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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2012 edited
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    I'm now commissioning content for the new Weaponizer Magazine. For those of you who missed the first one, it's still available. If you haven't seen the site before, we publish Fiction and other weirdness - we're coming back online for 2012 very shortly, after recruiting a few new editors. First things first though - I'd like to invite the denizens of Whitechapel to contribute to the magazine. The deadline is the end of February. I've emailed previous contributors, now I'm opening up the submissions to the talented folk who hang out here.

    There are a few differences from the last time, let me go over them.

    The magazine will be smaller - 46 pages of content not 76. This means the cover price will be lower, and I will be able to provide copies to all contributors in actual magazine form this time.

    The interior is black and white - artists take note.

    I will be selling copies hand to hand and via snail mail, so it's possible we can take it to some cons and zine fairs, and get it more widely read.

    I will be paying contributors. It will be a token payment, and yet to be confirmed in terms of amount... but it will be a paid gig nonetheless.

    The theme of this issue will be LITERATURE. Interpret how you will - but for nonfiction articles, basically it needs to have a slant on writing, publishing, ebooks, RPGs.... something to do with storytelling. No film or music pitches this issue please!

    I already have some content commissioned, and spaces are filling up fast. So, here's what I am after:

    WRITERS
    I am looking for the following features / stories:

    1 x article / interview (3000 words)
    For this one - pitch me your idea before writing it. I'll give you a go ahead and confirm details.

    3 x short stories (3000 words)
    These don't necessarily have to relate to the 'Literature' theme although it may help you get chosen for print if your story does tie in. Send me finished drafts, I will review and choose the ones I want to publish.

    6 x Flash (1200 words)
    I've upped the traditional Flash limit to 1200, basically because it fits the page nicely. Again, these don't necessarily have to relate to the 'Literature' theme although it may help you get chosen for print if your story does tie in. Send me finished drafts, I will review and choose the ones I want to publish.

    2 x comics
    (4 page spread)
    Any theme, any topic, as above... send me sample art, or a pitch, and we can discuss... I understand that sending me finished projects is not always viable,

    **PLEASE NOTE**
    This is super important.... I cannot accept fiction, articles or comics which have already been published elsewhere, including online / on your blog etc. This is because I'm submitting the magazine as part of a Universtity course. If your submission is published elsewhere I will have to turn it down. Sorry!


    ARTISTS
    All of the above articles will need illustrations. If you would like to contribute, please email me back to confirm this. I will then give you a list of options of stories to illustrate.

    A note regarding payment
    The payments will be one-off payments for artists and writers. They will be pretty small, I won't kid you.... this is essentially me starting from scratch, with a new format for everything... Nonetheless, paying people for commissioned content is something I want to do. I hope to be able to pay around £10 for long fiction and articles, £5 for flash, and £10 for artwork. This is not a guarantee that I can definitely pay these amounts, just a ballpark figure. However we will nail down a payment framework prior to the magazine being published. There may also be the option, like last time, of advertising your blog / ebook / website / whatever for free in the magazine. I will confirm all these details once I have the content commissioned. I know this is a bit slapdash - it would be better to tell you upfront what you will be paid. However because I'm using a new printer, new distro method, etc etc, I wont know final costs / payments until a bit later in the process. I thank you all for your patience and understanding in this matter.

    Please email all submissions or pitches to editor.weaponizer [at] gmail.com by 28th Fenruary! Please include the words 'FOR MAGAZINE' in the subject line of your email.

    Good luck! I look forward to reading your submissions and working with you!
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2012
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    Thanks to Si for encouraging a new thread! Look forward to hearing from everyone. I should reiterate at this point that Weaponizer's spiritual home is right here on this board. So many writers and artists have gotten involved since '07, from Sizer, who designed our awesome logo, to the myriad of writers who've contributed flash, short stories and serials, to the awesome art and photography from Mojokingbee, Rooth and Oldhat and others... you guys make it what it is. Thank you, and thanks to our Digital Overlords for letting us exist in this URLspace.
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      CommentAuthorsneak046
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2012
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    Great news Bram! I suspected knew you had something up your sleeve but *now* i'm really excited...
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2012
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    Thanks mate! Yes, its finally in the pipe. Should be out before the end of March.
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      CommentAuthormoali
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2012
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    Bram, have you got cover art sorted for this?
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    These edits are killing me

    KILLING ME
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    IMMENSE respect for pledging to pay your contributors. As a freelance writer, I dread the all-too-frequent '...unfortunately we can't pay for any contributions but you get to contribute to our zine which is basically payment in itself...' disclaimer. Almost any fee is better than none at all. See also: websites who pay their contributors nothing yet pick up awards for standards maintained by their often-talented-yet-invariably-unpaid workforce.
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    I just wish I had an artist to throw a four-page comic script at for this...

    I'll second what The Outer Church said, Bram. Kudos for taking that step.


    Will
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    sent
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    Ooh. If enough time in my schedule frees up for some decent writing to get done I'll keep this in mind.
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    I'd like to contribute artwork for articles. And if time allows, would also enjoy working with a writer on the four page comic. Hit me up! Art samples here!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    @Afghamistam My email is jimmyfinn at gmail dot com, let me know what you're into!

    Provided this doesn't step on any toes, and I'll leave Bram to make that determination.
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    bram you've got my email, and my twittere, let me know what you've got for spot illos. I should have time to trdo one or two.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    Thanks for the contributions so far guys, I've set aside tomorrow as Reading Day and hope to respond before the end of the week with a yes or a no for each person who's submitted so far.

    Regards artwork - email editor.weaponizer@gmail.com and I will add your name to the list for the art mailer. Then when I've confirmed stories, I'll parcel out assignments (you'll get to choose what you want to illustrate.)

    @Moali - Cover space is bagged by the mighty MIKE ROOTH already. But I have you on the list for illustrating stories. If you want to do what you did last time and submit something you have written and illustrated yourself, that would be immense.

    @Afghamistam - Definitely email me to be added to the artist mailer. Interesting you should say that about being paired up with a writer. I got a request from a writer, OLLIE MASTERS, who wants to pair up. If you guys can sort this out between you, and pitch me a concept / a sketch or two, that would be awesome.

    @Outer Church - Cheers. I was very keen to pay people this go-round on principle, even if it's a token payment. Isold my first story recently - for like $20 - to a small press, and although it won't pay my bills, it still felt good. The only way I'm going to establish Weaponizer as a 'proper' company is to pay writers and artists for their work.... so I'm starting as I mean togo on. If it's profitable, the payments will get bigger as we go along. Let's see what happens!!
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    hey writers!
    i am looking to do some short comics : gallery

    also @texture i emailed you to ask to be put on the art mailer
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      CommentAuthorAshflex
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    My entries almost finished, hopefully It'll be with you soon.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    Hey Imaginary people, I totally want to do some comics.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2012
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    Submission away!
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012
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    Thanks for all the emails folks, holy moley!! I'm reading and replying today and tomorrow, so you should all get a personal reply in the next 48H or so.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2012
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    UPDATE:

    I still have available:

    One space for a nonfiction article of 3000 words

    One space for a 3000 word story

    At least four spaces for 1200 words or shorter stories

    Two comics slots still to be filled - 4-pagers


    I believe I have now replied to all of the text-based submissions received so far. If you've sent me something and I haven't replied, please email me again, or post here. Thanks guys!