To submit send your finished and edited to the best of your ability work to firstname.lastname@example.org as a doc attachment. Please do not include identifying information within the document as we do intend for blind judging. Any identifiers will be deleted. I promise to keep careful track of who submitted what.
Expenses for anthology production will be split between accepted authors.
QUICK SUBMISSION RUNDOWN:
1. 500 to 10k words... for this anthology we are opening the gates to accept flash fiction length pieces.
2. Fantasy or Fantasy Subgenre.
3. Fits the chosen theme of “Cats” in some way.
4. Does not include explicit material, meets the group standards as expanded upon at our website. http://www.fellowshipoffantasy.com/submission-guidelines.html#submission
5. A complete self-contained short story, not an excerpt of a larger work.
6. Not currently available for purchase download (stories that are previously published in other publications or anthologies will be considered on a case by case basis. Please note in your submission email).
7. Submissions start 6/15/2018 and run through 7/15/2018
8. While we will allow multiple submissions per author, only one will be accepted.
Submissions 6/15/2018 and run through 7/15/2018
Rather than allowing a long period for authors to rewrite and resubmit a story, we will be doing a simple acceptance/rejection system. Some small edits may be requested if we like a story enough to want it included but have some suggestions to make it shine even more. These will be returned to the author so that they can make the adjustments so we don’t have editors messing with the author’s voice.
Proofreading (grammar, punctuation, and spelling, not line editing) will be provided by the group, but please do your best to submit a clean first draft as it is just more professional.
Proofing will lead into prelaunch, and I would like to release the anthology in September or October.
Theme: The story must feature a cat in some way.
General: The purpose of the anthology is to provide a sample of various authors’ work and allow for us to pool our audience/social media presence to draw in more readers. The anthology will be free in ebook form.
As the book will not be making a profit, there will be no royalties paid out. The purpose of this anthology is marketing, not profit.
Since we cannot put the paperback version for free, there may be a small amount of revenue garnered from that version. We will put those funds back into advertising.
We will draw up a contract that grants the anthology first publication rights with an expiration date so that you may republish the work on your own or submit it elsewhere after a four month period.
Each submission must be an original, self-contained work. Not an excerpt from a larger work (though it may be set in a world or use characters that also appear in a larger work, the story needs to read as a story, not as a “teaser” for a bigger project.).
Each work should be between 500 and 10k words. Works that are over or under by small amounts (say a couple hundred words) will be judged on a case by case basis.
Must fit the theme of “Catss” in some way, but we are open to a broad interpretation of said theme.
Must abide by the groups “low PG-13” standard in terms of violence, language, and sexual situations/innuendo (see the main site for more details http://www.fellowshipoffantasy.com/submission-guidelines.html)
The group retains the right to reject an entry due to perceived issues of quality.
Submissions can be emailed to Anthology Coordinator, Heidi Burke at email@example.com Please attach as a .doc file. Judging will be “blind” so remove any mention of the author name from the submission itself.
We ask that you use a legible font in at least 11 pt.
We actually want a varied tone rather than a homogenized one, so any work that fits the theme, length requirement, and content standards as listed above will be considered. Please no stories that are ONLY interesting to children, though. Stories that are appropriate for children or interesting to children are fine, but no easy reader or picture book level simplicity. Aim for at least Middle Grade content level, and try to provide something adult readers would enjoy as well.
Positions and Responsibilities:
Members will be asked to donate a small amount towards cover design, proofreading, and formatting expenses, but the team will work hard to keep this down to a low number. We’re looking at options for $30 premades for the cover, for instance. There will also be a $100 administration fee paid to Heidi Burke as the organizer of the project. The total amount depends on the length of the anthology and the number of authors splitting the prices, but for instance if proofreading turns out to be $200, formatting $75, cover design $30, and the one time fee is $100, then we have 10 participating authors, the inclusion fee will be $40, but if we have 15 participating authors (our cap) it will be $27 a piece. Also, those numbers are not set in stone (a shorter anthology means cheaper proofreading. Formatting is currently under investigation/negotiation. We are open to an author donating a completed cover design--to be approved by the group--rather than paying the fee).
Things that will be considered by the judges include whether the piece:
1. Makes sense. I know we're writing fantasy, but does the story make sense or does it just seem to be a series of disconnected events ... this could also be phrased "is it confusing." Also looking out for continuity problems.
2. Fits the theme: It in someway involves a cat.
3. Not error filled ... we do not expect "error free." Typos and mistakes are forgivable, that's why we'll have editing rounds, but it's just good to clean up your own mess, don't submit something with constant tense switching, obvious misspellings, and other errors.
4. Fits the word count range ... don't submit a 15k word monster. Don't submit a 500 word flash.
5. Actually has a story with a clear arc and resolution.
6. Actually has characters with definable characteristics.
7. Does not suffer from obvious writing "problems" like over use of passive voice, head hopping, info dumps ...
We realize that some of these can be subjective and depend on taste. We are going to arrange a system of readers to both lessen the workload for the administration and create some protection against the whole thing being “Stories Heidi Really Likes” instead of “Stories with Broad Appeal.”
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