THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE anthology Kickstarter (back us at tinyurl.com/ZNBDeity) has hit its goal! If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I've posted the guidelines below.
THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE Submission Guidelines
Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY, DERELICT, and WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: DERELICT: Ghost Ships Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple manuscripts in separate emails; you may submit to any or all of the anthologies as many times as you wish. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use Times New Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s real name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.
Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.
THE MODERN DEITY’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY is to feature urban fantasy stories set in the modern-day world with some type of god or deity as the central focus of the story. Stories featuring more interesting gods and deities, especially those from less-used cultures, will receive more attention than those that use standard gods/deities. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with Zeus. If we do, it’s likely that only one, at most, would be selected for the anthology. Take note of which gods/deities the anchor authors intend to use (listed in the description of the Kickstarter at tinyurl.com/ZNBDeity), since their stories are already guaranteed to be in the anthology. It’s unlikely we’ll select a second story using the same god/deity. Be creative, choose something different, and have the god/deity established in the modern world in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.
DERELICT is to feature stories involving abandoned ships, whether it be ships at sea or starships in space. We are attempting to fill half of the anthology with science fiction stories and half with fantasy stories. We are somewhat flexible as to the definition of “ship” for this anthology, but it must still be somehow abandoned in some way. Stories featuring more interesting takes on the use of the abandoned ship will receive more attention than those that are more mundane or are tropes. Make certain the story is centered on the ship! If the abandoned ship element is removed, the story should fall apart. So be creative and use the abandoned ship in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark, including horror.
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE is to feature science fiction and fantasy stories, including alternate history stories, where two different cultures “collide” in some way. We expect mostly first contact types of collisions, but the story does NOT need to be a first contact story. The cultures can be human, alien, technological, fae, etc. They should clash in some significant, meaningful way. Stories featuring more interesting juxtapositions of cultures and the ways in which they meet and interact will receive more attention than those that use the more typical, expected collisions. So be creative and come up with an unusual and unexpected meeting of different cultures. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.
DEADLINE and TIMELINE:
The deadline for submissions is December 31st, 2020. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of February 2021. Please send submissions to [email protected]. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of us receiving the submission and having it filed for consideration. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of March 2021.
If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of April 2021. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of May 2021. These dates may change due to the editors’ work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology, non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages after that. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that first year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 8 cents per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in and editors of the anthology.
Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to [email protected]. Thank you.