Alchemy Goodness for 2013

Following the rather lovely launch of Ancient (Buy it! Buy it now!) Wonders, am dead chuffed to announce that me and m’funky co-editor Jan Edwards will be doing another Alchemy anthology next year! It will be called ::drum roll:: The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic and will be launching at WFC next year.

Can I get a woohoo? Woohoo! 😉

Now then…this does, of course, mean we’re looking for subs…

The basics: For The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic, we are seeking contemporary tales with all the magic and wonder of myth and legend, blending modern life with the traditions of folklore from around the world. Whether lurking in dark alleys or brash shopping malls; from shanty towns to the floating cities of Venice, Bangkok or Dubai; swanky riverside penthouse lofts or humble suburban semis, we want to see how the mythic is woven into the everyday.

We want fantasy that entertains but also pushes beyond the usual urban fantasy boundaries; fast-paced action; folk tales re-imagined; mythic creatures adapting to the urban environment; noir; humour; horror (with recognisable mythic elements); literary or lighter styles. Fully realised characters are a must and solid plots extremely desirable.

We don’t want: secondary worlds, steampunk, SF, zombies, paranormal romance or erotica. Also, no human sacrifice, magic help-lines, heaven/hell as a corporation, mythic-beastie love triangles or relentless gore. No poetry.

We are seeking original fiction. Reprints only accepted by agreement with the editors (and will be very few). No simultaneous or multiple submissions. Contributions between 3,000 and 8,000 words. Submission period runs from January 1st to March 31st 2013. Do not submit outside of those dates.

More details to be found on the official APBOUM page here.

We’re interested in settings and cultures not traditionally covered in urban fantasy but make sure they’re well researched and not exoticised.* We’d also like to help make the field of speculative fiction more inclusive and welcoming to both authors and readers from traditionally underrepresented groups, so we’re interested in seeing stories from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

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And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be launching a range of Alchemy Novellas! Full guidelines and wotnot here

In very short – in 2013 there will be 4 e-novellas, which will be collected into a print book at end of the year. Open subs months are December 2012, March 2013, June 2013 & September 2013. Length range: 15,000 – 35,000 words. (The big boss prefers 20,000 – 25,000.) No reprints.

Genre-wise, they’ll cover almost all areas of fantasy: heroic fantasy, alternate world fantasy, urban fantasy, supernatural, dark crime and horror. Comic fantasy will be considered but not if it’s a parade of puns or bad gags. We are not fans of zombies or heroic vampires. We will not publish hard science fiction. Though there is some flexibility depending on how well the novella works for the editors considering them. Of which I am one! 🙂

That guidelines link again!

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*Handy links for things to bear in mind:
 Appropriate Cultural Appropriation by Nisi Shawl
What is Cultural Appropriation by the Angry Black Woman also posted here with additional comments.
Safe Exoticism, part 2: Culture by Athena Andreadis
From Aliette deBodard:
–  Writing Cultures: Insider vs. Outsider
–  On Worldbuilding, Patchwork and Filing off the Serial Numbers
–  The Prevalance of U.S. Tropes in Storytelling

(I’m sure there are more, but I can’t track them down at the mo. Any additional links on the above/similar topics gratefully accepted!)

2 responses to “Alchemy Goodness for 2013

  1. Thank you for mentioning my article, Jenny! I have a few more along equivalent lines but won’t include them in the comment because it might get caught in filters.

    On another note, it may be a good idea to mention paying rates somewhere — I couldn’t see any either in this post or in the guideline links.

  2. Shall have to have a trawl through the rest of your site to check them out, thanks for reminding me!

    On the pay rates – I know the novella ones have been mentioned on the Alchemy page, but the anthology ones deliberately haven’t as we’re waiting to hear back on news of a grant (which should be this month.) This’ll dictate whether we’re going with the same rates as the last anthology or if we can bump it up a bit…

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