(by Julianne - August 2009)
At the beginning of your story include:
Author's first and last name
General Story Guidelines:
Times New Roman 14 point font only
Rich Text Format (.rtf) is preferable
Julianne is running Word Perfect
13, which reads most other word processors.
Do not use funky spacing
Do not use nifty cool fonts for your title (that's what the editor/publisher is for!)
Only send the final version of your submission
is no minimum length. Come to think of it, there's no maximum either --
except that DAtZ can't publish novels/novellas and rarely publishes
There have been stories as short as a couple of pages and as
long as 50 pages
The deadline is usually April of the year for summer (July/Aug/Sept) publication.
You can send your submission as an:
Attachment to an email
In the body of the email
You can even send it snail mail, if you like.
In that case, we ask that you
enclose a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope)
so we can get it back to you.
(Please click here to contact Julianne for her mailing address [click here] )
If you think another fan would like to read your
story (and Iím just as much a fan as anyone else!), then go for it.
The only thing we object to is badly-written MarySue stories.
This term is used in science-fiction/fantasy fandom to refer to a
story that is (usually a first effort and poorly-written) about the
author's own self (variously disguised) who can do anything and who
usually rescues the characters and then ends up in the sack with at
least one of them. We can thank Star Trek fandom for this.
Actually, you notice I said poorly-written MarySues. I don't mind
MarySues with the author as a character. I've written them myself. Wish
fulfillment is all well and good, but the story needs to be well enough
written to qualify on its own merits. As long as it the plot makes
sense and doesn't suffer from idiot plot (the kind of plot where the
characters have to be idiots to make the plot work)....
The editor (Julianne) sends all submitted material off to Katherine, who has final say on
what will and will not be included in the zine. It is, after all, her
world. She makes the final determination as to whether or not a story
works in her universe.
Publication dates are usually determined upon Katherine's schedule and
avaliability. Being a busy author, and despite her best intentions,
there are times when delays happen.
Further Questions about submissions
can be sent directly to Julianne [click here]