Friday, January 16, 2015

Celebrating! Our Weird Wild West Kickstarter is Funded … but we’re not done yet!

I am so excited I can hardly sit still. Tonight our Kickstarter fundraising crossed over $5,500 – and that means our Weird Wild West anthology is now a reality. I’m so grateful to my co-editors, Misty Massey and Emily Leverett; our publisher, Danielle Ackley-McPhail; and our terrific, enthusiastic authors: R.S. Belcher, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, John Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin, and James R. Tuck.

So, we’re funded…what’s left to do? Oh, there’s so much more still to fund! Stretch goals include extra stories in the book, extra art, and more open submission spaces.

It’s funny, my sense about this “conversation” has shifted from “Will you, can you, maybe, please help us out…and get all this great stuff?” to “Hey! Come on and get in on this great deal while there’s still time!”

Backers can get Tuckerizations (be written into a story), thousands of pages of extra stories—many even before the end of the Kickstarter, original artwork, and more.

Gail Martin is headed to Arisia this weekend, and I’m a guest at Marscon. We’re challenging each other to a Twitter Smackdown – and hope to see a lot of new support at these convention “homes”!

Meanwhile, now that this is *really happening*, it’s time to get those stories ready to submit for inclusion in the anthology! Get your #WeirdWildWest on, and get to writin’!

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, in .doc or .docx format. Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. No multiple submissions (this means you can’t submit more than one story to us). No simultaneous submissions (this means you can’t submit the same story story to us and to anyone else at the same time).

We seek stories of the Wild West in all its glory but with that delicious left turn into weirdness. The stories must be related to, inspired by, or set in a Western setting, whether on Earth, in a fantasy world, or on another planet. Let your imagination run free figuring out what dangers the frontier folk might face from magic or science (or both!). 

Authors receive a 1% royalty share of the profits from both the Kickstarter and on-going sales, plus 2 comp copies and a 50% discount on purchased copies. Stories can be submitted until midnight (East Coast time), March 31, 2015.

Email submissions to


And so, with a loving heart, I offer you
I’ve heard many translations. Here’s my favorite:
The light of the universe that shines within me recognizes
the light of the universe that shines within you.


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