Would you like to write for The Insignia Series? Please browse the following open submission calls, and check back regularly for updates.
PROJECTS FOR 2017
After creating four regional-based anthologies, we would like to change gears a little and focus on producing more specific-themed collections with at least 10 stories each. If we don’t receive enough stories within a reasonable time period (say 6 months), we’ll just do one larger anthology for the year.
Submission Call #1 – Asian Science Fiction *
Deadline: Reading period opens March 1st, 2017. Closing Soon! 2 more stories wanted
Number of Accepted Stories to Date: 8 (updated September 2nd, 2017)
What does the future look like in Asia? Entertain us with your wild stories set in an Asian country (realistic or re-imagined). or even in an away-from-earth civilization. Your main characters must however, be recognizable as Asian and retain some cultural traits, or native language, etc.
As well as looking for a good balance in story topics and science fiction sub-genres, we also want a good representation of all the different Asian countries. Ie: as much as we love Japanese stories, we’ll only be selecting 2 or 3 at most.
*This call was first listed as ‘Cyberpunk/Dystopian’ but is now open to any type of science fiction.
Submission Call #2 – Asian Birds & Beasts
Deadline: Reading period opens March 1st, 2017. Open Until Full.
Number of Accepted Stories to Date: 3 (updated August 12, 2017)
Stories for this anthology may be set in any Asian country (real or imagined), and main characters should be natives also. The ‘birds and beasts’ concept is open to include any type of animal (real or mythical), and that animal must be important to the story. Animal-shifters are great, as well as stories of people encountering mythical beasts. Your animal could be a hero or a villain, just entertain us with your unique idea.
Note from editor: I expect to get more animal/beast story submissions, so a magical bird story will really make me happy. I’ll probably write one myself! ~Kelly~
Submission Call #3 – TBA
Submission & Payment details for all Projects
Word Count: Max. 6000 words. We’ll consider any length piece, but as a guideline, 800 – 4000 words would balance what we have in the previous anthologies.
No. of Submissions: 2 stories maximum per author, per anthology call.
Other Conditions: Priority will be given to unpublished stories, however reprints will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are fine.
Payment: 0-2000 words = US$5 / 2001-6000 words = US$10. For multiple submissions, each piece will be assessed individually. In addition to the payment, each author will receive a review copy of the finished anthology (PDF).
How to Submit: email your story/stories as an attachment to blackwingsandwhitepaper(at)gmail.com. Include ‘Insignia Submissions’ in the subject, and a short author bio in the body of the email. Feel free to tell us a bit about your interest in Asian culture and any relevant publishing experience you have in this area.
We’d be happy to answer any queries or discuss your story themes etc in advance of the deadline. Email us at the above address, or contact Kelly Matsuura via Facebook.