Okay, so I have another project in mind.
This one is intended to encourage writers who haven’t made the step to being published.
To that end, I am going to be offering more feedback than the usual call for submissions–not quite a workshopping, but I want to help authors work on their stories and make them the best they can be.
I won’t say “don’t worry about it being good enough”, but I will say, “don’t worry about it being perfect”.
What I am looking for is stories from writers who have not published fiction stories in a book or magazine. Writers who have put stories up on a blog are eligible, as are writers who have put stories up on fanfiction sites or other internet forums.
I want original Fantasy short stories of between 2000 and 7500 words, with 5000 words being ideal. Stories should not be set in existing IPs or include characters from copyrighted works.
All genres of Fantasy are acceptable (I don’t even pretend to know how many genres of Fantasy there are anymore) but no explicit descriptions of sex–romance is fine, even spicy romance, but I don’t want erotica.
I am looking for stories that involve magic and fantastic creatures, preferably in a world of your own devising–a basic D&D or Tolkien-clone world won’t make me reject a story out of hand, but I’d like to see more exotic locales.
Submissions should be in a standard text format– .rtf, Open Office, MS Word documents. PDFs will not be opened. Times New Roman or similar font, 12 point, double spaced, first line indent via a “paragraph format” command–not the Tab Key. At the top of the first page I want to see your name, contact information, and word count rounded to the nearest 100 words. (If you search for “standard short story format” you should be okay.)
Submissions can be sent to mjb63114 [at] gmail [dot] com–or you can use my contact page here at the blog. Submissions should be as an attachment to the email with file name of [Last Name]-[Story Title] (.doc/.odt/.rtf/etc.) Subject line of the email should read Submission/Young Dragons/[Last Name]/[Story Title].
Questions? Feel free to drop me a line.