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BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #6
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:17:09 am »
Received BFS Horizons #6 today. Looks good. Edited by Phil Lunt and Ian Hunter, with contributions from Alice Hearn, Becca Miles, Allen Ashley, Liam Garriock, Lucy Hounsom, M.M. Lewis, Andy Rugg, P.J. Reed, Jim Rockhill, Ian McLachlan, D.J. Tyrer, Richard Salazar, Charlotte Platt, Matt Colborn and James Ellis. The cover art is by David Rix, from Moonshine Express by Poppet.

I've set it up on Goodreads, if anyone else wants to add it to their reading lists:

A new publication launching from the Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction & Fantasy. The first issue's theme is For Future Generations:

For this issue of Electric Athenaeum, we are seeking genre stories that focus on the issues surounding planning for future generations. We are particularly interested in stories featuring new visions/interpretations of generation starships, the care of fragile ecosystems, and dramatic explorations of balancing the rights of future generations versus the needs of the present.

Word Limit: 3,000–10,000 words

Pay: £50 per story

Genre: "open to any genre of speculative fiction, so long as the story contains a strong imaginative thread"

They're also looking for non-fiction.

More details here:

Anthology from Fox Spirit, crossing furries with spy stories. Will open for submissions during March.

The anthology has a spy story theme, and we will consider stories written in most genres as long as they contain a spy story. They do not need to include a Jackal. The stories in this anthology should be Furry. This means we are looking for anthropomorphised animal characters, people with extremely animalistic characteristics and the range in between.

Payment: £15 plus a print copy of the book.

More details:

British Fantasy Awards / Television eligibility question
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:40:00 pm »
I'm thinking about what I'd like to add to this year's suggestions list, and I had a question about eligibility for the tv (and film) category.

Black Mirror season three was considered eligible for the 2017 awards, though it wasn't all by the same writer, and was made up of several separate stories, so for the 2018 awards, does that mean we should on the whole suggest television seasons, e.g. Game of Thrones season seven, or American Gods season one, etc, rather than specific episodes?

I think that would be great, especially for shows that are consistently really good without having particular episodes that really stand out, and also for those that have loads of great episodes that would split the vote, but I wanted to check because I wouldn't want to encourage votes for material that would later on be ruled ineligible. Thanks!

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.

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.

Calls for Submissions / Mother of Invention, deadline August 31, 2017
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:43:07 am »
"Mother of Invention will feature diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics. This ambitious anthology from award-winning Australian publishing house Twelfth Planet Press will be edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael. … The only hard-and-fast rule is that the creator of the AI or robot must not be a cis man."

500-5000 words, no reprints, simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. Payment is US$0.06 per word. More info:

We are open to submissions of fiction and reviews for Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #61 from now until 31 August 2017, although we may close early if the issue fills up.

No payment offered, I'm afraid; it's an amateur non-profit magazine that we give away for free. It should be out in September.

Guidelines here.

TQF62 (December) will be an all-Theaker issue (more or less), and TQF63 (March 2018) will be a second unsplatterpunk special, so this is the last issue till next June that is open to general fiction subs.

BFS Publications / BFS Journal #17
« on: May 06, 2017, 12:06:00 pm »
BFS Journal #17 is listed on Goodreads if other members want to add it to their reading lists:

Abbadon Books are open to submissions of novellas and novels from May 1 to May 31. Note however that they will only publish them on a work-for-hire basis, i.e. they own the work outright, and so could produce sequels, computer games and films without your involvement and presumably without paying you anything more.

If that appeals, here are more details:

They don't want manuscripts yet. At first they are after a 50-100-word "elevator pitch", a bullet-pointed summary of the story (around 1000 words for a novella, 2000 words for a full-length novel), and the first few pages of your submission (again, 1000 words for a novella, 2000 words for a full-length novel).

Submissions have been invited for a reprint-only anthology about dragons. David Tallerman, a contributor to Dark Horizons and the BFS Journal, is involved and says:

"For me, what we haven't seen enough of yet are those other kinds of dragon: the mechanical, mystical, steam-powered, alien, aquatic, from another dimension, or from outer space ones. ... I'm itching for some really good dragon sci-fi, or dragon horror for that matter."

Payment is one cent per word, plus possible royalties, depending on sales.

More info:
Full terms and conditions:

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