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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: 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.