FAQ

July 1, 2018

WHAT IS CHROMAKEY?
Chromakey is a new journal dedicated to science-fiction, fantasy, telefantasy, and cult television. Each issue will delve into aspects of specific television series through original interviews, in-depth and informative articles, reviews, analysis, and much more.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY TELEFANTASY AND/OR CULT TELEVISION?
Telefantasy deals with the “unreal”—television shows which fantasy, horror, oddball or weird elements. Think of True Blood or American Horror Story. Cult TV shows tend to have a strong fanbase, even if it’s a small one. A cult TV show’s fanbase may last for decades after the show has fallen out of the public consciousness—think Quatermass or Kolchak. Or maybe it’s a show that was cut down in its prime like Arrested Development or Firefly.

CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH EXAMPLES OF THE TYPE OF SERIES YOU COVER?
We cover British, American, and Canadian television series. A sample of some of the series we cover includes: Westworld, Arrow, The Flash, The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Star Trek, Stargate, Survivors, The Champions, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Invisible Man, etc. (For a full list, please click here.  Please note that this document is in Excel format.)

WHAT SORT OF MATERIAL ARE YOU ACCEPTING FOR PUBLICATION?
We are looking for a variety of written material including articles, reviews, opinion pieces, interviews, analysis, features, etc. which are informative, in-depth, detail orientated, and retrospective. While material will be of a more serious tone, written work should still be entertaining – material that is just not only of interest to the archive television enthusiast but also to a general fan of television. (We are not looking for material that is lightweight, frothy, irrelevant, nor overly dry or scholarly.) Contributors should not be afraid to “speak their mind” or offer an unpopular opinion on a subject. However, any material of a critical nature should be supported by sound reasons and strong points supporting the criticism.

We are looking for contributors who have sound knowledge of science fiction, fantasy, television, and cult television.

We are looking for the following types of articles:

  • Series overview/history (in-depth overview of the TV series)
  • Interviews with in-front or behind-the-camera personnel
  • Opinion pieces/Point of view
  • Topical discussions
  • Themed articles (e.g. minorities in television, etc…)
  • Series/season overviews/assessments
  • Reviews of television-related DVDs, video, books, and audio releases
  • Other similarly written material
  • Reader’s Letters

Articles should be insightful, informative, grammatically correct, and well written, but they should not read like something from a college textbook. Material should still retain that element of “fun.”

IS THERE A WORD LIMIT?
Standard word counts (approximate) are:

  • 800 words = 1 page
  • 1500 words = 2 pages
  • 2200 words = 3 pages
  • 3000 words = 4 pages

Main Feature articles should be circa 3000-3500 words.

General articles should be circa 2000-3000 words.

Reviews should be circa 800-1000 words. NB: There are exceptions to this limit depending on the subject of the review. Please check in advance before tackling what might prove to be an overly lengthy review.

Please check with us first before submitting material longer than 3500 words/4 pages.

WHERE AND HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ARTICLE FOR PUBLICATION?
Material intended for publication should be submitted as either a Microsoft Word or Rich Text document attached to the body of an email.

Your email should include:

  1. Your full name and email address,
  2. A brief bio telling us a bit about yourself.

Email your submission to: penciltippublishing@shaw.ca (Subject: Chromakey)

WHO IS PENCIL TIP PUBLISHING?
Pencil Tip Publishing is a small independent Canadian publisher based in Vancouver, Canada. Our books focus on genre and cult television, original fiction and short-story collections.

ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL OR AMATEUR MAGAZINE?
Chromakey is neither a fanzine nor a professional large-scale magazine (like a TV Zone, People, Us, Starburst, Vogue, GQ, Infinity, Doctor Who Magazine, etc.), but rather a hybrid of the two — something in-between (i.e. amateur and professional). The publisher’s intention is to do a modern-day version of Timescreen, The Frame, and Action TV, while aiming for something that is a little more professionally produced and run — something along the lines of a literary journal.

DO YOU PAY FOR SUBMISSIONS?
Unfortunately not at this present time. However, each contributor will get a free contributor copy of the issue that their material appears in.

We would love to be able to pay a writer, or artist, hundreds of dollars for a 3500-word piece, or for their art. Sadly, the reality is we’re starting off small and building from the bottom up. We don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars to work with. We have to start at the bottom and work our way up. Although we wish we could, we just can’t waltz in and say, “yeah, we’ll pay you $1000 for 1000 words.”

However, that is not to say that in the future we will not be paying contributors for their work. It is our goal to eventually be able to do this. And while this may be a possibility in the future, it is likely that payment rates will be lower than industry standard.

WILL YOU ACCEPT POETRY?
No, we are not accepting poetry.

WILL YOU ACCEPTING ORIGINAL FICTION?
No, we are not featuring any form of original fiction.

ARE YOU ACCEPTING ARTWORK?
Yes. We will accept any form of artwork — hand drawn, computer composite, etc.

  • All work should be submitted in either JPG or PNG format
  • Color or black & white
  • 300 dpi resolution
  • Standard page size is 6×9 inches, but we will accept artwork/graphics in any size as long as it doesn’t exceed the standard page size.

ARE YOU ACCEPTING MATERIAL ON “DOCTOR WHO”?
Both Richard and I are huge “Who” fans, but we decided for Chromakey, we won’t be covering “Doctor Who”.  This is not meant to be any sort of slight against that show, but rather it’s because we both feel its being covered rather extensively in numerous other magazines.  With Chromakey, we wanted to concentrate on other series that don’t seem to get as much attention. (Yes, we will feature be featuring the occasional piece on “Who” but not on any regular sort of basis.) So, we’d really appreciate it if interested writers don’t submit any articles, or article ideas, on the topic of “Doctor Who” as they will be rejected back to you.

However…..having said that, if you did want to write something on “Doctor Who”, Chromakey’s sister magazine, Whotopia would be happy to publish it. (They’re always on the lookout for “Who” related material and people who want to write/talk about the show.)

IS THERE A DEADLINE?
Deadline for the first issue is July 14, 2018. For subsequent issues, please consult the main page of the blog.  Issue 2’s submission deadline is September 8, 2018.

I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA. CAN I STILL SUBMIT AN ARTICLE?
Yes, of course you can. We will accept article submissions from anywhere in the world providing the article is in English and deals with our overall subject matter.

DO YOU ACCEPT ADVERTISING?
Yes, we do. Please email us at penciltippublishing@shaw.ca (Subject: Advertising Rates) to obtain a copy of our rate sheet.

WHEN WILL THE MAGAZINE BE PUBLISHED?
Chromakey will be published at least twice a year. We are hoping to publish the first issue late-summer/early-fall 2018. (Date to be confirmed.)

IF MY ARTICLE IS NOT USED FOR PUBLICATION, WILL YOU PROVIDE ME WITH FEEDBACK WHY?
No. While we would love to provide individual feedback, because of the sheer number of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide individual explanations why your article was not accepted. There simply isn’t enough time in a day to provide individual feedback.

CAN I CONTACT YOU IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Yes, we love to hear from our readers and potential contributors. You can email us at: penciltippublishing@shaw.ca.