31 March 2011

Call for Submissions with GLBT and British Elements: Tea and Crumpets Anthology

Post date: 31 March 2011
Deadline: 11 April 2011

Tea and Crumpets: call for submissions

We are looking for a range of short stories between 1,000 and 5000 words long that showcase both the writing talent of authors attending the Meet, and that are thematically connected to the British Isles. Stories should be either set in Britain, feature British characters or have a strong connection to Britain in some way. Consider what it means to be queer in Britain today. Think of iconic British sights and our national character. Revel in our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities. Take your inspiration from our rich and expressive language or amuse us with earthy British slang. Consider the whole of our fascinating nation, from the Scottish highlands down to the Isles of Scilly. Raise your rainbow umbrellas high and celebrate!

Stories from a wide range of genres will be welcomed (including historical), provided they have both a GLBT and British element. M/M, F/F, Bi and transgender stories are all equally welcome. Er0tic content is fine, but please steer clear of anything too contentious. Because of the potential copyright issues, we cannot accept fanfiction either.

If you possess the copyright for your story and it isn’t currently under exclusive contract to anyone else, we are happy to consider stories which have been published before, if that’s made plain in the covering e-mail.

This anthology call is only open to attendees of the 2011 UK GLBT Fiction Meet, but we would like to make this as high a quality anthology as possible so attendance is not an automatic guarantee of having your story accepted. However, if you are willing to work with an editor we hope that we will be able to include something from all the authors who submit stories. I will be working with several other volunteer authors in the selection and initial editing stages.

Contracts will ask for non-exclusive rights to publish in digital and print form for a term of five years from the date of initial publication. This is for a promotional anthology, so you will not get paid. Any profits will go into funding next year’s UK GLBT Fiction Meet so we can make it bigger and better than ever! You will receive a free digital copy to use as a promotional give-away (and hopefully a print copy if we can afford it).

Please follow standard formatting guidelines to make life easier as we put the anthology together: 12pt Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced with no spaces between paragraphs. Indent your paragraphs using the ruler rather than the tab key. Include a cover page with your full legal name, pen name, email, snail mail, phone number and 50 word bio. Attach to your submission email as a Word doc. You may submit up to two stories for consideration, although we will likely only choose one from each author. Stories that go over the maximum word count may be submitted, but they will need to be exceptional to be considered.

Deadline for submissions: 11th April 2011. Decisions will be announced on 2nd May 2011.

Submit stories and any queries to: josephine_myles@yahoo.co.uk

An extended deadline may be available – please contact me if you need one.

Visit Josephine Myles's website here.
This blog is no longer updated. Please instead visit Writers For Diversity for new opportunities for women/ LGBT writers and writers of color. Thank you.