At The Phoenix, we love great stories. As stories come in all shapes and sizes we consider all submissions for publication, provided they meet the requirements as outlined below.
Please note that we are a very small team and making the comic each week is a tremendous amount of work. While we do look at all submissions it is not always possible to respond to them all in a timely fashion.
Before you submit anything, however, please do take a look at an issue of The Phoenix to get a sense of the type of comics we publish*. You can read a digital sample on our website. Or even better, subscribe!
Fictional self-contained comics (1 – 4 page)
Fictional serials (2 – 4 pages per week, 2 – 12 weeks)
Non-fiction, self-contained spreads (1 – 2 pages)
Short little funnies (1/4 to 1/2 a page)
What to send us:
Complete synopsis or outline. The former if a long serial.
Lettered rough/thumbnail and script of the first episode. (For longer serials further scripts are welcome.)
Sample of finished artwork and lettering as you’d like it to appear (to give us a sense of how the comic will look – a single or half page of an episode is a good place to start.)
Anything else you can think of that will visually stun and amaze us.
If you have a new idea for a type of comic/story not listed above or that nobody has ever heard of, we’re very open to hearing about it.
If you are an artist without a script who is interested in appearing in The Phoenix, send us a small selection of your best work and we will add you to our files. We’ll contact you if we have a commission for you.
(For technical specifications, see below.)
Please email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(or post to The Phoenix Comic, 29 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2NP. Include SAE if you want material returned).
*A few specific things to notice about us as you read.
Because we are a weekly comic with limited space in each issue, so we have to fit a lot more story into each page than most other comics. And this often means more panels to a page. What can be drawn out slowly over many spreads in a graphic novel, must come across almost immediately in The Phoenix.
Four pages is generally the maximum extent of an episode or story in any given issue (although we often publish serials in two to three page installments) and serials usually last around four to eight episodes.
Please make a note of what types of stories we’re currently running. If we are in the middle of a serial about a cheese-eating zombie named Michelle we will be unable to consider a submission about cheese-eating zombie named Steve, no matter how good it is… or a comic about a hummus eating zombie named Aphrodite for that matter.
In any case, read carefully. It’s best to find out whether or not your work is right for us before you submit.
Finally, to allow us to show our appreciation for coming this far and taking the time to read our submissions guidelines so thoroughly… please quote the codeword ‘apple-pie’ in the body of your email or cover letter. Extra points will be given for creative usage.
Page Size: 210x297mm
Bleed Top: 5mm
Bleed Bottom: 5mm
Bleed Left: 14mm
Bleed Right: 14mm
Safety Margin (no text or vital images to go within this measurement of the edge of the printed page): 13mm
(This is the page layout given to artists of how we expect work to be formatted to the page. It is by no means necessary to format submissions like this, but it might be helpful to know.)