We already have one story submitted, and there’s time for many more. Close on the heels of the Halloween anthology comes the Christmas one. This has to be fast so it will close for submissions at midnight on November 30th.
Stories should be set at Christmas time and can be anything from the gentle, happy ending to the destruction of the entire universe. As long as Christmas is the central theme. Rules are available under Contact > Submissions > Underdog Anthologies from the drop down menu, and rules are somewhat negotiable. Payment is twelve fine British pounds per story, or the equivalent in your local currency (PayPal is easiest if you have it). UK authors can elect to be paid in copies of the book. For very short stories (less than 1000 words), we can negotiate payment.
If you have a Christmas tale and like the idea of being published and paid for it, let us know. We’re always on the lookout for new talent.
Everyone gets writer’s block once in a while but this time the book is finished, it just needs a title.
The cover art is ready, completed by Gary V. Foss, but this book needs a name. Suggestions are welcome, along the lines of Halloween and underground water, wells, springs, and so on.
Here is the cover –
All suggestions welcome. This has to be completed within a week.
UPDATE: The double meaning in Mark Ellott’s suggestion for the title works very well. Here’s the first (but probably not the final) draft cover –
The border is there to allow for trim in printing. So that the main artwork is not lost. There will of course be a huge blot on the landscape due to the barcode but that can’t be helped. The Leg Iron Books logo will likely be smaller than usual for this one.
The 2019 Halloween anthology is open for submissions. The closing date will be midnight (GMT) October 1st. No set title yet, but the cover will feature a haunted well so any stories linked to that theme will be most welcome. Of course, all Halloween stories of any kind are welcome, it’s just that this year’s overall theme will be the haunted well.
Stories should be Halloween themed and around 1500-2000 words.
The story length is not set in stone. They can be longer, the price is the same (£12 per story). If they are much shorter than 1000 words we’ll have to discuss payment, since someone who sends in 3000 words or more is going to be a bit annoyed if they find someone else got the same pay for 500 words.
The end of August also sees the quarterly payments to novel/story collection authors. These are paid on recorded sales up to midnight on August 31st, whether or not the money actually arrives at Leg Iron Books. Sometimes it takes a little while to arrive but we don’t indulge in fancy or complex accounting here. If the book sold in the last quarter, the author gets paid. Then we at Leg Iron Books wait for the seller to pay up. They always do, it can just take a while.
There are still two books in the works, a novel that’s just awaiting a cover image and a short story collection. These should be completed through September and we should be all clear for new things at the start of October.
The Halloween anthology title is going to be based on wells. Water sources of any kind, but especially wells.
It’s not a requirement for submission, the only requirement is that the story be Halloween based or if not Halloween, a scary story that would suit a Halloween campfire tale. Perhaps confusingly, the stories do not have to be scary at all as long as they are fixed to Halloween. Yeah, we don’t do things the easy way here.
The reason for the ‘well’ addition? If you look at the forewords for ‘Treeskull stories’ (UA3) and ‘The Gallows Stone’ (UA6) you’ll see that the titles are based on the editor’s experiences with the house he lives in. This year there is something interesting about the water source for that house. It’s a remote farmhouse with no mains water and the well the water comes from has a very long history, back to the year 877.
What is it? He’ll tell you in the foreword to UA9.
Basically, stories based around well water, or any water source, will get top billing.
But all Halloween/scary stories are welcome, of course.