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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.


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.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
Re: submission
I'm wondering about query time, and if I have reached the time limit (about 3 months out at this point), do you have an email address you would prefer me to work through? I can send something official looking to your address if you prefer.

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