Submissions Reopened for But You Don’t Look Sick — February 5, 2021

Submissions Reopened for But You Don’t Look Sick

Indie Blu(e) Publishing is reopening submissions for our upcoming anthology But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness for 10 days only.

We will happily accept submissions of writing, but are particularly eager to receive additional submissions of art. If you know an artists living with a chronic, invisible medical illness, please reblog this post or share the link for this announcement.

The submission deadline is February 14, 2021.

The focus of But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness is on writing and art from those living with a chronic but invisible physical illness or disability, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, cancer, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, migraine headache, dysautonomia, etc.

Anthology Submission Guidelines

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: February 4, 2021 through February 14, 2021

SUBMIT TO: IndieBluSubmissions@gmail.com

SUBJECT LINE:  But You Don’t Look Sick Submission

SUBMISSION FORMATTING GUIDELINES 

  • The maximum number of pieces for submission per writer/artist is six (6).
  • Writing may include poetry, prose, short fiction, essay, and/or creative nonfiction
  • Individual pieces of writing should not exceed 1,000 words
  • Writing should be submitted as a single Word attachment to your submission email.  PDFs are the acceptable alternative if you do not have access to Word.  
    • Please use either 12 point Arial or Times Roman font with 1.15 line spacing.
    • Individual pieces of writing in your Word document should be titled, and separated by Page Breaks (not hard returns). A page break is achieved by using Control+Enter.
    • Special formatting is strongly discouraged.  Bold, italic, and multiple font sizes in a single piece are acceptable.
    • Please title all attachments starting with your first name,last name.  
  • The exception to this is if you design your submission as a ‘camera ready’ JPG or PNG image that we can import into our publication as we would a photo. In that case, you may use any formatting you wish, but the image must be crisp, 300 DPI, and able to be reproduced clearly in black and white. If in doubt, please contact us at IndieBluSubmissions@gmail.com before submitting.  Your ‘camera ready’ writing must be accompanied by the text in a Word (or PDF) version.
  • Artwork submitted for the Anthology must be crisp, 300 DPI, and able to be reproduced clearly in black and white
  • You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non- acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.
  • All contributors to the anthology will receive a PDF copy of the finished book

BIOGRAPHY: All submissions must include a professional biography and cannot be adjusted once submitted. Bios should be 75 words or less long and may include your social media links.

You will be contacted directly through your email when your work is safely received for submission.  If your work is accepted for the anthology, you will receive an agreement letter that you need to complete fully, sign and return to us within 10 days. 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK We will accept previously published work but must have written permission by the previous publisher attached with your submission if they retain rights to your work.

If you own the copyright, your permission and the date and title of the previous publisher must be included at the bottom of your submission. 


Please note that we are NOT able to offer monetary compensation or free print copies to contributors to these anthologies; however, all contributors will receive a PDF copy of the anthology. Indie Blu(e) Publishing has prioritized the accessibility of our titles and providing an outlet for artists and writers who might not otherwise get published over profits since we first launched in the fall of 2018. Keeping 400 and 500-page anthologies affordable globally in a pandemic is challenging.

Last Call: Submission Deadline for But You Don’t Look Sick is December 31, 2020 — December 28, 2020

Last Call: Submission Deadline for But You Don’t Look Sick is December 31, 2020

Indie Blue Publishing will be accepting submissions for But You Don’t Look Sick until December 31, 2020.

The focus of But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness is on writing and art from those living with a chronic but invisible physical illness or disability, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, cancer, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, migraine headache, dysautonomia, etc.

Anthology Submission Guidelines

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: December 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020

SUBMIT TO: IndieBluSubmissions@gmail.com

SUBJECT LINE:  But You Don’t Look Sick Submission

SUBMISSION FORMATTING GUIDELINES 

  • The maximum number of pieces for submission per writer/artist is six (6).
  • Writing may include poetry, prose, short fiction, essay, and/or creative nonfiction
  • Individual pieces of writing should not exceed 1,000 words
  • Writing should be submitted as a single Word attachment to your submission email.  PDFs are the acceptable alternative if you do not have access to Word.  
    • Please use either 12 point Arial or Times Roman font with 1.15 line spacing.
    • Individual pieces of writing in your Word document should be titled, and separated by Page Breaks (not hard returns). A page break is achieved by using Control+Enter.
    • Special formatting is strongly discouraged.  Bold, italic, and multiple font sizes in a single piece are acceptable.
    • Please title all attachments starting with your first name,last name.  
  • The exception to this is if you design your submission as a ‘camera ready’ JPG or PNG image that we can import into our publication as we would a photo. In that case, you may use any formatting you wish, but the image must be crisp, 300 DPI, and able to be reproduced clearly in black and white. If in doubt, please contact us at IndieBluSubmissions@gmail.com before submitting.  Your ‘camera ready’ writing must be accompanied by the text in a Word (or PDF) version.
  • Artwork submitted for the Anthology must be crisp, 300 DPI, and able to be reproduced clearly in black and white
  • You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non- acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.
  • All contributors to the anthology will receive a PDF copy of the finished book

BIOGRAPHY: All submissions must include a professional biography and cannot be adjusted once submitted. Bios should be 75 words or less long and may include your social media links.

You will be contacted directly through your email when your work is safely received for submission.  If your work is accepted for the anthology, you will receive an agreement letter that you need to complete fully, sign and return to us within 10 days. 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK We will accept previously published work but must have written permission by the previous publisher attached with your submission if they retain rights to your work.

If you own the copyright, your permission and the date and title of the previous publisher must be included at the bottom of your submission. 


Please note that we are NOT able to offer monetary compensation or free print copies to contributors to these anthologies; however, all contributors will receive a PDF copy of the anthology. Indie Blu(e) Publishing has prioritized the accessibility of our titles and providing an outlet for artists and writers who might not otherwise get published over profits since we first launched in the fall of 2018. Keeping 400 and 500-page anthologies affordable globally in a pandemic is challenging.

Reminder: Submission Deadline for But You Don’t Look Sick is December 31, 2020 — December 16, 2020

Reminder: Submission Deadline for But You Don’t Look Sick is December 31, 2020

Indie Blue Publishing will be accepting submissions for But You Don’t Look Sick until December 31, 2020.

The focus of But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness is on writing and art from those living with a chronic but invisible physical illness or disability, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis, cancer, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, migraine headache, dysautonomia, etc.

Anthology Submission Guidelines

SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED: December 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020

SUBMIT TO: IndieBluSubmissions@gmail.com

SUBJECT LINE:  But You Don’t Look Sick Submission

SUBMISSION FORMATTING GUIDELINES 

  • The maximum number of pieces for submission per writer/artist is six (6).
  • Writing may include poetry, prose, short fiction, essay, and/or creative nonfiction
  • Individual pieces of writing should not exceed 1,000 words
  • Writing should be submitted as a single Word attachment to your submission email.  PDFs are the acceptable alternative if you do not have access to Word.  
    • Please use either 12 point Arial or Times Roman font with 1.15 line spacing.
    • Individual pieces of writing in your Word document should be titled, and separated by Page Breaks (not hard returns). A page break is achieved by using Control+Enter.
    • Special formatting is strongly discouraged.  Bold, italic, and multiple font sizes in a single piece are acceptable.
    • Please title all attachments starting with your first name,last name.  
  • The exception to this is if you design your submission as a ‘camera ready’ JPG or PNG image that we can import into our publication as we would a photo. In that case, you may use any formatting you wish, but the image must be crisp, 300 DPI, and able to be reproduced clearly in black and white. If in doubt, please contact us at IndieBluSubmissions@gmail.com before submitting.  Your ‘camera ready’ writing must be accompanied by the text in a Word (or PDF) version.
  • Artwork submitted for the Anthology must be crisp, 300 DPI, and able to be reproduced clearly in black and white
  • You will be notified if your work is accepted. Please do not consider non- acceptance as any diminishment of your experience, but as with any publishing venture, we must try to fit the individual pieces together into a strong whole.
  • All contributors to the anthology will receive a PDF copy of the finished book

BIOGRAPHY: All submissions must include a professional biography and cannot be adjusted once submitted. Bios should be 75 words or less long and may include your social media links.

You will be contacted directly through your email when your work is safely received for submission.  If your work is accepted for the anthology, you will receive an agreement letter that you need to complete fully, sign and return to us within 10 days. 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED WORK We will accept previously published work but must have written permission by the previous publisher attached with your submission if they retain rights to your work.

If you own the copyright, your permission and the date and title of the previous publisher must be included at the bottom of your submission. 


Please note that we are NOT able to offer monetary compensation or free print copies to contributors to these anthologies; however, all contributors will receive a PDF copy of the anthology. Indie Blu(e) Publishing has prioritized the accessibility of our titles and providing an outlet for artists and writers who might not otherwise get published over profits since we first launched in the fall of 2018. Keeping 400 and 500-page anthologies affordable globally in a pandemic is challenging.

Submissions Now Open for But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness — January 1, 2020

Submissions Now Open for But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness

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  • Submissions for the anthology will be open from January 1, 2020 through January 31, 2020
  • You are welcome to submit up to 5 pieces of creative work; which may include poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and/or original artwork.
  • Each piece of writing submitted must be limited in length (under 1,000 words).
  • Submission of previously published pieces is acceptable if you retain full rights to your work.
  • Artwork can be submitted in black and white OR color but all artwork should be black and white compatible.
  • Using a pen name or publishing anonymously is acceptable.
  • Writing submitted in experimental formatting is a challenge, particularly in an anthology. The editors will make a good faith effort to maintain your formatting but cannot guarantee complete fidelity. Please review your files before uploading to ensure that it is clear how you would like your work to appear.
  • Questions? Contact the Editors at indieblucollective@gmail.com

 

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Statement from The Editors of Indie Blu(e) Publishing Regarding But You Don’t Look Sick — December 18, 2019

Statement from The Editors of Indie Blu(e) Publishing Regarding But You Don’t Look Sick

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It has come to our attention that our recent announcement regarding the upcoming anthology But You Don’t Look Sick conveyed a tone that could be interpreted as dismissive to the 239 writers and artists who responded to the original call for submissions, as well as invalidating to those who live with an invisible mental illness. It is never our intention to make anyone feel less than and we are deeply sorry that anyone reading the announcement may have felt devalued, dismissed, or invalidated.

We know better, and we should do better.

Co-founder Christine E. Ray drafted the announcement solo and was so focused on being direct and clear that kindness and compassion suffered. That was unacceptable.

We would like to respond to those who make the argument that PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, etc. are important invisible illnesses that are often stigmatized, ridiculed, and misunderstood. You are absolutely right. We never meant to imply that they are not. The goal, however, has always been to assemble an anthology about the lived experience of writers and artists doing battle with such invisible medical conditions as Lupus, MS, CFS, Fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, etc. All of the editors involved with project live with this type of invisible illness and felt that it was important to assemble these stories into a single volume, to create room for these voices that are rarely represented in literature.

This is not to imply that we have no interest in producing a mental health anthology in the future; simply that we believe that such a compilation deserves to be a standalone volume that fully embraces that vision and those voices.

We understand that in choosing to rename the anthology But You Don’t Look Sick: The Real Life Adventures of Fibro Bitches, Lupus Warriors, and other Super Heroes Battling Invisible Illness we are making a very decided statement about the tone of the intended anthology. Individually as writers and collectively as a micropress, Indie Blu(e) Publishing embraces the fierce, the raw, the profane, the real. Those who write in this style are often not welcomed by major publishing houses. That is a shame. It is our honor to provide an outlet for those important voices to be heard.

Finally, we would like to reassure you that we are never cavalier about rejecting a manuscript or a piece of writing or art. We understand intimately that writing and art are expressions of someone’s soul, their very being. It is very difficult to send out rejections even though we know that rejections are often an issue of fit, not quality. We never mean to diminish anyone’s experience. It is our job as editors to weave individual pieces together into a strong whole.