Submissions Guidelines

**SUBMISSIONS FOR BEYOND WILL BE OPEN FROM OCTOBER 15, 2013 THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 2013.**

FINE PRINT:

Deadlines

Submissions open on October 15, 2013 and are due by 11:59 PM GMT-8, December 15, 2013. Contributors will be notified by January 10, 2014; and finished stories will be due April 10, 2014, with prior incremental deadlines TBD.


Payment

Beyond will pay $50/completed page as an advance on royalties (pending funding); plus 5 softcover comp copies of the anthology and the right to purchase additional copies for ½ cover price for as long as the anthology remains in print; and royalties in perpetuity.


Rights

Contributors cede to Beyond first worldwide print and digital rights to the story for a full calendar year from date of publication, and non-exclusive worldwide print and digital reprint rights in perpetuity. Intellectual property and trademarks, and all non-publishing licensing rights, remain with the creators.



CONTENT GUIDELINES:

What we want:

Original science fiction and fantasy comics exploring, expressing, or including queer, trans*, and genderqueer themes and characters.

REMINDER: We will be accepting submissions only between October 15 and December 15, 2013.


HOW TO SUBMIT A STORY TO BEYOND:

Send an e-mail to beyondanthology@gmail.com with the subject line “ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION” and the following information IN THE BODY OF THE E-MAIL (for samples attached as files, include a list of attachments).

COMICS SUBMISSIONS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • A complete creative team. This means everyone you need to produce 3-16 pages of black-and-white, lettered comics, to press specs. We’ll be doing very little matchmaking, but we’ve set up a forum for writers looking for artists and vice versa. ALL CONTRIBUTORS MUST BE OVER 18.

  • A title. (Working titles are okay. Just make sure we know that’s what you’ve sent.)

  • A page-count. We will consider stories from 3 to 16 pages long.

  • A synopsis. Include a detailed and finished plot: beginning, middle, and end. Page breakdowns are a plus, but not necessary for the original submission.

  • Samples. If everyone on your team has previous comics experience, please include links to or files of previous comics work. If anyone on your team *doesn’t* have prior comics experience, they need to send at least three sample pages of the relevant part of your story (script, pencils, &c.).

  • Brief bios and/or statements (optional but encouraged). Please tell us a bit about yourself, and why you’re interested in being in Beyond. These are for our eyes only—if you’re accepted into Beyond, we’ll ask for a public bio for the anthology and website.


PROSE AND ILLUSTRATION SUBMISSIONS:

  • Query first. We will be accepting very few if any prose stories for this anthology; if we do include any, we will be hand-pairing writers and illustrators.


SOME THEMATIC GUIDELINES

We’re particularly interested in:

  • Original, previously unpublished works.

  • Smart, innovative storytelling.

  • Effective use and understanding of medium: stories that stretch the storytelling potential of comics but remain accessible to relative newcomers.

  • Effective use and understanding of genre (no “It’s a teenage romance… but in SPACE / A PSUEDO-ARTHURIAN FANTASY SETTING!”)

  • Diverse and conscious representations of gender, sexualtiy, race, and culture.

  • Stories and characters with overt, textual queerness (sexuality and/or gender).

  • Genrefuck, trope inversions, and creative use of SFF elements and settings.


We’re not interested in:

  • Previously published works.

  • Stories where queerness is exclusively or primarily allegorical.

  • Stories about the only straight person on the gay planet / the only binary-gendered person on the androgynous planet.

  • Parables meant to demonstrate that discrimination is wrong and non-hetro/cis sexual orientations and gender identities are valid. We take these ideas as givens.

  • The following tropes: Magical queers. Tragic queers. Characters too virtuous for this fallen world.

  • Gratuitous anything, but particularly violence, explicit sex, sexual violence, and hate speech. We understand that some stories may include those elements in service to a larger narrative; we are not interested in shock-for-shock’s sake.

  • Literary mash-ups.

  • Horror without substantial SF or fantasy elements.

  • Bizarro. We dig it; it’s just not what this book is.

  • Directly derivative works, i.e. “Basically Star Wars, but Luke and Han are a couple.”


And we will flat-out reject any story that includes:

  • Sexualized violence. If you don’t understand how this is difference from sexual violence, maybe try a story that doesn’t include sex or violence.

  • Trademarked characters or settings you don’t own or didn’t create (including characters who have lapsed into the public domain).

  • Direct adaptations of works from other media.

  • Straight-up pornography. Think G-through-hard-R.