SHINE is an anthology of optimistic near-future SF, edited by Jetse de Vries, published by Solaris Books, and is planned for an early 2010 release.
Convincing and optimistic: Imagine that we are the biggest skeptics on the planet, then show us how things can change for the better, and persuade us.
Near-future: from now until 50 years later.
SF: we’re not going to define it. Write what you think is SF, and convince us with the story.
Length: up to 10k words (not hard, but anything longer than 10k should be mind-blowingly superb).
Payment: 5 cents a word, on publication (and probably a pro rata share of the anthologist’s earnings: I’m working on that)
Genres: science fiction only. I greatly prefer original stories, but I will — like Baen’s Universe — look at stories that have been published in markets that are not professional by SFWA standards, or markets with a relatively small reach. I also consider Interzone, Black Static, Postscripts,Futurismic, Apex Digest and Flurb to be either professional markets or markets with a wide reach (or both), so don’t want to see stories published by them, either.
Rights: First World English Rights, non-exclusive world anthology rights, non-exclusive audio anthology rights, and further subsidiary rights specified in my boilerplate [author-anthologist contract], which I’ll put up after I return from World Fantasy. NOTE: obviously, for eventual reprints the first world rights will become anthology rights, first if possible.
Reading Period: May and June 2009 (DO NOT SUBMIT BEFORE MAY 2009)
Response Time: Most rejections will be sent out quickly, while I will hold over stories that I like until July 31, when a final decision is made. No multiple submissions, please: only one story per author, and only submit a second one if I expressly ask for it. Simultaneous submissions: at your own discretion, but keep in mind that I will not fight over a story, that is, if it’s with another publisher I will drop it like a ton of bricks.
Submissions Instructions: send your story, preferably single-spaced and in rich text format (RTF) to [email to be added later]. Put Submission: “Title of your story” in the email’s subject line.
Full time writer, author and editor Donna Sundblad, resides in NW Georgia with her husband. She wears many writing hats as a freelancer, author, and ghostwriter. Her interest in history led to the writing of her fantasy novel The Inheritance which was a 2012 Epic eBook award finalist. This allegorical fantasy challenges us to think about the traditions we practice as it follows the young Jejune on his quest for Truth through the Valley of Shadow.
Her interest in history has also led her to research the wedding traditions we so often practice and has found many of them steeped in superstition. Who knew the bridal veil originally was worn to hide the bride from evil spirits jealous of her happiness? She's currently writing a book on the subject.
For more information visit her website at theinkslinger.net/wp.