Deadline: 5 September 2012
New Writing is an initiative by Helter Skelter to promote emerging writers and poets in India; to create a space for original, fresh short fiction and poetry.
Volume One of New Writing was published in May 2012, and featured submissions based around a visual cue—a photograph depicting a telephone with its receiver off the hook. We published 15 of the best short stories and poems we received, along with original artwork inspired by each of the pieces.
For our second edition, we are inviting entries based on multiple visual cues. Given here are nine photographs of everyday objects—all submissions must incorporate at least three of the depicted objects.
Use the cues as a starting point, an ending, or as the nucleus, but just ensure that the connection is clear. You’re free to interpret the prompts in your own way. In fact, we want you to. Do the write thing.
THERE ARE A FEW GUIDELINES THAT WE EXPECT WRITERS TO FOLLOW:
1. All entries should be sent to email@example.com on or before September 5, 2012. Please be sure to state your full name, age, location, and occupation in your email. Emails should be sent using the subject line ‘Submission: Volume Two’ and should also include a photograph and a short bio of yourself (two or three lines; written in third-person). Please be sure to mention the objects that you have chosen to weave your story/poem around.
2. Writers must be Indian citizens and/or based in India.
3. All entries must be sent to us as email attachments in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format only. Do not send us documents in PDF, TXT, or RTF format. Do NOT paste your entry in the body of the email.
4. Short fiction pieces should not exceed 2,000 words in length.
5. Poems should not exceed in length two pages of a standard Microsoft Word document (Times New Roman/Arial; font size 12pt; double-spaced). If the poem you have written exceeds these specifications, send us an extract for approval.
6. Writers retain all rights to their submitted pieces. However, we insist that all submissions (short fiction or poetry) be previously unpublished—this includes your blog, and any other online or print publications. Once published in Helter Skelter, should writers seek to publish the same work elsewhere, it must be accompanied by a note stating that it was originally published in Helter Skelter Magazine along with the date of publication and a link to the piece.
7. For writers who intend to submit the same short story/poem to other publications at the same time: please let us know immediately if your work gets accepted for publication elsewhere (before we accept/reject the story, that is).
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We eagerly look forward to your submissions!
For queries/ submissions: email@example.com