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What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« 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.
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #2 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!
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #4 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!!

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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #5 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 ;)
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #6 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.

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« Reply #7 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 -- 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.

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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #8 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?
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2016, 01:15:02 AM »
Well I know what I'll be doing once I finish my coursework.  :D
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #10 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 ;)
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #11 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!
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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #12 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.

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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2016, 11:51:54 PM »
*gulp*

nope.  not intimidated at all.

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Re: What is GUNS & DRAGONS?
« Reply #14 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.
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