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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • In Comments for the Editor (below), you have included a one to two sentence statement of how your submission addresses the theme of dreams. You have also identified yourself as a current or former Camosun student and included your Camosun student ID number.
  • The submission is 2500 words or less, or 8 pages maximum for comics.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). "Prior publication" includes having been posted on social media (such as Instagram, Twitter or Facebook), on a personal website, or in a chapbook.
  • Written material is in 12 point font and paginated. Except for poetry, it is double-spaced.
  • A text submission is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF file format. An image submission is in jpg, eps, tiff or psd file format.
  • To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. Follow the next two steps:
  • The author of the document has deleted their name from the text.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • The appropriate section has been selected: 1) Poetry; 2) Creative nonfiction; 3) Fiction: Literary; 4) Fiction: Fantasy; 5) Fiction: Sci-Fi/Suspense/Other (specify in Comments for the Editor); 6) Drama; 7) Photography. (Please don't use any other sections you may see: they're only there because we can't delete them!

Author Guidelines

Beside the Point 2020: Call for Submissions

Dreams

Have you ever dreamed of whimsical and magical lands? Are your hopes and dreams within reach, or too ambitious to ever become a reality? Dreams can weave a tangled web of deeper symbolism or be completely nonsensical. They can also just as easily unravel into nightmares. Have you ever lived your dreams, or had them shattered? Do you escape into your dreams, or do you find yourself trapped in dreams you want desperately to escape from?

We're currently seeking unique and creative interpretations of what dreams mean to you (preferably avoiding anticlimactic "and it was all just a dream" endings). We encourage you to submit your short stories, scripts, poems, creative nonfiction, and photographs to Beside the Point, and look forward to seeing what your diversity of imaginations has to offer.

To submit, please register as an author and upload your work. 

Now open for submissions!

Deadline for submission: January 15, 2020

The fine print: 

  1. Submit work that fits the theme, but don't be afraid to think outside the box. Surprise us. Give us perspectives, genres, or voices we didn’t expect. We will accept prose, poetry, images or a combination of all of the above; just keep in mind that your work may be reproduced in black and white.
  2. Preference will be given to writers whose work has not already appeared in the journal. 
  3. Please keep your submission under 2500 words.
  4. We seek previously unpublished submissions.
  5. We’ll usually accept only one piece per writer or artist, but that doesn’t mean you can submit only one thing. Have a few pieces you’re proud of? Why not submit them and let us choose which one fits best in the journal?
  6. Written material is in 12-point font and paginated. Except for poetry, it is double-spaced. A text submission is in Word, OpenOffice, or RTF file format. An image submission is 300 dpi in jpg, eps, tiff or psd file format and able to be printed in 8.5 X 11.
  7. Your name and contact information have been removed from the manuscript.
  8. When you upload your work, please select one of the following seven sections: 1) Poetry; 2) Creative Nonfiction; 3) Fiction: Literary; 4) Fiction: Fantasy; 5) Fiction: Sci-Fi/Suspense/Other (specify); 6) Drama; 7) Photography. (Please don't use any other sections you may see; they're only there because we can't delete them!)
  9. In the “Comments for the Editor” box, include a one to two sentence statement of how your submission addresses the theme of power. 
  10. The journal will be published under a Creative Commons license (Attribution—NonCommercial—NoDerivatives).
  11. Payment will be in a contributor’s copy of the print journal.
  12. Beside the Point acquires first North American serial rights and first electronic rights; copyright reverts to the author upon publication. Written contracts will be drawn up with each author or artist whose work we publish.

 

 

 

 

 

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