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This Never Happened! Alternate History Farce and Fantasy

April 30, 2019

Deadline: April 30th, 2019
Payment: 2% of the net profits from the anthology

History is full of “what if” possibilities. What if Rome had never fallen? What if the USA lost the Revolution? What if Hitler had never come to power? This is the stuff of “Alternate History” fiction. But, where’s the fun in that? Thus comes our new anthology to provide that answer!

This Never Happened is an anthology devoted to the humorous side of alternative history fiction. This collection will hold stories that are funny and outrageous, set in worlds where history differs from what happened in our own reality, with ridiculous consequences; tales that could not possibly have happened, or maybe they could have but they’d have just been absolutely hilarious!

Explore what could have been, and what absolutely could not have been as well. Make us laugh, and screw up history like never before for this wacky story collection!

If you wish to submit a story to this anthology, please adhere to the following guidelines:

1: Format: Stories should be formatted in either Times New Roman (preferred) or Courier New, and single-spaced. Please, do not add an extra space between paragraphs. A lot of writers separate their paragraphs into blocks these days, like they’re writing a blog post. Please don’t submit that way. Also, Files must be in an MS Word compatible format (.doc, .rtf, .docx).

2: PG-13, please. With this anthology, we’re hoping to produce something Young Adults can enjoy, as well as older folks. No gratuitous sex scenes or horrifically offensive material. Some language is acceptable, but try to keep f-bombs to a minimum.

3: Word Length: 1,500-10,000 words. While we will entertain reprints, we give preference to fresh, previously-unpublished stories.

4: No Simultaneous Submissions. It is most disappointing to read the greatest story and accept it, only to find out that some other editor has bought the rights out from under you. If you submit to this anthology, please have the courtesy to wait for a response before marketing it elsewhere.

5: One Story At A Time. If you have multiple stories you’d like to submit to the anthology, please send only one at a time. After you get a response about your first story, you’re free to submit another story, but editors only handle one at a time, generally.

6: No Fan Fiction. Though it may be tempting to write stories about your favorite tv show or comic book characters, there are copyrights and trademarks involved. Even the best piece of fan fiction cannot be accepted.

7: The submission period will be open starting January 1, 2019, and will remain open until April 30, 2019. You may submit your stories to mtiediting (at) inbox.com as an email attachment. Please make sure to put “Submission: This Never Happened” in the subject line. Include a brief author bio in the body of the email, along with your story’s title.

8: Response Time: Expect to wait six to twelve weeks for a reply, but possibly much sooner.

9: Payment & Terms. Martinus Publishing will be acquiring First Print & Electronic Publishing rights to previously unpublished stories, and will entertain the procurement of reprint rights for previously published stories. As compensation, contributors will be offered 2% of the net profits from the anthology for the first year of publication, paid via paypal.

10: Publishing details. This anthology will be released in both print and kindle format, and possibly in other electronic formats. Date of publication is to be announced.

Via: Martinus Publishing.


April 30, 2019