Monday, September 1, 2014

Last couple of months!

We're down to the last couple of months before the submission deadline for Building Red: The Colonization of Mars! Slots are filling up fast but we still have room for a few more great stories.

As a quick reminder, here's the story prompt again:

"The year is 2050. Technology has finally progressed to the point humankind can begin colonizing Mars. Governments, corporations, and rich individuals are all sponsoring groups to tackle the task of surviving and thriving in a harsh and foreign atmosphere. It's a test of creativity, intelligence, and social skills; of genetic engineering, terraforming, and resources. The winners earn the right to incorporate their little corner of Mars as their own. It's a fool's adventure. It's an impossible dream. It's a risk that may cost everything, including lives. But adventures and dreams and risks are where stories begin."

Walrus Publishing is looking for your original, unpublished stories approximately 1,000-6,000 words long.  We prefer submission as a .doc, .docx, .txt, or shared via Google drive. Standard 1" margins, Times New Roman or equivalent font, double spaced, and all pages should have the title and page number in the heading.

Email your submission as an attachment or with a link to your shared Google Drive file to by November 1, 2014.

In the body of the email, include your name, contact info including address, phone number, and short (100 word) bio.

Send only one piece to be considered at a time. As some of you have discovered, if I like the piece but have some issues with it, I will ask for revisions and consider it again, but time is running out. I suggest having your piece workshopped or beta read by several people before sending it to me.

Any style is fine (serious, funny, macabre, etc.) as long as the piece fits the prompt and is science fiction. The only exceptions are no gratuitous violence or erotica.The vast majority of rejections are because the pieces are more fantasy than science fiction. Check your facts carefully!

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please inform me immediately if your piece is published elsewhere.

Any submission not conforming to these specifications may be rejected.

If your piece is accepted, you will receive $25 upon publication of the finished anthology (Spring 2015) five free copies of the anthology, and a 50% discount on copies you purchase.

Right now my response time is a little more than a month. I apologize for the wait, but sometimes day jobs get in the way of our passions! Feel free to e-mail if you are afraid your piece has gotten lost, but likely it has not.

Here's looking forward to Building Red with you!