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- SCIENCE FICTION TRAILS
David B. Riley, Editor
David B. Riley
PO Box 8181
Abvon CO 81620
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Pirate Dog Press, formerly Stray Dog Press, is seeking original fiction
stories for a new anthology called Science Fiction Trails. Length limit is 8K
words. There is no minimum length, but the editor is not particularly fond of
The stories we are looking for are set in the Wild West, but contain some
aspect of science fiction in them. Stories must take place on earth between
1850 and 1900 AD, in their entirety. They must also happen somewhere in the
western United States between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountain region.
This can include the Yukon, British Columbia and northern Mexico.
Placing science fiction in this setting is not easy, but it has been done
many times. Some examples we are particularly fond of are The Adventures of
Briscoe County Jr. and the short-lived Legend TV series. For other inspiration,
one might look at The Weird Western Adventures of Haakon Jones by Aaron B.
Larson and the editor’s weird western novel, The Two Devils by David B. Riley.
Also, take a look at Jules Verne, who wrote science fiction during the time
of the Civil War, though it wasn’t set in the west. In past weird western
projects, we’ve primarily seen time travel and mad scientist type tales. These
are fine, but we hope other options will emerge. Keep in mind your characters
are looking at technology through 19th century eyes. We also like to remind
people that, in addition to sheriffs and outlaws and cowboys and Indians, there
were plenty of other folks out west like photographers, writers, farmers,
prostitutes, miners, lumberjacks and merchants. Also, in our past projects, we’
ve published mostly weird western horror and fantasy. While you can still use
these aspects, we do insist some aspect of science fiction appear in the
A word of caution on time travel: Time travel is okay, but there are two
things to keep in mind. The story must take place in the time range, so it can’t
start in the 21st century, for example. We’ve also found that some clod goes
back in time and doesn’t really belong there just doesn’t work.
We prefer original stories, but will consider reprints if so advised and you
still have the rights to them. This is a small press endeavor and is not
expected to sell in large numbers. We reserve the right to cancel this project
if we do not receive sufficient submissions before contracts are signed.
Payment for accepted stories is $10 plus one contributor copy upon
publication. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2006. Late submissions will
not be considered.
Submit stories in standard MS format to David B. Riley by email in
WordPerfect or .RTF format as an attached file to the above e-mail address. Stories
can also be sent with SASE to the above mailing address. Please include a word
count on all submissions. Writers with questions are welcome to query the
DARKER INTENTIONS PRESS
proudly presents OUR OWN
FIRST DARK NOVEL CONTEST
FIRST PRIZE- A PUBLiSHING CONTRACT WITH DI PRESS
3RD PRIZE $35.00
DI PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS FIRST ANNUAL MANUSCRIPT CONTEST. THE
GUIDELINES ARE PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS OUR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES BUT THERE ARE A
FEW DIFFERENCES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY SO THERE ARE NO MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF
THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO FIRST TIME NOVEL WRITERS ONLY. IF YOU HAVE BEEN
PUBLISHED ANYWHERE ELSE, THAT'S FINE SO LONG AS IT WAS NOT A NOVEL. NOVELS MUST
BE NO LONGER THAN 300 PAGES, TYPEWRITTEN.
A NEW JERSEY INFLUENCE IS PREFERABLE BUT NOT NECESSARY.1. THE ENTRANCE FEE
IS A NON-REFUNDABLE $25.00 FEE. IN OTHER WORDS, THE CONTEST MUST PAY FOR
ITSELF. DI PRESS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CANCEL THE CONTEST OF NOT ENOUGH ENTRIES
YOUR NOVEL CAN BE HORROR, SCI-FI, HARD BOILED DETECTIVE, ROMANCE OR EVEN
HUMOR----BUT IT MUST HAVE A DARK MYSTERIOUS THEME TO IT.
2. PLEASE SUBMIT THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS, AND A SYNOPSIS,
3. THE CONTEST WILL TAKE PART IN TWO STEPS. FIRST, WE WILL ACCEPT
SUBMISSIONS COMMENCING SEPTEMBER 29TH until MIDNIGHT NOVEMBER 30th. ON NEW YEAR'S DAY,
DI PRESS WILL NOTIFY ALL ENTRANTS OF THE 10 FINALISTS.
4. IF YOU ARE A FINALIST, YOU MUST SEND IN THE REST OF THE MANUSCRIPT.
WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED MAY 1, 2007.
5. NO MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE RETURNED. ALL MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE CONSIDERED
6. First Prize winner receives a publishing contract with Darker Intentions
Press as stated below.Submission Guidelines
Note: Please read these guidelines carefully. They are somewhat different
from those of many other publishers.
I truly believe that many good novels simple aren’t given a chance. My own
opinion is that novel writing (or any other kind of creative work) is not
unlike a beauty pageant. Someone has to like your look. What one person considers
pretty is what another person may not. This scenario exists in the world of
Many perfectly good novels aren’t even given a chance because they are not
conventional enough to market. Trying to get the attention of an agent is more
often than not difficult if not impossible. But we all know the old story: a
book that gets rejected numerous times can wind up as a bestseller.
What I can’t promise you is fame and fortune. We are a small press and
cannot offer an advance, but what we can do is get your book in print (which we
pay for), and market it through our Website and other channels. Royalties on
sales are a dollar to the author for books sold. If this is something you are
interested in, please submit the first three chapters of the book with a
synopsis and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Mark all documents ‘disposable’
if your book is fiction.
Nonfiction: Same thing with a book proposal and an explanation as to why
your book is better or different than the stuff that is already out there on
If we like the book, you will hear from us, and if it is rejected you will
hear from us, too.
Darker Intentions Press
Freehold Twp., NJ 07728
Use a size 12 legible font of your choice. (Or else I’ll have to crank up my
reading glasses another notch). No manuscripts are returned. If you would
like your manuscript critiqued, please indicate in your cover letter.
Submission Guidelines Summary:
* First 3 chapters
* Any genre
* Double spaced
* Size 12 legible font of your choice
* SASE or stamped envelope sufficient
* Submission address above
These guidelines are effective January 2006. We reserve the right to update
them as circumstances may require.
Thank you for your interest in Darker Intentions Press
This other CFS had some comments on the site and since they were helpful
I've included them also.
Submission Guidelines: HOLY HORRORS, edited by T.M. Wright & Matt Cardin
Submission Guidelines for
An anthology edited by T.M. Wright and Matt Cardin
September 1, 2006
Q. What kind of stories do you want?
A. Anything that spins, gestates, evolves, devolves, erupts, or otherwise
issues, in a spectacularly evil, disturbing, supernatural, horrific, weird,
insane, or otherwise grotesque way from religion.
Q. You’re saying that if I hate Catholics, or Jews, or Muslims, or
Buddhists, blah, blah, blah, that I should whip that hatred into a sizzling,
over-the-top horror story and send it to you by overnight express.
A. No, we’re not saying that at all. In fact, if you do send us stories
based on hatred of any particular religion we shall have you sent to Pluto, which
is no longer a planet. Any other kind of religious horror, horror based on a
misrepresentation of religion, a misreading of religion, an overzealous view
of religion, et cetera, et cetera, is welcome, though not necessarily
guaranteed a seat on our big yellow bus. Oh, and gratuitous stuff (sex, gore,
violence, political speechifying, religious speechifying, et cetera) is not, in
our estimation, a part of “good” storytelling (though, if we like your story,
otherwise, we’ll give you a chance to tone down or eliminate all the
gratuitous crap). And as to who, exactly, makes the decision on what’s “gratuitous” —
Q. All right, then — what about word length?
A. However many words you feel it takes to tell your tale is terrific, as
long as you don’t go above 5,000, and, if you do, and we like your tale enough
to actually pay you money for it, we’ll pay you only for 5,000 words,
although any story over 10,000 words will be required to reflect genius beyond
telling before it sees publication in our anthology.
Q. Now you’re talking my language — money! How much?
A. Enough to buy that fantastic 1978 Chrysler Cordoba (with real Corinthian
leather) you’ve had your eyes on: 5 cents a word, if your story’s new to us
(not previously published, in other words) and 2.5 cents a word if it’s been
previously enjoyed (although not previously enjoyed within the past two
Q. “Previously enjoyed”?
A. Figure it out.
Q. How about format?
A. Send us nothing that’s handwritten. Otherwise, double-space your story
and use a font that won’t make our eyes puddle. In other words, no stories,
please, that are completely in italics or Comic Sans or Old Testament
Rhododendron: Times New Roman is a nice font, as is Courier New, though, if we had our
druthers — and we do, because it’s our damned anthology (so to speak) — we’
d prefer you not use sans-serif fonts, like Arial or Bell Gothic. If we don’t
like the overall format you use, we’ll write back and tell you. Oh, and use
some form of Microsoft Word or RTF, please.
Q. That sounds easy enough, but once I submit my story, how long will I have
to wait for a “yes” or a “no”?
A. Till the Second Coming! (That was a joke.) No, but seriously, when you
send us your story, we’ll acknowledge its receipt within hours and give you our
final decision on its merits as literature within 6 to 8 weeks. If you don’t
hear from us within 8 weeks, send us a shit-filled email to remind us.
Q. Okay, is payment on publication or acceptance?
A. My, you’ve been to this bar before, haven’t you? Okay, how about half
upon acceptance and half upon publication. That’s not a question.
Q. And publication is when?
A. Sometime before the Second — Sorry. Let’s shoot for autumn, 2007. If it’
s later, it’s because the gods weren’t smiling on us.
Q. And how long do I have to actually send you a story?
A. Until sometime in February, 2007.
Q. One last question: can I submit my story to Holy Horrors and other
markets at the same time?
Q. You’re kidding?
A. No, I’m not kidding.
Q. Thanks. I’m on it.
Q. Another last question: To whom (See, my grammar’s real nice, isn’t it?)
do I send my story?
A. To both of us, please: Editortm@... and mgcardin@.... And if
you have no choice but to send your submission to us by snail mail, please
write to us for addresses.
1. Paul L. Bates said,
September 14, 2006 at _4:35 pm_
I attempted to send a submittal to Holy Horrors but it bounced back from
both email addresses. I’m not sure what’s up. Am I the only one having this
2. _Matt Cardin_ (http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/) said,
September 15, 2006 at _12:36 pm_
I’ve now successfully received your story, Paul, and am looking forward to
3. _Larry Sells_ (http://www.lulu.com/deathwalk) said,
September 15, 2006 at _2:08 pm_
I enjoyed reading your guidelines. It made day a lot better.
4. _Matt Cardin_ (http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/) said,
September 15, 2006 at _4:03 pm_
Thanks, Larry. I’m glad you enjoyed them. T.M. was the one who wrote them,
and I agree that he did a marvelous job of making them simultaneously
informative and entertaining.
Hey, think about that. Submission guidelines as infotainment. Maybe that
should become a new genre.
5. _Edward McKeown_ (http://www.sfwa.org/members/mckeown/) said,
September 15, 2006 at _7:21 pm_
How do you feel about material with a religous dimension and a Buffyesque
style of humor? Would that be suitable tor your anthology?
6. _William Freedman_ (http://landthatilove.50megs.com/) said,
September 19, 2006 at _3:27 pm_
Sounds like a very promising venture, and best of luck with it. (Credit
Wendy Delmater at Abyss & Apex for referring me.)
I submitted a story that apparently was received by Mr. Cardin but bounced
off Mr. Wright’s email. Please let me know if I should resend or (perish
forefend) print it out and put postage to it.
7. David said,
September 20, 2006 at _5:47 am_
Is there a limit to how many stories someone can submit?
8. HH said,
September 23, 2006 at _4:14 pm_
When you say “autumn 2007″ as the publication date, you mean the northern
hemisphere’s autumn, yes?
HH (residing on the arse end of the planet)
9. Anita said,
September 23, 2006 at _7:15 pm_
When you say “religious-themed” fiction, does that extend to fallen angel
stories or not?
10. _Matt Cardin_ (http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/) said,
September 23, 2006 at _10:45 pm_
Taking these comment and questions in order –
First, to Ed, I apologize for taking so long to respond to your question
about whether Buffy-esque humor is suitable for the anthology. The answer is, I
don’t see why not. If in doubt, send the story along and let T.M. and me
decide. We’d love to read it.
Second, to William: As you know, we’ve already cleared this one up. So I’ll
just take the opportunity to say thanks again for submitting to the
Third, to HH: Yes, the autumn in question is circa September through
December of 2007. Good question, and thanks for raising it.
Fourth, to Anita: Yes, fallen angel stories are fine. We’ve received more
than one of these already, and the subject is ripe for exploitation in stories
of religious horror.
11. Reighn said,
September 24, 2006 at _7:46 pm_
DOes it matter the main characters sex, and or their relationship?
12. _Matt Cardin_ (http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/) said,
September 24, 2006 at _8:17 pm_
No, I don’t see why that should matter, Reighn.
13. Derek Clendening said,
September 28, 2006 at _5:23 pm_
I have an idea cooking for a historical tale. How do you guys feel about
historical (19th Century France) tales? Do you prefer more contemporary settings?
14. _Matt Cardin_ (http://theteemingbrain.wordpress.com/) said,
September 28, 2006 at _10:06 pm_
Hi, Derek. Historical settings are fine. Given the right type of story, they
can be the perfect vehicle or venue.
Wind Follower June 2007 Juno Books
carole.mcdonnell (at) gmail (dot)com
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