Tankadere Volume 4 is now open for submissions!

The guidelines can be found here, but I’ve also reposted them below for easy access!

This year, we’re looking for spooky and scary stories; ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night. Think “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” and “Goosebumps,” horror high on atmosphere and low on gore, because we’re still aiming for a kid-friendly book. Bring on the monsters, werewolves, vampires, urban legends, unexplained mysteries, haunted houses, creepy autobiography, even the totally mundane as long as it leaves us with a chill.

For the most part, we’re not interested in zombie stories; the field is currently flooded with them.

Submissions should be family friendly: try to keep the content rating PG. Light PG-13 is fine, but that should entail discussion of mature themes, not gore, violence, sex, or swearing.

We highly recommend that you go over your plot with us before you get too far in. We reserve the right to refuse any submission.

The final book size will be 6×9”, printed in black and white with a color cover. Halftones and screentones are absolutely not accepted. If you use graytones, keep it in flat blocks, or use digital shading. We may be able to do darker inkwashes, but light grays will not reproduce well. If in doubt, send a print-resolution sample to us. We are using a different template from last year so please don’t reuse the old one if you have it. Your art must be black and white only, 600 dpi, and preferably sent as flattened tiff files.

The page template (in tiff format) can be found for download here.

Comic submissions:
Stories must be 4-12 pages in length. Even-numbered page counts are preferred (it makes final layout easier). For Tankadere, we are looking for stand-alone short stories. This not the place for a project pitch or a chapter from a longer work. Each entry should stand entirely alone.

Collaborative projects will be allowed up to 16 pages total. If you are a writer looking for an artist, or an artist looking for a writer, let us know before June 20th and we’ll try to arrange something.

Along with the finished submission, we will also need a 1 x 1″ bio picture (black and white drawing of the artist) at 600 dpi, and a 30 words or less biography, including any contact info to be listed in the book (website, email, etc).

Submit files to tanka at crabtankink dot com through file sharing sites such as ge.tt or sendspace.

Splash (single page illustration) submissions:
These are single-page illustrations in vertical format. They use the same page template as comics. If you are also submitting a comic, it’s preferable that the splash page does not relate to your story. We suggest things like dynamic action scenes, slice-of-life snapshots, conceptual illustrations, or pinups. Single illustrations are often most interesting if they tell a story!

Send all submissions materials to tanka at crabtankink dot com. Final comics and splash pages will be due on September 20th 2013, and we’ll give more information and answer any questions over email. There will be a few checkpoints over the summer. Please keep in mind that the proofing and editing process for putting together an anthology like this takes a great deal of time, so timeliness is important.

Printing rights:
Should we accept your submission, we will be asking for exclusive print rights for one year, after which all rights will return to the artist, with non-exclusive reprint rights for the anthology as a whole. All contributors will receive a digital copy and the option to purchase copies of the anthology at production cost. (which should be $5-7 USD depending on length, and we’re looking at a final retail price of $15 USD).

By submitting your art to us, you acknowledge and agree to these conditions.

We are aiming to have Tankadere 4 in print by March 2014! Conventions lined up for 2014 include Emerald City Comicon and the Kumoricon. Rose City Comic Con, GeekGirlCon and Stumptown Comics Fest will also most likely have Tankadere presence.