Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sliptongue Magazine

We are looking for literary fiction with erotic content: we are NOT an erotica "genre" magazine. Aside from being erotic, subject matter must occur within the realm of actual human experience and obey the laws of biology and physics (i.e., no SciFi, fantasy, monsters, et al). This is not to say we aren't receptive to horror and mystery stories -- simply that they must remain within the boundaries of the believable. In addition to short stories, we are very receptive to novel excerpts. Preferred length is between 1,200 and 8,000 words.

They also publish poetry and artworks.

Compensation: Exposure

For more information read here.

1 comment:

Anastasia said...

I thought I’d give some feedback on this online publication. I don’t know how to phrase it without offending any other staff that work at Sliptongue, except to say that I’ll never submit anything to this publication after an exchange with their editor Robert Scott Lyse, who responded to my - rather polite - submission with a gripe on ‘numerous’ spelling errors, stating that they didn’t have time to correct ‘such stuff’ so then I decided to go through it using spell check, again, and I didn’t find anything.

I’ve had other stories published elsewhere, it doesn’t worry me, but the very attitude was something I found appalling. I appreciate that it’s difficult to scope out each publisher, there are so many, but this particular publisher - a non paying online publisher - is a publisher I wouldn’t approach again.

When I pointed out his unprofessional response (he could have kept it simple like every other professional publisher out there), he didn’t appreciate it. As far as I’m concerned if an editor doesn’t ‘have the time’, then they shouldn’t be at the helm of a publication. I’ve worked in a book publishing company for five years and I know how the bigger business operates, and it doesn’t operate in this manner. Mind you, I located an epigram of his and it had grammatical errors and then he had the gall to tell me about my spelling errors when he could have had the balls to say, ‘look I don’t like your story,’ in a professional way. No one is perfect, but I’m amazed that a non paying publication, that utilizes the work of others without paying them, is nitpicky about their ‘time’.

Finally, and Mr Lyse can hire an army of lawyers for this one, his response (after I took issue with his lack of professionalism):

“You obviously have serious difficulties dealing with rejection!
Blather to others all you wish - we won't lose any sleep over it!
We have a trillion more friends than you do because you're a tiresome bore!
Na-na! Na-na-na!”

That’s his level of maturity as an editor and writer. To think that I didn’t even use exclamation marks when I expressed my thoughts to him. In three years of submitting stories all around the world, he would have to be the worst editor that I have ever dealt with, and it’s not my policy to discuss publications and editors, but I’m making an exception in regard to him because I was impressed with his use of exclamation marks to regress to his childhood.