Call for Submissions: The Justice Anthology

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Hear ye, hear ye! We’re putting together our next collection of short comics and art for release in January 2020. And we want you to be a part of it.

Here’s what we’re searching for:

Justice!

We want to know what you have to say about justice. From just deserts to karmic consequences to radical rewards and beyond, we want to see your work about people (or animals or fantasy creatures or aliens or anything else) getting what they deserve. What does justice look like when it comes to someone who’s spent their life healing others? When a group of people is given the rights they deserve? When a unicorn and a selkie team up to take on a particularly nasty chupacabra?

We should mention that we’re not big into gratuitous violence. So, while we recognize the greatness of the Punisher and all, we’re not really looking for gruesome takes on comeuppance. Instead, we want contributions that dig deep into what justice looks, tastes, and feels like when applied with a lighter touch.

We strongly recommend visiting our website and online store to find out what kinds of things we’ve published in the past—especially the older anthologies. This will give you an idea of what gets us excited, and what kinds of stories we love to explore. If you’d like to give our work a read,  you can purchase print copies at our store, or digital copies at Spinwhiz or Comixology.

Here’s what we want you to send us:

Comics:

Short comics wanted (8 pages is ideal)! Remember, we’re looking for comics that deal with the theme of justice…but we’re always looking for work for future anthologies, too. So send what you’ve got!

Art:

We’re searching for great artists to pair with writers! And we also like to feature the work of brilliant artists in our Artist Spotlights—one-page features about artists we love! Send us your portfolios!

Scripts:

If you’ve written a short comic script on the theme of justice but don’t have art yet, that’s fine! We want to see what you’re up to. Send us your script and let us know if you have an artist attached or if you’re searching.

Poems:

We think poetry and sequential art are beautiful together. Our Poets and Artists project pairs poets with artists to see what happens! If you’ve written a fabulous poem about justice, send it our way!

And here are alllllll the other details:

Who We Work With:

Everybody and anybody! We’re excited to work with beginning creators, seasoned professionals, and everybody in between! We want fresh voices, exciting new perspectives, and folks with important stories to tell. We’re particularly excited to work with folks from marginalized communities, because your voices need to be heard. In other words… Got something to say about justice? Great. Send it to us!

Compensation:

We aren’t able to pay our contributors up-front for contributions. We work on a collaborative co-op model, where everybody wins when anybody wins. What that means is that we offer all our contributors the ability to purchase anthologies at wholesale price, then resell those anthologies themselves. Check out this badass comic by our co-founder, Jayel Draco, for more on how that works.

Kung Fu Kat Fish explains how anthology contributors can profit from buying the anthologies wholesale and selling them a full price

If an anthology is a runaway success and earns back its production costs and then some, we’ll pay royalties to our contributors.

Basically, when we get a group of amazing creators together in one anthology, everybody benefits when we all work together to promote, market, and distribute the book. The more we help each other, the more we help ourselves, too. Win-win!

What We Make:

We print a small number of limited-edition anthologies. These are shipped out to our contributors, our Patreon subscribers, and anybody who buys them via our online store. We also sell them at select comics shops and bookstores, and at conventions. And we invite our contributors to sell theirs wherever they like, as well.

We also sell digital copies of the full anthologies online via Spinwhiz Comics and Comixology.

Deadlines:

  • We need submissions of comics, scripts, poems, art portfolios, and cover art concepts by August 15, 2019.
  • We’ll let you know if your work has been accepted by September 1.
  • If we’ve accepted your submission, your finished contribution will be due to us by October 15, 2019.
  • The anthology will be released in January 2020.

Where to send it:

E-mail us your work at info@oneshipress.com by August 15 for consideration in our Winter 2020 anthology. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

Visit our general submissions page for technical specifications, a comic-page template, and more.


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