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We Are Vespertine is now accepting submissions for its Lit Mag (and it pays)

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Recently, Michael Sonbert and myself started up a website that's part author page and part literary magazine.

I'm posting to discuss the lit mag a little since I constantly recommend Writers' Workshop to anyone looking to hone their craft, and I've even gone as far as to work one on one with some of you outside of shop. Bottom line, I know this place has good stories. I've read them, reviewed them, and watched them move on to Chuck himself. Some don't quite make the cut but end up in print elsewhere. That's the point of workshopping--to write, rewrite, and publish your work.

So today I wanted to throw out another option to consider for all you aspiring writers. Here's how it breaks down:

First things first: we pay. We don’t pay a lot, but we pay because good writing deserves to be compensated. A lot of sites “pay” in notoriety, but notoriety doesn’t buy a six-pack or take care of the pizza guy, so we pay you enough to at least take care of that. Should your story be chosen for publication, you’ll be cut a check for $20 and placed at the top of our featured section on our site.

This means a couple of things:

-We paid for your story, so we own the first publication rights.

-Once the check has been cut, you can’t withdraw your story.

Easy, right?

Now on to how the submissions work:

-We only publish two stories a month—on the 1st and the 15th of every month to be exact, so whatever you submit had better be good.

-Stories should not be more than 6,000 words, and they should be fiction. Sorry, no poetry. Anything else is game unless we specify otherwise.

-Make sure to include a bio with your submission so we can tell people who you are.

-You can submit one story per month. If you send more than one, we won’t even read it.

-If your story is selected, we will contact you. Don’t “check in” or “follow up” with us to see how it’s going. We don’t send rejection notifications, so just assume that if you sent us something in January and you don’t hear from us in February, that you can submit it elsewhere.

-Unfortunately, because we only pay in U.S. dollars, we can only accept submissions from U.S. residents. If you’re from outside the country and just want to get a story published, then submit away. Just know that there won’t be a check coming.

-We reserve the right to make any necessary edits or changes upon publication. Keep in mind, we’re not going to mess with your story, but if there’s a mistake or something that you overlooked, we’re going to fix it before it goes up.

-If you’re selected for publication, we demand you tell everyone you know to come over and read the damn thing.

You can submit by sending your piece to the following email address:

Please have your submissions in either .doc or PDF format attached. Include your full name, address (so we can pay you), phone number, author pic, and your bio included as well.

Thanks, and good luck,

So there you have it. I hope to see a lot of my fellow workshoppers sending stories our way for what's hopefully the first of many paying publications.

Here's the link to our website:

We also just set up a Facebook too: