Calls for submissions

Trick or Treat Comics #4 Call for Submissions

September 8th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · 1 Comment

Get your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make our fourth set of Trick or Treat Comics! This set of miniature comics will be perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers.

Content: Spookiness, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, & other Halloween-related stuff (here’s a list of spooky stuff if you need inspiration). Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: October 3. Join us for a Trick or Treat Comics-making session in Keene, NH on September 13 with how-to, story idea brainstorming, and of course drawing!

Format: The printed comics will be 2.75″ x 4.25″ (that’s 1/8th-letter size – a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times), 8 pages, portrait orientation, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Please leave the lower half of the last page blank so we can include information about the collection. First page can be a cover if you like; last page can be a back cover if you like, but in any case you’ll probably want to fit your name & website (or other preferred contact info) there. (PS: If you want to reprint your comic later, this format neatly reconfigures into two 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages. Uncanny!)

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts; give us a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics. Then submit your comic one of the following ways:

  • Email your comic to organize@treesandhills.org as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-tot4-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-tot4-1.tif, Tedford-tot14-2.tif, etc – the “tot4″ stands for “Trick or Treat #4″). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something).
  • Send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 (but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline).
  • If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, ask nicely and maybe the T&H Mobile Production Unit can scan your comics for you (no guarantees).

End result: The comics will be posted online as freely-downloadable print-ready PDFs; you may print as many copies as you want to give away. We will also be offering printed sets for sale, of which we will send you a copy for free. We may at some point reprint Trick or Treat Comics in a bound and digital anthology; if we do we will send you a minimum of one copy. Do not redistribute PDFs or sell copies of anyone else’s comic without their permission; however, you should feel free to sell your own comic individually and/or offer it for download.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

Categories: Calls for submissions · Opportunities

Trick or Treat Comics #3 Call for Submissions

May 3rd, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Get your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make our third set of Trick or Treat Comics! This set of miniature comics will be perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers.

Content: Spookiness, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, & other Halloween-related stuff (here’s a list of spooky stuff if you need inspiration). Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: August 17 31 September 13. We may announce some drawing events before then for people to get together and work on their comics. Join us for a Trick or Treat Comics-making session in Keene, NH on August 9 September 6 with how-to, story idea brainstorming, and of course drawing!

Format: The printed comics will be 2.75″ x 4.25″ (that’s 1/8th-letter size – a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times), 8 pages, portrait orientation, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Please leave the lower half of the last page blank so we can include information about the collection. First page can be a cover if you like; last page can be a back cover if you like, but in any case you’ll probably want to fit your name & website (or other preferred contact info) there. (PS: If you want to reprint your comic later, this format neatly reconfigures into two 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages. Uncanny!)

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts; give us a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics. Then submit your comic one of the following ways:

  • Email your comic to organize@treesandhills.org as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-tot14-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-tot14-1.tif, Tedford-tot14-2.tif, etc – the “tot14″ stands for “Trick or Treat 2014″). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something).
  • Have us scan your art at a Trick or Treat Comics drawing event if we put one (or more) on.
  • Send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 (but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline).
  • If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, ask nicely and maybe the T&H Mobile Production Unit can scan your comics for you (no guarantees).

End result: The comics will be posted online as freely-downloadable print-ready PDFs; you may print as many copies as you want to give away. We will also be offering printed sets for sale, of which we will send you a copy for free. We may at some point reprint Trick or Treat Comics in a bound and digital anthology; if we do we will send you a minimum of one copy. Do not redistribute PDFs or sell copies of anyone else’s comic without their permission; however, you should feel free to sell your own comic individually and/or offer it for download.

Updates

  • September 3: Removed outdated reference to landscape orientation; updated file name format (changed “12h” for “2012 Halloween” to “tot14″ for “Trick or Treat 2014″).
  • August 31: Linked to list of story seeds, took updates out and put them at bottom, removed rescheduling note.
  • August 17: Added new event date & deadline.
  • August 8: Added note re: need to reschedule event, new date & deadline to be announced.
  • July 31: Added comics-making event.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

Categories: Calls for submissions · Opportunities

Call for Winter Special submissions

October 18th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Trees & Hills wants to see your winter-themed comics for a special seasonal anthology!

THEME:

The theme for this anthology is WINTER. The working title is Trees & Hills Winter Special 2013 (we’re open to something catchier).

CONTENT:

As usual, community-minded & regionally-oriented pieces get extra consideration. We will accept pre-existing stories. We may post a list of wintery things soon to This list of wintery stuff may help spark story ideas, or at least get you in the right frame of mind.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Contributors should, of course, live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts.
  • Comics should be suitable for a general audience.
  • Please let us know your story idea & approximate length as soon as possible (& let us know if you change your mind).
  • Length: 1-6 pages. The printed page size will be 5.5” x 8.5”, image area around 5” x 8” – please proportion your comic accordingly.
  • Send 600 dpi B&W .tif files with LZW compression (300 dpi OK if you need to use grayscale and don’t worry about the compression if you don’t know how to do it) to organize@treesandhills.org. Please use the format [last name]-[page number] for the filenames – for example Tedford-01.tif. You may also send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 — but be careful not to cut it too close; we don’t have any slack in the deadline (if you’re running out of time, email us & we may be able to send the T&H Mobile Scanning Unit to meet you).
  • Please include in your email:
    • a 1-3 sentence blurb about yourself;
    • website or other preferred contact info (if any);
    • a mailing address for your contributor copies.
  • Deadline: November 17, 2013 (sorry, no extensions — we’re only leaving a week for production). [Read more →]

Categories: Calls for submissions · Opportunities · T&H anthologies

Submit your Trick or Treat Comics

September 3rd, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

T&H Halloween ComicsGet your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make another set of Trick or Treat Comics! This set of miniature comics will be perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers.

Content: Spookiness, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, & other Halloween-related stuff. Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: October 7. We will have a drawing party in Keene, NH on October 6 for people to draw and submit their comics.

Format: The printed comics will be 2.75″ x 4.25″ (that’s 1/8th-letter size – a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times), 8 pages, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Please leave the lower half of the last page blank (or the right half if landscape format) so we can include information about the collection. First page can be a cover if you like; last page can be a back cover if you like, but in any case you’ll probably want to fit your name & website (or other preferred contact info) there. Either portrait or landscape orientation is fine.

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts; give us a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics. Then submit your comic one of the following ways:

  • Email your comic to organize@treesandhills.org as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-12h-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-12h-1.tif, Tedford-12h-2.tif, etc – the “12h” indicates the page is a 2012 Halloween comic). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something).
  • Have us scan your art at the Trick or Treat Comics drawing party on October 6.
  • Send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 (but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline to be included in the batches that go out for Halloween).
  • If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, ask if the T&H Mobile Production Unit may be able to come scan your comics for you.

End result: The comics will be posted online as freely-downlaodable print-ready PDFs; you may print as many copies as you want to give away. We will also be offering printed sets for sale, of which we will send you a copy for free. Do not redistribute PDFs or sell copies of anyone else’s comic without their permission; however, you should feel free to sell your own comic individually and/or offer it for download.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

Categories: Calls for submissions · Opportunities

Science and Democracy Editorial Cartoon Contest

June 21st, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The Union of Concerned Scientists is holding its seventh annual editorial cartoon contest, with entries due July 1. This year’s theme is “Science and Democracy”. Entries may be single- or multi-panel. The winners will be printed in the UCS calendar; the one that goes on the cover receives $1000 and the rest receive $500, but note that this grants UCS ownership of the comics. Visit their site for rules, guidelines, and other information.

Categories: Calls for submissions

Call for Submissions: SHARE

May 3rd, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

THEME:

The theme for the Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 upcoming Trees & Hills anthology is SHARING and COOPERATION. Titled SHARE, it will help celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives.

CONTENT:

As with all our anthologies, we are most interested in both fiction and nonfiction comics with a community-minded orientation – comics that show an awareness of connection to the world around them and aim to make some sort of contribution to it, ideally with direct relevance to our region.

Check our story ideas page for possible inspiration.

REQUIREMENTS:
[Read more →]

Categories: Calls for submissions · Opportunities · T&H anthologies

Anthologies seeking submissions

March 7th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Looking for some anthologies to submit to this Spring? Obviously you should submit to the upcoming food-themed Trees & Hills anthology, Sprouts, by April 22. Once you’ve done that, try these!

Make sure to read the submission guides carefully (I hear editors like that!) – and good luck!

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Spring 2012 call for submissions: SPROUTS

January 2nd, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

THEME:

The theme for the Spring 2012 Trees & Hills anthology is FOOD. As a sort of sequel to our 2008 food-themed anthology Seeds, the title is Sprouts.

CONTENT:

As with all our anthologies, we are most interested in both fiction and nonfiction comics with a community-minded orientation – comics that show an awareness of connection to the world around them and aim to make some sort of contribution to it, ideally with direct relevance to our region.

We will post some possible story ideas and links to resources soon.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Contributors should, of course, live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts.
  • Comics should be suitable for a general audience.
  • Please let us know your story idea & approximate length as soon as possible (& let us know if you change your mind).
  • Length: 1-6 pages. The printed page size will be 5.5” x 8.5”, image area around 5” x 8” – please proportion your comic accordingly.
  • Send 600 dpi B&W .tif files (300 dpi OK if you need to use grayscale) to organize@treesandhills.org. Please use the format [last name]-[page number] for the filenames – for example Tedford-01.tif. You may also send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470.
  • Please include in your email:
    • a 1-3 sentence blurb about yourself;
    • website or other preferred contact info (if any);
    • a mailing address for your contributor copies.
  • Deadline: April 22. We’ll announce a time & place for an anthology-finishing party when it gets closer.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Each contributor will receive one copy of SPROUTS for each page of their work that appears in it. Contributors may purchase additional copies at wholesale (50% of cover price).
  • We prefer new comics, but may consider existing work that is a good fit. If accepted, we ask that you not print your submission elsewhere (except an online excerpt) for at least six months from the anthology’s release date.
  • SPROUTS will eventually be compiled with other T&H anthologies into a book collection; please let us know if for some reason you would prefer your piece not to appear in the book. Contributors will receive one copy of the book for each piece they have in it, and may purchase additional copies at wholesale (50% of cover price).
  • We are also looking for theme-appropriate designs for the contents page and back cover. The contents page will need to have room for us to type in the title, table of contents, and indicia. The back cover needs room for us to type in the list of contributors. Email organize@treesandhills.org if you are interested.
  • Past anthologies

We look forward to seeing your comics!

Categories: Calls for submissions

Halloween Comics call for submissions

October 5th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

T&H Halloween ComicsGet your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make a Halloween Comics Pack! This set of miniature comics will be perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers.

Content: Spookiness, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, & other Halloween-related stuff. Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: October 20 (only a couple weeks away – sorry for the short notice! We’ll be able to give much more notice next year now that we have the format worked out). There’s no slack in this deadline, but we’ll do what we can to help you submit on time.

Format: The printed comics will be 2.75″ x 4.25″ (that’s 1/8th-letter size – a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times), 8 pages, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Include the text “Trees & Hills Comics Group” and “treesandhills.org” on the back page. First page can be a cover if you like; last page can be a back cover if you like, but in any case you’ll probably want to fit your name & website (or other preferred contact info) there. Either portrait or landscape orientation is fine.

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts. Then send your comic to organize@treesandhills.org as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-1.tif, Tedford-2.tif, etc). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something). You may also send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470, but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline to be included in the batches that go out for Halloween. If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, the T&H Mobile Production Unit may (in light of the short notice on this project) be able to come scan your comics for you. In any case, include a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics.

What you get: One printed set of Halloween comics, and a password-protected link to a directory containing print-ready PDFs of all the Halloween comics, which you may use to print as many copies as you want to give away. Do not redistribute PDFs or sell copies of anyone else’s comic without their permission; however, you should feel free to sell your own comic individually or offer it for download.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

Categories: Calls for submissions

WOODS call for submissions

July 8th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · 2 Comments

WOODS Call For Submissions

(download WOODS call for submissions as a PDF)

THEME:
The theme and title for the next Trees & Hills anthology is WOODS (in the sense of “forest”).

CONTENT:
As with all our anthologies, we are most interested in both fiction and nonfiction comics with a community-minded orientation – comics that show an awareness of connection to the world around them and aim to make some sort of contribution to it, ideally with direct relevance to our region.

This year is the International Year of Forests and the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, which established the eastern National Forests, and we intend WOODS to be part of the celebration. To that end, and in the spirit of partnership of the Weeks Act, we recommend you check out the organizations listed at the Weeks Act Centennial website and use them as resources for your comics. We want to have at least four comics about subjects of direct relevance to the Weeks Act’s intention, history, spirit, and/or legacy (which is still pretty broad & doesn’t need to be about the Act itself). [Read more →]

Categories: Calls for submissions · T&H anthologies