Monday, February 13, 2012

Bundoran Press seeks stories for science fiction anthology and book-length manuscripts

Stealing Home by Hayden Trenholm,
published by Bundoran Press
Bundoran Press Publishing House
4378 1st Ave
Prince George, BC Canada
V2M 1C9

Bundoran Press is pleased to announce that their new science fiction anthology: Blood and Water is now open for submissions.

Conflicts over oil and diamonds marked the latter half of the twentieth century but the fights of the next century will be more visceral. You can live without oil or diamonds but try surviving without fresh water, safe food or clean air. Try surviving while deserts form in Africa and the heartland of America; while oceans claim back coastal cities and Pacific islands.

Blood and Water will gather the stories of the new resource wars that will mark the next fifty years – stories of conflict and cooperation, of hope and despair – all told from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Conflicts with America over Canada’s resources, Canadian solutions to global problems or personal narratives of coping with change and conflict could all inspire your stories. Or you could surprise us!

Hopeful stories will be as welcome as dystopias (perhaps more so). Beyond that, we are looking for strongly plotted, character-driven stories where science – physical, biological and social – plays a critical role.

Blood and Water is only open to submissions from Canadians, landed immigrants living in Canada, long time residents of Canada, and Canadian expatriates living abroad.

Submissions should be near future science fiction although urban or non-traditional fantasy (no high or mythic fantasy), cross-genre, slipstream or space opera may be considered if they make a strong contribution to the theme.

Short fiction of up to 8,000 words will be considered. No poetry and, generally, no stories under 1,000 words.

Deadline: Sunday, March 4th, 2012 (midnight Pacific Time). Decisions will be made as quickly as possible. Please do not query until after April 30th.

E-mail submissions to 
Send the entire story with your submission; do not query before submitting. In the subject line, use “Blood and Water:” followed by the title of your story. Stories can be sent as .docx, .doc or .rtf files attached to the e-mail. The body of the e-mail should include your contact info, a brief bio with your three most significant or recent publications. Don’t describe your story – the work speaks for itself. Do indicate how you meet the “Canadian” requirement noted above.

Payment: $50 for original stories under 3,500 words to a maximum of $100 for longer works. Stories over 8000 words will not be considered. Reprints will be paid at flat rate of $50. Authors will receive one free copy of the first edition, and additional copies at a 50% discount.

Full submission guidelines here. Bundoran Press is also accepting book length submissions and they’re currently looking for fantasy novels, any subgenre, but no young adult stories – they’ve had too many of those lately. Submission guidelines here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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