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Author Applications for “Scholarly Pursuits” are Now Open!

A photograph of an open book in front of a blurred-out bookcase. Text on the graphic reads: "Scholarly Pursuits: A Queer Anthology of Cozy Academia Stories, the next anthology from Duck Prints Press, seeks qualified author applicants."

Duck Prints Press is overjoyed to announce that now, July 15 2024, through July 27th, author applications are now open for our 11th anthology, Scholarly Pursuits: A Queer Anthology of Cozy Academia Stories!

Are you a fanfiction author? Have you been wanting to break into publishing your original fiction?

If the answer to both these questions is “yes,” then this may be the perfect opportunity for you! Duck Prints Press (the spiffy indie press founded by fandom author unforth to publish the original work of fancreators) is looking for up to 20 authors – ten who’ve worked with us before, ten who never have – to write all-new, original stories, 4,000 to 6,000 words long, for a minimum pay of $60 per story! What will these stories be about? In short, cozy academia. In slightly-less-short, we want to read your pitches for stories about queer people pursuing knowledge and the places where they are pursuing that knowledge, all with a fluffy, cozy academia. Think “the opposite of dark academia.” What exactly that means, well, we’re open to your imaginative interpretations!

Every pitch must include:

  1. Setting: Academia
  2. People: Queer folks
  3. Genre: Speculative fiction
  4. Relationships: Any or none
  5. Happy ending required!

Curious how to apply? If you are over the age of 18 and have posted at least 3 completed fanfiction works totaling a minimum of 10,000 words, then you are qualified to apply, and you should follow these links to learn all the deets – how to apply, what to submit, how long pitches should be, and more!

The application period ends when the last timezone in the world hits 11:59 p.m. on July 27th, so make sure to get your applications in before then.

READY TO APPLY? Authors who’ve never worked with us before, use this form!

Are you a returning author – one who has written with us before? Use this form!

Feel free to drop us an e-mail at info@duckprintspress.com, send an ask to our Tumblr inbox, or join our public Discord and drop a question in our mod shout chat.

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Become an Advance Reader for Duck Prints Press!

A graphic that says "ARC Readers Wanted!" Below this is the cover of a book as shown on a tablet reader; the book cover is "Aether Beyond the Binary: A Duck Prints Press Anthology" and features two people, one light skinned, one dark skinned, engaged in doing magic/science with a floating flower. Additional text on the graphic reads: "Join Duck Prints Press's Reviewer Program and apply to receive an e-ARC of our upcoming aetherpunk, genderqueer anthology: Aether Beyond the Binary." The background of the graphic is white with green-blue and gray swirls and circuit board motifs.

Reviews are essential for showing prospective readers that we’re publishing awesome books that they want to buy and read. We’re looking to recruit an active group of people who post reviews of our work, and to do that we need your help! For the first time, we’re offering Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of one of our projects: Aether Beyond the Binary, our most recent anthology, featuring 17 stories of characters outside the gender binary exploring modern-esque aetherpunk worlds.

How it works: You see this post. You think, oh, I love reading! I love leaving reviews! I want to join the Duck Prints Press Reviewer Program! Then, you go and read the rules for our Reviewer Program. And, if everything there sounds like something you can do, you fill out the form, and – we’ll be in touch! Even better: this program isn’t only for Aether Beyond the Binary, and isn’t only for “advance” titles. Our reviewers are encouraged to claim titles that are currently released, too, to help build up a robust collection of reviews of Duck Prints Press titles!

Requirements:

  • You must be over 18 years old.
  • You must be prepared to post reviews on Goodreads and/or Storygraph.
  • You must also post the review on the appropriate listing on the Duck Prints Press webstore (for advance titles, you’ll have to wait ’til we list them there).
  • Upon acceptance to the program, you must join the Duck Prints Press Book Lover’s Server.
  • Reviews must be at least 100 words long must and engage with the actual content of the work being reviewed.
  • Reviews must be left within 6 months of claiming a title, or you will be removed from the program.

What isn’t Required:

  • That the reviews be positive. Reviews are for readers. We require that reviews be honest to your own experience of the work, not that they be glowing.
  • That you post the reviews to social media. Doing so is definitely a bonus, but you don’t have to.
  • That you associate yourself publicly with the review-leaving (beyond using a valid Goodreads and/or Storygraph account). As in, you don’t have to say, “I, (your name here), reviewed this book” or link your book website accounts with your existing social media presence or anything like that, nor do we request any demographic information beyond confirmation of your age.
  • That you purchase anything. Absolutely no purchase necessary!

What You Get:

  • A e-book copy (ePub and/or PDF) of the work you’re reviewing. We do not provide physical ARCs.
  • After you post your first review, you’ll get a coupon for 10% off a purchase from the Duck Prints Press webstore!
  • For every ten reviews you post, you can claim a freebie sticker from among our sticker offerings, if you want. (You’ll have to provide a snail mail address to get this, of course.)
  • A community of fun book-lovers to hang out with! (You can get that even without joining the ARC program, though – our Book Lover’s Discord is open to everyone.)

We’re accepting applicants for claiming Aether Beyond the Binary ARCs through April 10th, 2024. On the 11th, we’ll randomly select 25 of applicants to receive ARC copies of Aether Beyond the Binary. Everyone else will still be entirely welcome in the program and invited to start with a different, back-catalog book or story to review. We’ll make another pool of Aether Beyond the Binary ARCs available in May.

So… those are the basics. Interested? Go read the full rules, then apply to be a Duck Prints Press ARC reader TODAY!

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Calling All Artists!

A graphic in shades of tan and brown, with a border made of ornate swirls. At the bottom, artwork shows two women in historical (19th century Western) clothing conversing on a couch. Text on the image reads: "Duck Prints Press seeks Artists to contribute to our forthcoming anthology A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice."

In celebration of January 1st, 2024, and Public Domain Day, Duck Prints Press is thrilled to announce that we are doing open recruitment for artists to contribute to our next fanfiction and fanart anthology A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”!

Are you an Austenite? Do you love Regency romance but lament how, well, straight most of it is? Do you wish Mary Bennett found a partner? Are you positive Charlotte Lucas deserved better? Do you pity Miss de Bourgh? Do you dream of Darcy and Bingley OT3s? Well you are NOT ALONE! We at Duck Prints Press are right there with you, and we’re here to say: this is your moment to shine! We want your wlw pairings, your new happy endings, your P&P ot3s and ot4s, your “but what if they’re trans,” your queer art and fanart inspired by this beloved story! This story has such a lovely main and supporting cast, the possibilities for taking Pride and Prejudice and MAKING IT QUEER are endless!

This is the third in our Queer Fanworks Inspired By… series, publishing legal fanfic and fanart inspired by popular works in the public domain. It builds on the success of our first two, And Seek (Not) to Alter Me (inspired by Much Ado About Nothing) and Aim For The Heart (inspired by The Three Musketeers). This is a paid arting opportunity; artists will be asked to complete one full-page (A4/210 mm x 297 mm), full-color piece, and we may have space for some artists to complete more than one page and/or short comics. Base pay is $50 per page, with the potential for raises up to $400 per page depending on our success during the eventual crowdfunding campaign.

Want to Learn More? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Ready to apply? YAY! Follow this link to the sign up form! Applications close at midnight, January 15, 2024!

Interested in writing for this anthology? Unfortunately, author applications are only open to writers already involved with Duck Prints Press. Sorry! If you’re on our private Discord server, be on the lookout for the announcement with sign-up forms there.

Interested in buying this anthology once it’s available? Make sure you follow us on social media and/or sign up for newsletter so you hear the latest!

Eager to see how this project develops, read sneak peeks and see art previews, and more? Back us on Patreon! Patrons also selected this anthology theme – you can have a say in our future anthology themes, too, just by backing us at any level!

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One Day Left to Apply to Duck Prints Press’s Next Anthology!

There is only ONE DAY LEFT to apply to our upcoming anthology Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica.

Missed all the details on this project? I’ve got you covered!

We’re recruiting fanauthors to contribute to our FIRST EVER erotica anthology: Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica.

Ready for the specifics?

  • authors! 17 fanauthors (18+ ONLY!) interested in publishing their original work.
  • stories! 17 new and never-before-shared, ranging from 5,000 to 7,500 words
  • plots! Must feature people in polyamorous relationships getting into tropey, erotic situations
  • pay! We’re paying a minimum of $75 per story (and it’ll go up if we crowdfund enough!)
  • polyamory! The smut must include at least 3 entities engaging in sexy times
  • tropes! We’ve compiled a list of 30 of our favorite tropes – all stories must include AT LEAST ONE of the tropes on our list!

If you saw “polyamorous” and “erotica” and “tropey” and went “OMG SIGN ME UP” then we encourage you to use these links to read everything you need to know about applying!

Applications close June 5th, 2023, and we will probably not be opening public applications to work with Duck Prints Press again until early 2024! So if you think you want to write with us, this is a GREAT moment to take the plunge and throw your hat into the application ring!

AUTHORS! APPLY NOW USING THIS FORM!

(are you a returning author – who has already worked with us on an anthology story and/or other story? you can apply using THIS FORM!)

Have questions? Please drop us an ask on Tumblr or e-mail us at info@duckprintspress.com, we’d be happy to give you all the deets!

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Recruitment Now Open for “Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica”

HOWDY, FANDOM AUTHORS! We’re Duck Prints Press, the indie press run by fandom folks to publish original works by fandom folks, and we are thrilled to announce that, for the first time in months, we are once again open for applications!

This time, we’re recruiting fanauthors to contribute to our FIRST EVER erotica anthology: Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica. We’re looking for up to 17 authors to write all-new, completely original, never-before-shared stories ranging from 5,000 to 7,500 words, featuring people in polyamorous relationships in tropey, erotic situations. We’re paying a minimum of $75 per story (and we’ll strive to increase that amount through crowdfunding). All the smut must include at least 3 entities engaging in sexy times, and we’ve compiled a list of 30 of our favorite tropes – all stories must include AT LEAST ONE of the tropes on our list!

Interested? Yay! We’re glad we’ve caught your attention! We are open to all fanauthors over the age of 18 who have posted at least 3 separate works and a minimum of 10,000 words of fanfiction. If that describes you, and you saw “polyamorous” and “erotica” and “tropey” and went “OMG SIGN ME UP” then we encourage you to use these links to read everything you need to know about applying!

Rules and Guidelines

FAQ

Schedule

Applications close June 5th, 2023, so don’t miss this chance to join us! We will probably not be opening public applications to work with Duck Prints Press again until early 2024 (though don’t quote us on that, we’re not 100% sure about how the fall is going to shake out. 😀 )

AUTHORS NEW TO DUCK PRINTS PRESS CAN APPLY NOW USING THIS FORM!

(are you a returning author – who has already worked with us on an anthology story and/or other story? you can apply using THIS FORM!)

Interested but have some questions? Please drop us an ask on Tumblr or e-mail us at info@duckprintspress.com, we’d be happy to give you all the deets!

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Recruitment for “Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica” Opens Soon!

If you’ve been wondering when Duck Prints Press will open for author applications again, WONDER NO LONGER!

We begin recruitment for our next anthology Many Hands: An Anthology of Polyamorous Erotica on May 20th, 2023. For this anthology, we’ll be recruiting 17 authors to create all-new, never-before-shared, completely original stories of up to 7,500 words, featuring 3 or more people in tropey, spicy erotic scenarios!

We’ve been planning this one for aaaages, so we’re super thrilled to share it with y’all, and we hope that you’re just as excited to see us announce that we’re going to publish our first erotic collection!

Want to be ready to apply as soon as we open the form? We’ve got you covered. You can read all about this anthology on our website!

Rules and Guidelines

FAQ

Schedule

You’ve got one week until you can apply – so read up, get excited, contact us with questions, help us spread the word, and we look forward to reviewing your applications in June!

Who We Are: Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher based in New York State. Our founding vision is to help fan creators publishing their original works. We are particularly dedicated to working with queer authors and publishing stories featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Want to always hear the latest? Sign up for our monthly newsletter! Want to support the Press, read about us behind-the-scenes, learn what’s coming down the pipeline, get exclusive teasers, and claim free stories? Back us on Patreon monthly!

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Reminder: Applications for “Aether Beyond the Binary” Due Tomorrow!

Author applications for Duck Prints Press’s upcoming anthology Aether Beyond the Binary opened on January 5th, and will be closing tomorrow, January 20th, 2023 at midnight GMT-10. (So, midnight in Hawaii, or Jan 21st at 5 AM Eastern in the US, or 10 AM in GMT).

Need a refresher on the project details?

Aether Beyond the Binary is an all-new aetherpunk anthology that will feature 20 short stories each up to 7,500 words long that re-imagine modern or near-future Earth as a place where aether is real and the technology runs on this mysterious, magical element. Specifically, stories will focus on the stories of characters who are outside the gender binary (agender, genderfluid, nonbinary, etc.) living in aetherpunk settings on contemporary-esque Earth—a world like ours, but different because of the advent of the availability magic to power technology.

Has mankind known about magic since the dawn of evolution? Was aether discovered literally yesterday? How does the availability of aether as a power source impact society, politics, economics, culture, technology, sexuality, gender? We want to hear your ideas! For this project, we’re seeking 10 fanfiction authors who have not published their work with the Press before and who are interested in making the transition to publishing their original work! (The other 10 spots are reserved for authors who have previously worked with us.) New applicants must have published fanfiction before—the full guidelines are in our rules, linked below.

This post is not a call for story submissions! Duck Prints Press runs anthology recruitment on a zine-like model: we ask that prospective authors submit a writing sample (750 to 1500 words) and an up-to-400-word story pitch aligned with Aether Beyond the Binary’s themes. You must write and post fanfiction to apply to these anthologies, but all stories in Aether Beyond the Binary must be 100% original! Selected authors who complete their stories will be paid a minimum of $75 US for their work; we will seek additional money through crowdfunding to supplement this, with a maximum earning potential of $600 US.

Interested in applying? We’d love to hear from you! Make sure you familiarize with all the rules first…

So, review the rules, hit us up with questions (or you can e-mail us at info@duckprintspress.com), prepare your shiniest writing sample, set your creativity on crafting an awesome tale of an outside-the-binary main character living on aetherpunk Earth, and then…

Applications close at midnight on January 20th. Don’t miss your chance to write with us! Use this form to APPLY NOW!

Who We Are: Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher based in New York State. Our founding vision is to help fanfiction authors navigate the complex process of bringing their original works from first draft to print, culminating in publishing their work under our imprint. We are particularly dedicated to working with queer authors and publishing stories featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Love what we do? Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get an e-mail whenever we call for applicants!

Promo image: created and edited by Alessa Riel, featuring the model Zadya Cheysuli.

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Apply to Contibute to “Aether Beyond the Binary” Duck Prints Press’s Next Anthology!

It’s been a year since the last time Duck Prints Press (the indie press founded by fancreators to help other fancreators publish their original work) called for applicants, and we are absolutely thrilled and super excited to announce that today is the day! We are recruiting author contributors for our next anthology!

Aether Beyond the Binary is an all-new aetherpunk anthology that will feature 20 short stories each up to 7,500 words long that re-imagine modern or near-future Earth as a place where aether is real and the technology runs on this mysterious, magical element. Specifically, stories will focus on the stories of characters who are outside the gender binary (agender, genderfluid, nonbinary, etc.) living in aetherpunk settings on contemporary-esque Earth—a world like ours, but different because of the advent of the availability magic to power technology.

Has mankind known about magic since the dawn of evolution? Was aether discovered literally yesterday? How does the availability of aether as a power source impact society, politics, economics, culture, technology, sexuality, gender? We want to hear your ideas! For this project, we’re seeking 10 fanfiction authors who have not published their work with the Press before and who are interested in making the transition to publishing their original work! (The other 10 spots are reserved for authors who have previously worked with us.) New applicants must have published fanfiction before—the full guidelines are in our rules, linked below.

This post is not a call for story submissions! Duck Prints Press runs anthology recruitment on a zine-like model: we ask that prospective authors submit a writing sample (750 to 1500 words) and an up-to-400-word story pitch aligned with Aether Beyond the Binary’s themes. You must write and post fanfiction to apply to these anthologies, but all stories in Aether Beyond the Binary must be 100% original! Selected authors who complete their stories will be paid a minimum of $75 US for their work; we will seek additional money through crowdfunding to supplement this, with a maximum earning potential of $600 US.

Interested in applying? We’d love to hear from you! Make sure you familiarize with all the rules first…

Applications open today, January 5th, 2023, and recruitment will stay open until either we receive 150 applications or January 20th, 2023. So, review the rules, hit us up with questions (or you can e-mail us at info@duckprintspress.com), prepare your shiniest writing sample, set your creativity on crafting an awesome tale of an outside-the-binary main character living on aetherpunk Earth, and then…

APPLY NOW!

Who We Are: Duck Prints Press LLC is an independent publisher based in New York State. Our founding vision is to help fanfiction authors navigate the complex process of bringing their original works from first draft to print, culminating in publishing their work under our imprint. We are particularly dedicated to working with queer authors and publishing stories featuring characters from across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Love what we do? Sign up for our monthly newsletter to get an e-mail whenever we call for applicants!

Promo image: created and edited by Alessa Riel, featuring the model Zadya Cheysuli.

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Reminder: Seeking Artist-Applicants for Our Next Anthology!

For our next anthology, Aim For The Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers,second in our Queer Fanworks Inspired By… series, we are looking to recruit up to 20 artists to do full-page black-and-white or grayscale artworks. If you love Dumas’s d’Artagnan romances and have ever thought, “MAKE IT QUEER YOU COWARDS” about the existing adaptations, this is your chance to do that queerifying yourself!

WE WANT YOUR ARTWORK! This is an open call for artist applicants to create a black-and-white or grayscale artwork of A4 size, taking inspiration from the source material, transforming them, and queerifying them for the delight and enjoyment of all! You must create fanart (of any fandom, doesn’t have to be this one!) to be eligible to apply for this anthology! And – this is a paid opportunity! We’ll be paying a minimum of $50 per page of artwork – and there may be opportunities for artists to do more than one page, and there may be a pay increase (dependent on crowdfunding success).

Interested? Fascinated? Intrigued? You and Milady both! Read on to learn more…

Recruitment is open until October 15th, 2022. ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT!

We’d love to hear from you, so why not take a stab at publishing with us and Apply Now!

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Our Next Anthology! Aim for the Heart: Queer Fanworks Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s “The Three Musketeers”

Our next anthology, second in our Queer Fanworks Inspired By… series, will feature stories and black-and-white artworks inspired by The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas! This theme was selected by monthly backers on our Patreon and ko-fi, based on a list of finalists selected by our management team, and we couldn’t be more excited about their choice!

Have you ever thought, “this story is great but why isn’t it queer”?

Are Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and d’Artagnan your OT4?

Do you love ridiculous hats? Flamboyant outfits? Skirts wider than doorways? Shiny shiny swords?

Are you positive that literally every female character in the book deserved better than canon?

Well, if any of those describe you, WE WANT YOUR ARTWORK! This is an open call for artist applicants to create a black-and-white or grayscale artwork of A4 size, taking inspiration from the source material of the d’Artagnan romances, transforming them, and queerifying them for the delight and enjoyment of all! You must create fanart (of any fandom, doesn’t have to be this one!) to be eligible to apply for this anthology! And – this is a paid opportunity! We’ll be paying a minimum of $50 per page of artwork – and there may be opportunities for artists to do more than one page, and there may be a pay increase (dependent on crowdfunding success).

Interested? Fascinated? Intrigued? You and Milady both! Read on to learn more…

Recruitment is open until October 15th, 2022.

We’d love to hear from you, so why not take a stab at publishing with us and Apply Now!

Artwork by Pallas Perilous.