Calling all nerdy, outspoken, thoughtful, quirky women and non-binary writers, illustrators, and comic artists! Women Write About Comics is launching its first zine, Secrets of the Goat People, and we want YOU. WWAC was founded in part to promote and publish the voices of women and non-binary writers, those of us who have been marginalized, unheard and unseen, within the geek industry. That’s why the theme we’ve chosen is simply: Voice.
We want to hear you. And we want to amplify your voice.
Interested? Here’re the deets:
What do we want?
We’re accepting unpublished work, new or old. If the work has been published, we’ll accept it if it’s been newly expanded and unpublished in its current form.
This zine is a new venture–and a new medium in which we can follow one of our core principles. So, let’s hear you. What do you want to say? Shout it out. We’re listening!
We’re looking for:
- Short fiction or prose (500-750 words)
- One-page, b&w or greyscale illustrations or comics
- Long fiction or prose (2,500-3,000 words)
- Mid-length, b&w or greyscale comics (6-8 pages)
What’ll we pay you?
Payment rates are as follows:
- Short fiction or prose: $50
- One-page illustration or comic: $50
- Long fiction or prose: $200
- Mid-length comic: $200
Details and requirements:
As referenced above, submissions are only open to women and non-binary people.
Secrets of the Goat People will be published in both digital and physical zine form. With this in mind, illustrations and comics should be print ready and formatted for 6.25″ x 9.75″.
Payment will be issued only after work is received and the editorial process is complete. You must submit a name and valid address. Payment will be sent via check or PayPal within ten business days of editorial completion.
We reserve exclusive rights for one year in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. After one year, the work may be reprinted as long as attribution is given to Women Write About Comics as the original publisher. Exceptions may be negotiated in writing.
Please submit your completed work via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short (1-2 sentence) bio. You may include your own website and/or one to two social media handles. Incomplete work or pitches for work will not be accepted at this time.
The deadline for submission is August 6, 2016.
Women Write About Comics is an online magazine. Our beat is comics, creators, and geek culture from a feminist perspective, and we are committed to both intersectionality and internationality.
You’re probably wondering about the name of the zine, huh? We first met the goat people in Baffling Mysteries, an old Ace Comics anthology magazine, a snippet of which makes up the header image on our about page.
But it was only after we saw The VVitch, this year’s much debated Puritan witch film (and couldn’t stop talking making dirty goat jokes), that we finally knew that we at WWAC were goat people. Can we spoil you? Well, we’re going to. In The VVitch, a suspicious goat named Black Phillip is also a devil (the devil? a minor devil? who knows…) who tempts young women into his coven with butter and dresses. A bad deal, if you ask us. Who needs some devilish billy goat to lead your coven.
At WWAC, the goat people, not the billy-goat-devil-guy, run things. And it only seemed right that we name our first zine after curious, clever, stubborn goats. 🐐 🐐 🐐