Thanks for the heads up. Sounds like it'll be a great book.
Fools! Your despair only makes me stronger!
I think all submission guidelines should end with this.
In many ways, lots of submission guidelines do... ;-)
I wish all guidelines were this thorough (and funny).
Can I send you that one story about the hitchhiker who gets picked up by a truck driver... except the hitchhiker turns out to have been DEAD FOR YEARS??? I've got a great twist--I'll set it in Antarctica.
An ice road trucker picks up the ghost of Leonard Seppala!
Please. There's been enough Seppala-themed spec fic stories to fill an anthology already.
I really, really want to read this collection. I'm on the edge of my seat!
Nice challenge. And more than enough time for the muse to strike. Thanks for the post. :-)
Watch that despair. Sure, it's tasty, but it goes straight to your ass.
The pay-out is actually nice, all things considered! Nice healthy word limit, too.
Best submissions FAQ ever!
2008-04-29 11:07 am (UTC)
Dammit, John, you stole my line!
2008-05-06 02:59 pm (UTC)
Best ever call for submissions?
Nah. I still think that goes to Jeff Strand's call for LOSE AN EYE. But, it's a close second. I love working with people with a sense of humor. Makes life more interesting.
So how do you feel about lusty pirate ghosts?
I accept your challenge, good sir!
>>Fools! Your despair only makes me stronger!
Damn. This line should be on your business card :)
As a famous writer once said, "Shit, yes!"
(I'm sure some famous writer has said that.)
I've already got the germ of an idea. I better get crackin'.
Ooo. I'm in. Also linked on my LJ. :)
Brill! Thanks for the chance, ahead of time :D
Are we guaranteed one of your stupendous personal rejections - uh err - in lieu of actually being selected and we all know hell isn't going to freeze over before July...so, are you going to do the dirty deed for all us inveterate slushers?
Depends on the number of subs. I may end up using form bounces.
we hates form rejections :sigh:
ah well, at least we get to slush you :) that is always fun...
Well until we turn around and submit the same story to Clarkesworld.
or is that a banning offense?
That can't possibly be a banning offense - they are two very different markets even if he is looking at both - of course, that might be annoying :::getting crafty look:::
shhhh - don't tell him :)
I feel silly, but I've read this through a few times, and I'm still a bit confused on how much variation from the original is permissable. Is there as much freedom for reconstruction afforded as, for instance, in the Datlow/Windling fairy tale anthologies?
Why do you live in fear!!!
Grumblegrumblegrumble. That'll teach me to think "no queries" means "Do you want my Winchester mystery house story?"
I recommend luring all your professors into a single building, pennying shut the doors and then setting the place aflame.
heh. them's some good guidelines.
Hmmm...I think it's time to revisit Caspar....
The Jersey Devil isn't, as far as I can tell, a ghost, so can I interpret from this that the theme is not limited strictly to ghost stories, but that legendary monster stories are also acceptable?
2008-06-02 04:17 pm (UTC)
Shoot, I am going to try at this. Since I wrote a nonfiction ghost book of the region I live in, there's a lot of great, local ghost stories and legends here.
Does it have to be a ghost story or like Jersey Devil, a legend of a local monster?
2008-06-07 08:33 pm (UTC)
cutsy submission guidelines
I hate cute submission guidelines (see above--or another good example--McSweeney's). They seem to lull the writer into thinking that it will somehow be an easier market to get published in. Truth is about 90% of the manuscripts will be culled for the slightest of reasons, and the 10% that gets excepted will be currently established authors (Ford, Link, Chabon, et. al).
Maybe slight reasons like not knowing the difference between "excepted" and "accepted."
2008-06-21 04:20 pm (UTC)
Re: cutsy submission guidelines
I dunno, they could have meant 'excepted from culling'. Except don't percentages use the singular? So it should have been 'get excepted' rather than 'gets'.
2008-06-10 12:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah I realized that I typed excepted about two seconds after hitting the send button.
At any rate I apologize for my comments on the sub guidlines.
I also thank you for having open submissions.
I mentioned Ford, Link and Chabon because they are axceptional :) writers.
Thank you again.
2008-06-21 04:16 pm (UTC)
what if one takes an existing non-ghost story and renovates it so there's a ghost in it?
2008-06-21 04:18 pm (UTC)
and yes, I'm just being obnoxious. you don't actually have to answer that.
2008-06-28 09:12 pm (UTC)
Bullet, meet teeth...
Are multiple submissions permitted?
2008-07-09 03:32 am (UTC)
I've found a nice contemporary ghost story that has already been used as the basis for a poem. Will using this as a story seed be viewed as plagiarism? Will my fresh and startling re-imagining make it a new creation? Will the fact that both my story and the other person's poem are based on an allegedly factual encounter shrive my from all sinful taint? Are you even concerned with nonsense like this?
2008-07-11 05:56 pm (UTC)
Jersey Devil a ghost?
Since the Jersey Devil story is not an actual GHOST story, does that mean that you will consider stories about local legendary monsters, too?
2008-11-13 09:13 pm (UTC)
The Haunted Legends anthology.
What is happening to this anthology?
I submitted but haven't heard nay or yea. Would like to sell the story elsewhere if it's not wanted.
Hello. We did clear all the submissions, and purchased four stories from the submission period. Apologies if you've not heard; sometimes our responses get eaten by spam, or email gets misrouted. Please consider your story released and good luck placing it elsewhere.
2008-11-14 09:33 am (UTC)
Re: The Haunted Legends anthology.