Minus 9 Squared

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Minus 9 Squared 2011 Anthology

Yes, we told you we had an announcement. And here it is:

After an extended hiatus, Minus 9 Squared is back.

As the dust settles on a hectic January, we are pleased to announce that Minus 9 Squared is returning to a virtual shelf near you this Easter.

While it was always our aim to have a magazine every month, time just did not allow and we have now decided that it would be best to focus on 2-3 magazines a year, anthologies if you will so there will be more page space in this magazine.

And the best news? There is no theme so you are free to send us whatever your heart desires (or doesn’t, it’s up to you!)

Looking forward to getting back in the saddle and bringing the biggest and best issue yet to all of you good people.

Submission Guidelines:

Fiction: 3000 maximum.

Flash Fiction: 500 words max.

Poetry: 40 lines max

Visual Arts: No larger than A4 size. JPG format. Maximum of 6 images per submission. We will NOT accept entire albums to choose our favourites from so choose wisely and send!

Theatre: Extracts of up to 3 pages OR 5 monologues

In addition to your submission, please include a contributor’s profile of a few lines that we may use should we choose to publish your work. For examples refer to back issues.

As always, please send all submissions to Anna at minus9squared@gmail.com

EDIT: We are of course; always looking for front covers as well and the following are the submission guidelines for it:

We are looking for images with the following criteria:

1. A4 size.

2. Portrait format

3. The title of the magazine (Minus 9 Squared) somewhere on the body of the cover.

4. Something brilliant would be preferable.

We are accepting visual artistry of any kind, just as long as it’s visual and well, arty.

So get cracking folks – the front page needs you!

Immortality awaits.

Deadline: 31st March 2011

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Issue Four Announcement

After an extended hiatus, Minus 9 Squared is back.

For said hiatus, we apologise and beg your pardon, there have been some personal issues to the forefront of our minds and our time was dedicated to them for some time and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.

However, we are pleased to announce that the theme for Issue 4 of Minus 9 Squared (publication date TBA) is LIES. We struggled with a number of choices for themes this issue. We contemplated a number of different themes but decided that they ran a little too close to the previous themes whilst this one is a bit more precise.

Submission Guidelines:

Fiction: 3000 maximum.

Flash Fiction: 500 words max.

Poetry: 40 lines max

Visual Arts: No larger than A4 size. JPG format. Maximum of 6 images per submission. We will NOT accept entire albums to choose our favourites from so choose wisely and send!

Theatre: Extracts of up to 3 pages OR 5 monologues

In addition to your submission, please include a contributor’s profile of a few lines that we may use should we choose to publish your work. For examples refer to back issues.

As always, please send all submissions to Anna at minus9squared@gmail.com

EDIT: We are of course, always looking for front covers aswell and the following are the submission guidelines for it:

We are looking for images with the following criteria:

1. A4 size.

2. Portrait format

3. The title of the magazine (Minus 9 Squared) the title ‘Lies’ and the subtitles ‘Issue 4 – September’ somewhere on the body of the cover.

4. Something brilliant would be preferable.

We are accepting visual artistry of any kind, just as long as it’s visual and well, arty.

So get cracking folks – the front page needs you!

Immortality awaits.

Closing Date: 31st August

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‘Cover’ Us In Wonderment

Coming in from the cold here a little bit, we’ve left this blog quite sparse of late and we feel badly about, we do. So we’re taking this opportunity to throw up a few guidelines regarding front cover submissions. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the front cover of Issue Three then tell us, show us and no doubt impress us:

If you would like your work to be in with a shout of winning this illustrious and much coveted golden slot on the zine then just take down these few details, get the tracing paper and magic markers out and dazzle the bejasus out of us:

We are looking for images with the following criteria:

1. A4 size.

2. Portrait format

3. The title of the magazine (Minus 9 Squared) the title ‘Disaster’ and the subtitles ‘Issue 3 – June’ somewhere on the body of the cover.

4. Something brilliant would be preferable.

We are accepting visual artistry of any kind, just as long as it’s visual and well, arty.

So get cracking folks – the front page needs you!

Immortality awaits.

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

News for Issue Three

We would like to thank all contributors, readers, subscribers and anyone who has shown any interest in this zine for everything so far. Issue One and Two would not have happened without you so raise a glass to yourselves and knock it back good and hard. Maybe one day, we’ll be able to refill it for you (The ambition is there.)

We have something big planned for Issue Three and it’s about time we unleashed the info.

Like everyone else in the world, we at Minus 9 Squared sent our sympathies to those affected by the recent Icelandic volcano eruption, be it as a direct result of the volcano itself or the ensuing chaos that struck Europe with the imposed No-Fly zones.

It was amazing to watch the news and think that the whole of Europe was at effectively a standstill, and it got us thinking about the power of nature, as clichéd as that sounds…

So as a tribute to those who endured trying conditions during this incident (and continue to in the intermittent ash cloud strikes since then) we have decided that Issue Three of Minus 9 Squared will focus on the themes surrounding the Iceland volcano crisis.

The main theme is going to be Disaster but we’ll be accepting work around any other themes people find relevant.

This is the first theme we’ve picked which, essentially isn’t a theme at all, it’s more like a free-for-all. If you have work that fits a theme which you feel is relevant to the events surrounding this event then we want to see it.

We are also on the look out for front covers again and hope to see more of the talent we were privileged to last issue.

Submission Deadline will be updated on the Minus 9 Squared WordPress site very soon so keep your eyes peeled and get your work in on time!

A Few Restrictions:

Short Fiction: Capped at 3000 words.

Poetry: Capped at 40 lines.

Flash Fiction: Capped at 500 words

For this issue, we ask that contributors please adhere to a few other submission guidelines:

1. If sending fiction, please, no more than two stories per person.

2. Poetry – up to 4 poems.

3. Flash fiction – no more than 3 pieces.

4. Photography/Visual arts – up to 6 photographs/pieces of art.

In the past we have been sent entire photo and art albums and we apologise but we simply do not have time to sift through them so pick and choose wisely and send them on.

DEADLINE: 4th June 2010

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Calling All Visual Artists

Yes, that means you! No, not you, the guy behind you, wearing the flippers, yes, you!

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With just one week left for submissions, we at M9S are still on the hunt for submissions for the illusive front cover of the Zine. If you would like your work to be in with a shout of winning this illustrious and much coveted golden slot on the zine then just take down these few details, get the tracing paper and magic markers out and dazzle the bejasus out of us:

We are looking for images with the following criteria:

1. A4 size.

2. Portrait format

3. The title of the magazine (Minus 9 Squared) the title ‘Memory’ and the subtitles ‘Issue 2 – May’ somewhere on the body of the cover.

4. Something brilliant would be preferable.

We are accepting visual artistry of any kind, just as long as it’s visual and well, arty.

So get cracking folks – the front page needs you!

Immortality awaits.

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Please send all submissions to Anna at: minus9squared@gmail.com

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

1st Glance at Front Cover

With submissions coming in steadily, we at M9S have already started working out the finer details of the magazine, one of the main things being the front cover.

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Much thanks to Pedro Rodriguez who designs this Issue’s cover and here is a sneak peak at it. Be aware, it is still a draft and there may be several changes before we publish. Or there may not. Either way, we’re likin’ it.

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March 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment