FREE SUBMISSION MONTH will be in July of this year (2019). During that month, all of our forms will be free. Submit early, they do fill up fast.
We are a new literary journal, hungry for submissions from the community of authors, readers and "wrimos." If you have works of fiction 300-8000 words in length, or illustrations based on mythology, fairy tales, and lore, we want to know about your work.
*Submissions must 300-8000 words and be recognizably based on mythology, fairy tales, folklore or legends. If you have based your work on an obscure mythology, please include a paragraph explaining your inspiring story/culture/work.
*Publication will have standardized font, please do not submit if your work requires a particular text style or color.
*You may attach up to three stories, 8000 words, cumulative, maximum. Please do not exceed three stories within these three files. File names must be the title of your story.
*DO NOT name the file of your submission "Curating Alexandria" or "Mythology." Our computers have literally hundreds of files including these names and it's very hard to identify your work. Our preferred file name scheme is "[StoryName][AuthorName]"
*If you'd like us to consider a serial publication, please send us one chapter of your work. Serials will be released as one chapter a week for the duration of your story. Please indicate if your story is already finished or if you'll be "writing as we go."
*Please include a cover letter: Please note if your work is simultaneously submitted or previously published. Include a short 3rd person bio.
Thank you authors who have submitted and contributed to us so far!
Update on merger with Salus Books (producer) and production calendar:
30 April 2019
Dear Authors, Artists, Contributors and Friends of Curating Alexandria Literary Productions,
Curating Alexandria opened our doors just over a year ago; we have enjoyed warm welcome in the writers’ community. Thank you for your support, generosity of spirit, and the work you’ve shared with us. This is a note to everyone who has submitted to us and has a work in progress, under review, or accepted. It is penned by Sabrina Bingham, the lead editor of Curating Alexandria. I have corresponded with many of you personally and have always been impressed with the kindness and professionalism of the writers who submit to Curating Alexandria: thank you.
A few months ago, we began conversation with our friends at Salus Books- a small organization of authors, illustrators and producers. Our mutual interests, needs, and skills each found a fit with each other. Curating Alexandria (aka CALP) grew faster than anticipated; our growth quickly outpaced our production resources. We are therefore happy to announce that we have partnered with Salus Books for on-going production of literature, mythology fanfiction, and poetry.
While announcing this merger, I’d like to take a moment to add a more personal note about something effecting our production cycle. Since last summer, my own health has been greatly challenged. I’m sure many of you have heard variants on the quote about how a company crashed or finances were lost or a system broke…. “very slowly at first, then all of a sudden.” That quip is an accurate description of my own journey. It’s time to admit it to myself, my company, and professional liaisons: I’m not operating at full capacity and I don’t know when I will be.
I personally will be in surgery soon and was told to expect a six week recovery.
This phase feels a bit like being in a cocoon; the process of recovery is mysterious, messy, and dark.
It is my sincere hope that we (both myself personally, Salus Books and CALP as a whole) emerge from this chrysalis transformed, stronger, and more capable than before. With the newfound support in Salus and the kindness and patience of our writers, I have every confidence we will be back at work and creating beautiful books and media before long.
HOUSEKEEPING DETAILS REGARDING PRODUCTION:
· Curating Alexandria will continue to operate under the same name as we have.
· All publication commitments will be honored.
· All publication of accepted works will be complete by the December 15th, 2020.
· Authors ALWAYS retain rights to their works; you are welcome to submit to other publication outlets even after promise-to-publish with Curating Alexandria.
· Our summer internship applications open May 15th for student editorial readers.
We realize our production changes effect many individuals. I personally want you to make the best choices for YOU as an author. If you need to withdraw your work from our consideration, please do so via Submittable.com or your route of submission. As we are happy to publish previously published works, and allow authors to republish works we have run, there is very little risk letting us keep your work under consideration (unless you want it considered by an organization who does not allow simultaneous submissions). Please make the best choice for you and know that we celebrate your successes and sincerely want to see you find your best-fit for publication: even if it’s not with us.
Thank you again dear writers and artists, it has been a true pleasure working with you and I look forward to many years of creating books together.
Curating Alexandria Literary Productions
See following pages for information on contacting Sabrina Bingham or details for publication of specific books in process.
I am available via company email CuratingAlexandria@gmail.com. For faster response, I will reply to text messages via WhatsApp, phone number317-874-7078. I will not handle business transactions via WhatsApp (it’s not the way to withdraw, submit, check on submissions, etc) but if you have general questions or concerns about publishing, Curating Alexandria, editing, etc, I’m happy to talk to you.
CALP has a social media account on twitter @CuratingAlex and Instagram @CuratingAlexandria
I personally use Instagram and am happy to connect with authors and artist there @Mountain_Write My personal account is, well, personal. I don’t post updates on Curating Alexandria there.
SPECIFIC BOOKS-in-PROCESS UPDATES for CURATING ALEXANDRIA
Poets of Alexandria: this book is finished in ebook form and the print is still pending. This project will be finished by August, 2019.
Fox Fire Competition Collection: Winner selected and announced. Story selection complete. Publication promised by Dec 2020, likely by August, 2019.
Gods in Modern World/Alternate setting: this book is completed for story selection and in process for editing. Cover art unarranged, seeking artist. Guaranteed publish by Dec 2020, projected publish by January 2020.
Classical Mythology fanfiction: story selection in process, 80% full. Cover art unarranged, seeking artist. Guaranteed publish by Dec 2020, projected publish by March 2020.
LGBTQ Pride and Mythology: story selection in process, 60% full. Cover art unarranged, seeking artist. Guaranteed publish by Dec 2020, projected publish by June 2020.
Halloween/Autumn Collection: story selection in process, 30% full. Still projected to publish by Oct 15th 2019. Promised by Oct 15th 2020.
Fairy Tales Collection: story selection in process, 10% full. Still projected to publish by Dec 15th, 2019. Promised no later than December 2020
All forms have a small $4.00 readers' fee. This helps us afford submission management software but we don't want it to get in the way of submissions. Please email us to make arrangements if you need to submit for free.
We are seeking visual art to accompany and enhance a literary anthology. The collection is a set of fractured fairy tales, mythology fan fiction, and stories based on classical folk lore and legend. Any art work centered around these themes is accepted.
Images will be rendered in black and white in our editions that include stories/poems. We are also developing an all-color collection for all accepted works that had to be run B+W in text collection.
Accept/Decline decisions on art have about a 2 weeks turnaround. Please send a note to us if your work has been pending longer than 2 weeks.