Fossil Lake II: The Refossiling, edited by Christine Morgan, Sabledrake Enterprises, 2015. Cover design by Stephen Cooney, info: fossillake.wordpress.com.

“Welcome back to Fossil Lake, where the water is dark, and deep, and strange. Where wonderful mysteries and abhorrent monsters dwell together, lurking far beyond the shadowed reach of reality. Where sediment preserves in its layers a perfect record of that which will never be forgotten. 40 stories and poems, and a bonus cartoon, await in this second anthology of the aberrant. Come for the swimming, the fishing, the view. And stay… forever. Foreword by Brian Keene, special appearances by Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.”

Contents:
Foreword by Brian Keene
The Lake, by Edgar Allan Poe
Ricky’s Summer Vacation , by A. Stinky Cat
Fetch!, by Ken Goldman
Perfect Ten, by Scott R. Jones
Bruce Too, by Jodi Lee
Dark Operator, by Clayton Chandler
Blind Date, by David Neilsen
Music Hath Charms, by Mark Orr
Leviathan, by Richard Leavesley
The Tub and Takahashi, by Gregor Cole
Signs, by John M. McIlveen
Hellhole Fishing, by Stanley Webb
Returning Magic to the Kingdom, by Brian M. Sammons
The Author as Fossil, by James Ebersole
The Surface Beneath, by Michael Burnside
Beyond the Boneyard Gate, by Alicia Austen
Critter Marrow, by Patrick Lacey
My Beloved, by J.M. Northwood
Bloodbound, by William Andre Sanders
Trapper Keeper, by A. Stinky Cat
Lady Ghost, by Edward Martin III
Innocent Passage, by Randy Attwood
Frozen in Stone, by Doug Blakeslee
The Body in the Lake, by Peter Sutton
Gods and Mice, by Bruce Boston
The Sea is in my Blood, by Deborah Walker
“Harmless,” by Uncle Don
Retirement Home, by K.H. Koehler
Playing Games, by Kerry G.S. Lipp
The Incident in Central Village, by Doug Rinaldi
Forest of Borth, by Claire Smith
Nickolaus Passionate and the Children of Ereshkigal, by John Goodrich
Red Ochre, by Mary Pletsch
Dollmaker, by Alan Loewen
Secrets in the Soil, by E.S. Wynn
First to One Hundred, by S.L. Dixon
The Unspeakable Confession of Dicky Rashone’s Dog, by Lorenzo Passion
A Far Southern Land, by D.J. Tyrer
They Say Gloria’s Still in the Lake, by Michael Penkas
Blessedly Offended, by Shaun Avery
The Nightmare Lake, by H.P. Lovecraft
A Preview of Fossil Lake III: Unicornado
About the Contributors

ENOUGH SPACE FOR EVERYONE ELSE: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

ENOUGH SPACE FOR EVERYONE ELSE is an anthology of non-imperialist science fiction, seeking comics, prose, and illustrations of a cosmos not yet conquered. What does this mean? No expanding, maintaining, defending, fighting, or being part of an empire — beyond that, the rest is up to you…with a few caveats:

CONTENT

Space must be featured as an essential element, something without which the story cannot function.

All subgenres and tones are acceptable but submissions should be created with an all-ages readership in mind. This means no explicit violence or sex, heavy swearing, or other content rated beyond PG-13.  

We will not accept fanfiction or other forms of pastiche/homage/tribute/parody. All content must be original.

FORMAT

Comic pages/illustrations: comic pages and illustrations must be in black and white and 8.5”x11”/comics standard size. Comics must be no longer than 15 pages, with 10 or under strongly preferred. Illustrations should be 1 page, but a single 2 page spread is acceptable.

Comic scripts/prose: a comic script must be for a finished comic no longer than 15 pages, with 10 or under strongly preferred. 

Prose submissions may be 5 pages long. We’d suggest no more than 2000 words (going off the idea that single spaced 12pt Times New Roman is 5 pages exactly) 

Comic scripts should be formatted as such and not as plays, screenplays, or other script forms. Scripts and prose must be submitted as attached .doc files. Scripts or prose submitted in the body of an email or in any other file format will not be read.

PAYMENT

Page rates are:

50 USD per page for comics pages

6 US cents per word for prose

75 USD for single-page illustrations

150 USD for double-page illustrations

Important note: creative teams consisting of two or more individuals will have to work out payment divisions among themselves. We will accept submissions from incomplete teams (artists looking for writers and vice versa), but please be aware that set teams are preferred and will receive priority in considering acceptance.

LEGAL

All original intellectual property belongs to its creator(s).

Reprints will only be accepted if they are not currently available online or in active print at this time.

We hold exclusive global rights of first publication for any non-reprint submission for one calendar year after initial publication of the first edition of the crowdfunding campaign printing run.

DEADLINE

Submissions will be accepted from April 5th to May 4th. Further production deadlines will be discussed pending acceptance.

If you have any further questions please email us at enoughspaceforeveryoneelse@gmail.com

We wish all potential submitters the best luck and look forward to seeing your work. Ad astra per aspera!

Anthologies and the Writer's Rights

Anonymous said: Hi! Your blog has been so helpful to me so, let me start by saying thank you for everything that you do! Secondly, I have a question about online writing anthologies paying writers for their submissions. What is the writer’s rights in terms of how they are paid? Are they just paid once for having a submission accepted, or do they also profit from each sale of the anthology?

Usually, a writer is paid for their story up front. You can check individual advertisements for submissions to anthologies for details on how payment for that anthology works. Here are a few lists of upcoming anthologies that are currently asking for submissions:

I also recommend that you check out these articles on how anthologies are created.

Be sure to read over the guidelines for submission carefully and follow them to the last detail. And edit your work before submission. Even if you are an amatuer writer, you should present yourself as professionally as possible in your submission. (That means no exclamation marks or internet slang.) The publishing industry is rough, and even being considered for publication is a difficult process. Treat publication with the respect it deserves.

That being said, don’t ever let a publisher take advantage of you. When you contribute to an anthology, you should get a contract covering payment details as well as the rights requested of you as a contributor. If you don’t receive a contract, ask for one. If you still don’t get it, I would suggest that you back out of the project. Protect yourself and your writing. Don’t hand over your creative work to a publisher without a contract.

Learn more about writers’ rights:

Contributing to anthologies can be confusing, so arm yourself with as much information about the anthology submission guidelines and your rights as a writer as possible before agreeing to be part of the project.

If you have experience with writing for anthologies that you would like to share, I’m sure we’d all love to benefit from your advice! You can comment on this post by reblogging or else send us a message with your tips.

Thank you very much for your message, anon! I hope this helps!

-C

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My name is Audrey Redpath. In late 2013, I started a blog called ‘Queering Comics’ where fans of popular print comics (and eventually cartoons, webcomics, and movies) could submit headcanons that interpreted characters in ways that helped them relate to them, and made them feel represented by the heroes in the stories they loved.

Later, that blog turned into the Queer Comics feed on twitter, and amassed a community of over eight thousand people who wished comics could reflect the world we know a bit better than they do now. 

We started covering indie creators, and promoting webcomics with characters in them who were queer like us. But we still hadn’t made anything. 

An Anthology of New Heroes

As of Feb 20th submissions for the Oath Anthology of New Heroes, an anthology of queer superhero stories, are now open. 

The message that we send when we don’t represent the broader culture in our stories is that ‘You are other’. As a community, as an organism, it is a thing that makes us ill. It is actually bad for us. — Kelly Sue Deconnick (kellysue)

Why the superhero genre? 

The lack of representation of LGBTQA+ characters in superhero comics pushes the idea that some people aren’t fit for heroism, and leaves many fans out in the cold without characters they can identify with. 

By bringing queer heroes, written by queer storytellers, to the forefront, we can bring a new perspective to the genre, and we can prove that superheroes don't belong to straight, cisgender, white men. Or we can start, at least. 


The Oath Anthology of New Heroes is an anthology of B&W Comics and prose, featuring diverse stories about LGBT superheroes at the formative moment of their journey. We pay pro rates, will fund our print run on kickstarter, and comic pitches will be accepted until March 20th, 2015. 

Here’s the Submission info, and we’re excited to hear from you.

If you want to see more comics with diverse LGBTQA heroes, or just want to see this book made, reblog and support us while we put together our stories. It means a lot. 

21 Proms by 21 authors

In the spirit of My True Love Gave to Me, some of the biggest names in YA take on one of the biggest nights in any high-schooler’s life: Prom.

It’s supposed to be one of the best nights of your life. Or, at least, you’re supposed to have a good time. But what if you’d rather be going with your best friend’s date than your own? What if a sinister underground society of students has spiked the punch? What if your date turns out to be more of a frog than a prince?

In this anthology, 21 of the funniest, most imaginative writers today create their own kind of prom stories. Some are triumphs. Some are disasters. But each one is a night you’ll never forget.

Now, with a stunning new look!

Contributing authors: Jodi Lynn Anderson, Holly Black, Libba Bray, Elizabeth Craft, Rachel Cohn, Melissa de la Cruz, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Aimee Friedman, John Green, Brent Hartinger, Will Leitch, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Leslie Margolis, Billy Merrell, Sarah Mlynowski, Lisa Ann Sandell, Ned Vizzini, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Cecily von Ziegesar, Jacqueline Woodson

Get the book:

Amazon      Barnes & Noble      Books-a-Million      

Hastings      Indie Bound      Target

In case you missed it, we have EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE ISSUE #6 OPEN CALL! Proposals are due by Feb. 15th.

This time around, we are asking for proposals of what your beauty-themed comic will be about. Then, we’ll be working with each of the accepted artists to perfect these beauties - pardon the pun ;) - and put an amazing collection of comics together.

Read all of the submission guidelines, get on over to our brand new submission form, and be a part of the next installment of Dirty Diamonds!

Help us spread the word by reblogging this post so we can get as many amazing ladies as we can involved with this issue!

Smooches.

Pretty soon they’ll just need to make American Horror Story: AHS.

5 Movie and TV Trends You’ll Start to Hate In 2015

#4. An Anthology of Anthology Shows

The creators of American Horror Story just began production on American Crime Story, a spin-off show dramatizing true-life crime stories from the nation’s past. Like American Horror Story, each season of American Crime Story is going to focus on a different crime that took the national spotlight. The first season is an episodic retelling of the O.J. Simpson trial, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as The Juice. That is in no way a joke. We assume season two will star Marisa Tomei as Susan Smith, and season three will feature Adrien Brody as Anthony Weiner.

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Since Spike already tweeted about this (in the most flattering way ever HELP) I feel I can safely mention it here too…! I’m one of the artists in the upcoming MY MONSTER BOYFRIEND anthology with a 25 page colored sexy comic goodness coming out this summer!!! I have been so excited about this you have no idea, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys (and to get to read the works of the amazing artists involved… I’M PUMPED…..)

For now here are some concept sketches of the characters I did in late autumn-early winter~ 8)

I always hated all the social things. All the horrible events and presentations we had to go to. All false. You could see right through them all, and all the people there. I despised them. Perhaps it was partly from class. No, it wasn’t. It was because they really WERE all false.
— 

John Lennon, 1967. 

(From the Anthology book)