Thursday, May 24, 2007

Pulp, Pulp Everywhere

Submissions Guidelines for Astonishing Adventures Magazine

We at AAM love the old pulps like the Shadow, the Spider, the Operator (edit: Operator 5), Doc Savage, and any of the hundreds of other characters you could name. This was the main reason we started Astonishing in the first place, but we have other reasons in mind also. We want to see what the thriving pulp community out there has to say and what they have to show us. AAM is looking for new fiction based on original pulp-styled characters.

The word count can be anything under 3500, but we are open to review anything with a higher word count. Query us first before sending material. AAM is also looking for articles, columns, and artwork related to the pulp world - just ask!

The bad news is that we aren't paying one red cent at this time. Sorry kids, we’re a small magazine with big hopes, but little pocketbooks beyond the expenses of the magazine.The magazine will be a quarterly affair at this point with a web only distribution (in PDF form). The experimental part is that we will not be charging for the magazine.

Insane you say? Mad?

Well, we’re looking to generate income for the writers thanks to advertising eventually. Please give us a try and we look forward to reading your ASTONISHING ADVENTURES!PS: Send stories with monkeys! I love monkeys – evil monkeys are the best. Evil monkeys with Human brains are the E-ticket.

Deadline is August 1st, 2007

JDC Editor-In-Chief (don't call me chief)

Tim Gallagher Editor

Astonishing Adventures Magazine



Just to let everyone know I will be contributing a short story to this anthology series, and I urge you to flex your prose muscles and create something. There are worse things than not getting paid - like anonymity. This is a simple way for you to get your work in front of eyeballs and if I know John, he will spread the pulp as far and wide as possible.

This is the flexibility that the internet provides you. Take advantage of it. In the old days the pulp publishers had to go out of pocket for thousands and had to wait months before an issue hit the stands. Now, you as a writer can get your work in front of an appreciative audience and build on that.

Just like writer David Wellington whose books are now on the shelves after being seen on the web.

(edit to add: For those interested in the "PDF Magazine Movement" and for tips on creating PDF mags go here. Lots of great design work that employ principles founded in the pulps and their design)


John said...

You are a master of men (boy, that sounds differnt than it does when it goes with The Spider) and I thank you. The pictures you used are awesome!
Have you checked out the collected covers in the Men's Adventure Magazines book by Taschen?

The response has been great and I'm looking forward to your story


Roger Alford said...

Count me in! This is a perfect opportunity to introduce my pulp character and is just the impetus I needed to complete that short story I've been working on.