Calls for Anthologies

World Weaver Press anthologies with open calls for fiction:
None at this time. New anthologies to open to submissions in 2014.

[Tentative: Not yet open] Dragons

Anthologist: Eileen Wiedbrauk

Dragons. They are a symbol of awe and wonder. A physical representation of man’s struggle with the unknown and unknowable. A beast that demarcates the line between what is safe, and what is uncharted and dangerous on every map that said simply “here be dragons.” And the creatures speculative fiction readers have fallen in love with generation after generation, whether they were kind and noble creatures or terrifying, fanged serpents ready to rip off our heads.

For World Weaver Press’s as-of-yet-unnamed dragon anthology, I challenge you to create your own dragon-story of awe and wonder. For this challenge I place no limits except that it must be under 10,000 words and that the dragon element must be key to the story. It is my hope to see dragon-stories not just treated as second-world fantasy elements but as urban or contemporary fantasy or science fiction elements (look out Bruce Banner, here comes the radioactive lizard we call The Dragon Hulk!). Dragons in steampunk. Dragons in space. Dragons in Chicago. Dragons in the Piggly Wiggly. Dragons wherever your heart desires and your mind can wander. I lay no preconceived notions on what is or is not a “dragon” — it’s up to the author to define and describe it within the course of the story.

Does it breathe fire? Does it have wings? Is it a serpent? Does it fly? Does it swim? Is it scaly? Furry? Is it a marsupial, mammal, bird, reptile, or alien? Does it fit in a tea cup or is it so large it can barely nestle inside the University of Michigan football stadium? Where does it come from? Is it a secret or an open secret or as integrated a part of life as electricity in the western world? Does it like humans? Does it eat humans? Is it a creature or a concept? Is a dragon a person, or is a person a dragon? Is it a myth or beast, a corporation  or entity,  AI or a pet? Is it friend or foe or fiend? A figment of the imagination, a hallucination, a vision, a promise, a warning? — The answer is yes. The answer is: Author’s Choice.

Some notes to consider: Since we’re asking writers to (re)define what a dragon is in the body of each story, the fastest way to receive a form rejection will be to have a dragon that we can’t accurately envision; there are no shortcuts or shorthand descriptive tools when one person’s dragon is another person’s Furby. Or gecko. Or … hopefully the point has been made.

Rights and compensation:  Hold yer dragons! This anthology is not yet open to submissions. Specific details (like what our author payment budget is) are still hatching! We do know: previously unpublished works preferred; we will look at reprints but no previously anthologized stories. Seeking exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.

Length: Under 10,000 words.

(Story must be able to stand alone without confusion, but may be part of a larger world/series the writer has written in previously so long as it is the writer’s original world and not fan fiction.)

Submission method: Hold yer dragons! This anthology is not yet open to submissions. Specific details are still hatching! Open submissions won’t start until mid-Spring 2014 at the earliest.

Updates to this anthology will appear here as details hatch and firm up.


[Not yet open] Corvidae

Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish

Corvidae are the family of birds which include such iconic species as crows, ravens, magpies, rooks and nutcrackers. They are known for their high intelligence (they use tools and recognize themselves in mirrors!) and appear in fiction and mythology all through the ages and in a great many different cultures as well.

Corvids are seen as mystical creatures, known to be companions to both Odin and Apollo, believed by the Haida to have created the earth and credited (in the form of Raven the Trickster) for stealing fire and bringing it to earth, but they are also associated with death, disease and madness. According to legend, the Kingdom of England will fall if the ravens leave the Tower of London and so are a kind of good luck charm, but they are also associated with battle and war through their connection with The Morrigan and Badb from Irish mythology. Such paradoxical creatures, it’s easy to be fascinated by them, and a great many of us are.

We are looking for well-written speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror with speculative elements, etc.) of up to 7,500 words long. Nothing gratuitously gory or violent.

Corvidae will be published alongside a companion anthology, Scarecrow. We intend for the two books to be in conversation with one another and so would like some overlap between the authors included in each title. Thus we encourage writers to submit to both anthologies. Please do not submit the same story to both books (if the anthologist believes a story is more appropriate for one than the other she will let you know).

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: July 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 – Not yet open to submissions!

Length: Under 7,500 words

Submission method: Email story as a .doc or .rtf attachment to fae [at] worldweaverpress [dot] com. Subject line: Corvidae Submission: TITLE

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

[Not yet open] Scarecrow

Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish

Scarecrows have been portrayed as everything from empty-headed geniuses to malevolent demons. They’ve appeared in literature and mythology, from as far back as ancient Japan where Kuebiko, the god of agriculture is represented as a wise scarecrow who cannot walk, to more modern representations in Doctor Who. They are  supervillains and storybook heroes, hapless and powerful. Wonderfully paradoxical creatures, much like the birds they are (in their most practical forms) meant to scare away. It is no wonder they capture our imaginations the way they do. It’s time the world had an anthology filled with scarecrow stories.

I will be looking for fresh twists on these ancient characters, exotic locations (both real and imagined), three-dimensional characters, and engaging voices.

Scarecrow will be an anthology of well-written speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, horror with speculative elements, etc.) of up to 7,500 words long. Nothing gratuitously gory or violent.

Scarecrow will be published alongside a companion anthology, Corvidae. We intend for the two books to be in conversation with one another and so would like some overlap between the authors included in each title. Thus we encourage writers to submit to both anthologies. Please do not submit the same story to both books (if the anthologist believes a story is more appropriate for one than the other she will let you know).

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: July 1, 2014 – October 31, 2014 – Not yet open to submissions!

Length: Under 7,500 words

Submission method: Email story as a .doc or .rtf attachment to fae [at] worldweaverpress [dot] com. Subject line: Scarecrow Submission: TITLE

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming World Weaver Press anthology Fae. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Mythic Delirium. Her website, updated weekly, is at rhondaparrish.com.


Previous World Weaver Press anthology calls:

[CLOSED and FILLED] Fae

Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish

Have you ever noticed that, despite the name, there is often a conspicuous absence of fairies in fairy tales? Historically speaking fairies have been mischievous or malignant. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. In Fae, we want stories that honor that rich history but explore new and interesting takes on fairies as well. We want urban fairies and arctic fairies, steampunk fairies, time-traveling and digital fairies. We want stories that bridge traditional and modern styles and while we’re at it, we want stories about fairy-like creatures too. Bring us your sprites, your pixies, your seelies and unseelies, silkies, goblins or gnomes, brownies and imps. We want them all. We’re looking for lush settings, beautiful prose and complex characters.

This is not a children’s anthology: The anthology is meant for a readership of 16-and-up (general adult). We will gladly consider fairy-based horror. If we say it’s adult fiction then why “16-and-up”? It’s a completely arbitrary number based on the age some of us here at WWP were when we first read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fairies and Shakespearean innuendo, oh my!

9/30/2013: Update from the anthologist.
11/12/2013: Update from the anthologist.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.

About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of Niteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com

Open submission period: September 1 – November 30, 2013

Length: Under 7,500 words.

Submission method: Email story to fae [at] worldweaverpress[dot] com.  As a .doc or .rtf attachment rather than in the body of your email, but I won’t turn away the latter so if you’ve already submitted, don’t panic.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

[CLOSED and FILLED] He Sees You When You’re Sleeping: A Christmas Krampus Anthology (in partnership with Enchanted Conversation)

Anthologist: Kate Wolford

You know the Jolly Old Elf of Christmas, right? Of course you do. You can’t avoid him. Yet, Santa Claus isn’t just a kindly old expert at breaking and entering and leaving gifts he didn’t actually buy for the children of a house. At least he isn’t in Austria and many other parts of Europe.

In these ancient places, where, perhaps, the old, old gods still add a touch of mischief, Krampus is the angry, punishing sidekick of St. Nicholas (Santa’s counterpart in much of Europe). Known for his willingness to punish rotten children, Krampus might even be considered Santa’s dark side or evil twin.

Krampus is the sort of guy more and more North Americans want to explore. He’s definitely having a moment this side of the Atlantic. To that end, World Weaver Press and Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine are pleased to announce a joint venture: An anthology of Krampus short stories.

We hope you’ll explore every possible Krampus angle via short stories. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 from Enchanted Conversation and paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.

Open submission period: June 15 – November 30, 2013

Length: Under 10,000 words.

Submission method: Email cover letter and story to enchantedconversation [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Krampus Anthology – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info, story’s title, and approximate word count; no need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

More details to follow at Enchanted Conversation!

Editor’s update 7/10/13: Would love to see more psychological horror in the submission pile. Seeing a lot of cute stories a ten-year-old could read and blood-and-gore stories, both of which are fine, but we seek to build the mid-range.

Far Orbit is listed at Duotrope.Listed at Duotrope, Diabolical Plots Submission Grinder, Dark Markets, Horror Tree.

 

[CLOSED and FILLED] Specter Spectacular II: 13 Deathly Tales

Anthologist: Eileen Wiedbrauk

Specter Spectacular II: 13 Deathly Tales. The shift from Specter Spectacular I’s “ghostly tales” to Specter Spectacular II’s “deathly tales” is a slight one, but rather than repeat of the first anthology, we hope to expand on the content and story tropes while still holding onto the eerie and enthralling feeling associated with the classic ghost story. While the final anthology will include some ghost stories, we also hope to feature rifts between worlds, specters and jack-o’-lanters, ghosts that are not ghosts, psychopomps (characters who conduct spirits or souls to the other world, such as Charon, Valkyries, the Grim Reaper, etc.), psychic mediums, and tales of crossing over … and back … and perhaps over and back again. We’re quite intrigued by the possibilities (gothic, mythological, modern, humorous, etc.) and are looking forward to seeing what authors bring to the table. We recommend a familiarity with Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly TalesAs we did in the first volume, we will seek a mix of scary, eerie, beautiful, and funny stories to round out the reading experience. The first volume made Tangent’s 2012 recommended reading list and was named a Night Owl Review Top Pick; we hope to see the same quality of fiction or higher in volume II.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 + paperback copy of the anthology. Will consider new and reprinted works in English. For previously unpublished works: Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology. For reprints: Seeking non-exclusive right to publish in print and electronic formats for life of anthology. Preference for stories which have not been anthologized previously.

Open submission period: May 1 – June 15, 2013.

Length: Under 10,000 words.

Submission method: Email cover letter + story to submissions[at]worldweaverpress.com with the subject line “Specter Spectacular II – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info, story’s title, approximate word count, and where/when the story was previously published (if you’re seeking a reprint); no need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.

Please do not resubmit stories which were declined during the first Specter Spectacular submission period unless they have been greatly re-written in the interim.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

*Note: World Weaver Press is a market for LGBT, multi-ethnic, multi-national, non-tradition fiction.  We’re more concerned with “well written” than any other marker.

Listed at Duotrope.comDark MarketsDiabolical Plots Grinder, and Horror Tree.

[CLOSED and FILLED] Far Orbit: Speculative Space Adventures

Anthologist: Bascomb James

“We began as wanderers and we are wanderers still…”    Carl Sagan

The journey continues… World Weaver Press is looking for modern space adventures crafted in the Grand Tradition. We are not looking for slavish imitations of past classics. Rather, we would like to receive stories that establish a new tradition in the much maligned sci-fi adventure genera — smart, modern stories built around the classic traditions.

We are looking for adventure stories that are creative, readable, and memorable. We are also looking for midnight indulgences; exciting stories that transport you from the everyday grind and leave you wondrously satisfied. All adventure-based sci-fi genera are welcome but stay away from fantasy elements unless they are genetically engineered or cybernetic. Stories can begin on Earth but the major action should happen out there, beyond the edges of our blue marble. Dystopia (Mad Max) and fantasy-like adventures (John Carter of Mars) have to be very special to be included in this anthology. Please, no fan fiction.

Because adventure stories often take more space to develop, World Weaver Press is accepting stories up to 10,000 words in length.

Previously published stories are acceptable but we will not publish stories that have been previously anthologized.

Want to know more about the editor’s preferences? Read Bascomb James’s article on what draws him to SF in the Grand Tradition.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $0.01/word. All contributors will receive a paperback copy of the anthology. For previously unpublished works: Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive rights to publish in print and electronic format for twelve months after publication date after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for a fixed number of years. For reprints: Seeking non-exclusive right to publish in print and electronic formats for a fixed number of  years. Previously unpublished stories preferred; Reprints will be considered. No previously anthologized stories.

Open submission period: January 1 – March 31, 2013.

Submission method: Email cover letter + story to FarOrbit[at]worldweaverpress.com with the subject line “Far Orbit - story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info, story’s title, approximate word count, and where/when the story was previously published (if you’re seeking a reprint); no need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.

*Note: World Weaver Press is a market for LGBT, multi-ethnic, multi-national, non-tradition fiction.  We’re more concerned with “well written” than any other marker.

Far Orbit is listed at Duotrope. Listed at Duotrope.com and Ralan.com. Diabolical Plot’s Grinder.

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[CLOSED] A Winter’s Enchantment

Read it now!

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[CLOSED and FILLED] Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Tales 

Read it now!

Theme: New takes on the classic ghost story Submission period: May 7-July 7, 2012 We encourage writers to report their submissions/responses on the Specter Spectacular Duotrope listing.

For fiction in general (and the World Weaver Press submission philosophy) please see the fiction submissions page. For information about standard formatting, see William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format. More submission information: General Fiction Nonfiction

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