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Saturday, April 11, 2020

HYBRID Ink submission guidelines

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HYBRID Ink is keenly interested in creative non-fiction diving deep into the world we live in. We are particularly focused on the publication and advancement of LGBTQIA+ writing.

Short form (essay collections) — Open
Essay and letter collections may be considered, as well, and in that case, please specify the unifying theme of the collection, provide a brief synopsis of each piece, and the licensing status of each essay or letter.

Content restrictions

HYBRID has no restrictions on topics for creative non-fiction. Here are some of the things we love to see:

  • LGBTQIA+ non-fiction
  • Examinations on social interactions
  • Deep-dives into a topic the author loves
  • Eclectic fields of interest tied together by a story
  • Or a single field of interest tied together by eclectic stories
  • Non-fiction on a topic that the author has first-hand experience with

Please don’t let this stop you, but here are some things we’re wary of:

  • Lists of facts
  • Lists of events
  • Bulleted lists
  • Lists of lists
  • Lists of lists of lists
  • Self-help books
  • Screeds, diatribes, and invective

We will not accept the following for feasibility, liability, or academic reasons:

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HYBRID Ink will not, under any circumstances, publish content that portrays any of the following without justification or in a positive light:

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of discrimination
  • Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18
  • Rape, torture, dubious consent, or forced seduction
  • Gratuitous violence, gore, or death

For more information, please see here, and remember that we're all governed by our code of conduct.
If you have any doubts about your content and these lists, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Submitting to HYBRID

Please submit via email to

Include your name and what you are submitting for in the subject line in the format [Submission type] Submission name (for X) by Author. For example, Jace Doe is submitting their story "Something Awesome," to the Great Stories anthology, they would use the subject line [Story] Something Awesome (for Great Stories) by Jace Doe.

Alternately, for longer work queries, if Anna Doe is submitting a query for her novel Holy Crap, Birds!, she would use the subject line [Query] Holy Crap, Birds! by Anna Doe.

Please submit the entire short work, or the first 10,000 words or so (about twenty pages) for longer work queries. If your work is longer than 10,000 words, please also submit a synopsis. We will accept the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Open Document Format/LibreOffice/Calligra Words (.odt), Markdown, TeX of various flavors. We can also accept Google Docs, but would prefer a standalone file.

If you are submitting to a call for submissions, please be sure to note the following in your submission email:

  • Whether or not you are submitting simultaneously to other markets
  • Whether or not your submission has already been published elsewhere
  • Whether or not you are submitting multiple submissions to the call

We appreciate you following these guidelines, as they help all of us keep submissions organized! If you are submitting to an anthology and do not follow the email subject line guidelines, you will confuse our poor editors, those wily beasts, and we will have to coax them out of catatonia once more.

For published pieces we take non-exclusive print and electronic publishing rights. Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, e-book, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint. That is, while we accept reprints, that is hardly universal. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or e-book formats is really what you want to do.

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