pretty much stick to fiction and poetry, and the occasional
essay. To be honest, though, for the most part we
don't often publish essays or non-fiction pieces.
published material is fine, as are simultaneous submissions
and reprints. The only rights we ask for are exclusive
electronic rights to your work for the three months
or so it is featured here online. That's it.
don't have any hard policy, as far as how much work
to submit, but we really, really prefer that you stick
to sending us a reasonable amount of work, say one
longish story, or two or three short pieces, or five
or six poems, or some combination thereof.
much more inclined to publish work by new authors
to Pig Iron Malt, if all other factors are equal.
Our main goal is to publish good stuff, so indeed,
we've published multiple authors multiple times, and
will continue to do so. But we're a bit biased, in
the sense that we try not to publish the same author
in consecutive issues. Another way of saing this is
that we are but a lowly online journal, amongst many
online journals. We try our best to spread the paucity
of wealth around.
appreciate all submissions, and try to respond as
fast as humanly possible. That said, at any given
time we have around two hundred submissions in the
hopper. Despite our liberal use of the term "we",
our staff is, how shall we say, rather limited. To
be brutally honest, the average response time is around
3 months or so. It's frustrating, we know, especially
when dealing with electronic data shooting around
at the speed of light. But it's the only way we know
to be fair, as far as considering all work received
equally, and the only way for us to not go insane.
we receive many more submissions than we can use.
We have to send many rejection emails. This sucks,
royally. We hate it and whimper like small babies
when we have to do it. The only thing worse than receiving
a rejection letter is sending them, over and over
and over. When we do send them, we try to be creative,
and to add an element of humor and fun, to a decidely
un-fun experience. Please take it in the spirit it
is meant. It does not mean we take you or your work
lightly. If anything, it means the opposite, as the
easiest thing for us to do would be to send a stock
two-line form letter.
prefer submissions sent as Word attachments, but can
deal with submissions that are copy and pasted into
emails. We do not accept paper submissions, as we
don't see the point. Plus we think trees are cool.
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