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Call For Submissions

Paris By Gaslight

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: blacktomebooks@mail.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 Authors are warned that the trite, outdated and erroneous assumption of the practice of Voudou being evil will not be tolerated.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.

8 Tips and Tricks Every Steampunk Writer Should Know:
https://steampunk.wonderhowto.com/news/8-tips-and-tricks-every-steampunk-writer-should-know-0139158/

Standard SFWA Story Format:
http://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/manuscript-format/

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!

Resources:

https://victorianparis.wordpress.com/
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/Paris

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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.

 

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The Other World

Black Tome Books’ fey themed anthology of fiction and poetry will be out at CONtraflow 2018. We will be doing our best to organize a reading either at the con or before it.

Submissions of fiction and poetry will be accepted through October 31st via blacktomebooks@mail.com.

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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.

April Update

I’ve started reading and reviewing submissions received for The Other World. As such, any last minute submissions should be sent in over the next couple of days. Submissions for Paris By Gaslight are due by the end of May. Submissions of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy stories set in Paris during the 19th century are what we’re looking for. Poetry submissions need only be steampunk or gaslamp fantasy.

As always, we accept submissions of erotica and experimental fiction and we permit the use of explicit language so long as it fits the story and is used well. Fiction submissions should be at least twenty five hundred words long, preferably closer to five thousand words. Longer submissions will be more favorably looked upon than shorter ones as long as they are shorter than seventeen thousand, five hundred words.

Both The Other World and Paris By Gaslight will be dedicated to the memory of Gary Bourgeois. While quality will be maintained, I’ll be quite lenient on late submissions from friends and associates of Gary.

Cheers,

Brandon

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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 home town of New Orleans, Louisiana. Find out more about Brandon’s work at http://www.brandonblackonline.com.
All original text copyright Brandon Black 2018.

Email Difficulties

Some of you have mentioned having trouble reaching the Black Tome Books email box in order to send in your submissions for Paris By Gaslight. Please remember you can always send them to my usual email address or even via message on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/brandonblack.author

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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. His most recent story “The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon,” has been published in Capes and Clockwork 2.
All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.

Vive La Revolution!

With regards to Paris By Gaslight, two authors have asked me if stories may be set earlier than the 19th century, so as to set their stories within the French Revolution and I just want to let everyone know that while we usually restrict stories to the 19th century, in this case, an exception can be made and so, please feel free to set your story during the Revolution!

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

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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. His most recent story “The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon,” has been published in Capes and Clockwork 2.

Extensions

As most if not all of you know by now, New Orleans regrettably lost its bid to throw WorldCon 2018. As such, there is no pressing need to rush out the next set of Black Tome Books and since several authors have contacted me privately request extensions, I’ve decided to formally push back the deadlines for both Paris By Gaslight and The Other World to Sunday, October 2nd.

We will be doing another By Gaslight book after Paris By Gaslight with submissions starting perhaps in December and running through March perhaps. We’ll also be doing a non-steampunk anthology next year as well; currently the plan is heroic fantasy.

Cheers,

Brandon

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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. His most recent story “The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon,” has been published in Capes and Clockwork 2.

 

All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.

The Other World Update

Just got in a story from Kirsten Corby! Getting closer to the point where this project will be completed. There’s still time to get in a submission for The Other World. We can still use both poetry and short stories although at this point, poetry is needed more than additional stories.

The Other World is an anthology of poetry and fiction about the fey set in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Poems and short stories should be sent to blacktomebooks [AT] mail.com.

I’d like to have this wrapped up by the end of the month but if you have a submission and you want to get it in, just drop me a line and give me an idea as to when you think you’ll have your submission completed. I don’t mind waiting a few more days if we can put out a book of the size and quality our readers have come to expect.

Cheers,

Brandon

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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. His most recent story “The Night Mississippi Declared War on the Moon,” has been published in Capes and Clockwork 2.
All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.