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Taking Submissions: Alchemy and Artifacts (Tesseracts Twenty-Two)
May 15, 2018
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Payment: Short poetry is $20.00. Payment for short stories is prorated as follows: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words
Alchemy and Artifacts (Tesseracts Twenty-Two) is an anthology of short fiction which examines the magic behind the history, the myths arising from the artifacts, the mysteries missed (or dismissed), but which lie at the root of world events. The editors want tales that explore laws magical as well as physical, the manipulation of reality in the past, resulting in the present. History, sorcery, alchemy, mystery. All with the sense of ‘what if?’
- What if a curse unleased by Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales?
- What if Egyptian hieroglyphics were incantations that moved pharaohs into the future instead of an afterlife?
- What if the terracotta army from the Qin Shi Huang dynasty were golem soldiers, waiting to be animated through magic
- What if Picasso’s Guernica was a magical attempt to fight Franco during the Spanish Civil War?
- What if Paul Revere’s silversmithing was a spell enacted to fight England during the American Revolution?
- What if Elizabeth I was a witch, employing Drake to find a forgotten, powerful artifact to grant her godhead?
- What if Haida totems animated and walked the coast?
- These are only a sampling of the sorts of story ideas the editors are looking for.
Alternate histories will be considered, but we are inclined to choose work that considers actual world events and characters, and how some form of magic has manipulated history in a subtle way.
SUBMISSION Guidelines (See details below):
- Alchemy and Artifacts will reflect as broad a spectrum of stories as possible, highlighting unique styles and manners. The greater the magic or magical event and the subtler (yet dramatic) effect it has on history, the better. The editors want to raise questions about the reality of magic behind events.
- The editors are looking to represent as many historical periods as possible, from places all over the world.
- Submissions must be speculative in nature, including fantasy, dark fantasy, magic realism, slipstream, supernatural horror, weird tales, surrealism, mythic fantasy, etc. We will consider steampunk, but with an emphasis on magic rather than technology.
- Short fiction may be up to 5,000 words in length;shorter works preferred.
- The editors will also consider short poetry.
- The Tesseracts anthology series is only open to submissions from Canadians, landed immigrants living in Canada, long time residents of Canada, and Canadian expatriates living abroad.
- Canadian authors who write in languages other than English are welcome to submit an English translation of their work, provided it otherwise falls within the parameters of this anthology. Translation into English is the sole responsibility of the author. Please supply details of original publication for any submission that originally appeared in a language other than English.
The submission period is from January 15 to May 15, 2018.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Susan MacGregor is the author of The Tattooed Witchtrilogy, a historical fantasy set in an alternate Spain in 1550. The first book of the trilogy, The Tattooed Witch was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora Award. A prior editor of 20+ years with On Spec magazine, she has also edited the anthologies Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, and Divine Realms . Her short fiction has appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies, the most recent being in Equus and Fire. Her non-fiction book, The ABC’s of How NOT to Write Speculative Fiction has been the basis of writing workshops and is also featured on her blog at suzenyms.blogspot.com.
As well as being a writer and an editor, Susan devotes much of her time practicing and performing her other passion – flamenco – in both dance and song.
Lorina Stephens established her own publishing house, Five Rivers Publishing, in 2008 — a direct response to the changing face of publishing. She brings with her over 30 years of experience as a freelance writer, author and editor, and a commitment to publishing new Canadian voices which might otherwise remain silent. She is the author of three novels, a collection of short speculative fiction, two chapbooks of poetry, a cookbook, and a travel guide she wrote with her photographer husband. Her articles have appeared in regional and national print media, and her short fiction in Polar Borealis, On Spec, Neo-Opsis, Postscripts to Darkness, Deluge: Stories of Survival & Tragedy in the Great Flood, Strangers Among Us, and Sword and Sorceress X.
In addition to her work in the literary arts, she has been a visual artist all her life, producing work primarily in watercolour, but also pen and ink, oil, acrylic and textiles, as well as digital media. Her work has been commissioned by both public and private patrons, and hangs in government, corporate and private spaces. Her personal website can be found at lorinastephens.com.
- Do not query before submitting.
- Email submissions to: [email protected]
- Emails MUST contain the word “submission” in the subject line, or they will be deleted automatically by the server. Please also include the story title in the subject line.
- Submissions MUST come in an attachment: only .RTF and/or .DOC formats are acceptable.
- Emails MUST contain a cover letter in the body of the email; for security reasons, email attachments with no cover letter will be deleted unread and unanswered.
- Cover letter: include your name, the title of your story, your full contact information (address, phone, email), and a brief bio. If you do not live in the place where you were born, please also include your place of birth.>/LI>
- Do not describe or summarize the story.
- If your address is not within Canada, please indicate in the cover letter your status vis-à-vis Canada. Submissions are ONLY open to Canadians and expat Canadians.
- Reprints (stories having previously appeared in English in any format, print or electronic, including but not limited to any form of web publication) can be considered but will be a hard sell; reprints must come from a source not easily available in Canada. If your submission is a reprint, please supply full publication history of the story. If your story appeared previously, including but not limited to anywhere on the web, and you do not disclose this information to the editor upon submission, you will be disqualified from consideration.
- Submission format: no strange formatting, colour fonts, changing fonts, borders, backgrounds, etc. Leave italics in italics, NOT underlined. Put your full contact information on the first page (name, address, email address, phone). No headers, no footers, no page numbering. DO NOT leave a blank line between paragraphs. Indent paragraphs. ALWAYS put a # to indicate scene breaks (a blank line is NOT enough).
- ALWAYS include your full contact information (name/address/email/phone number) on the first page of the attached submission.
- Payment for short poetry is $20.00. Payment for short stories is prorated as follows: $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words (longer stories are paid a slightly higher fee, but in order to exceed the word length limit of 5,000 words, the editor must judge a story to be of surpassing excellence.)
- Rights: for original fiction, first World English publication, with a two-month exclusive from publication date; for all, non-exclusive anthology rights; all other rights remain with the author.
- Spelling: please use American spelling.
- Response time: initial responses (no / rewrite request / hold for further consideration) will be prompt, usually within thirty days. Please query if you’ve not heard back within 60 days.
- Submit only one story at a time. You can submit up to five poems and a story simultaneously. We do not advise that you submit more than one story.
- Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged but are acceptable. Should you receive a “rewrite request” or “hold for further consideration” response, please indicate immediately whether your story is under consideration anywhere else.
Publication: Spring 2019 (trade paperback & e-Book).
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Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!