Greetings, aspiring writers of Changeling-related fiction. I want your words.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The anthology is going to include 10 stories, about 5000 words each. I haven’t hired anyone to write for it yet. I haven’t even decided if I’m going to write one (hint: I probably will, which would mean there are nine slots up for grabs).
- I am accepting submissions. Indeed, if you want to contribute a story, I am requiring submissions. Yes, this includes freelancers who are working on other OPP books.
- Submissions are open from the time this post goes live until August 1st. At that time, I will close submissions and pick ten (maybe nine) folks from the submitters. Submissions will not be accepted after August 1st.
- Submissions for this work a little differently than our normal submission process. See below.
Submitting to the anthology happens in three easy steps.
Step One: Fill Out & Send the Submission NDA
You can find the NDA form here.
When you’ve filled it out, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “C20 Anthology” in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your name and some basic stuff; whether you’ve been published before, how much you love Changeling, your favorite kith, and so forth. I’m looking for diverse voices here. I want people who have interesting things to say.
Step Two: Fill Out The Submission Form
“This is different from the NDA?” you ask? Yes. This is the form. It’s very simple. It asks you whether you’ve filled out the NDA, and then it gives you a space for your fiction. And here’s where it gets interesting.
I want 300 words of fiction. If it’s Changeling related, that’s great, but it’s not strictly necessary (probably should be urban fantasy, though, yeah?). But you need to hook me. You have 300 words, and you must make me want to keep reading. That’s the challenge. I don’t promise that if I hire you, you’ll get to finish this story, but the best way to get hired is to write something so intriguing that I hire you just so I can make you finish the story.
If you are over 300 words, I will read the first 300 and then stop. (You think I’m kidding? I am not.)
Step Three: Wait
This is simultaneously the easiest and hardest step. It requires nothing but patience…but yeah, I’ve been there.
In August, I will slog through the entries, make some decisions, and contact the folks I want to hire. Once I’ve gotten positive responses, I will post the lineup on this blog. Yes, that means I won’t be emailing everyone who doesn’t get hired individually, for which I apologize, but I know I’m not going to have time for that.
Any questions, hit me in the comments.