Anonymous said: What are you looking for your current theme?
For the current issue we are looking for stories and poems that feature cryptozoology, noir, detective dramas/comedies/dramedies, OR anything that utilizes a single word of the title.
Rather than a strict theme we like to use the titles as a launch point for creativity.
If you see the line “Surrender the Sasquatch and No One Get’s Hurt”, and it spawns a story about the bearded lady being held hostage at a carnival in a Mexican standoff with a fairly large, hirsute gentleman holding a six shooter, that’s fantastic and we’d love to read your work. Or if you attach to the word “surrender” or “no one” and you write about the bleakness and the eternal loneliness of life, that’s great too, send it in. It’s a little depressing, but we need balance, it can’t all just be fun and games at a Yeti’s expense.
Hope this helps, you’ve got five more days until submissions close.
Anonymous said: was wondering if you accept or reject these various art forms: short-short stories, storellas, literary pre`cis, "tonepoems", literary blends, literary pastiche, literary collages, literary "triptychs" and literary snapshots via E-mail? Some of my latest works are: "A Ten Pound Large Man", "Docta Freud's House Calls", "Kamikaze Shooterdowner" , "Falling Way Way Out of Olivia", "Kafka's Tomb", "Mind Wipe","Drinking in Whispers", "Olivia's Fiery Words", "A Poor Man's Havaad", "Tina of the Troy", "
We are open to pretty much anything.
I will say that form poetry tends to get muddled when you publish an e-book, and long lines get broken strangely, but this is a formatting and typically not a content issue.
For the journal we seek poetry and flash fiction 1000 words or less.
For the press, pretty much anything goes. If we like it, believe in it, and you want to work with us, we will publish it.
Anonymous said: Dear Ms Stone, What is your typical submission response time, and payment/royalty schedule? Thanks! Carl
This seems like a simple question, and it requires a very complex answer.
Response time- the journal
Typically, you will hear back within two weeks after we close submissions. I do not read any of the submissions until after the submission period is over. This keeps all subs on an even playing field and does not give an unfair advantage to early subs. Also, it allows me to select work that creates a cohesive journal. I decide what work is going in and the order before I contact authors.
Response time-single author
This varies greatly depending on the timing. If journal submissions recently closed or the journal is getting ready to go to print it may be a month before you hear from me. Query letters typically take a week for me to get back to you, provided you have not ended up in the SPAM folder of death. Then, whenever I discover I’ve failed to check the SPAM in months, a couple of minutes or days after I discover your query. If I like your query and request a full manuscript, this can take a month or two, depending on the length of the manuscript, and if I send your work out to a secondary reader. I become at the mercy of the reader’s schedule, and until they have time to read your manuscript and get their notes back to me to confer with my own notes I cannot in good conscious reject or accept a manuscript for publication.
Payment/royalty schedule- Journal
When I started I hoped to pay authors quarterly. Since then I have changed the policy to an annual payment, with a minimum of $5 in royalties before I issue a payment via pay-pal or check. This is a matter of fiscal solvency. When royalties reach $5 for journal contributors funds will be dispersed. Royalties are based upon a profit sharing model. All contributors are entitled to a share of 10% of the retail price of all digital and print sales. Contributors are also able to purchase print copies at a reduced author rate and sell them at readings, in which they will make a profit between three and four dollars per journal depending on shipping costs. The royalty share is determined by how many pieces are in each issue. If we have twenty contributors with twenty pieces then each writer receives 1/20 of 10%. This math right here, is why checks have not been sent out to journal contributors, in case anyone was curious.
Similar to the above. However, author’s receive a 10% royalty that they don’t have to share with anyone, unless there are multiple authors on a project. Also, despite the number of contributor’s to a project, single author publications sell better than literary journals, coupled with an “un-shared” royalty, these types of publications receive checks on a quarterly or annual basis. Author’s are also welcome to purchase their books at a discounted rate, to sell in local bookstores and at readings.
When I first started the press I supplied an author with copies of his/her book, ate the cost of production and shipping, because this person was “a friend” and money was tight, I sent them $600 worth of books. $200 was to go in their pocket, and $400 was to come back to me to pay for production and to pay the cover artist. It’s been over a year and I am still owed $300. This is an over-share, but this is why I have had to change policies.
The focus of Loyal Stone Press as you can tell, is not to make a million dollars, that would be nice, but I’m realistic about Amazon’s fees, their royalty cut, and the popularity of literary journals focused on unknown voices in speculative fiction. The main goal is to publish good books. Help emerging voices be discovered, and build resumes. We are not a vanity press. If we were I would have accepted that offer to pay me to publish someone’s manuscript last month, or my own stories and poems would be published in every issue, and not just when we need filler because for some reason after I re-opened submissions for a third time, we still didn’t have enough quality content for “Cthulhu a Love Story”, I sincerely hope that never happens again.
My desire as a publisher is to foster new voices, and build resumes so good writers can land agents and get that million dollar book deal.
I’m sure this was not the answer you thought you would get to your simple question. But, if there is one thing I have learned in the past eighteen months, publishing and running a small press is never simple.
Hope this is helpful,
Loyal Stone Press
All contributor copies and author copies have been ordered and shipped, they should arrive in the next two weeks. Author’s if you do not receive your copy by August first please email Lauren and email@example.com
We are now open for submissions for the next issue of Prospective, “Surrender the Sasquatch and No One Gets Hurt”.
Submissions will close at 11:59pm EST August 15th.
Send all subs as a .doc or .docx, 12pt Times New Roman to firstname.lastname@example.org