I know you answered this before when submissions were first announced, and now that it’s coming to a close, do you have a better idea if you’ll have submissions open again in September? I know you said before it depends on how this round goes. Thank you.

Probably not September, but we will definitely open them again. The demand was much more than we anticipated! Lots of people pitched, which is great and exactly what we wanted. But due to the time it takes us to be able to read through all pitches and respond in a somewhat-timely manner (you may have seen that we had to change our response time, as well as that the Tumblr asks have been neglected), we’ll need more time than September to open submissions again. When we decide on a date, we’ll announce it here.

Hopefully everyone will see this as an opportunity to really hone their pitches and spend time making them the best they can be! The worst thing you can do for yourself is rush to get your pitch done.

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I’m not really sure how I should go about the cover letter for the submission? I never applied for a job before and as a result have never done a cover letter. Also what exactly do you guys mean by explain how my comic fits at Oni Press? And what if I don’t have a specific audience in mind?

Cover letter – keep in mind you’re writing to a professional company. Be courteous, tell us the information we want (check the guidelines) in a clear and concise manner. Don’t give extraneous information, and maybe have someone else proofread it before you send it our way.

We need to know how your comic fits at Oni Press. Why do you want to publish with us instead of another comic publisher? Why does your book fit in with what we publish?

Have a specific audience in mind. Who would be reading this comic? Who would be drawn to it, who would WANT to read it?

Hope that helps!

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Hi-Question about the open submissions: Are you open to doing a non-fiction work if it’s a good story?

Yes.

When you say the script sample can be no more than 20 pages, is that 20 script pages or 20 pages of the pdf?

20 script pages.

when you say, name, phone number and email in every page you guys mean like. at the bottom? is it ok if its over the art? how should it look?

At the bottom of each page, preferably off the art. Top of the page is fine too.

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Hello there! I have a question regarding the 3-5 page outline portion of the submission process. The story I’ll be submitting from beginning to the final end would probably be considered a very long runner. However, I’ve broken it down into several story arcs that could hopefully stand alone, so my question is: do you want the ENTIRE story however long it may be, or would you prefer to see a summary of the first ten issues (story arc #1) or so instead? Thanks!!

Summary for first four to six issues is what we’d want to see, nothing longer than that. So pretty much the first arc.

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For submissions, is it okay to pitch an idea that might be on the web as your own property already? I created a webcomic I had to stop a long time ago because of other obligations, and I’d like to re-do it for submissions. Would that be okay? I’d take it down offline completely.

That is okay to pitch!

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If your submitting a comic and aslo as an artist,can you use the same 8 comics pages for both?

Yes, unless you have pages that better show off your artistic and storytelling ability than the ones in your comic pitch.

“List narrative as it plays out via issue.” Wait, should we all be doing this with the outline–breaking it up into issues? And if so, how many issues should be we be working with? Or is a straight narrative breakdown of the plot, beginning to end, as it would be contained in one OGN be ok?

If you’re doing an OGN it doesn’t have to be an issue breakdown. Even if you’re doing a series it doesn’t have to be an issue breakdown, that was just the best answer for that person.

Outline should be a detailed scene-by-scene breakdown of your story. However you want to do it.

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Sorry if this has been asked already, but in your writer guidelines for submission it’s detailed that the script should contain “at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages.” Do you mean two scenes of eight pages each or total eight pages? Sorry if this has been answered, I couldn’t find the answer via Google. Thank you!

Total 8 pages.

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For writer submissions: when you ask for 20 pages total, is that 20 pages of comics, or 20 pages of script? Do the two scenes you request have to be sequential scenes, or can they appear out of order (ie – Scene 3, then Scene 5)? Can we submit links to other work that support a related concept? For the 8 page sample of sequential artwork from the connected artist, do those pages need to be lettered? Thanks!

20 pages of comics, scenes can be out of order (label them, though, please), and you can submit links to relevant stuffs.For the 8 page art sample, pages do NOT need to be lettered. We really just want to see the art.

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What format do you prefer for the writers: ” A 3-5 page outline.” Should it list the narrative as it plays out via issue, or written more plain. Also, we have a growing presence of our book (it has not been shown) on social media, is that a good thing or a problem?

List narrative as it plays out via issue.

For the second, I suppose we’ll see? That’s something to mention in your cover letter.

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For the writer submissions, what is an effective way to write the outline? Essay style? Bullet point? Issue or chapter break down?

Any of those are fine.

Hello there, as a writer, is it okay for my pitch to not have action in it and just self vs self drama?

Yes.

Hi! I submitted my samples via your Submittable website, but when I pressed ‘submit’, it redirected me to the Oni Tumblr. How can I confirm if my samples were successfully sent? Thanks!

An email should have been sent to whatever email you used to sign up with Submittable. If you didn’t receive an email (check your spam folder!) you may need to resubmit.

Pressing the submit button does indeed take you to our tumblr, so no worries there.

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A question for Colourist submission, the coloured samples, must be originally drawn by different artists and coloured obviously by the colourist? Or can it be two different styles by the same artist, coloured by the colourist whose applying?

Gotta be two different artists.

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HI! For colorist submissions, should the art be original or can we scan b/w pages from existing comics (with credit)? If so can those pages be from previous b/w Oni Press comics?

There’s a lot of legal stuff to work around if you scan comics to color. Check out gutterzombie.com – there may be people on there who can give you their pages to color.

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This is more s a suggestion than a question: You should tag all of the questions & answers for submissions so that way if someone wants to read them, they won’t have to go page by page to find certain questions through other posts.

This is a great idea!

You can now find all of our answered questions under the tag “submissions faq”.

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