The Launch of Verity La Mark II

The story of the best Australian online journal continues…

Verity La has been redesigned and restored.

VL has been supporting and publishing established and emerging writers for years, myself included on multiple occasions. Steered by some of the greats; Nigel Featherstone, A.S. Patric, Stuart Barnes, Ramon Loyola, and now, under the current managing editor Michele Seminara it has undergone some major renovations, including the podcast, generous payments to contributors, the release of their first eBook anthology and the launch of the vamped up new website.

Jump over to Verity La to check out the new image.

While there, have a look at The Hunger, only AUD10.00 for some of the best writing over the last 8 years, with all proceeds being returned to future contributors – a worthy cause for starving artists.

 

Image ©Verity La 2018

Close-Up Books is Open for Submissions

My publisher, Close-Up Books, has opened a submission window for poetry & prose manuscripts from today till the 30th of July, 2018.

If you have a set of poems, short stories, or a long story, Ashley & Brooke at Close-Up Books are brilliant – not just fantastic editors but successful writers in their own rights so they understand the whole process from inspiration to exhaustion.

For full details visit https://closeupbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/submission-guidelines-open-30th-april-30th-july/

Below is a summary…

Poetry

We’re looking for a wide range of poetry styles, including but not limited to free-verse, experimental works, haiku, haibun and related forms along with just about any other style or form out there. If you’re not sure whether what you’re doing is a fit – please query first.

 

If your work is accepted and you agree to the terms of contract, publication date will be within 6 months from the signing of contracts.

As experienced writers and editors, we will assist any successful applicants in the polishing of their work to the highest standard and afterwards, we’ll push as hard as we can to get your work not only out there, but read too.

Recently, Close-Up has published the following poetry titles – Magpie Tales and The Frequency of God.

MS Submission Guidelines:

  • Minimum 40 pages.
  • Electronic subs only.
  • Please submit single-spaced document in 12-pt ‘plain’ font.
  • Word document or PDF preferred.
  • Please include an acknowledgements page listing details of previously published pieces with your submission.
  • Please also include a short bio note.

Send submissions to closeupediting@gmail.com and include your name and ‘poetry submission’ in the subject line. Please include all relevant contact information.

For queries, please email Ashley or Brooke at closeupediting@gmail.com with a subject line of ‘submission query’.

 


Fiction

Mostly, we’re looking for stories that fall under the wide umbrella of ‘speculative fiction’ including but not limited to fantasy, science-fiction and horror and the various sub-genres, steampunk, cyberpunk, near-future, epic fantasy, low fantasy etc etc

But please note we’re also open to other genres too!

We love fast-paced, plot-based stories as much as we love the stuff that focuses a little more heavily on character and are certainly not averse to something more eclectic, so if you’re not sure whether what you’re doing is a fit for Close-Up Books – please query first.

Generally speaking, we’re looking for manuscripts that fall within the range of a 20k -150k word count. (This might be novels, novellas or short fiction collections etc)

 

If your work is accepted and you agree to the terms of contract, publication date will be within 9 months from the signing of contracts.

As experienced writers and editors, we will assist any successful applicants in the polishing of their work to the highest standard and afterwards, we’ll push as hard as we can to get your work not only out there, but read too.

Close-Up has several spec fic titles forthcoming, starting with the military/first contact sci-fi Intruder.

MS Submission Guidelines:

  • Please submit a 1-2 page synopsis + the first 3 chapters of your MS.
  • Please ensure your submission is a single-spaced document in 12-pt ‘plain’ font.
  • Word document or PDF preferred.
  • Please also include a short bio note.

Send submissions to closeupediting@gmail.com and include your name and ‘fiction submission’ in the subject line. Please include all relevant contact information.

For queries, please email Ashley or Brooke at closeupediting@gmail.com with a subject line of ‘submission query’.

 

Magpie Tales & The Frequency of God – Now Available in eBook

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Close-Up Books is proud to announce the release of two poetry titles, The Frequency of God by Mark William Jackson and Magpie Tales by SB Wright.

You can sample each collection via the links above, where you can also find purchase links for the print editions and the newly available ebooks too.

Ashley & Brooke

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