ISSN (online)| 2163-0704
ISSN (print) | 2163-0712
ESTABLISHED | 2009
Welcome to Short, Fast, and Deadly. An eLit Mag where brevity reigns and the loquacious are sent to contemplate their sins in the rejection bin. Don't be afraid. Write Short. Write Fast. Above all, write Deadly. You'll be fine.
Short, Fast, and Deadly is published by Joseph A. W. Quintela. Fresh kills are posted on the 19th of the month, ostensibly because 19 is a prime number that ends in nine, which happens to be the most beautiful single digit number, and it's best not to argue with us on this one, okay?
Think you have what it takes? Then send us <420 characters prose or <140 character poetry (Yes, that's characters, not words). Otherwise, just brew a cup of coffee. Sit back. Enjoy the carnage. You won't have to pay attention for long. We promise.
Senior Editor | Joseph A. W. Quintela
Associate Editor | Parker Tettleton
Views | Chris Vola
Past Editors: Sarah Shmitt (Poetry Editor, 2012)
Per Duotrope listing requirements, our submissions guidelines are listed below in an exact copy of the guidelines featured on our submssions page at Submittable. Please go there for full details about our monthly themes.
Please Note: We've gone Quarterly for 2013 and response times may stretch to 2-3 weeks as we make some changes to our procedures.
- Send 2 to 3 pieces per submission uploaded in a single document.
- No Bios. Websites will be linked from the ISSUU document.
- Sim-Sub is fine.
- Multi-Sub is fine.
- Unpublished work strongly preferred.
- We now have a CONCEPT section roughly equivalent to our old themes.
- We are now accepting VIEWS from our readers.
Spring 2013 | MashUp
For the MashUp issue we are looking for work that takes two or more source texts and creates something new by moving between them. Please cite your sources. Please go wild! Think Kei$ha vs Zizek. Think Oasis vs Ludicrus. Think Madonna vs Gertrude Stein. Make us think.
(Deadline: April 15)
At this time we are unable to offer payment or print copies for publication. However, a free PDF will be emailed to every contributor and the work will always be available to view for free online. Print copies of each issue are available for $9 through CreateSpace.com
Roughly equivalent to our old THEME sections, an innovative CONCEPT will now be declared for each issue with guidlines specific to the experimental forms we would like to explore. Look back to the September 2012 [Floor Plan] issue or the August 2012 [Dear ________] issue to see the kinds of work that this section will explore. Please see our current list of CONCEPTS above in the general guidelines.
Size limit: 420 Characters for Prose or 140 Characters (about 25 words)
Short, Fast, and Deadly seeks micro prose told in 420 characters or less (i.e. the original maximum length of a FB status update) and/or micro poetry in 140 characters or less. Yes, that's characters, not words. Arbitrarily we determin "poetry" by the use of line breaks so if you write prose poems feel free to extend to the 420 character maek.
Weird? Okay. Funny? Okay. Mystery? Okay. Literary? Okay. Zombie-themed?
Okay. But it better be damn good.
Yeah. That sums it up. Make it damn good. And read a couple before you submit. Besides that, just keep it R-rated. We're pretty sure our mothers read this page. Yours might too. We don't mind if she flinches a bit but we don't want her keeling over or anything.
Size limit: None
Bring on the Word Art.
What is Word Art? We'll clumsily define it as work that incorporates characters (letters, numbers, punctuation, in some form (not necessarily as words) into the visual medium. Yeah, we know, that probably doesn't help. Good luck anyway. Word art should be rated no-more-than-R, and sent in .jgp format with a resolution of 300ppi and a base Width of 4.5 inches and a corresponding maximum height of 6.75 inches. Go to it.
Note: although our issuu editons are produced in color, our print editions are in black & white. Please keep this in mind. Any color work should translate to b&w without losing its overall impact.
Size limit: 100 Words
Beginning in February 2012, SF&D will feature a new section called [Black Market]. [Black Market] has a slightly longer 100 word constraint but the added rule that every word must be "plagiarized". In other words, the prose or poem (title excepted) must be entirely composed of excerpts from other work. Multiple source "mash-ups" are allowable and, in fact, encouraged. In general, limit individual quotations to blocks of 10 words or less in keeping with the "fair use" copyright clause. We require that you include a works cited list (author and title; excluded from word count) with every submission, though inline citation is not required. Erasure work will be considered if the source text-block is <100 words (i.e. erased words are included in the word count).
In general, please send all work in 1 doc or docx file. Multiple file upload is for jpg users only.
SF&D Monthly is the flagship publication of Deadly Chaps Press. Deadly Chaps also publishes an annual summer series of chapbooks, print editions of Red Ceiling Press eBooks (RED&DEADLY), poet/artist sketchbooks (A5), and a series of chapbooks from Sarah Lawrence College students, faculty and alum (SLCwrites).
We are currently full for the 2012 summer series and all other series are generally solicited through invitation from our editorial staff. However, if you have been published at least twice in SF&D and have a unique chapbook proposal for the 2013 series, you may send it by for consideration: 100 word abstract with at least 5 sample pieces that conform to our constraints.
Please note, at this time we lean pretty hard toward the experimental where chapbooks are concerned. Read a few of our titles at www.deadlychaps.com. Radland, Dancers on Rock, and ++ are particularly good examples of the kind of work we're presently seeking.