submit to broken pencil
To submit work or ideas to Broken Pencil, email email@example.com
, or write PO Box 203, Stn P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2S7 Canada. Donít even bother if you havenít already checked out the magazine, sample copies are $5 to the address above, or you can buy it at stores across North America, and, in some cases, you can find it at the library. You can also order your copy at our subscription page.
Articles, Columns and Non-fiction Guidelines:
Broken Pencil has the following sections that always require contributions.
Pencil Sharpener: short reports on cultural events, personalities, zine gatherings etc. examples are a launch of a comic anthology in montreal, a zine fair in medicine hat, a guy who runs an art gallery out of a suitcase in saskatoon. Ideally these are no longer than 400 words.
Rant: just like it says, a rant, a first person argument or complaint, could be about anything, but we generally like to have at least some relationship to indie/alternative culture/lifestyle. Should be around 700 words.
Features: Long well researched articles on the subject of indie/alternative culture. Could be a profile of an individual or event, could explore a trend or new development etc. 1000-3000 words. We also use features in the following sections: Art, Music, Ezine, Film&Video. Queries for those sections will be passed on to the appropriate editor.
Folio: 2-4 pages in which a zinester does whatever they feel like. Go crazy. A strong visual element is required here, a marriage of words and text.
Fiction: Original never before published fiction. Word lengths of 50-3000 words. We do not consider the fiction of regular contributors to BP. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our payments range from $30 to $300 depending on what kind of article you are writing. The thing to do is to pitch us with specific ideas, and maybe include a few of your previous articles. Also a little background info about you would be nice. It will take us a while to get back to you, so be patient. If you do send a manuscript, be sure to include a disc in pc format if possible.
Broken Pencil is looking for works of fiction that conform to no principles, no guidelines and no preconceptions. We want work that hurts you to write, and us to read. Stories should be 50 to 3000 words long. Payment varies, depending on the status of our finances. We always endeavor to pay our contributors a minimum of $30, but hopefully we will be able to pay more. Send your story to Broken Pencil attention Ken Sparling along with a computer disk in PC format (if possible), email, phone number and a self addressed stamped envelope. Include a short bio. We also accept email submissions, stories should be attached in word or text format, along with bio and complete contact information. Send stories to email@example.com
. Be patient. We only come out three times a year, and we take a long time to make decisions. But we want read your work, and assure you that we read everything sent to us with care and consideration.
General Submission Guidelines:
Remember, we are a guide to alternative and independent culture. We donít want your thoughts on Hollywood movies or your touching tale about coming of age on the prairies! Make sure you have some sense of the kind of work we use before getting in touch. Always include a self addressed stamped envelope, your address, phone number and email, and a little something about yourself. A disk in a pc format is also helpful. Never send us something if you haven't at least read the print version of Broken Pencil. Sample copies are $5 to our po box, or ask for it at your bookstore, or you can order the current issue online at our subscription page.
Submitting Publications for Review:
Broken Pencil accepts zines, ezine urls, books, videos/films, music recordings, and mail-art for review. There are no deadlines for submitting to Broken Pencil as we are an ongoing project. To submit you must mail your work to us at PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S7 CANADA or email your ezine url to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you are mailing us something to review, please include on a separate piece of paper the following information: name of publication, name of the creator/publisher, the price (please note whether or not that price includes postage), and the contact mailing address and email. We will not review material that does not have contact information. We look forward to seeing your work, but keep in mind that Broken Pencil reserves the right to review whatever it feels like, and may not review a particular publication for a variety of reasons