It is with great pleasure that I announce the table of contents for Epilogue (the anthology formerly known as Apocalypse Hope). I had more than 200 submissions for this anthology, many of a very high quality, and it was difficult task to sift through them to pick out the finest gems. I present the final lineup, and look forward to bringing these stories to you in print.
“Time and tide” by Lyn Battersby
“Fireflies” by Steve Cameron
“Sleeping Beauty” by Thoraiya Dyer
“The Fletcher test” by Dirk Flinthart
“Ghosts” by Stephanie Gunn
“Sleepers” by Kaia Landelius
“Solitary” by Dave Luckett
“Cold comfort” by David McDonald
“Mornington ride” by Jason Nahrung
“The last good town” by Elizabeth Tan
“A memory trapped in light” by Joanne Anderton
“Only the books survive” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Thank you to every author who sent in submissions, which came from all around the world – some rejections were very difficult to make, and I wish those authors the very best in finding their stories a home.
For those interested, the final contents include 12 stories, eleven by Australians and one from Sweden. There are seven female authors, and five male. The stories are all original to the anthology.
I’m delighted with the line up for Epilogue, and can’t wait to show it to you all!
Thank you to everyone on Twitter and Facebook who made title suggestions for renaming Apocalypse Hope. There were some wonderful titles put forward, and I loved a number of them (just so you know, After the Apocalypse wasn’t a contender because Maureen McHugh had a collection titled that this year. After the End was another popular suggestion, but there’s a 2005 zombie movie by that name!). The voting was tight as well, so obviously the titles put forward were appealing to many people – makes it tough to figure out a decision! However, after a long and thoughtful process, culminating in a face to face discussion yesterday, the winner has been decided! The anthology formerly known as Apocalypse Hope will be published as…
Thank you to @RattusAsh on Twitter (shared by @debkalin) for the suggestion – as promised, I’ll send you a free copy of the anthology when it comes into the world! Thanks again to everyone who made suggestions and voted – your input was appreciated more than I can say
While the table of contents for the anthology previously known as Apocalypse Hope is almost finalised, I am struggling to decide on the new title that more accurately reflects these new contents. With the help of Twitter and Facebook, I have shortlisted some wonderful title suggestions and would love for you to pick your favourite! Vote here.
And remember, the FableCroft Massive Moving Sale ends in just one week – don’t miss out on the best book bargains for Christmas!
It took me a little longer than I’d intended (illness and other family matters intervened for a few weeks, holding up the process), but I’ve just completed the first round of slush reading for Apocalypse Hope. Here’s some interesting facts from my submissions pool:
213 submissions in total. 212 by email, 1 by snail mail (guidelines stated email submissions only)
Total word count (e-subs only) approximately 903,641.
GENDER of authors
86 female (40.38%)
122 male (57.28%)
5 unknown (2.34%)
COUNTRY of origin
78 Australia (36.62%)
2 Austria (0.94%)
1 Bulgaria (0.47%)
9 Canada (4.22%)
1 China (0.47%)
1 Denmark (0.47%)
2 Greece (0.94%)
1 India (0.47%)
1 Ireland (0.47%)
1 Malaysia (0.47%)
1 Singapore (0.47%)
1 Sweden (0.47%)
1 Thailand (0.47%)
1 The Netherlands (0.47%)
9 UK (4.22%)
103 USA (48.36%)
1 submission withdrawn as it was accepted elsewhere (guidelines stated no simultaneous submissions) (0.47%)
2 held with rewrite requests (0.94%) (both female)
4 accepted on first round reading (1.88%) (all Australian; 2 male, 2 female)
36 held for second round reading (16.9%) (11 Australian, 17 US, 2 Canada, 1 Denmark, 1 Ireland, 1 Singapore, 1 Sweden, 1 Thailand, 1 UK; 14 female, 22 male)
170 rejected (79.81%)
13 stories were rejected for not meeting the guidelines (6.1%) – these included reprints without query and stories outside the word count without query.
6 authors queried for outside word count (2.82%) – of these, one was accepted in first round, and one was held for second reading.
3 stories were submitted in formats unable to be read by the editor (1.41%)
ETA: I had quite a lot of queries to submit reprints. Most of these I decided not to consider, as they were published very recently. I had eight reprint submissions I looked at (some not queried – these were not read. I also had one that was not queried, and the author did not even advise me it was a reprint. It was pure chance I googled the story before replying to the author, and discovered the story provenance). Of these, two are on hold for second round.
I also forgot to mention I had one poem submitted (after query) – it too is on hold.
A reminder that my area is editing, not mathematics
*giggle* Here’s Chris Brown and Justin Bieber doing Apocalypse DANCE!
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Submissions are now open for the next FableCroft anthology, tentatively titled Apocalypse Hope (we toyed with After the Apocalypse, but Maureen McHugh has already pinched that one!).
The world is ending: climate change, natural disaster, war and disease threaten to destroy all we know. Predictions of the future are bleak. But does the apocalypse really mean the end of the world? Is there no hope for a future that follows?
FableCroft Publishing is seeking speculative fiction stories on the theme “Apocalypse Hope”. The stories must in some way address the idea that after the apocalypse (whatever and wherever in your universe that might be), there is a future for the peoples who survive it. The rest is up to your imagination.
Stories should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.
Original stories are preferred. Please query for reprints.
No simultaneous submissions please.
For multiple submissions, please query first.
Submissions open: July 4, 2011
Submissions close: September 30, 2011
Anticipated publication date: June 2012
Please ensure your story file includes your contact details including postal address and email address.
Stories should be formatted to usual electronic submission standard. Times New Roman font of 11/12 point preferred, with at least 1.5 spacing.
Please be cautious to only submit final, proofread copy – ensure you have checked all your edits and removed all track changes in your document.
The editor will respond with a submission received email within 48 hours, but story selection may not occur until up to one month after the deadline. This anthology is open to international contributors.
Payment will be AUD$50.00 and one contributor copy of the print book. Further royalties will apply for e-book revenue.