Monthly Archives: February 2014

THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY NOVELLAS

I will be editing THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY NOVELLAS for Prime Books (www.prime-books.com). The first volume will be released in 2015 and cover material published in 2014. The volume will be released in August 2015.

Novellas represent some of the finest work being done in the field today and are often available to readers on a limited basis. Due to their length, it is difficult to always include them in the established volumes now being published. This gives us a chance to further showcase outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy. We hope this is only the beginning of a long-running, successful series.

Generally, novellas are considered to be 17,500 to 40,000 words in length.

Guidelines: The work must be published during the calendar year of 2014. If serialized, the novella may have begun in the previous year and ended in current. Direct submissions to the editor as well as suggestions are greatly appreciated. PDF, Word doc, or RTF are preferred, ebook if needed to paulaguran@paulaguran.com. If a physical copy is submitted please send to the address below:

Deadline: January 15, 2015.

Paula Guran
Novella
87 S Meadowcroft Drive
Akron OH 44313-7266

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Call for Submissions: The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2015 edited by Paula Guran

As the editor of the anthology series The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror (Prime Books) I am now reading for the 2015 edition which will include material published in 2014.

I am looking for stories of dark fantasy—they might be simply unsettling or perhaps eerie. Dark fantasy can be revelatory or baffling. It can be simply a story or a small glimpse of life seen “through a glass, darkly.” Or, in more literary terms (all of which are debatable) it might be any number of things: weird fiction (new or old), supernatural fiction, magical realism, surrealism, the fantastique, dark epic fantasy, or the ever-ambiguous horror fiction (which need not have a supernatural element but can crossover into other genres). And yes, dark SF is certainly part of the horror mix.

You can get an idea of what I am looking for from the first four volumes of the series; the fifth (covering 2014) will be published in July of this year. Or by reading the introduction to the first volume: “What the Hell Do You Mean by Dark Fantasy and Horror?” or year-before-last’s introduction: “Instructions for Use”.

This is a REPRINT anthology so I am only reading material published during the calendar year of 2014.

READERS: I appreciate your recommendations. Email darkecho@darkecho.com.

PUBLISHERS: I prefer email submissions of Word documents, RTF, or PDF rather than hard copies if available. It saves you the postage and I can keep track of things better this way. If you must send galleys, magazines, or books, see the address below. If your publication appears on the Web only, please make me aware of it. Send to: darkecho@darkecho.com

WRITERS: Please ask the publisher of your collection or of periodicals and/or anthologies you appear in to send me copies of their publications. Please do not send me your individual story or stories unless I request such from you.

Please post and/or pass this on to others.

DEADLINE for 2014 materials: December 1, 2014. If your work/publication is being published in November or December, please try to get it to me in some form by that date. Overall: the earlier I get the material the better.

—Paula Guran

Mailing Address:
Paula Guran
YBDF&H
87 S Meadowcroft Dr
Akron OH 44313-7266

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