Want editorial feedback on a short story? (Publishing Call)

Publishing Call for LGBT YA Christmas Short

My name is Rhys Jones, I’m an established blogger (http://www.thirstforfiction.com) in the UK book blogging community since 2010. I am currently studying for a BA in American and English Literature at the University of East Anglia. I will be taking part in a publishing module in the autumn of 2016 which will require an original work for assessment.

I am looking for writers (previously published or unpublished) interested in submitting a short story – around 20 pages – for use within my project. If chosen, you will receive my editorial guidance as well as a design, marketing, publicity and distribution proposal (these are the elements I will be assessed upon).

Final distribution of the text is not necessary for my assessment, but I would like to approach this as a real-world scenario and would be extremely open to publication via eBook. This would, of course, be with your permission and involvement.

My Experience

I have no ‘real world’ experience with publication. I have, however, spent over 5 years within the publishing industry, including two weeks work experience at Egmont Children’s Publishers. I have reviewed a wide range of middle grade and young adult fiction; you can read those at http://www.thirstforfiction.com/. My design experience extends to my blog as well as the poster and publicity materials for several stageplays.

What I’m Looking For

Ideally, I’m looking for a gay/LGBT Christmas-themed YA short story in the vein of Let It Snow or My True Love Gave to Me. However, I will consider any YA short, particularly if LGBT themed. The text should be around 20 pages long or around 10,000 words.

How To Submit

Submission is to rhys@rhyswjones.com with the following:

  • a completed manuscript; or
  • a story outline and proposal, with 2 pages of a previous work.

For any other questions don’t hesitate to email me or find me on twitter @RhysWolfgang

About Rhys

Rhys is a 19 year old with roots in the UK and Germany. Aside from reading and blogging, he also produces theatre, loves Kate Bush and hopes to pursue a career in publishing. His reviews have been widely quoted in books such as Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, Catherine Bruton’s Pop!, James Treadwell’s Advent and Anarchy and he has presented at such events as Book Expo America.

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