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.
- Fall Issue: September 30
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.
- 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
- Photo Essay: No more than 5 black-and-white pictures and 100 words per picture
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.
Please don’t use colors or weird fonts. (We strip both out before we start the design process.) Visual poetry is not accepted.
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
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.
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.
If all of this hasn’t answered your questions, you can Contact Us through our form.