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First Peoples Shared Stories | Successful Submissions & Selected Stories

Posted by Catherine Taylor

We’re pleased to announce the authors included in our upcoming anthology: First Peoples Shared Stories! Earlier this year, we opened for submissions on this theme (whether speculative, fantastic, sacred or folkloric) from writers with appropriate heritage in order to widen the door to creativity, to celebrate the international diversity of indigenous backgrounds and storytelling cultures. The book, due to be published in early October 2022 (UK) and mid-November 2022 (North America), combines new and contemporary stories with classic and ancient origin stories and oral traditions from around the world, to bring new perspectives and attention to the legacy of Indigenous Peoples, First Peoples. Award-winning Māori novelist, short story writer, essayist, and editor Paula Morris provides the foreword, alongside an introduction by Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn, author of Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People and more. With invaluable editorial support from professor and Indigenous literature specialist Marc André Fortin, we’re delighted to have chosen the stories below for inclusion:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, submissions, anthologies

7 Days of Folklore and Modern Myth Flash Fiction | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

CALLING ALL FANTASY WRITERS! SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION NEWSLETTER FOR FANTASYCON 2022!

Flame Tree Fiction are excited to announce that we will be printing an A5 fiction newsletter
with 7 fantasy flash fiction stories of 1,000 words as a special edition for FantasyCon 2022, 17th-18th September, which will be alongside our usual monthly newsletter.

The programme will include the chosen stories and the author’s bio, where it is read by
hundreds of writers in the UK Fantasy Community. It’s a fantastic, paid opportunity for
authors! Please note that the Monthly Fantasy Newsletter will run as usual.


The theme is…
7 DAYS OF FOLKLORE AND MODERN MYTH

The days of the week are steeped in mythology and folklore, often told around firesides in
times past. A man-made construct that we base our entire lives on. Originating from a
Sumerian calendar around 2000 BC, the seven days follow the transitions into the phases of
the moon: full, waning half, new and waxing half.

It is fitting then that the week therefore begins with Monday, the day of the moon, and ends
on the day of the sun: Sunday. Western Hemisphere mythology gave us Thursday, or Thor’s-
day. In Latin, Saturday was named after Saturn (Saturni). Each day of the week is connected
to a healing crystal. Christian stories tell of the seven days it took to create the universe.
Choose one, choose all – and take up your pen.


7 days of the week
7 days of secrets and sorcery
7 days of elementals
7 days of night
7 gods and 7 demons
7 days of siege
7 days to write a fantastical story…


Guidelines:

  • Please note that all stories submitted should be within the Fantasy genre
  • Terms and conditions for the submissions here - https://flametr.com/submissions
  • Please send your 1000-word story to the Newsletter Editor:
    Zoë Seabourne
    zoe.seabourne@flametreepublishing.com
    IMPORTANT: Please note the new email address, do not use the 'zoe@'; as this is now
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  • The deadline is the 1st September 2022
We look forward to reading your submissions. Happy writing!

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Topics: short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

Immigrant Sci-Fi Short Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We are delighted to announce a new call for submissions which is now open! We are looking for short stories for our latest anthology – full guidelines below.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

Conscious Dreams Publishing | Writer's Weekender Workshop

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

Our good friends at Conscious Publishing are holding a writers retreat...

Are you struggling with writer’s block?

Perhaps you’re halfway through writing your book and have lost momentum?

This weekend is a powerful weekend for both fiction and nonfiction writers who want to create an impact in the world. Writing a book can be an isolating activity and often we’re left wondering whether our book is good enough or if our message is even clear.
 
Every genre presents its own challenge.
 
Sharing our personal stories can be daunting and make us feel exposed. ‘How much do I share?’ ‘How will others perceive me?’ are questions I often hear.
 
Writing a novel can leave us wondering if our story is compelling enough or whether our characters are believable or even likable.
 
A nonfiction writer may question whether their manuscript connects successfully to their target reader. Connection is everything.
 
 
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Weird Horror | Author Q&A | Best Stories & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Available to buy now, Weird Horror is the latest collection in our series of hardback anthologies. In keeping with the rest of the series, the book features classic fiction from the early days of the genre, all the way to brand new stories from talented authors writing today. With tales by the likes of Algernon Blackwood, Clark Ashton Smith, William Hope Hodgson and Ramsey Campbell, the book also includes a foreword by Mike Ashley. Earlier, in the first part of this Q&A, modern authors from the book shed light on the inspirations behind their story (you can revisit that here if you missed it). Now, they offer recommendations for all things Weird Horror, as well as revealing how their own fiction takes shape…

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Weird Horror | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our series of beautiful hardback anthologies has a new addition in the form of Weird Horror Short Stories! Available to buy now, the book includes a foreword by Mike Ashley alongside over 40 stories on this fascinating theme. From unsettling visions and strange spaces, to lurking creatures from the beyond, the collection combines brand new and recent fiction with older, classic work exploring the roots of the genre. Here to introduce their tales of imagination, modern authors from the book tell us the inspiration behind their contribution, and offer a glimpse of what to expect…

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Asian Ghost Short Stories | Author Q&A | Best Stories & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest anthology, Asian Ghost Short Stories, is available to buy now! With a mix of modern authors and older, classic works on the theme, the book focuses on the rich supernatural lore and storytelling that runs deep and wide through the whole region and history of Asia. The collection includes a foreword by bestselling author K. Hari Kumar, an introduction by Dr. Luo Hui, and a story selection formed with Associate Editor Lee Murray. To celebrate the book’s release, some of the authors join us here for the second part of this Q&A, to offer their own story recommendations and insight into their writing process!

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Topics: Short Stories, short fiction, Q&A, Flame Tree Press Authors

Asian Ghost Short Stories | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Asian Ghost Short Stories is the latest in our series of beautiful hardbacks that combine older classic work with new and recent takes on the theme. At 432 pages, the anthology is a treasure trove of fascinating tales, selected with award-winning Associate Editor Lee Murray, and including a foreword by K. Hari Kumar and introduction by Dr. Luo Hui. In this Author Q&A, some of the authors on the modern side of the book share the various inspirations behind their stories, so see below for a teaser of what’s in store…

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Alternate History Short Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We are very excited to announce a new call for submissions, which is now open! Please read through the details for submissions carefully before submitting your stories and make sure to include ALTERNATE HISTORY at the beginning in the subject of your email.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, myths and legends, short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

Hidden Realms Short Stories | Call for Submissions

Posted by Leah Ratcliffe

We're delighted to let you know this new call for submissions is open! Please read through submission details carefully before sending us your stories and ensure you include HIDDEN REALMS first in the subject of your email.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, myths and legends, short fiction, Call For Submissions, anthologies

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