The Unreligious, Non-Family-Oriented Literary and Art Magazine, ISSN 1068-5154
Please send your contributions electronically. Paper contributions are something we SO don’t want to read. When sending submissions to us, send them either (1) in the body of the email (though bolds and italics and special characters may be lost in the body of the email sometimes), or (2) as an attached “.txt” file, “.rtf” file, or as a Microsoft Word file. (Also, we will not consider PDF file submissions, and we will not consider web page links as submissions — if all you can bother to send is only a web page link and not the actual writing, that shows us how little regard you have to submitting writing for consideration to our magazine.) You can send it both ways (in the body and as an attachment) if you want to be extra-sure we can read it, but these are the ways we can receive submissions successfully. By preferring e-mail subs, this reduces the possibility that Scars and CC&D will inadvertently introduce typing or scanning errors into the copy. Out philosophy is that you either have to just not know what a compter is or you can’t afford to get on-line in the first place in order to send us snail-mail submissions. Email or floppy disk or CD rom or ZIP disk or USB thumb drive submissions are all that we prefer to be acccepting... But if you have email, you can email us; it’s a lot faster, you don’t need a SASE; it is more economical.
Please note that our byline is that we are the UNreligious magazine. The name of this magazine is generated from a poem about the dysfunctionality of religion and family life, so this is NOT a Christian magazine. Along those same lines,
Here is the important stuff. Print copies are no longer free, but issues through 2009 can be purchased for a low low price through us, so for older copies, get electronic copies at this site, which are free, by clicking on the text archives and back issues of cc+d. 2010 issues are printed from a printer, so we do not even have spare copies to give away. For 2010 issues, copies can be order through a click to the printer links.
Our biases are works that relate to issues such as politics, sexism, society, and the like, but are definitely not limited to such. We publish good work that makes you think, that makes you feel like you’ve lived through a scene instead of merely reading it. If we had to use two words to describe what we want, they would have to be intelligent and powerful. Keep that in mind.
We accept work of almost any genre, but we’re not keen on rhyme for rhyme’s sake, and we’re definitely not keen on religion poems (look at our current issue for a better idea of what we’re like). We are also not keen (meaning, it’s best not to send it to us for consideration) poems with repeated or intricate indentations. If the poem cannot read well without the mass special indentations, then it’s probably not a good enough poem for publication at Scars. Oh, and we do accept longer works, but within two pages for an individual poem is appreciated.
We say keep it under ten pages, if you can, but we really like getting prose submissions, so if you think your piece is good but worry about the length, well, send it to us anyway and let us decide. If it relates to how the world fits into a person’s life (political story, a day in the life, coping with issues people face), it will probably win us over faster. Oh, and please tell the story like it actually happened. What makes a story believable is the detail given in it that pulls the reader in. Make our reader see the scene, smell the food, feel the wind on their face. They’ll remember the story more when they put an issue down if they feel like they lived the story instead of merely reading it. They can take something from it, and when they do you know you’ve done something right.
Do not send originals. We don’t go for humorous illustrations or comics, unless they’re political and fit in with out current themes. Photography and drawings are usually your best bet; look artwork in past issues online for a better idea of what we most commonly receive.. Artwork in electronic versions (html pages) of Children, Churches and Daddies will appear at 72 dpi in full color, but in print versions, we need the artwork at 300dpi, and artwork on inside pages of print issues/books appears in black and white (greyscale).
Everyone: Read This Submission Advice
We’ve received comments from readers and other editors saying that they thought some of our stories really happened. They didn’t, but it was nice to know that they were so concrete, so believable that people thought they were nonfiction. Do that to our readers.
Here you even have the opportunity to directly submit writing to cc&d. You can also submit art work electronically by e-mailing it to us...
Boring, Stupid Crap:
All magazine published from Scars Publications are released on the web — as a free downloadable PDF file (e-book, or e-issue), as well as on a web page. In this way people can enjoy the magazine on the Internet for free.
Part 2: the really technical details:
Children, Churches and Daddies is a magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of writers and artists, and is published monthly, so submit early and submit often. We don’t go for racist, sexist (therefore we’re not into pornography either), or homophobic stuff. (though we shy away from concrete poetry and rhyme for rhyme’s sake...) We prefer work sent via e-mail or on Macintosh disks. Submit as much as you want at a time. And about copyrights - the work is yours, and we don’t want to ever claim it for ourselves. Simultaneous submissions are cool, previously published or concurrently published works are cool, and the work is always yours. You’re only giving us the right to publish it.
We know your writing’s good, so send poetry, short prose, black and white art work (electronic submissions greatly preferred for art work), praises or large checks (like poets even have money) to us. Now. What a country!
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comments on past collection books scars publications and design has done:
Paul Weinman, Writer (on 1996 Children, Churches and Daddies)
Donna Thompson, editor, Challenges Magazine (on Blister and Burn)
D. V. Aldrich, Writer I just recieved my copy of the vol. 77 - March issue. First of all, let me say I am impressed, make that throw me up against the wall and do whatever you want with me impressed, by the new layout, design and color. Mighty fine job, mighty fine!
Jane B. Roth, writer (on Slate and Marrow)
John Sweet, writer (on chapbook designs)
Chris McKinnon (on collection book Blister and Burn)
C Ra McGuirt, Editor, The Penny Dreadful Review (on Children, Churches and Daddies)
Ryan Malone, Writer (on Sulphur and Sawdust)
Debra Purdy Kong, writer, British Columbia, Canada (on the magazine Children, Churches and Daddies)
Fred Whitehead, Freethought History (on Blister and Burn and the editor)
Cheryl Townsend, Editor, Impetus (on Children, Churches and Daddies)