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Author FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What happens when my story is acquired?

The whole process is explained here: When We Acquire Your Story.

Do I need a Havok membership to respond to comments on my story?

No. On the day your story is published, it is free to the world and any reader can comment (and you can reply to their comments) without a Havok membership. It might look like the comments aren’t going through, but that’s only because they get held for moderation. We will approve them once we see them, so go ahead and interact with your readers and encourage your friends and family to comment on your story as well.

After the free day, your story goes into the members-only collection and then you need a membership to view it and to leave comments.

Does my story have to get a lot of votes to make it into the season anthology?

No. Havok is not a popularity contest, it’s a writing contest. We do consider reader feedback, so a story is required to get at least one vote to qualify for inclusion in the anthology, and stories with more votes will act as a tie-breaker in the event the editors are divided between two stories for anthology inclusion.

How do stories get selected for the season anthology?

The first cut is to remove any stories published to the website that did not get any votes at all. Stories with at least one vote will then be reviewed by our staff, and the strongest will be selected. The criteria will be writing quality, entertainment value, and originality. Ties will be decided by reader votes, if needed.

How do you decide which stories win the season prizes?

The Editor’s Choice Award is selected by our editors. There may or may not be gladiatorial fighting among them to determine whose favorite story actually wins. The first rule of editorial fight club is that you don’t talk…oops.

The Reader’s Choice Award is given to the anthology story with the highest reader ranking (votes, shares, and comments) from our readers. (Stories for the anthologies are selected solely on merit.)

Will I get paid for my story?

If your story is selected for an anthology, yes.

Why don’t you pay authors for stories you publish on your website?

There’s only one thing holding us back: we can’t afford to yet. It is part of our growth plan to offer payment for every story acquisition, and to offer professional industry-standard rates.

If you publish my story on your website, when do I have the right to publish it again elsewhere?

Havok retains the exclusive first electronic and audio rights to all Daily Flash stories for six-months from the publication date on our website. After that six-month exclusivity period ends, you have full rights to your story again unless your story is selected for an anthology. If selected, we retain the exclusive rights to your story for another six-month period. Other terms are delineated in our contract, which we will send to you upon acquisition of your story.

Why do I have to write to your theme to be published with Havok?

Here at Havok Publishing, we like themes. Themes allow writers to flex their creative muscles and come up with a story they might not have written otherwise. Themes allow us to collect stories that belong together while showcasing their authors’ creativity. Between our monthly themes and daily genres, we offer unlimited mashups. We’ve made our themes intentionally broad to not pigeonhole authors—just set your mind free and see where you end up. That’s the kind of story that excites us!

(If you don’t like the term “theme”, think of them as writing prompts.)

How often can I submit to Havok?

Submit early and often, we always say! If you have five wildly different ideas for the same month’s subtheme, lay it on us. If you decide you want to write something for each Daily Genre, go for it! All we ask is that you submit your best work and meet our Submission Guidelines.

How can I tell when submissions are open and closed?

Submissions generally open three months before each theme starts and close one month before publication date unless we still have days open for that month. In that case, submissions will stay open as long as needed to fill the days with quality stories. So stories will always have the highest chance of acquisition if they’re submitted earlier rather than later. We will update our themes page with openings/closings, and keep our followers updated on Twitter and Facebook with current needs.

I requested feedback but just got a form rejection. What do I do?

Feel free to reply to the email and ask whether feedback is available for your story. It’s possible that the attachment was overlooked.