Submission Guidelines & Terms

The following Submission Guidelines and Terms are for the current Whimsillusion Project. These Guidelines are subject to change with each subsequent Project. Make sure you read these Guidelines and Terms thoroughly before submitting your short stories.

Writing Instructions

The following instructions are required for submission to the Whimsillusion Project.

  1. GENRE. Writers wishing to submit to the Whimsillusion Project may choose to write in any genre. Writers may also choose their style, plot, and characters.
  2. WORD COUNT. Writers should try to keep their short stories to less than 15,000 words. However, stories will not be rejected for being longer than 15,000 words, so long as they are under the industry-standard word count for short stories. Anything longer than the industry standard word count for short stories should be submitted to our open submissions.
  3. EDITING. Short stories should be polished and ready for publication.
  4. MANDATORY ELEMENTS. Every story submitted for the Whimsillusion Project must include the following seven elements, which can be interpreted and incorporated in any manner the writer deems fit for the story:
    1. A character named Bruce
    2. The name Sarafina
    3. An egg
    4. A reptile
    5. A cabin
    6. A fight
    7. The line: “Milk the fruit with care.
  5. SUBMISSION. Submissions for the Whimsillusion Project will only be accepted through our official submission form. Any story submitted via email or regular mail will be automatically rejected.

Any story that fails to include one of the mandatory elements will be automatically rejected for publication in the Whimsillusion Project.

Fees

There is no cost to submit to the Whimsillusion Project. Only your imagination.

Royalties

Writers whose stories are chosen to be published as part of the Whimsillusion Project anthology will receive a shared royalty for all copies sold based on Phoenix Moirai LLC’s current novel royalty structure. All writers included in the anthology will also receive three author copies once published.

Full royalty breakdowns will be listed as part of our standard, royalty-based publishing contract.

Publication

The Whimsillusion Project anthology will be published in all formats, including hard cover, paperback, and Kindle. Should sales exceed expectations, we may also convert the anthology into an audiobook.

Full publication details will be listed as part of our standard, royalty-based publishing contract. For questions, or details, please contact us.

Rights

For stories chosen for inclusion in the Whimsillsuion Project:

Phoenix Moirai LLC will retain universal exclusive rights to all stories included in the Whimsillusion Project for as long as the anthology is in active distribution. Phoenix Moirai LLC shall also have the right to publish any story chosen as part of the Whimsillusion Project as a standalone story on Whimsillusion.com and/or as part of any promotion it deems appropriate. A new contract will be drafted if a story is chosen for standalone publication.  

Should Phoenix Moirai LLC, for whatever reason, terminate the publication and/or distribution of the Whimsillusion Project anthology, all rights for the stories included in said anthology will revert back to the author. Writers may not republish their story outside of Whimsillusion for a term of one (1) year after termination.

For stories rejected for inclusion in the Whimsillusion Project:

Not every story submitted for inclusion in the Whimsillusion Project will be selected for publication. Should a story be rejected, the author retains all rights to the story.

Reserved Rights:

Author retains all rights and title in and to their stories, including copyright, subject only to the rights granted to the Whimsillusion Project within the signed contract. 

Editing Rights:

Stories accepted as part of the Whimsillusion Project may be edited by our editing staff where necessary. If edited beyond a proofreading level, author’s will have the opportunity to review the work and sign off on the edited manuscript.

Please Note: In no way should these rights be considered a binding contract. Once a story is accepted for publication as part of the Whimsillusion Project, a standard, royalty-based publishing contract will be drafted for each author, detailing all rights, publication, and reversion details. For questions, feel free to contact us.

Privacy

By using our Service, you agree that you understand what personal information we collect and how we may use and disclose said information as described in our privacy policy (found at Whimsillusion.com).

Liability

Phoenix Moirai LLC has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, content submitted to the Whimsillusion Project. 

Phoenix Moirai LLC, its affiliates, or assigns shall not be liable for any stolen material or copyright infringement produced from uploading documents, stories, or creative works to this site. You further acknowledge and agree that Phoenix Moirai LLC, its affiliates, or assigns shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with uploaded content or the use of the Service.

Governing Law

These Terms shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of United States without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Our failure to enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not be considered a waiver of those rights. If any provision of these Terms is held to be invalid or unenforceable by a court, the remaining provisions of these Terms will remain in effect. These Terms constitute the entire agreement between Phoenix Moirai LLC regarding the submission of work, and supersede and replace any prior agreements we might have between us regarding the Service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding submissions or these terms, please contact us at submissions@whimsillusionproject.com