Ocean’s 11 with ogres and trolls. The Italian Job pulled off using hippogriffs. Good Fellas done with dark fae. Leverage by way of Gandalf and Merlin.
We’re looking for stories of crime with a fantasy twist. Tales can be serious or funny, but need to involve a crime, a fantasy element, and have an unexpected twist to them.
Stories should be 2000 – 6000 words long.
What we are NOT looking for:
Other genres – sci-fi, horror, time-travel, western, or romance. There may be other future anthologies that cover these genres but they will not be considered at this time.
No poetry or screenplays. If this gets turned into a TV series or movie, we’ll deal with that separately.
Gross out humor.
Graphic sex, violence or scenes of torture / rape.
Some violence is okay as long as it is integral to the story and not gratuitous or overly explicit. Getting into a street bar / brawl, getting roughed up by thugs, etc. are standard tropes. No machine gun bloodbaths, hacking people to death with a machete, or things like that.
Sex can be hinted at or kept ‘off-screen.’
Consider this a PG-13 rated anthology.
Submissions deadline is June 30, 2020, 11:59 PM CDT with the anthology likely being released in September / October 2020. No submissions will be accepted after this date.
- All work must be original to the author.
- Authors retain all copyright to their work.
- Do not send simultaneous submissions. If you submit a story to the anthology, do not send it elsewhere. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks to hear back from us.
- If you have a signed contract with us, you cannot send the story out for one year after publication, nor may it be published on a blog, forum, or anywhere else, or by anyone else, for one full year after the publication date of the anthology.
- If you must pull your submission from the anthology please notify us immediately through e-mail asking for the story to be withdrawn.
- Please do not submit previously published stories.
- We will accept up to three submissions from any author for possible inclusion in the anthology.
- If you have any questions, e-mail us.
You must put Grand Theft Unicorn Submission in the subject line of your e-mail. This helps us sort the e-mails. Otherwise your submission may get lost.
Include a short author biography with your submission and a link to your website or social media page. Please include this information at the end of the document for your manuscript.
Send all submissions to email@example.com
Authors will get a payment of $10 USD for each story accepted into the anthology. Payments will be made via Paypal. Authors are responsible for supplying the correct account information to the publisher.
Please follow all these guidelines.
Submit your manuscript in Word format (.doc), Rich Text Fromat (.rtf), Open Document Type (.odt), or Portable Document Format (.pdf)
Please include a title page with the title of your story, your real name, your pen name (if you are writing under one), your contact information, and word length of your story.
Include your complete story.
Include your author bio and a link to your website or social media page.
Please include all this in your submitted manuscript, not your e-mail.
Submissions not following these guidelines will be rejected from consideration for possible inclusion in the anthology.
Rights we are asking for:
We are looking for first rights to print the story in the anthology for the first year, in ebook, print and audio formats. The writer retains all other rights to their work and the rights granted revert to the author at the end of the first year of publication. The publisher retains the rights to keep the anthology in print indefinitely.
James Husum has had a long career in professional programming, writing and freelance eccentricty. He writes, collects stories for anthologies, and reads voraciously.