We would like to announce our new KDWC Story Collection is ready for your pens. Uh, I mean your stories. (If you missed the release of the Everything collection, you can find it HERE.)
Please be sure you READ ALL the information below before you submit anything and check there for any questions you may have. The answer might already be given. If not, we are happy to answer any you may have.
Announcing the NEW KDWC Story Collection!
Series Title: Joy
Subject Theme: Joy
Story Due: July 31, 2023
Find all your information below. When your story is ready, please fill out THIS FORM and send your story in. If you have other questions that are NOT answered below, please ask.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does the story have to be?
A: No longer than 5k words. No minimum limit.
Q: What does the story have to be about?
A: It must be about Joy
Q: When is the story due?
A: By the end of July 2023.
Q: Who can submit a story?
A: Any KDWC Alumni who has participated in camp in the last year.
Q: Can I use a story I’ve already written?
A: No. This story must be a new story or a story not already finished. You are welcome to use an unfinished story if it fits the theme.
Q: Will you edit my story for me?
A: Auntie Erika will do a final proofread of all the stories (looking for final typos and such), but your story should be edited before you turn it in. Beta Readers are recommended. (If you need an editor, ask for recommendations.)
Q: Will you publish ALL stories submitted?
A: We reserve the right to not include a story in the published version (all stories will be included in the KDWC Only version) if we feel it doesn’t fit the theme, isn’t well written, or has objectionable content. (We will contact the author if we feel a story falls into one of those categories and give them a chance to fix things.)
Q: Can I write a story but only have it included in the KDWC Only version?
A: Absolutely. There is an option to choose that in the form.
Q: Can we have a co-author? (Definition of co-author: someone who actually writes part of the story, not just someone who helps with ideas.)
A: As long as both authors meet the requirements for submitting a story, yes. If two KDWC Alumni want to write a story together for the collection, that is fine.
Q: Will I be able to publish or share my story anywhere if it is published in the collection?
A: Yes. You will retain all rights to your story and are free to share your story with your friends, readers, and fans. You can publish it on your own, and can expand the story to a longer one.
Q: What will be done with the royalties for this collection?
A: We will use the royalties to pay for the costs of publishing and other camp-related expenses. Authors will not be paid royalties for sales of the collection but will retain all rights to royalties of stories published individually (see above). If you do not want your story to be sold in the collection under these terms, you may still choose to have it included in the KDWC Only version.
Q: Are poetry and/or short non-fiction pieces allowed?
Q: May we submit more than one short story for the collection?
A: No, just one story per person, per collection.
Q: Does your title have to be Joy?
A: No. Every story may have a different title in this collection.
Q: Should we format the stories in a special way before we send them?
A: Yes, that would help speed up the process.
· If you have it, please use Garamond for your font and size 12.
· Spacing should be 1.1
· Please do not indent each paragraph unless you talk with Erika first.
· Paragraphs should not have an extra space between them.
Q: Are we supposed to include our author bios with the story when we submit it?
A: Yes, please submit a short author bio (between 30-70 words) when you send in your story. This will save us time trying to get them all later. Also, please add one link where readers can find you. (It can be blog, Goodreads, Instagram, etc.) If you don’t have a link, that’s fine, but please let us know.
Q: Is there a certain version of the Bible we are required to use (if we quote any verses)?
A: No. However, if you use something besides KJV you need to look up the rules for the version you use, get permission if required, and provide the permission statement along with your story. (Please mention what version you are using when you submit your story.) [For any easy way to find that information, go here https://www.biblegateway.com/versions/ and look up the version.]
NOTICE FOR ALL WHO ARE WRITING FOR OUR NEW COLLECTION!
After much talk, consultation, and discussion, the Admin and Auntie Erika (our editor and publisher for our collection books) have made a decision about versions of the Bible used in your stories. Of course, if you don’t quote any verses word for word, this will not apply to you, however, please read it anyway. While we encourage the use of the KJV for this collection for legal reasons, if you choose to use another version, you are solely responsible for all of the following, as we will not be checking the legality of quoting from other versions:
- Reading and understanding all applicable copyright rules for that version, including rules regarding commercial use.
- (if required) Getting written permission to quote from that version and submitting it with your story.
- (if required) Citing each quotation appropriately in accordance with any requirements for that version.
- Providing with the submitted story the complete copyright permission notice to include on the copyright page as well as a short sentence summarizing how your quotation complies with the copyright rule that applies to your situation.
If these guidelines aren’t followed, we reserve the right to either reject your submission for publication or ask you to change the verses to KJV.
Note that these guidelines also apply to any other quotes you choose to use in your submission that are not public domain. If you have any questions, please ask.
~ Your camp directors,
Rebekah, Hannah, & Angie