The first issue of NEEDLE was invite-only. We’d planned for the second one to be, as well. Then, as folks saw what the magazine — journal — was about, we’d open up to the general population (as we called it in my younger days) and work through the piles of genius.
Well, as word about NEEDLE started making the rounds, we got some unsolicited submissions, as well as requests for guidelines.
So far the guidelines were: “When I ask you for a story, I’ll tell ya.”
The mag will get stronger as we widen the pool — deepen the pool? widen the net? — for story submissions. And that’s where I need your help. Here are some proposed guidelines. If you have thoughts, we’d love to hear them in the comments down there.
We want stories. No poems. No interviews. No book reviews. No essays.
Boil it hard, then paint it noir. No sci-fi. No romance. If there’s a cat, he’d better not solve the crime.
Original stuff. Not something that ran elsewhere. Not something you’ve had on your blog for the past six months. We want the magazine to be the best, freshest punch to the gut it can be.
Length: 1,000 words to 12,000 words. Flash pieces will work. Long stories or short novellas or whatever your friends call them – they work, too. If it’s a great story, we want more of it, right? Average length is about 3,000 words, if you’re the kind of person who’s into that average length stuff.
Format: Standard manuscript format with your information. Word (or compatible) file.
Acceptance: If your story is selected for an upcoming issue, we’ll email you and ask for a bio and photo.
Rights: Yours. We want to run the story in print. After six months, do whatever you want with it.
Payment: Seeing your story in print alongside some of the best crime fiction writing around. And our thanks.
Email: Send your stuff to needlemag AT gmail.com