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How It Works

Chinese Decoration Upload your own short-story or poetry manuscript PDF for $3 by July 24, 11:59 pm ET. Then, vote within your genre to select the three prize-winning manuscripts of $1000, $200, and $100, and everything published in each issue.

Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short story and poetry journal. Every writer who uploads a manuscript votes to choose the prize-winning manuscripts and all the short stories and poetry published in each issue. Everyone's equally weighted vote selects what's published, instead of one judge, or one or a few editors. With a fair, transparent, rule-based voting process, all writers find the best writing together.

How-To • Read, comment, and vote on 3 sets of 6 manuscripts by writers in your genre during 3 voting rounds of 12 days each. Round 1 is from August 1 to the voting deadline of August 12; round 2 is from August 13 to August 24; round 3 is from August 25 to September 5. (Read and vote on 18 manuscripts total in 36 days total.) Each round, you rank order your 6 randomly assigned manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and write comments to the writers of each.

After each round ends, the highest-voted one-third of each round's manuscripts advances to the next round. After three rounds of voting, the first-, second-, and third-highest-voted manuscripts in each genre win $1000, $200, $100. The top-20 short stories and the top-40 sets of poems are published.     SEE RECENT VOTE

Immediately after voting ends, you receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending how far it goes through the three rounds. A post-voting results page lists all participants’ manuscripts by voting score. Be anonymous during the entire voting process, or opt in to display your name, profile, or manuscript on the public results page after voting is over. All votes and comments are disclosed only after round 3, after voting is complete.

Voting Rules • Each round, manuscripts are distributed randomly for voting • You never receive your own manuscript to read and vote for • You never read and vote on the same manuscript twice • If you do not vote by any round's deadline, then your own manuscript is withdrawn from voting, does not advance into following rounds, and you do not vote in following rounds.

Publish to a big literary audience • Sixfold's free e-books reach 5,000+ readers per issue and free online issues reach 40,000+ site visitors per year.

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How To Enter and Vote

Upload your own fiction or poetry PDF manuscript for $3 by July 24, 11:59 pm ET. Then, vote within your genre to select the three prize-winning manuscripts of $1000, $200, and $100, and all the manuscripts published in each issue of Sixfold.

For 3 rounds, you read, vote, and comment on six other writers’ manuscripts in your genre of short story or poetry (18 manuscripts total).

Each round, you rank order your 6 randomly assigned manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and write comments to the writers of each. Likewise, your own manuscript is read and voted on by 6 writer-voters. The highest-voted one-third of all manuscripts per round advance to the next round. 18 writer-voters are assigned to vote on each round 2 manuscript, and 54 to each manuscript that advances to round 3.

After the three rounds of voting find the best manuscripts with everyone's vote, you receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending on how far your manuscript progresses through the voting rounds. You can see how your manuscript compares to others on a post-voting results page that lists all participants’ manuscripts, ranked anonymously by final voting score. Opt in before, during, or after voting to display your name, profile, and/or link to your manuscript PDF alongside the final public voting results.

Together, all voting writers find the best manuscripts very precisely and with everyone’s vote counting equally. The three highest-voted manuscripts of the final round in each genre win the first-, second-, or third-place prizes of $1000, $200, or $100 . The 20 highest-voted short-story manuscripts and the 40 highest-voted poetry manuscripts are published as two separate issues. Each issue is free to read online, downloadable as PDF, and free as e-book for iPhone, Android, Kindle, Nook, and others. Paperback book available for about $10, at production cost which includes shipping.

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Manuscript requirements
Short story 1 short story in 1 PDF file. 5,000 words max. 20 pages max. Double-spaced, 1-inch margin, 10 to 12-pt. font.
Poetry 1 to 5 poems in 1 PDF file. 10 pages maximum. 1-inch margin, 10 to 12-pt. font.
Upload by July 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST/EDT.
You must be at least 18 years old to enter a manuscript.
The manuscript must be previously unpublished and written solely by you.
Do not include your name or contact information that identifies you within the manuscript file PDF.
Only one manuscript per writer is allowed to enter each short story or poetry issue's voting rounds.
Your name on your Sixfold account profile must be your name as writer of the manuscript. (But can be published in Sixfold under the name you wish.)
Upload 1 PDF file of text only (no scans/images of pages within PDF).
PDF file only; sorry, no other file type accepted.

Payment Terms
$3 payment accepted only by credit card through your Sixfold account. Payment can not be accepted any other way.
Your name on your credit card payment must match your name on your Sixfold account profile.
There can be no refund of entry fee after each issue’s voting rounds begin.
If you do not vote by any of the three rounds’ voting deadlines, then your own manuscript is withdrawn from voting, from advancing into any following round, and you can not vote in any following round.
There can be no refund of entry fee if you do not vote by any of the three rounds’ voting deadlines.

Simultaneous submissions. Withdrawing and replacing submissions. Copyright and publishing rights.
Simultaneous submissions (submitting the same writing to another publisher) is OK with Sixfold.
You can replace your manuscript PDF file with another up until the entry deadline. (Log in >> Dashboard >> Your Submission >> Edit Submission to replace your PDF.)
If writing submitted to Sixfold is published elsewhere, you can replace the submission up until the vote's deadline to enter, or you can complete the voting process and choose not to publish the manuscript in Sixfold should it be voted into publication.
Sixfold claims no copyright nor publishing right to a manuscript submitted for voting. If the manuscript is voted into publication at Sixfold, the author may accept or refuse publication.

Complete Details on How the Voting Process Works
For all 3 rounds, Sixfold’s database randomly distributes all participants’ entered manuscripts, following these rules:
• You never receive your own manuscript to read and vote on.
• You never read and vote on the same manuscript twice.
• If you do not cast a vote by any of the three rounds’ deadline, then your own manuscript is withdrawn from voting, does not advance into any following round, and you can not vote in any following round.

For all 3 rounds, each voter receives 6 manuscripts to read, vote, and comment on. Your vote is secret ballot and is cast on a secure server. Each round, you rank order your 6 randomly assigned manuscripts as Best, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and write comments to the writers of each. For round 1, each of your 6 assigned manuscripts is also read and voted on 6 times by 5 other voters who have also received randomly assigned sets of 6 manuscripts. Together, you and all other voters select the best manuscripts: at the end of round 1, the average ranked score of the 6 votes received by each individual manuscript is calculated and compared. The best one-third of all manuscripts advances to round 2. The voting process repeats for the second and third rounds, with the best third of the second round advancing to the third round, and the third round's top-scoring manuscripts calculated as the prize winners and published manuscripts.

The 3 rounds find the best manuscripts very precisely by tripling the number of voters’ opinions with each subsequent round: the best one-third of manuscripts per round advances while the number of voters per round remains the same. Each manuscript in round 1 receives up to 6 votes; each manuscript in the best one-third of round 1 that advances to round 2 receives up to 18 votes in round 2; each manuscript in the best one-third of round 2 that advances to round 3 receives up to 54 votes in round 3.

By voting’s end, manuscripts that advance to round 3 are read, voted on, and confirmed as best by a total of up to 78 different reader-voters. Most important, the hundreds of writers participating select the best manuscripts together, with everyone involved in the process and with each vote counting equally to create issues of Sixfold.

Publishing the highest-scoring manuscripts.
The three highest-scoring manuscripts of the final round win first-, second-, or third-place prizes of $1000, $200, and $100 in each genre. The top 20 of the highest-scoring short stories and the top 40 of the highest-scoring poetry manuscripts are published in each 200-page print and e-format issue of Sixfold.

Worst-case voting scenarios.
Not many! The system works extremely well at gathering everyone's opinion and finding the manuscripts which writers consider the best. There are these small elements of chance within the voting process:
• In the unlikely event that there is a tie among any of the prize-winning manuscripts or published manuscripts, the tied manuscripts will be randomly selected to establish their rank (i.e. if two manuscripts tie for first place, one is randomly selected for first place and the other for second place).
• Per round, equally ranked manuscripts "on the theshold" of advancing into the next round's top one-third may be randomly selected to advance. For example, if 10 manuscripts receive an average rank score of 4.00 and only 5 can be included in the top one-third of total manuscripts calculated to advance, then the system will randomly select 5 of those with a 4.00 to advance into the next round's voting.
• Per round, a manuscript may receive fewer than 6 votes/comments in round 1, fewer than 18 in round 2, or fewer than 54 in round 3 because the number of votes a manuscript receives depends upon voter participation. Participation is very high: per vote, around 97% of manuscripts in round 1 each receive 4, 5, or 6 votes to calculate the manuscript's rank average. A small number of round 1 manuscripts receive 3 or fewer votes each; since these manuscripts would seem underserved by the voting process the entrant will receive refund on entry fee.
• The system may assign a very small number of randomly selected manuscripts one more or one less voter per round in order to assign voters to manuscripts as evenly as possible.

Minimum manuscripts per vote.
Each vote should have about 500 writers participating for a robust, many-opinioned vote. If there are not enough participants, entrants in the underpopulated vote may be rolled into the next scheduled vote and notified by e-mail, at which point they can participate in the subsequent vote or withdraw their manuscript and receive refund on its entry fee.

Voting integrity.
Only one manuscript per writer is allowed to enter each short story or poetry issue's voting. All PDF file manuscripts per issue are searched for duplicate or similar content; any duplicate or similar manuscripts uploaded subsequent to the original manuscript will be removed from the voting process. All credit card billing names and addresses per issue are analyzed for duplicates and similars; any manuscript uploaded subsequent to the original manuscript associated with duplicate or similar payment information will be removed from the voting process. Results of each issue's vote are made public at the end of voting rounds, with each manuscript's rank and individual votes displayed. Writers voted for prize winnings and/or publication must submit identification as part of the winnings/publication contract. Manuscripts that do not follow the submission guidelines of the Manuscript Requirements and the Entry Fee Payment Terms may not be allowed winnings and/or publication. Sixfold reserves the right to remove any manuscript or voter from the voting process that conflicts with the integrity and fairness of the vote.

During the process of reading and voting for any issue, you may read content that includes profanity, depictions of violence, depictions of sexual situations, etc. as part of the integral, artistic context of the short-stories and poems submitted for your reading and voting.

Sixfold’s web pages are coded in good faith to work with all browsers, but it is the entrant’s responsibility to use a browser that is able to interact and function with the site, including a browser able to upload and download PDF files and submit voting data online by deadline. After any issue’s voting rounds begin, there can be no refund of entry fee due to entrant’s inability to cast a vote because of browser inability to interact with the site.

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2014 Issue Read and Vote Deadlines
All deadline times are Eastern Standard/Daylight Time (EST/EDT)
Spring | Enter by 11:59 p.m. Jan. 24, 2014 | Read and Vote Round 1, from 12:00 a.m. Feb. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Feb. 12 | Round 2, from 12:00 a.m. Feb. 13 to 11:59 p.m. Feb. 24 | Round 3, from 12:00 a.m. Feb. 25 to 11:59 p.m. Mar. 8
Summer | Enter by 11:59 p.m. Apr. 23, 2014 | Read and Vote Round 1, from 12:00 a.m. May 1 to 11:59 p.m. May 12 | Round 2, from 12:00 a.m. May 13 to 11:59 p.m. May 24 | Round 3, from 12:00 a.m. May 25 to 11:59 p.m. June 5
Fall | Enter by 11:59 p.m. July 24, 2014 | Read and Vote Round 1, from 12:00 a.m. Aug. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 12 | Round 2, from 12:00 a.m. Aug. 13 to 11:59 p.m. Aug. 24 | Round 3, from 12:00 a.m. Aug. 25 to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 5
Winter | Enter by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 24, 2014 | Read and Vote Round 1, from 12:00 a.m. Nov. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 12 | Round 2, from 12:00 a.m. Nov. 13 to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 24 | Round 3, from 12:00 a.m. Nov. 25 to 11:59 p.m. Dec. 6

The Sixfold Mission
Sixfold’s mission is to publish a collaborative, democratic, transparent, and completely writer-voted quarterly journal. Only the writers who upload their manuscripts vote to select the prize-winning manuscripts and the short stories and poetry published in each issue. All participating writers’ equally weighted votes act as the editor, instead of the usual editorial decision-making organization of one or a few judges, editors, or select editorial board. The journal fosters a community and writing workshop environment where writers can evaluate and write feedback on other writers’ work, and where writers can find writers and connect with one another.

Donate
Donate Sixfold is currently organized as a zero-profit small business. No profits or salaries are taken and operating expenses are always greater than or equal to revenues. Please note that for now your donation is not tax-deductible (but is very appreciated!). The journal will soon apply as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit the Donate page to learn more.

Publication and Distribution
Sixfold’s issues of the highest-scoring manuscripts are free to read online, download as PDF, and to read as various e-book formats for iPhone, Android, Kindle, Nook, and others. E-formats are distributed through Smashwords and Amazon Kindle Direct. Paperback book is distributed through Amazon.com. Each issue is submitted for review at prize anthologies such as The Best American Poetry, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The O. Henry Awards, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and for review and promotion sites such as Poetry Daily and NewPages.com.

Sixfold's publication contract is for first worldwide exclusive serial rights (print and electronic) for 30 days in Sixfold, and nonexclusive print and electronic rights thereafter.

Publish to a big literary audience • Sixfold's free e-books reach 5,000+ readers per issue and free online issues reach 40,000+ site visitors per year.

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Writing Feedback for Writers
After voting begins, writers can write feedback to any of the 6 writers’ manuscripts they vote for in each round.

Need a prompt to write feedback for your fellow writer? You can begin with two good, basic questions that can praise and constructively criticize any manuscript: What’s good about a part of the manuscript that’s working well? and What’s a not so effective part and how could it be better? Remember that a real live writer reads your comments. As Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing to be so little appreciated as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and fairly judge them.”

Want to connect with a writer to discuss a manuscript more? Post your e-mail, Facebook, or other link in the feedback box if you wish. Feedback text is available to writers only after voting is over.

About the Publisher
From 2000 to 2012, Garrett Doherty was Editor and Managing Editor of Crazyhorse literary journal, for which he published and promoted the journal's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He edited Crazyhorse with different group editorial selection processes in mind: the journal used working groups of six to eight fiction and poetry editors per issue to select content, and he taught a literary publishing practicum for Crazyhorse in which one of the assignments for students and interns was to organize, as a group and on their own initiative, a manuscript reading and selection process to find the best manuscripts for publication. The groups naturally organized selection processes that included everyone and used democratic, nonhierarchical decision-making. And so Sixfold was born from that ideal: give writers the experience of the editorial process and create a way for all writers to discover and publish the best writing, each with an equal and collaborative voice.

 

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