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Call For Submissions

Paris By Gaslight Deadline

Paris By Gaslight has one month left to it before reaching its deadline for submitting poetry and fiction. So those of you who have already been writing have a month to put your work in front of your beta readers and get some feedback and clean up your manuscripts. Those of you who are just getting started still have one month to get their poems and stories written! Don’t forget you can submit more than one piece. Let’s make this book the best one yet!

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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.
All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.
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The Other World

The contributor copies for Cairo By Gaslight have gone out and I’m declaring that project to be officially completed. Paris By Gaslight is currently open for submissions of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy set in Victorian era Paris and will be published in 2017.

The Other World has been re-opened through August 20th, 2016. Stories and poetry centered on the Fey and set in the 19th, 20th or 21st centuries are requested. The Other World is set to be published in January of 2017.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Cheers!

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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.
All text copyright Brandon Black 2016.

Updates

The copies of Cairo By Gaslight for the May 18th Book Signing/Book Reading have been ordered and are on the way to the library. Contributing authors present at the ceremony will receive their contributor’s copies then and the rest will receive theirs in the mail shortly after.

We have two new calls for submissions. Our next steampunk/gaslamp fantasy anthology, Paris By Gaslight, is being opened to submissions of poetry and fiction. The Other World is being re-opened in the hopes of fleshing the book out more. Submissions of urban fantasy (19th – 21st centuries) involving the Fey are requested, both poetry and fiction.

Projected date of publication for both books is 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.

Space Pirates and Bounty Hunters

Just read one of the submissions for the Space Pirates flash fiction anthology — it was in second person, which I found kind of off-putting at first but we permit experimental works — and it would be an easy thing to ask the author about changing it — so I kept reading. I liked it enough that before I reached the end, I decided it would go into the anthology and began to think of how I would broach the topic with the author about perhaps changing it to first person and then I got to the very end, I mean the very end, and the payoff became apparent. Despite my saying repeatedly that we take experimental fiction, I don’t get very many pieces that take chances, even something like this, the simple choice to go with second person instead of first or third. This one took a chance and I know there will be people who will argue about whether or not the payoff was worth it but I look forward to that conversation.

Cheers,

Brandon

 

Picayune Tales Presents… Space Pirates and Picayune Tales Presents Bounty Hunters are both open through September 30th.


This isn’t “The Ten Commandments”

I’ve added on article on the Top 10 Myths About Ancient Egypt (http://listverse.com/2011/08/29/top-10-myths-about-ancient-egypt/) to the list of things we AREN’T interested in seeing in Cairo By Gaslight. The completely erroneous beliefs that: the Egyptians held slaves, slaves built the Pyramids or that the Jewish people were ever in captivity in Egypt are NOT things that need to be encouraged or continued.

This isn’t The Ten Commandments. There’s no Charlton Heston here.

I’d likewise prefer to avoid the silliness of aliens building the Pyramids as well. If, for some future project, someone would like to submit a story about aliens being responsible for the construction of Charlton Heston, I’d be amused to read it.

Cheers,
Brandon Black