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ESC! Magazine
Contributor Guidelines

UPDATED March 26, 2012

ESC! Magazine is currently on hiatus with no date scheduled for Vol 14, No 1. Though submissions may be sent in, they will not be considered until the next publication date has been set.

My sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

This is a summary of the guidelines for submitting your work to ESC! Magazine.  For a more detailed look at the guidelines or the Author Artist release form, please download them using the links at the left.

Please be sure to follow all guidelines, especially when it comes to including all of your contact information with the submission.

NOTE: I regret that due to ever increasing postage costs for mailing contributor copies, I am currently unable to accept any new submissions from outside the US. I apologize for this inconvenience and hope to, someday soon, be able to work with the fine writers from around the world whom I've grown to know and love. I am open to any and all questions, comments and suggestions for solving our postage dilemma.

Important Notice:
> All short fiction submissions received will be considered for Volume 14 onward.

> Poetry and Artwork/Comic submissions are currently being accepted for Vol. 14, No. 1 onward.

Upcoming Issues:
Vol 14, No 1 -- Release date TBD
Vol 14, No 2 -- Release date TBD

What Can I Submit?

I am looking for quality fiction, poetry and artwork - from new and experienced authors - that has not been published before or you still own the rights to. Your work should conform to the following guidelines:

FICTION: Should run between 2500 and 5000 words. Longer works will be considered and may, with the author's permission, be split between two or more issues. Shorter works (300-1000 words) will also be considered. All genres are acceptable, however, ESC! Magazine reserves the right to reject any submission based on content or appropriateness to the magazine.

POETRY: Any length poetry will be considered. Please do not submit more than five poems in one envelope or e-mail message.

ARTWORK: I am looking for artists to illustrate the fiction and poetry appearing in the magazine. Writers may illustrate their own pieces. I am also looking for stand-alone artwork and comics which tell a story (like serials that can run from issue to issue) or can be used for cover art.

Artwork should be 8"x11" or smaller. If the original piece is larger, you should reduce it on a high quality photocopier to fit these dimensions.

Artwork should be black and white line-art (illustration art). At this time ESC! Magazine does not accept color artwork. This will be added in the future as demand dictates.

How Do I Submit My Work?

Electronic submissions are preferred.

Use the following addresses to submit your work via e-mail:

Short Fiction, Reviews, Artwork - submissions AT

Poetry - escpoetryeditor AT

Please use an appropriate subject line! Due to the increase of unsolicited commercial e-mail (Spam), messages with blank or unclear subject lines may be inadvertantly deleted. In addition, submissions sent to ANY OTHER e-mail address than those listed above will NOT be replied to.

Your document should be single spaced. Please use the checklist provided to help you.

All submissions will be scanned for viruses and immediately rejected and remain unread if a virus is detected. If you are running Microsoft Windows, we strongly recommend running an anti-virus application such as Nod/32, AVG, Norton Anti-Virus among others.

We can accept fiction/poetry submissions in the following formats: RTF (Rich Text), ASCII/TXT (Plain Text),, Microsoft Word.

RTF, ODT and DOC are preferred.

Submit your illustrations in the following formats: AI (Illustrator), TIFF, PSD (Photoshop) or PNG.

Please be sure to include a short cover letter in the body of your e-mail submission that includes your name, full mailing address, email address, optionally a phone number and title of your work. This can be in the cover letter OR in the submission attachment.

I can not accept your work without your complete contact information!

If you would rather mail your electronic submission, it should be in a PC/Mac compatible format on either 3½" floppy or CD/DVD (-R, +R, -RW or +RW). The disk should be clearly labeled with its contents, format and the submitter’s name.

Non-electronic submissions should be a typed, single or double-spaced document with your name and address clearly placed on the first page. Your name and the title of the work should appear on all pages thereafter. Handwritten submissions will be rejected. Use our checklist found in the PDF guidelines to help you organize your submission.

Artwork should be submitted as a high quality photocopy. Please do not send your originals! I cannot be responsible for what may happen to them. Again, please put your name and address on all pages of your submission.

If you would like your submission returned, please enclose a self addressed, stamped, envelope (SASE) with enough postage to get it back to you.

Please mail submissions to:
ESC! Magazine
c/o Michael Potter, Publisher
P.O. Box 115
Huntley IL 60142-0115

If Accepted, Who Then Owns The Work?

Simply stated: You Do.

Please see our sample Contributor Release and Agreement form for more details. Please write if you have any questions you'd like answered before submitting.

How Much Do I Get Paid?

ESC! Magazine's authors and artists are paid in copy, both printed and electronic. The contributor also is assigned certain distribution rights for the issue in which his/her piece appears. For details on the terms of payment and distribution rights, please see the sample Contributor Release and Agreement form available for download from this site.

Each author or artist is given the chance to reject what he or she feels are unfair terms by simply not signing the release form and then notifying me by e-mail or US Mail.

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