Saturday, 4 July 2009

Call for Submissions: Samhain Publishing Space Opera anthology

Today I'm reposting below something from the Samhain Publishing blog. Samhain Publishing is a small press publisher in ebook and print format and they have a number of good authors in their catalogue. Authors with them whom I have enjoyed include Lilith Saintcrow and Shiloh Walker. Over at Samhain they're opening for submissions for a Space Opera anthology. I'm seriously tempted to see if I can get a submission ready for their deadline of 10th August, 2009 (Actually, with my forthcoming wedding, I'd have to ensure I get it ready well before that date, as I'll be caught up with tasks for the wedding and subsequent marital duties by then). In my "incomplete" folder I do have a substantial amount of writing I've been tinkering with from time to time which may be of use for this. It involves a spaceship, and an interesting crew to sail the boat, and that's all I'm saying for now.

Anyway, here's their announcement:

*Permission to repost granted. Please repost on your blogs, yahoo groups, shout it from the rooftops, hire sign twirlers, get an airplane to do a flyover with a banner, or even better, get your favorite alien to do a flyover in their spaceship with a banner…*

Get your outer space on! Intergalactic wars, space battles, alien cultures, and love (and lust) across the cosmos.

I’m very pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new, yet-to-be titled spring 2010 space opera anthology. I’m looking for fast-paced, action-adventure space opera romances. Don’t know what space opera is? Think Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica or my personal favorite, Firefly/Serenity. For more information on Space Opera, you can check out the entry on wikipedia.

I’m open to M/F, M/M, or multiples thereof, and any sexual heat level. The only rule is the story should be set mainly or entirely in space and the romance must end happily ever after or happy for now.

The anthology will include novellas from 25,000 to 30,000 words in length and will be released individually as ebooks in April 2010.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new material-previously published submissions will not be considered. Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Please be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please include:

The full manuscript (of 25,000 to 30,000 words) with a comprehensive 2-5 page synopsis. Please include a letter of introduction/query letter. Full manuscripts are required for this as it’s a special project.

As well, when you send your manuscript, please be sure to use the naming convention SpaceOpera_Title_MS and SpaceOpera_Title_Synopsis. This will ensure that your submission doesn’t get missed in the many submissions we receive, and makes it easy for me to find in my ebook reader.

Submissions are open until August 10, 2009 and final decision will be made by August 31, 2009. Please send your submission to and include Space Opera Anthology in the subject line. Questions can be addressed to Sasha Knight (