Submissions can be sent to PulpMagEds@gmail.com. If your comic does not fulfil the content and technical requirements, you may have to wait an issue to fix them even if you make the final deadline. You should create your comics through the deadline process, as opposed to sending in finished comics unannounced, to avoid having to redo your work. Comics that have been previously widely published may not be accepted whether or not they meet the standards – we want fresh content for our readers.
Generally speaking, your comics can be in any genre, of any tone and concerning any subject matter. We have a mature audience and violence, swearing and some nudity is acceptable; outright pornographic comics are not.
Our most important rule is that every comic tells a story: that might mean it’s a one shot, but series are also allowed. For a series, each entry must be a satisfying read on its own, with conflict and resolution contained in each tale – they cannot require more reading to be understandable or further reading to pay off. Think of Sherlock Holmes short stories that can be read and enjoyed in any order while still forming a continuity. It is highly recommended that newcomers to comics don’t start off with an ambitious ongoing series as their first project – start small, write a short one ‘n’ done.
You must hold the copyright to anything you submit: that means no fanfiction, and please ensure all creators of a work are on board with its submission. Work promoting hatred against any ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation will be rejected.
Some standards of art, writing and lettering will be applied; by working through our deadline process we can help identify problems in comics and what needs to be changed to fix them in time for publication. Read our 5 tips on writing to help you avoid common errors in your scripts.
Your comic can be anywhere from one to twenty pages in length. However, we have a rough goal of 100 pages per issue, and aim to include a wide range of comics in each. There might only be a single 20 page comic in an issue, and it is unlikely there will be more than two. You are strongly encouraged to keep your length closer to ten pages, and much more likely to be slotted in sooner if you do so.
The magazine’s page size is A4 at 200ppi: that works out to 1654×2339 pixels, but it’s recommended you send images at a higher resolution and the same proportion for your final submission. Avoid JPEG compression and save your images in .TIF, .PNG or .EPS formats. Do not use transparency, and do save your files in RGB colour.
Every comic must feature a title and full credits on its first page. Do not include page numbers on your pages.
- We do not publish prose stories.
- Please do not send us unsolicited covers.
- If work you’ve seen in Premier Pulp Comics contrasts with any information given here, that’s because the requirements have changed! Some in progress comics are given allowances to transition to fulfilling requirements, but new ones will not. Always refer to this page – don’t assume that because something was allowed in issue 1 that we’re currently accepting it. This most notably applies to our new policy on standalone comics being a requirement.
- Even if we think your current work isn’t right for publication in the next issue of Pulp, or you feel that way when beginning it and don’t intend to submit it for publication, feel free to use our deadlines if they help motivate you, seek feedback from our community and avail yourself of our resources. We’re all about amateurs helping amateurs make comics, whether or not you’re a magazine contributor.