Updated: January 5, 2018
We’re calling this anthology Prairie Starport: Stories in Celebration of Candas Jane Dorsey and I would like to invite you to contribute to it.
And here’s the thing — I’m not asking you to ‘submit’ I’m asking you to ‘contribute’. I’m not accepting or rejecting works for this anthology, I am collecting them. Similarly, I’m not going to be editing the works sent to me — I’m much more of a compiler than an anthologist for this project, because everyone who wants a chance to contribute and honour Candas should be able to, no matter where they are along their publishing journey.
What to send me:
- A story or poem of any length up to 7,500 words long formatted in something resembling standard manuscript format
- A short description of how the story/poem relates to, was influenced by, or is otherwise connected to Candas, her writing or her mentorship.
- A short bio (written in the third person) of no more than 100 words long.
Contributions should be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before Valentine’s Day 2018. That is, before February 14, 2018. Please use the words ‘Prairie Starport’ in your subject line to maximize the chances of it getting filed in the correct place.
Reprints are welcome and encouraged.
Payment to contributors is a token payment of $1, an electronic copy of the completed anthology and the option to buy physical copies at a 50% discount.
All the profits from this project will be donated to a cause Candas cares about. Nothing has been finalized yet but, the money will be going somewhere other than my pocket and all contributors will be kept in the loop as that aspect of the project develops.
Any questions or concerns should be addressed to me at the above gmail address.
Note: If we receive too many submissions to fit into a single paperback one of two things will happen. Either all the stories will be included in the electronic version of the book and a select number in the paperback or, if there are enough to fill two physical books, all the stories will be included in the electronic version of the book and we’ll have ‘Volume 1’ and ‘Volume 2’ in paperback. This decision will be solely at my discretion but I will keep all contributors in the loop.
GRIMM, GRIT, AND GASOLINE: An anthology of Dieselpunk and Decopunk Fairy Tales
Expected Publication: mid-2019
Story Length: up to 7,500 words
Payment: $50 per story*
*We may run a crowdfunding campaign to increase author payments. Watch for updates.
Dieselpunk and decopunk are alternative history reimaginings 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.