THEME DESIGN BY JAMESLREDFIELD
✒speculative fiction e-publishing
✒weekly short stories
✒quarterly children's fantasy ezine
The Dwarves issue of Spellbound is available now - this is just a preview of all the fantastic art it contains.
To see more, including short stories and poetry, check it out at our website!
" Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window. "
|- William Faulkner (via dduane)|
Shameless Self-Promotion Time!
The 2014 Hugo nomination period is open until March 31, 2014. Full instructions for voting can be found on the Loncon 3 website. Who can nominate? According to the site:
You may nominate for the 2014 Hugo Awards and the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer if, on or before 31 January 2014, 11.59 pm PST (7.59 am GMT on 1 February 2014 – UK time):
- you are an attending or supporting member of Loncon 3 (the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention), and/or
- you are an attending or supporting member of Sasquan (the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention), and/or
- you were an attending or supporting member of LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 World Science Fiction Convention).
Note: Young adult and military memberships count as attending memberships and are eligible to nominate. Child memberships, day member admissions, and hall passes do not.
It just so happens that Eggplant has published six titles which are eligible for the novella category. If you are nominating member for this year’s Hugos, I’d suggest checking out our titles. Being under 40,000 words you can read on in a sitting (say on your commute) and finish it in time to get your nomination in, if you felt so moved. You can click on the links below to check out the books, read excerpts, and pick up a copy for yourself.
Cover for the Dwarves issue of Spellbound. Cover by Mimi Alves. Cover design by Sam Haney Press. Published by Eggplant Literary Productions.
Table of Contents:
Song of the Seven by Carrie L. Clickard
By King’s Order by Matthew Wilson
A Dwarf’s Dilemma by Sharon Fedor
The 8th Dwarf by Evelyn Day
Glow by Pamela Love
The Great Garden Heist by B. Lee Draper
The Fire of Bones by Nathan Protopapas
The Magic Thief by Daliso Chaponda
Kai and the Menhune by Keely Sarr
Saga and the Wolf by Laurel Klein
With artwork by Mimi Alves, Rosaria Battiloro, Rebecca Palmer, Sonal Panse, Vicky Pratt, HP Santoro, Joanne Wojtysiak and Beth Zyglowicz.
Our sixth issue. I feel so incredibly lucky to publish Spellbound again.
The Sisterhood of the Dragon : a tale of lady knights and dragons
When a kingdom is born on the outskirts of the dragons’ domain, the king and his advisors began the ritual of sacrifice to appease the winged creatures. At the beginning and end of each year a girl would be sacrificed to the dragons.
But the dragons were horrified by such a brutal and barbaric offering; so they took the girls and brought them to their nesting grounds, giving the abandoned young women new homes and purpose - to guard the dragons’ eggs. So the Sisterhood of the Dragon was born; those betrayed by their kingdom were welcomed with open arms and wings - trained to fight and protect, some to heal and some to sew and some to cook and some to nurture and some to hunt, each woman finding purpose and her own calling.
Artist Francesca Baerald details the stages of creating the cover art for THE KAISERINE’S VAMPYRE by Derek Paterson. I always love to see behind the scenes stuff from our artwork (rough sketches, variations, etc.).
2014 Wish List
Things I would like to see in my inbox in 2014. More POC and disabled characters, more adventure, more cultural diversity in fantasy and science fiction; less rape and “nice guy” protagonists.
Full list is at the link. Drop a note in the comments with what it is you’d like to see in speculative fiction in 2014 and beyond.
Eggplant is a paying (advance + royalties) publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror seeking novella and longer (20,000 - 80,000 words) fiction.
If you are a writer, check out our guidelines. If you are a reader, check out our publications. Reblog this post to help us spread the word.
Guidelines for Spellbound & Spindles - Eggplant Literary Productions
For those who have been following along on this project, here’s an update.
1) I’ve accepted the first piece of fiction, “Jacinta and the Cornstalk” by Kari Castor. I’ve also read and responded to all fiction submitted in October. For the curious I have a breakdown of what fairy tales have been submitted so far here.
2) Marcie, the poetry editor, has said that she needs more submissions. Particularly for Spellbound, but also for Spindles.
I’m going to add that nearly half of the submissions I have rejected didn’t deal with the second half of the theme: diversity. Marcie has reported the same thing with the submissions she’s receiving. We want both for these books fairy tales AND diversity.
To quote from one of my other comments on the guidelines page:
[I]magine a collection of Grimm’s tales if the Grimm brothers had collected them from a world where POC, LGBT, and disabled peoples had equal representation in media and culture as white cis heterosexual males. What would these fairy tales look like in that light?
In a sense, what we’re trying to do is create a fairy tale anthology for the kind of world we’d like to live in. Use that as your guide and then send it in.
The reading period is open until April 30, 2014. So check out the guidelines and consider submitting. But also, please reblog this post and help us spread the word. I want as many people as possible to know about this project in time to submit.
Eggplant Literary Productions is still accepting submissions for Spellbound & Spindles, a pair of anthologies (one for kids, one for grown-ups) for fairy tales retold to feature POC, LGBT and disabled characters, as well as non-Western European and non-North American settings.
We are looking for poetry and fiction, as well as artwork for both books.
Read the guidelines - submissions end April 30th, but it’s never too early to send us your work!
[Image artwork by Stephen Wood]
A quick, end of the year update.
1) I’ve accepted the first fiction piece for the Spellbound anthology: “Jacinta and the Cornstalk” by Kari Castor. I have about 50 more submissions sitting in my queue and I’m making slow progress in reading and responding.
2) Marcie, the poetry editor, has said that she needs more submissions. Particularly for Spellbound, but also for Spindles. And she needs more submissions that tackle the diversity aspect of these anthologies.
3) While you are over reading the guidelines, scroll on down to read the comments. I’ve been answering questions. It’s been an interesting back and forth so far.