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Anthology Graphology: a submissions challenge thread

QuothQuoth the RavenMiami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
edited January 2016 in The Writer's Block
This thread is dedicated to informing you, YES YOU, of new and exciting opportunities to be paid for your writing. But it's not just any old stuff, mais non*. We're gonna write for THEMED ANTHOLOGIES.

Here's how it will work:
  1. I'll find farm-fresh free-range anthologies accepting submissions in the near future.
  2. I'll post the details here so everyone can peep at them.
  3. I'll create threads in the private forum where people can post stories, one thread per anthology.
  4. We'll critique each other's work and make it AWESOME.
  5. We'll submit en masse to the anthologies and see what unfolds.

As always, participation is entirely voluntary. Deadlines will be noted in the post for the anthology, as well as reproduced in the private thread.

If you'd like to write something but not submit it, that's entirely up to you. The goal here is to bridge the gap between fun times prompt writing and serious business paid work. Anthologies are a great way to test your limits for pleasure AND profit.

If you want to discuss your ideas and progress for each anthology submission, please do so in that particular anthology's thread.

Cake** and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of each test.



*If you want general calls for submissions, hit the website in my signature, because I'm too lazy to be constantly cross-posting.
**The cake is a lie.


CURRENT CHALLENGES
Challenge #6: The Beauty of Death (Mar. 30, 2016)
Challenge #3: No Shit, There I Was (Jan. 6, 2016)

EXPIRED OPPORTUNITIES
Challenge #4: Myriad Lands (Oct. 1, 2015)
Challenge # 1 and 2: Alien Artifacts and Were- (Oct. 31, 2015)
Challenge #5: Mysterion

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Challenge #1 and 2:

    Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its two science fiction and fantasy anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-.

    ALIEN ARTIFACTS is to feature stories where some type of left-behind alien tech has been found and how it may affect our society, our humanity, or the characters. It can be an artifact discovered on Earth in our past or during current times, OR PREFERRABLY, an artifact that we run across while exploring space in the future.

    WERE- is to feature stories where some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf is the main character. Werewolves can appear in the story, but they cannot be the main character or the central focus of the story. Stories featuring more interesting were-creatures, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more mundane creatures.

    The deadline for submissions is October 31th, 2015.

    Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories.

    For more information, visit: http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/472423.html

    Post your stories for Alien Artifacts here.

    Post your stories for Were- here.

    Quoth on
    Cheeseliker
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Challenge #3:

    No Shit, There I Was is an anthology of short speculative fiction sharing one common thread: each story begins with that immortal line. Where they end will be up to the writer.

    Stories 2,000-7,500 words long. Query for anything shorter or longer.

    All stories must begin with the line, No shit, there I was. It can be dialog or part of the regular prose.

    Stories must contain a discernible speculative element, either fantasy or science fiction, and the speculative element must be integral to the plot. Dependent upon submission quality, the intention is for a 50/50 split of fantasy and science fiction.

    The initial funding goal will provide for a flat $0.06/per word (US) for all stories.

    Deadline is 6 Jan 2016.

    For more information, visit: http://alliterationink.tumblr.com/post/126588842638/special-call-for-submissions-no-sht-there-i-was

    Post your stories here.

    Quoth on
    Cheeseliker
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited September 2015
    Challenge #4:

    Beyond the familiar tropes of knights and castles, elves and dragons, there is a whole world of possibilities for fantasy literature.

    Myriad Lands seeks to explore the stories available in non-traditional fantasy.

    They are looking for secondary world fantasy, where the world building and story telling is based on sources other than medieval Europe.

    These can be based on other Earth cultures, examples such as Barry Hughart's fantasy China in Bridge of Birds, or Aliette de Bodard's magical Aztec Empire in Servant of the Underworld. Alternately, they could have a totally original setting, such as M.A.R. Barker's Tekumel, N.K. Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, or China Mieville's Bas-Lag.

    LENGTH: 1000-6000 words. We will consider a select few longer works, but query first.

    RIGHTS SOUGHT: First Worldwide print and electronic English Language rights. Exclusivity for 1 year from date of release. Non-exclusive rights to keep the anthology in print afterwards.

    PAYMENT: £0.03/word (approx. 5¢/word US). Contributor's copy. Payment will be made when story line-up is finalized.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 1st

    For more information, visit: http://www.stokesinternet.com/guardbridgebooks//Submissions.html

    Post your stories here.

    Quoth on
    CheeselikerDoctorJest
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited September 2015
    Challenge #5:

    Mysterion submissions open October 15th.

    Per the website, "We're looking for speculative stories--science fiction, fantasy, horror--with Christian themes, characters, or cosmology.

    "The story must have a speculative element. It needs something beyond the everyday. We love science fiction and fantasy, enjoy good ghost stories, and think there's great fiction material hidden in the mysteries of Christian theology--cherubim, leviathan, nephilim, visions, prophecy, and more.

    "The story must engage with Christianity. We want stories with Christian characters whose faith affects their actions, with Christian themes such as grace and redemption, or with a Christian view of the supernatural. Note that we're not saying that you must be a Christian. We are not in a position to judge your faith, and won't try. Nor does your story need to be unambiguously pro-Christian. If you can tell a good story that meaningfully engages with Christianity, we want to read it."

    Stories can be up to 10,000 words.

    The anthology will be published in ebook and POD formats.

    They pay 6 cents/word for original stories (or original translations of stories that have not previously appeared in English), and 3 cents/word for reprints.

    For more information, visit: http://www.mysterionanthology.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

    Post your stories here.

    Quoth on
  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited January 2016
    Challenge #6:
    Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English language for the new eBook Anthology THE BEAUTY OF DEATH, edited by Alessandro Manzetti, to be published in April, 2016. Special Guests: Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub and Poppy Z. Brite.

    All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.

    We do not accept multiple submissions. Submissions should generally follow standard manuscript format, Your manuscript may be submitted via email in .DOC format. We can only consider stories submitted through that form.
    We don't need to see a cover letter, but if you feel like providing one, feel free.

    Word Count: We are open to stories of 4500-7500 words.
    Deadline: March 30, 2016.

    Pay Rate: We pay (via Paypal) 100 USD for each original story. We buy first exclusive English-language rights for two years,

    Response time currently within three weeks. After that, if you haven't heard from us, please query. We don't send a message in response to every submission we receive.

    For more information, visit: http://www.independentlegions.com/submissions.html

    Post your stories here.

    Quoth on
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