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Taking Submissions: Blood, Sweat, and Steel

September 1, 2022

Deadline: September 1st, 2022
Payment: Royalties
Theme: Military Science Fiction
Note: Reprints Welcome

An anthology of Future Combat and Mechanized Warfare

Call for entries

Three Ravens Publishing is accepting entries for a military science fiction-themed anthology to be published in 2022. Focus will be stories in the genre that featured future combat centered around mechanized warfare, ie, tanks, APC’s, cavalry, mounted infantry etc.

  • Stories can be set in existing author owned universes but must be new material. Author bio and link to existing works will be provided at the end of each story.
  • Focus should be on hard military science fiction, with a setting from the near future to thousands of years from now.
  • Ground combat in a combined arms atmosphere. In other words, Close Air Support and air to air combat can be part of the story but not the focus. Dropship troopers and airborne insertion are merely a way to get to the fighting.
  • Mechas are allowed but it has to be a really good story that focuses more on the meatsickle element than the gee whiz fighting suit.
  • Please, no Mary Sue’s.
  • Genre: Military Science Fiction
  • Word Count: 7,000 – 10,000
  • Edited by: J.F. Holmes & William Joseph Roberts
  • Opening by: David Drake
  • Due Date: Sept 1, 2022

Payment: Stories selected for publication in the upcoming Anthology(ies), will receive a percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors.

Email submissions to: threeravenspublishing @ gmail dot com with “Blood, Sweat, and Steel” in the subject line

Please follow the Three Ravens submission guidelines that can be found here


We are looking for amazing stories from any genre that are fun to read and will take us on an adventure of epic proportions.

Please download our standards template by clicking here

Hard and fast rules of what not to send:

Fan-fiction: Just simply don’t. It will be immediately deleted or tossed into the recycle bin.

Gratuitous Sexuality: (i.e. smut, adult content) (Please, we know that there is a market out there for stories in this genre, but it’s not for us. Contact our affiliate, Tanglewood press for submission in this genre at tanglewoodromance (at) gmail.com

Gratuitous Abuse/Violence: While we at Three Ravens Publishing understand that graphic situations can alter or otherwise move the plot forward in ways that the reader may not expect when properly used, these elements should not, however, be the primary focus of the story. (i.e. torturous adult content).

Discrimination: Again, whether racial, religious, social, etc., when used properly as a plot device can become a powerful tool in the authors arsenal, but should in no way become the focus of the story unless you’re writing something along the lines of “Schindler’s List”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. And we do understand that to be perfectly accurate, period pieces will contain such things because historically, that is what happened. It’s sad, but it’s the truth.

Message Fiction: While we understand that everyone has their own stance on a myriad of subjects that can become very emotional and heated, we will not publish message fiction.

Message fiction is defined as: Fiction that attempts to convey a sociopolitical message, as opposed to mere escapism.

That being said, message fiction can crop up from many different topics. The cut and dry of it. If it doesn’t add to the story, don’t do it. If the story itself is a platform for you as the author to get up on your soapbox, then don’t bother submiting the piece, because we don’t want it.

Special Note:

RPG and game-based stories: We do accept these types of stories; however, your submission may not violate any game’s copy written, or trademarked, content. (refer back to the line above on fan fiction. We do not want it and will not accept it.). As an example, you might have a character running around in one of the popular online multiplayer games. You might want to write a story about your character’s adventures. That, in itself, is fine. Do not mention characters, creatures or the game world itself. Rename them to something of your own creation.

We do understand that the muse may strike at any time and that ideas can come from anywhere. So please, before submitting, ensure that what you have submitted will not violate any copyright or trademark laws.

Reprints/previously published: We accept previously published works as long as you have the rights and can provide proof (if necessary). Other than that, we really want to see what you have.

Payment rates: To be determined at the time of the contract and will be in the range of 50-70% of sales, and competitive with other publishing houses.

The hard and fast rules of Submissions: If sending a Query letter, include a full synopsis of the story, the first three chapters as a writing sample and links to your social media pages. Response time may vary. Expect a reply within 9-12 months. We would prefer to see complete manuscripts that have already been somewhat edited by the author.

Note: A contract offer will not be made based on a Query alone unless the work is of exceptional quality. Offers, in general, will only be made on completed works.

Your submission must include your (Legal) name and your (Publication) name if using one, email address*, postal mailing address, and telephone number on both your cover letter and the first page of the manuscript. Include a plot outline if possible.

*Also include links to all of your social media pages

Spelling and grammar checkers are great, but they are not foolproof. Review your work for flow and content prior to submitting it.

Minimal formatting, please!

Indent paragraphs; single or double-spaced text is fine, though we prefer to use 1.15 spacing, with no extra lines between paragraphs; center chapter headers and scene break indicators (###, ***, etc.); use page breaks only at the end of chapters. For emphasis, choose either underline or italics and use it consistently throughout.

Use straight quotes and apostrophes, … ., –, etc, no special characters, please!

Times Roman 12pt is highly preferred. Make it readable, or we won’t read it. It’s that simple. If something specific requires special formatting then explain it in a cover letter.

Please download our standards template by clicking here.

Electronic Submissions: Neither disks or thumb drives will be reviewed, so do not send them unless requested. Our preferred method is by electronic submission, but we will accept a printed hardcopy.

Attach the manuscript as a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. Any other format will not be considered.

Send the manuscript as a single file (do not break it into separate chapter files), so any synopsis and contact info needs to be in the file with your manuscript.

NOTE: Any viruses attached to your submission will send your manuscript straight into file-13. (For non-military members, that means the trash can.)

Hardcopy Submissions: (for those who cannot submit electronically)

Standard manuscript format only: double-spaced, one side of the page only, 1/2″ (i.e., 0.5″) margins on all four sides of the page. We will consider photocopies if they are dark and clear.

Title, author (last name only is okay), and page number at the top of each page are mandatory. Include your name, mailing address, and telephone number on the first page.

Hardcopy manuscripts identified as “disposable” will be recycled.

Disposable submissions should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped, letter-sized envelope for our reply (please ensure proper postage has been supplied!).

Manuscripts intended to be returned should be accompanied by self-addressed packaging and sufficient postage. We will not be responsible for any manuscripts lost or damaged in the mail. Return packages will not be insured, tracked or otherwise paid for by Three Ravens Publishing.

Via: Three Ravens Publishing.


September 1, 2022