Submission Guidelines For Jane Austen’s Wastebasket
If you want your humor in this publication then you’re on the right page
*Update: As of November 8th 2019, JAW is taking a submissions break.
I’m excited to announce that Jane Austen’s Wastebasket is now accepting submissions! If you’d like to send me your draft then please continue to read the general guidelines and information below:
When you send your message please write, “Submission for JAW” into the subject line. This helps me sort my email so you don’t end up in my spam folder. Somewhere in the body of your message make sure you include a link to your draft.
The email address is at the end of this post, but I suggest you read through the rest of these guidelines first, just in case.
Depending on the volume of submissions it could take anywhere from 1 day to 3 days to get a response. Please be patient. Also please only send in one draft link at a time.
Why the long wait? Because I am one person, who is doing this because I love it, not because I get paid.
If your work is accepted
Congratulations! You’ll get a note on your draft telling you the scheduled publication date.
Reasons I might say, “Maybe”
I love the general premise but not the execution. If you want I will offer suggestions that would make your post a better fit for Jane Austen’s Wastebasket.
Another issue could be your work is good but not as tight as I’d like it to be. Most stuff here is 1–4 minutes. I might work with you to decrease any fluff that doesn’t add to the jokes.
Some reasons I might pass on your submission
It doesn’t fit with the voice of the publication
-If you’ve read other posts here you are aware that I love anything literature, history, or culture related. Take a look at the tabs on the main page to see what kind of humor I’m looking for.
-I tend to avoid most political/candidate stuff since I’m not as good at writing it and thus not good at editing that genre.
-It’s a good idea to avoid sending me anything where the humor lies purely dirty talk, dick jokes, or a cliché.
It punches down.
Don’t be a jerk. If you’re not sure what punching down means, then take two minutes to google the phrase.
There are more than 5 grammatical/spelling errors.
I’m no professional when it comes to my writing, I get it. Errors happen. I make them all the time. However, I do try to make my writing as clean as possible and expect the same from people who submit here.
As I go through your draft I’ll fix up to 5 errors, but if I find a 6th I will send your draft back to you and ask you revise it if you want to resubmit it for consideration.
It’s too similar to something else that’s been published.
There’s nothing truly new under the sun but if I’ve seen the same premise before, with almost the same delivery, I will have to pass.
Please don’t send personal stories.
It’s a short story
While all the posts here are fictional, I’m not looking for short literary fiction (even if it’s funny).
It’s not the poetry I’m looking for
There are better publications out there dedicated to funny poetry. Unless you’re using a famous dead poet’s style and themes for satire, I generally don’t want your poetry.
Every post should have a clear header image. Please don’t steal stock photos. Use Unsplash or Pixabay.
You should have a clear title and a subtitle.
All essays will end with:
“Thanks for reading! Follow Jane Austen’s Wastebasket for daily humor!
(Insert one or two short sentences about who you are including a Twitter or Instagram if you have either of those) If you liked what you read then check out these other stories below: (At this point you can insert up to two links of your work).
Please don’t link your newsletter.
The majority of posts will be put behind the paywall so they have a chance at curation and thus a chance at being shared more widely. If you are opposed to the paywall let me know, and I will save your post for a day of the week designated for non-paywall posts.
Once published I ask you to leave your work in Jane Austen’s Wastebasket for at least 6 months. I understand the platform and desire to rewrite something. But please wait 6 months, or reach out, before you withdraw your post.
If I’ve stopped posting or responding or updating Jane Austen’s Wastebasket then something terrible has happened. Feel free to remove your work and give it to a publication that is still active.
If all of this makes sense and you still wish to go forward with your submission please send your work to the email address below:
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