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Modern Tales Open to Submissions

This is Shaenon Garrity, the new editor of Modern Tales. As you can see if you hop over to, MT now has a spiffy new site design and a charming new editor. It needs only one thing to achieve perfection: an amazing new lineup of top-notch webcomics.

That’s what I’m working on now. Soon I’ll announce the first wave of new comics that will be appearing in the Modern Tales Strip Lounge. It’s an impressive roster. At the same time, I’m looking for great comics to add to the Strip Lounge (i.e., the free comics) and the V.I.P. Room (the subscription comics) in the months to come.

If you’ve previously submitted work to Eric Burns and are waiting for a reply, I advise you to resubmit. I’m doing my best to catch up on Eric’s correspondence, but I don’t have a complete list of past submissions and I can’t guarantee that some comics haven’t gotten lost in the shuffle.

Before you submit, please check out Lisa Jonte’s suggestions for creators submitting work to Girlamatic - what she says goes double for me. A few additional pointers:

  1. Submit great comics with great art and great writing. In general, MT does not publish work that’s still very rough, even if it shows a lot of promise. There are many good places on the Web to publish while honing your craft, but MT is not one of them. Submit work that’s 100% ready for publication.
  2. I must see finished comics pages–a few sample pages at the very least. Either email me the pages as attachments or have them on a website for viewing (the preferred option). If you want, you can also include a formal pitch with a plot synopsis, list of accolades, etc. But the work itself will do most of the talking for you.
  3. You don’t need to know a lot of computery stuff to post comics on MT. However, you do have to know the basics. Please show in your submission that you know how to scan and format your art for the Web.
  4. Let me know where you want your work to appear: the Strip Lounge (non-subscription) or the V.I.P. Room (subscription). Soon we’ll be reviving Longplay, the section of the site devoted to completed longform comics, so consider that option as well.
  5. I might not accept your submission. In fact, I probably won’t; I’m very picky. I might think that your work isn’t quite ready for professional publication, or that it’s a great comic but just not a good fit for the current MT lineup. I might be wrong. What I’m trying to say is, don’t take it personally. Rejection is, for better or for worse, part of being a professional creator. Submit to other sites and publishers, show your work around, and keep honing your skills.
  6. Whether or not I think your work is right for MT, I am very, very happy to get your submission. Modern Tales has earned a reputation as one of the top webcomic sites on the Internet, and I feel honored to review comics by creators who want to keep making it better. Thanks in advance for considering us.

Got all that? Good.

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