November 14th, 2010

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2011 Theme List

So, who likes to prepare in advance? Here's a list of the themes and dates for next year!

FEBRUARY 20th - STEAMPUNK
Cogs and gears, waistcoats and tophats! Love on an airship, Victorian vampires, and more!

APRIL 17th - TO INFNITY AND BEYOND
It's time for a little sci-fi! Send your boys to outer space, or maybe have one of them be a sexy robot!

JUNE 19th - WILD WILD WEST
Now, before you think this is just limited to the cowboys genre, remember: most places have a west.

AUGUST 21st - HOT FOR TEACHER
What better way to celebrate back to school season?

OCTOBER 23rd - MYTHS AND MONSTERS
Personally, I'm hoping to see at least one story about a sexy Frankenstein!

DECEMBER 18th - THEME-FREE
Fly free! Free as the wind! Special bonus! In this issue we'll be removing the upper story length limit. Got a 50k word gay epic you want to share? This will be the time!

Of course, remember that themes are not mandatory; think of them more as inspirational than strict guidelines.

We will also have a f/f special issue in March, and a artists-only special issue in September. More details on those in the weeks to come.

We hope you're all as excited as we are!
painting with the maker's tools

guidelines for art submissions

When SSBB started allowing standalone art back in April, one of the ideas behind the change was to give artists who supported the project a chance to to contribute without having to be tapped by a writer. Through the years, there have been many wonderful -- both in skill and in personality -- artists who have wanted to be a part of issues but haven't had the opportunity, and allowing art submissions without demanding that those submissions be coordinated illustrations opens up opportunities for participation. The response has been excellent, and the submissions have been delightful!

In short: we love you, artists, never change.

As this has gone on, however, it's become increasingly clear that vague guidelines have led to a number of miscommunications and awkward situations, and we editors have been left in the often-unenviable position of having to be jerks about things. Part of the problem is that, honestly, we're not artists, and some of the things artists have assumed would be okay relate to possibilities we never considered. The vision of what constitutes a 'standalone image' has obviously changed -- which is fantastic, because creativity is awesome, but policies surrounding art have needed to be clarified for quite some time. Thus, we've worked out a series of rules and guidelines that address both concerns that have come up and situations we foresee happening.

Keep in mind that while these policies aren't precisely being submitted for negotiation, neither are they written in stone, so please feel free to voice concerns/ask for clarification/suggest changes.

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For September, we are planning an artist special issue that will break a lot of these rules -- that's why it's special! There will be a whole set of guidelines for that one forthcoming, but for now, here are a few of the special considerations for that issue:

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