For the purpose of this collection, focus on elves in the vein of those in LOTR, more skillful and long-lived than magical (though a few light "powers" are welcome; thisis fantasy, after all). Bring us a story of elves in a kingdom of their own but contained within the world of man. Will the two worlds interact? That depends on you, the author. Will we see a war between good and bad elves? Maybe. Will your elves have a language of their own? What drama can you bring into their lives? Will they fall in love? Will you choose a timeline distinct from ours?
Send us your best stories involving elves, human-looking, human-acting beings, but will certain "advantages". Tell us what those advantages are, show us how they live and function within the world of man. What we don't want to see are modern-day settings, unless the elf-kingdom is far removed from all things modern.
Port Yonder Press will print an anthology with six winning submissions. Additional submissions may be selected for publication as eBooks for sale on our website. Authors will be paid small royalties on the sales of their books (details explained in a contract), for both print and ebook, IF and WHEN royalties per author reaches $50. Until then, we will hold onto the funds until this goal is reached, up to five years. After that time, we will absorb funds to cover expenses.
Well-developed plots and believable characters are essential. Settings and locations should be fictional.
We welcome the use of murder and mayhem in your story, but no overly graphic violence, foul language or sexuality. Magic must be light and not involve the occult.Disregarding these guidelines will automatically disqualify your submission.This is fantasy, pure and simple. Use your imagination and give us something novel and gripping.
Target age group: teens and adults.
You may submit up to three separate submissions (each in a separate email with cover letter and marketing strategy).
No reissues or reprints. All stories must be original.
Word count should fall between 5,000 and 15,000 words.
Submissions are due no later than October 1, 2010, or until 30 (thirty) manuscripts have been received, whichever comes first. Decisions regarding the submissions will be announced by December 1st, 2010 or sooner. Tentative publication date TBA.
Format your document this way:
File saved in Word 97-2003 or 2007 format (.doc) or (.rtf)
8 ½ x 11 sheet
Times New Roman 12pt font/black ink
1-inch margin on all sides/ 1.5 line spacing
Align text left, do not justify (aligning text both left and right)
Header containing title, author name, e-mail address, and page number
Capital letters at the beginning of sentences and proper nouns
Show new paragraphs by indenting first line of new paragraph. Do not add blank line between paragraphs.
Show scene breaks with * * * centered in the appropriate line.
In your email, please:
Use the subject line “SeaBeast Anthology Submission: Elves – title of work”
Include a very brief cover letter that includes your name/pseudonym, mailing address, phone number, and web address. Your submission must also include a marketing strategy for at least one year of promotions. If you're not sure what "Marketing Strategy" is all about, check out our "Getting Published" page here. Look under "Your Platform is essential".
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.