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Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:54:26 PM »
Valeria Vitale reviews Malcolm Devlin’s weird short story collection You Will Grow Into Them from Unsung Stories, and celebrates that the “weirdness” that populates Devlin’s stories is the kind that she enjoys the most: “not necessarily the gory and horrific but more the sinister, the ambiguous, the eerie, the unexplained and the inexplicable.”

Sounds like an excellent collection!

Promote Your Projects / Re: The Future Fire
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:52:28 PM »
This week we've been posting mini-interviews on Fakebooc with all the authors and artists who contributed to TFF #42. These will keep coming every couple of days for a while yet, but the people we've interviewed so far include:

I'll try to remember to post updates here, but follow or keep an eye on the TFF page if you want to be sure not to miss anything.

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 / Re: Worldcon membership available
« on: April 18, 2017, 04:39:22 PM »
I've now sold my membership, but one of my co-editors (a first-time Worldcon member) is now trying to sell hers. Membership for anyone who has never had a Worldcon membership before is fixed at the original 2015 price of €95, and she'll give a slight discount to anyone willing to take that off her hands. (You also have to be a first-timer, of course, or would need to upgrade to a full membership.) Contact @nottinauta via Twitter, or message me here and I'll put you in touch with her if you don't tweet.



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

Promote Your Projects / Re: Problem Daughters
« on: February 04, 2017, 09:39:47 PM »
Bumper crop of editor appearances to update today (because I've been lax here, not because we've been especially busy there—although we also have!). If you wanted to know more about the Problem Daughters project and anthology, and what the editors are aiming to do with it, many of the posts below will have the editors telling you in their own words.
And a few other features, guest posts and the like:

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 / Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« on: February 02, 2017, 08:49:38 PM »
Email incoming...

General Discussion / Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:02:51 PM »
Thanks, Neil! This is great.

Stephen, shall we try to draft a sticky post for that at some point?

General Discussion / Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 30, 2017, 02:48:36 PM »
Suggestion (from a not very veteran board user): in "Fantasy", perhaps just after "General Discussion"?

(It would be nice to encourage users to have a blitz at populating this new board when it first opens. And then occasionally remind people that it's there.)

General Discussion / Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 28, 2017, 04:08:48 PM »
Ah, I had a feeling this must have been discussed somewhere before!  8)

Who needs to decide to make this happen, then? As it's a board thing, not a website thing, can board users/mods just make it so?

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