Gary Bourgeois lost his battle with cancer last year. Some of his last fiction was for two of my projects, The Other World and Paris By Gaslight. While The Other World has enough fiction to move forward, Paris By Gaslight does not. I don’t intend to abandon either project and both will be dedicated to Gary’s memory. As such, I will be offering $20 for each short story (3000 to 6000 words) accepted for Paris By Gaslight and $60 for each novelette (10000 to 15000 words) accepted. The deadline is October 31st, 2018. Submissions should be sent via email to: email@example.com.
Call For Manuscripts:
This is a general call for steampunk and Gaslamp fantasy short stories and novelettes set within 18th or 19th century Paris. Stories need not remain within the confines of Paris for their entirety but those stories that are well-written and make use of the unique setting and culture of Paris as a colorful backdrop will be more favorably regarded.
Perspective characters should be of a progressive nature for their time period (i.e., not religiously, racially or gender-preference biased, etc.). Perspective characters need not be accepting, merely tolerant. The author should feel free to do as she wills with regard to these matters, so long as she does not stand on a soapbox.
Individual scenes of an adult nature or entire stories of steampunk or gaslamp fantasy-themed erotica are perfectly acceptable so long as they are well and tastefully written. Likewise, profanity is perfectly acceptable. Please use whatever language you deem appropriate for telling your story.
The inclusion of occult elements (Hoodoo, Voudou, witchcraft, Freemasonry, Native American shamanism, etc.) is not only permissible but actively encouraged, if and only if it is well-researched and detailed and not of the “wave wand and utter faux latin” style. Authors are warned that the trite, outdated and erroneous assumption of the practice of Voudou being evil will not be tolerated. Nor will any stories of a “Zombie Apocalypse” nature be accepted.
What We Want:
While I’ve got nothing against a good steampunk story with British and/or American protagonists running around foreign climes fighting the good fight for King and Country, we would like to see some variations and as such, any of the following will find favor:
Stories with French protagonists and antagonists.
Stories with female and POC protagonists and antagonists.
Stories with British or American antagonists.
Stories that pass the Bechdel Test.
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If this call isn’t something you think you personally would be interested in but that others would, please pass it on to them. Thanks!
A new voice in the field of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy fiction, New Orleans-based fantasy and science fiction author Brandon Black has a Bachelor’s in Military and Political Journalism and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. His most recent story, “The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon,” was published in Dark Oak Press’ Capes and Clockwork II, edited by Alan Lewis. His short fiction has appeared in Dark Oak Press’ Dreams of Steam III and Seventh Star Press’ A Chimerical World: Tales of the Seelie Court. Brandon lives with his guardian and protector, Battle-cat Princess Kaleidoscope, in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Find out more about Brandon’s work at http://www.brandonblackonline.com.
All original text copyright Brandon Black 2018.