daCunha

It’s story time…

We love stories that spark our imagination. We love to talk about them with friends and reflect on them during quiet moments. Most of all, we love the way they reveal truths about ourselves and the world around us.

At daCunha, we collect beautifully crafted fiction and non-fiction that invites you to escape the facts and feeds of everyday life. Step outside the bounds of time and join us on our journey.



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Ends on September 2, 2017

Love

We invite you to submit to this summer’s Flash Nonfiction Competition. Our theme is Love and we can’t wait to see what you do with it.

What’s love got to do with it? All you need is love. Love hurts. Love in the time of [fill in the blank]. Love as drug, balm, currency, or weapon. Memories of love, dreams of love, hungry for love, drunk on love. 

Love is a ferociously powerful concept, with as many meanings as manifestations. Send us your flashy personal essays, your attempts to wrestle this thorny, sticky, sweet subject into some artful meaning. Our editors will roll around in all that love and come up with a winner—sounds like a grand summer!

The Basics

  • We will accept contest submissions between July 1 and September 2.
  • Please submit no more than two essays.
  • Essays should be no longer than 500 words. Keep it flashy.
  • We do not accept previously published essays. This includes pieces published in any online space, including personal blogs.
  • No simultaneous submissions.
  • No fiction, please! No poetry, please! This is a nonfiction contest.

The Wins

  • Editors’ Choice award. All submissions are eligible for this award.
  • Readers’ Choice award. The editorial team will choose 4 stories and invite readers to cast their votes.

The Prizes

  • Your story will be included in our forthcoming book of creative nonfiction.
  • Your story will be made into a daCunha Audio Original by our professional actors, to be featured in our collection of audio stories and on a daCunha podcast. 
  • Your story will be performed - LIVE! - by professional actors, at the next daCunha Experience in October 2017 in Harrogate, England.
  • We will share your story with daCunha subscribers, our social media followers, and our e-letter list. Add to this the combined influence/reach of our creative team, and it means that your work could potentially reach 30,000+ readers.

What Else?

  • Readers' Choice stories will be voted on from September 18 to September 25.
  • Winners will be announced by September 30.
  • Publication and prizes will begin mid-October.
  • As a published daCunha writer you will, pending subscriber levels, be paid for your story. Read more about our commitment to #paythecreators here: https://dacunha.global/contributors/

For highly amusing contest updates and surprise additions to the prize package, connect with daCunha via social media:

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At daCunha Nonfiction we recognize that the nature of the work we receive is incredibly timely, the creation of which does not always lend itself to neat, ten day a month cycles.

In an effort to recognize this inherent aspect to creating cutting edge work, we are happy to announce that daCunha Nonfiction is now accepting year-round submissions. This change means that it may take us a bit longer to get back to you; please allow 30 to 45 days for a response. 

Before submitting, please read our general submission guidelines that provide the specifics on how to send us your work. https://dacunha.submittable.com/submit

Thanks for your interest!

Lisa Renee

Managing Editor, daCunha Nonfiction


The Special Editions team is collecting stories of resistance for the creation of a book to be published in Spring 2018. One that will not only serve as literary and photographic witness to the daily acts of resistance occurring around the globe, but will provide needed inspiration to those considering charting their own path of resistance.

We believe that resistance can take many forms, and while some of them can be very public and vocal, such as activism and protest, that’s only a small part of the picture. We know that resistance starts with where you are where you are, and the things you do everyday. It’s about holding power accountable, standing up to discrimination, calling out oppression, and encouraging others to do the same. It’s about doing our part. And so much more.

A central element of the dacunha Special Editions philosophy is to showcase and amplify the voices and work of writers and artists who are often excluded from traditional publishing venues. While we invite and will consider submissions all submissions, work from those individuals and communities that are most at risk of exclusion and discrimination is especially encouraged.

We are open for submissions until the 30th of September 2017. All authors will will receive a response by the 31st of October.

Submissions Guidelines:

For your work to be considered, please follow the guidelines below:
  • We use Submittable to process all submissions.
  • We are accepting nonfiction stories in essay, memoir, poetry, photographic form, or a combination of genres that first and foremost tell a personal story about your experience with resistance. Please use the word count guidelines to infer length maximum size of your creative submission.
  • Word count should be no more than 5,000 words.
  • For photographic pieces, no more than 10 images per submission, 3500 pixels minimum, and images should be supported by contextualizing statements.
  • While you are free to send more than one submission, our intention is to include as many authors as possible, thus the chance of having multiple submissions accepted is remote.
  • For poetry, up to 3 poems will be considered one submission. 
  • Submissions must be unpublished. This means your story must not have been published in print or online, including personal blogs.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Your submissions should be properly formatted in double space and and free of typos. Poetry may be single or double space and formatting should resemble how the poet envisions their work to appear on the printed page.
To give the widest range of voices possible, if your work is accepted, our experienced editing team will work with you to best showcase your story.

Compensation
:

After caring for print costs, 50% of the proceeds from this book project will support emerging storytellers at daCunha.global, with the remaining 50% of proceeds split equally between the individual authors selected for publication in this book. All entries will also be eligible for our innovative compensation scheme, which can be reviewed here.

If you have any questions on information not provided in this call, please check out our FAQ section on our web page, or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Allan Rae
Managing Editor, Special Editions
daCunha.global
allan@dacunha.global


daCunha Fiction is now accepting year-round submissions. This change means that it may take us a bit longer to get back to you; please allow 30 days for a response. 

"For a writer, memory and imagination are the same thing." ~ Sigrid Nunez

Have you written a story where memory and imagination are so entwined that it has become, for you, more important than any distinction between what's "true" and what's not? Send us that story. That's the one we want. 

We’re open to many genres including, but not limited to, literary, science fiction, speculative, gothic, historical, flash, and fairytales. We do not publish fan fiction or erotica. 

For examples of what we're looking for, visit our "About" page: 

https://dacunha.global/about-fiction/

We ask that you read our recently updated general submission guidelines for more information:

http://bit.ly/muw_submissions

We look forward to reading your work! Be sure to use the proper short story format. Need an example? Look here: 

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html 

Questions? Email Veronica Montes, Editrix, daCunha Fiction: veronica@dacunha.global

Updated May 9, 2017

daCunha is an online publication that showcases both fiction and nonfiction. Select stories will be published in our traditional print anthologies, recorded by professional actors for our podcast, and included in live experiences.

Discover more about our anthologies: http://bit.ly/daCunha1

Discover more about our podcast: http://bit.ly/daCunha2

Discover more about our live experiences: http://bit.ly/daCunha3

Our fiction guidelines are as follows:

We’re looking for well-crafted, compelling fiction written with a strong voice. Tell us a story. We’re open to many genres including, but not limited to, literary, science fiction, speculative, gothic, historical, flash, and fairytales. We do not publish fanfiction or erotica.

We’re open for submissions year-round. Our response time is about 30 days. For your work to be considered, please follow these guidelines:

  1. We use Submittable to process all submissions. 
  2. Please send no more than 2 submissions within a 30-day period.
  3. Include a 100-word bio in your cover letter.
  4. Our standard maximum length is 5,000 words (20 minute read). Exceptions will be made at the discretion of our editorial team.
  5. We do not accept previously published stories. This includes pieces published in traditional print journals, on your personal blog, or in any other online space.
  6. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  7. Your submission should be properly formatted (please double space!) and free of typos. Need an example? Click here:
  8. http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

Please allow 30 days for our response. Once your piece has been accepted, we will work with you to make sure it’s the best it can be before it appears in daCunha. No significant changes will be made without your participation and approval; copyediting will be made at the discretion of our team.

If you have questions, please email veronica@dacunha.global. Here are other links that you may find useful:

Please note that daCunha is a subscriber-based publication. Select works appear in front of our paywall throughout the year, but generally speaking your story will be available only to our subscribers.

Thank you for your interest! 


Updated May 9, 2017

daCunha is an online publication that showcases both fiction and nonfiction. Select stories will be published in our traditional print anthologies (http://bit.ly/daCunha1), recorded by professional actors for our podcast (http://bit.ly/daCunha2), and included in our live events (http://bit.ly/daCunha3). Our mission is broad and passionate!

Nonfiction guidelines  - 

We seek personal essays of all stripes, the informal stories of your life, your loves, yourself. To quote Phillip Lopate, “The hallmark of the personal essay is its intimacy.”  We welcome darkness and we love humor - show us the minutiae of your day, your memories, complaints, and whims. Make us smile, make us mad, make us care. 

We’re open for submissions year-round. Our response time is about 30 days. For your work to be considered, please follow these guidelines:

  • We use Submittable to process all submissions.
  • Please send no more than 2 submissions within a 30-day period.
  • Include a short bio in your cover letter.
  • We are not currently looking for formal, academic essays. 
  • We do not currently accept poetry.
  • Word count should be under 5,000.
  • We do not accept previously published essays. This includes pieces published in any online space, including personal blogs.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Your submissions should be properly formatted (please double space!) and free of typos. Need an example? Click here: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
Please allow 30 days for our response. If your piece is accepted, our experienced editing team will work with you to best showcase your work.

Please note that daCunha is a subscriber-based publication. Select works appear in front of our paywall throughout the year, but your story will generally be available only to subscribers.
 
If you have any questions, please email me, Lisa Renee, at lisa@dacunha.global.

Thank you for your interest!

"Every man has within himself the entire human condition.” - 
Michel de Montaigne