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Title: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Overlord on March 08, 2016, 11:26:47 AM
Thank you so much to the Fantasy-Faction community who have always been so quick to support and encourage us on our increasing array of projects. Because you've all been a part of this journey (even helping us decide upon the theme!), we've decided to release details about the upcoming Guns & Dragons anthology here first.

What is GUNS & DRAGONS?

GUNS & DRAGONS is an anthology that will bring together twenty SFF tales. Seventeen stories will be written by some of the world’s most renowned authors and three will come from a writing competition to discover new talent.

Why guns and dragons?

Dragons: ancient and wise, holding the secrets of the universe; fire-breathing monsters protecting their hordes of gold; genetically modified beasts capable of travelling through time and space; or immortal beings worshipped for their god-like abilities?

Guns: protection against a hostile race; tools of redemption or revenge; a turning point in history; or instrument threatening planetary destruction?

GUNS & DRAGONS invites authors to create wondrous scenarios that combine two of the most iconic, versatile, and powerful elements of SFF. High magic, low magic. Ancient, modern, or futuristic. We have invited authors to show us how these great beasts can coexist with one of the most deadly weapons ever invented.

What kind of stories are you looking for?

Fantasy, science fiction and all their subgenres are invited. Hybrids are encouraged.

Will you be representing SFF and authors appropriately?

It is important to us that this anthology is diverse in every sense of the word. This extends beyond the genres being written in through to the authors we are inviting to submit work.

An anthology called GUNS & DRAGONS could simply be a book containing only high-octane ‘man with gun vs ferocious dragon’ stories. Although we would like this type of story represented, we have invited our authors to be creative with the ways guns and dragons are used, who is using/interacting with them, and how the worlds of the dragons and guns collide.

What length will the stories be?

We will be inviting authors to submit stories of 3000, 5000 or 8000 words.

In addition to the anthology, what else can readers expect?

Over the course of around 18 months, we will be running cross-media content related to the anthology. This will include video/audio/text-based interviews and guest posts on Fantasy-Faction. We will also be producing behind the scenes content along our journey towards the completed anthology. My hope, too, is that we can run some short story advice content from the professional authors and get permission from authors to break a few short stories down to analyse what we love about them too.

What are the details for the contest?

More information on the contest will be release VERY soon! :) Authors will have a good 3 months to write their stories, so don't worry!

When will it be published?

We will look to publish the anthology between February and March 2017.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: JMack on March 08, 2016, 12:17:59 PM
No LIKE button!?

Seriously, Marc, everyone has been so excited to get more information.
This is sounding great.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Nora on March 08, 2016, 12:25:34 PM
OMG yiiiiisssss at last!

I will definitely try to write something for this even though the competition looks like it will be horrendous!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: CameronJohnston on March 08, 2016, 12:43:12 PM
YES! Looking forward to this :D

I'll try and submit something if I'm eligible to do so.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on March 08, 2016, 02:52:19 PM
OOOOH OOOOH I'M SO EXCITED I ALREADY HAVE A STORY WRITTEN AND EVERYTHING THIS IS AWESOME!!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ScarletBea on March 08, 2016, 02:59:20 PM
OOOOH OOOOH I'M SO EXCITED I ALREADY HAVE A STORY WRITTEN AND EVERYTHING THIS IS AWESOME!!

wow all caps for our m3m is going-to-the-moon-and-back excitement ;D

I can confirm his story is FAB!!!
Marc, he's got my seal of approval ;)
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ultamentkiller on March 08, 2016, 04:47:23 PM
I'm excited for this! I don't read most anthologies, but this one is so unique I'll have to check it out.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on March 08, 2016, 06:23:57 PM
OOOOH OOOOH I'M SO EXCITED I ALREADY HAVE A STORY WRITTEN AND EVERYTHING THIS IS AWESOME!!

wow all caps for our m3m is going-to-the-moon-and-back excitement ;D

I can confirm his story is FAB!!!
Marc, he's got my seal of approval ;)

*blush*

i have to thank @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) -- he provided an amazing critique for me, and i'm super-appreciative of the impact he added.  the story wasn't nearly as strong before i had his input.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Nora on March 09, 2016, 12:10:33 AM
How is the selection of the three stories going to work? Is it decided backstage by FF staff? I suppose we can't keep it to a FF vote since people from fb or the internet might want to join in... Will we have to send them like normal submissions?
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Alex Hormann on March 09, 2016, 01:15:02 AM
Well I know what I'll be doing once I finish my coursework.  :D
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Overlord on March 09, 2016, 09:08:47 AM
How is the selection of the three stories going to work? Is it decided backstage by FF staff? I suppose we can't keep it to a FF vote since people from fb or the internet might want to join in... Will we have to send them like normal submissions?

Not for this one, no. The editors will decide like the last anthology :)

There will be a contest with a submission form on the main site. The form will accept .doc, .rtf, etc.

Last time we had around 1700 entries... so it'll be fun ;)
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Nora on March 09, 2016, 09:18:59 AM
1700 to THREE slots? Hot damn!  ;D no way a beginner like me would make these odds but hell, it'll be fun as you say!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: CameronJohnston on March 09, 2016, 09:40:54 AM
1700?  Yikes, that's some long odds there! Well, we will have to try our best and polish our stories until they shine.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on March 09, 2016, 11:51:54 PM
*gulp*

nope.  not intimidated at all.

*pulls at collar*

not in the slightest.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: DrMclony on March 16, 2016, 04:57:55 AM
Long odds, but it could certainly be a fun distraction! I'll be looking forward to more information.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 16, 2016, 05:21:57 AM
If Trump can win the nominee, I can sure as hell beat those other 1700 folks and claim all three spots! Hoping the window is open over the summer so I'll actually have time to write something. Not like I don't have a Doc prequel set up or anything...
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: DrMclony on March 16, 2016, 05:44:27 AM
Oh, and how gun like must the gun be? Must it be a barrel with a trigger and some form of propulsion for a projectile? Must it use gunpowder and bullets? Or can it fire, for example, a moon? Would that be too cannon like? I have an idea but it involves a verry large projectile...
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: JAMcColley on March 18, 2016, 12:22:26 PM
"That's no moon! It's a--" Splat!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on May 19, 2016, 03:19:04 PM
so.  um.  any news on this whole guns and dragons thing?
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Eclipse on May 19, 2016, 04:00:43 PM
The next century, being optimistic this is overlord only kidding hopefully it be soon.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Rostum on May 19, 2016, 08:42:18 PM
When I spoke to Marc last month this is next on his list bear in mind the enormous number of words to be read by very few people. I wasn't around for the last anthology but believe that was late by years. I have no idea of the number of submissions but would be surprised if it was greater than last time.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ScarletBea on May 19, 2016, 08:50:25 PM
??
I think what m3m was asking was about the submission process - it hasn't happened yet, right? I think Marc only talked with known authors for stories, but he did say there was going to be a competition for unpublished writers, which interested the people here from the forums

Here:
GUNS & DRAGONS is an anthology that will bring together twenty SFF tales. Seventeen stories will be written by some of the world’s most renowned authors and three will come from a writing competition to discover new talent.

There will be a contest with a submission form on the main site. The form will accept .doc, .rtf, etc.

2 months later, here we are, and writers are getting itchy fingers ;D
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ultamentkiller on May 20, 2016, 01:52:58 AM
Gosh, you guys are worse than people still waiting on Winds of Winter! Show some patience! :P
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Autumn2May on June 09, 2016, 08:53:54 PM
Hey guys! Quick update.

The update is: we don't have an update.

Marc had some real life emergencies come up and we've put the anthology on hold until he's ready to work on it again. It is still a thing! But we don't have a working timeline at the moment.

Trust me we are both 100% into making this happen, but unfortunately real life trumps fantasy life.

Promise I will update you again as soon as we pick it back up again!

Thanks for being patient! :)
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Raptori on June 09, 2016, 09:02:37 PM
Thanks for the update, much appreciated!


Good to hear that we might have time to get our story sorted out after all. Might be worth trying to find someone to check out the part we've written so far...  :o
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on June 09, 2016, 09:48:32 PM
yay!  even an update to say there's no update is way appreciated!

thanks!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on July 03, 2016, 09:00:18 PM
whoa!  look what i found today while doing some random googling!

https://fantasyfactionpublishing.com/

anthology contest stuff!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: JRTroughton on July 03, 2016, 09:04:00 PM
That's cool.

I should probably write my story for this!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Raptori on July 03, 2016, 09:19:16 PM
Great find!  :o
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ScarletBea on July 03, 2016, 09:30:01 PM
Marc might have forgotten to update it, based on everything that was going on in his life, because the contest page still says:

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Contest submissions will open toward the end of April 2016 and remain open until one month later. Any story sent before submissions open or after submissions close will be discarded.

And now he might be trying to fix brexit ;D
(are you, @Overlord (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1)?)
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: CameronJohnston on July 04, 2016, 03:13:17 PM
Good find!

Hrmm...not entirely sure if I can submit something to this now :/ Don't think I can really claim to be a professional, published author yet (a single pro-level sale, but SFWA uses 3 as an industry standard of professional), but neither am I unpublished. What to do...
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: sennydreadful on July 04, 2016, 03:29:52 PM
Has there been an official update on what's happening with the Guns & Dragons anthology? If the deadlines have shifted, that could be useful to know...  :)
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on December 28, 2016, 02:53:13 PM
pssst.

@Overlord@Autumn2May.

bump.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Lanko on December 28, 2016, 02:59:47 PM
It's just me or this thread doesn't have Likes enabled?  :o
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on December 28, 2016, 03:04:46 PM
It's just me or this thread doesn't have Likes enabled?  :o

*like*
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ScarletBea on December 28, 2016, 03:59:06 PM
Somehow I think this has dropped quite a lot in importance since the announcement of the 2017 convention.
There's limited time and people to go around for everything.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on December 28, 2016, 05:20:43 PM
Somehow I think this has dropped quite a lot in importance since the announcement of the 2017 convention.
There's limited time and people to go around for everything.

*dislike*
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: Lanko on December 28, 2016, 05:25:47 PM
Somehow I think this has dropped quite a lot in importance since the announcement of the 2017 convention.
There's limited time and people to go around for everything.

*dislike*

*Likes the dislike*
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ScarletBea on December 28, 2016, 05:30:37 PM
*likes the like and the dislike*

I guess you'll have to focus on the monthly stories collection :D
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: G_R_Matthews on January 03, 2017, 08:45:30 PM
The anthology is still being worked on... just slowly at the moment.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: m3mnoch on January 03, 2017, 09:25:10 PM
The anthology is still being worked on... just slowly at the moment.

yay!
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: ScarletBea on January 03, 2017, 09:34:00 PM
The anthology is still being worked on... just slowly at the moment.
Good :)
But I think that what people want to know is if there's going to be a request for stories here, or it's going on outside the forum.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: G_R_Matthews on January 04, 2017, 08:40:54 PM
The anthology is still being worked on... just slowly at the moment.
Good :)
But I think that what people want to know is if there's going to be a request for stories here, or it's going on outside the forum.

Hi Bea,

At present all I know is that the Anthology is still a go project. Outside of that I have no info. Sorry.
Title: Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
Post by: CameronJohnston on January 09, 2017, 11:20:00 PM
Well there hasn't been any updates for this anthology so I may as well start sending the story I wrote for this out to other markets soon.