Submissions

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Please read the guidelines before submitting your work.


Are We Open for Submissions?

Come sit a spell and listen closely to what we’ve got to say. First off, WE ARE ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for our 2021 publishing calendars.


SPECIAL CALLS

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THE UNMETERED MOUNTAIN MARCH: STORIES AND POEMS BY APPALACHIAN VETERANS

(Tentative Title)

All soldiers and sailors have two things in common – we’ve worn dog tags and we’ve marched.

If you are currently serving or are former military and currently live or have lived in Appalachia, we’d love to read your story or poem(s), and it doesn’t need to be related to your time in the military. Tell us that story you’ve been wanting to share. Share that poem. Share ten. Make us laugh. Make us cry.

We’re looking for men, women, immigrants who served elsewhere but are now living in Appalachia, people who served in different eras, different wars, during peace, all are welcome to submit.

 

Again, your story and/ or poem(s) don’t need to be military-related unless you want them to be.

 

The Unmetered March Guidelines

Short Stories

    • 300-10,000 words in length
    • No more than three stories total, totaling no more than 10,000 words for all stories combined
    • Submissions must follow Mountain Gap’s overall guidelines concerning content
    • Stories can be nonfiction but names must be changed where needed.

Poetry 

    • No more than ten poems total
    • No single poem can be more than 20 lines in length
    • Must follow Mountain Gap’s overall guidelines concerning content

 

– New authors and poets are encouraged to submit.

– You may submit both poetry and short stories as long as the total length of the combined work does not exceed 10,000 words

– This anthology will be curated by two Appalachian veterans.

– Your submissions should be in MS Word Format, Lucinda Bright size 14 font, and double spaced (single space your poetry, please, with a double space between poems). Place your name and contact information on the front page of your submission file.

– Send your submission to publisher @mountaingapbooks. com with Unmetered March Submission in the subject line.

– Tell us about yourself in your cover letter, which should be in the body of your email and be certain to include prior publications, if any.

– Follow our basic rules – no erotica/ explicit sex, horror, sexism, racism, faith-based works, hate speech, nothing you’ve published elsewhere – and you’ll get a serious look.

 – Deadline: April 1, 2020

As a publisher, we celebrate diversity in all its forms and encourage diverse submissions from across Appalachia.

Our response time is 60-90 days unless otherwise noted. After that, feel free to inquire at publisher @mountaingapbooks. com

 

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HAINTS AND HOLLERS II

We will be placing a formal call for submissions to Haints and Hollers Two – More Ghost Tales from Appalachia in mid-2020. Check back for more information

 

 

 

 


GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

Appalachian authors – this is a wide area both geographically and by definition. “Most broadly, it refers to the entire mountain range with its surrounding hills and the dissected plateau region,” (ala Wikipedia) and we agree. Furthermore, if you were born and raised in Appalachia or currently call Appalachia home, then you qualify to submit to Mountain Gap Books. This does not mean, however, that your story needs to be set in Appalachia. Actually, we’re looking for diverse stories from Appalachian authors, not just stories set in Appalachia. We don’t care who you are, your history, if you’ve published or not, your faith, whether you’re a POC or not, if you’re LGBT+, alien, a mountain spirit, or what have you— if you were born or currently reside in Appalachia, you can submit as long your work fits our guidelines.

We’re specifically looking for submissions in the following areas:

  • Adult Fiction to include general, Suspense, Thriller, Humor, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Action, Romance, Women’s, and Realistic genres (no Dystopian novels, please)
  • YA and New Adult fiction to include general, Suspense, Thriller, Humor, Sci-Fi,  Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Action, Romance, Women’s, and Realistic genres (no Dystopian novels, please)
  • Children’s fiction/ nonfiction – must include both interior illustrations and text (see expectations under submission guidelines)
  • You may query about adult nonfiction, but, unless it’s something new and different, chances are we won’t accept.

As a publisher, we celebrate diversity in all its forms and encourage diverse submissions from across Appalachia.

Our response time is 60-90 days unless otherwise noted. After that, feel free to inquire at publisher @mountaingapbooks. com


 

WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR/ ACCEPTING

  1. Romance, horror, or erotica.
  2. Poetry unless a special call has been issued, no reprints unless all rights have reverted to the original author and no children’s stories unless the artwork is included (see below for details)
  3. Stories where the female characters, be they major or minor, are relegated to barkeeps and bedroom ornaments. Appalachian women are strong and proud. Mountain Gap Books is a woman-run company. You do the math. 
  4. Common media Appalachian Stereotypes. If we wanted this we’d watch The Beverly Hillbillies or Deliverance.
  5. The basic no-nos of a stable society to include gratuitous violence, child abuse, rape for titillation, dubious sex, sexism…
  6. Faith-based stories. We are not a faith-based publisher and, as such, do not accept faith-based submissions of any sort. 
  7.  Novellas, novelettes, memoir, biography, or autobiography submissions. If and when we’re ready for such submissions, we’ll post a call.
  8. Short stories are accepted by anthology call only. (see top of page)

OTHER INFORMATION

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as you notify us that you’re doing so. But we also expect you to let us know if you’ve been accepted elsewhere. Thanks.

Reprints: We consider reprints that are completely and totally out of all publication and are back in full control of the original author.

Our contract is generous. 10% of net print sales (if produced in print). 35% of net ebook sales (if produced in ebook format), and a three-year exclusive first rights contract. Also, while we’d certainly like to see your next work if you’ve published with us, you will be under no obligation to send it our direction.


 

COOL! HOW DO I SUBMIT?

  1. Our submissions address is publisher @ mountaingapbooks . com (remove spaces for full address)
  2. Format your email subject line to read Submission Story Title Author Name (Example: Submission My Appalachian Story Jane Doe) Please follow this so your submission can be separated from the others and reach the appropriate editor
  3. Your cover letter should be in the body of the email and should include the following:  Your ties to Appalachia, your publication history (if any), and a brief, one-two paragraph overview of your submission (this is often called a blurb). Remember to include your contact information and any required attachments as detailed below. And by all means, proofread your cover letter!
  4. Please read the manuscript formatting requirements below before you submit.

MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING

Adult, YA, and New Adult fiction submission files should be formatted as follows:

  • Lucinda Bright size 14 font (our submissions editor is low vision) with no changes in font throughout the manuscript
  • Double-spaced text (set in the word processor, not done manually)
  • Black text
  • There should be a page break at the end of each chapter and after the title page
  • 1-inch margins on each side.
  • Five space indents at the beginning of each paragraph with a hard return at the end of each paragraph (do not use tab indents)
  • one space between each sentence
  • scene breaks inside chapters should be marked by a *** centered on the line that separates each scene
  • On the title page of the submission, the author’s name and contact information including full name, pen name (if applicable), contact information including email address and word count should appear in the top left corner in that order.
  • The manuscript should include the Author’s last name, the title of the manuscript, and the page number in the header – all set to the right
  • No images should be included with an Adult, YA, or New Adult fiction submission

CHILDREN’S BOOK SUBMISSION FORMATTING

(note: one book will require a cover letter and two separate files for proper submission)

  • The text should be in one file following the adult, YA, and New Adult fiction guidelines. No images should be included in this file. This should be submitted in DOCX or RTF format.
  • A copy of the book’s proposed interior layout including illustrations, in PDF format should be submitted (please note: we do not provide illustrators so you must provide an illustrator or a designer who knows how to properly work with images including copyrighted images. All image submissions will be carefully scrutinized for their source and availability). We will work with you concerning cover design if you are accepted for publication.
  • Do not include image attachments with your email submission. They will be asked for if the book is accepted for publication. When asked for the images should be in PNG format, though we might be able to work with JPG images as well. All images must be at least 300 DPI.

 

Questions about your submission? Ask us at publisher @ mountain gapbooks.com!

Thank you for your interest in Mountain Gap Books.