Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Soliciting Elves

This October, Port Yonder Press is opening its doors to family-friendly fantasy and spec fiction, both adult and young adult, with a word count slot between 50,000 and 100,000.

So, what does the publisher mean by "family-friendly"? This is what she says about what we don't want:

We don’t want tales of buxom amazons or blatant sex. We don’t mind being scared but we’d rather have some horror with our fantasy, not the other way around. We don’t mind tasteful battle violence, but we don’t like gore for gore’s sake. We don’t mind magic, but we don’t like when both good and bad magic are occultish. We don’t like preachy; we’d rather experience what you have to say through the story. We’ll look at Steampunk, and we love genre hybrids, but we don’t want stories that could be more easily classified as science fiction than fantasy. If you have a story that’s been done before and done well, you will have to wow us with your originality.

What we want is excellence in writing and story crafting. If you have a polished manuscript and you're ready to submit, consider submitting to us at Port Yonder Press.

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  1. And let me add that we are soliciting for *2* distinct things for October Fantasy Month:

    1) novel length manuscripts on any fantasy theme whatsoever (including or excluding elves), and

    2) short stories exclusively with a strong elven theme to go into an elf anthology (see details on site)

    Chila (Maggie)

  2. Lots of fun stuff coming here. An elven anthology sure sounds like fun.

  3. Chila--thanks for the post script!

    Naomi--it does sound fun, doesn't it?!

  4. Sounds like a fun month! I look forward to seeing what new stories PYP comes away with.

  5. I wonder if a month is enough time for me to get my story polished...

  6. Katie--I'm excited about Holly Heisy's *Kynaston*, an "epic space fantasy." That should be a good one and a definite plume in PYP's cap!

    Joanna--you've got 31 days!

  7. Wait, what? 'Epic space fantasy' is right in my wheelhouse!

  8. Oh, very cool! Thanks for telling us!

  9. Been waiting for this since I first read about it on the PYP website. WOO HOO!