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So you publish book extracts?
Yes, we do. All-New Swimmers Club’s book excerpt section is in association with our sister-site Dostoyevsky Wannabe publishing. It’s a Dostoyevsky Wannabe so it will publish excerpts from Dostoyevsky Wannabe books from time to time but we also thought why not publish excerpts from books by other publishers because we’re nice and co-operative like that.
Do you only accept book excerpts? No think-pieces, etc?
Yeah we only accept book excerpts at this time (prose and poetry – although unconventional formatted poetry could be tricky). There are plenty of avenues for think-pieces already. We will consider the publication of excerpts of non-fiction books though.
Is there a word-count?
Pretty much anything between 250 words minimum and 4000 words maximum we should think.
What is your reading period?
It’s mostly an open call but from time to time we might close it down for a few months depending on our own time-commitments. Whenever we do this, we’ll put something on this page and on Twitter (or wherever) to say when we’ll next be taking submissions. Generally it’s OPEN, though. We’re happy to publish excerpts if we like them. We probably won’t be easily open to working to super-strict deadlines because we’re busy but we’ll do our best.
Does anyone get paid for letting you publish an excerpt from a story?
We’d love for money to exist as a result of our collective creative endeavour but sadly, given how capitalism currently organises itself, only the 1% percent richest people in the world get paid. That’s not us and we don’t think it’s you. If it is you then ‘Hey! Why not try to re-organise capitalism better for everyone?’
HOW DO I SUBMIT?
If you’re a publisher please send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment. Add a small bio for the author, give permission from the copyright holder for the excerpt to be republished. Plus let us know the city and the country where the author resides.
You will need to format the document for the web (i.e. this will mean spaces between paragraphs rather than indented paragraphs). Please also attach an large image of the book cover.
It’s that simple.
What we’re not interested in publishing.
As if it isn’t obvious by the things that we post and re-post on Facebook and Twitter and the like, we at both Dostoyevsky Wannabe and Swimmers Club will reserve the right not to publish writers or writing that we feel is racist, homophobic, or misogynistic or writers who we feel have displayed similar attitudes.
We’re very much left-leaning people, both culturally and politically, so much so that we do aim to try to strike a balance between the freedoms of speech necessary for fiction to contain much of the necessary ambiguity and nuance that can be found in everyday situations at the same time as not encouraging forms of hate that we don’t believe in.
Striking that balance is something that might sometimes lead to some uncomfortable themes within the books and stories that we publish but this is something that has a much longer history within literature and within culture and we can’t tackle all of that here in this relatively insignificant disclaimer (go educate yourselves on it).
We’re a tiny organisation so if somehow anything like this has got through our submissions process and is already set to go then we won’t have a problem with pulling the excerpt if need be. We’re not really into ill-informed Twitter-hysteria though (we’re grown-ups). We’re not interested in debating our decisions about this (and yes they are merely subjective decisions made by us based upon our own intolerance to anything we perceive as racist, homophobic or misogynistic). None of this is to say that we don’t want to publish challenging literature either. The world is complicated isn’t it.
Most of us at Dostoyevsky Wannabe come from a Cultural Studies and Critical Theory background so suffice to say we, individually, have plenty of feelings and thoughts about politics, policy, political-correctness, identity and class politics but our individual opinions are not what Dostoyevsky Wannabe or Swimmers Club are all about. DW and Swimmers Club are first and foremost about fiction, design, art, music and popular culture. End of insignificant disclaimer.