Excalibur 2020 – Call for Submissions!

ANNOUNCING: A BRAND NEW PROJECT TO  CELEBRATE THE TOKYO OLYMPICS! 

Excalibur Books is proud to announce the upcoming anthology,

EXCALIBUR 2020: TALES FROM BEYOND TOMORROW VOLUME 3

for print and electronic publication to be published in 2020, and we are asking for authors of any background to get involved.

Because Excalibur Books is an independent publisher based in Tokyo, this anthology is intended to celebrate the Tokyo Olympics of 2020, and will be published around the time of that event. With this in mind, we are seeking short stories written by both established and upcoming writers from around the world with an Olympic theme.

These are the guidelines:

The work must be in the genre of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror).

The work must have a thematic connection to Japan and/or the Olympics. This could include:

Works set in cities during their Olympic years; for example – Paris 1924, Berlin 1936, the first Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Barcelona 1992, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and so on (We are also willing to accept non-fiction memoirs of Olympic years, depending on the circumstances).

Works of fiction with a theme and setting of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics specifically.

Works mainly based on aspects of Japanese society and culture with a tangential connection to the Olympics.

If you have an idea for a story connected to Japan or the Olympics that doesn’t fit any of the points above, then connect us on the email address below and we’ll be very happy to discuss it with you.

Reprints WILL be considered, so don’t worry if your story fits the guidelines but has already been published somewhere else.

  • Word Count: Strictly 2,500 to 10,000 words.

All submissions should:

  • Be typed in Courier or Times New Roman 12
  • Be typed in line with Standard Manuscript Format.
  • Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address). Multiple submissions up to a maximum of two stories per author can be submitted.
  • Be saved as in Word format and emailed to: albionjpc@jcom.home.ne.jp

Your email subject header should read EXCALIBUR 2020/TITLE/WORD COUNT (include word count)

Contracts/Payments

Payment will be $100 for each story via PayPal, to be paid after the final acceptance. Contributors MUST have a PayPal account. Contributors will also receive a free, electronic contributor’s copy of the anthology.

Each contributor will need to sign a contract to be emailed to authors whose work is accepted. Initial contract length will be for exclusive print and electronic rights for one year.

We are not looking for stories that include racism, racist or sexist stereotypes, abuse, excessive sex, violence or swearing, political or religious proselytizing. We will not accept any fan fiction.

Please submit only one story at a time.

The anthology will be edited by John Paul Catton and Jacob Smith. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology, their decision is final. Please do not resubmit a rejected submission as it will be rejected unseen without further consideration.

DEADLINE: December 31st 2019.

TO GET AN IDEA OF WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE TALES FROM BEYOND TOMORROW SERIES!

GO HERE FOR VOLUME ONE 

GO HERE FOR VOLUME TWO 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! 

 

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