Got holiday writing time? Aussie press open submission calls!

December 26th, 2013 at 9:00 am (Books, Miscellaneous)

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Cranky Ladies of History (FableCroft Publishing – historical(ish) fiction, pitches only): closes to pitches December 31.

Kaleidoscope (Twelfth Planet Press – diverse YA fantasy and science fiction): closes December 31.

Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction (Twelfth Planet Press – 2013 reprints only): closes December 31.

Insert Title Here (FableCroft Publishing – unthemed speculative fiction): closes February 28.

Twelfth Planet Press novella series.

Ticonderoga Publications novels.

Satalyte Publishing – pretty much anything spec fic!

Dimension6 from Coeur de Lion: first reading period 12 Jan – 22 Feb 2014)

And lastly, though they aren’t Australian they HAVE published several great Australian books: Angry Robot’s open call for novels closes December 31!

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Looking for some Cranky Lady inspiration?

December 26th, 2013 at 7:52 am (Books)

3320310The deadline for pitches for Cranky Ladies of History is fast approaching (December 31). If you’re seeking inspiration for stories, Bad Girls & Wicked Women: The Most Powerful, Shocking, Amazing, Thrilling and Dangerous Women of All Time by Jan Stradling might be interesting. From the blurb:

Bad Girls & Wicked Women: The Most Powerful, Shocking, Amazing, Thrilling and Dangerous Women of All Time is an historic survey of 22 of the most ruthless and ambitious women in history. These are sassy, brilliant, magnetic, cunning and tough-as-nails women who defied the social mores of their eras. These anti-heroines battled against the odds and often against the status quo, succeeding in turning the power structure, if only for a short time, directly on its head. Some were cruel, some were visionary and some were blinded by ambition or love.

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Submissions Call: Insert Title Here (unthemed speculative fiction anthology)

December 1st, 2013 at 2:53 pm (Books)

FableCroft Publishing

FableCroft Publishing

Submissions are now open for the new unthemed speculative fiction anthology, Insert Title Here.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 12,000 words and contain speculative elements – science fiction, fantasy and horror and their sub-genres are all welcome, but we recommend researching FableCroft’s past projects for an idea of the sort of stories we publish. Generally, no erotica or splatterpunk is desirable. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.

We are seeking original stories only, for first and exclusive world rights (for a period of twelve months, excluding any subsequent Year’s Best reprint request) – no reprint submissions please.

No simultaneous submissions please.

For multiple submissions, please query first.

Submissions open: December 1, 2013

Submissions close: February 28, 2014

Anticipated publication date: August 2014

For more information, please see the full submission guidelines.

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Why are anthologies important?

November 19th, 2013 at 10:44 pm (On writing)

Why are anthologies important? A timely SF Signal mind meld, given we are soon opening to submissions for Insert Title HereAnd of course, we’re still taking pitches for the Cranky Ladies of History project – some fantastic ideas rolling in for that project, so keep them coming!

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Call for pitches: Cranky Ladies of History

October 21st, 2013 at 8:31 pm (Books)

Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia

Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, who inspired the cranky ladies…

GUIDELINES:

In 2014, FableCroft will publish an anthology of historical short fiction inspired by cranky ladies of history. Co-editors Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely are immediately seeking expressions of writerly interest in submitting to the anthology.

Authors are invited to submit a story pitch detailing story idea/historical personage. We are aiming for a diverse range of backgrounds, nationalities, time periods and reasons for notoriety in the book, and are particularly interested in stories that are firmly grounded in historical fact. We welcome stories that utilise elements known about the lives of the characters, but are not averse to artistic license either.

Some fabulous cranky women of history include (but definitely are not limited to):

Ada Lovelace, Ahhotep I, Amelia Bloomer, Amelia Earhart, Anne Bonney, Annie Oakley, Artemisia I of Caria, Bina Das, Boudicca, Caroline Chisholm, Caterina Sforza, Catherine de’ Medici, Catherine The Great, Daisy May Bates, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth Kenny, Fu Hao, Fulvia, George Sand, Grace O’Malley, Gudit, Harriet Tubman, Isabella of Spain, Joan of Arc, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Livia, Lucrezia Borgia, Mary MacKillop, Mary Queen of Scots, Nancy Bird Walton, Nancy Wake, Nellie Melba, the Pankhursts, Rosa Parks, Sarala Devi Chaudhurani, Susan B. Anthony, Tamar of Georgia, Trieu Thi Trinh, the Trung Sisters, Tsaritsa Sophia Alekseyevna of Russia, Vida Goldstein, Vivian Bullwinkel, Zenobia…

From the list, you may note that our definition of “cranky” is rather broad, and stems somewhat more from a tendency to buck societal standards of the era than a true inherent crankiness. Though that’s good too!

HOW TO SUBMIT

Please email to fablecroft@gmail.com a story outline of no more than one typed page that clearly identifies your cranky lady of history and your proposal. In your cover email please use the subject heading CRANKY WOMEN PITCH [your chosen historical figure] and in the body include your own details and a short writing resume.

We will be regularly updating this page with historical women already spoken for, so please check back frequently, and get your pitches in as early as possible.

We are not specifically seeking young adult fiction, but we do want the book to be suitable for a high school audience, which will restrict explicit sex and graphic violence elements.

Open to authors worldwide.

Word count: fairly flexible.

Payment: 1 cent per word, capped at AUD$75.00 + contributor copy of print and ebook. Further royalties will apply for e-book revenue – information about royalties will be provided in contract negotiations with successful authors and is dependent on final book details.

Approximate timeline to publication

October 21, 2013 – December 31, 2013: open to pitches

January 2014: finalise pitch acceptances.

June 2014: deadline for stories to be submitted.

October 2014: book release.

We are particularly looking for original work, but please query to fablecroft@gmail.com if you think you have a suitable reprint story.

FableCroft thanks Liz Barr for her inadvertent prompting of this project idea.

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Announcing forthcoming FableCroft anthology

August 19th, 2013 at 11:51 pm (Books)

FableCroft Publishing

 

Submissions will open in December 2013 for the new unthemed speculative fiction anthology, Insert Title Here.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 12,000 words and contain speculative elements – science fiction, fantasy and horror and their sub-genres are all welcome, but we recommend researching FableCroft’s past projects for an idea of the sort of stories we publish. Generally, no erotica or splatterpunk is desirable. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.

We are seeking original stories only, for first and exclusive world rights (for a period of twelve months, excluding any subsequent Year’s Best reprint request) – no reprint submissions please.

No simultaneous submissions please.

For multiple submissions, please query first.

The anthology will be open worldwide.

Submissions open: December 1, 2013

Submissions close: February 28, 2014

Anticipated publication date: August 2014

Payment will be AUD$75.00 and one contributor copy of the print book. Further royalties will apply for e-book revenue – information about royalties will be provided in contract negotiations with successful authors and is dependent on final book details.

Thanks to Jonathan Strahan for the title idea, from his Aurealis Awards acceptance speech in May this year.

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One Small Step: Submission Statistics

October 12th, 2012 at 7:21 pm (One Small Step)

While I’m not going to be posting the final Table of Contents for a number of weeks yet, because of a turn the anthology has taken along the way, I can share some stats about the submissions I received for the forthcoming One Small Step anthology.

Total submissions received during open reading period = 86

Submissions by gender = 1 unknown, 58 female (60 in reality as two stories had female co-authors), 27 male. An interesting swing from the Epilogue open call last year – could be reflective of any number of factors, including that Epilogue was open internationally and a large proportion of the US submissions were from men.

While the anthology was only open to Australian authors, I received seven unsolicited submissions from non-Australian writers, including works from the UK, US, Canada and Italy. These were rejected unread.

9 stories were accepted in the first round of reading.

11 were held for second round reading. Of these, two were subsequently accepted.

66 were rejected in first round (including non-Australian submissions), for a total of 75 rejections and 11 acceptances.

Total approximate word count of submissions read: 368,591

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One Small Step is open for submissions

July 1st, 2012 at 5:51 pm (Books)

The new FableCroft anthology (working title) One Small Step is now open for submissions.

Original speculative stories on the theme, by Australian authors, from 2,000 to 12,000 words are invited!

Closes 30 September, 2012.

Further details on the Submissions page.

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New anthology! Call for submissions (July)

June 14th, 2012 at 10:35 am (Books)

Submissions will soon open for the next FableCroft anthology, tentatively titled One Small Step: an anthology of discoveries

FableCroft Publishing is seeking speculative fiction stories on the theme “One Small Step”. You know the quote and where it comes from. The stories must in some way address the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative “small steps”. The rest is limited only by your imagination.

Stories should be between 2,000 and 12,000 words. Please query the editor before sending stories outside those limits.

We are seeking original stories only – no reprints.

No simultaneous submissions please.

For multiple submissions, please query first.

Submissions open: July 1, 2012

Submissions close: September 30, 2012

Anticipated publication date: April 2013

Electronic submissions only. Please send story as an rtf or doc attachment to fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: SUBMISSION: Title of Story

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 Australian contributors only.

Payment will be AUD$75.00 and one contributor copy of the print book. Further royalties will apply for e-book revenue.

Submission Guidelines:

E-mail to fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com as an attached RTF. We do not accept submissions via snail mail.

  • Please use a fixed width font (ie Courier New) Size 12, with margins of at least 2cm.
  • Indent the first line of each paragraphs by 0.5 (approx 1cm – do not use tabs), double-space lines, and indicate section breaks with a centered “#”.
  • Include name, address, phone number, email etc at the top of the document.

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Call for submissions: Apocalypse Hope

July 3rd, 2011 at 6:01 am (Apocalypse Hope)

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

Electronic submissions only. Please send story as an rtf or doc attachment to fablecroft [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: SUBMISSION: Title of Story

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.

 

 

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