Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions -- Novels and Nonfiction


We want a synopsis and first chapter ONLY.  Please follow our Submission Guidelines.

Call for Submissions -- Anthologies

Sky Warrior Books currently has our anthologies on hold until further notice. We are still accepting queries for novels and nonfiction. Those anthologies which are in process are on hold until we evaluate the market. Thank you for your understanding.

Currently, the easiest way for new authors to break into print at Sky Warrior Books is to submit to one of our anthologies.  We publish an average of four anthologies a year, but may publish more or less.

We are looking to fill stories for the following anthologies:

How Beer Saved the World 2

This is a final call where we're opening it up for slush!  Be aware, you have only until JUNE 1, 2015 to get your story in.  Our editor is sick of aliens and beer and doesn't want to see any stories with farts/belches/middle school humor and she has a couple of slots open for REALLY GREAT STORIES.  Are you up to the call?  This could be your chance to get into How Beer Saved The World 2.  We recommend you read How Beer Saved the World to understand what we're looking for. 

How Beer Saved the World 2 edited by Phyllis Irene Radford

And on the Eighth Day God Created Beer.

Beer is what separates humans from animals… unless you have too much.
Seriously, anthropologists, archeologists, and sociologists seem to think that when humans first emerged on earth as human, they possessed fire, language, a sense of spirituality, and beer.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: March 1, 2015.  Reading period is December 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015


How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

In the SUBJECT LINE of your email put How Beer Saved the World 2: and the name of your story. Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again. Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!). Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where. Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  Fiction, humor, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, etc.   

Stories MUST contain beer, preferably humorous. Beer must save the world. Can be science fiction, fantasy, humor, mystery, historical, etc.

Email Submissions Only.  RTF only.
Simultaneous submissions? No.
Standard manuscript format. (Double spaced, contact info including email at the top of manuscript)
Stories should be between 2000 and 6500 words.
Pay: Royalties, author share divided equally among the authors
Email submissions to Anthologies AT skywarriorbooks DOT com

Our group discussion is on Facebook at How Beer Saved the World 2


WEE FOLK AND WISE (Provisional title)

A fantasy anthology to be edited by Deby Fredericks, for Sky Warrior Books.
Fairies. Big fairies and little fairies. Ugly fairies and pretty fairies. Wise fairies and silly fairies. Sweet fairies and scary fairies. Tell us your story about fairies, 2000-6500 words.

What we want:
1) Stories must feature fairies in a primary role. Fairies don't have to be the POV, however.
2) Fairies can be any of the traditional mythical fey-folk: pixies, sprites, elves, brownies, leprechauns, etc. International fairies are welcome.
3) Our audience may include young readers, so be prudent about mature content.
4) Original stories preferred over re-tellings of traditional tales. Reprints considered, but tell us from where and when, and make sure you own the reprint rights.

What we don't want:
1) Fairies don't have to be "good," but we aren't interested in outright monsters such as demons, werewolves, witches, dragons, vampires or ghosts.
2) Technology or stage magic/fakery. There must be a true supernatural element in the story.
3) LGBT fairies or Little People, again unless there is a true supernatural element.
4) Copyrighted characters and settings such as Disney, D&D, WoW or Middle Earth. Remember, your work must be original.

How to Submit: 
1) Use e-mail "anthologies AT skywarriorbooks DOT com" and send your story as an attachment in .rtf. Editor cannot read .docx files. If you send us a virus, we'll never look at your work again!
2) The subject line of your e-mail should read Wee Folk: "Story Title."
3) Use standard manuscript format: 1" margins, double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or similar. Use italics or bold rather than underlining.
4) Place contact information, including your e-mail, on the first page of the manuscript.
Author pay is a share of royalties split among all the contributors.
The reading period will open on April 15, 2015 and close on October 15, 2015. Publication is scheduled for 2016.



The Dragon’s Hoard – Call for Submissions edited by Carol Hightshoe


At Sky Warrior Books, we love all kinds of creatures – especially DRAGONS. Dragons love…well…their hoard. Be it a hoard of gold, gems, books, virgins, whatever your dragon loves to collect and hoard. Or maybe your dragon doesn’t have a hoard – well then WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOUR DRAGON? – All dragons have a hoard – don’t they? If he doesn’t then explain why not.

We’re looking for stories about dragons—their hoard or lack thereof must factor into the story in some way.

Since dragons are primarily a creature of fantasy I’m sure we’ll get plenty of fantasy stories; but we’ll take science fiction as well as any other speculative fiction genre, but you MUST be creative. A creative twist on the idea of dragons and their hoards is the most important part of the story.

All stories must have no stronger than a PG-13 rating. Please no graphic violence or gore and definitely no erotica, be careful with the use of foul language as well.

Payment

Payment is author share divided equally among the authors.  We pay twice a year.

Deadline

Our deadline is Nov 15th, 2014.  We’re planning a Spring/Summer 2015 release. Please note we are not opening to receive submissions until July 1st – so please don’t submit prior to that date.

How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at skywarrior3 AT gmail DOT com.  Put the words: DRAGON’S HOARD SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece.  Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again. Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!). Use italics, not underlines.  Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address.  Let us know if this is a reprint and from where. Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions.  Fiction, humor, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, etc.  MUST HAVE DRAGONS / HOARD IN IT.  500 to 7000 words (actual).  Poetry may be less, but must be high quality.  Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors. 


Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.

Epona’s Children – Call for Submissions

At Sky Warrior Books, we love all kinds of creatures – especially Mystical Equines. Epona the Celtic Goddess who was the protector of Horses includes all equines from mortal horses to elusive unicorns to high flying pegasi and all the variations found on land, in the sea, in the heavens or in the spirit realms as her children and under her protection.

We’re looking for stories about mystical equines.

Since Unicorns and Pegasi are a staple of fantasy I’m sure we’ll get plenty of stories about them; but we also want stories about other types of equines. Not just your standard Unicorn or Pegasi. Write me a story about a magical sea horse, a hippocampus, etc. Do your research and find other mystical equines to write about. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of stories about Unicorns, Pegasi and regular horses—so if you choose that course—make sure you do something different and creative with your story. I’m looking for both diversity in equines and quality of stories. So even if yours in the only story I get about a hippogriff if the quality is not there it will still be a no go.
And for the purposes of this Anthology—I will accept Narwhales—since they are also called the Unicorns of the Sea—but you have to write them as equines.

For mythological horses, you are not limited to stories about Epona—please draw from other mythos as well. In Norse Mythology, Odin has his 8 legged horse Sleipnir. In Greek Mythology, Poseidon created the horse as part of his attempt to claim the city that would become Athens as his.
All stories must have no stronger than a PG-13 rating. Please no graphic violence or gore and definitely no erotica, be careful with the use of foul language as well.

Payment

Payment is author share divided equally among the authors. We pay twice a year.

Deadline

Our deadline is August 1, 2015.

How to Submit or The Nitty-Gritty

We accept RTF files via e-mail only to the publisher at anthologies@skywarriorbooks.com. Put the words: EPONA’S CHILDREN SUBMISSION in the subject line with the title of your piece. Send us a virus and we will never accept anything from you again. Double spaced manuscript in Times New Roman or some other pretty font (not Courier!). Use italics, not underlines. Have your contact information on the manuscript including your email address. Let us know if this is a reprint and from where. Again, be sure you have the rights to reprint – we won’t chase down permissions. Fiction, humor, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, urban fantasy, etc. 500 to 7000 words (actual). Poetry may be less, but must be high quality. Be sure to send us a manuscript free from spelling/grammar errors.

Visit our website at www.skywarriorbooks.com.

CLOSED: FIRST CONTACT CAFÉ edited by Phyllis Irene Radford

Welcome to the First Contact Café, or more properly the Labyrinthe Space Station, home to Ab’nere Ll’byr Wyn’th, last of the full-blooded Labrynthians, a breed of entrepreneurs, misers, and opportunists who take advantage of all twenty-three known species in the galaxy. Their DNA is as flexible as their bookkeeping.  But the etiquette of first contact, duly codified and recorded, is not flexible at all.

Based upon the short story “First Contact Café” first published in the DAW Books anthology “Space Stations” edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers, I propose an anthology of stories centered at the trading station in deep space.  Each story should include one new rule for the etiquette book  and involve at least one species alien to Earth.  The author may invent their own or draw upon the ones mentioned in the original short story.  The partial etiquette book will be included as an appendix with all the rules mentioned, plus a few more.

The First Contact Cafe Facebook Group can be found HERE. In it, you will find our first story and the etiquette book.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 1, 2014.
Stories MUST adhere to the guidelines of this shared world anthology.
In the SUBJECT LINE of your email put FIRST CONTACT CAFE: and the name of your story
Email Submissions Only.  RTF only.
Simultaneous submissions? No.
Standard manuscript format. (Double spaced, contact info including email at the top of manuscript)
Stories should be between 2000 and 6500 words.
Pay: Royalties, author share divided equally among the authors
Email submissions at skywarrior3 AT gmail DOT com

 



8 comments:

  1. It's with the editor currently. She'll be contacting you all as she goes through the stories.

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  2. Gears and Levers 2 was just advertised on Duotrope.
    Is it still open?
    Thanks
    Barry

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  3. Will there be a Gears and Levers 3?

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  4. What is your timetable for responses to anthology submissions?

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    1. Responses on anthology submissions depend on the editor. It usually happens sometime after the submission period closes but before the book goes into print.It could be a few months after the close of the submissions period.

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  5. I've heard mixed things about Sky Warrior. Before I submit, how consistent are you in paying your authors?

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  6. We pay twice a year. We have the standard payment lag that most publishers have, being that for the second half of the year, you'll receive a royalty payment no later than 60 days after July 1st for that period. If your work earns money in the first half of the year, you can expect to see money no later than 60 days after December 31st.

    We originally paid quarterly, but it became impractical due to timing of payments from our vendors.

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