Guilty Crime Stories

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Guilty publishes crime fiction.  It is strongly suggested that you read an issue of the magazine to get a solid feel for what we are looking for.

Crime fiction covers a wide range of potential topics, and we are interested in your take on it, there
 are some things we will not consider:

Cozies.

Police procedurals.

Anything with a speculative element.

Anything that glories in violence for the sake of violence, particularly against women, children, minorities, or animals. Violence can be an element of many types of crime stories, but it must be an integral part of the story.

Detective stories will be a hard sell, not because we don't like them, but because they are not typically crime stories, per se, but have more in common with the police procedural than with other types of crime story. We really are looking for stories from a criminal's perspective.

Serial killers are also a hard sell, unless your take on them is truly unique.


It shouldn't need to be said, but any type of hate-speech, whether homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism or any other type you can think of, will not be tolerated. Submissions including such will be deleted without response to the submitter.



Please read the guidelines in their entirety. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will deleted unread, without response to the submitter.

For fiction:

Stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words will be considered. This is firmStories below or above that range will be rejected. Stories in the 3k to 4k range will have the best chances of being accepted, based on current needs.

A flat ten dollar ($10) payment will be made for all stories, regardless of length, via PayPal after signature of contract.

Reprints are not accepted. Stories must be original and previously unpublished in any format, including your personal blog, social media, etc

No novel excerpts, please, not even if they read as a standalone story. We are looking for completely original, exclusive material.

Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions will not be considered.

Guilty acquires First World Rights, with a period of exclusivity of one year after publication.



For non-fiction:

Guilty will consider non-fiction articles of up to 1,500 words. 500-750 word range will have the best chance of meeting current needs. Pitch first for articles. A flat five dollar ($5) payment will be made for all articles, regardless of length, via PayPal after signature of contract.

Articles must be original and previously unpublished in any format, including your personal blog, social media, etc

Multiple submissions and simultaneous submissions will not be considered.

Guilty acquires First World Rights, with a period of exclusivity of one year after publication.



For art and photography:

Guilty will consider artwork and photography for both cover art and interior use, depending on current needs. A flat fifteen dollar ($15) payment will be made for selected cover art or cover photo. A flat ten dollar ($10) payment will be made for any artwork selected for interior use.

Please send samples or a link to your portfolio for review. Sending individual, premade pieces is unlikely to meet our needs.



How to submit:


Send all submissions and pitches to guiltycrimemag @ gmail.com (without spaces) with the following subject format: Submission - Type of Submission <Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art> - <Title of Submission> - <Submitter's Name>.

In the body of your email, include a cover letter with your story's title and word-count, and your contact information, as well as a brief bio of no more than seventy-five words (one or two sentences) written in the third person. Your publication history is neither necessary nor wanted. Whether you're an NYT bestselling author or this is your very first submission of your work, the only thing that matters is the story.

Follow Shunn's manuscript format with an easy to read font, such as Calibri or similar. Make sure to include your name and contact information in the upper left hand corner of the first page and word-count in the upper right. Send only .doc, .docx, or .rtf files for text submissions. Any other format will be deleted unread.

Do not include headers or footers in the document as submissions will not be printed to be read and, if your story is accepted, it adds an additional formatting step.

For the love of all that is good, do not use Tab to indent. Use the paragraph formatting in your chosen word-processing program. Additionally, do not double space after a periodBoth of these things are
 nightmares to reformat if your story is accepted.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be deleted without response to the submitter.

We will try to make a decision within thirty (30) days. Do not query before then. Average response time is three days or less. If you have not heard back after sixty 
(60) days please follow up as something may have gone wrong.

If your submission is declined, wait at least one month before submitting again, unless specifically invited to do otherwise.


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