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TV and Film / Re: New Red Sonja movie?
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:07:34 AM »
Would be especially resonant if Rose McGowan was given the role now.

Yes, that rule was dropped for the 2010 competition, which also doubled the prize money.

If you're interested, these are the figures I've been able to find:

2004: ?
2005: ?
2006: ?
2007: ?
2008: 45
2009: 90
2010: 148
2011: ?
2012: 80
2013: 103
2014: 84
2015: 96
2016: 110
2017: 117

I've got AGM minutes for 2007 and 2011 but neither gave the number of entries.

Congratulations to all of them. Look forward to reading them in BFS Horizons - the quality of the past winners you've chosen has been consistently high!

I don't have figures for the earliest years, but I think the record number of entries was 148 in 2010.

From November 1 to December 31 authors without a literary agent can submit unpublished novels to Angry Robot during an open door period.

Science fiction and/or fantasy, full manuscripts only, 70,000-130,000 words.

Feminist magazine Mslexia has invited female writers to submit fantasy stories and poems for the showcase section of the magazine: "we’re looking for stories and poems with a mythical, mystical or paranormal aspect to them. So channel your inner Rowling and Pullman and open the door to daemons, dungeons and dragons."

There is "a small payment for most submissions we publish" (£25, I think, looking elsewhere on the site) and "entries are judged anonymously".

Stories: up to 2200 words
Poems: up to 40 lines
Short scripts: up to 1,000 words

Guest editor Douglas Ogurek is now open to submissions for his second unsplatterpunk anthology, to be published as Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #63.

"Unsplatterpunk overtly or subtly integrates a compassionate message into an otherwise splatterpunk story. In other words, unsplatterpunk retains all the taboo subject matter, over-the-top violence, and gruesome details of splatterpunk, but puts a positive spin on it."

Sandra Unerman reviewed the first anthology for the BFS; the review gives a few pointers as to the kind of thing Douglas is looking for.

The deadline is February 28, 2018. No payment offered, I'm afraid; TQF an amateur non-profit zine that is given away for free. It should be out in March or April 2018.

More information here. Note that submissions for this issue should be sent to Douglas at the address provided, rather than to the usual TQF email address.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:03:58 PM »
Issue sixty of our zine Theaker's Quarterly Fiction is now available for free download, including stories by Rafe McGregor, Nicki Robson, Douglas Thompson, Jule Owen and Andrew Peters, plus forty or so pages of reviews from the usual team. There's also a paperback edition, priced as cheaply as possible. More details here:

Wish this meant we were celebrating our fifteenth anniversary, but we cheated with six issues a year for a little while. We'll have been going for thirteen years this autumn. Pretty much every bit of work on this was done at the end of the day when I was totally worn out, so if you do spot any errors, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Howard Watts supplies the wraparound cover, completing a run of thirty consecutive covers for us!

Thanks to everyone who submitted stories for this issue. I'll be reading them over the next week or two.

General Discussion / Re: Freebies and bargains
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:25:35 PM »
Lots of first episodes of genre interest available free on Amazon Video, here, including Sleepy Hollow, Evil Dead, The Strain, The Exorcist, Outcast, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, etc. Handy if you don't have Sky or cable and want to sample the new stuff.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: A couple of good reviews
« on: September 06, 2017, 11:17:54 AM »
Stephen Theaker, administrator of the British Fantasy Awards, says, "A brilliant book, probably my favourite new book of 2016."

Former administrator, sadly... I spend my days now in dusty rooms arranging lists of imaginary jurors, endlessly recomposing unsent missives to prominent publishers, and staring out of a grimy window wondering why no one cares what I think any more...

I did love that book, though!

General Discussion / Re: Freebies and bargains
« on: September 05, 2017, 01:47:25 PM »
Complete collection of Brian Aldiss's short stories from the 1950s is currently £1.49 on Kindle. It's massive, an 873pp book.

Calls for Submissions / Other Covenants, deadline February 4, 2018
« on: August 30, 2017, 10:47:42 AM »
An anthology of Jewish alternate history, to be edited by Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum and published by ChiZine Publications in autumn 2019.

500–15,000 words, 8 Canadian cents per word, submission via website not email. New stories preferred but reprints considered. Pseudonyms must be disclosed.

Guidelines here.

Calls for Submissions / Space Marine Midwives, deadline tbc
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:57:29 AM »
"Pretty much what it says on the tin - space marine midwives. Bringing forth new life under (space) battle conditions. The juxtaposition of war and creation. Issues surrounding women's access to medical care in times of political / military upheaval. Crossing genres is fine - we’re open to horror, crime, humor and YA in our science fiction."

New fiction only. Up to 5000 words. Final pay rate to be determined by a Kickstarter, but at least $0.06/word plus royalties.

More info.

BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #5
« on: August 18, 2017, 11:25:50 AM »
BFS Horizons #5 is up on Goodreads if other members want to add it to their reading lists:

The issue lists the editorial post as vacant if anyone fancies it.

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