Myth and Magic: Queer Fairy Tales Editor: Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman Publisher: Bold Strokes Books Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2014 Publication Date: Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Theme: LGBTQ adult and YA fictional retellings of classic fairy tales in any genre and any heat level. Guidelines for Submissions
- Unpublished short stories
- Word count: 6,000 words or less
- Electronic submissions only to: email@example.com
- e-mail header: Myth and Magic_ AuthorName or Pseudonym _Title
- .rtf attachment (story)
- e-mail body: story title, author legal name, pseudonym if any, address, phone/fax, e-mail address, word count, if story previously published: anthology title/publisher/Pub date, 50 word bio
- Arial; 12 pt; .rtf
- double-spaced; standard paragraphing; no HTML
- file name: AuthorName or Pseudonym_Title
- Submission receipt within 7 days; Submission decisions by September 2014
- Multiple submissions (no more than 2) accepted
- Payment: $50 and 2 contributor copies
It was 103 (39C) when I left Austin; it was 65 (18C) when I arrived in Baltimore. This alone filled me with happiness. I wasn’t feeling well–had the remnants of a tummy virus and also dizziness from the flight. So when the man who I thought was the “this way to the taxis” man at the airport turned out to be a gypsy cab driver, I didn’t even have the energy to tell him I wasn’t interested and would go back to the taxi stand. As it turned out, he was a limo driver whose client had stiffed him, so I was in a lovely car, with chilled water and a television, and he charged me the same rate I’d have paid a taxi! The best possible outcome.
British Ruth had arrived at about the same time I had, at a different airport, so Reese was out in Virginia to pick her up.
We headed back up to Baltimore on Friday. As always, it was a pleasure to see everyone–readers, authors, editors, cover designers, proofreaders–oh yes, and publisher
The events were held at Night of the Cookers on Howard Street in Baltimore. Their cornbread melts in your mouth, and the garlic whipped potatoes were pure heaven. Read Street Books also sponsored the events. They’re a wonderful little bookstore–a hidden treasure in every bookcase. The hotel, the Mount Vernon, was ideally located and our view was gorgeous.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend as much time as we would have liked at the official events due to a combination of huge workload and physical limitations, but we enjoyed the weekend very much.
Now, however, it’s time to buckle down and get back to work!
The Independent Publisher’s Awards have been announced – this year instead of a winner, a finalist and honorable mentions they have awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. A total of 2,690 national entries came from all 50 U.S. states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 17 countries overseas.
The complete listing can be found here.
Gold: Mistress in Training, by Edwina Columbia (Dorian Press)
Silver: Turn Back Time, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)
Bronze: The Devil’s Bastard, by Charlsie Russell (Loblolly Writers House); The Vengeance Trap, by A.L. Hansen (Ophir Publishing); The Crossroads Cafe, by Deborah Smith (BelleBooks)
Gold: Best Women’s Erotica 07, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press)
Silver: Erotic Interludes 4: Extreme Passions, edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman (Bold Strokes Books)
Bronze: Room with a View, by Lucy Fur (Feral House); The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press); Gay Art: A Historic Collection, by Felix Lance Falkon with Thomas Waugh (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The Erotic Interludes books are so much fun to work on. So many amazing women, so many amazing stories. Thanks to everyone who contributed (authors, beta readers, proofreaders, our amazing cover designer) and to everyone who reads the books! YAY!
First, from Radclyffe, came this announcement:
The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. This year there were 65 categories with several thousand entries. I am very pleased to announce that Bold Stokes Books has two semifinalists in the Romance and Erotica categories (these are not specifically LGBTcategories):
Turn Back Time, by Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books); The Devil’s Bastard, by Charlsie Russell (Loblolly Writers House); The Vengeance Trap, by A.L. Hansen (Ophir Publishing); Mistress in Training, by Edwina Columbia (Dorian Press); The Crossroads Cafe, by Deborah Smith (BelleBooks)
Erotic Interludes 4: Extreme Passions, edited by Radclyffe and Stacia Seaman (Bold Strokes Books); Room with a View, by Lucy Fur (Feral House); The Smart Girl’s Guide to Porn, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press); Gay Art: A Historic Collection, by Felix Lance Falkon with Thomas Waugh (Arsenal Pulp Press); Best Women’s Erotica 07, edited by Violet Blue (Cleis Press)
Then I got the news that a book I edited is on the USA Today Top 150 list.
I’m still feeling a bit battered, but I’m much happier now than I was a few hours ago.