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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Open call - Different Dragons

Open call.

Most everyone has the same image of dragons and there are tons of Fantasy anthologies and series on the market following pretty much the same formula.

For ‘Different Dragons’ however, what is being sought are stories with a twist. While they can be Fantasy, the editor
is also seeking Science Fiction, Paranormal, Horror, Steampunk, Mystery, Romance, Humor, Christian Speculative
and just about any genre as long as it meets the guidelines.

Writers are highly encouraged to research dragon lore and use dracos from other countries. Yes, there will be stories
about the traditional European Dragons, but examples of others are: the Chinese Lung, Korean Yong, Frost Dragon,
Knucker, American and Mexican Amphithere, Lindworm, Wyvern, Marsupial, Tibetan, Dwarf Dragons and Sea

To give the contributor an idea on what types of different ideas the editor is looking for:

1. What if a multi-headed dragon had the abilities of Medusa?
2. Was the dragon the evolutionary step between dinosaurs and birds?
3. How would the outback be different if Marsupial Dragons had evolved instead of Kangaroos?
4. In the Antarctica Scientists stun the world by discovering the still partially skin covered skeleton of a Frost Dragon
and the remains of hatched eggs.
5. Perhaps a piece of jewelry inherited from some eccentric relative contains the spirit of a dragon and is left to a very
surprised and unprepared niece or nephew.
6. What would be the result if a dragon was part lion? Or a shape shifter?
7. Dragon angel anyone?

The ideas are infinite and the above list is just a springboard. Main characters can be the dragon his/herself, a human
going through some misadventure, or even a companion animal. They can be set in modern day, on other planets,
alternate dimensions, in the past, in the future, and even in a painting. The only condition is that a dragon must appear
in some form.

Not wanted are stories with graphic violence, excessive cussing, sex scenes, sorry, if you’re characters go to bed
together it must be behind closed doors and not shared with the reader, erotica, animal cruelty or FanFiction. Rating
for the anthology is PG13. Characters whose faith is an integral part of the plot will be accepted, but please, no

All writers of all skill levels, published or not, and even teenagers, are encouraged to submit. Length can be from 1000-
6000 words. Times Roman 12. Standard Manuscript submission form.  Attach as a RTF document. Prefer original
stories. Query on reprints.

In the subject line please put: Submission: ‘Different Dragons’: Title of your story: Your name.
In cover email please tell the editor a bit about yourself, the genre of your story and a quick one line synopsis.

ALL writers are encouraged to submit. Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro with years of credits, a beginner just starting
out or a teenager - please feel free to send the editor a story. In your cover email, please tell the editor a bit about
yourself and a quick one line synopsis of the story. Include genre. If experimental, please explain the type or how so
the editor doesn’t edit out the form or reject it out of hand. Thank you.
In the Subject line please put :
Submission : Different Dragons : Title of your story : your name.
Attach as rft document.
Send to:

Payment will be $5.00 initial, plus an equal share of 50% of royalties.

Deadline will be 31 Dec 2012 // Because we are also reading for our 2012 Anthology – please do not submit for this
anthology until July 1st. Stories received before that time, will be filed in the Publisher’s email folder and risk getting
lost with all the other emails – we are hoping to release Spring 2013.

Bios will be requested is your story is accepted and should be written in third person.

As I'm telling everyone - I'm NOT looking for the traditional Fantasy story with a European dragon. Writers really need to think 'outside the box'. 

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