This page includes information on Simultaneous Submissions, Previously Published, Payment, Submission Fees, Author Copies and Publishing Rights.
For Our policy on prose poetry, click here.
No, we don’t accept simultaneous submissions. We like to think you’re reserving your best work for us anyway.
Of course, we can’t check that the same work you submitted to Pure Slush is or isn’t submitted elsewhere, but we at Pure Slush are pretty upfront, so we expect the same of those who submit to us.
If the poem, story or essay you intend submitting has been previously published elsewhere – that’s print, or online journals or magazines or (author) blogs, or eBooks or PDFs – stop now!
We are not interested in publishing material that has been previously published anywhere.
Pure Slush can’t pay contributors money, favours or in kind … but if you are in Adelaide, let us know and hopefully we can catch up for afternoon tea.
No, we don’t charge submission fees. Some do, but we don’t.
Pure Slush uses print on demand (pod), which means that when you order your Pure Slush book online, it is then printed and shipped to you. (And you can’t order it any other way.) There are various services / websites that use print on demand, and the practice is not uncommon in independent or boutique publishing.
So, in a nutshell, if you want a copy of a Pure Slush publication, you must pay for it. This includes writer contributors.
We do however, supply a PDF, ePub or Mobi copy if requested.
While no bleeding heart sob-story sympathy is sought, please be aware that if you submit work for a Pure Slush print anthology, if you want a copy, you will need to pay for it. If editors at Pure Slush want a copy, they too must pay for their copy.
So, think about this before you submit, if it proves or will prove a problem for you. We would love to be able to give all authors their own complimentary copy, but that’s not the system used.
Should you have any queries re this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pure Slush reserves the right of first publication for all work it publishes (stories and poems, fiction and non-fiction).
It is industry practice that authors do not publish work scheduled for publication by Pure Slush, online or in print, before it comes out by Pure Slush (so don’t do the Hey! Look at what is about to appear in a Pure Slush book! Read it here before you find it in the book! thing) and Pure Slush operates under this same understanding.
Once your poem or story or essay is published by Pure Slush, it’s out there, and then yes, we are okay with you publishing it elsewhere … though we suggest you wait a courteous three months.
But until it is published by Pure Slush, then we expect what is the industry norm, and that is your work is not published elsewhere, including personal author blogs and websites and other print books or eBooks.
Submission to Pure Slush constitutes acceptance of these terms.