Sunday, August 26, 2012

My Upcoming Anthology

After months of anticipation, it is finally time to reveal the theme of the Anthology that I'll be compiling and editing for Hall Brothers Entertainment.  Without further ado, I'm pleased to announce this great endeavor into short story excellence:

The Temporal Element: Time-Travel Adventures, past, present, & future!  Since the dawn of the modern era, mankind has dreamed about the possibility of traversing the bounds of linear time, to explore the dark mysteries of pre-history or seek out the wild possibilities of the far future in person.  This collection of stories does the next best thing; allowing readers to dream of the possibilities of such a theoretical trip.

The anthology will contain stories all about traveling through time, and not in the natural way.  From spell-casting wizards, to mad scientists, and government-sanctioned time agencies, The Temporal Element will feature the best stories of people traveling beyond their native time.  Explore ancient history, the distant future, or anywhere in between.

I'm sure to get a lot of talented writers submitting to this anthology, so I'm giving you all a heads-up.  The Submission Period will open on October 1, 2012.  At that time, I'll post a contact email where you can submit your stories, along with other submission details.  Here are a few pointers, to help you with formatting prior to the submission period:

1:  Stories must be formatted in either Times New Roman or Courier New, single-spaced.  Do not add an extra space between paragraphs.  I know, a lot of writers separate their paragraphs into blocks, like they're writing a blog post.  It's something I'd just have to undo, so please don't submit it that way.

2:  Keep your stories PG-13 or softer in nature.  While I'm putting together a collection for adults, I'm also seeking to assemble something that would be appropriate for high school students.  If you write the best piece of Erotica about a time traveling gigolo, more power to you, but it's not going to fit this market.

3:  Format stories as either a .doc or .rtf file format.  No .docx files!  I still use Windows XP, so if you send me a .docx file, I will not be able to read it.  Please, no argument about how "there's a patch for that."  I don't want .docx files, period, so make sure your file is in one of the aforementioned, acceptable formats.

These are the only major pointers at the moment.  So, get writing your time-travel story, and let's see what happens.  Remember to visit this blog on October 1, 2012 to submit.

UPDATE:  Check out a more comprehensive list of submission guidelines!


  1. I'll mention this on my posy for you tomorrow at The Life of a Novice Writer. Good luck! I may even try my hand at it. What's the word count?


    1. Excellent! Thanks for spreading the word.

      I'll be looking for stories in the 3,000-6,000 word range primarily, though there is no concrete limit. If something larger is of exceptional quality and strikes my fancy, it'll get in, and there will also be room for particularly good pieces of flash fiction. However, writers will have their best luck with stories in the 3-6k range.

      Payment will be made on a "per story" basis, but the pay will be nominal (somewhere in the $6 range). It'll still be a good avenue for writers to get their names out there.

  2. I know I was a Shootout participant who "blog-styled" his entries, and I suspected you undid that when you sent them out. I will probably fight the temptation to send future stories out like that again.

    1. It's a writing style that is becoming more prevalent, since some online markets actually request it. As I'm putting together a print anthology, however, it will work better to have the paragraphs formatted in a more traditional manner.