Accepting submissions to
“The Final Summons” Anthology!

New England Speculative Writers is proud to announce we are accepting submissions to our first Science Fiction & Fantasy anthology until January 31st, 2018. We’ve thought long and hard about the themes, terms, and how we plan to promote it.

Theme  The Final Summons

A final call to action for our characters.

What does the “Final Summons” mean? Is it the end of a world? The end of a long war? The changing hands of a political hierarchy? The promise of only one more spell? The handing down of a death sentence or banishment? The possibilities are endless.

Whether by magic or science and anything in-between, we want to see character driven stories in unique and original settings that answer this question. The stories can be in any fantasy, sci-fi, or overlapping genre. But most of all, we want stories that will immerse the reader in a journey that will answer in some way, “What is the final summons?”

The New England Speculative Writer’s anthology is looking for fifteen (15) stories written by New England authors that speak to an adult audience in a serious manner. We want new worlds, new foes, and creative lead characters. We want to avoid falling back on exhausted tropes or established worlds by genre leaders. We want your voice to shine as you summon this tale.

What We Don’t Want We want to avoid erotica and explicit sex as well as romance as central themes. Please do not include any stories with animal cruelty, child abuse or gratuitous violence (we’re okay with violence to move the story along, but make sure it’s necessary.) We will not accept stories that promote racism, sexism, or messages of hate. We will not accept Fan Fiction.
Deadline January 31, 2018, 11:59PM EST
Restrictions Must be a resident of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Must be member of New England Speculative Writers (Can Join for Free below)
Word Limit 4000 – 7000 words.
Pay $50 (USD), 1 Contributor Copy, 1 Digital File
Genres Science Fiction & Fantasy
Language English
Rights Accepted works will grant New England Speculative Writers first exclusive English-language rights for one (1) year and non-exclusive English-language in perpetuity for digital, print, and audio formats. The author of each short story will retain the copyright to their respective work.
Simultaneous & Multiple Submissions No simultaneous submissions will be accepted. Multiple submissions from the same author will be considered but please note that only one story per author will be accepted to allow for variety and diversity. Previously unpublished stories only, no reprints unless requested.
Funding We plan to fund the cost of the honorariums, editor, cover artist, and layout, via a New England Speculative Writers Kickstarter campaign that we will launch in 2018. Any costs not met by the Kickstarter will be funded by the editors.
Publication Date February 2019
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