We’re always looking for new writers and artists to work with, but as a new publisher, our resources and time are limited. Every title we develop becomes part of the Stray Books family, being promoted, sold, and a part of who we are for years. As much as we love working with new talent and developing unique books, or ability to do so is limited. Currently, we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts or pitches due to that limitation.
We are accepting short stories/short writing pieces for Pulp Kings: Series 2.
Pulp Kings is a publication designed to promote new writers and artists. We have completed our first series of the magazine, and are looking for stories for Series 2. Each series is comprised of five issues, and each issue is themed. While a story’s tie to the issue theme can be loose, please be aware of the thematic content of the issues before submitting. The upcoming issue themes are:
Pulp Kings Six: Music -- Full, not accepting submissions.
Pulp Kings Seven: War -- Full, not accepting submissions.
Pulp Kings Eight: Utopia and Dystopia -- See contest details below.
Pulp Kings Nine: Western
Pulp Kings Ten: Mystery
When submitting, please follow these guidelines:
Email all submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Label the email’s subject with the following: issue number, submission, author’s name.
Example: Pulp Kings Eight Submission, “The Lonely Road”, Maxine Magoo.
Attach the submission as either a PDF or a Word Doc.
Submissions written in the body of the email will not be considered.
We will reply to submissions within three months of receiving it.
We pay the following rates:
10¢ CAD per word up to 3000 words.
Stories over 3000 words are paid a flat rate of $300.00 CAD
Utopia/Dystopia Short Story Writing Contest
Inspired by the future, obsessed with stories, and designed with detail, Pulp Kings is showcasing your writing and imagination.
Our Utopia and Dystopia Short Story Contest gives the opportunity for two authors to develop their stories with an editorial team, see original art based on their work, and gain exposure through our Pulp Kings publication.
Send us your best sci-fi story about a future that’s either utopic or dystopic and get the chance to win a cash prize, collaborate with an illustrator, and see your words in print!
There are two prizes: one for a utopia-themed story and one for a dystopia-themed story.
Utopia = $300.00, 4 art pieces and a cover created by a graphic designer based on your work, and publication in Pulp Kings: Utopia/Dystopia
Dystopia = $300.00, 4 art pieces and a cover created by a graphic designer based on your work, and publication in Pulp Kings: Utopia/Dystopia
Before entering, please read the following guidelines carefully. Entry period: Submission period deadline November 13, 2021 (midnight EASTERN time)
Reading Fee: $20. All submissions must be made through Submittable. Proceeds from the contest will go directly back into supporting the contest prizes and activities of the press. Your entry fee is non-refundable.
Entry: Each entry must be between 3,000 to 5,000 words and be original, unpublished, not submitted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor accepted elsewhere for publication or broadcast, nor entered simultaneously in any other contest or competition. Work that has appeared online is considered published and is not eligible. Please do not include any identifying information in your submission. All work will be read blind. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman.
Cover Letter: Please include a third-person bio in the cover letter box in Submittable along with the title of your entry, the category you are entering, the word count, and your complete mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Please do not include any identifying information on the document you are submitting.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are acceptable, but you must enter individually and pay the reading fee for each entry.
Revisions: Revisions are not allowed during the Open Reading Period. You are welcome to withdraw and resubmit your submission but it will require an additional reading fee.
Simultaneous Submissions: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
Publication: Because this is a contest, it is guaranteed that we will publish the winning story; it also could mean more than one story will be selected for publication. Publication will come with a standard contract.
Disclaimer: Stray Books reserves the right to extend the deadline if deemed necessary. Multiple entries are accepted with a reading fee for each entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please withdraw work immediately if accepted elsewhere. Only unpublished works are eligible. Reading fees are non-refundable. Entries with the author's name appearing anywhere on the manuscript will not be considered. No refunds will be made. Entries withdrawn from the contest will not receive a refund. All entries must be original to the author. Friends and family members of Stray Books employess will not be eligible to enter this contest.
Winner Announcement: Contest winners will be announced on Jan. 17, 2022 via our website and social media accounts. Winners will be notified via email or telephone call.