Please join the feast and bring a dish of your own! We are looking for:
- Original essays about Lafferty's writing
- Reviews of Lafferty's stories and books
- Reflections about Lafferty's influence on other writing
- Interviews about Lafferty
- Original stories, poems, and artwork inspired by R. A. Lafferty
- Reprinted essays, stories, etc. Note: Feast of Laughter is scrupulous about Copyright. We must have explicit permission from the copyright holder to reprint anything.
- Lightning Essays:
- 300 to 600 words (or thereabouts)
- About Lafferty's writing, life, legacy, influence, or a personal reminiscence about your experience reading Lafferty
Submit your works to:
Feast of Laughter
10745 N. De Anza Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
Feast of Laughter is moving to annual publication.
- Feast of Laughter #5: January, 2018
- Deadline for expression of interest: August 31, 2017
- Deadline for content, October 31, 2017
- Feast of Laughter #6: January, 2019
- Deadline for expression of interest: August 31, 2018
- Deadline for content, October 31, 2018
Understand that we are a self-funded, fan-produced publication. We sell the paperback on Amazon for cost of publication only to make it within reach of as many Lafferty fans as possible. As such, we cannot offer to pay for submissions. Everything we have included has been given to us joyfully, even jubilantly in the spirit of preserving and promoting Lafferty's literary legacy.
The creator or original copyright holder of the content will retain copyright.
We reserve the right to print any or all submissions in the paperback version of the Feast of Laughter
and to include them in the electronic version offered for free on the feastoflaughter.org website.
By submitting to Feast of Laughter, you are granting us permission to use it in both the printed and online versions of the publication.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: If I have a perfect idea that I can polish into an amazing entry, but I dream it up the day after the deadline for expression of interest, am I out of luck until the next Issue?
- A: Most likely we can fit it into the current Issue. The August 31 deadline for expression of interest is a guideline to help know how much content to prepare for, and see if there are any synergies between topics from different writers, so I can coordinate conversation and work. Please be as thoughtful as you can, but if it absolutely ought to be in this issue, by all means submit it!
- Q: Can I suggest essays by other bloggers, scholars, critics, and authors that ought to be included?
- A: Absolutely, that is where a huge amount of our content comes from. If you suggest it, be prepared to follow up by contacting the original author and requesting permission to include the content.
- Q: Copyright?
- A: Absolutely respected on all fronts:
- Ktistec Press and Feast of Laughter is scrupulous in respecting copyrights for all material. We WILL obtain full permission to use any content before including it, unless that content is already in the public domain (see Andrew Ferguson's essay on "The Six Fingers of Time").
All authors retain copyright to their entries.
- A painful example to illustrate how important this is: We really, Really want to republish John J. Reilly's wonderful review of The Flame is Green. However he passed away some years ago and we have been unable to find any family members to ask. The review exists only on archive.org, and was published openly as a blog entry. However, without explicit permission, we don't feel it would be right to include it, so unpublished it remains.
- Q: Do you pay for content?
- A: No. At this time, the Ktistec Press makes no money whatsoever. Our goal is to raise awareness of Lafferty's place in American literature and SF. To do that we want to reach as many people as possible, which means keeping the printed edition as inexpensive as possible. To this end, all of the content for Feast of Laughter is donated. Gleefully, joyously, jubilantly donated. Even Michael Bishop's story and Lissanne Lake's magnificent painting were donated with enthusiasm (and I am humbled by their greatness in so doing).
- Q: Can I help format, edit, proofread, publish, etc?
- A: Yes, please!
- Q: Where can I submit content?
- A: By email, Facebook, or physical mail:
- Q: Do I have to laugh while submitting content?
- A: No, but if you don't, try not to tell anyone.