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Writers' Corner / Get your manuscript in front of great agents
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:43:11 PM »
We're doing this thing with/at Nine Worlds in August - the agents from Conville and Walsh have volunteered to review sf/f manuscripts in advance, then have one-on-one meetings with writers to give them advice and feedback.

All the details are here:


No fee or anything, but a great chance to get your work in front of a top agency.

(Also not a thread for this one, so thought I'd get it out there)

The first Nine Worlds convention was last year and it was a hoot - great panels, debates, workshops, sword-fighting classes, gin tastings and costumes.

It is for fandoms of all types - there will be a LOT of great books programming, but that's just one thread, with some great comics, movies, Game of Thones, podcast, Bronies, steampunk, Whedon strands as well. Should be a blast.

London - in the wilds near Heathrow -

Every year we produce a free 'stocking stuffer' chapbook - this year's theme is romance and three authors have given us some very funny stories...

Snaffle them here.

They've also done them under pen names. The only hint I'm giving is that all three stories are from published authors (both previously by Jurassic and elsewhere). Other than that... good luck!

[DEC 2013] Angelmaker / Angelmaker Cover Code
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:04:05 AM »
Sadly, we didn't get this in the UK - but the American edition of the book had a code hidden in the cover...

Here's a bit about it: http://fifthfloordiversions.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/clockwork-and-cryptography-angelmaker.html

Small Press & Self-Published / Pandemonium: ASH - out now! (And free)
« on: October 11, 2013, 12:27:59 PM »
Our latest chapbook is released today, and it is a doozy!

Pandemonium: Ash contains six (very short) stories set in the year 1883 - taking place all over the world and showing the repercussions (natural and unnatural) of Krakatoa's explosion.


  • "Delft" by Richard de Nooy
  • "I Dreamt I Held Her Hand" by Nerine Dorman
  • "Duidain" by Dan Green
  • "A Raft" by Charlie Human
  • "Under the Sign of the Cockatrice" by Timothy J. Jarvis
  • "Waves" by Lavie Tidhar

These stories are haunting, horrifying, extremely dark and wonderfully atmospheric: six windows into a world that's been wracked by a cataclysm of immeasurable size. Plus: monsters.

Free on Kobo and Spacewitch and Goodreads.

Less free (but very cheap) on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.


[Sep 2013] - Battles / [Sep 2013] - Battles - VOTE!
« on: October 01, 2013, 11:54:07 AM »
Vote vote vote!

[Oct 2013] - Sports / October Writing Contest - Sports!
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:45:59 PM »
If last month was about something quite familiar to fantasy fiction, this month we're going to something that's, well... pretty far removed:


Don't knock it - some of the best stories in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror have been written about sports. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Golem's Mighty Swing, Summerland, all blend a modern sport with fantasy - and who can forget the Real Ghostbusters episode where they play baseball for the fate of the world? (I've clearly got baseball on my mind! So how about Spacejam?)

There's the familiar fantasy sports - slightly romanticised versions of medieval 'games' -  from the tournaments of A Game of Thrones to the duels of Sharps.

And, of course, there's the made up stuff: Rollerball, Ender's Game, The Player of Games, the X-Men's Danger Room,...

So, this month... we want you to write a story (or poem) with some sort of sport or contest as its center. This could be a real sport, a quasi-historical competition or something that you just full-on make up. It could be a board game, a joust, the Superbowl or the legendary Man U / Man City RaptorBrawl of 2987. Go wild.

As always, fan fiction is not allowed. The Hunger Games is doing well enough without us.


1. This can be prose or a poem.
2. A sport, game or competition must be a core element in your piece.
4. Prose must be 500-1500 words long. (Yup, I've cut it by 500 words. I'm mean.)
5. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits. (Again, mean.)

Entry will close at Noon (GMT) on the 1st November 2013, barring any extraneous circumstances and voting will be open for the month thereafter.

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website in December 2013.

(Tip: Check out some of the great sportswriting - from folks like Grantland Rice and David Halberstam. These are folks that specialised in writing emotional action scenes, so there's plenty to learn! Ditto, if you just flip to the sports section of the daily paper, you'll find professionals than can describe 80 different ways of "kicking a ball", and describing a physical event to people that weren't there... you don't need to like sports to learn from sport journalism.)

(Back to back events! Wooo!)

So, latest Jurassic London anthology is coming out on 29 October - this is The Book of the Dead, 19 stories about mummies, published in partnership with the Egypt Exploration Society.

Launch party is totally free to attend, come one, come all - at the Phoenix Artists Club, by Tottenham Court Road, kicking off at 7 pm.

Because of the convenient proximity to World Fantasy, a lot of the overseas contributors will be there, and the lineup on the night currently includes Paul Cornell, Maria Dahvana Headley, Lou Morgan, Molly Tanzer, David Bryher, Louis Greenberg (who is also half of SL Grey!), Will Hill, Den Patrick, Jonathan Green, David Thomas Moore and many, many others.

Readings, signings, pretty books and good company. Plus, you know, mummies.

(Dressing with Egyptian flair is much encouraged...)

Party: https://www.facebook.com/events/488225237937610/

And the book: http://www.pandemonium-fiction.com/book-of-the-dead.html

Another Kitschies event - London, Blackwell's Charing Cross, Monday 28 October:

Tim Powers (Anubis Gates, Drawing of the Dark, Last Call, etc. etc.)
Lavie Tidhar (The Violent Century, Osama, etc. etc.)
Kate Griffin (The Midnight Mayor, The Glass God, etc. etc.)

All talking about secret histories and where reality and fantasy overlap and all sorts of interesting, sprawling things. Definitely three of the brightest, quirkiest minds in genre. Brought to you by The Kitschies. Woooo.

£3 ticket (but you get a coupon for purchases on the night, so,... actually only £1, I think)

Tickets here:


P.S. Already 2/3rds sold out, there's a chance this'll be standing room only, and then some...

Open For Submissions / Masque Books
« on: September 08, 2013, 12:23:51 PM »
Another interesting one - the digital only imprint for Prime.


Looking for novels. Require first three chapters with the submission. Worth checking out...

Open For Submissions / Bobby Dollar short stories for Hodder
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:31:22 PM »
Another writing competition from Hodderscape, based on Tad Williams' new series:


Open For Submissions / Clive Barker's Midian
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:54:44 AM »
An interesting one - write in the world of Clive Barker's Nightbreed!

Looks like a quick turnaround, so if you're interested, get to writin'.


Open For Submissions / Irregularity & The Rite of Spring
« on: August 16, 2013, 03:40:00 PM »
Two of, er, mine:

Irregularity will be published in partnership with the National Maritime Museum, released to coincide with two of their upcoming exhibitions.

The stories should be focused on the period between 1660 and 1860, and those brave and motivated men and women who promoted scientific thought, skepticism and intellectual rigour in the face of superstition and intolerance. From Newton to Lovelace, Harrison to Darwin- these people attempted (both successfully and unsuccessfully) to bring order to the world.

A very detailed brief (with a timeline and pictures) over on the Jurassic site.

3,000 - 6,000 words. Deadline: 7 November. Will be published next spring as a limited edition hardcover, paperback and ebook. Original stories only please, no reprints. Contributors will receive a royalty share and gratis copies (of all editions).


The Rite of Spring

This is another "flash fiction" collection. This time, I'm looking for stories set in 1913 (which was a pretty fascinating year) and outside of the United States.

Strict maximum of 750 words, due 15 December. The stories should be "slightly alternate histories" - weird, creepy, fantastic, speculative stuff that's just a bit out of the norm...  Reading the earlier chapbooks in this series isn't a bad idea (they're free).

Payment is £15 and Rite will be published as an ebook.

Details here

Oooh, aaah, etc.

Who do we think will be on them?

(Also a backhanded way of promoting my spontaneous blog competition - if you make the best prediction, I'll send you an EPIC care package. Contents of my choosing.)

Open For Submissions / Cults and Clubs
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:23:00 PM »
Flash fiction competition with Litro Magazine - no cash prize, but publication in a prestigious lit journal & a year's subscription.

700 words, due 25 August.


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