Open Submission for Short Stories and Photography

This is an example of the cover. Here could be you!

Let me tell you a few words about this magazine. I am starting a periodical issue ‘Scaffolding’ and inviting you to participate in this startup. I have ambitious plans to make it both literary and, at the same time, a marketing tool for everyone involved.

(noun) a temporary structure on the outside of a building, made usually of wooden planks and metal poles, used by workers while building, repairing, or cleaning the building; the materials used in scaffolding. – Dictionary

The overarching theme of the magazine is growing, emerging, becoming, transforming, as human analogy to a building under construction and reconstruction. Scaffolding, in this respect, is the vehicle and the support system. We are interested in transforming fictional characters,  their creators, and impactful visual arts.

I am also  excited to announce that the magazine works with a brilliant editor Brittany Micka-Foos, who will make the issue shine. Brittany is a former editor of the American University law journal and currently works with the fiction writers.

What we accept for submissions:
– original short stories that somehow reflect the loosely defined theme of the magazine.
– original photography or illustrations – we are big on photography and want to make art an equal part of the issue.
– self-reflective or issue-driven articles from artists in different genres.
– introspective or theme-driven interviews.

What we offer:
– marketing of the artists – free, in form of bios and references to their creative body of work,
– artists retain their rights to their creative works. You can publish it again, no restrictions.
– most of all, it’s a networking tool, especially for the up-and-coming artists.

What we believe in:
– creative freedom (minus typos 🙂 ),
– equality and inclusiveness.

What market segment are we trying to reach:
– collaborators’ fanbases. The readership multiplies with more collaborators. It’s like a pyramid scheme, only legal 🙂
– literary and art inclined audiences worldwide (I am reaching out to UK, US, New Zealand, and Canada already in the first issue, so we are looking for the distribution options worldwide).
– gift/collectible section in the book stores for the hardcopy issues.
– marketing tool for the collaborators for meet and greet, signing events, giveaways, etc.

Submissions for the October issue are due on August 25, 2016 , but if you are interested, please let me know what exactly you’d like to contribute and provide approximate word count (so far the submissions are around 3.000 words, but this is not a rule, but merely a direction). In order to submit, send us your art and a short cover letter, where you relate your work to the theme of the magazine and tell us a few words about yourself. We will use it in the issue to introduce your work.

Email with the subject line ‘Scaffolding’.

If we receive more material than we can accommodate, we will make a selection by September 1, 2016, or will include your work in the next issue.

[August 17, 2016update]. There are certain topics and themes which under no circumstances we will publish and support. We will not accept any piece that discriminates based on race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status or that promotes illegal activities. We will not accept a piece that advocates for a political party, leader, or platform. Please keep the content of your writing and visual art within G-PG-PG-13 rating.

Source and more information here: About Entertainment

[August 3, 2016 update]. I am putting together a Kickstarter campaign. Hoping this will provide better financial structure to this startup. I will keep you posted. Meanwhile email me any questions, I’d be happy to answer them.



We received questions about visual art. Some of them are addressed in the comments below. I also am posting a mock layout of the pages completed from my own photographs. I don’t know if it will be helpful, but this is what we imagined as a ‘look and feel’ for the magazine. Don’t take it literally, just use it as an inspiration. Text, fonts and other details may vary greatly partly because we will be using pro software to create the layout, so it should be an eye candy in the end. Text on the photos bellow is irrelevant.

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Copyright 2016 Ellie Maloney. All the images in this post are a property of Ellie Maloney and cannot be used, altered, or reproduced without owner’s permission.


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#Photography and #Fiction #Magazine ‘Scaffolding’. 1st Issue Is Soon In Print

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Is this a photography book?  Is this a short fiction book? It’s both. It’s one of those pretty coffee table books that you see in the waiting rooms of beauty salons or coffee shops. The photographer who I worked with did such a spectacular job, that I decided to put up a magazine (probably a bi-annual), where I will combine original photography and short fiction. Would you like to team up? Let me know if  you’d like to coauthor the next issue!

The first issue of Scaffolding will be available on Kindle, as a paperback and a Hardcover, and will be the A4 format, so the photography will shine through.


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Early Preview of My Book Cover. “Katu Justice” Soon on #Kindle, #Youtube, #AudioBook #scifi

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Hi  everyone! I’m so excited that my fooling around with the Lt. Mazula’s story turns into a  reality. What do you think of this early version of the book cover? And of the title? I was considering also ‘329 Years Awake’. Which one do you like better? Please please please comment! I’d really like to hear your thoughts. Would you notice this book? What do you think it’s about, based the cover alone? Anyway, I need your comments like never before. Thanks!

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Indie Audio Book for the Youtube Channel?

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NEWS: I have new blog artwork and several new social media accounts! Namely, I recently signed up for an Instagram and Youtube. Instagram already has some photos and will have many-many more, because I just had two professional photo sessions and you will be able to see a lot more of me from now on.  Previously I haven’t posted my images, but now it’s going to change a bit, however for the most part I will be posting them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This blog I will reserve for writing and my personal updates. I will continue working on the Jalapeño Fiction Award reviews thought this year as much as possible, and you can join Caitlin and me and contribute a book review.

As for the Youtube channel, it is empty for now, but soon it is going to change. For those of you who remember Season 1 of the ‘Million Deaths of Lt. Mazula’, the  alien sci fi novella, I have news. My husband agreed to narrate the story! This home-made audio book will show up on my new Youtube channel. I am planning to post it chapter by chapter, but haven’t figured out the artwork or video footage I’ll use.

What do you think of the idea? I’d like hear your comments! Thanks!


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