ATTENTION OASIS MEMBERS!
I know that many of you were disappointed by the failure of the Gay Like Me Project. Well, so was I, so much so that I decided to try it again in a little bit different way. I believe that this new project can and will succeed, so everyone listen up and get ready to participate.
Instead of focusing on autobiographical stories, the book is going to be comprised mainly of poetry. Since almost all of you write poetry, I expect a much higher volume of submissions. This book will not be published using Lulu. It will be published for real under the name of my publishing house, Glynworks Publishing. That means it will get its own ISBN number and Library of Congress number. It will also be distributed by Ingram and appear in their catalog, as well as in the Books in Print catalog. I'll be sending galleys to Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, among other publications. In other words, this will be a genuinely published book. Because I (Glynworks Publishing) will be paying all the costs and fees associated with the book and taking all the financial risks, I will be keeping any money made from the book until I recover my expenses. After that, I plan to donate half of any profit generated by the sale of the book to Oasis Magazine. Those whose works are accepted will get one free copy of the book (if you want one), as many additional copies as you want at publication and shipping cost and, of course, the satisfaction of knowing that your work is in print. Frankly, I'm by no means certain that I'll even make back my investment, but this is really more about having all of your voices heard and helping other GLBTQ young people than making money, so that's okay.
Here are the rules:
1.) You do not have to write new poetry for this. You may submit works you've already written. The poetry must have something to do with your life as a gay teen or young adult. I'm going to be very forgiving in terms of what things meet that criteria, but there are limits. Remember, the title of the book is going to be Gay Like Me, so the works it contains have to be related to that theme in some way. You may submit as many poems as you like, but a maximum of three will be used. It you submit more than three, the editors will decide which (if any) will go into the book.
2.) All previous submissions are null and void. To be in this book, you'll have to submit your works exactly in the manner outlined here. In other words, if you've already submitted work to the previous GLM project, you'll have to submit it again in order to be considered. This is because the project's focus has changed and it's easier if we just start from scratch.
3.) Each submission must be accompanied by the following information:
a. you Oasis member name (to submit under your real name, see below)
b. your age
c. your gender (if you're genderqueer, say so, but give your actual gender please)
d. your location (state or province and country is fine)
e. a short intro to each poem (what it's about, why you wrote it, how you were feeling, etc. It can be anything from a sentence to a page. It's totally up to you. However, you must have one for each poem.)
If any of these things are missing, you'll get it back. Works by non-oasis members can be submitted. In place of the Oasis Member Name, have the poet create a pseudonym (to use their own name, see below)
To Publish Under Your Own Name
You may publish under your own name provided you sign a form giving Glynworks Publishing permission to publish the poem. You must be 18 or older to sign the form yourself. If you are a minor, you must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign it. If you are submitting works under your real name, be sure to say so when you submit. If your work is accepted, we will email you the form to sign. You must sign it and mail it back to me by the date specified in the email. Otherwise, your work will be dropped from the book.
4.) The deadline for ALL submissions is Friday, June 29th at 5pm. Absolutely no material will be considered after that date and time, so I suggest you not procrastinate. You have two full months to create and decide what to submit. ALL submissions must be sent to Pat@oasismag.com.
5.) Those of you who submitted prose pieces for the first project, you may resubmit them for this project. They will count the same as one poem. I think it would be nice to have some of these to kind of add some variety to the book. Prose pieces need not have the intro that are required for poems.
6.) If you want to submit artwork, you are welcome to do so. We need a certain amount for the book. Art submissions will be considered seperately, not as one of your written pieces. In other words, you may submit an art piece as well as three poems if you wish. No photos of actual people will be considered for this project.
Once I receive your work, I will send you an email telling you that I've received it. After that, you will not probably not hear anything until several weeks after the submission deadline of June 29th. I plan to notify everyone whether or not their submissions were accepted, so if you haven't gotten any word from us by July 27th, you can send us a note to inquire about the status of your submission(s).
I will be forming a new committee of six people to read and vote on which submissions will be included in the book. The editiors of the original GLM project will have dibs on seats, but since I want six people on this committee, so there will be places available even if all three of them choose to participate. If you want to be considered for one of these seats, watch for an announcement in the near future telling you how many positions are available and how to apply for one of them. Each person on the committee will receive a copy of the book, as many additional copies of the book as they wish at publisher's cost plus shipping, and another gift of some kind that I haven't decided upon yet. You do not have to submit work to be considered for one of these seats.
All works will be considered just as submitted, though we reserve the right to correct spelling and basic grammar errors in prose pieces without notifying the author. For spelling errors in Poetry, we will contact you if your work is accepted to verify whether or not the error was intentional.
I will be posting reminders throughout the next couple of months. If you want to post your works on Oasis first to get feedback, that's fine. Just remember that ALL submissions must be sent to Pat@oasismag.com, or else they will NOT be considered. Assuming that we receive enough submissions to move ahead with the project, I plan to bring the book out sometime next year. As I have more information about that, I will let everyone know.
By submitting work to this project, you are agreeing to all the terms and conditions indicated above. If you have any questions, post them here or send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll answer them all as soon as possible.
Alright guys, you were all disappointed by the fact that the last project failed. Don't let this one go down in flames the same way. Think hard about your submissions and get them in properly and on time. It's all up to you.