Guidelines

The themes for the ezine in 2018 are below. We are also open to ebook submissions during November and December 2017 – see below for details. We accept submissions from anyone, anywhere (but, if you are under 18, please get a parent’s permission).

All submissions should be sent to tigersharkpublishing [at] hotmail.co.uk

General Ezine Submissions

Acceptances and rejections will be sent out in the month following the deadline.

Forthcoming Themes

Issue 17 – Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
Stories and poems straddling the line between magic and mundane explanations. Tease us with ambiguity and make us wonder just what the truth is.
Deadline: End March 2018. Publication: April 2018.
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Issue 18 – Southern Hemisphere
Stories and poems set south of the equator. Also pieces in which the northern and southern hemispheres are linked (such as a long-distance romance between a Canadian and an Australian or a South African in London).
Deadline: End May 2018. Publication: June 2018.
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Issue 19 – Heroes
Stories and poems featuring epic heroes (or zeroes who get mistaken for heroes or those who fail to meet the mark). Fantasy, science fiction, or even our mundane world with heroic members of the emergency services or armed forces.
Deadline: End July 2018. Publication: August 2018.
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Issue 20 – Dark of Winter
Stories and poems set during the chill months of winter, whether the mundane world of ice and snow or something fantastic or horrific.
Deadline: End September 2018. Publication: October 2018.

Requirements

Tigershark ezine is open to submissions from anyone (both new and established writers) in any style or genre, and accepts flash fiction, short fiction and non-fiction/reviews up to 5000 words, poetry of any length, and artwork. Multiple submissions are welcome. (Please do not include quotations or other people’s characters or settings in your work unless they are free of copyright, you have obtained permission for their use or their use constitutes fair use in articles or reviews, or parody in fiction or poetry.)

Issues are themed, but unthemed work will also be considered, with approximately a third of any issue being unthemed.

Because the ezine is a non-paying market, we are happy to consider reprints (but preferably not ones easily available online – feel free to query) and extremely short submissions (there is no minimum length). Multiple submissions are acceptable but not simultaneous submissions (you should receive a response within a month of the deadline).

Artwork

Artwork submissions are welcome. A with written work, both themed and unthemed pieces are considered. Authors may submit illustrations to accompany written submissions, but this isn’t a requirement (copyright free work or work for which they have the artist’s permission may be submitted; copyright artwork may accompany articles and reviews as long as it falls within the free use remit). Please try to keep the file size of pictures as small as possible.

Submitting

Submissions and queries should be sent to the editorial address with Submission (noting theme, general submission or artwork as appropriate) or Query in the subject line.

Every submission received will receive an acknowledgement email. Acceptances and rejections will go out after the closing date for the issue they are submitted to (unthemed submissions will be replied to after the closing date of the next due issue). If you haven’t heard within three weeks of the closing date, please feel free to query.

Rights

We require no specific rights, but do ask that work accepted for Tigershark ezine not be published elsewhere between the closing date for submissions (approximately one month before publication date) and three months following the issue’s publication. After that period you may freely submit your work elsewhere (exception for Best of Year anthologies).

Please remember that if previously unpublished work is published in Tigershark, you may be unable to enter it in competitions and it will be classed as a reprint when submitting elsewhere.

Queries

We’re pretty easy going at Tigershark. If you need a clarification or are seeking an exception to a rule above, get in touch and we’ll try to accommodate you.

Ebook Submission

Submission Periods

Please check the top of the page for submission periods. Ebook submissions will only be accepted during these periods. Acceptances and rejections will be made after the deadline. Authors may submit up to three ebooks for consideration, but please do not send simultaneous submissions.

Genre

We are open to any genre of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. (However, erotic fiction/poetry and specialist non-fiction are unlikely to be accepted.) Collections of poetry, articles and short stories are welcome, as are epic poems, non-fiction volumes and long fiction (eg novellas), and mixed collections. Unusual submissions will also be considered.

Length

We are open to any length, but very short submissions are unlikely to be accepted (they are better suited to the magazine) and very long submissions (such as full-length novels) are unlikely to be accepted.

Submitting

Please submit the entire manuscript and any accompanying artwork to the editorial address with Ebook (fiction/non-fiction/poetry – delete as appropriate) in the subject line. Documents should be .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .odt in format (no pdfs). Pictures should be .jpg or .png. Please try to keep the file size of any pictures as low as possible. A brief synopsis or description of the work is appreciated.

Rights

All rights to the work remain with the author (an e-contract will be available if you wish one). All we ask is that the work as a whole (in this or a similar form) not currently be available in electronic format and that the work will be available from our site for six months. After six months you may choose to remove it from the site.

Remember, if we publish a previously unpublished work, you will only be able to sell it as a reprint in future.

Payment

Tigershark Publishing will not be paying authors. What we will be doing is including the authors PayPal email or PayPal link so that readers may donate to the author (or, optionally, the author may request readers donate to a charity). Obviously, we cannot guarantee that readers will download your ebook or will opt to donate anything, so please bear that in mind before submitting your work.

Format

We will make accepted manuscripts available in pdf format to download from this site. If in future we decide to produce ebooks in other formats or available elsewhere or print books, no books accepted for pdf publication will be re-released without the explicit permission of the author.

Artwork

Authors may supply their own artwork for potential cover or interior illustration (please do when submitting) or artwork to which they have obtained the right to use or which is copyright free. Otherwise, we will supply suitable artwork (authors will have a veto) – most likely this will be copyright free artwork.

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10 thoughts on “Guidelines

      1. Dear Mr. Davidson: I’m having submitting stories to your Website. I keep getting unable to deliver messages.

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  1. Thank you very much for your answer. I sometimes do drawings, but I could not say their quality would be good for you: if I send a story WITH artwork but you dislike the latter, would that jeopardize the acceptance of my written story? Than you again for the answer to this new question and my apologies for bothering you with my doubts.

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    1. Apologies for not responding sooner. The submission of stories or poetry with art is welcome, and if the one is suitable and the other not that won’t jeopardise the chances of acceptance. (And I won’t be upset if a contributor withdraws a submission in these circumstances if they don’t want the pieces published separately.)

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