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Taking Submissions: Shark Week: Ocean Animals

April 30, 2021

Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Payment: 1/2 cent per word and two contributor’s copies
Theme: General audience furry stories that involve the ocean, an ocean dwelling creature, or ocean life in some way. All stories should be PG-13 at most.
Note: Reprints welcome

The editor is Ian Madison Keller who previously co-edited The Daily Grind and Tales from the Guild: World Tour.

Publisher is Rainbow Dog Books. This will be our first anthology publication.

CURRENTLY OPEN to Submissions

The submission period is 1/1/2021 – 4/30/2021

We’re looking for excellent general audience furry stories that involve the ocean, an ocean dwelling creature, or ocean life in some way. All stories should be PG-13 at most.

All stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks — as long as it’s excellent. Though, the editor does have a preference for stories where the animal nature of the characters matters — if the reader can’t even remember the species of the characters by the end of the story, then that’s not a good sign.

Some examples of this theme in popular media would be Spongebob Squarepants, Finding Nemo, the “Fish Out of Water” episode of Bojack Horseman, Mary E Lowd’s story “An Otter’s Mermaid” from Furry Trash, or Frances Pauli’s “Seed of Doubt” from Passing Through. Other takes on the theme could be an octopus band mistakenly booking a gig on dry land, a cross-species romance between an octopus and a dog, or a literal loan shark trying to collect on a loan.

We are interested in underrepresented voices. We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices. We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies.

Length – Between 1,500 and 12,000 words. Query if longer or shorter.

Multiple Submissions – keep it reasonable, not more than 3 at a time

Reprints – Yes, but tell us when and where it was published before

Simultaneous submissions — No. If you send a story to us, please don’t send it anywhere else until you hear back from us

Response Time – All stories will receive a response by May 31

Payment — 1/2 cent per word and two contributor’s copies*

Expected release date — July 2021

Submitting – Please send submissions as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file to me (at) madisonkeller.net with a subject line that reads: SUBMISSION: “Story Title” – word count. Format your file double-spaced in 12 point Courier and title your file with the name of your story submission.

After submission if you don’t get an email back confirming your story was received, message me on twitter (@MaddieKellerr) or Discord (@Arara#5461)

*While mainstream sf/f/h markets may pay higher rates, 1/2 cent per word is currently standard for the furry genre. 

We are asking for exclusive rights for 12 months and non-exclusive rights in perpetuity. Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint, which severely limits the number of markets that will accept it, and drastically reduces the pay rate it can receive. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or eBook formats and/or on the web, giving up your First Publishing Right for a token payment, is really what you want to do.

Via: Madison Keller.


April 30, 2021