Call for Submissions
“Dickensian Steamfantasy: A Very Unexpected 1800s” - Urban Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi Anthology
Think of what we know about Dickensian times, the 1800s, the industries, the political and social life and new struggles of that historical period, and so on. And now think of what might have happened instead, over the course of some very unusual 1800s, in a very different world, and what we don’t know about that!
Stories set in a varied and unexpected 1800s, full of fairies and creatures from the legends, some Steampunkish machinery whose workings operate in part in this world while other parts reach the boundaries of the Afterlife, strange creatures ruling over portions of a strange Europe, much stranger than we have ever heard of, and trips to a Scottish countryside where there are fabled beings you could only have believed that lived in dream-like scenery, other than ghosts of humans and aliens staying among Earthlings, and well-known cities seen from a completely weird point of view and with unprecedented citizens maybe…A time when the souls of coal bar-ons might prove to be much darker than the coal itself!
Think of these possibilities: What if the famous Scottish engineer James Watt, the inventor born in Greenock, a town on the River Clyde, west of Glasgow - who had an idea that changed the world and made steam the driving force of the great Technological Revolution in the 1770s and 1780s had turned his attention to unearthly things and built by chance unusual workings that unpredictably bordered on the Afterlife, instead of making steam engines more efficient and more powerful? What if German engineer Werner von Siemens focused on unearthly studies about mag-netism instead of the first electric railway? And what if American engineer Robert Fulton, instead of designing the North River Steamboat, preferred to make new steam weapons that could be used against big cryptids in the woodlands? And what might have happened if, after the first transoceanic voyage to employ steam power was completed in 1819, many American sailing ships with auxiliary paddles powered by steam had started hunting old marine creatures
that looked more like the accounts of drunken seamen than reality?
Deadline: until full
Payment: Exposure and Royalties
Short stories up to 7,000 words; Longer stories will also be considered.
Reprints: just in some restricted, limited cases, as long as you hold the rights.
Submission guidelines: Please include your name, address, e-mail address, the title of your story and its word count in your covering e-mail. Please submit your manuscript as a *.rtf or *.doc file (all other formats will automatically be rejected. Contact us prior to submitting if this presents an issue for you.)
Font and formatting: Please submit in Times New Roman, 12 point font; single line spacing. Please format the document to 1st line indentation of 1″. The page margin should be set to .1″ on all sides.
No headers, footers or page numbers.
Please check grammar.
Upon acceptance into the Anthology, we ask that Horrified Press holds exclusive publishing rights for one year from the date of publication; after that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Horrified Press retains distribution rights in the format of the contracted Anthology.
This title will be available as an e-book and trade quality paperback.
Sergio “ente per ente” PALUMBO as Co-Editor and Curtis MANGES, as Co-Editor, will be presiding over this Anthology.
The title will be published by Rogue Planet Press, an Imprint of Horrified Press, un-der the supervision of Gavin CHAPPELL.
Email your submission as an attachment to: associazione (AT) lacenturia.it
The email subject line must read “SUBMISSION— DICKENSIAN STEAMFANTASY - ‘your story title’” or your submission will not be considered for this Anthology.
Successful applicants will be notified before the deadline has expired, or as soon as possible.
Cover (and Back-cover) Art: by American artist John “DavidsonHero” Rose.
There may well be some beautiful Sci-Fi/Horror themed black and white illustra-tions lurking on the inside as well, art by comics artists Davide “Atog” MARESCOTTI and Sara DELLACASA.
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