TOM BALL, Senior Editor (email@example.com)
Globetrotting Tom Ball has been chased out of more countries than he can remember visiting. A fugitive on the lam with an archeology degree, he spends his days hiding under rocks writing fiction and other junk for his devoted readers here on Earth and also Mars. His real name is Tom Ball. He stills resides in the body he was born in. Tom has the final say on who gets published so you know what name to give the hit man if you don’t.
CHARLES PINCH, Senior Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You just know any dude whose name is a noun and a verb will end up being an editor at some literary hell hole. Writing before he was walking, editing before he was talking, Charles sees himself as an infant prodigy. Other people just see him as an infant. He holds in one of his three hands a double major in fine arts and philosophy and has published all kinds of fiction and other crap you better f***ing read if you want to get published here.
RICHARD WANG, Junior Editor (email@example.com
Richard is a polymath who makes the rest of us feel inferior which explains why we’re all in therapy. He has authored graphic novels, directs films (his own and others) while trying to remember he’s also an engineer and speaks a couple of languages none of us understand. At this moment he’s drafting his Nobel acceptance speech on a napkin. Oh yeah, he’s also a napkin designer.
ROBERT QUEHL, Junior Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rob is the voice of sanity which is why the rest of us have trouble comprehending him. Rob is the rock on the shore who steadfastly watches us drown after warning us we can’t swim. (Hey Rob! Help!) Rob is the light in the room after the bulb kicks out. Rob is the author of a couple of books and has a perverse love for working full time as an editor.
STEVE HANDS, Junior Editor (email@example.com)
Hands down, Steve is the most cosmopolitan of our dude-quintet. He has traveled extensively while avoiding the law and is the former publisher of Lizard magazine (Thailand). As you can see, Steve’s love of reptiles has strongly influenced his writing. He does most of his composing in a well-stocked terrarium, cavorting with the other cold-bloods. He currently lives in Britain which is why it’s Great!
Issue 3 July 1, 2019
Sure size isn’t everything but we still like it when people think we have a BIG…um…Issue. And a BIG issue it is! Welcome to Fleas on the Dog. We’re a no frills, brown bag online lit rag. (We like to think we’re underground with our heads sticking out.) We don’t care about pretty pictures or fancy layouts. We’re interested in one thing and one thing only: GOOD WRITING! Our lone mandate is quality which means if your mother likes your writing we probably won’t.
A special feature we are introducing with Issue 3 is HOTS--‘hands off the submissions!’ As you peruse the stories and articles you will notice that each has a different look. That’s because we upload our accepted submissions exactly as received. We like this approach because it creates a sense of visual diversity and emphasizes the writer as an individual in a way a uniform format does not. Similarly, while we occasionally soft edit, in some stories we don’t correct typos or grammar glitches in the interest of voice authenticity.
We’re proud to announce that four writers are making their publishing debut in Issue 3. Congratulations to Rachel Adams, Lou Morrison, Dave Thomas and Tom Smith!
And among our roster of distinguished veteran writers we are honoured to feature the 2017 Mona Schreiber Prize Winner for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction (Debbie Miller), Poetry in the Arts First Place Award and Dorfman Prize winner (Gerard Sarnat), First Prize winner Autumn House Press Fiction Award (Ashley Cowger), the 2017 Lorien Prize winner (Howie Good), the 2 times winner of the Excellent Awards from Ohio Arts Council (Ivars Balkits) and 2 Pushcart Prize nominees (W. Tyler Paterson and Dennis Pahl).
It’s a big fresh lineup with lots of diversity and talent that rocks. We hope you enjoy it. Until we meet again in Issue 4, spread the love and remember, READ is the best four letter word in the world.
Tom, Charles, Richard, Robert and Steve
We are a collective of writers/editors who publish a non profit online magazine for those who are on the avant garde and outside the box.
WHAT WE LIKE
Fiction: We take pretty much everything. Mainstream, traditional, literary, barbaric yawps, flash, metafiction, experimental, sci/fi, speculative, fantasy, mystery, micro, nano, grunge, bad (but it better be good!), modernist, post-modernist, spamlit, kitschlit, retro, metro, outsider, novel excerpts, one or two act plays, graphic stories, even comics. Our only criterion is quality.
Nonfiction: Kick ass op-eds, essays and articles on topical topics that are sure to p*** somebody off, memoirs, manifestos, reviews, games, nonsense and other cogent junk. Politically incorrect is welcome as long as it doesn’t devolve into invective.
WHO YOU ARE
Anybody whose engines burn when they write. You can have won literary awards or never published at all. Degrees don’t impress us—it’s your work that matters.
ONLINE PUBLISHING GUIDELINES
There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 10 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take weeks?)
Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.
Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org (or type in the link in the email address).
Include the genre (fiction or non fiction) and title of your work in the subject bar. Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay. Submit to only one category (fiction or nonfiction) per issue. If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com
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