Similar to how DL posted about Potter's Field 2, I thought I'd spread the word to everyone here about an upcoming Pirate anthology currently looking for submissions, Black Sails.
The publisher just posted on the forum that they haven't had too many submissions yet (so far, they've only accepted 2 stories), and they might need to delay the publication if they don't receive enough. The plan is to publish it in time for the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
this May, which is a flippin' sweet idea. I just had a story accepted for this book, and I'd hate to see it delayed. C'mon people, you know you've always wanted to write a PotC
style story! There's enough talent floating around on this board to fill an entire anthology, I'm sure. You've still got two months if you decide to give it a go.BLACK SAILS Submission GuidelinesJust in time for the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, 1018 Press plans Black Sails, a collection of pirate-fantasy stories in the mold of those blockbuster Disney films, the novels of Robin Hobb and Tim Powers' singular On Stranger Tides.
Black Sails welcomes stories of 3,000 to 9,000 words, but we prefer work of approximately 6,000 words, featuring original characters and situations, but always, always, always pirates. We're looking for fantasy, as well, though authors can feel free to run the gamut from magical realism to purely fantastic, Man O'War-style settings.
We are not interested in poetry.
All submissions remain the property of the contributor. We ask for one-time rights only. Due to the never-out-of-print nature of POD publication, the editors of Black Sails reserve the right to reprint the anthology in perpetuity.
When you submit your work, do so as an attached Microsoft Word or Rich Text file to blacksails[at]1018press.com. Be certain that you use standard manuscript format.
Include in your email (not in the file), a third-person bio of no more than 50 words for inclusion on the contributors' page should we accept your work. Indicate your preference concerning payment.
And, please, check your submission carefully for spelling and grammar errors. Sloppy work is a virtual guarantee of rejection. Similarly, sending us a blank email with an attached file, or ignoring other guidelines, is a bad idea.
The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2007. Payment is $20 via PayPal or a copy of the publication. For further questions and discussion, please visit the Black Sails forum (registration required).
The publisher's website is www.1018press.com
I wasn't told what set my story apart from the others, but it's a blend of light comedy, black comedy and gory action. I was going for an Escape From Monkey Island
sort of feel, if any of you remember those Lucas Arts computer games. If I hear any more news or info I'll make sure to post it here.