Saturn Anthology Submission Call

Here it is!

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THEME for the Anthology: TIME, AGE, and ENDINGS

Naturally, I would like to see science fiction and fantasy stories for this anthology. I’m interested in anything that relates to the themes, including clever time travel.

My favorite short stories tend to be about 5,000 words. Though, I can be seduced with an incredible bit of flash fiction. I like romance alongside my action. But I like a good action-only story, too. If you submitted under the old guidelines, you’re grandfathered in. Don’t stress it. Those still apply (except where indicated below).

Ideally, I’m looking for a great opening line. (Tips here) with a story that pulls me through. Avoid filter words (Tips here and More Tips here).

Most R&R’s I send will probably be asking for improvements in these areas.

I enjoy literary reads, but stuff has got to happen. Save the philosophical waxing and long internal dialog for your novels. These things work but probably not in short form like this.

Proofreading matters. Please send your best work.

Please follow Shunn’s Manuscript Format. See Here.

Submit to: bokerahbrumley@gmail.com

In the Subject Line, please include “Saturn Submission_Your Name_Story Title”

PAYMENT: Royalty Split

EDITOR: Bokerah Brumley

PUBLISHER: TUSCANY BAY BOOKS

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TIPS & BEST PRACTICES

  1. Don’t be a jerk.
  2. Don’t be a drama-monger!! (I probably don’t care about the latest industry gossip from anywhere.)
  3. Don’t be a prima donna.
  4. Be patient.
  5. EXPECT EDITS.
  6. Final inclusion in the anthology is MY call. It’s okay to tell me ‘no’… when it’s important, but I may so ‘no’ right back. Pick your hills to die on accordingly.

 


 

On a personal note:

This is my first ever submission call for my first ever anthology (the original Saturn submission call is listed at the bottom; I am accepting stories based on that sub call as well).

So far, I’ve been in nearly two dozen anthologies and collections (some of which remain in publication and some of which do not). I’m familiar with several different managerial styles. Our timeline is outlined below.

For more information about my works in publication, try here.

Official Bio: Bokerah Brumley lives on ten permaculture acres, complete with sheep, goats, peacocks, turkeys, geese, guineas, ducks, chickens, five home-educated children, and one husband. She serves as the president of the Cisco Writers Club and moonlights as an acquisitions editor for The Crossover Alliance.

For more information and a complete list of published works, please visit:

www.bokerah.com

 


Timeline

SUBMISSIONS OPEN through September 30, 2020

OCTOBER 2020: READING MONTH, R&R’s (Revise & Resubmit Requests) sent before and throughout the month of OCTOBER

OCTOBER 31, 2020: FINAL ACCEPTANCE/REJECTION EMAILS W/CONTRACTS

NOVEMBER 2020: MORE EDITS!!!!

NOVEMBER 30, 2020: CONTRACT DEADLINE & FINAL DATE FOR ALL EDITS TO BE IN TO EDITOR (ME)**

DECEMBER 2020: PROOFREADING & ANTHOLOGY ASSEMBLY

January 18, 2021 – February 18, 2021: Month-long Blog Tour (Participation expected)

January 29, 2021 – February 5, 2021: Ads (through preorder and new release vendors and possible newsletter swaps and social media posts from my hired PA’s)

FEBRUARY 2, 2021: ANTHOLOGY RELEASE 

February 2, 2021- February 5, 2021: Anthology Authors Newsletter Share Dates (Participation expected)

**If your story is not returned with edits accepted/rejected to me by this date, you will not be in the anthology. If your contract is not also returned by this deadline, you will not be in the anthology. Anthology WORD COUNT GOAL: 120,000 words

 


 

<<ORIGINAL SUB CALL>>

Saturn. The most beautiful of the wandering stars, surrounded by a mysterious and remarkable series of rings, crowning the planet in glory.

Jupiter may be the king of the planets, but Saturn is the progenitor, named for the powerful and terrible Titan that fathered the gods themselves. Saturn is the lord of Time, Age, and Endings. And when everything else disperses into a heat death and the cosmos is an empty void, it is Time that will rule over all.

The frame story of Saturn will be set in John C. Wright’s City Beyond Time universe! Don’t know what that is? Read the book, it’s awesome. (<–This is no longer applicable.)

Stories do not need to be set in that universe.

However, they can be.

Bullet point form:

  • Word count is 500-10,000
  • Poems will be accepted
  • Reprints will be accepted
  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted
  • Stories can be about the actual planet Saturn, time, age, and endings. The Titan Saturn may also feature, and stories may be set in the City Beyond Time universe.
  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format, though please italicize instead of underline when appropriate. If the story is not in standard manuscript format, it may be rejected without being read. Seriously. I’m not kidding here. For that matter, ditto if the stories are under 500 words or over 10,000.
  • The subject line should look like this: SATURN SUBMISSION_Story Title_Author Name
  • The deadline is December 1, 2017. After that, you’re out of luck. (Changed to September 30, 2020.)

 

A Dream Within a Dream {Kristina Mahr}

 I’m so exited about this duology, and I was pretty pumped that I was allowed to join the launch team. I hope you enjoy meeting Kristina Mahr as much as I have!

 

 



All That We See or Seem (Dreamworld Duology book 1)

All That We See Or Seem CoverEvery night, seventeen-year-old Reeve Lennox finds herself under a noose.

 

By day she is a lady of Acarsaid’s royal house, daydreaming of adventure and love. But every

night in sleep she wanders through a nightmarish city, an invisible witness to the screeches of monsters and the screams of their victims. Her only consolation is Bran, a battle-torn young man with a selfless heart and eyes that reflect the stars.

Yet while Reeve falls deeper into her dreams, in truth she is engaged to Arden, a mercurial nobleman who has long been cured of his belief in love and breathes fire and flattery like other people breathe air.
Torn between two lives, Reeve struggles to remember what’s real. Until night and day collide, with a revelation that threatens all of Acarsaid.

 

 



 

A Dream Within a Dream (Dreamworld Duology book 2)
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Invisible to the man she loves, Reeve Lennox fights to reclaim him from a dark world.

As her wedding day nears in Acarsaid, her betrothed Arden offers only his wayward soul and saucy tongue.

 

At night she desperately tries to reach Bran, the young soldier of nightmarish Tenebris who holds her heart.

However, her king insists that the realms of Tenebris and Acarsaid must remain separate, lest the evil wizard Rancore brutally conquer all.

But the dark magic of Tenebris defies mere distance. A war is coming, one only Reeve may be able to prevent, if she can reunite her family on opposing sides.

With two kingdoms at stake, Reeve must discover her strength and her family’s legacy before all is lost. Yet righting the wrongs of the past may require the sacrifice of her truest love.

 



Meet Kristina

What is one thing you hope readers take away from your books?

 

I hope Reeve inspires people to take their lives into their own hands.

I hope Reeve inspires people to take their lives into their own hands. She has spent so much time waiting for life to happen to her that it takes her a while to realize that she’s right smack in the midst of it. All of this is life. Even if we don’t have the thing we want most yet, or we’re not doing exactly what we want to be doing, it’s important that we get ourselves on the path we want to be on and don’t sit around waiting for someone else to get us there.

What inspired your story world?

I had the story idea and Reeve already in mind before I built the world, so the world is a product of both of the idea and her character. I built Acarsaid as an island, with rules similar to Victorian England, to isolate Reeve as much as possible. I wanted it to be light and airy and idyllic, so it seems like the very opposite of a prison, but it serves as something like one to Reeve. And then I built Tenebris, the world she visits in her dreams, to be a stark contrast. Dark and dangerous and sinister, but there, Reeve is allowed to be more free than she is in Acarsaid.

What is your favorite part of your story world?

I love the falcons in Tenebris, the world Reeve visits in her dreams. I studied several different birds of prey before settling on the peregrine falcon as my inspiration. They’re so beautiful, and I wanted them to retain that beauty even though they’re obviously monsters in that world.

What character do you identify with the most and why?

Reeve. Reeve all the way. I see so much of my younger self in her, that idealism and single-minded determination to find love.

If you could sit down with one of your characters, who would it be?

Arden. I think he’s a delight. He’d keep me on my toes throughout the whole conversation, not to mention the fact that he’s pretty easy on the eyes…

Favorite writing inspiration?

I draw most of my inspiration from reading, but lately, I’ve been finding it in music, as well. There’s nothing like finding a character’s song. The one that represents them perfectly and helps you get into their head.

How do you practice writing?

I really found my voice as a writer by dabbling in short stories. My writing partner and I did a short story project where we each wrote a short story a week for 20 weeks. It really helped me learn to generate ideas and develop plots/characters.

I also have an ongoing poetry project that I’ve been cultivating over the past two years. I write at least one poem a day, though typically it’s more like three. It really helps me stretch my writing muscles and play with words in ways that often find their way into my novels.



About the Author

Kristina Mahr head shotKristina Mahr devotes her days to numbers and her nights to words. She works full-time as an accountant in the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her two dogs and two cats, but her true passion is writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends,

reading, and waking up at the crack of dawn every weekend to watch the Premier League.

 

Social media links:

Website

Twitter

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Guest Post from {H. L. Burke}

introducing H. L. Burke

I’m so excited to have Dragonista, H. L. Burke on my blog today, chatting about magic systems in her works! (Pssst… She JUST released To Court A Queen! CLICK IT! You know you want to!)

Take it away, Heidi.

To me, magic is like 75% of the reason I read fantasy. I know some authors out there tout that they write “magic-free fantasy,” but there are also people selling sugar-free candy and decaf coffee … these people aren’t to be trusted. (Unless they have dragons. Dragons are always magical.)

But anyway, because I write fantasy, I write magic. Also, because I get bored easily, I like to mix up what exactly this means by including different magical systems in different books. Weirdly, the more restrictive and specific a magic system can be (like when magic can only do a short list of things in a few specific ways), the more fun it is to work with. Limitations can often spark creativity, as anyone who’s ever had to play the “Oh no, I forgot to go shopping and now I have to make dinner out of one onion, a can of chicken broth, a box of pasta, and half a leftover rotisserie chicken” game will tell you.

So I try to come up with new ways to write magic every few books.

Magic is a type of sound. Magic is granted via communion with fire salamanders. Magic is a series of tubes with cats running through them … no, wait, that’s the internet.

The magic system in To Court a Queenis “fairy tale,” which is an easier one to do because rather than being a scientific system, it’s based off of tropes that most readers accept as part of the genre (we don’t know why a kiss turns a frog into a prince, but we understand that it does.). However a book series I have without this advantage was my Spellsmith & Carver trilogy. When I came up with the concept of two rival magicians forced into a Steampunk-fantasy version of a buddy cop movie, I realized if it was going to keep my interest, the magic had to be something more complicated and exciting than “magician throws fireballs, go boom.” (Not that there isn’t a place for that. I played a gnome mage for like three years in World of Warcraft. I LOVE throwing fireballs.) Coming 2019

So I went to the most EXCITING things I could think of.

Mathematics and computer programming.

(Please control your excitement.)

Okay, full confession: I don’t know how to program computers, and I was never that good at math … but what is math? It’s symbols arranged into equations. And computer programming, in “simplistic, even Heidi can get that” terminology, is a series of written commands that a computer can execute.

Magic in the world of Spellsmith & Carver works with a series of written symbols that a magician can write in different spells (formulas) and when the spell is activated, magic flows through the symbols and follows the written commands. If you leave a symbol off or write the wrong symbol, it either doesn’t work or does something unexpected (and usually bad … just ask Auric Spellsmith what happens if you miscount the number of sun-symbols needed for a warming spell.). The spells are inscribed on different mediums (which are called quires and different quires have different properties such as how much magic they can contain before being “expended” or how stable the magic will be. Common quires are paper, wood, stone, and wax) with an enchanted metal rod called a stylus.

Skilled magicians must memorize standard spells as well as learn how to adapt magic to create new spell formulas on the fly, and magicians will often have their own “style” they’re good at. Jericho Carver likes common sense, straightforward magic, simple magic that cuts to the heart of any given problem. Auric Spellsmith is more creative, loves theoretical magic, and usually prefers elaborate and complex spells, even when a simpler one will work … but it’s often those with the least in common who complement us best.

Now, To Court a Queendoes not have the magic system of Spellsmith & Carver, but it has the snark. If you like snarky stories with magic and adventure, you’ll probably like either Spellsmith & Carveror and To Court a Queen… or both.


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He doesn’t want to get married, but he wants to be a frog even less.

Knight errant, Devin, takes a shortcut through the woods, only to be captured by fairy forces. The fairy queen has run out of breathing males to fight for her hand, and Devin, while not ideal fairy stock, is breathing–for now.

Telling a vain fairy queen you’d rather not be her one true love is a ticket to life on a lilypad, so the knight agrees to face three challenges to win Queen Agalea’s hand. When a clever servant girl offers to help him navigate the trials in order to stop the constant bloodshed of the courtship ritual, Devin jumps at the chance. However, as he balances “flirting” with his “beloved” and overcoming tasks specifically designed to kill him, he finds his heart drawn to his new partner in survival.


Author Bio:

Heidi-107H. L. Burke is the author of multiple fantasy novels including the Dragon and the Scholar saga and The Nyssa Glass YA Steampunk series and Coiled. She is an admirer of the whimsical, a follower of the Light, and a believer in happily ever after.

Follow H.L. on social media:

Twitter (for random snarkiness and occasional book snippets.)

Facebook (for longer form random snarkiness, occasional book snippets, and #dailydragon posts where I share my favorite dragon related finds.)

Website (my website (and mailing list) for news and deals.)

Instagram (my instagram for #TheodoretheDragon awesomness.)

Reader Group (my reader group if you want to be the first to hear about beta and ARC reading opportunities as well as my day to day struggles and weekly live videos.)

 

 

Meet our New {Friends}

We’ve been busy hauling wood chips/mulch. The county said we could have everything we wanted, so we’re making good on it. #WasteNot Ground cover is good stuff to have on hand for ground cover, weed control, or composting.

It’s, also, toe-trimming time, so we’ve busied ourselves getting all the hooves caught up.

Last time, I promised to include pictures of the new pasture residents.

This is Chocolate.

She’s not impressed with my picture-taking.

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Meet Ginger (on the left) and Maryanne (on the right).

I might be channeling my inner Gilligan.

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Meet the mother/daughter duo, Snickers and Milky Way.

I’ve made a lot of changes to the herd for next year. I’m focused on switching to great milkers–good-natured, high production–and adding some fun color to our mix in the field. We don’t raise show goats or registered goats (my sister does!), so I decided to have fun with it.

 

On the sheep side of the farm…

We’ve gotten another ewe for Mountain Man.

 

There he is… cheesing for the camera. He thinks he has fabulous neck hair.

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Meet Marmelade!

That’s her. In that fashionable teal collar.

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My peachicks are also starting to get some color on their necks.

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And John Wayne is still happy to sit on my arm.

We’re going to have to get a falconry glove, though.

He’s got some sharp claws!

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It’s been a good day, here on the farm.

Thanks for visiting, and come back soon. (:

~Bokerah

 

 


 

Here’s this week’s giveaway.

You could win a killer {<—see what I did there?! (:}

Buffy the Vampire Slayer prize pack.

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Updates from {Home}

Good morning from my world!

(Scroll down for the giveaway.)

 

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It’s such a beautiful day here that I’ve abandoned my story to play with goats and scratch their ears. The humidity is higher than we’re used to, but the rain has been watering the earth and turning the grasses green once more. That makes everything happy.

I’ll have to get back to building my fictional towns soon. New Haven, New York, and Yearly, Texas, won’t wait for long.

But first, we’ve had a few new additions! Two goats named Ginger and Maryanne. We have a new sheep, a ewe, named Marmalade, and tomorrow will welcome two more new arrivals. Pictures soon!

Choose Joy today, friends!

And, as always, if you need a bit of a pick-me-up, drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

 


CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS!

Enter to win one of FIVE $50 gift cards in LitRing’s Fall Into Books Giveaway. Each entry gives you a chance to win! But you’ll see that no one loses with all these great books to discover! Ready to dive in?

Enter below!

 

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Behind My Camera

Last week, I was trying to catch a shot of my “idyllic life.”

This is the morning shot I was going for.
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Pretty sweet, right? (: One of the many reasons we love it out here.

But this is what was happening behind the camera.

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I flipped my camera around to “selfie” mode.

That’s my livestock guardian dog, Coal, breathing sweet nothings about bacon and whatever else his hungry heart could come up with. In my ear.

The forward view… Literally, like, five seconds later.

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Mountain Girl was not a happy ewe. You know. Since my phone still isn’t food.

This is a great illustration of how everything can so often look one way from the outside, but really only be a small part of the story. This applies to families in the restaurant, to people on social media, or even to the jerk behind me in the drive-thru line.

Stuff isn’t always what it seems, and mountains might be moving, lives might be changing just out of sight. Whatever your mountain is. Don’t give up.

#KeepOn #ChooseJoy #LetsGetThereTogether

Thanks for reading my stories (both real-life and fiction) and for tagging along on our adventures!

~Bokerah

P.S. We’ve had more babies! (: Twin boys this time.

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***If you need encouragement today, hit me up.

I’d love to cheer you on.***

 


 

Here’s that giveaway, darlings.

Supernatural Prize Pack (Click here)

 

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Giveaway ends August 29, 2018, so get there in a hurry!

 

Supernatural SuperFan Giveaway + Waiting on Babies…

I’ll have a fiction freebie next week.

But, in the meantime, I’m sitting out here in this field, waiting on labor to kick in. You know, the kind where there’s bellowing and pushing and then a baby at the end?!

Okay. Okay. It’s NOT my labor that I’m waiting on. I’m not even waiting on a human. Though, I am waiting on kids.

My goat nannies are about ready to pop.

 

One already did. Poker had twin girls earlier this week.

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Since I’m out here waiting on the babies, I found something special to keep you busy.

Here’s a fantastic giveaway!

Supernatural Prize Pack

 

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 Supernatural Prize Pack

Giveaway ends August 28, 2018, so get there in a hurry!