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 contact 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your email subject header should read EXCALIBUR 2020/TITLE/WORD COUNT (include word count)
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!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
It is mentioned that the payment for stories included in Tales From Beyond Tomorrow Volum3 is $100 per story. Is this American dollars?
Yes, it is US dollars. We pay via Paypal.
I wonder when the announcement of successfully accepted contributors would be made after the deadline.
Can you please let me know?
Thanks Janie! We’re not sure when the announcement will be, but it will probably be in February. Would you like to submit something?
Thanks! I imagine, contributors will be informed by email provided. Or would you only do announcement on this website?
And yes, I am currently working on a piece for this. I’m planning to submit in December.
Hi Janie! Contributors will be informed by email. I’ll try to keep a slot open for December but that’s cutting it a bit fine. Could you send a mail to email@example.com with a link to any fiction/website you have online?
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I was sadly unable to meet the deadline to submit the story I had written, as I have limited internet access available (and none at my house for my business) here in New Mexico, but I am excited to read both the past stories and the latest issue. My story was inspired by my grandmother’s boyfriend (they’ve both since passed) who would tell us his stories of working at the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics. According to the stories, he not only laid the flag under the ice, but also, as an experienced skater himself, escorted Sonja Henie during the opening ceremonies.
I submitted back in November and haven’t heard since… still hope? 😉
Happy New Year!
Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me.