Twelve Winters Press, a literary publisher, is dedicated to bringing out high-quality work that may be difficult to place with commercial publishers, or even independent and university presses -- perhaps because of its length, complexity, or difficulty in pigeon-holing into a specific genre or category.  We are small, however, and must take on projects in a very limited manner, emphasizing quality over quantity.

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Ends on 8/15/2015

Twelve Winters Press is seeking submissions for a print anthology of multimodal narratives. Anyone anywhere may submit independent or collaborative work, and there is no fee. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2015.

Submissions must work on or with the two-dimensional printed page and should be narrative in the broad sense – any account of fictional or nonfictional connected events. Work may comprise graphics, text, and/or any other printable code, notation, or means of making meaning, and must combine modes of communication (e.g., verbal and visual). Color and graphical elements are not strictly required, but are especially encouraged. An ideal submission should exhibit a dimension of strong visual interest and somehow defy, pervert, and/or subvert existing notions of genre and idiom. Without meaning to recommend a specific aesthetic, popular examples of the type of narrative we are seeking might be found in Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves or Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library series. Work that is easily assigned a traditional category (e.g., "poetry," "photography," "flash fiction," "batik") or might fit with other, more traditional outlets, may not be a good fit with the anthology.

Only printable media will be accepted; however, if the submission innovates a way to involve other media that relies principally on the print medium, it may be considered. (E.g., a QR code linking to a music library would not be acceptable, per se, but could work as an appendix to, or integral element of, a principally print work.) The anthology is targeted to an English-speaking audience. Spanish, sign, Martian, etc., elements may be considered, provided an English-speaking audience can understand what they are meant to understand.

The book will contain approximately 160 pages at 8.5" x 8.5", perfect bound, with a default print area of 6.5" x 6.5", printed in process color. Submitted work should be formatted to these specifications; otherwise we may modify work to fit the layout. Submissions are permitted and encouraged to take full advantage of the format, including, as desired, the entire 8.5" x 8.5" page, but contributors should be mindful of the bleed and gutter.

Submit a complete work or representative, self-sufficient excerpt of 3 to 12 pages as formatted .PDF, .DOC(X), or high-quality (300 DPI) .JPEG or .TIFF. In your cover letter, please include both a brief contributor bio and a brief statement explaining the concept of the work and how you feel it fits the nature and objectives of the anthology. Please direct questions to the project editor at SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE AND NOT VIA THIS EMAIL ADDRESS, PLEASE.

Twelve Winters Press will acquire first serial rights to all accepted work, with rights reverting to the author upon publication. The anthology will be available worldwide in print, Kindle and Nook editions, possibly with audio and other media versions as well.

Anthology editor Adam McHenry Nicholson is the founder and managing director of Sala Creative Association, a professional association and resource for creatives in all fields, as well as a freelance writer and editor. He has taught English composition and literature, written and illustrated for independent comics zines and collections, and codirected an arts center, managing communications, attracting guests, and coordinating visual, literary, and performing arts events.

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