With this being only our sixth issues, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society has already grown into something much greater and more wonderful that any of our staff could have originally foreseen. It took on a life of it’s own and evolved beyond our wildest dreams. Over the past six months, we have worked with over 90 contributors, all of whom bring something unique to the publication. We wanted to give you some insight into what we give them in return.
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society is different from other online literary publications in that we don’t read submissions blind (meaning we see everyone’s name attached to their work) and we almost never accept a work as-is. As writers ourselves, we know how nerve-racking it is to submit your work to a publication. You wait, sometimes for months, for a response and then all you get is a “thanks, but no thanks” e-mail. Or, if you’re lucky, you get a “hey, we’re taking this! It’ll be up some time in the next six weeks.” We want to get to know our contributors, their voice, their style, and why they write. The only way to do that is to constantly communicate with them and offer whatever we can to bring their work to that next level. When our submission period opens on the first of each month, we regularly check the incoming submissions, carefully combing through each one. The pieces we decide are not right for our publication are notified as soon as possible and those individuals are always offered a detailed explanation of why we did not accept their work. We do this to help give those individuals a better idea of what we are looking for in submissions as well as offer them some things to think about and try before submitting to us again. When we do feel a piece is a good fit for the magazine, we begin a dialogue with the author. We make suggestions, we give notes, and ask that they come back to us with new ideas and revisions. This builds a relationship of trust between us and our contributors. Not only do we want each work that we publish to challenge our audience, but we also want to challenge our contributors to make their work the best it can possibly be. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is all you need, and the RP&D editorial staff is here to help.
Part of the reason our publication is so small (we only post one work per weekday) is because of how much time we spend working with our contributors to bring you the best possible issue each month. We are so grateful for those who have submitted multiple times and those who continue to read each new work. Thank you for sticking with us. If you ever have any suggestions, want to know more about a contributor to RP&D, or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to send us an e-mail. We’re a big, weird, wonderful family now, and we are here to work with you to make the next six issues even better.
If all of this sounds lovely to you, but you're still not sure what to send us, don't worry. We enjoy fiction born in the darkest part of your mind. We drool over essays filled with fiery passion. We live for poetry that sits happily in our mouths for hours, even days, after reading. Maybe you participated in National Poetry Writing Month (good for you!) and you want to send us some of the things you created in April. Maybe you need a prompt, in which case we invite you to scroll down and pick one of the five Yoko-Ono inspired prompts we have for May. You can then submit your work between the 1st and 15th of this month. Send us anything and everything.
We want it all. We’re ready for it. We can handle it.
We’re not for the faint of heart.