Taking Submissions: The Black Beacon Book of Pirate Tales
Deadline: December 31st, 2023
Payment: $20 USD for original stories and $5 for reprints and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Pirate tales, preferably about pirates and buccaneers from the 16th to 18th centuries
Note: Reprints Welcome
For this anthology, we’re looking for pirate tales, prefereably about pirates and buccaneers from the 16th to 18th centuries. Stories set in completely fictional/fantasy worlds will be considered but are likely to be a hard sell. That said, we’re interested in stories belonging to various genres just so long as the central characters and setting are pirates or centred on the theme of piracy, even if the story is set in the present. For example, a ghost story featuring a legendary pirate or a mystery about a lost treasure. We’re not looking for sci-fi or futuristic stories. As usual, if you have any questions, just get in touch.
The submissions window will remain open until December the 31st. Now, raise that black flag and get back to your writing desk!
ANTHOLOGY GUIDELINES AND DETAILS
Please submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.
The best way to get a feel for the kind of fiction we’re likely to publish is to buy our previously published titles. This provides you with examples of accepted stories, demonstrates our high standard of editing, and helps finance future anthologies.
What we expect from authors:
1) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
2) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.
How to submit:
– All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/grammar-and-usage, and if you don’t know how to use commas, visit these sites: https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/comma and https://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/commas.asp
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.
– We’re not fans of fiction written in the present tense. Please use the traditional first-person or third-person past. We don’t accept fiction written in second-person (you) since we don’t publish choose-your-own-adventure books.
– Quotation marks to be single and curly/smart for general dialogue and placed outside (after) the comma or full stop. Double curly quotation marks for emphasised words if really needed, eg. They entered the mound of rubble, making sure the splintered door didn’t fall off its hinges. This was Stan’s “castle”.
– A single space at the end of sentences.
– Formatted indentation for paragraphs, 0.5cm first line. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.
– Please use italics sparingly and underline them in your document. They take up a lot of time for an editor. Italics should only be used for titles (books, films, songs etc) in the story, foreign words or phrases not commonly used in English (eg not for “spaghetti”, “samurai” or “rendez-vous” but definitely for Ich liebe dich, buongiorno, or Éirinn go Brách), sounds like Bang! (sparingly). A character’s direct thoughts can also be in italics, whereas quotation marks must be used for speech. For the names of places, restaurants, shops and so forth, just use capital letters, eg. Haunted Lighthouse Inn.
Be sure to include your contact details in your email and on the first page of your story. Please include a short biography (about a hundred words) as well as links to your blog and social media pages at the end of your story.
The email title should read write: “BBB Anthology Submission: (anthology name)”. The file name should be: “Story Title” by “Author Name” (pen name if applicable) and “reprint” if appropriate.
Via: Black Beacon Books.
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