Call For Submissions: Underwater

Call For Submissions

Underwater (Subject to change)
Editors: Anthony S. Buoni and Alisha Costanzo
Publisher: Transmundane Press
Submissions Due: 15 May 2015
Release Date: Spring 2016
Payment & Rights: Payment will be discussed upon acceptance. We ask for first print and electronic rights for six (6) months after publication date, then you are free to resell it.

UNDERWATER is seeking stories about life underwater. This could mean mermaids, sirens, deep-sea crews, the sunk city of Atlantis, talking seahorses, malevolent water spirits…if it could live underwater, we want to read about it. We are looking for fiction that has a speculative lean or mystical undertones, although full-blown sci-fi and fantasy are welcome, too!

We are looking for submissions that create modern, realistic, or fantastical stories. We want real characters, real tensions, and real consequences. There is one clincher, don’t make them cheesy. Make them humorous, violent, grotesque, sexy, suspenseful, or satirical—just keep the writing serious. This anthology is intended for mature audiences.  Sex and profanity are acceptable, however, not in excess.  If gory for gore’s sake, or vulgar just to be crude, your story will be rejected.  Themes must be central to plot and character.

-World Creation:
-In-Depth Characterization of the main character(s)
-Emotional and Physical tensions
-Consistent POV (No head hopping)

Submission Guidelines:

-Double spaced, 1” margins, title and author name in header, pagination
-Please use Times New Roman, Courier, Verdana, Arial or Georgia 12 point for submissions.
-Include your real name, address, phone, e-mail, story title, and word count on title page of submission.
-Flash fiction: 100-800 words
-Short Shorts: 800-2,000 words
-Short Stories: 2,000-7,500 words
(Flexibility of word count for short stories considered at editors’ discretion)
-Previously published material will not be considered.
-Please submit in Word (.doc, .rtf, or .docx). Send submission as attachment only.  Do no embed in body of e-mail.  If we have trouble opening the document in Word, we will let you know.
-Email subject lines and files should have the name of the anthology, the authors last name and the story title so I can keep organized.  Example: UNDERWATER: LAST NAME/STORY TITLE.
-Original works only; AKA no reprints
-Simultaneous submissions are okay; however, if another anthology obtains your story first, let us know so we don’t infringe.
-Multiple submissions are okay.
-In submission e-mail, please include a brief bio written in 3rd person so I may include it in the anthology if chosen for publication.
-You may withdraw your short story from consideration at any time, but this request must be made in writing (e-mail acceptable).
-We reserve the right to reject any submissions not following these guidelines.

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