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Call for Scifi Short Story Submissions

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Offline IndieAI
22 Jul 2017, 09:45 AM | Post: #1

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Call for Scifi Short Story Submissions

I have edited a couple of scifi anthologies now, and am getting to really enjoy it. Quite a few authors have been asking when I'll run another. As I have several of my own books coming out over the summer, I've decided to go for a submissions deadline of 31 October 2017.
I am aiming for a late November release to take advantage of people buying paperbacks for Christmas presents and ebooks for themselves over the holiday.

The theme and title of the collection is 'The Guardian'. This could be a bodyguard, a childminder, a ship protecting a vital planet, an ancient alien defending an abandoned site, whatever. Anything within the broader science fiction genre is welcome, though in the interests of not getting hidden by Amazon we'd need to avoid outright erotica.
Entries should be between 2500 and 10000 words. As long as they are available to publish, they could have been already released somewhere else, though new pieces would have priority. They can be completely one-off stories, or introductions to series as long as they have a self-contained storyline.
I can't guarantee that all entries will be included. You can submit more than one story, but I won't choose more than one per author to be included. I am aiming for around twelve quality pieces that work well together and avoid covering too much of the same ground.

The focus of the project will be on exposure for the participating authors. Each story will be immediately followed by a short 'about the author' and two links - one to their mailing list signup and one to their homepage (I would encourage participants to set up a unique landing page for these so they can track conversion). As all the stories will be scifi, this should help generate targeted also-boughts.
Profits from the sales will go towards paying off the setup (cover, proofreading, formatting etc), my time, and ongoing advertising costs. The Newcomer paid off the setup in a little over a month and the advertising kitty fills up nicely until I splurge on some promos. The Officer sold over 500 copies in the first couple of weeks.

If you're wondering what I'm like to work with, I'm sure none of the authors in the last couple of bundles would mind a quick question. You could also have a look at my website http://www.alasdairshaw.co.uk/twodemocracies to see the kind of things I tend to write.

By submitting your short story, you grant non-exclusive rights in perpetuity for it to be included in the anthology. There will be no fee for entry and no payment for inclusion.
Please enter using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/g2IlxMgRumLZQOas1
Alasdair Shaw, space opera and military scifi author

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Offline IndieAI
16 Aug 2017, 07:47 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Call for Scifi Short Story Submissions

There have been some great submissions from around the world so far. It would be great to have more from the UK!
Alasdair Shaw, space opera and military scifi author

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Offline Anna Faversham Reading
17 Aug 2017, 08:57 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Call for Scifi Short Story Submissions

I'll spread the word, Al. Sorry not to have the time to join in.
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Offline IndieAI
15 Oct 2017, 08:55 AM | Post: #4

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Only a couple of weeks left...
Alasdair Shaw, space opera and military scifi author

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15 Oct 2017, 08:55 AM | Post: #5

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(17 Aug 2017 08:57 AM)Anna Faversham Wrote:  I'll spread the word, Al.

Thank you.
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