Shousetsu Bang*Bang is a webzine for original gay fiction/boy's love oneshot stories, intended as an online, English-language text equivalent of one of those All Yomikiri Bimonthly Summer Special 100 Extra Pages!! manga phonebooks where every story is about the torrid romance of an ordinary schoolboy and his soccer club captain - or a yakuza boss and his faithful lieutenant - or the prince of an exotic desert country and the emerald-eyed winged youth he rescues from the sawtoothed sand monsters of G'or, self-contained in 30 pages and heartwarmingly predictable. Our policy is to welcome all comers, from the most flippant bit of cliché to the greatest of literary works... as long as they have fellas in love in them.
Stories are archived at s2b2. Please friend bb_shousetsu for issues of the magazine, which will appear on a bimonthly basis. You may also join this comm for announcements and behind-the-scenes (editorial, design, writing, etc.) discussion, especially if you plan to submit a story. Note that many editorial announcements are locked to members-only.
1.Original fiction only. Significantly altered versions of other peoples' characters, thinly veiled real people, and retellings of well-known stories in the public domain are all acceptable so long as the differences are substantial enough to render a significant part of the creative process your own.
It is acceptable to base your SSBB story on someone else's copyrighted characters, as long as all names and enough worldbuilding details are changed, to the point where someone completely unfamiliar with the copyrighted source material would not feel like anything was missing. No direct reappropriation of text or plot points from a different work, unless permission is given and the original source is credited .
In short, the words you should be keeping in mind are 'plausible' and 'deniability'.
2.Stories should first appear in the SSBB issue to which they belong. Stories may be posted friends-locked for editing purposes prior to the issue date, but they should have their public debut in the s2b2 journal. After the issue goes live, you may repost the story publically wherever you wish -- but only after. Each contributor may submit one 'solo' piece per issue (either a story or a piece of standalone art); in addition, each contributor may submit one 'collaboration' piece (a co-written story or a co-created piece of art).
3. Stories should be at least 1500 words long; stories may not be longer than two lj entries (around 22,000 words). If a story is going to be longer than a single lj entry, please indicate where you would like the story broken in two.
4. Stories should have explicit male homoerotic themes and content. There will be no content warnings placed on any stories, so browse at your own risk.
5. Stories should be Not Safe For Work. The point of the exercise is to make things dirty, so let's not be coy. If you are not comfortable writing a sex scene between two male participants, this may not be the venue for you. If you like to think in movie ratings, it should be something they wouldn't let teenagers into without a parent or guardian. A more detailed version of the criteria for sex scenes may be found here, under 3d), but the key word is porn.
6.Stories must be self-contained. This does not mean that characters/universes/situations from one story may not ever appear again; however, if a reader has to have read a previous story to understand this one, this story is not self-contained. Each story should be complete, and should have its own beginning, middle, and ending. Artistic cliffhangers are acceptable; wandering off in the middle of a story because you've run out of room is not.
7. While it is not required that all SSBB stories end with a big smiley-faced happily ever after, that's the general spirit of this 'zine. Stories that end on a down note should have a strong reason for doing so. On the whole, it's best to go for the happy ending. There is, of course, a great deal of room for literary merit, yet while it is greatly appreciated in practice, it is not considered an essential component to the exercise. All that matters is that we all have a good time!
8. While it is certainly acceptable to post stories under your own lj name, part of the fun here is the chance to let your work stand without your best-known identity to prop it up or drag it down (depending). The general standard has become to adopt fake Japanese mangaka pseudonyms, complete with obscure kanji and ridiculous puns, but your mileage may of course vary. Regardless of what you choose, once you pick one, please stick with it; it's just easier, administration-wise.
9.Deadlines are important. We have gotten into a pattern of having a very short turnaround time between final submission date and publication, meaning that there's less time for us to spend editing things that should have been fixed already and less time for a bounced story to get corrected and re-submitted. Thus, please get your stories in on time. In fact, plan to get them in early; there's no shame in having a story submitted an entire month before the deadline, and submissions are always open. However, the editors are leniant and would rather run your story than have it sit unloved, so if you need just a little bit more time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what the deal is. (Spoilers: we will almost always give you more time.)