Friday, October 24, 2008

The Book of Eposic

If you are less than 18 years of age, please ask a parent or guardian to submit your materials to Eposic on your behalf.

By submitting materials to Eposic, you agree to the Terms of Agreement for Submissions. Refer to those terms for information regarding rates, royalties, types of rights purchased, acceptable means of submission, and other technical details.

Also please read the General Guidelines for All Submissions.

Our tentative deadline for submissions for The Book of Exodi (see below) is November 14, 2008. To guarantee that your submission will be considered for this anthology, please submit your story by that date.

Since some writers have voiced some confusion about what we are seeking for the The Book of Exodi, here are a few points we'd like to emphasize. Just remember, these are only guidelines, not hard and fast rules. If you don't quite adhere to these guidelines but we like your story, we'll still consider it for inclusion.

  • The acceptable genres are science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any combination of these three.
  • The exiles should be a significant portion of the sentient population and they are to leave their home world, their home planet, or perhaps their home plane. A large population moving to some other country or continent on their home world is not what we're looking for.
  • Tell why the exiles had to leave their home, but not necessarily as an expository paragraph.
  • The focus should be on the characters, not events or setting. Events and setting need to be included, but they are not the focus.
  • Give some explanation of the means of transportation used by the exiles to flee their home world. Do not get overly technical with this explanation and don't necessarily write it as an expository paragraph.

Eposic plans to publish fiction anthologies. Each anthology will be based on a central theme, which may vary from one anthology to the next. We will only accept fiction that fits the theme for a planned anthology. In general, we are looking for science fiction, fantasy, or horror stories that fit the currently planned themes. As long as your story fits one of our planned themes, your story will be considered for publication; if your story does not fit one of our planned themes, it will not be accepted for a planned anthology.

Currently, we are seeking stories for our first planned anthology, "The Book of Exodi." The theme for this anthology is the theme of "mass exodus," of peoples forced to leave their home worlds. The home world in any given story could be Earth or some other inhabited planet, and the people forced off their world could be humans, aliens, or fantasy kindreds, but should be a significant portion if not all of the world's sentient population. The story could tell about the adventures of exiles in fleeing their home world or it could tell about their adventures some time after they have fled and what their lives are like wherever they ended up. Or it could be about people finding their way back to their home world after being forced off for a while. Each story should give a reason as to why the people were forced to leave their planet.

As long as your story is based on the required theme, it can be any type of story—action, adventure, romance, comedy, etc. The genre for the story should be science fiction, fantasy, horror, or a combination of any of these three genres. Regardless of the type of story or the genre, the primary focus of the story should be on its characters, their interactions, their experiences, and their feelings. We are also interested in stories that describe the environments in which the characters find themselves after leaving their home worlds, contrasting the new environments with their home worlds. Last but not least, we'd like to see stories that give the reader, without being overly technical, a good understanding of the means of transportation used to flee the home world.

Themes of other anthologies will be revealed here as soon as we decide what those themes will be. We are open to suggestions.

Please do not submit stories to us that use any trademarked names. No fan fiction, please.

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