Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Deadline Extension and Zine Availability FAQ

Can I have a deadline extension?

Okay, so we've gotten some great content already, but we also have some people who have asked for deadline extensions. After checking our schedules we've decided that we will be able to extend the deadline to May 15th.

If you've already submitted you can continue to tinker with your piece and resubmit it, but whatever we have by May 15th is what's going in the zine.

Also, please submit a bio with your contribution. This can contain pretty much whatever you want, but should include the name you want printed with the story. Other info could include email, Twitter, or website addresses, where you work or go to school, and how awesome you are.

Remember to send your submissions and bios to twofistedlibrarians@gmail.com.

How long should my submission be?

We don't have any strict guidelines for length, but try not to make it too long. If we feel your story is too long we will ask you to try to shorten its length.

Remember that this is going to be a half size (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", the size of a sheet of paper folded in half), so if you're creating artwork try to format it for that size.

How short can my submission be?

As short as you want! If you want to create something that's less than a page long, that's totally fine!

Where will I be able to get the zine?

So far there are three events where you'll be able to get a copy of Two Fisted Librarians.

June 27th - July 2nd The Zine Pavilion at the ALA (American Library Association) Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

July 13th - 14th The Iowa City Zine Librarian (un)Conference in Iowa City, Iowa.

August 10th - 11th The Portland Zine Symposium in Portland, Oregon.

We're open to attending other events, so if you think there's one we should go to let us know and we'll see if we can make it!

The zine will also be available to order online at some point later in the summer, we'll let you know when we have more details.

Do you have any other questions? Please send them to twofistedlibrarians@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Deadline Reminder

Remember that the deadline to submit to Two Fisted Librarians is April 30th, that's just three weeks away! Of course you still have plenty of time to write or draw something spectacular for the zine (and now there are no classes getting in the way of your creative endeavours!).

Just hearing from contributors about what they're working on is enough to make us want to be able to read their stories now! Clockwork octopus, laser beam battles, dinosaurs? We have no idea how these things might relate to librarians but we're confident in your ability to deliver the goods in regards to awesome pulp genre fiction.

If you're having trouble figuring out what to write we've been brainstorming some possible titles, here's a selection of some of the better ones.

666: The Call Number of the Beast
Infomagic Overload
Tales from the Stacks
Catalogic Failure
Shelf Harm
Referenemies Desk
Readers Adversary Group
Subject Terminal Velocity
Sinister Indexter
Indices Exposure
Full Metal Book Jacket
The Black RDAhlia
The ReFEARance Question
Terror on Database Station One

If you want to use one of these titles, go for it! (Though maybe shoot us an email first so we don't end up with 12 stories called "Shelf Harm".) But we're sure you can come up with titles that are even better!

Now it's time to get back to writing! And remember to tell your friends!