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Monday, May 25, 2009


Editor's note: They seem to be very specific about what they're looking for.

Juno Books

Juno is currently looking for novels from 80,000 to 100,000 words in length. We are interested in fantasy featuring a strong female protagonist set in a contemporary (or a very few years in the future) world quite like ours except for the intersection/transgression of the numinous (that which is "wholly other") with/upon the mundane. This world can be open ("magic", the "supernatural" is known to exist) or closed (where "otherness" is concealed from common knowledge).

This type of "urban fantasy" (sometimes called "paranormal/urban fantasy") is typically crossed with mystery, action/adventure, and horror featuring a woman with supernatural power (or some paranormal connection). Romance/relationship is usually an element in this mix as is humor. We want original, imaginative, well-written novels with fascinating characters interacting in a plausible (if fantastic) world. We aren't particularly interested in characters who feel that violence solves all problems, but they will, if needed, defend who and what they love.

We are not interested in "paranormal romance" where the plot revolves primarily around a romance. We know that many folks are confused by the terms used to describe such fiction and there are no firm boundaries. But if you read this type of book, then you probably know the distinctions. (And we wonder why anyone would try to write it if they don't read it.) We hesitate to mention specific authors because we do not want books "like So-and-So writes."

And, although we once published a wide variety of diverse fantasy, we aren't looking for that now. No historical, epic, sword-and-sorcery, low, high, dark, etc. fantasy.


Hourglass Books: Themed Short Story Anthologies

We publish anthologies of short stories assembled around a common theme. We are interested only in literary fiction. The category of literary fiction excludes genre works, such as science fiction, mystery, romance, westerns, etc., since these works already have many other outlets available to them.

We are now accepting stories for our fourth anthology, Occupational Hazards: Stories From the World of Work. If you have a wonderful short story on this theme, we are interested in seeing it now. You also may join our mailing list to learn about our themes for future books and other news items.


From my CP, Sharon.

Leisure Books, Rue Morgue magazine, and ChiZine are joining forces to present "Fresh Blood", a writing contest for unpublished horror authors. The winner will receive a contract for publication in Leisure's 2011 lineup, as well as a contract from ChiZine Publications for a limited-edition hardcover release, also in 2011.

They're looking for "finished horror novel manuscripts, either supernatural or non-supernatural, of 80,000-90,000 words. A panel of experts, including Leisure Executive Editor Don D'Auria and editors at ChiZine, will judge entries. The finalists will be announced in November 2009."

Following that announcement, from December 2009 through July 2010, monthly competitions in categories such as "Best Summary", "Best First Line", "Best Title", and "Most Frightening Scene" will run on Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites, and after each deadline, entries with the fewest votes will be eliminated.

• The winner will be announced in August 2010.
• Entries should be sent to submissions AT dorchesterpub DOT com by 30 September 2009.
• "Fresh Blood" must appear in the subject line of the email.

For full entry details, see Dorchester's web site or ChiZine's web site.


Shelley Munro said...

Dorchester do some great contests for unpublished writers.

Maria Zannini said...

I know. They get high marks with me.