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Promote Your Projects / Ancient Magic
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:18:08 pm »
Public event at the Institute of Classical Studies, London

Since ancient times humans have used magic to curse and protect, to harm and heal, to divine and constrain. Join us to explore the mystical objects and potent rituals of our magical past in this free Hallowe’en event. Expert talks from academics and an author will be followed by the opportunity to participate in a range of hands-on activities exploring ancient magic—from making your own curse tablets and poppets to divining the future and turning humans into beasts.

Date: October 31, 2018

Venue: Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU

Registration: Required, but free.

Speakers include: Helen King, Gabriel Bodard, Celia Sánchez Natalías, Sophie Page, Roz Kaveney. Plus hands-on activities. Ancient magic-themed costumes encouraged.

Promote Your Projects / Making Monsters book launch invitation
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:36:53 pm »
Please join us to celebrate the launch of this speculative and classical anthology from Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies (at the University of London). To know more about the anthology, see the press page and table of contents.

Thursday September 6th 2018, 6-7.30pm.

2nd floor lobby, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Dress: Monster-themed costumes are encouraged!


General Discussion / Fantasy and SF in Greece
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:14:23 pm »
Dimitra Nikolaidou has written a brief history of Speculative Fiction in Greece, going back about 30 years, and including events such as ΦantastiCon and Comicdom, the message board, the SF Club of Athens, and recommending many authors from the country (a few of whom publish mostly in English).

It's a cool read. If you know of any Greek writers or publishers who've been left off the list, feel free to leave a note pointing out the omission!

What other parts of the world could BFSers help report on?

Calls for Submissions / Eibonvale Chapbooks (no closing date)
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:25:08 pm »
David Rix from Eibonvale Press is looking for short stand-alone works of up to about 10,000 words.

"Content should fit the general Eibonvale guidelines, by which I mean experimental/fringe writing that is exploratory, unusual and not too close to genre cores—but possibly including elements of Horror, Slipstream, Speculative Fiction, Surrealism, Magic Realism, Bizzaro, Absurdism, Erotica, Outsider Literature etc. I am most interested in writing that defies definition and avoids predictable styles or themes."

Simply email your work to:

Files should be in RTF, DOC or DOCX format (others by negotiation) and sent as email attachments.

Full guidelines at

Promote Your Projects / Futurefire and Fox Spirit giveaway
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:04:06 pm »
To boost Singapore author Joyce Chng/J. Damask’s goal to get to the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando this year, Publishing and Fox Spirit Books are offering some incentives to support the fundraiser. The first five people to back the campaign—for any amount—may claim:
*BONUS* If your support is for $25 SGD or more (approx £14), you will receive all three e-books from and both e-books from Fox Spirit Books

*BONUS 2* If five people support the fundraiser between now and the end of January 10th, or if the campaign is 100% funded in that time, one backer will be selected at random to receive a paperback copy of Starfang plus one of the FFN anthologies of their choice.

Calls for Submissions / Making Monsters (deadline February 28th, 2018)
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:41:02 pm » Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

Making Monsters will pay:
  • £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
  • £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry
  • Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words), or up to 50 lines poetry.
  • No reprints or simultaneous submissions. We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
  • Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.
  • Deadline for receipt of submissions is February 28, 2018.

Updates and other news in the full CFS at

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:

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