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Taking Submissions: The Mammoth Book Of Jack The Ripper Tales

April 1, 2015

Deadline: April 1st 2015
Payment: £130

This is another anthology of brand new material I have been asked to edit for Constable Robinson.

I am seeking original stories to feature Jack the Ripper (or whoever he was…) in a fictional context. Ideal length between 4,000 and 7,500 words.

Rights required are non-exclusive World English language anthology rights, with an option for foreign language translation within the anthology should offers be made for overseas editions.

Delivery April 1st 2015. I will accept email submissions (in Word doc).

Payment £130 (or, at current exchange rate $215) on publication.

As some might recall, I edited a collection of non fiction speculations about Jack the Ripper (in collaboration with Nathan Braund) over a decade ago and it has proved a great success, so have great hopes for this new project.

The stories should tackle the theme of his identity, his crimes, his secret life or any variation you can come up with that you think will prove original and interesting. Ideally, they should concord with known facts but within that framework, the more imaginative the better.

US editor Gardner Dozois edited a similar volume in 1988 but with emphasis on fantasy and SF tales; this time around our book will be double the size at 600 pages or so, and I would prefer the angle to focus on mystery and crime as well as horror, although any other variations would always be welcome (within the limits of taste as we are after all dealing with a serial killer).

If the project tickles your fancy, do let me know well in advance that you are hoping to do a story so I can plan the project and keep a slot open for you.

This call for submissions is not just going out to crime and mystery writers, but also authors in other fields in order to have sufficient diversity and ‘voices’.

If you have any queries beforehand do get in touch with me at [email protected]

Via: Maxim Jakubowski.


April 1, 2015