Call for Submissions for
Doorways to Extra Time
a short story anthology
In our busy world of meetings and microwaves, car radios and cellphones, people always wish they could get an extra hour in the day.
But what if they could? Doorways to Extra Time is an anthology that explores ways to get extra time (be it an hour, a day, or a decade) and the impact it would have (whether upon a single life, a family or an entire world).
We’re looking for stories with a touch of the fantastic--whether mystical, magical, mechanical, or just plain mysterious--but they can be set in any time or any genre: contemporary or historical, science fiction or fantasy, horror or magic realism. We could even find a place for a nonfiction essay if it was truly exceptional.
In short, show us something showstopping, and we’ll make time for you.
Suggested Length: full stories (from 3,000 to 7,000 words) and flash fiction (preferred under 1,000 words). We will accept good stories up to 10,000 words but longer lengths are a harder sell.
Due Date: October 15th, 2012
Editors: Anthony Francis and Trisha J. Wooldridge
Submission Guidelines: Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put your story in the BODY of the email (no attachments) and put “DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME” in the subject line along with the title.
And now the boring bits: We can only
accept previously unpublished stories. Please don’t use characters or
material to which you do not own the copyright so Disney doesn’t come
sue us—this is not a fan-fiction anthology. Contributor contribution
will be an advance of $10, a contributor copy of the print edition, and a
equal share of the contributors' portion of the royalties. Please make
your work appropriate for a PG-13 audience and avoid gratuitous sex,
violence, politics and puns.
For accepted submissions, Spencer Hill Press will take first print and electronic publishing rights, which are exclusive publishing rights for as long as the anthology remains in print. This means that authors will not be able sell or publish their stories elsewhere, and when the rights revert to the authors after the anthology is no longer in print, they will only be able to market the story as a reprint, which in nearly all cases is a harder sell and has a lower pay rate than first print. We at Spencer Hill Press hope that the anthology will have strong sales that will result in healthy royalty payments, but we want authors to go into this with eyes open, knowing how acceptance to one anthology limits the marketing of the same story down the road.