Pulp Empire has one goal and that is to recreate the greatness of classic pulp fiction through a web magazine and print journal. Pulp fiction encompasses multiple genres from crime fiction to sci-fi to heroic fantasy to westerns to so much more. The goal is to make great narrative fiction with a strong pulp sensibility. We want to see strong characters and a strong narrative pace.
Currently Pulp Empire is only accepting proposals for our themed anthologies.
We offer limited editorial interference. That means we will not try to influence how your story is written, but it also means we expect a polished draft. The pulps could be lurid at times, but gratuitous profanity or sex needs to be limited. Think the equivalent of a PG-13 or TV-14 rating when you write your stories.
Any time period is acceptable for your characters to live in. We are not restrictive to a 1920’s to 1950’s setting.
By submitting to Pulp Empire you certify that your work is wholly written by the given author.
Pulp Empire buys First Electronic and First North American print rights. You retain all copyright and reprint rights. Stories will remain online on the site for approximately three months while print and electronic reader versions will remain in print for perpetuity.
Pulp Empire will pay authors a percentage of print profits based per story on the number of contributors/stories in a given issue, usually in a range between 1% and 10%, determined by page count in the final volume. Back issue sales will continue to be paid at the same percentage as initially established in perpetuity, through its life in a print format. Payments will be distributed on a quarterly basis. We use PayPal only for monies distribution.
Pulp Empire considers all stories from all writers, regardless of experience or resume. We ask that you submit all stories as an RTF, DOC, or DOCX attachment to submissions(at)pulpempire.com. Please also include a short third-person biography (including publishing history) and a picture if available.
Please send proposals as inline text in the e-mail only.
Legal disclaimer stuff: By submitting to Pulp Empire, you give Pulp Empire the permission to view and publish your story in a forthcoming issue of our pulp fiction anthology. You have up until the date of print publication (as announced by Pulp Empire’s editors) to withdraw your story from our anthology and website. Upon the announcement of publication, your work becomes part of the most recent Pulp Empire anthology and the Pulp Empire website and cannot be pulled or withdrawn.
(Guidelines last revised May 24, 2011).