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General Discussion / Why do we need monsters?
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:06:42 PM »
Thought some BFS types might be interested in attending this public event on monsters, run by the Institute for Classical Studies at Senate House in central London, Tuesday October 17th.

The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Today we worry about chimaeras - organisms created by combining genes from more than one species - and science fiction writers imagine bizarre aliens on other planets, just as nineteenth-century novelists placed them in the Centre of the Earth, on Lost Worlds or in Lands that Time Forgot. Almost every society has imagined monsters, often as hybrids of humans and beasts. This free public event brings together some of the most interesting researchers on ancient monsters and invites us to reflect on what purpose these nearly humans serve in societies ancient and modern.

This is a free event but booking is essential.
  • Prof David Wengrow, UCL, ‘What is a monster, and do we really need them?’
  • Dr. Dunstan Lowe, University of Kent, ‘Real monsters in ancient Rome’
  • Dr Liz Gloyn, Royal Holloway, ‘Why does the ancient monster survive in the modern world?’
  • Dr Valeria Vitale, Institute of Classical Studies, ‘Making Monsters’
There's also a book giveaway and people posting images of their favorite monsters on Twitter and FB using the hashtag #ICSmonsters.

General Discussion / Worldcon membership available
« on: March 12, 2017, 12:01:46 AM »
Dear all,

I'm looking to sell my membership to Worldcon 75 (Helsinki, August 9-13, 2017). I bought it last summer, when they were still only €120 (they've now gone up to €170), so you'll save at least €50 over the current price. I'll also take nearest offer.

Please message or email me, as I may not see replies on the board very quickly.

This themed issue of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination will be edited by Nisi Shawl, and is looking to increase representation of POC writers; for this special issue they ask you to submit your work only if you identify as a person of color. While there is no limit, they prefer stories under 7000 words.

No simultaneous submissions. Up to 2 submissions at one time.

Payment: 15¢/word original stories; 1¢/word reprints

Email submissions to:

Call for Submissions

Flame Tree Publishing are currently soliciting stories for four new anthologies, all of which will pay 6¢ per word. All of the themes seem pretty old fashioned, which might be exactly your thing?

  • Lost World
  • Supernatural Horror
  • Time Travel
  • Heroic Fantasy

Calls for submissions and details

Two anthologies from Hellbound Books are currently seeking submissions of horror stories. Pay is between $5–$10, and the deadline is Feb 20th, so probably only of use if you already have something ready.

The Big Book of Bootleg Horror will be edited by Mitch Workman, and is a “dark anthology comprising tales of taboo, the unmentionable and the darkest recesses of the human mind”. They “want to attract dark horror, the darkest possible erotic horror and bizarro - but all stories must be well written and not simply 'sick for sick's sake'.”

Shopping List is looking for stories in any area of the “horror, bizarro or supernatural” genres. Authors are asked to “preface their submitted horror tale with their own shopping list - a typical list that tells the readers a little about themselves.”

Calls for submissions for these and other (unpaying) anthologies.

Calls for Submissions / African Diaspora #ownvoices, deadline March 5, 2017
« on: February 02, 2017, 11:33:31 PM »
Issue #4 of Truancy magazine is a special #ownvoices issue, designed to highlight the revised, retold and remixed folklore and myths from authors of the African Diaspora, no matter where they may be in the world. The editors for this issue are Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Co-Editor of Podcastle, and Troy. L Wiggins, Executive Editor of Fiyah.

Length: Short fiction, up to 3000 words

Pay: US$0.01 per word

Only open for Original Fiction, not reprints.

Full Call for Submissions

NB: read CFS carefully—it contains a secret word which must be included in the subject line of your email.

Calls for Submissions / Alice Unbound, deadline May 31, 2017.
« on: February 02, 2017, 11:16:12 PM »
A fantasy/surreal anthology looking for stories from Canadian authors, featuring characters from the stories of Lewis Carroll (not just Alice in Wonderland). Edited by Colleen Anderson.

Payment: CAN$0.05/word

Length: 2,000-5,000 words. Poetry: minimum 1,000 words.

Submission window: Feb. 1 to May 31, 2017.

No sim-subs/mult-subs/reprints. (Max 1 story or up to 2 poems)

Full (very long) Call for Submissions and form

General Discussion / Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:32:56 PM »
Apologies if this is a historical question : have we considered setting up a board specifically for calls for submissions? These could be posted by the editor or publisher, be BFS calls, or things that users have found elsewhere and want to share with BFS members. I could imagine this would be of interest to some people who don't otherwise use the forums very much. (At the moment someone looking for such calls has to poke around in Promote Your Projects, General Discussion, BFS Announcements/Publications, and maybe other boards to see what has been posted recently.)

What do people think? Does this duplicate something else the BFS keeps elsewhere?

Promote Your Projects / Problem Daughters
« on: January 02, 2017, 03:36:36 PM »
The big news from Publishing for this new year is that we’re fundraising for a new anthology of science fiction and fantasy by and about voices excluded from some mainstream feminism. Edited by Nicolette Barischoff, Rivqa Rafael and Djibril al-Ayad, Problem Daughters will publish stories that are both mindblowing scifi or thrilling fantasy, and that focus on the lives and experiences of marginalised women, such as those who are of color, QUILTBAG, disabled, religous, sex workers, and all intersections of these.

You can find the full description at, where you can also back the campaign (anything from an early-bird e-book at $3 to getting a Tuckerization by 5-time Bram Stoker winner Nancy Holder), or pre-order the anthology and other goodies.

We’ll be talking about this campaign in various places over the next few weeks, of course. If you’d like a visit from us on your blog, please give me a shout. So far we have:

Books / People Of Color Take Over Fantastic Stories
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:35:24 PM »
This looks like a very cool project (and not only because it's edited by the absolutely legendary Nisi Shawl!)—Fantastic Stories magazine, which pays 15¢/word for fiction, will be publishing an issue of flash fiction stories by authors of color in addition to their usual six issues in 2017. They are also running a Kickstarter fundraiser to make this project even more epic: more stories, more issues, an end-of-year hardcover anthology, etc. I'm very excited to see the issues, and hope they do well. If you feel the same way, please consider backing them by pre-ordering your copy of this "Take Over" issue at: (Just look at the names they've got involved already!)

General Discussion / Who doesn't like pirates?
« on: November 15, 2016, 10:05:45 PM »
Forum members—and especially those based in the West Country—probably already know about the Piracity Kickstarter which, if successful, will fund a new anthology from Wizard's Tower Press, featuring fantasy and science fiction stories (with pirates, of course) by authors from Bristol and the Caribbean.

Well, because who doesn't love pirates, right (at least the kind with fancy hats, unfeasible swords and funny accents, not so much the gun-toting, ransom-seeking, people-smuggling ones), we thought we'd get in on the fun and run a world-wide virtual pirate fest, to have a laugh and to help spread the word about the project. How will this work?
  • We'll have a party (in a pub in London, in fact) this weekend, where we'll dress up as silly, flamboyant, ambiguous, rum-swigging pirates, with lots of our friends, and post photos to Twitter, FB, etc. (not forgetting the #piracity hashtag)
  • You'll have a party too, wherever you are, and post pictures and hashtags and Kickstarter links too
  • Fellow pirates around the world will join in, in real-time or whenever the fancy takes them (pirates aren't big on rules—it's more of a set of guidelines, really…)
I've also blogged about this, if you want more information. (Or if you want to come to our party in London, get in touch and I'll send you the deets. :) )

Promote Your Projects / Hallowe’en free fiction
« on: October 03, 2016, 03:20:33 PM »
To get everyone in the mood for Hallowe’en, we'll post a free horror or dark fantasy themed story every day between now and the end of the month. Most of the ones I post will be from the TFF archive, but I hope others will post horror and other ghoulsome, grimsome, ghastsome fare here from other online sources...

First story, published back in 2005, What the Dead Are For by the great Terry Grimwood...

General Discussion / Postapocalyptic fiction
« on: October 01, 2016, 03:52:06 PM »
This lovely strip posted yesterday on the Robot Hugs web-comic illustrates in painfully accurate detail some of worst tropes of postapocalyptic literature, especially the treatment of women therein. (Personally, I think "literary" postapoc gets this even worse, because they're not allowed to have any redeeming features, unlike genre which can include adventure, excitement, fantasy and hope of a better world.)

So my question is: can you recommend any postapocalyptic novels, stories or films that do better than this? Break the stereotypes, use other indicators of horror than sexual violence, offer hope, tell a different story…

General Discussion / Quiet this weekend…
« on: September 24, 2016, 02:39:17 PM »
Is there something going on that I don't know about?


General Discussion / Eurocon memberships?
« on: September 17, 2016, 05:39:59 PM »
Long-shot, but if anyone here bought a membership to the Barcelona EuroCon this November that they're now unable to use, please let me know privately. (I had no idea they'd sell out so quickly… :'( )


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