September 27, 2021
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The Press accepts fiction, nonfiction, essays and art, in a broad variety of topics and genres. We do not accept erotica or pornography. We do accept previously published material, as long as the author retains the necessary rights.
Lack of prior publication is not frowned upon; excessive spelling errors are.
Queries prior to submission are very welcome.
Unless otherwise noted below, all submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
We are not a paying market. We do count as a legitimate e-publishing credit on a writing resume. Items published in the Piker Press are considered officially published and may not be submitted elsewhere in the e- or print industry as a previously unpublished work. By submitting an item for publication in the Press, you are offering the Press one time electronic rights to publication. The author retains all other rights and we wholly support an author who desires to publish pieces submitted to us in other e- or print venues. It is standard for us to also ask for the rights to maintain an article in our e-database and archive. We have no problem removing items per an author's request.
We do offer compensation in the form of a designated portion of Amazon advertising space, in which the author is welcome to promote works published elsewhere. This service is meant primarily for books and articles, though occasionally other products qualify, and is subject to approval.
Manuscripts and poems should be sent in MS Word compatible format, that is, .doc, .docx, .rtf or .txt
Photographs, comics, and artwork should be sent in .jpg format.
Poetry submissions should also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, no more than five pieces of work should be sent at a time. Rhymed or unrhymed poetry is acceptable. Poetry which relies on a complex spacing element is unlikely to be accepted.
The Press seeks an active balance between genres, from literary and contemporary fiction to science fiction and horror. Fiction is published in segments of approximately 2000 words in length and will be broken up accordingly. Short fiction is considered anything under 10,000 words in length. The Press continually accepts short fiction submissions.
We are currently not accepting serial fiction in the 10,000-50,000 word range.
Nonfiction should be 2000 words or less.
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Essays should be 2000 words or less.
We are not currently looking for columnists. We are currently accepting individual essays. Essays can be on, but are not limited to, the topics of family, personal experience, and humor. Political commentary is sometimes accepted, however as stated above, the Press is not a vehicle for controversy. The Press will not run pro-abortion material.
Send photography or visual art to email@example.com.
Unusual art and photography. The final image will be reduced to a maximum of 600 wide by 800 high pixels. Our preference is to submit an unreduced .jpg of this size (72-300 dpi) to allow us to present the image in the optimum balance of detail and download time, which varies from image to image. Please accompany photograph or art with a brief description of the topic and the medium/tools used. An accompanying essay of 600 words is acceptable, as well.
We are accepting individual comic submissions (as opposed to series or novellas).
We are accepting three graphic novellas currently, to conclude in 50 strips or less. The novella must be storyboarded out in entirety, with a minimum of several finished strips available in advance. Send a one-paragraph summary of the graphic novella with your query before sending samples. Be prepared to send 2-3 sample strips and a more extensive summary of the plot. Also be prepared to discuss having your work available for purchase in a print format.
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These guidelines were updated April 24, 2020.
By submitting, you acknowledge that the work is of your original creation. If your work is accepted, The Piker Press is granted one-time electronic publication rights and the right to maintain a copy of the work in our electronic database, unless by other arrangement.