Prole never sleeps - just passes out on occasion - so our reading window is open.
Prole promotes accessible literature of high quality. Anything that we publish will be intelligent, engaging and impact the reader in a variety of ways. It’s the reader who comes first. We want to appeal to a wide audience and reconnect a broad readership with excellent examples of poetry and short prose.
All submissions should be in English and be as error free as possible. We are active editors and if you are accepted your work will be proofed. We may, from time to time, suggest edits.
All submissions should be your own, original work and you should hold all rights.
We do not accept work that has been previously published in print or e-zines. We will consider work that has appeared on social writing websites such as blogs and free membership writing sites. However, we do expect pieces to be removed from these sites before submission. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
Short story and creative non-fiction submissions are welcome. (Creative non-fiction should have a narrative arc.) We are open to most themes, although we do not accept fan fiction. There is an upper word limit of 7500 words.
All submissions should be contained within the body of an email. Please, no attachments unless we request them. You should include your legal name, contact details, word count and a short, third person author bio of no more than one hundred words.
Please use a plain font. We prefer single speech marks.
Send all prose submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please type ‘submission’ in the subject line.
We are open to all forms of poetry whether it be structured or free, rhymed or blank, light or serious; we consider content and quality over form. Patience Strong inspired verse is discouraged. Individual poems are accepted, but we would prefer to see a small collection of up to five pieces. If you are submitting more than three poems, please limit the number of lines to sixty per poem. If you wish to submit longer poems, please limit yourself to a maximum of three pieces.
All submissions should be contained within the body of an email. You should include your legal name, contact details, word count and a short, third person author bio of no more than one hundred words.
Please use a plain font.
Send all poetry submissions to: email@example.com
Please type 'submission' in the subject line.
We are open to submissions for front cover design. The design should be portrait orientated, measure about 210mm x 148mm and be greyscale/black and white. Please do not apply text – we’re more than happy to do that ourselves.
Initial submissions should be sent as attached PDFs. On acceptance, we will request jpg format. You should include your legal name, contact details and a short, third person bio of no more than one hundred words.
Send all artwork submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please type 'artwork' in the subject line.
Copyright will remain with our contributors. A standard contract will be sent out on acceptance.
On publication, every accepted contributor will receive a PDF version of the hard copy. We aim to give each contributor a monetary payment. Profits will be shared in the following way:
Four months from the publication date, profits made from the sale of the issue your work appears in will be calculated.
50% of any profit will be retained by Prole.
50% of any profit will be shared out between our contributors on a proportional points system.
Every poem published will score 1 point.
Every piece of prose published will score 3 points.
Cover design will score 1 point.
Payments will be worked out in a proportional nature.
For example: the whole publication contains 30 poems and 10 short stories. The publication has a points value of 60. £500 profit is made. A writer has five poems published and therefore holds five points.
50% of profit is retained by Prole = £250
50% of profit is shared between writers = £250
In the example given, our writer holds 5 points out of 60. His/her payment will be:
(5 ÷ 60) x £250 = £20.83
All payments will be made by PayPal.
If profit made means any writer will receive less than £1 (UK sterling) no payments will be made to any writer.
Any profit made from sales of the publication that occur after four months will be retained by Prole.
We realise that this method is a little rough and ready. However, it provides us with the opportunity to pay writers without going broke!
We have paid royalties on every issue since issue 2.
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