Call for Submissions: Gunsmoke & Dragonfire

A hybrid writer is calling for submissions for Gunsmoke & Dragonfire: A Fantasy Western Anthology. Submissions open immediately.

This is a collaborative project in which each contributor (writer, editor, etc.) will receive one share of profits, if any.  Contributors are encouraged to make best use of their collective resources for marketing (social media, blog, YouTube channel, author promotionals, podcasts, contributions to the marketing fund, etc.) but no one is expected to contribute any specific resource. THERE IS NO READING FEE.

I’m looking for Fantasy Western stories up to a maximum of 15000 words. If you have a longer story that you believe really fits, query me first at Sable (at) sablearadia dot com.  Please TYPE THE FULL WORD COUNT NUMBER in the Word Count slot, because the submission form will verify the number.  They can take place in any setting (alternate world, alternate history, post-apocalyptic future, whatever.) Dark Fantasy and Fantasy Horror are welcome. YA is also welcome. I will consider sci-fi westerns as well, but fantasy will be given preference.

I welcome submissions from marginalized voices and writers of all income and experience levels. Please let me know in your Cover Letter if you fall into any marginalized groups.

I am looking for NON-exclusive ebook and print rights. Reprints are welcome.

Please submit, if at all possible, in the standard William Shunn manuscript format. I prefer submissions in .doc or .docx but will accept .txt and .rtf if I must as well.  Submissions should be in English, but I’m not concerned whether that’s American, Canadian, Australian, UK, or other.

Submission deadline is midnight Pacific Daylight Time, October 1, 2018, with intentions to publish the ebook in January 2019 and the print version in March 2019. The print version will be printed via CreateSpace and contributor’s copies will be made available to you at a significant discount (more than industry standard.)

Indie writers: Your work will be edited. There is an industry standard in this practice: I will send you the edit, and you can approve or decline any changes. You will send it back for a second pass and then I will return it with a second edit. A final proof will also be made available for your confirmation. Either one of us may withdraw from our agreement to publish together at any time during this process. I will edit according to Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, which is the literary standard; not CMOS, which many indie editors are using.

On request, contributing writers can remove their story from the ebook version after a period of one calendar year from the date of ebook publication. We will arrive at a collective decision as to whether we should stick with KDP or go wide, but my preference is to go wide because this will give us a shot at USA Today bestseller status. Print rights will continue in perpetuity. If I should, in the future, decide to withdraw publication, all rights revert entirely to you.

To submit, please go here and fill out this Google Form.

If you have any comments or questions, don’t be afraid to post them!

*Image shown is concept art from Dino Storm, a fantasy western MMORPG. Illustrators are currently being queried.

5 thoughts on “Call for Submissions: Gunsmoke & Dragonfire

    1. Hi Laura! No, there isn’t; but be aware that because the profits are going to be divided in royalty shares, you’re more likely to succeed with a medium length story than a really short or really long one. A flash fiction piece has to be amazing to justify a full share if it’s only making up a couple of pages in the book, and longer pieces may exclude others, so I’m a little harder on them as well. Still, please don’t self-reject! Send it anyway! You never know what any given editor is going to like! And thanks for a good question!


  1. Dear Ms. Morrison:

    I believe that my weird western tale “Blazing Beamard” will be a good fit for Gunsmoke & Dragonfire. This story is a reprint, and is currently under contract as a podcast for Third Flatiron Publishing. This contractual obligation will expire in September. Would you prefer that I submit the story at this time, or wait until then?

    Stanley B. Webb

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hello Stanley, pleased to meet you! I am always excited to read new stories as soon as I can, for my own purely selfish reasons. But whatever makes you feel most comfortable works. Since your exclusivity clause runs out long before intended publication, and no one else will see your story except for myself and our cover artist before that date, I see no conflict in sending it any time. Thanks for your interest and I look forward to reading it!


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