This is the seventh iteration of the TEU short story collections. I do one a year. Target is 20-25 stories. The cover is a Tom Edwards pre-made and that should give you an idea of what we’re looking at for content. Stories that would suit being under that cover. This one is exclusive to members of the IASFA. I intend to have about 15 headliners in this set and will open up the final five to ten slots to newer authors or authors who have not yet established themselves.
Here are the particulars:
- A science fiction short story or novelette of alien contact, colonization, adventure, or military. NO HORROR and no Sci-Fi Romance.
- Never before published and it will be exclusive to Amazon for 3 months. Many people write a reader magnet for their own world in order to get dual use from their stories. That’s fine, but make sure it stands alone, too, since many readers won’t know your world. If you want readers to come into your universe, you can’t have a story that doesn’t stand alone with potential new readers.
- 6k to 8k words
- Only one submission per author, original material, please
- Equal royalty split (no buy in) and I will pre-pay $75 to $100 in royalties (contract says $75, but I’ll probably pay $100 based on horsepower within the set)
- You will get digital rights to your story returned to you when we close out. We’ll keep the paperback in perpetuity for consistency’s sake and so the newer authors can show their name with established authors on the Amazon page. If for some reason the rules regarding exclusivity change to include paperbacks, then we’ll pull the paperback down. I won’t encroach on an author’s rights. Yes, everyone will have a contract. I pay a premium for Docusign, so I’m sure as heck going to use it!
Initial 500 words due by June 15th. If you can’t grip a reader in the first 500 words with a short story, they’ll skip your story. This means when I open my email on the morning of the 15th, Alaska time, I will have all of the submissions. Submit in Word, in calibri or arial 12 point, and single spaced paragraphs with an extra half line space between paragraphs (do not put an extra carriage return between paragraphs and don’t tab your indents by all that’s holy – that’s not what I mean)
Send your first 500 words to me at email@example.com – subject line needs to be TEU7- [your name] – [story title]. File name needs to be that, too. Early bird gets the worm. Once I’m satisfied the anthology is full, I won’t accept any more stories (if you’ve been cleared to the second round, this doesn’t apply because you’re in the final running. You still may not make the final cut as my beta readers determine who makes it into the final anthology. Point to note – none of my beta readers are authors).
You’re responsible for having the final story edited to a professional standard. I’m not that kind of editor (think acquisitions).
You must be an IASFA member to participate
Authors must have at least one other science fiction work published so interested readers can find (and buy) more of your work.
If you clear the first round with me, I will put you on the list for the second round which means you’ll get a contract with more specifics surrounding the final format – write the rest of the story. I will run that through beta readers for final viability. If they like it, it remains in. If they don’t, it doesn’t make the final cut and you get your full rights returned at the time of rejection because we won’t license your work. Also, final stories will need to include a one-liner blurb after the title & author’s name in the file, and a 100-word (or so) bio at the end with a single link where you want to send an interested reader.
The final story is due by August 15th. Don’t give me the final story on June 15th, only the first 500 words, even if you have the entire story written. Following submission guidelines is critical if you ever want to submit to a traditional publication for anything. I intend to publish the book on Sep 13.
Katharina Gerlach says
Do I understand this right? We should submit on June 15th? Or can we submit the first 500 words as soon as our story is written, revised and polished?
Craig Martelle says
Submit as soon as you’re ready. Only the first 500 words.