Why Should You Submit?

Indie Bites exists to promote indie authors. If your submission is accepted into our anthology, not only will we print your work, but we'll also include a brief blurb and purchase link for one of your books immediately after your piece. Since the majority of our audience will be reading on Kindle, this makes it as easy as possible for them to click straight through to buy your book from their device. Every book blogger and illustrator who contributes will have space to plug their work, too.

Our podcast records and broadcasts a selection of the short fiction that we publish in the anthology. Voice talent is chosen by the podcast editor, who assigns each story to a reader, who will be credited in the podcast along with the author.

We're a not-for-profit anthology and podcast, so you won't make any direct income from being featured, but if you want to reach a new audience then you've come to the right place. When our readers like your work, we hope you'll see an increase in the sales of your books as a result.

 

By making our digital anthology and audio free to download, we hope to reach a larger readership than traditional paid-for anthologies. Although it means we can't pay our contributors, it should increase our audience. For those who like a print copy, we'll be offering those too on Amazon. Any profits from sales will go straight back into marketing and costs.

Upcoming Issues

Submissions are currently open for Issue 1 (February 2021) - VAMPIRES & VOYAGES

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 December 2020

Future Issues (submissions not yet open)

Issue 2 (May 2021) - MERMAIDS & MYTHOLOGY

Issue 3 (August 2021) - SHIFTERS & SHOWBIZ

Issue 4 (November 2021) - FAES & FOES

Issue 5 (February 2022) - GHOSTS & GUILDS

Submission Requirements

Every quarter, we accept one cover illustration, three reviews, and as many short fiction submissions as we can fit in each issue. We are always open to submissions from voice talent. Please read the requirements below carefully before submitting. Any submissions received that do not conform to these requirements may be deleted. Please note that by sending your submission, you are agreeing to the publication terms below.

  • FOR AUTHORS. We accept submissions of EXCLUSIVE short fiction (poetry or prose) from self-published, hybrid and unpublished authors. Any submissions must be EXCLUSIVE for a limited time (more on this in the Terms of Publication below). Submissions must be in the fantasy genre, no longer than 5,000 words, and must fit within one of the themes of the relevant issue (for example, the themes for Issue 1 are Vampires and Voyages). We only accept original submissions that are not published elsewhere. Submit by email to indiebitesanthology[at]gmail[dot]com using the subject line SUBMISSION: [Title] by [your name]. Please include the following in your email:

    • the work you are submitting, pasted into the body of your email (we do not open text attachments);

    • a short description of why your work is appropriate for this particular issue of the anthology;

    • a one-sentence bio;

    • a two-sentence description of the book you'd like to promote in the anthology;

    • a link to its purchase page; and

    • copy and paste this statement into the body of your email: 'I have read and agree to the Terms of Publication on your website'.

  • FOR BOOK BLOGGERS. We accept reviews of indie books. Any submissions must be EXCLUSIVE for a limited time (more on this in the Terms of Publication below). All reviews must fit within one of the themes of the relevant issue (for example, the themes for Issue 1 are Vampires and Voyages). Submit by email to indiebitesanthology[at]gmail[dot]com using the subject line SUBMISSION: [Review] of [title/author]. Please include the following in your email:

    • the review you are submitting, pasted into the body of your email (we do not open text attachments);

    • a short description of why your review is appropriate for this particular issue of the anthology;

    • a two-sentence bio;

    • your blog/website link; and

    • copy and paste this statement into the body of your email: 'I have read and agree to the Terms of Publication on your website'.

  • FOR ILLUSTRATORS. We accept cover designs (one per issue) that encapsulate the themes of the relevant issue (for example, the themes for Issue 1 are Vampires and Voyages). Any submissions must be EXCLUSIVE for a limited time (more on this in the Terms of Publication below). Submit by email to indiebitesanthology[at]gmail[dot]com using the subject line SUBMISSION: Cover by [your name]. Please include the following in your email:

    • your submission, attached as a jpg or png document;

    • a short description of why your work is appropriate for this particular issue of the anthology;

    • a two-sentence bio, together with a link to your website/portfolio; and

    • copy and paste this statement into the body of your email: 'I have read and agree to the Terms of Publication on your website'.

  • FOR VOICE TALENT. If you would like to read short fiction for our podcast, Indie Sound Bites, please record yourself reading the book of your choice and send us a short (<1min) audio file by email to indiebitesanthology[at]gmail[dot]com using the subject line SUBMISSION: Voice. Please copy and paste this statement into the body of your email: 'I have read and agree to the Terms of Publication on your website'.

Terms of Publication

FOR AUTHORS, BOOK BLOGGERS AND ILLUSTRATORS

By submitting short fiction, reviews or illustrations to Indie Bites, you agree to the following terms:

  • If you are an author, illustrator or book blogger, you give Indie Bites permission to publish your submission in digital and print format in our anthology in perpetuity, and to use snippets of your submission (in the case of text submissions) or images of it (in the case of illustrations) in our marketing material. You cannot revoke this permission after your contribution has been accepted without the written consent of our anthology editor.

  • If you are an author submitting short fiction, you give Indie Bites permission to record and publish your submission in audio format through its podcast Indie Sound Bites, and to use snippets of those recordings for marketing purposes. You also agree that the voice talent who perform your submission may use snippets for portfolio or voice-reel purposes. You cannot revoke these permissions after your contribution has been accepted without the written consent of our podcast editor.

  • Your submission will, if accepted, be EXCLUSIVE to Indie Bites (i.e. you will not make it available elsewhere, free or otherwise) from the time of submission until three months after the date of publication. After that, you may publish it elsewhere, but please note that back issues of Indie Bites will be available forever, so you will never be able to publish your submission with a publishing service that requires exclusivity, like Amazon's KDP Select. If you have previously published your submission (whether through a self-publishing platform or on your own blog) then you must ensure it is not in publication during the period in which it is exclusive to Indie Bites.

  • You warrant that your submission is not published elsewhere, that it is your own original work, that its submission to or publication by Indie Bites will not contravene any third party’s rights (including intellectual property rights, right of privacy or confidentiality, or rights in contract), and that it will not contain any content which is defamatory or otherwise unlawful in any way. If Indie Bites is threatened with or subject to any third party claim arising from the submission or publication of your work, you will indemnify Indie Bites against all costs or damages arising from that claim.

  • You acknowledge that you are not entitled to any royalties from sales of Indie Bites. While we hope that the inclusion of your work in Indie Bites will increase your sales, we cannot guarantee any particular sales increase resulting from its inclusion.

  • These terms, and any claim in connection with their subject matter, will be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

FOR VOICE TALENT

If you agree to read short fiction for the Indie Sound Bites podcast, you agree to the following terms:

  • We will give you a piece of written content to read and record. You acknowledge that the content provided is proprietary to its author, and that you will not be entitled to republish it or make any use of it other than for the purposes of your recording, except by using snippets of the finished recording in your portfolio or voice-reel.

  • You give Indie Bites permission to feature your recording (in original or edited form) in the Indie Bites Podcast, and to broadcast it worldwide. We may also use snippets of the recording for marketing and promotional purposes. You cannot revoke these permissions after your recording has been accepted without the written consent of our podcast editor. We do not guarantee that your recording will be used.

  • You acknowledge that you are not entitled to any compensation or royalties from Indie Sound Bites.

  • These terms, and any claim in connection with their subject matter, will be governed by the laws of England and Wales and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

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