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Submissions

Submissions for novels are temporarily closed.

We will have ongoing submissions calls for anthology, short story and poetry projects. See below for currently open calls.

 

Submissions should be in .doc, .rtf or .txt formats, 12 point font, and 1.5 or double spaced. They should be clean, proof-read and lacking in formatting frills. We're not currently setting a wordcount on novel manuscripts, because our editor is a great believer that wordcount should serve the story, not the other way around. Amaze us.

 

 

Current Submissions
Backyard Earth


The Patchwork Raven's next ridiculously over-ambitious project is "Backyard Earth": a "round the world" series of books. The idea is that we will make five books - one for each continent (more or less). Each book will contain one story for every country on that continent. 


As it turns out, finding a comprehensive list of countries is not as easy as you may think - what with contested areas and places that are still technically part of other countries. I've made a best effort attempt below. If a country you love/know is not on the list and you think it should be, get in touch and make a case for it, and I'll consider it. :) 


What do we want? 

 

One story set in each of the countries on this list. Submissions will stay open until we have a full complement. We're not in a hurry, so we will be leaving submissions open as long as it takes. As we accept stories, I will remove the countries that are no longer available from the list. 

 

I would prefer stories with a sense of the actual place rather than travel stories. The best situation is where a writer who actually lives there sends us a piece, but failing that, please do your research! I'm not interested in the old "traveller finds themself by appropriating a culture not their own" nonsense. I am looking for stories by and of the place itself. Stories that feel local, even if you, the writer, are not necessarily local. If you think you can achieve this with a travel story, you are welcome to try, but I am telling you upfront that I am likely to be prejudiced against it. ;) So, go a little deeper, awesome humans! 

 

Word count should be no more than 5000 words. There is no lower limit, but don't undersell yourself. I will consider poetry, but only if it is spectacular. 

 

Payment

 

For these anthologies, all accepted stories will be paid a flat fee of $25. (Wordcount should serve the story, not the bottom line.) If the books become a runaway success, we will negotiate a royalty cut for each of the writers whose work appears in them. 

 

For the love of god, send me a clean manuscript. 

 

I'm not overly fussy about the form in which it comes, but please keep it simple. Simple font, 12 point, 1.5 or double spaced, no fancy flourishes or coloured text or pretty borders. (All things I have received in submissions in the past.) Format should be .doc, .docx, .rtf or .txt. PLEASE proof-read it, or get it proof-read before you send it. Spelling and grammar errors will make me much less inclined to use your story unless it totally blows my mind. Simple, clean, correct. 

 

Email your submission to: thepatchworkraven@gmail.com
Please make sure you include the following in your subject line: Backyard Earth Submission - [Title of story] - [Author name] - [Country]

 

 

I look forward to reading your submissions! 

 

 

List of countries for which we still need stories

 

Africa
 

 

Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Congo DR
Cote d'Ivoire
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Mali
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Tunisia
Uganda
Zambia

 

 

The Americas

 

Antigua and Barbuda
The Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Curacao
Dominica
Ecuador
El Salvador
French Guiana
Greenland
Grenada
Guyana
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Puerto Rico
Saint Helene, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Uruguay
Venezuela

 

 

Asia
 
 

Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
China (People's Republic of)
East Timor
Georgia
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
North Korea
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Palestine
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkey
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

 

 

Europe
 
 

Albania
Andorra
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
France
Hungary
Iceland
Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Republic of Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Portugal
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovenia
Svalbard
Switzerland
Ukraine
Vatican City

 

Oceania

 

Fiji
Kiribati
Federated States of Micronesia
Nauru
New Caledonia
Palau
Papau New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu