SF Anthology

Procyon Press is doing an SF anthology that recently upgraded its pay rate, so it now qualifies to go onto the listing. But it has a deadline of 31 March, so next month’s listing would come out kind of late for anyone who wanted to write a story for it, so I’m slipping this in, between times.

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Tayen Lane is currently reading submissions for our first annual Procyon Science Fiction Anthology. This collection will feature the works of writers from across the world and will span multiple sub-genres within the science fiction genre.

Send us your best and most memorable stories. We want work that fascinates, provokes, intrigues.

Writer guidelines:

Submissions are open to writers from all countries; however, the submissions must be in English. The maximum word length of a submission is 7,000 words. Submissions must be unpublished. Please submit short stories as a Microsoft Word document (or PDF), double-spaced and in 12-pt font to scifi2016@tayenlane.com.

Submissions will remain open until 11:59pm PST, Thursday, March 31, 2016. The anthology is edited by Jeanne Thornton and will be published in hardcover in FALL 2016 with subsequent softcover and eBook editions to follow. All chosen contributors will receive $100, two hardcovers, two softcovers, and an eBook. Writers will maintain ownership of all copyrighted material.

Anthology Acceptance

I got a note from Corie Weaver, editor of The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, saying they want the story I subbed to them. This is pretty awesome — it’s my first pro sale to someone I haven’t met face-to-face, fourth all together.

The publisher, Dreaming Robot, is going to be running a crowdfunding campaign starting on 1 August to raise the money to pay their writers the pro rates they’re offering. Normally this would be a red flag for me — not a scammer-type red flag, but an “Is this worth the time and hassle for something that might not work out?” kind of red flag. But their web site says:

If the crowd-funding fails, please note that we are still committed to this anthology, and will find other ways to fund the project. However, there may be delays. If authors feel the need to withdraw their submission due to delays, we understand.

And the sample contract sent with the acceptance letter states:

In the event that The Anthology has not been published within twelve (12) months of signing of this agreement, all rights revert to The Author, and The Author has the right to sell or arrange for publication of The Work in any manner.

So the editorial team plans to be cool about people withdrawing because of delays, and if they get hit by a bus and their sociopathic cousin takes over ownership of the project and its contracted works, the contract still protects us from unreasonable delay. I’m satisfied with the situation.

They’re taking subs through 31 August, if you’re into YA SF. It’d be cool to be in an antho with some of my blog buds. 🙂

Angie

PS — I had to dig the original acceptance letter out of my spam folder. :/ Always-always check before you delete!

More Info on Women Destroy Fantasy

Cat was at the workshop with me this last week and a half, and posted a follow-up to what she is and isn’t looking for in her special issue of Lightspeed, using some of the concepts the editors at the workshop used while going over 250 stories subbed for 6 anthologies.

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I was just at a Kristine Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith workshop where people were using the idea of reader “cookies” and “anti-cookies”, things that delight or turn-off a specific editor, increasing or decreasing the appeal of a story when they’re considering it.

So I’ll be open to submissions from March 15 through March 31 for the Women Destroying Fantasy issue. Here are some of my wants and a couple of things that will turn me off.

== I want fantasy that showcases the amazing emotional range of the genre and the spectrum of forms it can take.

== I’ll want at least one tearjerker and one humorous piece.

== I’ll want something that draws on fairytale or myth, but which does so in an amazing, interesting, and fresh way, and I’m hoping to find something that feels urban fantasy-ish as well, also in a fresh and interesting way.

== Fantasy that often hits well with me: superheroes, non-cutesy talking animals, linguistic-related, the weird.

== I like language: make yours wonderful, but never at the cost of the story.

== Your character should make me care about their fate (and for this issue, probably a female protagonist is, quite frankly, probably going to be a better fit).

== I’ll want at least one piece with an utterly amazing landscape, that immerses me in a fantasy world that delights my heart.

== Diversity does matter to me. It doesn’t trump quality, but when you’re going to be up against the very best, score your points where you can.

I don’t want retellings of D&D adventures. Or pirates. I really don’t like pirates (got exposed to an awful lot of fantasy pirate stories while at Fantasy Magazine) and I’m not particularly fond of zombies. Typos are another big turn-off: proofread your work.

This is not a time to go for the low-hanging fruit or play it safe. I have four, count ‘em, four slots. Send me something — but make it the very best you have, something that is unique to your voice, something that you and only you could write.

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This is going ot be a great issue — best of luck to all the women who read my blog and choose to sub for it. 🙂

Angie

Women Destroy Fantasy!

Hey, all! This one can’t wait for next month’s anthology post because the submission window is tight.

Cat Rambo is guest editing a special Women Destroy Fantasy issue of Lightspeed Magazine.

WOMEN DESTROY FANTASY! will be a special one-off, guest-edited by former Fantasy Magazine editor Cat Rambo. The issue will contain 8 pieces of fiction (twice the size of a regular issue of an issue of Fantasy back before it was merged into Lightspeed), consisting of 4 original stories and 4 reprints. Cat Rambo will select all 4 of the original stories, and long-time editor of the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Terri Windling, will select the 4 fantasy reprints. Everything submitted to the Women Destroy Fantasy! issue will also be considered for publication in Lightspeed.

== Who can submit stories for consideration for the special issue? Women.

== How do you define “woman”? A woman is any human being who identifies as one, to whatever degree that they do so.

== What can women submit? Fantasy short stories, 1500-7500 words. Dark fantasy (which normally would be OK to submit to Nightmare, should go here instead for this issue).

== When is the submissions period? Submissions open March 15, 2014, and will close at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern on March 31, 2014.

== What rights will you be buying? Please see the Lightspeed standard contract templates (Originals | Reprints) for details; this issue will use that same contract template.

== Pay rate? 8 cents/word.

== Response time? Up to 45 days

== Note: Stories submitted to the Women Destroy Fantasy! special issue will also be considered regular issues of Lightspeed as well, if they are not selected for the special issue.

== When will the issue be published? October 2014.

== How do I submit? Submit via the following submissions portal: Women Destroy Fantasy submissions

== What the heck is this about? What do you mean by “destroy”? Read this and just substitute “fantasy” any time it says “science fiction” (more or less).

Sounds like a fun issue.

Angie