EQUUS: RHONDA PARRISH'S MAGICAL MENAGERIES #5
Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish
Series: Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries
Open for Submissions: September 1 to November 30, 2016
Expected Publication: Summer 2017
Story Length: Under 7,500 words
Compensation: $10 + contributor copy
Horses are represented in mythology and folklore from Paleolithic right up to modern times. What is it about these magnificent creatures that fascinates us and captures our hearts? Is it their intelligence, their power, their beauty, or something else that draw us to them? That is just one of the questions we’re going to explore in Equus.
I will be looking for stories about every kind of horse from the earthly to the mythological and though I’ll be placing a special emphasis on horses, unicorns and pegasi, every kind of magical equine is welcome (and really, aren’t they all magical?). Stories with a strong sense of place will have an advantage, as will those which explore the connection (for better or for worse) between equines and humans.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.
Open submission period: September 1 - November 30, 2016
Length: Under 7,500 words
Submission method: Upload story as .doc or .rtf to niteblade.submittable.com/submit
The editor will be reading submissions blind, so please remove your name and contact information from the manuscript before submitting.
Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.
Expected Publication Date: Summer 2017
About the Anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is driven by a desire to do All The Things. She founded and ran Niteblade Magazine, is an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and is the editor of several anthologies including, most recently, Sirens and C is for Chimera. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been in publications such as Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (2012 & 2015) and Mythic Delirium. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com
To learn more about what kind of stories Rhonda Parrish is looking for, check out the previous books in the Magical Menageries anthology series: FAE, CORVIDAE, SCARECROW, & SIRENS.
From now until September 6th, you can enter to win one of three ebook copies of MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN by Meg Pontecorvo, the new science fiction novella coming out September 25, 2016. See below for easy ways to enter, including following World Weaver Press on Twitter, checking out Meg Pontecorvo's Facebook page, and leaving a review for any previous World Weaver Press book.
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See what early reviewers are saying about MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN:
"Murder in the Generative Kitchen by Meg Pontecorvo is a compact little story with a lot to say. Readers will find a fresh take on Asimov’s three laws, see a twisted future where vacations are paid for by the courts, and learn that the same old arguments will still be contested long after we’re gone."
"An intriguing take on the legal and moral issues arising from our ever-increasing, ever-more-ubiquitous technology."
"Science fiction is a genre about ideas, but every good story must be about people, too. Murder in the Generative Kitchen does well in both areas and should have fans with both people who like science fiction and people who don’t...It’s hard not to think of some of Isaac Asimov’s robot stories."
“MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN is chock-full of near-future technology with the associated ethical dilemmas, and as with most good sci-fi, readers are left to ponder how we would react in a similar situation. Vote for guilty? Not guilty? The kitchen did it! Maybe. But perhaps more important and more relevant is the concept of what it means to be human in a world dominated by technology that only makes our lives easier... MURDER IN THE GENERATIVE KITCHEN is novella-length and can be read in one or two sittings. But don't let its size — or Julio's shallow personality at the beginning of the story — fool you. There's more than meets the eye here, and readers should be prepared to question their own (mis)conceptions of life, love, and the technology we create to improve our existence.”
Many thanks to World Weaver Press intern Stephanie Aboumrad for creating this fun book trailer for A.E. Decker's humorous fantasy novel THE FALLING OF THE MOON. We'll be releasing the second book in the series, THE MEDDLERS OF MOONSHINE on October 25, 2016, so now is the perfect time to catch up on the first book. The ebook is even on sale for $0.99 for the next couple of days.
See what readers and reviewers are saying about THE FALLING OF THE MOON:
“Falling of the Moon is a fantasy fairytale like nothing I have read before. Mystery and secrets take you to a fantastic mystical world sure to have a book two. It is Pirates of the Caribbean meets Cinderella. Looking forward to Ascot’s next adventure. Strong and determined with her loyal friends she will certainly make the Moonfall Mayhem a great series of books. I am ecstatic that this is just the start to what will be a truly great trilogy.”
"I'd say it's like Shrek meets The Wizard of Oz if Dorothy were Wednesday Addams and Toto a talking cat with bat wings. Fun and funny with many laugh-out-loud moments. Can't wait for the next book in the series!"
"You must know going in you're going to be treated to a hoot of a light read within the Fantasy realms of a Decker novel!"
"A unique and clever fantasy, The Falling of the Moon is a thoroughly entertaining read from first page to last. Very highly recommended and certain to be an enduring favorite."
We are thrilled to show off the cover art for THE MEDDLERS OF MOONSHINE by A.E. Decker, the second installment in her YA Fantasy series Moonfall Mayhem, which began last October with THE FALLING OF THE MOON. The talented Cary Vandever provided the original illustration for this cover! THE MEDDLERS OF MOONSHINE will be available in ebook and paperback October 25, 2016, and is available for pre-order now.
Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it's all his fault. Ever since he snitched that avocado from Miss Ascot's pack, things have been going wrong. Armed with a handful of memories he never realized he had, Rags-n-Bones searches for a way to put right whatever he did to Widget in the past. If only he knew what it was! Unfortunately, the only person who seems to have answers is a half-mad youth that only Rags can see.
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About the author
A. E. Decker hails from Pennsylvania. A former doll-maker and ESL tutor, she earned a master’s degree in history, where she developed a love of turning old stories upside-down to see what fell out of them. This led in turn to the writing of her YA novel, The Falling of the Moon. A graduate of Odyssey 2011, her short fiction has appeared in such venues as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside Magazine, and in World Weaver Press’s own Specter Spectacular. Like all writers, she is owned by three cats. Come visit her, her cats, and her fur Daleks at wordsmeetworld.com or @MoonfallMayhem.
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Here are some of the upcoming World Weaver Press books we'll be doing cover reveals for in the next six months or so:
The Meddlers of Moonshine by A.E. Decker
YA Fantasy: Something is rotten in the town of Widget, and Rags-n-Bones knows it's all his fault.
Krampusnacht Two, edited by Kate Wolford
Fantasy and Horror anthology about Krampus, Santa's dark companion
Solomon's Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs
YA Fantasy: Ginn thinks she has problems at home until she magically lands herself in 16th Century Prague.
Covalent Bonds, edited by Trysh Thompson
Contemporary Romance anthology: Forget the old stereotypes: Geeks are sexy.
Dream Eater by K. Bird Lincoln
Urban Fantasy: A half-Japanese college student dreams other peoples' dreams.
Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low
Fantasy: In the Realm there are whispers. Whispers that the city used to be a different place.
Plus the last book in the Shards of History trilogy, the final volume of Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries, the sequel to Bite Somebody, and more.
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Guest Post by WWP intern Vincent Barraco
Despite what all those black and white photos with overlaid text on your Facebook feed say, human beings love drama. Secondhand drama, the type that doesn’t affect our lives, is what made the Kardashians a household name. Judge Judy and Maury Povich haven’t achieved decades of television stardom on their good looks and personalities alone. A good dollop of drama has left the lips of orators for centuries, touched countless written pages and television screens, and yet has still left human beings wanting more. There are no secrets, then, to how Greek mythology enjoys its pervasive appeal in the 21st century.
Zeus’s infidelities are so numerous that not even Dr. Phil’s good ol’ downhome wisdom could fix his marriage — but I’d cancel any plans and set my DVR to ‘record’ if Dr. Phil wanted to give it a shot. The Greeks loved their gods smack in the middle of juicy drama, and they didn’t pull any punches. The sons and daughters of the gods commit taboos of murder and incest that not even Game of Thrones can compete with. With all of its drama and intrigue, Greek mythology would be greenlit for as many seasons as The Simpsons if it were a hit television series.
The best part about enjoying the dramas of Greek mythology in the 21st century is the accessibility of the themes and characters. Zeus, Athena, and Hades are known characters, even by those who have never read up on Greek mythology. Medusa and Herakles are referenced in literature, shows, and movies, appearing in all shapes and sizes. These known characters can be reworked and restyled for modern times, enjoyable for any age and generation, with a new look but a comfortable, familiar feel, like a re-purposed favorite shirt.
These timeless characters can appear in any form and still hold their original connotations. Athena can appear as only a symbol of wisdom in a character’s dream or she can be reborn into a librarian living in the 21st century, discovering her own past life and fighting over the best parking spot at the rec center with Poseidon, the aspiring professional swimmer. I feel like I already know how these characters would bicker — and I love it.
This will ring true and very familiar to those who engage in reading and writing fanfiction. Some days I feel ready to plow through HP Lovecraft and all his monsters, worlds, and intricacies — but some days I want to feel the warmth in my chest that comes when two characters I already love quarrel for the hundredth time. Greek mythological characters and creatures conjure images, stories, dynamics, and other connotations with just the mention of a name. These expectations can be safely subverted, reshaped, and marvelously transformed to reinvent beloved characters and thrust them into new adventures.
It’s the original lore in Greek mythology that lends itself to such memorability and persistence throughout multiple cultures and centuries. Epic battles, arranged marriages, passionate loves, and tragic sacrifices never cease to enthrall and move us to feel. Like Prometheus’s struggle to give humanity the gift of fire, there are rarely happy endings, but the good guy’s agony keeps us rooting for the next Prometheus with a worthy cause. Journey stories, like that of Herakles, inspire us to move up and onward with our own passage through life. The gods may be leagues above us, immortal, and know power we can’t imagine — but there’s something tangible about their lives that leaves an impact.
The impact that drama leaves on us is somehow addicting — maybe it’s watching others fight against conflicts and vices we can relate to, or maybe it’s schadenfreude we feel when characters make the mistakes we would make and let loose the raw emotions we hate to succumb to. The way we hate drama when it happens to us, and then read or watch drama happening to someone else is a testament to how very human drama is. Alfred Hitchcock said:
“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”
So keep posting to your Facebook about how your page is a drama-free zone, then go lurk on your ex’s Twitter to see if anything juicy has happened, and finally settle down with a good book about the Greek dramas, guilt-free in your knowledge that humans have been enjoying them for centuries. Embrace drama, just keep it where it safely belongs: in your favorite book, not happening to you.
Vincent Barraco is working towards his B.F.A. in Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Margins, BGSU's undergraduate literary magazine. As a double minor in Japanese and Marketing, he spends his rare free time reading Japanese literature, correcting Food Network stars on the pronunciation of panko, and dancing with a tiny poodle. He has been published in Zaum Press and The Emerson Review.
Need a few more days to get your Krampus story polished and ready to send out? You're in luck, because we've decided to extend the deadline for the new Krampusnacht anthology (still yet to be titled) until the end of August. If it's ready now, by all means, send it in, but if you're struggling with your story, or haven't had time to start it yet, now you have two more weeks to get it just right.
Need some inspiration? Read the stories we published in Krampusnacht, then send us something even better.
Here are the guidelines again, to refresh your memory:
Krampus, Santa's dark companion, is in the spotlight these days. Thousands of people across the globe celebrate Krampusnacht on December 5th of each year. And the movie, Krampus, was a hit during the 2015 holiday season. Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus, which I anthologized and World Weaver Press published, was a hit as well.
So, World Weaver Press and Enchanted Conversation are publishing another volume. For now, it's just called Krampusnacht Two.
Remember, Krampus is the "corrective" to Saint Nick or Santa's indulgence and generosity. He carries a switch and chains, and sometimes throws very rotten children in a basket he carries on his back. He has horns, hooves, and a creepy, long tongue. He's horrible and fascinating at the same time. You can learn a lot about him from this site , and you should read Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus as well, to see what we like. But we are interested in new, fresh stories, not retreads of what we have already published.
We’re looking for short stories that explore every possible Krampus angle. He’s a nasty old dude, and we hope your imaginations will get the better of you.
Now for the fine print.
Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and paperback copy of the anthology. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. We are seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains non-exclusive right to continue to publish for life of the anthology.
Open submission period: Deadline extended to August 31, 2016
Length: 1,000 to 10,000 words.
Submission method: Email cover letter and story to enchantedconversation[at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “Krampus Anthology – story title.” Cover letter should contain your name, contact info (email), story’s title, and approximate word count. No need to summarize the story, let it speak for itself. (Please make sure to check the email address you send the story from--it makes the editing process easier.) Then paste the full story into the body of the email following your letter. Please make it very clear where paragraphs break — this means if your email doesn’t let you indent paragraphs, you’ll need to put an extra space between each paragraph for submission purposes. Do not send unrequested attachments.
Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Now, dig into the cold, dark depths of your creative soul, and get to writing.
This anthology was originally supposed to be something else. Actually, a couple of different something-elses. While most of the World Weaver Press anthologies are themed, because of its unconventional origins, this one ended up rather varied, tossing together stories that fit the themes of the originally planned projects along with some that I loved even though they didn't really fit those original themes. But rather than calling it "Stuff Sarena Likes," I'm spinning it as a sort of sampler platter of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal horror that I think accurately represents the tone and style of what we publish here at World Weaver Press. Each of these authors has been a pleasure to work with as this project morphed into what it became. These were stories I kept thinking about long after I read them, that I desperately wanted to give a home to and share with the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did, or that you at least find a couple of morsels that fit your taste.
Fifteen bite-sized stories, offering a sampler platter of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal horror. Within these pages, you’ll find flower fairies, alien brothels, were-bears, and sentient houses. Step inside a museum where all the displays are haunted, follow a siren into the underworld as she searches for Persephone, and discover the doors that lie, literally, behind the heart.
Speculative Story Bites is only available as an ebook.
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About the Anthologist
Sarena Ulibarri (Editor-in-Chief, World Weaver Press) is a graduate of the Clarion Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at UCSD, and earned an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. She lives in New Mexico, and has two corgis. Find her online at sarenaulibarri.com or @sarenaulibarri.
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