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I am looking for writers (previously published or unpublished) interested in submitting a short story – around 20 pages – for use within my project.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

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