The Geeky Press is as much a philosophy as it is an entity.

Brad King launched this little group on April 3, 2014 in hopes of building a vibrant writing community in greater downtown Indianapolis. What he didn't have was much of a plan to make that happen. He launched the website, planned a reading series called The Downtown Writers Jam, and hoped that people would come.

And show up they did. In 2017, we had more than 325 people sign up for our Indianapolis Meetup list, we had 65 people participate in at least one of our daily or weekend writing retreats, we had more than 150 people submit work for our anthology books and our literary magazine, a (semi-regular) podcast with more than 2,000 listens, and we'd set up a monthly artist networking happy hour with the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

We grew so fast that The Geeky Press added three amazing partners: Amber Peckham, who is the wittiest writer of the bunch and who corrals our reading series; Nicole Mathew, who has turned our weekly #WritersHack events into a welcoming writing community; and Elise Lockwood, who helps recruit writers to the podcast and runs the Scripted reading series.

While The Geeky Press is generally run by the four of us, we've encouraged participants to create their own writing spaces. Now we have members like Reid Delehanty, who has started hosting his own #WritersHack. And we've partnered with Jessica Dyer of Vouched Books Indy to bring our literary community together.

In other words, this labor of love has become everything we'd hoped it would be.

Ends on March 31, 2018

DEADLINE

  • Spring 2018 Issue: November 1 - March 31

INDIANA CONNECTION

HoosierLit is a literary magazine that showcases the best writing by Indiana writers. What’s an Indiana writer? Well, that might be a bit more difficult to explain that you’d think. Obviously, if you were born here, work here, live here, or lived here, we’d love to see your work.

But what if you’re a remote employee for a company in Indiana? What if your family is from here, but you were born elsewhere? What if you just took some online classes at one of our universities?

These are great questions. What you should do in your cover letter is convince us that your connection to Indiana is great and mighty because that's is one of two key components to getting published here. 

The other is writing something we want to publish! About that...

STYLE AND SUBJECT

We publish fiction, nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essays), screenplays, scripts, black-and-white photography, and poetry. There are standards. We can’t articulate them.

LENGTH

  • Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Submit completed work no more than 5,000 words
  • Fiction + Short Stories: Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
  • Scripts: no more than 15 pages
  • Poetry: Submit completed work; no more than 5 pages. You must submit each poem individually!
  • Photo Essay: No more than 5 black-and-white pictures and 100 words per picture

COVER LETTER

Please keep your cover letter brief, though we do like to hear from people who like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.

FORMATTING

Please don’t use colors or weird fonts. (We strip both out before we start the design process.) Visual poetry is not accepted.

SCRIPT FORMATTING

  • Must be a Word doc or docx, 2010 or newer
  • Easily readable 12 pt. font, no columns
Please follow one of these style guides for formatting. Any of these are acceptable formats. If you do not submit your script in one of these formats, we may ask you to resubmit.

Samuel French Play Formatting
Gordon State College Play Formatting
Story Sense Screenplay Formatting

AUTHOR BIOS

Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will use that on our contributor page. What you send is what we will publish, unless it’s too long. Then you’re leaving your bio fate in our hands.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK

Nope. Nope.

What about simultaneous submissions? If you submit to other places, drop us a note. And then don’t be a jerk. Let us know as soon as you know.

COPYRIGHT

HoosierLit will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work.

YOU GET PAID

Contributing authors receive a direct and equal division of the royalties. If we publish ten contributors, each person receives ten percent of every sale. Payments are handled directly through Lulu.

OTHER QUESTIONS

If all of this hasn’t answered your questions, you can Contact Us through our form.

Ends on April 30, 2018

The Dear America anthology series is a platform for writers of all levels to tell meaningful stories about their own experiences. Our first collection was Reflections on Race. 

Our second collection, Dear America: Reflections on Gender, continues with our mission to allow people to tell quiet, intimate, personal stories. 

This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. We aren't looking for manifestos. We aren't looking for academic papers. Instead, we want well-told stories, personal narratives, essays, and reflections in fiction, scriptwriting, and poetry from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story.

DEADLINE

  • Open Call: November 1 - April 30

General Submission Guidelines

LENGTH

  • Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Submit completed work no more than 5,000 words
  • Fiction + Short Stories: Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
  • Scripts: no more than 15 pages
  • Poetry: Submit completed work; no more than 5 pages. You must submit each poem individually!
  • Photo Essay: No more than 5 black-and-white pictures and 100 words per picture

STYLE AND SUBJECT

We publish fiction, nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essays), screenplays, scripts, black-and-white photography, and poetry. There are standards. We can't articulate them.

COVER LETTER

Please keep yours brief, though we do like to hear from people who like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.

FORMATTING

Please don't use colors or weird fonts. (We strip both out before we start the design process.) Visual poetry is not accepted.

SCRIPT FORMATTING

  • Must be a Word doc or docx, 2010 or newer
  • Easily readable 12 pt. font, no columns

Please follow one of these style guides for formatting. Any of these are acceptable formats. If you do not submit your script in one of these formats, we may ask you to resubmit.

Samuel French Play Formatting
Gordon State College Play Formatting
Story Sense Screenplay Formatting

AUTHOR BIOS

Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will use that on our contributor page. What you send is what we will publish, unless it's too long. Then you're leaving your bio fate in our hands.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK

Nope. Nope.

What about simultaneous submissions? If you submit to other places, drop us a note. And then don't be a jerk. Let us know as soon as you know.

COPYRIGHT

Dear America: Reflections on Gender will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work.

YOU GET PAID

Contributing authors receive a direct and equal division of the royalties. If we publish ten contributors, each person receives ten percent of every sale. Payments are handled directly through Lulu.

WHAT WE'LL PUBLISH

The combination of all accepted work will be published as a paperback book and an eBook by The Geeky Press. Dear America: Reflections on Gender will be distributed at major retail outlets including Amazon Barnes & Noble, Apple, and all library catalogs through Lulu, an on-demand publishing clearinghouse.

Contributing authors will receive an equal division of the royalties. The book will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work. Authors can remove their work from the book at any time because the book will be published using on-demand technology.

Ends on June 30, 2018

Two years ago, The Geeky Press released Bad Jobs & Bullshit: It's Unlikely That We'll Be Missed. We loved the experience (and the writing) so much that we decided to continue the series.

We're pleased to announce a call seeking nonfiction and narrative essays, poetry, fiction, and short scripts for an anthology collection titled Bad Jobs & Bullshit: Summer Jobs

As you can surmise, this collection is about the sometimes sweaty, sometimes sentimental, and always entertaining hours we’ve spent at the shittiest summer jobs imaginable. Whether it’s staffing third shift at a rural gas station or hunching under the soul-sucking fluorescent lights of a corporate desk farm, everyone has a story of that job. And the bullshit that went along with it. 

DEADLINE

  • Open Call: January 1 - June 30

General Submission Guidelines

LENGTH

  • Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Submit completed work no more than 5,000 words
  • Fiction + Short Stories: Submit completed work between 1,000 and 5,000 words
  • Scripts: no more than 15 pages
  • Poetry: Submit completed work; no more than 5 pages. You must submit each poem individually!
  • Photo Essay: No more than 5 black-and-white pictures and 100 words per picture

STYLE AND SUBJECT

We publish fiction, nonfiction (creative nonfiction, essays), screenplays, scripts, black-and-white photography, and poetry. There are standards. We can't articulate them.

COVER LETTER

Please keep yours brief, though we do like to hear from people who like the magazine. We’re not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.

FORMATTING

Please don't use colors or weird fonts. (We strip both out before we start the design process.) Visual poetry is not accepted.

SCRIPT FORMATTING

  • Must be a Word doc or docx, 2010 or newer
  • Easily readable 12 pt. font, no columns

Please follow one of these style guides for formatting. Any of these are acceptable formats. If you do not submit your script in one of these formats, we may ask you to resubmit.

Samuel French Play Formatting
Gordon State College Play Formatting
Story Sense Screenplay Formatting

AUTHOR BIOS

Please include a 150-200 word bio with your submission. We will use that on our contributor page. What you send is what we will publish, unless it's too long. Then you're leaving your bio fate in our hands.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK

Nope. Nope.

What about simultaneous submissions? If you submit to other places, drop us a note. And then don't be a jerk. Let us know as soon as you know.

COPYRIGHT

Bad Jobs & Bullshit: Summer Jobs will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work.

YOU GET PAID

Contributing authors receive a direct and equal division of the royalties. If we publish ten contributors, each person receives ten percent of every sale. Payments are handled directly through Lulu.

WHAT WE'LL PUBLISH

The combination of all accepted work will be published as a paperback book and an eBook by The Geeky Press. Bad Jobs & Bullshit: Summer Jobs will be distributed at major retail outlets including Amazon Barnes & Noble, Apple, and all library catalogs through Lulu, an on-demand publishing clearinghouse.

Contributing authors will receive an equal division of the royalties. The book will be published using the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Creative Commons license, and each author will retain the rights to his or her work. Authors can remove their work from the book at any time because the book will be published using on-demand technology.