All submissions are judged on merit alone, with contributors and creators treated equally and without discrimination. Seaside Gothic actively promotes and endorses inclusivity and diversity.
Seaside Gothic understands the difference between an artist and their art. Seaside Gothic acknowledges the importance of variety of opinion and maintenance of free expression, but also the right to be treated with dignity and respect. As such, Seaside Gothic will not publish work which seeks to demean or suppress those who are marginalised or oppressed, or is in any way derogatory, at the discretion of the Editor, however the magazine may publish work by contributors whose values differ from those of the Editor or Seaside Gothic. Whilst the individual opinions and beliefs of contributors may not reflect those of the magazine, Seaside Gothic defends the right to publish work seen as holding literary and artistic merit nonetheless. The art is not the artist and the artist is not the art.
All content should reflect the three criteria that define seaside gothic literature.
Quotes and extracts of work currently in copyright under UK law will only be included in nonfiction if Fair Use can be justified at the discretion of Seaside Gothic, and will not be considered within fiction or poetry.
In addition, all published content should abide by the following Ten Commandments:
- All content is to be predominantly in English and follow UK grammar and spelling rules.
- Non-English languages are to be italicised.
- Single spaces are to be used after full stops or periods.
- The Oxford Comma is preferred.
- Consistency of quote marks is essential, with double quote marks used for extracts and quotes, and single quote marks are to be used for speech or dialogue and in all other cases of quotation.
- Gender-neutral pronouns are preferred when being used in an abstract sense.
- Major titles are to be capitalised only, including book and film titles, publishers, and companies.
- Minor titles, where used within body text, are to be in single quote marks, including short story and poem titles, song titles, and chapter titles.
- Publication titles, where used within body text, are to be in italics, including newspaper and magazine titles.
- Numbers are to be written as words, with the exception of times, days within dates, years, monetary amounts, word counts, and complex numbers, where commas are to be used after three digits.
Exceptions to the Ten Commandments can be made for artistic effect and none are binding.
Seaside Gothic reserves the right to bring content in line with this policy.