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The open call is now closed! If you'd like to preorder either of the two anthologies listed below, swing on by the Zombies Need Brains online store.

The ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- anthology kickstarter has made its goal! This means that we can now open up submissions for the remaining slots in the anthology. If you have a story idea that fits one of the anthology themes, write it up, revise it, polish it, and send it in for consideration. I've posted the guidelines below. A special thanks to everyone who backed the project and got us funded! Without you, we wouldn't be able to produce such cool anthologies! And now, the submission guidelines:





ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- Submission Guidelines

Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its two science fiction and fantasy anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-. Stories must be submitted in electronic form as an attachment with the title of the story as the file name in .doc or .docx format. The header of the email should include the name of the anthology the submission is for along with the title of the submission (for example: WERE-: WereJellyfish Gone Wild!). The content of the email should also include which anthology the manuscript is intended for. Please send multiple submissions in separate emails. Manuscripts should be in manuscript format, meaning double-spaced, 12pt font, standard margins on top, bottom and sides, and pages numbered. Please use New Times Roman font. The first page should include the Title of the story, Author’s name, address, and email, and Pseudonym if different from the author’s name. Italics and bold should be in italics and bold.

Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.

ALIEN ARTIFACTS is to feature stories where some type of left-behind alien tech has been found and how it may affect our society, our humanity, or the characters. It can be an artifact discovered on Earth in our past or during current times, OR PREFERRABLY, an artifact that we run across while exploring space in the future. I want to stress this: the story must feature an alien artifact (not an alien). Aliens can appear in the story, but the genesis of the story must be some kind of alien artifact. Stories featuring more interesting alien artifacts, and twists on how they are discovered or how they affect our society/humanity, while being set in the future, will receive more attention than those set in the present or past. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with an archeological dig discovering a long buried alien artifact. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

WERE- is to feature stories where some type of were-creature OTHER than a werewolf is the main character. Werewolves can appear in the story, but they cannot be the main character or the central focus of the story. I want to stress this: the story must feature a were-creature! Stories featuring more interesting were-creatures, and twists on how they are integrated into the story, will receive more attention than those with more mundane creatures. In other words, we don’t want to see 100 stories dealing with a were-cat. If we do, it’s likely that only one at most would be selected for the anthology. So be creative and choose something different and use it in an unusual and unexpected way. We are looking for a range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark.

The deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2015. Decisions on stories should be completed by the end of December 2015. Please send submissions to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. You will receive a receipt email within a few days of receiving the submission. Notices about decisions on the stories will be sent out no later than the end of January 2016.

If your story is selected for use in the anthology, you should expect a revision letter by the end of January 2016. Revisions and the final draft of the story will be expected no later than the end of February 2016. These dates may change due to the editor’s work schedules. Zombies Need Brains LLC is seeking non-exclusive world anthology rights (including electronic rights) in all languages for the duration of one year after publication/release of the anthology. Your story cannot appear elsewhere during that year. Pay rate will be an advance of a minimum of 6 cents per word for the short stories. For each additional $5000 raised above the Kickstarter minimum of $10,000, we will increase this advance pay rate by 1 cent per word. The anthology will be published as an ebook and an exclusive mass market paperback edition, distributed to the Kickstarter backers. The book would be available after that to the general public in ebook and trade paperback formats. Advances would be immediately earned out by the success of the Kickstarter. Royalties on additional sales beyond the Kickstarter will be 25% of ebook cover price and 10% of trade paperback cover price, both divided evenly (not by word count) by the number of stories and editors of the anthology.

Questions regarding these submission guidelines should be sent to Joshua@zombiesneedbrains.com. Thank you.

Date: 2015-08-18 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desperance.livejournal.com
Any chance you could moderate the size of these images? You are breaking my friends page, dude...

Date: 2015-08-29 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-norris-mous.livejournal.com
I am a customer not an author.

"both split evenly (not by word count) between the authors in the anthology and the editors of the anthology."

If there was a $100 to be handed our as additional royalties sales is the split 50%/50% authors/editors or do each of the editors and authors receive the same amount ?

Date: 2015-08-29 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
The authors and editors receive the same amount. So if there were 18 authors and 2 editors and the collected royalties were $100, then each author and editor would receive $5.

Date: 2015-08-29 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-norris-mous.livejournal.com
Thank you and \o/ that sounds fair. I wasn't sure and wanted to check.

Date: 2015-08-29 01:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
I'm trying to keep Zombies Need Brains fair and professional in all things, both toward authors and artists. And you aren't the only one who's asked about that particular phrasing and what it means. *grin* I'm not sure how to rephrase it to make it clearer.

Date: 2015-10-01 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I think if you said "divided ... among" instead of "split ... between" it would help clear that up!

*helpful Anon*

Date: 2015-08-29 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Does " Please send multiple submissions in separate emails" mean that you'll accept 1 sub per author per anthology, or can an author send another story for the same anthology if the first one's rejected?

Date: 2015-08-29 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
You can submit as many stories as you want to each anthology, but they must be submitted with separate emails. This is mostly just to help me keep track of all of the submissions.

Just a note: Rejections will be going out all at once well after the deadline for submissions at the end of October. So if you have two stories for the same anthology, you should submit them both. Don't wait for a rejection on one before submitting the other, since by the time you get the rejection, the window to submit will be closed.

Date: 2015-08-30 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks!

Date: 2015-08-31 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] khar-ghatten.livejournal.com
Should the were-creatures be tied to the moon like a typical werewolf, or is the shifting not time specific? Do you have a preference?

Date: 2015-09-01 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
You can do the tie to the moon or not, that's up to you. We aren't going to reject a good story with a shapeshifter that's not tied to the moon. A tie to the moon would be a preference, but if your story doesn't have that as an element, it won't be rejected out of hand.

Date: 2015-09-06 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
As a corollary to the moon question, are you looking for stories that adhere to a specific mythology of shapeshifting, or would a story about skinwalker-style shapshifters be acceptable?

Date: 2015-09-07 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
Skinwalker-style shapeshifters would be acceptable. Any mythology of shapeshifting would work, although if it's different than a particular accepted mythology that would need to be made clear somehow during the course of the story. You'd need to explain the "rules" of your mythology during the story (without doing an infodump).

Date: 2015-09-07 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Good to know, thanks!

Anthology Markets

Date: 2015-09-14 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] angelabenedetti referenced to your post from Anthology Markets (http://angelabenedetti.livejournal.com/133091.html) saying: [...] horror. Anything over 10,000 words without querying first. *** 31 October 2015 -- Alien Artifacts [...]

Anthology Markets

Date: 2015-09-14 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] angelabenedetti referenced to your post from Anthology Markets (http://angelabenedetti.livejournal.com/133091.html) saying: [...] and Were- [...]

Aswiebe's Market List 2015-09: Metaphorosis

Date: 2015-09-15 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] cloudscudding referenced to your post from Aswiebe's Market List 2015-09: Metaphorosis (http://cloudscudding.livejournal.com/1143473.html) saying: [...] 5 F/H themed to were-animals (not -wolves) $0.0600 http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/472423.html [...]

Aswiebe's Market List 2015-09: Metaphorosis

Date: 2015-09-15 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] cloudscudding referenced to your post from Aswiebe's Market List 2015-09: Metaphorosis (http://cloudscudding.livejournal.com/1143473.html) saying: [...] - DUE 10/31/2015 SF themed to alien artifacts $0.0600 http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/472423.html [...]

Date: 2015-09-16 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leann rettell (from livejournal.com)
How many openings in each anthology is there for the open submissions?

Date: 2015-09-20 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
Sorry I didn't respond to this earlier. It got lost in the shuffle.

There are a minimum of 5 openings in each anthology still open for the open call. However, past experience indicates that there are likely more than that. It depends on word counts of the stories that we accept. If most of them are shorter, then we will accept more stories to "fill out" the anthology. If they are all longer, then it may be just the 5. But I guarantee at least 5 stories for each anthology will be selected from the open call.

Date: 2015-09-23 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leann rettell (from livejournal.com)
Policy on swearing?

Date: 2015-09-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
No standard policy on swearing--meaning your characters can swear if they want to, or not. However, gratuitous swearing will likely get your story rejected or at least asked to be revised.

Date: 2015-09-24 04:43 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Swearing in other languages? Russian is fun, but Finnish would give a feminist a heart attack. Pardon my French, but merde! This is provoking of much thoughtiness.

Anthology Markets

Date: 2015-10-16 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] angelabenedetti referenced to your post from Anthology Markets (http://angelabenedetti.livejournal.com/134087.html) saying: [...] so after you click through you might have to scroll a bit. *** 31 October 2015 -- Alien Artifacts [...]

Anthology Markets

Date: 2015-10-16 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] angelabenedetti referenced to your post from Anthology Markets (http://angelabenedetti.livejournal.com/134087.html) saying: [...] and Were- [...]

Date: 2015-11-23 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kai herbertz (from livejournal.com)
I submitted my story "The Genesis Loop" on October 30th, but didn't receive the receipt e-mail. Should I be worried? Did anybody else get a receipt e-mail?

Date: 2015-11-23 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
I do have your submission for "The Genesis Loop," so no worries there. Not sure what happened to the receipt email. But we're reading the stories now and hopefully we'll have decisions ready in January. (We hope to get all of the submissions read by the end of December.)
Edited Date: 2015-11-23 01:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-11-23 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kai herbertz (from livejournal.com)
Awesome! Thanks a bunch for the quick response :)

Date: 2016-02-07 07:52 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey, it states that notices on decisions would be sent out by the end of January, but I haven't received anything back for my entry (WERE - The Natural Order of Things) and I'm just wondering what's happening.

Date: 2016-02-07 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jpsorrow.livejournal.com
Yeah we received more submissions than expected. We've finished the ALIEN ARTIFACTS reading. We're almost finished with the WERE- submissions. We're hoping to send out acceptances and rejections by mid-February. I've been posting updates on the Kickstarter and more often on the Zombies Need Brains Facebook page; if you'd like to keep up to date, follow us there.

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