Far Worlds: A Universe-Spanning Anthology.

Far Worlds

Across the unfathomably vast depths of space, the cylindrical nomad, known by some as ‘The Drift Engine’, travels the slow route between stars. Alone, it crosses the black gulf, where men freeze and stories die. But sometimes, it finds context amidst the void; intrigue, laughter, hate, madness and love, tales as diverse as life itself, in all its complex forms. The Far Worlds Anthology takes you on a journey to explore just some of these tales…

Good day my fellow Blogholers! It’s that time of a year again; the stars are right, and the latest Bolthole anthology, Far Worlds, is almost ready to escape its bonds and run amok across the universe (or the internet, whatever)!

This is the third of the anthologies produced and published by the Bolthole, and it has been my and He2etic’s[1] third time as co-editors, with ever-vigilant and grammatically merciless Hanna Gribble joining us as the final editor in our triad. This is also the third time the talented mister Mesones has lent his artistic skills to the beautiful cover art, pictured above.[2] But Manuel has gone above and beyond for this anthology, and has created illustrations for each of the main stories featured in the book.

Work started on our latest offering almost as soon as the last anthology, the engrossing Marching Time, was on the shelves. We have some returning authors, but also a slew of new faces, ready to impress you with their tales.

This year’s collection of short stories is linked together not by theme, as was the case in The Black Wind’s Whispers and Marching Time, but by setting. All the exotic far worlds depicted in the stories this year all takes place within the same universe, but otherwise could not be more different. We wanted to see our authors really go to town on creating whatever alien civilisation and story they wanted. No genres were off the table, from romance stories and comedies, to the more traditional speculative fiction and fantasy genres. Our only stipulations were that Earth could not be referenced, and that there were to be no shortcuts around the lightspeed barrier; if they wanted to leave their systems, it would be the long way round. Space is big, and we wanted it to feel big. Interstellar travel should feel like an almost insurmountable odyssey, not a long haul coach ride.

With such a vast canvas open to them, our authors have really delivered some great stories. Here are the main stories appearing in the anthology:

Anomaly, by Jonathan Ward
Rainer, by Heidi Ruby Miller
The Lost and Found, by Kerri Fitzgerald
Helzenthrax, by A. R. Aston
City Blue, by Edward Smith
Golden Planet, by Evan Purcell
A Pelnodan Bounty, by James Fadeley
Bequeathal, by K. Ceres Wright
Salvation Comes, by Simon Farrow
Endaris, by Michael J. Hollows
Alone, by Alex Helm
The War Room, by Michael Seese
Shard of Heaven, by Damir Salkovic
And finally, The Drift Engine.

In addition, a wealth of bonus flash fiction will be included to satiate your literary hunger. Overall, this will be the biggest, most jam-packed anthology yet, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it.

Thanks for reading!

[1] Real name James Fadeley to his friends, and the various bounty hunters on his trail…
[2] Lots of threes involved in this anthology it seems huh? Conspiracy theorists, feel free to go nuts!

Far Worlds will be released 25th March 2014, available at Amazon.com, in kindle and paperback format. For more information on the anthology and its authors, please visit our Facebook page, for author interviews, free goodies and art!

Writing Market News – 10/25

I was very pleased to see the positive response to the inaugural writing news post here on the Bloghole. It makes the work of putting this together seem much less daunting knowing that people are putting this information to good use. Good luck to those who already put in submissions for last week’s markets. (If anyone has a submission accepted from a market listed here, please share in the comments.)

This week we have a very diverse spread of opportunities, from speculative fiction set in the Garden of Eden to modern humor and satire.

Flytrap Magazine Issue #11

First up today is a very short notice call for a successful Kickstarter project to publish another issue of Flytrap Magazine, after the series had been on hiatus since 2008. All styles and genres are accepted, but the editor has this to say, “I like stories with sex and feminism and apocalypses and snarky humor in them, but don’t let that limit you.” Only one week left for submissions on this, so get writing if you’re interested.

Deadline: October 31, 2013
Words: Under 5000
Pay: $.05 per word

Garden of Eden

The first of a series of biblical themed anthologies from Garden Gnome Publications, Garden of Eden is seeking stories set in the Garden. The publisher doesn’t want simple re-tellings of the known story, however. They want stories of other characters who existed in the Garden, what they were doing there, and how they interacted with Adam and Eve.

Deadline: November 23, 2013
Words: 300 – 10,000
Pay: $3 for up to 1,500 words, $7 for 1,501 – 10,000 words

Fae

Fairies tend to occupy the realm of children’s stories, but Fae is looking for adult fiction centered around the tricky little creatures. Desired are stories that are true to established Fairy lore, but presented in new settings and with new twists. Sprites, pixies, gnomes, imps, and other fairy-like creatures are also acceptable. The anthology is to be published by World Weaver Press.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: Under 7,500
Pay: $10

Krampus

Also from World Weaver Press, in partnership with Enchanted ConversationKrampus will feature the mythological figure that shares the name. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Krampus is the European counterpart to Saint Nicholas. Instead of rewarding well-behaved children, Krampus tortures and punishes misbehaved ones. He is traditionally depicted as a fairly standard devil. Horns, cloven hooves, all that. WWP would like to see adult stories centered around this diabolical creature.

Deadline: November 30, 2013
Words: Under 10,000
Pay: $10

OutFunny

In a bit of a deviation, today I also bring you OutFunny, a fledgling humor and satire website. The site focuses on short, quick hitting humor stories, comparable in content to Cracked or The Onion. Users then have the opportunity to append one liners to the stories, in an attempt to gain votes confirming their hilarity. The submission guidelines specify that submitted content will be prioritized toward users who have been active in trying to “outfunny” the writers by penning one liners. One caveat here is that linking with a Facebook account seems to be the only way to sign up for an OutFunny account.

Deadline: Ongoing
Words: Around 150
Pay: $25

Bonus – Angry Robot Open Door

Angry Robot Books is currently accepting novel submissions from writers without agent representation through the end of the year. Angry Robots has published several familiar authors such as Dan Abnett, Gav Thorpe, and other Black Library authors, as well as the unavoidable Chuck Wendig. Submissions should fall under science fiction, fantasy, or horror, and all sub-genres thereof. There are a slew of guidelines, so check out the submission page if you have a novel lurking in the shadows.

Deadline: December 31, 2013
Words: 75,000 – 140,000 (approximate)
Pay: Variable