WE WANT TO READ YOUR STORY.
BUT READ THIS FIRST.
LBP WELCOMES submissions from any writer who meets these two criteria:
1) You have personal memories associated with any book in your collection.
2) You're willing to answer our standard prompt in 600-1200 words, using your clearest, cleanest, and most honest writing.
Our prompt is: Why is this comic important to you?
All writings must be previously unpublished, autobiographical, and submitted via these instructions. If approved, your submission be posted on our collector blog page (with credits) and archived on our site until the end of time. To see a good example of kind of writing we're looking for, go here. Or here.
You can submit as many times as you like. The guidelines below offer an overview of our nerdy but necessary policies and expectations.
We look forward to reading it.
1) Let The Prompt Lead You.
Our prompt is simple: "Why is this comic important to you." As a memory project for comic geeks, our prompt is simply meant to help you see your collection as both an inspiration, and point of departure. Participating is easy: flip through your longbox, pick a comic that evokes a strong memory for you, and answer our prompt in 600-1200 words. If your story captures us, we'll publish it. You can do this more than once. In fact we'd like you to. For more info, check out our join page.
2) Give Us Something Pretty to Look At.
You also need to provide a cover image -- we want to see the comic that you're writing about. We don't need (or want) to see any of the pages inside, however. The image should be high quality, so please scan the cover, or take a tightly cropped photo on your best camera. If you can find the cover image on-line, all the better. Save the image to your desktop, and attach it when you email us.
3) It's About You. Not Them.
While The Longbox Project is unquestionably rooted in (and obsessed with) the comics industry, we're not interested in publishing reviews, commentary, or analysis on any of the comics in your collection. We're interested in publishing stories about you. While we fully expect that your submission will contain a re-cap of whatever comic you choose to highlight, the scales must always tip towards personal narrative for a submission to be seriously considered.
4) Like a Good Therapist, We Only Deal With One Issue At a Time.
To strengthen the impact of your submission, please only chose one issue to write about at a time (or one graphic novel). You can submit as many times as you like, however. All this said, in order to create an even reading experience for our visitors, it's unlikely we'll publish the same writer more than 3 times in one month.
5) Tell the Truth. But Be Classy About it.
While you could probably lie your face off and we'd never know, the expectation is that your writing be a true memoir. There's a difference between transparency and honesty, however. It's okay to change names to protect the innocent, or hold back on certain details for the sake of artistic and balanced execution.
6) Don't Steal. But Borrowing with Permission is Fine.
Don't plagiarize. It's tacky. Even unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism, so please ask us if you're unsure or check with your high school English teacher before submitting. Chances are if you think it's plagiarism, it is. If you find it necessary to reference content from another source to tell your story, give them credit with a link.
7) Take Your Time. We Want the Best of You.
Please take time to craft your writing until it shines. Read it out loud a few times to catch all the clunky sentences. Ask a friend to read it over, too. The goal is the tightest prose possible.
8) No Hate. No Porn. No Slander.
We reserve the right to deny submissions that we feel creep into the realm of hate, porn, or slander. Strive to write for prime time audiences -- after the little kids are in bed, but before you're drunk and pissed and flipping through the channels hoping to see skin.
9) We Get the Final Say. But You Retain Your Rights.
It's our website. We get to say "no" to any submission that doesn't capture us. If you really want to be a part of The Longbox Project following the expectations outlined in this guidelines will increase your chances. Additionally, we reserve the right to edit any submissions before we publish them, but we'll always communicate our edits before we publish your story. We also get final say on the blog post title. We'll do our utmost not to abuse either of these privileges. Please note: when you hit the submit button, you grant us the right to publish and archive your work on our site, although you retain the rights to your own work. If at any time you want to withdraw your story, just shoot us an email with your name and blog title.
10) Just Hit Send. We're Always Posting.
We accept multiple submissions year-round --there are no reading periods or midnight deadlines. In an effort to keep our content fresh, we're always publishing work. If accepted, we'll strive to publish your submission as soon as possible.
11) They Didn't Pay Steve Ditko Either.
Okay -- they paid him a little, but certainly not what he was worth. Getting published is all we can offer. Along with our eternal thanks.
12) 14 or Under? Ask Your Parents / Legal Guardians First.
The Longbox Project is eager and happy to support young writers, but we'd feel better about it if your parents / legal guardians knew what you were up to. As such, we won't accept submissions from anyone 14 or under unless they assure us they've gotten permission from the adults at home.
13) Go Ahead and Ask.
The Longbox Project is maintained and curated by Max Delgado, with the frequent spiritual and emotional support of Kevin Leslie. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, just click the mail icon below and send us an email.