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Fantastic Stories Anthology

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination is a yearly anthology. Edited by Warren Lapine, Wilder Publications Box 10641, Blacksburg, VA 24063
I’m looking for stories that cover the entire science fiction, fantasy, and horror spectrum. I love magic realism (think Tim Powers and Neil Gaiman) and hard sf. I want a story to surprise me and to take me to unexpected places. I love word play, and would like to see stories with a literary bent, though decidedly not a pretentious bent. I could spend some time telling you what I don’t want, but I’ve found that good stories can make me buy them regardless of how many of my rules they violate. Let your imagination run wild, push and blur the limits of genre, or send me something traditional. I want it to see it all. My experience as an editor tells me that over time I’ll develop preferences and that the anthology will take on its own personality. When that happens I’ll change the guidelines to be more specific, but for now I’m going to explore what’s out there before I decide what direction to go in.
Payment: 10 cents per word on acceptance for original stories (maximum of $250.00) or 2 cents per word for reprints (maximum of $100.00). A check will accompany the contract so no simultaneous submissions please. I am purchasing First English Language Book Rights and non-exclusive electronic rights.
Story length, I have no limit on story length but the longer the story is the better it will have to be.
Sorry no e-mail submissions. Why is this? Don’t you know that e-mail submissions is the future? Yes I do know that, but it’s not the way I want to do this. For me the best part of being an editor is having people over to have slush parties and interacting with them during the reading process. Editing on a screen is a thing devoid of fun or joy, I edit for the fun and joy of it.


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Jun. 29th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Are submissions still open? Will you comment in this post when submissions are closed? Thanks!

Edited at 2011-06-29 09:01 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm still open. I've only purchased four stories of the twelve that I expect to purchase. Right now it looks as though I'll stay open when it's filled and just start working on #2.
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Hello Warren,
I am submitting 5 stories for your consideration. If I don't need them returned, might you notify me by mail?
I am in the process of moving and it would be a lot simpler.
Thanks, E.E. King
Jul. 13th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: question
Since you're moving I'll do it once. mention in the cover letter I said I'd do this for you since you're moving.
Re: question - eeking - Jul. 13th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
oops I mean email
Jul. 12th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
"For me the best part of being an editor is having people over to have slush parties and interacting with them during the reading process."

As a four-time editor of the Triangulation speculative fiction anthology, I agree: we always sat around the table with the slush pile, doing our reads together, and for my money its the best way to handle the pile -- by seeing what kind of responses a story draws from the editorial staff, and discussing it.

Good luck with the project!
~Joseph Benedetto
Jul. 13th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
How do you feel about zombie pulp? I say pulp, cause it is what it is, but there's a slight literary bent with some interesting thematic elements and small metaphorical stuff worked in. I know you said you'd publish pretty much whatever you feel is really good, but the market is flooded with stories with zombies, rpg's and sniper fire right now, and I just thought I'd check.
Jul. 13th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: submission
I'll look at it. When I'm editing I stop reading current short fiction other than what I'm getting for submissions. I don't want to be influenced by anything or anyone else who's out there right now, so the long and short of it is that I couldn't care less what the market looks like. I don't edit anthologies with an to the market. I'm trying to produce a book that will stand the test of time, not just have an impact on today's marketplace.
Re: submission - eblair84 - Oct. 23rd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 13th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
email move
Thank you very, much!
I hate to say this but I mailed it wthout my cover letter. I am so sorry,
It's E.E. King (Elizabeth Eve King.)
Thanking you in advance again,
Larry Hodges
Jul. 14th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Response time?
Warren, what's your current response time for the anthology? How long before we should query? Thanks,
Jul. 16th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Response time?
I don't have a hard and fast response tme right now. I'm saying no to the ones that flat out don't work. I'm responding to the ones that come closer less quickly. Once the summer is over I expect to get to a more reasonable 2 weeks to 30 days.
Jc Hemphill
Jul. 15th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Two Insignificant Questions
Hey Warren,

If you don't mind me asking...
What market do you plan on selling this book in? POD, Amazon, in stores?

And, are you the same Warren Lapine from Weird Tales?
Jul. 16th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Anthology Markets
User angelabenedetti referenced to your post from Anthology Markets saying: [...] 1 -- Closes when filled. Publication Date: 2012 *** UNTIL FILLED -- Fantastic Stories Anthology [...]
Aug. 11th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Anthology Markets
User angelabenedetti referenced to your post from Anthology Markets saying: [...] 1 -- Closes when filled. Publication Date: 2012 *** UNTIL FILLED -- Fantastic Stories Anthology [...]
Graham Darling
Aug. 17th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
SFWA qualifying venue?
Warren, hello. Fantastic Stories of the Imagination seems like it would eminently qualify as a Professional Market towards membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America (which I'm trying to join), but is not yet listed on their website (http://www.sfwa.org/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements; see also http://www.ralan.com/m.antho.htm). Do you know if application for such qualification has been or will be made?
Sep. 21st, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
Dear Warren,

Would you accept an email sub (about 3K) from New Zealand? The story features Paris, insects and a man grieving for the death of his brother.

Best Wishes
Lynne Jamneck
Sep. 28th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
deadlines and updates
Any updates for us? I am curious to know if you expect to fill this year's anthology or if you plan to roll it into next year.

If the latter is the case, will you release submissions from exclusive consideration?
Elbow Pad
Oct. 3rd, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
A story I sent you has been published
Hi Warren,

Just writing to update you that one of the stories I sent you, which was previously unpublished, has been accepted for publication-- "The Red Jumpsuit Conspiracy." Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Erik T. Johnson
Nov. 2nd, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Just curious.
Is there an update on the antho? This is James L. Grant, btw. Sent you one of my little ditties.
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