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Dan from Santa Monica, CA is reading Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk October 8, 2011 - 2:36pm

Does anyone know which literary magazines are best for submitting transgressive fiction short stories (Chuck Palahniuk style) to?

Duotrope.com is amazing. Hands down the best thing an aspiring writer can use when trying to find the right outlet to submit their work to.

However, Duotrope.com does not list "transgressive" as one of their genres in their search engine.

Does any have any suggestions?

 

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Dennis from Los Angeles is reading Necroscope by Brian Lumley October 8, 2011 - 4:48pm

Hey Dan,

Our own Richard Thomas would be the best person to speak to about this. 

http://litreactor.com/team/richard-thomas

Richard has a lot of experience with submitting shortstories to the marketplace and will be unveiling a new column called 'Storyville' here later this month.

In the meantime, he just completed a writing residency and may be on the boards soon to answer questions like this.

Also, I encourage anyone reading this that knows answers to questions like this to please submit them to our Resources section: http://litreactor.com/workshop/resources

We're trying to really build that section up as a definitive source of help for writers.

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Dan from Santa Monica, CA is reading Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk October 9, 2011 - 10:37pm

Thanks Dennis!

All right Richard Thomas...

Let's see that floating rose icon give us some answers!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 10, 2011 - 7:59am

Hey guys,

Well, let me see if I can shine a light on this.

Transgressive IMO means anarchy or chaos, an uprising against the rules of society, man, business, etc. This wiki link really gets into some excellent detail:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgressive_fiction

BUT, while Duotrope.com is a fantastic site, and a resource that I use all of the time, trying to pin down a story that is trangressive, where to send it? Very difficult.

I'd try to fine the nearest majore genre that is similar. Does your story lean towards horror? Then I'd try some places like Shimmer, Shock Totem, ChiZine or Shroud. Does it lean towards crime? Then I'd try Crime Factory, Ellery Queen, Alfred Hithcock, Needle, Big Lucks, Spinetingler, etc. If it's on the literary side, I'd try Juked, Hobart, Barrelhouse, 3:AM, Bat City Review, Cream City Review, The Pinch, Black Clock, Gargoyle, etc. And if it's just cool and quirky, maybe even experimental, try Annalemma, Dark Sky, Caketrain, GUD, Camera Obscura, Harpur Palate, PANK, redivider, etc.

Here's a link to my ongoing list, you can always peruse this, but it covers a wide range of genres and sub-genres from horror, sf and fantasy to literary, magical realism, and crime:

http://whatdoesnotkillme.com/2009/07/28/richards-submissions/

Best thing you can do is try to read what's out there, and see what style is closest to what you're doing. It's tricky, and takes time, and a bit of money too, but well worth it. Also, go to AWP if you can, the next conference is here in Chicago (March 2012). The bookfair really gives you a sense of the massive, but finite, scope of the literary world today.

Hope this helps.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 10, 2011 - 8:06am

Rich,

I'm surprised you didn't throw The Nervous Breakdown on there.

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Dan from Santa Monica, CA is reading Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk October 10, 2011 - 2:20pm

Thanks Richard.

Your knowledge is impressive.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 10, 2011 - 8:26pm

We're not open to submissions at the moment, but I edit a journal called Bust Down the Doors and Eat All the Chickens, which publishes absurd and surreal stories. I'm really into black humor. Here's my site: www.absurdistjournal.com. There's also The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction. Perhaps look up "bizarro fiction" in wikipedia to see if it describes your writing before submitting.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 19, 2011 - 6:37am

@brandon-TNB doesn't really publish a lot of fiction.

@dan-thanks

@bradley-yes, for sure guys, BDTDAEATC is fantastic, and I owe Bradley for pointing me towards Opium with a story I sent them, it was my first story I ever published.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 19, 2011 - 6:38am

Hmm, that's interesting.  I got one going up there next week.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 21, 2011 - 7:29am

Thanks, Richard.

Actually I recently decided that the next issue of Bust (which should be out next month) will be the last issue that I'll be working on as the Editor-in-Chief. I have someone who is most likely taking over, and if that doesn't work out, I'll look for someone else. Although I'll continue to work on it to assist the new "head honcho" with things that she's inexperienced with until I'm no longer needed, along with most likely updating the journal's website whenever necessary.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 21, 2011 - 7:00am

@bradley - sorry to hear that, you've done great work there.

@brandon - well good for you, buddy, that's awesome. look forward to it.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 21, 2011 - 7:30am

Thanks.