Open Calls for Submissions

Updated: August 27, 2018

GRIMM, GRIT, AND GASOLINE: An anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales

Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history re-imaginings of the WWI and WWII eras beginning with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and ending before the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’m looking for tales with the grit of roaring bombers, rumbling tanks, of ‘We Can Do It’, the Great Depression and old time gangsters or the glamour (real or imagined) of flappers, Hollywood starlets, smoky jazz, elegant cars and Radio City Music Hall.Plus fairy tales.

For example: a ‘mend and make do’ take on the Elves and the Shoemaker, a trench warfare version of The Emperor’s New Clothes, or Hansel and Gretel as Bonnie and Clyde. The possibilities are limitless.

Original fairy tales are welcome, as are retellings. If you choose to retell a familiar favourite, make sure your story offers something new and interesting. I’d rather see stories that reflect the long history of fairy tales as social commentary than those which simply tell the same story with a different setting.

And while dieselpunk tends to be focused on North America and Western Europe, this anthology needn’t be. I am open to stories set all over the world, and would love to see ‘Own Voices’ stories.

Open for Submissions: August 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
Expected Publication: mid-2019
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Payment: $0.01 per word
To Submit use the form here –> https://niteblade.submittable.com/submit
Please mention in your cover letter whether this is an original fairy tale or a retelling, and if it’s a retelling or mash-up which story or stories inspired it.

 

Earth: Giants, Golems and Gargoyles

Keep your feet on the ground. Sink in roots. Stay grounded. Mother Earth. We come from dust, and to dust we return…

Earth is steady. Solid. Reliable. It is the source of life and the thing which sustains it. But it’s not always serene and peaceful. It takes a lot to stir the earth but when it does, things get dramatic. Quakes swallow cities. Oceans rise. Mountains crumble. Earth is not weak, and it knows no pity.

In this, the second installment of the Elemental Anthology series, I want to explore the many facets of this often under-estimated element and the creatures associated with it so Earth: Giants, Golems and Gargoyles will be filled with stories about every kind of earthy creature you can imagine, not only those listed in the subtitle. I’m looking for trolls, dwarves, earth dragons, goblins, ogres, orcs, grotesques and earthen beasts no one has ever heard of before. And of course this anthology will not be complete without at least one giant, golem and gargoyle!

Rights and compensation: Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: January 1, 2019 – February 28, 2019

Length: Under 7,500 words

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling, please.


 

Swashbuckling Cats: Nine Lives on the Seven Seas

If you think cats and water don’t mix, think again.

I’m putting together an anthology full of feisty felines on the high seas! I want pirate cats, and Viking cats. Submariner cats and explorer cats. This book is going to be filled with adventure-loving cats, puns and fun. I want it to be a wild, rollicking ride complete with sword fights, sea monsters, treasure hunting, discovering new worlds and lots and lots of kittehs.

Be careful not to get too caught up in the fun and forget to include a strong plot and detailed characters for your story, though.

I’m a sucker for a great setting, three-dimensional characters and high stakes and if your story elicits real emotion from me–laughter, tears or anything in between–you will have increased your chances of success significantly.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. In exchange we are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

Length: Under 9,000 words

Publisher: Tyche Books

No simultaneous or multiple submissions.

No reprints.

Canadian spelling, please.

32 thoughts on “Open Calls for Submissions”

  1. Oh, hmmm…I’ve got a story idea I’ve been putting on the back burner for a while. Maybe it’s time to bring it to the forefront.

  2. Hello! I sent in a submission for Sirens at the end of last week, and I’m just wondering if I’m supposed to get an email confirmation that it’s been received. Also, will all submissions get a response?

    • Hi 🙂

      I am not sending out email confirmations that submissions have been received but all submissions will get a response, yes. I also try to update social media (and this blog) with updates about how I’m progressing through the submissions so keep an eye there if you’re worried. Also, you’re always welcome to query me if you think your story has slipped through a crack somewhere but for the record I see yours in my inbox 🙂

  3. My husband and I are both spec fic writers and huge horse people! We saw that there’s no multiple submissions, but would it be possible to submit one collaboration and then each submit a solo work?

    • Yes, I’d be okay with that since it falls *just* outside of being a multiple submission LOL

  4. What a wonderful anthology to produce. I bet many copies will be sold because so many love the topics on either the horse, the Pegasus, or the unicorn. When I saw the call for Equus submissions, I thought wow, finally. However, then I read up to only 7,500 words and the wind in my sails fell away. Because I’ve written a fantasy novella about a dream keeper whose best friend is a blue Pegasus (dream keeper for animals), I wonder if you know of a place to submit such a story? Do you think World Weaver might be a good fit? They begin accepting again in February, right?

    Thank you for any and all insight.

    Warm Regards,

    Christina

    • As far as I know right now WWP will be re-opening to submissions in 2017, yes, but it’s difficult to say how a good a fit they will be for your story based on what you’ve told me. My advice would be ‘Submit it and see’ 🙂

  5. Thank you for getting back to me on my last comment. This is nice being able to ask questions and then receive a reply.
    About the upcoming Equus anthology, will other work be accepted besides fiction? I have an essay about how the horse is actually my mythology. The essay goes into how the horse is my mythology, describes our relationship, and then how the horse has influenced my life.

    • You’re very welcome 🙂
      For this project I will only be accepting fiction but I hope you find a home for your essay elsewhere 🙂

    • Yes, absolutely 🙂

      Though we’re paying in Canadian dollars for this one that is because the publisher is Canadian. I’m still open to submissions from all over the world.

  6. Ms Parrish

    How strong must the “fire element” be in a story involving a dragon?

    Ta-merci for your time.

    Gregg Chamberlain

    • This is kind of impossible to answer without having read the story. The best suggestion I can give you is to send it and find out. Sending earlier is better for these kinds of situations, as well. That way if I say, “I like this but there’s not quite enough fire. Please revise to add more fire and resubmit” you’ll have time to do that.

      • ta-merci for the information… one last question… for the Fire anthology… what is minimum word count you will consider for a story?

        • Hi Gregg,
          There is no minimum word count for this anthology but I am looking for complete stories not vignettes. If that helps 🙂

    • Unless there is a minimum word count specifically mentioned in the call for submissions, yes I am 🙂

      So the answer for FIRE is yes.

  7. Hi Rhonda!

    I had been hoping to write a story for the Fire Anthology. Unfortunately, due to life, I’m fairly certain that isn’t happening (this is based on the extended deadline seen in the Submittable page–if not, boy I feel kind of stupid). In order to have ample time to prepare for the next one, is it okay to ask you what the next theme and submission date will be?

    Thank you!

    • I can’t give too much away until we’re ready for an official announcement (which isn’t yet) but if you read this interview with Sarena Ulibarri –> http://fantasy-faction.com/2017/small-press-big-stories-world-weaver-press and then take a look at my Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/RhondaParrish) from August 14th that should give you a pretty good idea. Beyond that I’d just say make sure you’re subscribed to my mailing list because I try to officially announce things there first 🙂

      • Thank you! I’ll check out those links!

        Also, just wondering, had the submission period for this anthology already passed, or do we have until the end of the month to get them in? I’m a little confused because the Submittable site says Aug. 31st, but this page says otherwise.

        Again, thank you 🙂

        • Good catch!

          We extended the deadline to the end of the month but apparently I didn’t update this page with that information. I will do that now. Thank you for the head’s up.

  8. Good day. I saw this on Onspecmag’s Facebook page and was intrigued. I am a fledgling writer, retired military member with some time on his hands, and have written several Dr. Who novels for my daughter as gifts. Just wondering about publication, if and it is a big IF my story is accepted, who publishes the book and what rights are associated with it. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question and I look forward to sending my submission in the future.

    Christopher Butt

    • Grimm, Grit and Gasoline will be published by World Weaver Press (http://www.worldweaverpress.com) and the contract will be for exclusive rights to the story for the first year, followed by non-exclusive rights for the lifetime of the anthology.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  9. Hi Rhonda, this is Rhonda 🙂 Inching toward an idea for your gargoyle theme, but afraid I’m missing something – these are the gargoyles of Notre Dame fame? stone wingy things coming to life at night? Would it be all right if there’s no particular “earthy” theme in that?

    • Hi, Rhonda 🙂

      I think gargoyles are inherently earthy so there is probably no need to add additional earthiness if it doesn’t work with the story.

      I hope to see your name in my submissions 🙂

  10. Thanks for making this so user friendly. I have added them all to the calendar.

  11. In regards to the fairy tale anthology, would you be open to a fairy tale mashup? Or are you looking for one fairy tale exclusively per story? Thanks!

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