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Ooh la la. Contains stories by, amongst others, Sam Sykes and Will Hill.

I'm celebrating the book's BFS "Best Anthology" and "Best Short Story" nominations with a giveaway on Goodreads. Also celebrating finding a pair of copies of the (sold out) paperback and not knowing what to do with them. The best kind of celebration - spontaneous!

Away we go!

UK only, but free to enter and no obligation to do anything (besides be a Goodreads member, I suppose)

Open For Submissions / Dodo Fiction!
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:46:02 PM »
Another fun one. No money, but flash fiction & good prizes:



We’re looking for short stories about dodos. Dodos in space, homicidal dodos, the ins and outs of dodo society, epic dodo fantasy… whatever gets those creative juices flowing!

The winning entry will appear on Hodderscape, and the winner will receive a little goody bag. We absolutely reserve the right to fall in love with more than one story, and proclaim multiple winners.


2000 words max! (We’re very serious about this. If your story dangles even a single participle over the limit, we won’t read it.)
Original fiction only.
No Eyre Affair fan fiction, please.
No poetry.
It isn’t necessary that you include an element of the speculative or the fantastic… but this is an SFF website. So, you know. Just sayin’.
Please send your story to Hodderscape@hodder.co.uk by 5 pm, Monday, 5th August, with the subject line ‘Dodo Story Competition.’

Open For Submissions / Fantasy for Good
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:54:55 PM »
A good one! No pay, but one hell of a lineup.


So far we’ve announced stories from Michael Moorcock, Kelley Armstrong, Nnedi Okorafor, Piers Anthony and Alan Dean Foster, with more big names to come!
Most slots will be filled by invite only, but we are leaving some room for unsolicited stories. If you would like to submit a story to us we would be happy to consider it, but PLEASE read and follow our guidelines or risk disqualifying yourself.
There is no theme for this anthology.
We are looking for stories from any sub-genre of fantasy, from epic to urban.
You may set your story in an established world owned by you, using characters owned by you, but please ensure your submission can be read as a standalone story without prior knowledge.
Do not use elements of other writers’ work.
Send us a story that is a complete story! We’re not looking for a few scenes from your WIP or a rambling tale that goes nowhere and has nothing to say.
Original stories only please. No reprints. Nothing that you have put on your website for free. No short stories that you added to the end of your self-published novel on Amazon as a bonus.
Reading window is from July 1st to August 31st 2013. Stories submitted outside of this window will be deleted unread.
Story length should be between 1,000 to 7,000 words. If your story is longer, query us first.
No simultaneous or multiple submissions please.
E-mail your story to fantasyforgood@gmail.com
More Submissions guidelines here.
Please direct questions to fantasyforgood@gmail.com or comment on this post, or you can contact us via our Facebook page - it is a good idea to like the Facebook page to receive updates on the anthology and announcements about contributors.
Please note that because this is a charity collection there will be no payment for accepted stories. You will receive one print copy and one e-copy of the book once it is published (target is March 2014). We ask for one year exclusive rights on your story but copyright remains with the author.


Open For Submissions / Shadows and Tall Trees
« on: July 13, 2013, 07:18:29 AM »
Horror and dark fantasy, it looks like:

I publish quiet, literary horror fiction. Fiction that is offbeat and eclectic; dark, bizarre and psychological. Stories both subtle and prosaic. Weird, strange tales. Ghost stories. Shadows & Tall Trees is a literary journal of the dark and fantastic, with mainstream sensibilities. I am seeking low-key, literary horror.

1 cent/work payment, plus contrib copies


I could've sworn we sold out of the paperback, but then I found two copies - stuck them up on Goodreads:


Includes stories by Sam Sykes, Will Hill and many others. Good unclean fun based in the Wild West!

Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / The Lowest Heaven giveaway
« on: July 07, 2013, 09:18:24 AM »
Tinkering with Goodreads giveaways... join me in the experiment!

Copies of The Lowest Heaven going to a good home, all you need to do is click here:


The Lowest Heaven is a new anthology of contemporary science fiction published in partnership with the Royal Observatory.

Each story in The Lowest Heaven is themed around a body in the Solar System, from the Sun to Halley's Comet. The stories are illustrated with photographs and artwork selected from the archives of the Royal Observatory.

Contributors include Alastair Reynolds, S.L. Grey, Sophia McDougall, Kameron Hurley, James Smythe, Archie Black, David Bryher, Adam Roberts, Esther Saxey, Lavie Tidhar, Matt Jones, Kaaron Warren, Mark Charan Newton, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Maria Dahvana Headley, Simon Morden and E.J. Swift.

Open For Submissions / PunkPunk
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:05:48 AM »
An unusual one... doesn't matter what genre, but the stories have to be about punk! Possibly good for urban fantasy type writers?

"We are looking for genuine punk: punkPunk! We are looking for punk stories that embrace the spirit of 1976 and directly reference it: the bottom line is that punk must have influenced the story itself. The genre your story is written in will be our second consideration. However, please don’t feel restricted to write about the UK summer of ’76 and nothing else. We will also consider stories inspired by the American punk scene, and are open to music influenced by the punk subgenre, including post-punk, hardcore, Oi!, anarcho-punk, and pop-punk. And we are interested in how the catalyst of punk might have influenced your characters up to the present day: how their lives have been shaped – both positively and negatively – by the music."


Small Press & Self-Published / The Lowest Heaven - out now!
« on: July 03, 2013, 09:43:58 AM »
Yay! So, ostensibly a science fiction book, but the stories go all over the place, and a lot of great fantasy authors are involved - with Mark Charan Newton, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Sophia McDougall, SL Grey, Maria Dahvana Headley all joining in with EJ Swift, Alastair Reynolds and many many more!


Kindle - http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Lowest-Heaven-ebook/dp/B00DQ0ZNJO/
Kobo - http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-Lowest-Heaven/book--E70qgsNZUidkttV4pWYIQ/page1.html

Or you can pick up a (signed) copy through Forbidden Planet:


Or if you're in the US, just go to Amazon:


(We like launches!)

This time - paperback and ebook are coming out (woohoo!), so we're hanging out at Forbidden Planet (London).

6 - 7 pm. Quite a few of the authors are coming, including EJ Swift, Lavie Tidhar, Esther Saxey, David Bryher... (plus the editors, 'cause)

Then (best of all!) to the pub!

Details: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/2013/07/03/lowest-heaven-signing/

Facebook style: https://www.facebook.com/events/173766896130926/

For the year's best epic fantasy:

Legend (best book): http://www.gemmellaward.com/page/2323348:Page:17503

Morningstar (best debut): http://www.gemmellaward.com/page/morningstar-1

Ravenheart (artwork): http://www.gemmellaward.com/page/ravenheart-1

Voting for this round ends on 31 July. As they say, "if you don't vote, you don't get to complain about the results". (Disclaimer: I'm not sure anyone actually says that.)

Anthology from new publisher - looks good:

Tenebris Books first release will be Willow, Weep No More – a collection of traditional-style fairy tales with one significant directive: the stories should challenge our views of traditional fairy tale characters, especially women. However, since we are working in the traditional fairy tale realm, where women were wives, mothers, servants, princesses, queens, peasants and slaves, the characters in these stories will need to use the tools at their disposal: their wits, their inner power, magic, love, cunning.

Note that your stories should not be aimed at children, and can contain dark themes (after all, that’s what we love best at Tenebris), but should not be graphically or gratuitously violent.

The aim is to publish this book in a beautiful hardback edition in time for Christmas. As such, all submissions need to be in before the 30th September 2013. Word count should ideally be between 3000-10,000. Note that this is simply an invitation to submit and does not constitute an agreement to publish. Each story will be assessed on its merits and suitability for the overall project.

All authors published in the final anthology will receive a flat fee and a copy of the book.

We will work with you to edit and polish the stories before publication.

Guidelines & submission stuff here.

Open For Submissions / Fox Spirit: Girl at the end of the world
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:02:17 PM »
Open subs:

Girl at the End of the World

What we want: pre, during, post and not remotely related to apocalyptic stories, in the SF, Fantasy, Horror and Crime genres. Clearly female lead characters who pack a punch. Roughly speaking 5,000-10,000 words per story.

It’ll be £10 token payment, a copy of the finished book and if it clears it’s costs profit share for the first two years sales.

The closing date is 31st August 2013 so we can get it sorted in time for a Christmas release, because nothing says Merry Christmas like the end of the world.


Introductions / MOVED: Got a blog? Share it!
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:53:29 PM »

General Discussion / Got a blog? Share it!
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:49:16 PM »
It strikes me that our member blogs thread has kind of fizzled out. So let's kick that back into gear:

1) What's your blog?
2) What sort of stuff do you write about? (Your own short fiction, fantasy book reviews, SF book reviews, gender politics, photos of your garden, whatever...)
3) What's the URL?
4) Why'd you start blogging and/or what do you like best about it?


Yup. It is an SF book, but it'll be a fun party - plus, some of the authors are fantasy folk as well! Mark Charan Newton, Sophia McDougall, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Adam Roberts, Lavie Tidhar, Maria Dahvana Headley will all be there... (and many more! Over a dozen of the contributors should be attending!)

The Lowest Heaven is being released at the late night opening of "Visions of the Universe", a new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.

The whole night is being run by Bestival, and has crazy guest - like the Pheonix comic, a posh alcoholic jellymaker (!), game shows, presentations, whatever. Plus, you know... the actual exhibition.

Tickets are free (but booking is required) - entry doesn't include exhibition tickets, but the group rate is really good (hint)

All that stuff you need to know is here:

Plus there's a Facebook thinger, for updates about the book launch part of the evening:

Or, you know, if you just want to order a copy of the (quickly selling out) (limited edition) book:

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