Call for submissions…The Best of British Fantasy

I’m currently seeking stories for The Best of British Fantasy series from the award-winning NewCon Press.

NewCon already publish fantastic science fiction and horror ‘Best of’ anthologies, and I’m glad to be adding this new horse to their stable.

The Best of British Fantasy will reprint stories first published – in any format (anthology, online, zine, website) – in 2018. All authors born in and/or long-term residents of the UK are welcome to submit.

Ideally, I’m looking for stories between 2,500 and 6,000 words, but I will be flexible. Multiple submissions are welcome. All the submission details can be found here.

Any questions? My email address is at the link above, or prod me on Twitter at @straycarnivore[Art by the versatile and talented JRR Tolkien!]

 

 

 

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Normal Deviation: Seeking Short Stories Based on One Weird Pic

It all started with a weird pic and a throwaway tweet:

I want to do a fiction anthology where everyone writes a story just based on a weird ass picture. And then use that pic as the cover.

And then enough people cheered the idea that we decided to make it our first major project at Wonderbox Publishing.

Normal Deviation is seeking “Third Option” short stories based on the following image, up to 6000 words (deadline: 31 Aug 2017). “Third Option” is our shorthand for digging a little deeper into that writerly creativity bucket: we’d like everyone to cast aside (at least) the first two ideas that come to you, and instead focus on the third (or fourth or fifth…) idea to develop. The goal here is to avoid the obvious, to generate fresh ideas, to get at deviation.

We want stories in any genre, from any perspective, any time period and setting. As long as the story is good, and based somehow on this image, we want to read it!

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We’ve launched a Kickstarter to fund the anthology, as we think all authors deserve professional rates (starting at least at a penny per word). Support us, support authors, and please submit and become one of our authors!

Full details and author guidelines are on our website. Subscribe to updates from our weekly blog, get a feel for what we’re like and what we like, and join us in this bizarre story adventure!

Lyle Skains & DeAnn Bell, Editors
Normal Deviation anthology
Wonderbox Publishing

Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed Book Tour

Arachne Press is delighted to announce that Liam Hogan‘s collection of eerie, darkly unsettling and frequently funny fantasy stories, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed (0ut 6th April) is going on tour.

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Liam will be reading at:

Thursday 06/04/2017 London launch Stoke Newington with Carrie Cohen reading some of the stories by invitation – get in touch and we’ll invite you!
Wednesday 12/04/2017 7pm for 7.30pm Basildon Library The Basildon Centre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1EE (free)
Thursday 20/4/17 6pm North Kensington Library, 108 Ladbroke Grove, W11 1PZ with Louisa Gummer reading one of the stories. (free)
Tuesday 25/04/2017 7pm Lewisham Library, Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LG with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday 26/04/2017 7.30 Burley Fisher bookshop, 400 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, E8 4AA with Carrie Cohen reading one of the stories (free)
Friday  28/04/2017 7.30  Albion Beatnik Walton Street, Oxford, OX2 6AA (£2 on the door)
Wednesday 03/05/17 Teashop Tales Queenswood Cafe, Queens Wood Lodge, 42 Muswell Hill Road, London, N10 3JP (£5 on the door)
Thursday  04/05/2017 8pm West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN with Lisa Rose reading one of the stories (free)
Wednesday  17/05/2017 7pm The Story Sessions, Brockley Deli, 14a Brockley Cross, SE4 1BE with Annalie Wilson reading one of the stories. (free)

Other dates still in discussion.

In the realms of fantasy, it is foolish to upset the wee folk. Downright dangerous to incur the curse of a witch. And above all, it is perilous to ignore a warning.

Happy Ending Not Guaranteed
Contains twenty-seven stories of dark fantasy, from chess-playing automatons to smooth-talking Celtic faeries; from the Longitude Act of 1714 to the End of the World (in fractal form). Bad Kings, bad demons, and bad days abound.

There is humour even in darkness. You just have to look harder for it.

“Dragonworld”, an evening of short stories at London’s Free Word Centre, Monday 12th December 2016

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If you love exploring the world, storytelling and books, join us on our next fictional journey that’s just as rewarding as the real thing. Whether you’re a London local or new to the city, come and connect with others who want to see the world with fresh eyes and open minds.

Free Word Centre, and Paper-Republic.org translators , are running a speedbookclubbing evening at Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA, Monday 12th December 2016. We’ll be presenting four short stories translated from Chinese. Sign up, read the stories in advance (or read the Cheat Sheet, if you don’t have time to read them all) and come along for some brilliant discussion.


“Dragonworld”: In these tales of death, desire, and despair, a police officer investigating a brutal murder interrogates his chief suspect, but the details of the crime itself are constantly shifting. A woman hopes a knight in shining armour will offer her an escape from the road she seems destined to pace forever. A dispute between two witnesses to a killing results in a fatal duel. A teenage gamer must find a way to deal with the concrete-hungry dragons that are somehow taking over his town.

Here’s the link: https://www.freewordcentre.com/whats-on/dragonworld-china?spektrix_bounce=true. Do come if you can. The last time we ran a speedbookclubbing event, it was a big success, a sell-out in fact.

StrangeBooks Event

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Double Bill: Jane Bom-Bane & Mike Russell
An evening of stories and enchantments.
Brighton author and storyteller Mike Russell will be reading strange stories interspersed with various surreal shenanigans followed by mechanical hats and stories from Jane Bom-Bane.
Reviews for Jane Bom-Bane:
“Utterly refreshing – unlike anything I’ve ever seen or heard before” Dave Gorman
“The best show I saw in Edinburgh Fringe this year (2012)” Stewart Lee
Reviews for Mike Russell:
“The stories will take you to places within your mind you never knew existed.” Gerard Bianco
“I always look forward to Mike Russell’s work, he’s so out there that it’s refreshing.” Nancy at Oddly Weird Fiction
We anticipate a magical evening. For more information on author Mike Russell and to see how to book please visit www.strangebooks.com

Dreams 1 Podcast

White Rabbit’s latest podcast is FREE and here!

Featuring these amazing stories on the subject of DREAMS

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“The Burning Pier” by Ray Morgan
“Six Dreams It’s Possible To Have” by Joel Shea
“Dream Lover” by Angela Smith
“Dreams?” by Thomas Jancis
“The Dream of the Dead” by Belinda May

One more to come before summer’s over

Sweet dreams…..