26th June 2021
Crimeucopia is intended to be a quarterly First Filled - First to Publish anthology style ‘magazine’ – with an approximate release of March, June, September and December. Vaguely themed the Free-for-All has now been dropped due to the amount of submissions being received.
July 5th to August 31st
October 1st to November 30th
The first half of 2022 will be closed for submissions
due to getting our Social Media more prominent
Multiple Submissions are acceptable (within reason) - due to several recent experiences Simultaneous Submissions are no longer being accepted
Reprints - Please, please, please leave a respectable amount of time between initial publication and offering them up to us.
The original publishers will want to generate sales, rather than having them undermined by yet another instance of the fiction appearing elsewhere.
Due to our Small Press/Semi-Pro nature, MIP is not our full-time, salary paying job. This means we are not scanning for emails 24/7-366 (to take into account Leap Years), so please hold off for around 60 days before clicking the send button on that Why aren’t you bastards talking to me about my submission!?! email. We don’t intend to run a slushpile, however, we will accept material with a provisional publication date that may slide right if unforeseen circumstances raise their nasty little pointed heads. Your understanding in regard to this happening is much appreciated. To make this more palatable, the intention is also to pay on acceptance, rather than on publication.
Submissions are via email attachments to [email protected] with a subject line of SUBMISSIONS_Crimeucopia_<Your Name>_<Story Title>
Publishing will be through IngramSpark (both paper and ebook) as they have a much wider distribution – though Amazon will be used to cover that side of the Internet based distributors.
Intended format is standard UK Paperback (129mm x 198mm) US B-Format, usually with a matte cover, and around 280 pages.
Intended themes – always open to interpretation – include:-
Severed heads blocking drains (no Taggart “There’s been a mudder!” impressions, please) – or an item discovered in an attic trunk – something found while skip diving – or not found, as the case may be.
The 'I's Have It
Investigators - either Private or Public Sector - Investigators who are even unlicenced - we're looking for material that sets a tone as well as a scene, and puts some meat on those shallow grave bones.
Give us your tales of Crime, Passion and L for Love - Is it always a driving force for crime? Is it the centre of the crime itself? Hitchcock may well have said Dial M For Murder, but we say Dial C for Crime, extension L for Love
A Little Touch Of NOIR In The Night
Is the NOIR Crime sub-genre always dark and downbeat? Is there a time when 'Bad' changes sides and does the Good role?
NOIR is almost always served up Raw and Bloody - so this might be a chance to see if it can be served sunny side up?
See also Side Projects for details of niche projects that are slow time burners
Other 'themes' will be added - however, although the release schedule for 2021 is now complete, it doesn't mean we won't have a double-barrel release.
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