IT CAME OUT ON A WEDNESDAY Short Story Submissions


Submissions for IT CAME OUT ON A WEDNESDAY are now OPEN!

Created, designed, and edited by Alterna Comics founder & publisher Peter Simeti, this series is a bi-monthly ongoing  anthology, priced at $1.99 with a focus on horror, sci-fi, and fantasy stories.  Every issue we will publish at least FOUR stories and yours could be one of them!

While horror, sci-fi, and fantasy related submissions are appreciated and preferred, ALL submissions will be looked at and considered for inclusion.

Please ONLY submit self-contained short stories (finished art, writing, lettering).

Creators will retain 100% ownership of their work.

Pre-published stories are acceptable if you have proof of written consent from the publisher. The one caveat is that the story can't be pre-published or published afterward in another publication within a 90 day period.

Please do not submit just a pitch; it will be deleted.

***submission is not a guarantee for inclusion***


Here are the guidelines...

Main Themes: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Maximum Page Count: 10 pages (there is no minimum and exceptions for longer stories will be made on an individual basis)

Age Rating: TEEN/YOUNG ADULT (no strong language, graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations)

Format: Color or Black and White/Grayscale is acceptable; JPEG or PDF (for submission purposes); TIFF 300 dpi, CMYK will be the final format to be sent UPON notification of acceptance.  Due to our anti-virus policy, please do not send zip folders.  Submissions sent in any other format than those requested, will be deleted.

Page Size Dimensions: 6.625 x 10.2 inches (trim size) - please add bleed and set to 7.125 x 10.7 inches (this additional bleed space is required for newsprint). Live area of important imagery and text should be no larger than 6.25 x 9.5 inches.

Compensation: Creative teams will receive copies of the issue that features their story. 5 copies of an issue, per page, per story, per creative team. The main contact of the creative team is responsible for disbursing issue copies (if copies are to be distributed among creators).

Example: 1 page = 5 comp copies; 2 pages = 10 comp copies; 3 pages = 15 comp copies; 4 pages = 20 copies; and so on. 


Short Story Comic Contest: A short story contest will also be held each month where readers will vote on their favorite short story in the comic. The winning story's creative team members will each win a $20 gift card to their local comic shop OR to or  Gift cards will be bought and paid for by Peter Simeti; they will not be donated by the comic shop.

Are International Creators Welcomed?  Yes!



Social Media Code of Conduct

You are required and encouraged to actively promote your title on social media.

We do not condone the use of block bots/blind blocking/block chains or any other kind of program or practice that is used to block thousands of people, blindly, en masse. 


We acknowledge that unpleasant experiences through social media, sadly do occur, and creators can block/mute individuals if they have had those unwanted and poor experiences with them. But due to the fact that you would be part of a creative team at Alterna and a team of retailers would need to be able to confidently sell your comics to as many people as possible, we have adopted a policy that discourages the use of anything that would directly affect our stance of full inclusion for readers and creators.  We have readers of all walks of life and it is paramount to us, that we encourage, promote, and stand by our mission statement that comics are for everyone.

As a creator, if you have poor experiences with anyone in relation to your work - online or otherwise - and feel that you are being threatened, please reach out to us and we'll do everything within our power to work with you on how to handle this situation.

We want all of our readers AND our creators to feel welcome.




Good luck!

***Due to the volume of submissions received, we only have the time to respond to stories that are accepted or are on the cusp of being accepted and require light revisions. If you do not receive a response after two months, please consider the submission rejected.***

PERMISSIONS and PRIVACY POLICY: By clicking "SEND" and uploading your submission files to us, you are granting permission to Alterna Comics to review your submission and the files/artwork associated with it. To the best of our knowledge, we understand that you own the appropriate copyright or trademarks to the submitted work and that you also hold claim to them. Alterna Comics makes no claim or attempt to own the copyright or trademarks of the works submitted or published by us. Alterna Comics promises to protect your personal information and keep your submission information and status confidential at all times. You have our promise that your submission and information will not be shared without your express written consent.

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