Open Calls for Submissions

Updated: April 23, 2018

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

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

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.

25 Responses to Open Calls for Submissions

  1. I could totally do this. I need to write a short story, get my head out of my novel for a bit!

  2. Deb Gorsuch says:

    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.

  3. s.q. eries says:

    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?

    • Rhonda says:

      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 🙂

  4. Rachel Verkade says:

    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?

  5. Chritina says:

    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

    • Rhonda says:

      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’ 🙂

  6. Christina says:

    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.

    • Rhonda says:

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

  7. Len Saculla says:

    Are you open to submissions from the UK?

    • Rhonda says:

      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.

  8. Gregg Chamberlain says:

    Ms Parrish

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

    Ta-merci for your time.

    Gregg Chamberlain

    • Rhonda says:

      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.

      • Gregg Chamberlain says:

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

        • Rhonda says:

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

  9. Dick Noble says:

    Are you interested in flash or microfiction?

    • Rhonda says:

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

      So the answer for FIRE is yes.

  10. Sad Writer says:

    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!

    • Rhonda Parrish says:

      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 🙂

      • Sad Writer says:

        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 🙂

        • Rhonda Parrish says:

          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.

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