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Anthologies looking for stories
« on: August 04, 2018, 05:26:40 AM »

So this came across my facebook feed... couldn't tell you a whole lot more about it but it might interest some of you guys.

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Unexpected Heroines:

Why is it always the teenage girl who is the heroine?
These are the stories of female protagonists who are never cast in the feature films. The awkward, the old, the forgotten, the different.
Their adventures were never meant to be. Their save-the-world expeditions shouldn't have happened. They are the ones who stepped forward when no-one else would.
Our unexpected heroines.

Forgotten Sidekicks:

We all know what happens when the hero saves the day, but what about their sidekicks?
Too often the hero is held high and celebrated whilst their sidekicks and comrades are brushed to the side; their own battles forgotten, and their actions airbrushed to nothingness from the tales of victory.
These are the stories of the ones who aren’t remembered; the ones who helped save the day, and got cast aside; the ones who don’t want the applause, and the ones who deserved the applause and never received it.
These stories didn't make the headlines - but they happened, and they're glorious.

Lost Gods:

They have slept for centuries. Buried. Forgotten. Lost.
Until they awake. Or are awoken.
When the deities of old return, will they bring blessings or destruction to a time that no long remembers them?
Should they be left to lie in peace, or used for our own ends? Are they gods, or monsters?
What lies out there in the realms of the lost gods?

Submission Guidelines:

The submission window will run from 1st September until the 30th November inclusive.

Submissions to be emailed to:

Lost Gods – lostgodsanthology@gmail.com

Forgotten Sidekicks – forgottensidekicks@gmail.com

Unexpected Heroines – unexpectedheroines@gmail.com

All fantasy sub-genre and styles will be considered – comedic, epic, grimdark, noblebright etc. We are particularly keen on diversity - think older characters, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities

Submissions should be (ideally) between 4-7,000 words (10% leeway given either side) and either 1.5 or double spaced and in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial size 12/14. Please include your contact details at the end of the story, along with a short bio and details of any writing credentials and/or social media handles.

We are aware that this is a long submission window, but hectic lifestyles for both writers and editors means that we must be patient. Editors will be reading submissions as they are received but final decisions are unlikely to be publicised until the end of December 2018 at the earliest. This allows there to be a reasonable amount of time for reading and selecting the final line-up.

Payment will be £15 per story and a physical copy of the final anthology for which the story appears and, should you also wish, copies of the eBook for your own private use and not for resale or lending.

Any questions relating to submission guidelines – please do ask away!

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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 08:58:31 AM »
JR, which publisher/magazine is looking for the above?
I think that might be a useful information ;)
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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2018, 09:30:19 AM »
Hmmm thats a good question. I need to look for the Facebook post again...

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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2018, 01:55:09 PM »
It is Grimbold books :) They are good people.

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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2018, 01:40:37 AM »
£15 per story doesn't seem very much.

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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2018, 08:59:03 AM »
Agreed.  The short story market is rough.  There's a wide range of places that pay from decent to nothing.
Anthologies are not typically very profitable. And I don't think Grimbold books is particularly large. The pay is obviously symbolic moreso than fair compensation for the work put into a 4k word work.

The reason I passed it on, despite the low pay is that on query letters and whatnot having been paid for your writing matters, and they don't ask how much.  So it is a good resume-padding experience for those of us who haven't landed agents or publishers and have very few paid writing credits to our name.

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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2018, 11:53:21 PM »
I’m pretty interested in the “Unexpected Heroines”. The idea of an aged woman heroine, while not exactly new, is still fun to consider. It’s not Fantasy/SF, but my mind goes fondly back to “The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax”, a mild-mannered widow who decides to become a spy for the CIA.

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Re: Anthologies looking for stories
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2018, 02:15:36 PM »
As @CameronJohnston says Grimbold are good people if relatively new. I believe Pete Sutton and Stephen Poore are editing/compiling Forgotten Sidekicks and Roz Clarke and Charlotte Bond for Unexpected Heroines.

While £15 is worth an hours work I suspect most who write here would look at the exposure as more useful than the money.

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