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THE SAVAGE KICK: Submission Guidelines

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Please read all of the guidelines thoroughly before you submit.

The Savage Kick encourages new writers but please understand it only accepts three or four stories per yearly issue, and these may well be by established authors.
SK#1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 are now complete, and we are currently finalising SK#8 and SK#9. Therefore all submissions will relate to SK#10. Please accept that if we refuse your work it is not a personal insult. You are simply competing against some excellent writers.
We will not change any of your work should it be accepted, as we only choose to publish the finest work. We do pay for work that makes the magazine... check the payment details lower in the page.

We currently only accept articles and short stories between 1000-8000 words, with only minor flexibility. You may submit more than one story at a time. Please do not submit any poetry at present.
The Savage Kick only accepts entirely completed final drafts. Please spell check and typo check your work thoroughly.

Please send:
Works dealing with any passionately held emotions and/or alternative viewpoints. These may well entail drink, sex, violence, bad language and any activity outside of the mainstream. Sleazy tales are very much encouraged and form the basis of The Savage Kick.
Real-life stories are preferred, unless work is distinctively extreme within the crime, western or war genres.
We recommend that you have read The Savage Kick before you submit.

Do not send:
Mainstream fiction or Oprah-style fiction. Internet/chat language or teen issues. Any genre fiction including horror, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, etc. And please... no excessive Shakespearean language, surrealism or overworked irony.

Stories:
Short stories and novel excerpts must be under 8000 words. We will not read works over 8000 words - sorry! Please send a two to three line biography with your submission.

Articles:
We publish articles and interviews in relation to the writers featured in the reading list. Any article or interview should generally be under 3,000 words.

Rights:
Please inform us at once if the piece is accepted elsewhere. Previously published pieces (reprints) are acceptable only if you inform us of the fact when you submit. You, the author, retain all rights except First Electronic and First Print. The Savage Kick is a print magazine, but we may request that your work be available on the downloads section of the website.

Accepted files:
We prefer .doc files(MS Word), .lwp files (Lotus Word Pro), or .rtf files (rich text). Notepad .txt files are also acceptable. Mac users please submit in the body of an email - we only have a pc at this end! No ZIP, SIT, JPG, GIF, PDF, EXE or Wordperfect files please.

Reading Periods:
We typically respond to all submissions within ONE MONTH. We will respond personally to your submissions but please do not be offended if the reply is brief due to time constraints. Also do not be offended if our response is honest and gives detail as to why it's not suitable for The Savage Kick.

Payment:
Stories: 20 (in UK) or $35 (International) for each accepted story.
Articles: 15 (in UK) or $25 (International) for each accepted article.

We will pay within two weeks of publication. Upon acceptance, advance payment may be requested and considered.
We prefer to pay via Paypal. If you do not have a Paypal account, we will pay via cheque in pounds sterling or via Bidpay for International writers (a cheque in your currency will be sent to you). Please understand there may be some reduction in your fee due to Bidpay's fees.

Submissions via e-mail:
Too many email submittors have zero knowledge or understanding of The Savage Kick... Please only submit via email if you have met the criteria on this page. If we do not reply, it's because you've sent poetry or something completely unsuitable for the magazine.
If you DO fit all the criteria, please send your work with SKSUB at the start of the subject of your email, before the name of your story: "eg. SKSUB "Hating Olivia"". Send your email subs to:
murderslimpress@gmail.com
We will only respond to submissions with SKSUB in the subject, as this will prove you have read our submission guidelines.

Submissions via snail mail:
Please send your story in easy-to-read printed text (10-14pt). Should you be accepted into The Savage Kick we prefer that you have an electronic version available to transmit. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and/or e-mail address for reply.
You'll see our snail mail address at the bottom of our main page.

Upon Acceptance:
You will receive an e-mail informing you that your piece has been accepted. By submitting your work, you explicitly grant authority for The Savage Kick to publish your piece in the entire print run of the said issue of The Savage Kick. You also explicitly grant authority to publish a 2-5 page extract of your work on the The Savage Kick website to help advertise your story. Should the issue be reprinted at a later date, you will be informed of any additional payments.