Call for Submissions
Cancer scares us. It scares us and it intrigues us. There is so much we don’t know about it, but it’s out there, waiting to strike when we least expect it. Cancer is not all-powerful and many people beat it, but to those who don’t cancer is cruel. It doesn’t show them the kindness of a quick death but draws things out, taking their life away in slices.
Metastasis will be a fantasy/sci-fi anthology all about cancer. The stories and poetry included could feature a character with cancer, be written from the point of view of cancer, or even be by someone with cancer. That being said, those which go a step further and dig deeper will be even better.
What if cancer isn’t a disease but an attack on the human race by aliens/demons/monsters/terrorists?
What if it’s sentient?
What if people wanted to get cancer?
Cancer is the body turning on itself. It’s uncontrolled growth. It is invisible and indiscriminate. Submissions to this anthology are encouraged to explore metaphorical approaches to this theme as well as literal ones.
Due to the nature of cancer this collection will tend toward the darker side of the speculative fiction spectrum but we don’t want the entire anthology to be gloomy and depressing so the absolute best submissions will find a way to end on a high note, find something to be optimistic about, or evoke an emotion other than (or in addition to) sadness or dread.
A portion of the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the American Cancer Society.**
The editor for this anthology is Rhonda Parrish.
How to Submit:
I are looking for stories up to 7,500 words long and poems up to 40 lines long.
Please follow standard manuscript formatting when submitting (http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html) and send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org as an .rtf file.
Poetry doesn’t need to follow standing manuscript formatting (single spaced is fine) but should still be sent as an .rft file to email@example.com
Put ‘Cancer Submission – “the title of your submission” – your last name’ as the subject of your email.
No simultaneous submissions, please.
Due to popular request, multiple submissions will be allowed but this isn’t NaNoWriMo. Quality over quantity, please.
No unsolicited reprints.
Payment is $10.00 advance with an equal share of 25% of royalties.
Deadline: June 30, 2013
**If you’re like me you’re always a little suspicious of vague phrasing like ‘some portion of the proceeds’ when it comes to charity donations. The reason I can’t say specifically yet what percentage of royalties are going to charity is because each contributor will be given the option of donating their percentage of their royalties or not as they’d prefer. The royalty breakdown looks like this:
25% – American Cancer Society
25% – Editor (me)
25% – Publisher
25% – Shared between contributors
and I am donating my royalties as well. So that means at least 50% of the proceeds from this project will be going to the American Cancer Society.
Please help spread the word about this anthology and, if you’re a writer, consider submitting something too.
Update #3 – Five Questions for Rhonda Parrish (interview about Metastasis)
Update #4 – Deadline and Decisions
January 5, 2013: Edited to add information about reprints and multiple submissions.
January 23, 2013: Edited to add formatting information for poems and the anthology’s title.
March 18, 2013: Edited to add link to Update #2
June 17, 2013: Edited to add link to Update #3
June 30, 2013: Edited to add link to Update #4