GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS...
Information about our publications for writers & artists:
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Scar Tissue |
Unsolicited submissions are always welcome, but a stamped addressed envelope (SAE) or
International Reply Coupon (IRC) is essential if you want any materials returned to you.
Use a standard manuscript (MS) format: double-spaced text, do not justify right-edge,
use paperclips instead of staples or any other binding.
No fiction submissions will be accepted via e-mail, unless by special request from the editor.
A personalised covering letter is preferred: include brief biographical info and publication
credits. If you are in any doubt about the suitability of your work for Pigasus Press, please
query by post (with SAE or IRC) or email the editor. Always
check our FAQ page before asking a question. No phone callers, please.
Remember to enclose sufficient postage to cover the cost of returning your MS, otherwise
we are unable to reply. Any submissions received without sufficient return postage will
be considered as disposable copy. Pigasus Press will accept no responsibility for loss
of your work (or damage to hardcopies returned via post), so never send out the only copy
of your MS. If you send disposable MS, and can accept reply via email, then no SAE is
required (do not forget to notify us if your email address changes).
We have no plans to publish novel-length fiction, or books of any sort, even in serialisation,
so do not send us any MS over 8,000 words unless we have specifically asked to see it.
Further general information about writing can be found in these annual paperbacks: The
Writer's Handbook (Macmillan), and The Small Press Guide (Writers' Bookshop).
See also: dragon's breath - for links to publishers'
Science fiction and horror stories, plus genre poetry and fantastic artwork.
We buy 1st British Serial Rights (FBSR), but prefer writings that are unpublished anywhere
in world. Pays (minimum) £5 or $5 per 1,000+ words + copy of the magazine. Copy only
for poetry, artwork, and shorter fiction or prose. Payment is made upon publication.
The most important piece of advice we can offer is this - study copies of our magazine first,
because reading what we have already published is the best way to learn what sort of genre
writing may be suitable for future issues of
(500 to 6,000+ words). Original, high-quality SF/fantasy. Horror must have a science fiction
element and be psychological or scary, rather than simply gory. No supernatural fantasy-horror,
or traditional swords 'n' sorcery quest sagas. Do not send more than one story at a time.
Also note that simultaneous submissions (i.e. any stories offered to other markets at the
same time) are not welcome. If in doubt, please send your MS, but be warned that a majority
of unsolicited submissions are rejected.
We are interested in publishing highly imaginative prose on a wide variety of genre themes.
Cutting-edge SF and experimental writing styles (cross-genre scenarios, slipstream, etc) are
We also publish genre poems of up 50 lines. Please do not send more than six poems at one
time. Genre poetry for the magazine's UniVerse showcase is by invitation only.
Quality colour or black and white (B/W), genre illustrations for (A4) front and back covers.
Also, talented artists wanted to produce sequential artwork for our unique 'graphic poems'.
Please get in touch and send photocopied samples of your work, published or unpublished, if
you would like to contribute art to our magazine.
Music reviews, interviews, profiles, scores, videos, lists at
Unsolicited submissions, ideas or suggestions for articles and reviews, are always welcome
(anything will be considered!). Please send all your contributions via plain text (not HTML)
email. MS Word doc and JPEG file attachments preferred. Payments: sorry, there is no pay
available for reviews or short features, but we offer £5 / $5 per 1,000+ words for articles
and interviews, if previously unpublished online.
CD reviews (rock, pop, jazz, folk, metal, or whatever...):
We cover albums and EPs, but not singles. Minimum: 300+ words. Please include label info
and catalogue number (if known), link URL for band/artists' official website, and -
whenever possible - a CD cover image as email attachment. Ideally, images should be
200 x 200 pixels, in JPEG format compressed to approx 10 kbs, but don't worry about tech
details, just send what you have.
Book reviews (CD guides, biographies of musicians, etc):
Non-fiction titles only. Magazine reviews also considered. Books do not have to be new
publications, or even first editions, but all titles reviewed must be currently in print.
Please include name of publisher, edition format (hardcover or paperback) and cover price.
As with CD reviews, a JPEG image or cover scan would be helpful as email attachment, with
your review text.
Concerts (gigs, shows, whatever you want to call them!):
Coverage of live music performances should be in-depth, but a full set-list and comment
on every song played is optional. Please include date and venue info, plus any images
available (official programme cover, poster artwork, photos, etc).
It's important to mention the 'atmosphere' of such events, so include your observations
and personal viewpoints in overall critical review commentary. Photos are required.
Standard Q & A format is preferred, but other writing styles considered. An artist
portrait or group-photo of the band is essential. Any publicity material welcome. Send
us a link URL to interviewee's official website, if known.
Profiles (mini-biographies, fan writings about musicians, composers, etc):
Subjects for profiles do not have to rock or pop stars. Send us your suggestions, or
finished articles. Images are required - publicity photos and album cover pictures in
Reviews of film music on CD and original soundtracks, etc. Obviously, it's very important
for reviewers to have seen the films, so that criticial viewpoints of any OST on CD consider
how the music is used within screen narrative.
Top 10 lists:
Listings of your favourite music, bands, albums, etc. You choose the criteria. Ideally, list
articles should be approx 1,000+ minimum.
Reviews of live music footage, or promotional-video collections, on DVD or blu-ray. Please
include distributor's label and format info. Pack-shot images (JPEG email attachments)
Scar Tissue -
Horror and humour - fiction, poetry, artwork
Anything in a broad range of genre horror and dark humour will be considered, but please
note there's a general limit of 500+ words maximum, per item. Published irregularly,
depending on the amount of material available, stocks of the current issue, and editorial
whim. Payment in copies, only.
Unlike other Pigasus Press titles, Scar Tissue is created by cut 'n' paste tecbnique,
using the original materials, so send all submissions in single-space MS format. Click
here to view a few samples of work published in Scar
Sample copies are available free, just send SAE or IRC to Pigasus Press.
Twist-ending tales a speciality, but almost any prose style will be considered. Try to
avoid such things as clichéd scenarios and formula plotting. We are looking for
imaginative writing that has something to say with wit and style.
As with prose fiction, we are after verse that's atmospheric and vital. Your poetry must
have a sharp, progressive element. We want material with a certain amount of bite. If all
you can do is lick, don't waste your postage stamps!
Weird, bold, startling, unusual illustrations wanted. All art must be in black ink on
plain white paper, no pencil drawings or sketches. Send good photocopies only, not your
originals. Cartoon strips and collage always welcome if they fit in with Scar Tissue
(200+ to 500 words) on books, magazines, cinema, videos, television, music, etc. Please
include relevant ordering and contact info if you are reviewing small press items.
Can you think of 10 terrible things? Personal hates, bizarre opinions, whatever is definitely
not to your taste or liking. Tell us what really irritates you, explanations optional. Humour
is preferred, but not essential.
Pigasus Press will trade ad-space with other small press publishers. Get it touch if you want
to swap promotional material.
Monthly web-zine of DVD & Blu-ray reviews at
We need more regular reviewers to join the Review Crew. Send us your comments on any new
or recent DVD or blu-ray releases that you have seen, recently. VideoVista covers all
film and TV genres and categories on disc (all regions, NTSC or PAL), both rental
and retail titles, worldwide.
All submissions must be via email to the editor as, sadly, postal submissions can no longer
be accepted. If possible, please study the VideoVista website before sending any work,
to see the great variety of material that we cover, and to get a basic understanding of our
'house' style. There's no payment for reviews or listings, but we pay £5 or $5 per 1,000+
words for filmmaker profiles, if original and previously unpublished work.
As a regular contributor to VideoVista you should be able to meet a monthly deadline
- usually the end of each month, for reviews to be published online in the following month's
issue. However, early submissions of reviews are always preferred. Although we do not pay for
reviews, but this is an opportunity for new writers to get published, as well as for established
writers to offer their expert critical opinions on the latest home entertainment releases.
Anything from 300+ (minimum) to 1,000+ words will be considered, but approx 500+ words is the
usual length. In addition to our coverage of new releases, VideoVista also has regular
extra features - Retro: Movie & TV Vault is designed to highlight neglected classics
and cult favourites produced before the era of DVD or blu-ray. Suggestions for this section are
always welcome, but please check the full list of reviews on the website's
index page to see whether
the film or TV title you have in mind has already been covered.
Top 10 Lists:
'Ten Best...' listings are your personal choices of anything related to the world of movies.
It's not simply a straightforward list, though, as contributors to this page must have something
to say about their selections, and comments on entries in top 10 lists should explain why each
film, scene, star, etc. has been chosen. Approx 2,500+ words required for this irregular feature.
If in doubt, ask first before spending any time writing up a listing or article.
This section of VideoVista is for filmmaker profiles, with emphasis on career overviews
of auteur directors, but also looking at works by top screenwriters, producers, effects creators,
and performers. Articles for Reel People do not have to cover every movie that a particular
individual or celebrity has made, but there should be a common theme or genre link between any
specific movies reviewed. Approx 2,000+ to 10,000+ words required for articles.
Email the editor with your suggestions, first.
The ZONE -
Science fiction articles, interviews and genre reviews at
Buys rights for genre related articles to be published on our science fiction website.
Previously unpublished work is preferred, but we will consider writings published in
printed form anywhere in world.
Pays £5 or $5 per 1,000+ words for articles. Payment is made after publication.
There is no payment for reviews, short articles or essays, listings or artwork.
The most important piece of advice we can offer is - study the content of our website first,
because reading what we have already published is the best way to learn what sort of writing
may be suitable for The ZONE. It's also important to study the site's 'house' style.
1,000+ to 10,000+ words, longer works also considered for serialisation. Interviews with prominent
genre authors are our priority, but it's vital to know your subject well and ask intelligent
questions. Essays and themed nonfiction writings are a regular feature of The ZONE, and
we have on-going umbrella columns (visit our site for more details about these). We also publish
one-off polemical items.
Reviews (books, cinema, video, television, dvd)
300+ to 1000+ words. Book reviews are normally commissioned by the editor, but new reviewers
are always welcome, and we are interested in archiving material recently published in print
magazines, so please do send us your reviews if available for reprinting online (remember to
include full copyright details of where and when items were first published). Send us a sample
of your writing, whether published or unpublished, and some details of the types of books and
genre material you enjoy. A list of your favourite authors would be helpful.
Reviews of genre cinema, video and television are also very welcome. If you would like to
become a regular contributor, covering a specific media or sub-genre, please contact us. Your
suggestions for longer genre studies (up to 10,000+ words) of any subject related to SF books
or genre media, will also be considered. Please query via email.
Quality genre illustrations for the website's splash page are always welcome. Send us samples
of your artwork, whether published or unpublished, as email attachments. Image dimensions:
width=500 x height=275 pixels, but anything roughly 2:1 ratio in landscape format may be
acceptable. Pictures in portrait format also considered - dimensions: width=275 x height=400
px. Approx 50 kbs or less... JPEG or GIF formats acceptable. Although we cannot
afford to pay anything for artwork, we are happy to include a biographical note on our site's
contributors page, and a link to your site or homepage.
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