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a crime fiction print anthology featuring authors writing in the
hardboiled/noir genre, and nothing else. So think Richard Stark, Ross MacDonald, Jim Thompson, Ken Bruen,
James Ellroy, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Christa Faust. (just to name a
few) We don’t do cozies. We don’t do procedurals. We’re not a literary
magazine, and we don’t do other genres. That said, we will consider noir/crime
fiction ranging from the early twentieth century up to present day. Aside from
that, we are a no limit hardboiled fiction journal—we publish the kind of
stories no one else will consider. Back in the day there was a Nynex yellow
pages ad campaign that went like this: if
it’s out there, it’s in here—that’s how we feel. The world is filled with
deviance, and good hardboiled fiction reflects that. We like strong characters,
and good story telling, and we will not reject anyone based on mainstream
morality. Amoral protagonists are encouraged. We will not however, publish masturbation
fodder for masochistic pedophiles. We’re not interested in torture-porn
erotica. But if you’ve got a deplorable protagonist, and there’s a
good story—we’ll print it.
Switchblade Issue One, Volume One Lineup:
Available now, featuring a motley crew of noir fiction usual suspects, along with some new blood; here are the lucky thirteen. The eight short fiction authors, and five flash fiction authors who appear in the very first cut of Switchblade:
Paul D. Brazill
William Dylan Powell
Switchblade Issue One available on Amazon:
Our next reading period will between May 15th and May 25th.
Content. Rural noir is fine (very popular right now) but we love
urban noir too. Urban being the setting.(not a reference to the racial demographic--any racial demographic is fine) We do mob
stories. And not just Russian mob stories. Got a tight piece of fiction about
the Sicilian mob in Jersey—we’ll look at it. Anyone who thinks the Italian
Mafia in America evaporated into thin air after the John Gotti trial, hasn’t spent
any time in Philadelphia. That said—if it reads like a Sopranos script or
Goodfellas fan fiction, it’s going right into the trash bin. Make it original.
If I open up a story about an Irish mob guy from Chuckytown (Charlestown), and
his name is Blackey—it better be one hell of a story.
like the other guys, we’re not interested in clichés. Serial killers are boring
to me. Heist plots are also going to be a tough sell. We like Michael Mann’s “Heat”,
and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing” as much as the next guy, but as I’ve stated,
we’re looking for originality, first and foremost. We love suspense. We like
tension, and we like tightly written, gritty fiction with a twist (or two). If you really want to know what we're all about, and to see what kind of stories end up in the pages of Switchblade, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of our latest issue. For $6.95 its a real steal.
Formatting. Our motto is quick
and dirty: we’re looking for short fiction: 2,000 to 4,500 words. We’re
also seeking flash fiction with a maximum of 1,000 words. No poetry submissions will be accepted at
this time. Please put “fiction submission” and the title of the story in the
subject line. Include a cover letter in the body of the email as well as a
brief biography. Address your cover
letter to “Dear editor at Switchblade…" We’re not the big five, but we expect
set tab indentations for paragraphs at .25” Send your story in standard
manuscript format, double spaced as an attached Microsoft Word document (.doc or .rtf) to switchblademagsubmissions
(at) gmail (dot) com
Payment: We're now upping the ante. (a little) Each selected contributing author will now receive $10 (via Pay Pal)and one contributor copy of the print edition of the magazine.
Artwork: Please put "Artwork Submission" in the subject line of the email. We are currently seeking themed artwork featuring
switchblade knives. Artwork should be submitted either as a link to your online
portfolio, or as an attached JPEG file (at least 200 DPI)
claims the following publication rights: First English-language Rights,
English-language Periodical Rights, World Periodical Rights, and Electronic
Distribution Rights. All rights revert back to the author six months after
initial publication. Should Switchblade
choose to create an anthology of
previously published work, new rights will be negotiated.
Reprints: We are not accepting any reprints at this time.
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