Monday, June 20, 2005

speculative fiction antho

Open Call for Filipino Speculative Fiction Anthology

I am in the process of putting together an anthology of original Filipino Speculative Fiction and am now open for the submission of short speculative fiction pieces for consideration. The anthology is slated for publication on this coming December/January, and will be published by Kestrel Studios, the publishing arm of my company.

My definition of “speculative fiction” is very broad, embracing everything from fantasy to science fiction, magic realism and interstitial/slipstream.

All the stories must be written by Filipinos (or those of Philippine ancestry), veer away from tried and true formula stories (no retelling of bruised Filipino legends unless you tell it really well), be written for an adult sensibility, be written in English, and celebrate the “sense of wonder”. What this means is no social realist texts, certainly none about an impoverished boy on the back of a carabao thinking about harsh social injustice – unless you write in that scenario in a way that works given our parameters.

Preference will be given to original unpublished stories, but previously published stories (no earlier than January 2004) will also be considered. In the case of previously published material, kindly include the title of the publishing entity and the publication date.

First time authors are most welcome to submit, as I’m looking for a final mix of published and unpublished authors.

Each author may submit only one story for consideration. Make sure that it’s really yours.

The word length of each story must be from 3,500 to 5,000 words.

All submissions must be in Plain Text format (.txt – save the document as .txt on your word processor) and attached to an email to this address: Submissions received in any other format will be deleted, unread.

The subject of your email must read: spec fic submission: (title) (word count), where (title) is replaced by the title of your short story, without the parentheses, and (word count) is the word count of your story, without the parentheses. For example, spec fic submission: the final fandango 3500

All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your name, contact information, previous work (if any).

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2005. After that date, final choices will be made and letters of acceptance or regret sent out via email.

Compensation for selected stories will be 2 contributor’s copies of the published anthology.

/Dean Francis Alfar, editor


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