Creators, Start Your Engines: Oni To Accept Submissions In May
Today, Oni Press announced that in May they will begin to accept submissions. This is a big deal in the comics world, as Marvel and DC don't accept unsolicited submissions and only some of the next tier of publishers ever do. Accepting submissions puts Oni in a better place to bring new talent into the industry, and to compete for that talent with the few publishers who do accept submissions, like Dark Horse.
Oni's press release about the news reads:
PORTLAND, OR March 19th, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today they will begin accepting submissions and pitches in May. Under this policy all writers, artists, cartoonists, and colorists seeking to publish their work with Oni Press will be able to submit their portfolio to the Oni Press editorial team.
Oni Press will accept submissions electronically through email. Creators whose submissions are selected for follow up will be contacted within a designated length of time. Further specific details on the process and where to submit will be released this May.
“We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us,” added Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. “Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied, and original work.”
Dealing with the actual submissions will be a daunting process for Oni editors, but it's a great opportunity for creators trying to break in. This gives those creators at least a month to polish and prepare their work while they wait to see what the actual process will be like.
For those who are curious about how to pitch or what might be requested (which does vary by publisher), I put together this slideshow for a recent panel about pitching that you may find interesting. Keep in mind that when Oni does release their submissions guidelines and instructions on how to send in work, it's important to follow those guidelines in order to give your pitch or portfolio its best chance of success.