Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The First Post

August 30, 2006

Manila, Philippines

We are looking for a few good stories.

Ones that catch a reader’s attention and captivate them so much that they lose sense of time and place in the real world because you, the writer, have drawn them to other times and places, ones of your own creation.

We are a small publishing firm based in Manila, Philippines, and we hope to receive well-written, quality stories. Set them anywhere: in the Philippines, in another country (real or imagined), on the moon, under the sea, in outer space, anywhere. Populate them with characters of your own creation. And tell the story you want to tell!

This does not mean we will only accept contributions from Filipino writers, by the by. We are looking for good stories. Well-written ones, in fact. As far as we know, good stories can be told by anyone no matter who you are.

Another thing.

We are looking for genre stories. Fantasy, science-fiction, speculative, crime, mystery, detective, horror, suspense. You can write and submit a very commercial, action-packed, plot-driven story, or a light, funny, and humorous one, or a very moody, artsy tale packed with lyrical prose and a lot of characterization, symbolism, irony, and what have you. Just make sure your story will fall into any of the above genres. And make them good and well-written. We can’t say that enough.

To be more specific, here are three titles that have been staples of serious English lit classes both for the high-school and college-levels that are good and well-written: The Most Dangerous Game, The Monkey's Paw, and The Rocking-Horse Winner. The first is a suspense story, the other two are horror stories that border on the supernatural. For crime, detective, and mystery, and if we can use T.V. shows as a comparison, C.S.I. and Law and Order are good examples of what we're looking for. The classic work of Edgar Allan Poe is another. As for sci-fi and fantasy, well, the scope of what that can be is pretty large. Unless you have something new and original to your work, we are not looking for Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings clones, or Conan-the-Barbarian hack-and-slash types. Star Trek during the William Shatner era was exciting for its time, but today would seem dated, so be more original if you go space opera. Sci-fi can mean so many other things besides space opera, just as fantasy can mean so much more than warriors with weapons or wizards with wands. The key is to keep your story fresh, creative, and original.

Keep the gore, profanity, sex and other touchy stuff to a tolerable level. We know tolerance can be relative, so we have some advice. Pretend you have a teenaged kid. Now pretend you’re taking him or her to a movie. You know he doesn’t like to watch cutesy, kiddie movies anymore, and you know you don’t want him to watch bloody beheadings or barenaked butts and boobies. So you scan the movie list and look for a good film, thinking “Rated PG”, not “Rated R” or “Rated GP”. There. There’s one. You find the right film and that’s the one you watch. You and your teenager are happy. Write a story that falls under that.

We are committed to finding really good and well-written stories (See? We mentioned it again), but we admit that we are just a small publishing firm with an idea (and a hope and a prayer) to grow the readership for Philippine genre stories. So we can’t pay much. A mere pittance, really. Just the contributor’s copy and eight centavos a word. That’s eight centavos, not cents, so the conversion goes to Philippine pesos, not dollars, okay? It’s not much, we know, but we are willing to try out this venture anyway, and we hope that you are writing not just for the money but also for the joy of writing (and seeing your name in the byline). Who knows? If this idea works and the collections sell well, we may be able to pay you more for your stories in future releases. Hope is a good thing.

Some other details: there’s a 6,000 word ceiling but don’t go below 2,500 words. You have to be open to any advice or editing from us. Hopefully, we can come to an agreement to the direction your story will take if any issues come up.

Send files only in Rich Text Format, so we can avoid spreading those nasty viruses that plague our world wide web; double-space your work; check out the last sentence on this post for the manuscript format we prefer.

Don’t forget the cover letter: describe your story briefly, and describe yourself briefly too (but don’t give us your whole life, okay?). Let us know your contact information (any two of the following will do: email address, cellphone number, landline, address).

As of now we can only accept submissions in English. Maybe that will change in the future and we can take in work written in Filipino, but as of now, only stories in English, please. We also can’t acknowledge, reply, or critique what you send in because there are only so many hours in a day and we’re going to use those hours to get these story collections out as fast and as well-printed as we can, but rest assured that if you meet our guidelines, your work will be read and treated as objectively as possible. If your story is chosen for publication, we’ll be getting in touch with you, surely!

We are planning to release the best of the stories we receive in short collections sometime before New Year’s Day, 2007 (for this timeline, we’re keeping our fingers crossed, and so should you, because this will depend on the quality of what gets sent to us). To give time for printing, the deadline for submissions for the first issue is November 3, 2006.

(*Edit: PGS is now open for submissions with no set deadline, except in special cases, or when otherwise stipulated. Please send your stories in at any time!)

Thanks very much for taking the time to read this. We’re looking forward to reading your work.

If you’re sending in a fantasy or science-fiction story, send it to:
pdofsf@yahoo.com

If you’re sending in a crime or mystery story, send it to:
pdocrmy@yahoo.com

If you’re sending in a horror or suspense story, send it to:
pdohs@yahoo.com

Summary of Submission Guidelines
Stories must be in English (for now; we hope to accept submissions in Filipino in the future)
2,500 to 6,000 words
Rich Text Format (RTF) files only
Cover letter (brief description of your story and yourself)
Your contact details (email address, landline, cellphone number, address)
Use only a non-proportional font (like Courier) in 12 pts.
Double space your work
No simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions are accepted.

For the ideal manuscript format we prefer to receive from our contributors, check out this link or this link.

67 Comments:

Blogger Alexander said...

A worthy endeavor. Good luck guys!

11:18 AM  
Blogger sky said...

great!

when's the deadline?

1:41 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Sky. With a lot of luck and hope, we want the first issue out by late Nov or early Dec. So that means the deadline is sometime last week of Oct, to a few days into Nov. By that time, we'll start with pre-press work using the best of whatever we've got. Thanks for checking us out!

2:19 PM  
Blogger imaginoid said...

WISH YOU ACCEPT STORIES IN FILIPINO...

3:37 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi imaginoid. We hope our initial issues will be successful so that in the future, we can accomodate stories in Filipino. That is a wish we are fervently hoping to come true! In the meantime, we hope you find the time to send in whatever stories you have. Thank you!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous N said...

what if we're sending a piece under the general speculative genre or magical realism for example, which email do we forward that to? thanks! and good luck!

2:18 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi, n!

Hmm...very, very good question.

Hard to say without having read the story, so I suppose the author would be the best judge.

Well, I think that speculative/magical realism should, in general, and to play it safe, be sent to pdofsf@yahoo.com.

If in the judgment of the author there are elements of terror/horror/suspense in the story (that is, the author has some intention of scaring the beejesus out of his readers), then send it to pdohs@yahoo.com.

I'll tell you this much: looking at the submissions so far, it's ironic that in a country so mired in crime and corruption as ours is, I've received little or no crime, mystery, suspense, or detective stories. I guess the time for sleuth stories--a Pinoy version of Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple, anyone?--has not yet come.

To compare: I read somewhere that in the US, the mystery/detective readership is more than twice that of the scifi/fantasy/speculative readership. But given the literacy of the total population there, both readerships are relatively large.

Humor pieces that fall under genre too are as rare as hen's teeth.

This Digest project of ours hopes to increase the readership population here.

Thanks for your comment, and I'm glad you brought it up! Hope you--and others too--can find the time to send something in time for the first issue!

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Wilfred said...

cany anyone submit? I mean, is there an age limit?

3:50 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi wilfred. Yes, anyone can submit, and there's no age limit. Let your story stand up for what it is, no matter who or what age the writer is. If we are interested, we're sure to get back to you and find out more about you, including your age. It doesn't matter if the writer is 9 or 90 years old, or if he has four arms and three heads; but the story should stand well enough for what it is, and should be good and well-written. Thanks!

7:45 AM  
Blogger skinnyblackcladdink said...

would having four arms and three heads be a detriment or a plus?

9:55 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi skinny! How are you?

Hmm...a plus I believe. You can type faster, and if the heads all get along, think faster too. :)

10:14 AM  
Blogger skinnyblackcladdink said...

haha, touche.

i currently have a bunch of things in the works...hopefully something for you guys in the near future, though i doubt i'll make it to your november deadline.

i was wondering, would you ever consider publishing something serially, provided, of course, you think the writing is good enough and the premise/plot worth your while?

4:36 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi skinny!

Sad to hear you may not reach the deadline, but try your best anyway! Looking at progress right now, 3-4 stories are already slated for the first issue, leaving space enough for between 2-3 more, depending on space and production constraints.

The Digest, being new, is open to all ideas. Certain standards have to be met, but since we are a venue not just for established writers, but for semi-established ones and neophytes, that standard can be adjusted accordingly. What we will do is inform the readers where the writer is coming from not just in a backgrounder, but we will also let the writer tell us how he came up with his story in his own words. What inspired him? How long did it take? Was it easy or hard to write? That way, readers can see the story for who the author is at the time of the story's writing, and then can judge it accordingly.

Having said that, yes, since we are new, we are very flexible, so we may be open to serial stuff given the conditions you have stated, but the story should be able to stand alone, strong, and firm. Leave too much hanging, then the readers may be left unfulfilled, even if they know that there's a second part to follow.

That's where your skill as a writer will come in. Leave the readers interested enough in your world and characters to come back to it when the next installment comes out, but not to leave them shaking their heads saying, "Something doesn't feel right, is there any resolution here?"

9:45 AM  
Blogger Der Fuhrer said...

what? you only have 2-3 slots for the digest? That's really tough.

Now I'm having second thoughts on sending my story.

1:13 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi der fuhrer.

No! Please don't have 2nd thoughts! Send in your story!

If it doesn't make it for the first issue, there's the second, the third, etc. We plan to come out bi-monthly, if possible.

Hmmm...maybe it's my fault and I haven't been clear. We plan to come out with the digest on a regular basis. I'm hoping for 6 issues a year (I'm hoping fervently for enough quality stories). If that's 5-6 stories an issue, then that's 30-36 stories a year!

It's patterned after similar mags like Asimov's and Hitchcock's in the US, though maybe not as well-bound (our budget is very limited), but what's important is that there's a regular outlet for writers' stories to get out there for people to read.

This is a small project of the heart, something we believe in very much. So please, send in your story! If it makes it through our editorial standards, we guarantee it will see print, and we will let readers know your email address so that they can send their comments directly to you. All we ask is that it's good and well-written, that the craft of the writer, his skill, is equal to the task for the type of story he ambitiously envisioned to write before he set out to put words onto paper.

So, der fuhrer, please send your work in. We'll be honest all the way. If it doesn't make it, we'll be honest with you about that too. As of now, all submissions are still being considered for the first issue yet, as only 3-4 are pretty much "a sure thing" to make it. There's room still. And those that don't make it but are worthy will get printed in the next issue slated for late February next year.

So, I hope that clears things up. I hope you understand and reconsider, and I apologize for any lack in clarity on my part.

2:04 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Just to add more info regarding the Digest:

When I said that it won't be as "well-bound" as Hitchcock's or Asimov's, I meant that we may not have the funds to go with "perfect binding" (yes, that' the printing term), which is what they have, but we will go "saddle-stitch", which is another way of saying "stapled".

We will be using coated paper for the cover page, and book paper for the insides, which is a step better than Asimov's and Hitchcocks' which use US newsprint.

We may or may not be able to go full color for the cover page (still under study), but at worst we will go two colors: black, plus one special color.

Working on a shoestring is really difficult, but we believe in this, we believe in getting the stories out there for people to read, and we're doing this as best as we can.

So we may be starting small, but with your contributions, and with the help of a lot of readers, we have high hopes for the Digest.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Der Fuhrer said...

great. haha. this project of your is really ambitious. I really hope PGS will do well so SF writers can have something to, at least, "hold on to".

And 2 issues every month? Wow.

Good luck! I'll try to make it to the November 3 deadline.

And how much will an issue cost anyway?

6:06 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi again der fuhrer.

Not just scifi, but all the other genres too like speculative, detective, fantasy, horror, suspense, crime, etc.

Well, it has been pointed out to us that romance and westerns are genres too, but since we're not very strong on that...well, we'll see. :)

Oh yes, it's an issue every two months, not two issues every month. Hehehe. We might not have the production or financial capability to sustain two issues every month. :)

As for how much, it's also still under study, but we're trying to keep the price as affordable as possible and yet please understand that it should be high enough so that the Digest can self-sustain. Really a small price to pay for writers to have another outlet to get their stories out and read.

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you again.

6:39 PM  
Blogger skinnyblackcladdink said...

re: romance and westerns, a bit nitpicky on the genre thing for those people, isn't it? i mean, after all, romance already has its share of *locally written and published* works, and promoting westerns as a genre hereabouts feels a bit artificial, don't you think? admittedly, it would be an interesting creative exercise, see how a writer from the most western of asian countries might treat a 'western', but if a good story comes along, you could probably work a western into one of the other genres? just a thought.

you might want to consider the angle of simply publishing the stories you get (having passed your guidelines and standards, of course) without overtly slapping a label on them in your publication (i.e., without dividing it into sections per genre), thus relieving you of the burden of having to put out a complete list of genres for writers to consider. if a story is truly a 'genre' story, it should speak for itself in terms of what genre it belongs in.

and you never know, you might discover a 'new' genre that way, altogether.

10:20 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi again, Skinny.

I very humbly admit to a lack of experience with these genres. I did not really enjoy Bridges of Madison County, and yet a lot of people liked it, but I did enjoy Like Water for Chocolate a bit more, and I thoroughly enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, so I'm not sure what that says. My experience with Westerns is even more limited than with romances.

So what you said--"if a good story comes along"--will be the key for westerns and romances (as with the other genres), if anyone does send in a story with such flavor. Gut feel comes to play. Does the story work? Does it move the reader in some way? I may also have to ask help from one of my partners who may be better read with those genres.

Your second suggestion is very much welcome! We were toying with the idea of putting small icons beside the titles of the stories to illustrate which genre we think it belongs to. For ex.: a spaceship or a raygun for scifi, a sword or a wand for fantasy, a magnifying glass for detective, etc. Then of course, we wondered, what about those stories that cut across labels? It put us in a quandary for a while, because we really liked the idea of little icons (gives it a bit of a nostalgic pulpy feel). I guess what we needed was to hear it from an outside source to let "the story speak for itself" as you yourself aptly put. I will let the others know what you said, but I admit it's hard to let go of the idea of using icons.

Besides, it would mean less artwork to worry about come actual production time. :)

11:37 AM  
Blogger banzai cat said...

Yeesh. Given that there's 2-3 slots left, I hope I still have time to make it. Unfortunately, I'm a very slow writer and I normally pass a submission by the skin of my teeth. *shrugs*

4:02 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi banzai cat.

Please try and make it anyway...and there's always the second issue, but there are a lot of considerations into filling up the remaining slots for the maiden issue, including choice of genres. There seem to be a larger number of submissions for certain genres as against others, so if your story has something unique going for it, it can certainly make it, even if it's submitted on the very last minute of the last day. Thanks!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Three days to the deadline now, and I'm about 60% finished. This one's going to be close...

11:23 PM  
Blogger Himanshu Das said...

This sounds like a good initiative. Came across this site only today, which is just 3 days away from your deadline, so I don't think I can make it to the maiden issue. Will try for later.

11:35 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Sean. Do your best! I hope you'll be happy with whatever you have ready. Your reputation precedes you... :) Sorry for the added pressure.

Hi himanshu das. Oh! Sorry to hear you heard about this only now, but please submit when you have something. Next issue is slated for sometime late Feb. (early Mar. at the latest, but we're a hopeful bunch here).

11:57 AM  
Anonymous celestine said...

Sorry to bother you and everything, since it's only one day away from the deadline...but I was just wondering, if I would like to send a story that is both fantasy and a crime/mystery story (I find my story rather odd, really), to what e-mail would I send it to? And...could we send a story anytime before midnight tomorrow?

I'm really sorry for being such a bother, since this is the first time I actually worked up the courage to submit anything for publication, ehehe...thank you very much for your time...:)

7:54 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi celestine! That's all right. No bother at all.

What elements do you feel are stronger in your story, the fantasy side, or the crime/mystery side? Choose an email address and send it there.

In the end, it doesn't really matter as long as your story is well-written, engaging, and well-crafted. The email addresses are just separated to help us winnow the stories, but all the ones that pass eventually end up in the same pool no matter what genre they're in.

Continue being courageous! Continue writing and submitting. And yes, send it in even after the deadline (there's a second issue coming out next year, after all). The Nov. 3 deadline was set mainly for printing schedule reasons; if the schedule were freer, that could've been extended, but sadly...

Looking forward to reading your story!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Der Fuhrer said...

hey. sucks that I didn't make it to the deadline.

when is the next one? heheh

nga pala, i hope you guys would publish the TOC.

6:35 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi der fuhrer. How are you?

Just send in your story when it's ready. No deadline set for the next issue yet, but I'll tell you this much: there are enough quality submissions to fill the premiere issue and part of the second :). Some revision work from the authors may be forthcoming, but nonetheless you don't know how pleased I am with this.

As for the TOC, we're still debating which stories will make it to the first and which will have to be moved to the next. A lot of factors come into play here, like story length, space, when the requested revisions get done, etc. We'll post the TOC as soon as it's settled.

Thanks!

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hiya!

This thread has interested me for quite a while. I actually finished my short story. It's roughly 5, 000 words. But...er...you don't accept romance do you? I'd really love to submit it.

~*Gwendy*~

1:03 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Gwendy!

As was written above, it has been pointed out to us that westerns and romances are also genres, along with fantasy, scifi, horror, crime, speculative, etc.

So given our scope, we would certainly be open to romances, but we may have to ask for help with that as it wasn't part of our original intention.

So yes, please do send your story in (pdofsf@yahoo.com would suffice) and we'll consider it and give it as objective a treatment as we can (with help from others). We must warn you though that getting a romance published may be tad more difficult than other genres, but we promise to give your work honest treatment and to respect your ownership of it. No harm in trying. Thanks!

1:10 PM  
Blogger christie said...

Hi Anonymous

There is a new publishing company that announced an open call for quality romance stories. You can look 'em up at cozyreads.blogspot.com. They're working on a trilogy of anthologies I think (taray...).

Hope this helps. :-)

6:25 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Thanks, christie!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that link on cozy reads!

Anyway, pgnenrestories, I've worked on something that may be good for your publication. The genre's...I'm not sure. Might spoil the story if I reveal it, but it's relatively short. Around 750 words, but I may be able to elaborate a little to make it into the 2, 500 mark. Are you strict with the word count or is my really short story all right? Thanks!

~*Gwendy*~

2:00 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Gwendy.

We're trying to be flexible, so perhaps there's a chance for "short-shorts." All depends on how well it's written. We use the word count limit for a practical reason: easier page count when setting the layout of the Digest. Page count is limited 'coz we are just a start-up.

Send in your work, and let's see.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...thanks :) I'll go ahead and do some editing on it, since it's only a first draft. I usually leave my first drafts alone for about 3 days just to start anew.

Thanks for the opportunity :)
~*Gwendy*~

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi pgenrestories!

I am just about ready to submit my manuscript entitled "At Your Side". Still can't say anything of the genre. Using wordcount in MSWord, the manuscript contains exactly 773 words. I know it's a short, but I'm hopeful it will be acceptable. If not, please just tell me a and I'll absolutely understand.


But before that, I have a few questions.


Are you all right with simultaneous submissions?


Do you inform a writer if his work has been accepted or rejected?


Again, thank you so much :)

2:59 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi!

Mmm...simultaneous submissions may be a problem because of copyright rules and laws. Might lead to disagreements with other publishers if it so happens that the story is accepted by more than one. Sorry, we won't be able to take simultaneous submissions.

Yes, we inform a writer if a work has been accepted or not. As of now, no contributor has been rejected yet because we're debating the positives of each story, and trying our darndest to see if there's hope, if the negatives can be reworked. But, we've accepted about two handfuls of stories, including revisions. The rest...well, we'll have to be honest that there will come a time when we'll have to reject some of the submissions :(. Sad, but a fact of this business.

We're busy right now with the first handful we've accepted, and will come out with the first issue next month. After it comes out, then sadly we're going to inevitably have to get busy rejecting some of the stories.

Keep your eyes on this blog. Announcements will be coming soon. Thanks!

3:10 PM  
Blogger remaerd_rising said...

cheers!

cheers!!

12:21 PM  
Anonymous keysi said...

where do i send stories that do not belong to the genres mentioned in this post?

5:40 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi keysi. How are you? If in doubt, send to pdofsf(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks for the interest. Hope you enjoyed PGS1 and 2!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Karlo.PinoyBlogero said...

I am thinking of submitting some stories too. More like a CSI type of stories that I love to read.

Sigh. I wish I had more time.

6:17 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

I hope you do find the time, karlo.pinoyblogero!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Eina said...

Hmm. This is interesting! Uhm, I am pretty (well, it's more of "OHMYTOKWA, i want to do this!" kind) interested.

The thing is, am I still allowed to submit stuff even though I'm not in the country?

12:49 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi eina! You are more than welcome to submit even if you're not in the country. We've had submissions from Pinoys (or those of Pinoy descent, or had former Pinoy citizenship) living in North America, Europe, and Australia. Your submission will be more than welcome!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous frank said...

this looks like a nice project. but 8 centavos a word (480 pesos for 6000 words) for a well-written story is a bit, uhm, humble. i guess it really has to be for the love of writing, huh?

but three issues, hey that's an accomplishment. how many stories in each issue, just five?

still, it's a great project. it's nice to have a publisher open to new writers. i guess i'll try my hand at it. hopefully the fame and riches will follow. =)

10:01 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Frank. Thanks for dropping by.

Yes, eight centavos per word is low; I'm embarrassed, and I apologize, but this project is backed by a small press, and it's all that I can afford. BUT...I only have exclusivity to the author's work for one year from date of publication (and an option for a "Best Of" anthology, if it ever reaches that point). After that, all Philippine printing rights revert to the author. All the other rights, like movie, radio, play, etc., still belong to the author even during that one year. I'm only after the exclusivity for one year and the PGS anthology rights, and after that, the author gets it back, including reprint rights. :)

Oh! And we released four issues last year, three regular ones and one special holiday issue. 5-6 stories each issue. :)

As for fame and riches, well, I'm hoping it'll come for all those involved with PGS, but it'll have to come outside of PGS. The Digest is patterned after publications like Hitchcock's and Asimov's; no writer ever got famous or rich having their stories printed there. Rather, they become places for writers to start out and begin making a name for themselves (if they're new), or for semi-established and established writers to present their short-fiction (their novels and longer work being published elsewhere).

There's a certain prestige attached to having your short fiction printed in Hitchcock's, Asimov's, or the like. In fact, I've heard of successful novelists complaining good-naturedly that they've been rejected X number of times in those mags, even after they've hit the bestseller lists. They even proudly show their rejection slips. That's how I hope PGS will turn out: a place where all kinds of authors will be proud to have their short fiction published, and a place that readers of all types will gladly turn to for well-written short-fiction.

Genre-fiction, of course. :)

Thanks!

10:27 PM  
Blogger Joni Aristorenas Anzures said...

Hello. Read "Man of Many Stories" at PDI Magazine (01/20/2008). Some questions:

Is the P480.00 per 6,000 pages still the rate?

Do you still need stories? Do you still need sci-fi / fantasy with a dash of humor?

How will I qualify? Do I have to fill up a form, submit a sample, recite an ancient Incan immolation curse?

Anyway, I'd do it for free just for the experience.

Thanks for giving this opportunity for cellar-dwellers like me.

1:34 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Joni!

Yes, we still pay 8 centavos a word. I know it's not much, but I don't ask for much either. After a year's exclusivity with PGS, all rights go back to the author (though I also ask if I can keep the rights for an anthology).

You don't have to fill anything up! Just write your story and send it in to any of the email addresses in the blogpost depending on the type of story you wrote. There is a call for horror and crime stories because of special issues due out at the latter part of 2008, but we're still open to "scifi/fantasy with a dash of humor", as you put it.

Thanks for dropping by.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Joni Aristorenas Anzures said...

Thanks for the prompt and kind response. Most editors and publishers I know are of the hostile kind. Parang the sort of horror creatures that comics feature. Masyado yatang dinibdib yung creations nila.

Gayunpaman, newbie po ako talaga dito, so kung mag-submit man ako eh talagang basang-basa ("wet" as in bagong labas sa womb hindi "read"). But I'm open to corrections no matter how big because so totoo lang, yung iba ngang writers (screenplay writers in particular) bumabayad pa sila ng expert para lang i-criticize yung works nila. Eh sa inyo, libre. Natuto pa ako, di ba?

Thanks po sa opportunity. Maghahagilap na ako sa baul ko.

10:36 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Looking forward to receiving something from you, Joni! If it's horror, I'll send it to Ms. Yvette Tan right away for her special horror issue. If it's crime/mystery/suspense, I'll send it to Ms. Ichi Batacan at once for her crime issue. If it's anything else, then let's see! If we take it in, it'll be scheduled for a future regular issue. TY!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous eliza said...

Hi! I understand PGS has no set deadlines at the moment. Is this still correct? (I'm just wondering if I've missed an announcement or two about a special collection or something =) )

Anyway, I would love to send in something, but I'd like to know - how long does it take for PGS to choose the stories it wants to publish? (You've mentioned that simultaneous submissions are a no-no - just want to know how long an author has to wait for your reply. =) )

All the best!

6:37 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi, Eliza. How are you? :)

There's an Oct 15, 2008 deadline for the PGS Crime issue.

As for the regular slush pile, it's kinda' big right now, but we're getting to them on a first-in first-out basis. If you don't mind waiting for about2 to 3 mos. If that's too long a wait, you can try markets like Story Philippines, Philippines Graphic, and Philippines Free Press.

But do send it in anyway, and we'll try our best to get back to you even before the time frame I mentioned above. Thank you very much!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous eliza said...

thanks for replying. :) i'll go look through my files now. *looks through files*

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is rich text format? Sorry am not really familiar with that.

I want to submit my story but unfortunately it has only 1000words. Too bad for me.

6:02 PM  
Blogger FX777222999 said...

Right now, I'm in the online community for my writing; poems, fiction novels, short stories, scriptwriting, screenplay,etc..Can I submit in different genre like drama/mystery, drama/adventure, etc..all in English..

3:02 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi, FX777222999. Sure, feel free to submit, but we've been hit by the economic downturn, so we haven't been releasing regularly, so we don't know when we can get to your submission. We apologize for that, but that's the reality we face right now. :( We'll do our best to release any issues we have as soon as we can. TY!

9:20 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

@Anonymous: Rich text format, or RTF, is a generic text format which you can save your file as, instead of doc (which is a Word file format). The advantage of RTF is that almost all word processors can read it, and it won't carry any macro viruses, which can infect Word files.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Primummobil said...

Are you guys still accepting submissions? I've got a few stories I'd like to send to you if you are still open to receive them. I just found out about this site a few minutes ago as I was browsing aimlessly around the web.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Justine said...

hello, is the Philippine Genre Stories still accepts stories today this year 2010? If I am going to send an action story which email should I send it? I hope you can reply.

4:16 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi, Primummobil and Justine!

Yes, we're still open, and you can send your stories in to pdofsf(at)yahoo(dot)com.

However, the reality is that it's going to take some time to restart PGS into a digital version, so if you send your submissions in and they are accepted, it will take some patience on your part before you see them published digitally.

If you prefer not to wait, may I suggest a couple of other markets that are also open and may have a quicker turnaround time? These are Usok, over at www.rocketkapre.com; and estrangheropress.com.

Thanks very much for your interest!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous justine said...

what do you mean restart PGS? Thanks for the reply ^^

7:31 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

@justine: Well, PGS has been released irregularly, so by "restart" I mean that I'm trying to find a regular release schedule for its digital version. I'm hoping to set this sometime next year.

TY!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous justine said...

hello again, where can i buy the Philippine Genre Stories first issue? I wanna read some stories.

9:22 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi again, Justine.

PGS1 is not at stores anumore, but I think some of the succeeding issues are still available at selected National Bookstore branches (you may have to ask customer service for where they are).

However, it is easier to buy PGS issues at Comic Quest Megamall and Comic Quest SM North Edsa. Head on over there and ask the staff for PGS. The horror issue and PGS4 or 3 might still be there.

If you really want to get all the issues though, just email me at pdofsf(at)yahoo(dot)com, and what I can do is meet you, or leave copies for you at Comic Quest Megamall.

But if you wish to sample an issue, try one of the issues available at Comic Quest Megamall or SM North Edsa.

Thank you!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous justine said...

hello again po, do u accept romance din po? t.y.

9:16 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi, Justine. Yes, we do. :)

9:44 PM  

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