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Paris By Gaslight

Edited by Brandon Black

Call For Manuscripts:

This is a general call for steampunk and gaslamp fantasy poetry and fiction set in 19th century Paris, France.

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 colourful backdrop will be more favourably regarded.

Writers of fiction may send up to three works. Poets may submit up to five poems.

As we seek to publish the highest quality fiction and accept both traditional and experimental writing, we place no arbitrary limits on language or subject matter. Individual scenes of an adult nature or entire stories of appropriately themed romance or 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.

Things We’re Looking For:

For this volume, we have a strong preference for French and/or female protagonists and antagonists. We also encourage the inclusion of protagonists and secondary characters of other nationalities – Western and non-Western; Paris was, and is, a very cosmopolitan city. Given the abundance of British and American steampunk heroes, it would be nice to see some British and American bad guys too.

Poetry will be accepted as in previous volumes but this time we’re making it clear that poems don’t need to be steampunk/gaslamp fantasy AND set in Paris; they can be steampunk/gaslamp fantasy and/or set in 19th century Paris. Writing a poem that’s steampunk or gaslamp fantasy AND set in Paris is a bit of a tall order and we get that.

Note: We’re not looking for stories which are just leading up to a silly twist ending, a pun or a punchline.


All those who submit works of fiction chosen for the anthology will receive two free copies of the book as compensation. Those submitting one or more poems accepted for the anthology will receive one free copy of the book. Authors agree by virtue of submission to allow their work, if accepted into the anthology, to be later reprinted in a “Best of” anthology or other such compilation.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions shall follow the following guidelines:

All content submitted must be original. Submissions cannot have been previously published or posted to any public forum.

Any and all submissions must be submitted by the person who wrote or created them. No submissions from third party individuals will be accepted in any form.

Fiction submissions must be within 4000 to 20000 words in length. Poetry should not exceed forty lines.

Submissions shall be formatted according to SFWA standards.

All stories and poems shall be delivered in .rtf (RICH text) format.

All stories submitted shall have a plot synopsis included on page one.

To submit a story, send an email to blacktomebooks [AT] Attach the submission to the email in the format described above, and include the word “submission” in the subject line.

Submissions chosen for publication are subject to revisions by the editor.

Receipt of your submission will be responded to via email. Please do not write us to inquire about the status of your submission. If your submission is accepted, we will contact you with details.

Submissions that do not follow the guidelines will not be read.


The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2016.

Projected Date of Publication:

January 2017


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New Orleans-based fantasy and science fiction author Brandon Black is the editor of the By Gaslight steampunk anthology series. He has a Bachelor’s in Military and Political Journalism and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. 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 has just published a short anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fiction short stories entitled Mechanical Tales and is working on completing his first novel, I Was A Teenage Air Pirate.
All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.