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Submission Guidelines: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk [Jan. 30th, 2011|10:57 am]
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I'm now taking original submissions for The Mammoth Book of Steampunk,
to be published by Robinson in the UK and Running Press in the US in 2012.
Stories can be emailed here. The deadline is April 1st, 2011.
You will be notified soon after the deadline if your work is accepted or rejected.
Pay rate is five cents a word.

Try to knock my socks off with material that is unusual or original.
Think outside the box, if you will.

Spread the word.

PS.
if you have any reprints that you'd like to recommend, please feel free to help us out here.
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[User Picture]From: mroctober
2011-01-30 04:45 pm (UTC)

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Cool beans. So this is a new editorial gig for you beyond Prime?
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-01-30 05:38 pm (UTC)

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Yes. It was a side-result of the controversy over another Mammoth anthology.
[User Picture]From: sovay
2011-01-30 06:46 pm (UTC)

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It was a side-result of the controversy over another Mammoth anthology.

How so?
[User Picture]From: jayphoenix
2011-02-01 04:31 pm (UTC)

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Hmmm ... does that mean that you are primarily wishing for submissions from females and/or PoC or is this still open to all but you are going to try to balance the ToC across gender/race?

Either way good luck with this, I may even attempt to get something worthy written up by the deadline.

J.
[User Picture]From: ninjafingers
2011-03-29 03:37 pm (UTC)

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I would hope that he's going to choose the best stories. Personally, I think the best way to deal with it is to use Roby James' method...strip the names off the stories before reading them.
[User Picture]From: rose_lemberg
2011-01-30 04:48 pm (UTC)

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Two questions: a) how soon after the deadline are you planning to notify the authors whose work is accepted? Since you are not sending out rejections, and I guess you don't want simsubs, I'd like to know this in order to figure out the timetable. b) what is the length limit for submissions, and what is your desirable length?
Thanks,
RL

[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-01-30 05:41 pm (UTC)

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I've fixed the wording, as I cluelessly copied another Mammoth solictation and didn't read it closely enough. I'd send out acceptances and rejections, pretty quickly.

The length limit, well, can go up to twenty thousand words, but frankly that might be a hard-sell at that length. I'd be more likely to look at two to eight thousand words, as being easier to slip in.
[User Picture]From: rose_lemberg
2011-01-30 05:49 pm (UTC)

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Oh, great, excellent on the rejections issue. I'd rather receive a form rejection than nothing at all.
[User Picture]From: gothpanda
2011-01-31 09:39 pm (UTC)

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Agreed. When you just hear crickets it's a bit depressing.

On that note, is there anything you haven't seen yet in your submissions that you'd like to see? I have a hard time with open-ended story requests, I need something to latch onto and write about. Like: if you have 20 stories that take place in the UK, you could tell me to write about the American West. Do you have stories with strong female protagonists? Are they all Caucasian people? Would you love to see something more action-adventure or something more mystery-oriented?

Feel free to email me rather than respond here, my email is sarahpanda at gmail dot com (and here's my website, www.sarahhans.com) (/shameless plug)

[User Picture]From: fantasyecho
2011-02-01 03:16 am (UTC)

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I'm wondering this as well. I'd love to submit something new, but I saw in the reprint list that there's already stuff from international steampunk for you to pick and choose from. What counts as "usual or unoriginal"?
[User Picture]From: Kieran P. Shook
2011-02-01 10:39 pm (UTC)

Length

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What would you say is your floor of lowest word count you will accept?
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-02-03 06:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Length

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1,000.
[User Picture]From: silviamg
2011-01-30 07:55 pm (UTC)

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Might be time for me to revisit that necromancer-with-science during the Mexican Revolution story.
[User Picture]From: silverwerecat
2011-01-31 06:23 am (UTC)

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Hello. A clarification, if you don't mind.

It's probably a silly question, but since most Stempunk I've read is set to a Victorian-type world, would other settings/periods be acceptable?

Thanks.
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-01-31 11:00 am (UTC)

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Yes.
[User Picture]From: macaodghain
2011-01-31 03:36 pm (UTC)

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This looks like an excellent project. If I was a writer, I'd happily contribute—but as I am not, may I say that I hope G.D. Falksen makes it in.
[User Picture]From: psychicchaos
2011-01-31 09:38 pm (UTC)

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Very cool I'll spread the word. If you require any photographic accompaniment let me know. :)
[User Picture]From: ladysmith
2011-01-31 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Will you consider erotica for this?
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-02-03 06:19 pm (UTC)

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Yes.
[User Picture]From: ladysmith
2011-02-03 06:32 pm (UTC)

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Fantastic! It would be a reprint, so I submitted it via the form.

THanks!
[User Picture]From: lux_alexander
2011-02-01 02:09 am (UTC)

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I really must direct you to the work of G. D. Falksen - he's one of the best Steampunk writers working today, and as one of his preferred formats is short stories, he's perfect for a collection book like this.
[User Picture]From: Inventrix
2011-02-01 03:43 pm (UTC)

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Are you accepting multiple submissions?
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-02-03 06:19 pm (UTC)

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No.
[User Picture]From: sheniver
2011-02-01 10:04 pm (UTC)

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I hope G. D. Falksen would be included he's one of the best Steampunk writers out there!
From: uglybadbear.wordpress.com
2011-02-10 09:01 am (UTC)

translations?

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will you look at translated stories too? i'm asking this because we're about to publish an anthology of original steampunk stories with Romanian settings...
From: palmerwriter
2011-02-12 11:09 pm (UTC)

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Is there an upper word count limit?
[User Picture]From: erkyn
2011-03-31 06:49 pm (UTC)

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How strict is the deadline from an international perspective? Is the cut-off 11:59pm in the time zone where you're located (if so, may I ask what time zone that is?) or is there some leeway as long as submissions are received in the next 24hrs?
[User Picture]From: gerryhuntman
2011-04-14 11:52 pm (UTC)

acceptances/rejections

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Hi there

just interested in when you are likely to finalise the acceptance/rejection notifications.

cheers

Gerry
[User Picture]From: Rshunter88
2011-04-26 06:54 pm (UTC)

Acceptances & Rejections

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I'd also like to know when acceptance and rejection notices are going to be sent out. The deadline for submissions was April 1st, so I'm just curious because it's almost May. Any info would be helpful!
[User Picture]From: rhizdii
2011-05-02 07:42 am (UTC)

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Indeed. It was stated that they would be sent out soon after. I'm sure you received a bunch of submissions, but any kind of update would be appreciated (even if just to say that there's a lot that you're still going through). Thanks.
[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2011-05-02 11:29 am (UTC)

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There's still a lot I'm going through, yes. I should be done with it all this week.
[User Picture]From: gerryhuntman
2011-05-02 12:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Acceptances & Rejections

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Great stuff - thanks :)
[User Picture]From: damcphail
2011-05-09 03:29 pm (UTC)

Submission Review

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Personally, I am amazed you are getting through it this quickly; you had to have received an insane amount of submissions, just based on the number different sources I received the notice from, let alone what was posted on the net. And that's not even taking into account the reprint submissions! Having edited anthologies, I heartily empathize.

Thanks for taking the time to respond here and letting us know an end is in sight :)

To everyone wondering why we haven't heard anything yet...I personally feel your pain, believe me, but be glad you haven't had any news, it means you weren't rejected right off the bat! LOL

Best regards,

Danielle Ackley-McPhail
www.sidhenadaire.com