TERMS & AGREEMENTS

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1) The work you are submitting is an original work and belongs to you, the Contributor.  It is not a violation or infringement of any existing copyright or license and has not been previously published elsewhere.

2) The Contributor accepts responsibility for obtaining permissions for publication at your expense of any materials in which copyright vests in any other person or party.

3) You hereby grant Driftwood Press First North American Serial Rights for both print and online versions, as well as the right to republish your work in an anthology.

4) Driftwood Press has the right to make any revision to the work in the interest of uniformity and style, but will solicit the Contributor’s approval for substantive changes.

5) You understand that Driftwood Press offers payment for fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative contributions upon publication only if given a working Paypal address before or within one month of publication.

6)  You understand that Driftwood Press may withdrawal offer of publication at any time. 

7) If your work appears on our website, you may ask us to remove it at any time, and we will make a good faith effort to do so as soon as possible.

$20.00
$20.00

 

What We're Looking For...

  • We strongly recommend reading a few of our issues to get a sense of the fiction we publish; the same senior editors who read the short fiction will read for the novellas.

Timeline

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  • Novella submissions are currently open. We’re hoping to publish our first novella in late 2020.
  • Novella submissions typically take six months. Feel free to reach out to us if you've been in consideration for longer.

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Guidelines

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  • Fiction only.
  • 10,000-30,000 words recommended. We’ll consider works slightly outside of these parameters, but don’t push them too much. 40,000 words, for instance, is a novel, not a novella.
  • A standard, 12-point font and single-spacing is preferred. 
  • Excerpts of the novella may have been published individually, but never more than 50% of the novella.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Submit works written in English only, no translations.
  • Please submit your manuscript in a .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  • Base submission cost is $20. Additionally, we are offering a $30 dollar submission option that will include a print copy of our first novella. We will ship to the address provided on your submittable account

Awards

  • Any novella writer selected for publication will receive $400 dollars and 10 copies of their novella, both granted upon publication.
  • A print run of the winning novella will be sold on our website, through affiliate bookstores, and will be nationally and internationally distributed by Ingram. 
  • The winner will also have the opportunity to be interviewed about their work; the interview will be published in the novella following the story.
  • After the first 200 copies are sold, the writer gets 10% royalties. After 500 copies are sold, the writer receives 15% royalties. Copies bought by or awarded to the writer do not count toward the number of copies sold.

 Over the past five years, we’ve had the pleasure of bringing you a quarterly magazine featuring some of the best poetry, fiction, and visual arts on the web. As we transitioned to the new, biannual release schedule, we branched out in the form of contests, an editing service, and chapbook publications; now, we’re proud to announce open submissions for graphic novel manuscripts, which will burgeon our ever-growing catalog.

Some of our favorite graphic artists are Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Joe Sacco, Brecht Evens, Taiyo Matsumoto, Anders Nilsen, Jillian Tamaki, Christophe Chaboute, Eleanor Davis, Gipi, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, David Lapham, and Inio Asano.

What to Submit

Samples: We do not commit to publication from samples alone; however, if we are interested in the sample, we will contact you to learn more about the project. Please note: we do not match up artists with storytellers or vice-versa.

Full & Partial Manuscripts: You may submit either a full or partial manuscript.

You’ll generally hear back from us within a month. If a month has passed, feel free to reach out to check on the status of your submission.

Creator-owned

Driftwood Press employs a creator-owned model across all of its publications. You will always retain the creative rights to your work, and our traditional publishing contracts limit Driftwood Press’ ability to merchandise and franchise any of your work.

Payment

-$1,000 contract upon completion of book

-10% royalties for the first 10,000 copies

-15% royalties for all sales above 10,000 copies


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Agreement

I, [the creator or representative], am submitting to you, Driftwood Press, the following materials (“the Material”) in accordance with the following agreement:

  1. Submission Guidelines. I represent and warrant to you that I have read the Submission Guidelines on the Driftwood Press Submittable and agree to the statements, terms, and conditions set forth therein.  I agree that said Submission Guidelines are incorporated by reference to this agreement.
  2. Original Material. I represent and warrant to you, your successors, and assigns that the Material is originally created by me and that no other persons other than those who have signed this agreement have collaborated with me in creating and developing the Material.
  3. Submission Does NOT Constitute an Agreement. Your consideration of the Material and any negotiations between us regarding the Material shall not be deemed an admission by you of the novelty or originality of the Material.
  4. No Promise to Publish. I agree that your consideration of the Material does not constitute an obligation, promise, or agreement on your part to publish the Material in any format in whole or part.
  5. Retain a Copy. You may retain a copy of the Material and I release you from any liability for loss or damage thereto.
  6. Right to Use Material. I hereby grant you the right to use the Material, provided that: a) you shall first conclude an agreement with me for such use; or, b) you shall determine that you have an independent legal right to use the Material or any portion thereof which is not derived from me either because the Material is not new, novel, or original or has not been reduced to concrete form or because other persons (which may include your employees and other persons presenting materials to you) have submitted similar or identical suggestions, features, and material which you have the right to use.
  7. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction. This Agreement shall be construed solely under Florida substantive law and that the exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute shall be a state or federal court located in the City of Tampa in the State of Florida.   I agree that any claim against you, your employees, officers, directors, or shareholders based on the Material must be filed before the date of any statute of limitations or no later than within one year after the date of your first publication or other relevant use of the Material.
  8. Attorneys’ Fees and Costs. In the event of any dispute that requires dispute resolution, the prevailing party shall be entitled to receive reimbursement from the non-prevailing party for all mediation, arbitration, and other legal costs, expenses, and fees, in addition to any other recovery or award.
  9. Waiver. A party’s attempted waiver, consent or authorization of any kind to any breach or default under this Agreement shall not be effective or binding upon such party unless the same is in a written instrument which such party has signed.  Any such waiver, consent or authorization will be valid solely to the extent specifically set forth in such written instrument.  No failure or delay on the part of either party to this Agreement to exercise any right, remedy, power or privilege shall preclude or limit any other right or further exercise of such rights or the exercise of another right, remedy, power or privilege with respect to the same or any other matter.
  10. Severability. If a court of competent jurisdiction holds that any one or more of this Agreement’s provisions are invalid or unenforceable in any respect, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not affect any of this Agreement’s other provisions. Any provision of this Agreement intended to survive termination, including but not limited to those related to confidentiality, non-use, ownership rights, title protection, damages, relief and such other provisions shall survive termination hereof.
  11. Entire Understanding and Modification. This agreement constitutes our entire understanding and my signature and the signature of any person who has collaborated with me in the creation or development of the Material shall constitute agreement to the terms and conditions set forth herein. This agreement may be changed only by a written instrument signed by you and me. This agreement also applies to any other material which I may submit to you unless it is agreed by us in writing to the contrary. The invalidity of any provision of this agreement shall not affect the remainder, which shall continue in full force and effect.
$3.99
$3.99
Our stories share little in common outside of a love of language; well-crafted sentences and honed rhythm are a must for Driftwood contributors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of our favorite authors are William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, John Updike, Don Delillo, Graham Greene, and James Joyce. We stray away from young adult, fantasy, romance, novel chapters, and mainstream mystery fiction. While we're interested  in experimentalism and stream of consciousness (not auto-writing), we expect a story to have narrative momentum. For an example of unconventional narrative momentum, please see Russell Helm's "The Grass Cutter" in issue 3.4.

Writers can submit one piece of prose, no longer than 4,000 words. Please use single spacing, include a name on the first page, and make sure the document is '.doc' or '.docx' file type. Please do not submit PDFs unless it preserves stylistic decisions that may be affected by another file type.

This is the Premium Fiction submission area. For $4.99, you will receive either an acceptance or rejection within the short time of one week; one of our managing editors will receive $4.17 for his timely work, while Submittable will snag $0.84. At Driftwood Press, we understand that an artist's time is precious, and we are happy to provide this service for our submitters. The fee does not guarantee that your piece will be accepted! We judge each work fairly and with the same reverence we would want our own work to be judged with. Please also not that you will not be refunded if you withdraw before the week is over. Finally, we thank you for choosing this option of submission. This is the editors' only means of payment, and we are truly excited to find the greatest fiction in the most effective, timely manner possible. 

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Our stories share little in common outside of a love of language; well-crafted sentences and honed rhythm are a must for Driftwood contributors. Perhaps unsurprisingly, some of our favorite authors are William Faulkner, Virginia Woolf, Michael Cunningham, John Updike, Don Delillo, Graham Greene, and James Joyce. We stray away from young adult, fantasy, romance, novel chapters, and mainstream mystery fiction. While we're interested  in experimentalism and stream of consciousness (not auto-writing), we expect a story to have narrative momentum. For an example of unconventional narrative momentum, please see Russell Helm's "The Grass Cutter" in issue 3.4.

Writers can submit one piece of prose, no longer than 4,000 words. Please use single spacing, include a name on the first page, and make sure the document is '.doc' or '.docx' file type. Please do not submit PDFs unless it preserves stylistic decisions that may be affected by another file type.
$2.99
$2.99

Whether you are seasoned or a beginner brimming with poetic inspiration, we call upon your abilities. At Driftwood, we are devoted to finding poetry of the highest caliber; we seek poetry of literary importance. Some of our favorite poets are T.S. Eliot, Carolyn Hembree, Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, and Allen Ginsberg. Overly romanticized, antiquated, or colloquial poetry is not our focus. Experimental forms and content that reveals your unique style are welcomed.

Poets can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 60 lines. If you submit more than three poems, only the first three will be read. When submitting, please send all poems in a single document. 

This is the Premium Poetry submission area. For $3.99, you will receive either an acceptance or rejection within roughly one week. At Driftwood Press, we understand that an artist's time is precious, and we are happy to provide this service for our submitters. You can submit up to three poems. Please, and we can't stress this enough, make for sure you include all poems in a single submission. In addition, the fee does not guarantee that your piece will be accepted! We judge each poem fairly and with the same reverence we would want our own work to be judged with. Finally, we thank you for choosing this option of submission. This is the editor's only means of payment, and we are truly excited to find the greatest poetry in the most effective, timely way possible. 

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Whether you are seasoned or a beginner brimming with poetic inspiration, we call upon your abilities. At Driftwood, we are devoted to finding poetry of the highest caliber; we seek poetry of literary importance. Some of our favorite poets are T.S. Eliot, Carolyn Hembree, Adrienne Rich, and Allen Ginsberg. Overly romanticized, antiquated, or colloquial poetry is not our focus. Experimental forms and content that reveals your unique style are welcomed.

Poets can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 60 lines. When submitting, please send all poems in a single document. 

 Individual graphic works may range from a single image to twenty-two pages of comic art. Please submit no more than five photographs unless they are in a series, in which case you may send up to twenty. Please send us the highest resolution possible for any visual art submission; a work may be denied simply on the grounds that the resolution is not high enough for publication. Upon acceptance, we may ask for a specific file type to publish with. If your work does not have a title, please label it 'Untitled'.

​We can serialize longer graphic works, but the first chapter of the work and a series outline must be presented before serialization is promised. If we accept your series, we will publish individual chapters of no more than twenty-two pages in each issue. Some of our favorite graphic artists are Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Brecht Evens, Anders Nilsen, Christophe Chaboute, Simon Hanselmann, Michael DeForge, David Lapham, David Mazzucchelli, Dash Shaw, and Scott McCloud.

We’re currently accepting craft essays: essays in which the craft of writing is dissected, detailed, and explained with the help of literary examples. For useful examples of craft essays, we recommend books such as David Jauss’ Alone with All That Could Happen, Charles Baxter’s Burning Down the House, Jane Hirshfield’s Nine Gates, and Graywolf Press’ “Art of” Series. All craft essays must be in MLA format with appropriate citations; if they are longer than 7,000 words, please email our editors with an abstract before submission.

 

Interviews, on the other hand, have a 5,000-word limit; we recommend that interviews be one-on-one. Please include a short, 200-word biography of the author you will be interviewing, as well as the name of the interviewer. We do not accept self-interviews.

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