Submissions Guidelines

This Side of West seeks to publish new voices and perspectives with an understanding of their form telling interesting and complete original stories.

Do not include your name or contact information anywhere on the attached submission or in the file name. The file name should TITLE_GENRE_tsow18

Submissions will be accepted in .doc and .docx format for drama, fiction, and nonfiction. PDF is preferred for screen. Graphic storytelling is accepted as .png and .jpg. If you cannot submit in these formats, please contact us for accommodation. Submit every piece as a different document.

We will accept one submission per author, per genre. Feel free to submit to every genre, but remember that an author can only be published once.

Formatting Guidelines:

 

CNF: Double-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman, no maximum word count.

Stageplay: 25-page maximum, 12pt Times New Roman single-spaced, double-spaced between characters.

Screenplay: 25-page maximum, standard screenplay formatting, 12pt Courier font. (pdfs are preferred in addition to .doc and .docx)

Fiction: Double-spaced in 12pt Times New Roman, no maximum word count.

Poetry: 12pt Times New Roman, up to five poems amounting to a maximum of ten pages. Please signify if poems are meant to be read individually or as a group.

Comics: For in-progress works, send us a photo or scan of your pencils. For completed works, send us a photo or scan of your panels. Please include an additional text file for the script.

Editor’s Note: After hearing feedback from students, maximum word counts have been removed from the fiction and CNF guidelines. That being said, it is easier to place a 1500-word story than a 5000-word story. Please keep word-count in mind when submitting.

Once again: Do not include your name or contact information anywhere on the attached submission or in the file name. The file name should be the title of your piece.

Email questions to: thissideofwest@gmail.com