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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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Nov. 7th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming no response equals rejection at this point...Warren's Facebook had updates with purchased stories weeks ago but nothing recently.

I am marking my subs "no response" and moving on. Life gets in the way of many great projects.

Best wishes, everyone.

Cheers, Ash
Jc Hemphill
Nov. 9th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)

Both of the stories I submitted to you--The Void & Erasure--have sold to another publisher. I apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.

Thank you for your time,
JC Hemphill
Nov. 19th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
odd quesiton
I have a short story I'd like to submit, but have an problem with it.

once upon a time, a now defunct ezine did accept it, but never used it as said ezine went belly up before the projected publication date.

so the story has never been seen by the public. would you consider that an original submission or a reprint (since it was never printed)?
Jan. 2nd, 2012 09:17 am (UTC)
Re: odd quesiton
If your story was never published it is not a reprint. A magazine that goes belly up before printing means your story is still a young thing. You need to see it printed for it to ever become a reprint. Submit away.
Joseph Mulak
Nov. 22nd, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Just checking in to see if you're still open for submissions. I have a story ready to go, but didn't want to submit if you've already filled the anthology.
Nov. 26th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hi Warren,

Are you still reading for this? If so, what response time might I expect?


Melissa Shaw
Dec. 31st, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
submission from Oz
Hi Warren
For the latest anthology, what is the deadline and can overseas [ Oz] writers send email submissions?
All the best for an awe inspiring 2012!
Apr. 4th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Story returned
In December I sent a story to Box 10641 Blacksburg VA 24063 and it just came back as "undeliverable at this address."
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