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Submissions

Tales of the Unknown - Cryptid Anthology 

Open for Submissions!

Cryptids are creatures whose existence is based on alleged sightings and shared stories with varying degrees of supporting evidence. You’ve probably heard of some, right? Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, Yetis, the Kraken, and even the Ogopogo? Names you’ve heard, but creatures you’ve never seen? Or maybe you have? With these rumors, myths, and legends, it’s hard not to get invested in a good mystery. What’s out there? Are they real? Have you seen them? 

 

Tales of the Unknown is an original comics anthology about the myths and legends of cryptids and monsters alike. This will be an teen+ anthology and while the theme must center around Cryptids/Myths/Legends, the genre itself is up to the creator! 

Who Can Participate:

You may pitch as a SOLO CREATOR (making the whole comic by yourself), as a WRITER ONLY (story writer with an artist you’ve partnered with), or as an ARTIST ONLY (a comics artist with a writer you’ve partnered with). Partners will not be assigned.

 

Age Restrictions:

 

All participants must be 18 years or older. All content must be suitable for children as young as 15 years old. 

Submission Details:

Submissions will be open from November 1st, 2019 to January 1st, 2020 11:59pm EST

 

Specifications:

  • Comics either 2 - 8 pages long (even numbers)

  •  6.625” x 10.25” or 6’’ x 9’’ (TBA) 

  • B&W or Grayscale 

  • 350 DPI / TIFF files 

Yes, submit! 

  • Comics 

  • Previously unpublished stories.

  • Obviously, there must be a cryptid of some sort involved in the story. 

    • You may feel compelled to create a new cryptid for this story, but rest assured there are plenty that you can choose from. If you do create a new cryptid, it is encouraged to have a pre-established one in your story as well.

No, don't submit!

  • Illustrations, prose, or poetry.

  • Finished or already started comics

  • Please keep the age restriction in mind so cursing needs to be kept to the bare minimum. (Consider the PG-13 rule of ‘everyone gets one’)

  • No gore, porn or explicit nudity, depictions of abuse - Again, referring to the age restriction and theme of this anthology

  • No slurs, no racist statements nor imagery, no misogyny, no transphobia, no ableism, no xenophobia, and any other hateful rhetoric.

Timeline:

Selection Process (November 2019 - January 2020)

 

  • Open Submissions: Nov 1st, 2019 - Jan 1st, 2020

  • Selection Period: Jan 2nd, 2020 - Jan 18th, 2020

  • Acceptance Emails & Feedback: Jan 19th, 2020 - Jan 25th,2020

  • Processing: Jan 25, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020

 

Creation Period (February 2020 - July 2020) 

  • Script: Feb 1st, 2020 - Feb 22nd, 2020

  • Feedback/Edits: Feb 23rd, 2020 - Feb 29th, 2020

  • Thumbnails: March 1st, 2020 - March 21st, 2020

  • Feedback/Edits: March 22nd, 2020 - March 28th, 2020 

  • Pencils: March 29th 2020 - April 25th, 2020 

  • Feedback/Edits: April 26th, 2020 - May 2nd, 2020

  • Inks: May 3rd 2020 - May 23rd 2020

  • Feedback/Edits: May 24th, 2020 - May 30th, 2020

  • Toning & Shading: May 31st, 2020 - June 20th 2020

  • Feedback/Edits: June 21st, 2020 - June 27th, 2020

  • Lettering: June 28th, 2020 - July 11th, 2020

  • Feedback/Edits: July 12th 2020 - July 18th, 2020

  • Final Files Due: July 25th 2020

  • Kickstarter: August 1st, 2020

  • Payment: September 2nd, 2020

Compensation:

Rights:
Agreeing to participate means that you’re allowing WildStar Press to exclusively print these full stories for a full calendar year from the date of publication. After the full calendar year, the owner may do as they please with their own work. You’re also allowing WildStar Press non-exclusive digital and physical print rights in perpetuity. Ownership remains with the creators. 


Pay:
“Writers only” and “Artists Only”: $25/page, complementary physical and digital copy of the anthology, along with Kickstarter bonuses if applicable.

“Solo Creators”: $40/page, complementary physical and digital copy of the anthology, along with Kickstarter bonuses if applicable.

All contributors will be able to purchase additional copies of the anthology at 50% off of the cover price as long as the anthology is in print.

Submit Your Pitches: Here