world building project

Monday Markets - Penumbra eZine - Arthurian Legend - October 1, 2014 (via @Penumbra_eMag, HT: @staceysarasvati)

Penumbra eZine is a professional rates paying publisher with multiple overlapping themed calls for submission:

[I]t is imperative that you include the issue theme in the subject line of your email. Submissions that do not include this information risk getting lost in our queue and not read before the deadline.

Their 'Aliens' theme is closing in a few days, but they are open to receiving Arthurian legend stories until the end of September:

What ho! (No, we don't mean Guinevere.)  For centuries, the magic and mystery of King Arthur and Camelot have enthralled readers.  Thanks to great authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley and T.H. White, there's a strong tradition of Arthurian books on the fantasy bookshelf.  So add your own myths to the Round Table; send Lancelot out on one more quest.  Let's play in Camelot and Avalon until the mists gently cloak us from the modern world.

They're after stories to 3,500 words and pay 5c/word, and will also consider poetry and reprints.

Check it out here: http://penumbraezine.blogspot.com.au/p/submissions.html

Monday Markets - Krampus Crackers - Sep 5, 2014 (via @tinyowlworkshop)

Tiny Owl Workshop continue to be my favourite small creative business (it just seems limiting to call them a publisher) and they operate in my home town. While their shared-world project the Lane of Unusual Traders is still open, they've started a new Christmas themed flash market (for Australian writers only, sorry):

This Christmas, take a walk on the wild side. Swap merry for scary, and get inspired by the chain-dragging, cloven-footed, birch-rod-wielding Alpine myth of Krampus, the Christmas monster who punishes all the children who end up on the naughty list.

We’re looking for Christmas-themed flash fiction inspired by the Krampus myth. Twelve stories, accompanied by six illustrations by artists including Terry Whidborne and Simon Cottee, will be made into sets of ‘Krampus Crackers’, to be distributed in various hot locations around Brisbane this Christmas.

Payment is $60 AUD for flash between 300 and 500 words.

I would like to add that Tiny Owl Workshop continues to produce premium literary art and is the best paying genre market I've ever encountered. As word gets around about their projects, expect competition to become fierce.

Guidelines: http://tinyowlworkshop.com/news/krampus-crackers/

Monday Markets - The Lane of Unusual Traders - 31 July/31 August (via @tinyowlworkshop)

Tiny Owl Workshop are knocking it out of the park again, this time with the shared-world project that begins with the Lane of Unusual Traders.

The Lane of Unusual Traders is a world building project. The aim is to write or otherwise bring the Lane, the City of Lind and the world of Midlfell into existence through stories, illustrations, comics and, well, through whatever other creative means present themselves as the story grows.

The story begins in a lane known only as The Lane of Unusual Traders.

The Lane has 20 lots (there is a map on the site). Choose a lot. Decide whether to write a 500 word flash piece or 1500-3000 short fiction. Submit. Cross fingers.

Chris White (who lives just down the road from me, coincidentally) has written a prologue to provide texture and context for your submissions here. Tiny Owl Workshop stresses that within this rough outline, though, there is no constraint to genre or theme. Write what you feel you need to write.

Payment is $60 for flash and $300 for short fiction, and the respective deadlines are 31 July and 30th August.

The collaborative world that comes out of here may appear in various formats:

Because of the nature of the project it’s going to be difficult to predict what stories will be submitted, what storylines may develop and how the stories submitted may fit together. The aim is to publish a Lane of Unusual Traders Annual (physical book format), BUT as we like to do things a little differently you may find your stories published on postcards, scrolls (of the parchment not bread variety), paper napkins or in some other form that presents itself and which fits the project. Tiny Owl Workshop will, however, negotiate this with authors prior to publishing.

Go here and read it all: http://thelaneofunusualtraders.com

Guidelines: http://thelaneofunusualtraders.com/guidelines/