Air: Sylphs, Spirits and Swan Maidens
(Elemental Anthologies #3)
The most capricious of elements, air is the domain of all winged creatures, but also of tricksters, spirits, elves and fairies. This ethereal element is as difficult to pin down as the wind so for this anthology, especially, I am open to stories whose genres also transcend usual definitions. I want stories which are light as a summer breeze, and also those which rage with the drama of a tornado. I want action, ideas and movement but also whimsy and transformation. Grand, high-adventure and cozy close-to-home conflicts.
I want to fit as many airy creatures into this anthology as possible, so in addition to sylphs, spirits and swan maidens I want air dragons, fae, griffins, sirens, rocs, Thunderbird, Pegasus… and because I’m open to combining aether with air in this situation why not also hit me with your angels, phantoms, Yōkai and nymphs too!
Rights and compensation:
$50 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for stories.
$20 CDN flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology for poems.
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: November 1, 2019 — December 31, 2019
Length: Under 7,500 words
Publisher: Tyche Books
No simultaneous or multiple submissions.
Canadian spelling please.
Clockwork, Curses and Coal: Steampunk and Gaslamp Fairy Tales
(Punked Up Fairy Tales #2)
Steampunk’s core is a re-imagined 1800s using steam-powered technology so it is all about gears, goggles and gaslamps. And corsets and courtship and exploration (often in the form of colonialism). I want the bustles, parasols, high tea and airships, of course, but I also welcome stories which confront the darker, problematic side of Victorian sensibilities and attitudes. Plus fairy tales.
For example: What if a shoemaker was visited at night by tiny automatons? Where did they come from? What do they want? What if the little mermaid didn’t have to find a to escape the ocean to be with her prince, but instead her social class? What if a woman’s upper class family was embarrassed by her scientific endeavors so they locked her in a tower… or tried to, anyway? Or a clockwork cat discovered a pair of fantastic boots? Or an explorer climbed a giant beanstalk and found a whole new, forgotten world?
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.
Although steampunk tends to be focused in the American ‘wild west’ or Victorian England, this anthology needn’t be. I am open to stories set all over the world, and would love to see ‘Own Voices’ stories. As with the first book in this series, Grimm, Grit and Gasoline, I would love to see a diverse collection when it comes to which fairy tales are represented but also the races, genders and sexualities of the characters within them.
Open for Submissions: February 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Payment: $0.01/ word
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Details about how to submit will be provided closer to the submission window.