Open Sub Call: MARS NEEDS WRITERS!

MARS NEEDS WRITERS!

Edited by Dan Shaurette

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Carl Sagan

Submission Guidelines

Theme

Mars. The Red Planet. Our celestial neighbor which many scientists contend once could have supported life and with our intervention could yet again. As David Bowie asked while watching those campy sci-fi flicks, "Is there life on Mars?"

The audience for this anthology is all ages, and we are accepting submissions from all ages as well. I hope that we receive submissions from young writers with tales of the future they look forward to seeing in their lifetime.

I will accept any genre including horror, steampunk, post-apoc, weird western, hard sci-fi, space opera, pulp action, campy fantasy, even romance (but not erotica). I do not want mashups or spin-offs of H. G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Heinlein, James S. A. Corey, or Andrew Weir, etc. Your story can be in their genres but should be wholly original.

If we truly aspire to colonize Mars and make humanity an interplanetary species, I believe we need new inspirational tales to motivate the next generation and beyond. So tell me, do you have The Write Stuff?

Submission Period

Submissions officially open April 1, 2018 and close on October 1st, 2018.

Word Count

Will accept 2000 to 10,000, but the ideal range is about 5000-7500.

Ownership

We are seeking First Anthology Rights, however, if you wish to send a reprint story, let me know where it was published previously with confirmation that rights have reverted back to you.

Projected Release Date

April 1, 2019 for paperback. Electronic versions may release sooner.

Royalties/Payment

This anthology's goal is to donate all proceeds to the Challenger Center's Martians of Tomorrow STEM education campaign. As such, your submission is a donation to the project and there will be no financial royalties paid to the author. However, authors will be provided an eBook copy (your preferred format) and the opportunity to buy paperbacks at cost through the Publisher.

How To Submit

To submit your story, send an email to submissions@belladonnanightshade.com with the subject line "MARS NEEDS WRITERS Submission". The body of the email should include your name (including pen name), the title of your story, its approximate word count, overall genre, and a brief bio. Attach your story to the email as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF formats ONLY. Do not paste your story in the email.

Format

Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-spaced. Use first-line indents, NOT tabs or spaces. Please include your name, contact information, and word count at the top of a separate title page. No headers or footers, please.

“I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact.”
— Elon Musk

Belladonna Nightshade Press

Belladonna Nightshade Press is a micro-press publishing speculative fiction novels, short stories, and anthologies in paperback and electronic form. You can buy our books here online or from vendors like Amazon.com. We have a list of open submission calls if you are an author wishing to be included in one of our upcoming anthologies.

Books currently available:

LILITH'S LOVE
By Dan Shaurette

Donovan, lonely and getting over the recent death of his parents, asks his friend Christian to move in with him when he relocates back home again to Phoenix from Los Angeles.

After the Vampire Hunters find Lilith in New Orleans, she and her Wiccan friend Anna decide to go where they think no one would expect to find vampires — The Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ.

Christian, who is also Wiccan, meets Anna at a Samhain event on Halloween. The chemistry between them is immediate, and when they introduce their roommates to each other, Don realizes Lilith is not only the woman of his dreams — but that she is the woman in his dreams at night.

If you are interested in the audiobook version of this novel, you can also listen for free at Scribl.com.


BLACK MAGIC
By Dan Shaurette

Capt. Matt Black and Dr. Andrew MacGillivray are a pair of paranormal private eyes hot on the trail of someone — or something — killing women during the raucous 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Stranger things are afoot however when their friend, L. Frank Baum, finds a man who was brutally attacked not far from the Fair.

If you are interested in the audiobook version of this story, you can also listen for free at Scribl.com.

If you would like to purchase a package deal of the eBook AND the audio files, and share proceeds directly with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, then please visit the book's LeanPub page.


The Vampire Writers Support Group proudly presents FRESH BLOOD, an eclectic collection of short stories about vampires. The authors gracing our pages are Daven Anderson, Matthew Banks, Lucy Blue, Jessica Cage, Danielle DeVor, Drusiana, Donna Fernstrom, Donald L. Pitsiladis, Karen Plaisance, Selene MacLeod, Brian P. McKinley, Dan Shaurette, Tabitha Grace Smith, Emma Rawlin, and Jay Wilburn.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the eBook and paperback are donated to the National Hemophilia Foundation.



Open Sub Call: NOT TODAY

NOT TODAY

Edited by Dan Shaurette

"What do we say to the Lord of Death? Not today."
-- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Submission Guidelines

Theme

As I grow weary of stories where everybody dies, I decided to publish an anthology of stories with real emotional depth, struggle, and in the end the characters survive to carry on, even if they may have lost something else along the way.

This anthology is flexible on theme. I will accept horror, steampunk, western, sci-fi, fantasy, even romance (but not erotica). I want sappy, I want funny, I want morbidly curious. You can have supernatural settings and creatures or embrace nature head-on. Play chess with Death, debate with your favorite psychopomp, or show real, honest, humanity raging against the dying of the light.

It's time to face Death and tell it, "Not today!"

Submission Period

Submissions officially open March 1, 2018 and close on June 1st, 2018.

Word Count

Will accept 2000 to 10,000, but the ideal range is about 5000-7500.

Ownership

We are seeking First Anthology Rights, however, if you wish to send a reprint story, let me know where it was published previously with confirmation that rights have reverted back to you.

Projected Release Date

October 1, 2018 for paperback. Electronic versions may release sooner.

Royalties/Payment

This anthology's goal is to donate all proceeds to UNICEF, an international children’s charity. As such, your submission is a donation to the project and there will be no financial royalties available to the author. However, authors will be provided an eBook copy (your preferred format) and the opportunity to buy paperbacks at cost through the Publisher.

How To Submit

To submit your story, send an email to submissions@belladonnanightshade.com with the subject line "NOT TODAY Submission". The body of the email should include your name (including pen name), the title of your story, its approximate word count, overall genre, and a brief bio. Attach your story to the email as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF formats ONLY. Do not paste your story in the email.

Format

Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-spaced. Use first-line indents, NOT tabs or spaces. Please include your name, contact information, and word count at the top of a separate title page. No headers or footers, please.

"Every man dies. Not every man really lives."
-- William Wallace