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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 21, 2012 - 12:23pm

Hey guys,

The magazine I have been working on is seeking submissions for it's first issue.

Looking for flash fiction and poetry. The slogan is "A broken home for abrasive fiction" I think that says it all.
Dark, noir, pulp, transgressive, hopeless and pissed off stories.

If you're interested check out the submission guidelines at
www.downermagazine.com

Thanks guys

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. March 21, 2012 - 4:15pm

Check it out guys! Fast response time.

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Mark Grover March 22, 2012 - 8:58am

I'm gonna have to go through my files and see if I have anything to submit!!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 22, 2012 - 9:55am

Working on something for this. 1k words is not a lot to work with. But I'll figure something out.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin March 22, 2012 - 4:19pm

1k is plenty of space to stretch out in.

I believe that I have something just for this.

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. March 22, 2012 - 4:32pm

They're looking for something dark. Carol Oats sort of stuff.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 22, 2012 - 4:54pm

Good point Nick. I got something in the works.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin March 22, 2012 - 5:09pm

I was in this extended tournament at the Write Idea forums (it had a flash round, a short story round, form poetry round and freeform poetry round). The flash wordlimit was 250.

Short story wordlimit?

500.

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Neither story works for this I need something darker. But I've been working on this piece called "Jack's Mom" and it'll be terrifying.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 22, 2012 - 5:26pm

devon, what document formats are acceptable? i personally use open office, so i save everything as odt's and ive found that almost no one can open them, including google. so, pdf is what i usually submit with.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 22, 2012 - 5:33pm

@Charles: you can save files in OpenOffice as .doc. Click save as and select Microsoft word doc.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 22, 2012 - 5:35pm

yeah, but that tends to fuck up the spacing, and sometimes other elements as well.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 22, 2012 - 5:36pm

devon,

there's also www.welcometothevelvet.com/ there is some good talent on that site, too.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 22, 2012 - 6:30pm

The preferred method for submission is just pastes in the body of an email. But .doc and rtf will work too.

Thanks Charles. I didn't even think of the velvet. Baer is probably my favorite right now.

It might be a stupid question, but do any of you read Hubert Selby?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 22, 2012 - 6:51pm

I've read Requiem, long time ago though.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 22, 2012 - 10:39pm

I really like stories like that. Hopeless urban reality. I think there is such a limited number of outlets for those kind of stories.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 22, 2012 - 11:03pm

I sent you one.  It's in the second person but I think it's pretty hopeless and a downer!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 23, 2012 - 2:39am

@Devon: Great. I enjoy writing those types of stories. I'll have one in the next week or so.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 23, 2012 - 6:57am

Thanks guys I really appreciate the support.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 23, 2012 - 7:02am

Apparently it is impossible for me to post a call for submissions on welcometothevelvet. Anyone know why?

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 23, 2012 - 12:48pm

i would put it in the forum, devon, and then someone like logan will move it to the submission calls section. i think...

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 24, 2012 - 2:32pm

sent you something.

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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff March 24, 2012 - 9:31pm

@Devon- if your a member of the Velvet you have to have a certain number of posts before you can start a thread. I'm pretty sure that's the rule. Anyway, sounds like a great mag. I'll keep it in the back of my head when submitting for sure.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 25, 2012 - 12:00am

i couldnt figure out the submission call thing, but i made you a thread over there.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 25, 2012 - 5:50pm

@redvaugh, Thanks, I figured that it was some rule that was blocking me.

 

@charles, Thanks, I appreciate it.

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 30, 2012 - 6:13am

Hey guys,

 

Thank you to everyone that submitted to the first issue of Downer. The first issue is online.

 

Check it out and spread the word.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. March 30, 2012 - 7:36am

Congrats.  The front page is a little hard to navigate (it doesnt' actually link to the first issue).  But other than that, things look great.  Good stuff up there.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 30, 2012 - 12:24pm

i agree with howie. when you click issue 1, it doesnt go there, you have to mouse over it, and even then when you click 1-1 it doesnt. you should make a cover images for each issue, and have a next button. or lay your issues out the way colored chalk used to, or the way thunderdome does now. (which are kinda similar)

examples:

colored chalk - http://coloredchalk.com/modules/smartsection/category.php?categoryid=17

thunderdome - http://thunderdomemag.com/collections/the-collective-speaks/browse-all-collections/itemlist/category/17-march-2011-the-ides

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 30, 2012 - 1:37pm

thanks for checking it out guys. i changed a few things (took your advice) and got it all linked up. i think it is a little easier to navigate and looks prettier now.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 30, 2012 - 2:19pm

much better!

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Devon Robbins from Utah is reading The Least Of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones March 30, 2012 - 2:23pm

Thanks. I appreciate the support.