is, we'll still be sending you or your estate cash 50 years from now. We may make some exception for pieces that have already seen the electronic light of day just dimly. Please be explicit about any such encounters.
Who can say? GUD is breaking new ground here. We're selling content, not media. If people want to buy just one story, they'll get it. If they want a PDF magazine, they'll get the whole issue. If they want a beautifully bound paper mag, they'll pay a little extra, but they'll get it. And you? You get a cut. When we publish your story, we pay you. Every time your story sells, we pay you. If we include it in an anthology, we pay you. If an issue does particularly well, you're looking at pro rates plus. If not—well, it may mean we've lost some money, but you've got your semi-pro in hand. This is an adventure, an exploration of something new. If you're brave enough, take our hand and step out into the abyss; what have you got to lose?