A while ago, I decided to start my own webzine focusing on sci-fi and transgressive fiction. I picked the name “Schtick!” for the webzine! Simultaneously, as I’m announcing the launch of “Schtick!”, I’m also making this post to announce that submissions are now open as well!
A webzine? What is that? Well, in broad terms, it’s a sort of digital magazine that you read online – and in this particular case, “Schtick!” will be hosted in a special section of my website! Submissions? Of what? Short stories, articles, illustrations, poetry – all that falls within the scope of “Schtick!” – as you will see is explained below:
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
“The word entered the English language from the Yiddish shtik, in turn derived from German Stück and Polish sztuka, all meaning “piece”, “thing” or “theatre play”; note that “Theaterstück” is the German word for play. The English word “piece” is sometimes used in a similar context.””
WHAT WILL SCHTICK! FOCUS ON?
In those terms, this webzine aims to be a platform firstly for exposure where writers of sci-fi and transgressive fiction can show their work, and for readers and fans of these genres to more easily find them!
Sci-fi: Science Fiction is a genre of speculative fiction which typically deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, extra-terrestrial life, sentient artificial intelligence, cybernetics, certain forms of immortality and etc.
Transgressive fiction: A genre of literature which focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free of those confines in unusual or illicit ways.
Schtick! Webzine then, focuses on transgressive sci-fi, but will also share the limelight with material which dances in the fringes to the side of that overlap. This will include sections specifically for short stories, poetry and visual or graphic art.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Schtick! Webzine will be indie published and compiled and released quarterly. The first issue will be made available in January 2023 in eBook format via KDP/Amazon, with full credit being given to contributing authors/creators.
- Submissions for the first issue are now open and there are no submission fees, and no limits to how many items a single author can submit.
- Submitting authors will NOT be paid for their submissions.
- Submission does not guarantee acceptance or that submitted items will appear in future issues of Schtick!
- Submissions should be sent in Word (doc or docx) format.
Ad space will also be made available to interested writing-related parties, with fees based on the size and placement of the ad (full page, half page, quarter page etc.). For enquiries re. ads, contact me.
In the foreseeable future, I intend to publish annual collections of short stories from the submissions as well, but more about that later!
The point of this exercise will be to increase reading exposure for other indie authors and new, up and coming authors looking for more connection with an audience.
Looking forward to reading your submissions!
Give it some “Schtick!”