WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
May 30th, 2011
WHAT ARE THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES?
DOES THE STORY NEED TO BE SET IN EUROPE?
Shakespeare was an English writer, but his stories transcend the European experience. So no, you don’t need to set your Steampunk’d version of Shakespeare in England or anywhere else in Europe if you don’t want to. In fact, I and the other editors would LOVE to see a wide variety of settings for the stories. Let your imagination run wild, folks!
DO YOU HAVE ANY GUIDANCE IN TERMS OF SUBJECT – ie. WHICH PLAYS OR CHARACTERS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, AND WHICH MIGHT ALREADY BE “RESERVED”? OR IS IT JUST “CATCH AS CATCH CAN” IN TERMS OF SUBMISSIONS?
We’re not discounting a single thing. People have been “calling” plays but I still invite you to submit any fiction or sonnets you have at all. So I guess “catch as catch can” is an apt description.
WILL THIS BE A PRINT BOOK OR AN E-BOOK?
It’s actually going to be both. Flying Pen works on the POD model, so we will offer printed copies of the anthology. We also publish eBooks to the Amazon Kindle. I’m not sure about the Sony eReader or the B&N Nook though.
HOW MANY SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED?
It’s hard to say at this moment how many submissions will be accepted until we see the length of the submissions that are chosen. If we print approx 85,000 words in total, for instance, and all the best submissions are 10,000 words each, then there would only be room for 8 entries to be printed. But if the chosen submissions are closer to 3-5,000 words each then we would have room for 28-17 entries. The longer the submissions, the fewer we can accept, in other words.
But since quality is the most important factor here, let’s focus on that. We would rather print a slimmer volume of brilliant stories than a larger volume of spottier quality. If the volume and quality of the submissions is high, and the first volume sells well, then there may well be an opportunity to produce a second anthology!
In short, if you get the submission in before the deadline of midnight U.S. Eastern Time on 30 May, then we pretty much guarantee that your story will get considered for a slot. Every submission receives consideration, which is the only fair way to do it. We’d rather see something than not, in other words.
WHAT’S THE PAY?
Flying Pen Press is a royalties-only publisher. As a result of that, the payment for each submission is a percentage of the royalties on the sale of the book.