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Writer's Guidelines

General Writer’s Guidelines (not competition):

1. All of the short stories that appear in the Wildwood Reader have been selected from unsolicited manuscripts. That said, we are interested in short fiction that treats social, political, economic, theological, community, or life in general (to mention a few) from a progressive and open healthy perspective that anyone can read, follow and understand. Length of such stories should generally be in the range of 800 to 2,500 words maximum. 

2. Send stories to the attention of the publisher at the address below, our preference is for writers to send manuscripts as an attached formatted text document, Microsoft Word or RTF (rich text format) document. Do NOT send PDF files.

3. At some point - not now - each issue may also feature book reviews that are about wholesome subject matter. The length will vary from about 150 to 400 words and subject to editing for length. Send these to the attention of the Book Watch editor at the same email address with the subject matter line "Review - book title." 

4. We also encourage writers (or readers) to send in unpublished essays. Send these to the attention of the publisher as well; we will not consider essays that are politcal, religious, salacious or culturally sensitive. We look for essays that are inspired by our stories or shed light on the perspective of our lifestyles or that reflect simple celebrations of life and beauty, and/or are geared toward particular seasons of a person's life (childhood, school, teenagers, couples, etc.) or significant cultural traditions or events (Cinco de Mayo, Run with the bulls, etc.). As part of our plans, we want to publish photography monographs that will have theme related essays for each photograph. If you want to help with this project, perhaps you know of a few photographers that want to split the cost of production. Drop me a note for more info.

5. Unsolicited mailed-in submissions are discouraged for a number of reasons but primarily due to time. Submissions, if accepted in advance by query, should be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope (SASE) with the correct return postage. We attempt to respond as quickly as possible, but staff reading of manuscripts sometimes takes up to eight weeks - we will value and appreciate your patience. If we like your story, essay or article, we may ask to hold it for possible publication in a future issue. All mailed-in submissions (or electronic) should have a cover letter with the writer's name, address, title of story, word and page count, year of birth, email address, facebook address, twitter address and website address. If all the social media addresses are unavailable, please indicate none for that social media's URL. A handy submission form is available, click here to view or download it now.

6. The editors reserve the right to edit and shorten articles or submissions as necessary for publication. However, if we make changes in content, we will consult with the writer by email. 

7. Please include a two- or three-sentence description of yourself with your manuscript or cover letter, along with your address, telephone number, and e-mail address. We would also like but will not publish (unless requested) your year of birth, email address, facebook address, twitter address and website address. If all the social media addresses are unavailable, please indicate none for that social media's URL.

8. Generally, we strive to publish four issues per year (January, April, July and October), and we plan four to eight months in advance. Please keep this in mind when sending timed or seasonal pieces. For now, it has been twice a year until we get more subscribers a few advertisers or someone's rich uncle passes...  

9. Payment to authors varies greatly and is totally dependent on the type of story, article or essay. The range is roughly $10 to $50.00; at times up to $150.00 but this is an exception for work that is truly exceptional in our opinion. If you can truly go without payment - for now - it would really help us grow. We will pay everyone so at some point you may recieve a check and perhaps not remember us or your submission. 

10. We will assume, and you understand and acknowledge, that all stories, essays and reviews submitted are original and unpublished, and submitted exclusively to us. If your material is copyrighted, we assume you are authorizing us to publish it; therefore, we also assume full reprint permission of any item we publish, unless otherwise indicated. North American serial rights to the material submitted include electronic rights and posting on our Web page (www.wildwoodreader.com) and other wholly owned or the publisher's personal and managed social media outlets. We do however, reserve the right to accept or reject any story submitted for any reason. 

11. Please include, with your submission, if possible, a 75 to 150 word synopsis of yourself ie., where you work and live and any interesting hobbies or past times - a bio. In addition, and at the risk of being redundant, please make sure you include a cover letter with the writer's name, return address, title of story, page count, year of birth, email address, facebook address, twitter address and website address. If all the social media addresses are unavailable, please indicate none for that social media's URL. We must have this info in order to connect - and promote your work if selected. 

12. For hard copy (not recommended), please enclose a self-addressed envelope with the correct return postage. We attempt to respond to submissions as soon as possible, but staff reading and decisions can sometimes take a number of weeks - we appreciate your patience.

To round out our offerings, some of the best stories will be compiled in an annual best of edition at some point in the life of our press. Hopefully, sooner than later as I would like to see this happen; it will more than likely be in hard cover format.

In closing, our goal is two fold. First and foremost, we want to provide a good and reputable venue for readers of short fiction to explore the work of new and emerging writers. Secondly, we want to provide opportunities for new and emerging writers to submit work for publishing without the fear of automatic rejection simply because they lack connections, not enough education or a complete lack thereof. We believe that talent is not predicated on who one knows, were one went to school or even if one graduated - and yes, even though these quallities help, once in a while an unknown rises to the top.

Stay with your work, find a mentor, read the work of the masters and take time away from your work to refresh and recharge your imagination. And always remember, if you do nothing, nothing will happen!

Thank you for your time and the opportunity to read and consider your work, I wish you good luck, health and success.


Alex Gonzalez
Founder & Publisher
Wildwood Reader
PO Box 1154
Rockville, MD 20850
publisher at wildwoodreader . com

Print, Net or Pod

We are currently in flux as we learn from both our future readers and writers. In the recent months, we have heard from a number of writers that would like to have their works appear as podcasts. We have also learned that some don't care about printed versions either. Please write us to further our efforts in finding a home for future stories. Write us with your opinion

 

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