Would you like to write for The Insignia Series? Please browse the following open submission calls, and check back regularly for updates.
Looking for our poetry submission call? Please go to this page.
—Please read the criteria for submission carefully. Each anthology call is different and the specific themes may not be outlined on Duotrope or The Grinder’s current listings.—
PROJECTS FOR 2019
(Updated December 3rd, 2019)
Thank you for your submissions and interest in this new series. We hope to run a second drabble anthology project in 2020, as well as a short story anthology (theme to be decided).
~INSIGNIA DRABBLES SERIES~
Theme: JAPANESE FANTASY. Including all sub-genres and science fiction. Be creative and original! Give us ghosts, ninjas, good/evil creatures, tsukumogami, witches, magical realism, steampunk, futuristic times, and anything weird you can come up with.
READING PERIOD: OCT 1 – NOV 30. NOW CLOSED–DO NOT SUBMIT!
Guidelines: Variety is key! Don’t just go to popular mythologies. Eg: kitsune stories are great, but we don’t want twenty of them. We don’t want twenty stories set in Kyoto either – take us all over the beautiful cities, countryside, islands, and oceans of Japan. Deep space is okay too.
All humans (main characters) should be Japanese. Try to use less common names to make your story different from others. And please don’t use the suffix ‘san’ with names. Use ‘Mr/Mrs/Ms’ where clarity is needed, or not at all.
Regarding story titles, again, be creative. Eg: don’t title your tanuki story, ‘The Tanuki’. That’s fine for a general anthology maybe , but not in a drabble anthology with dozens of potentially similar stories. A good example: I (Kelly) have a drabble going in called ‘Dangerous Love’ about a girl who falls for a hangyoujin (half-man half-fish monster).
Word Count: EXACTLY 100 words. I won’t reject stories I like if they’re 1 word off, but please double check your story and save me the trouble of asking you to correct it.
No. of Submissions: 3 stories maximum will be ACCEPTED per author. Do not submit more than 3 at a time. If any stories are rejected, you may submit new pieces. Do not re-submit a revised drabble unless invited to do so.
Other Conditions: Reprints and multiple submissions accepted. No simultaneous submissions please. For reprints, include the publisher and date in your cover letter.
Formatting: Times New Roman and 12pt preferred. Include the story title, your pen name, and email address in the story document. Each story in its own document please.
Payment & Rights: Sorry, there’s no payment for this project, however each author will receive a review copy of the finished anthology (MOBI or EPUB). Rights remain with the author. We only seek permission to include your story in this single eBook. Contracts will be sent with each acceptance.
Publication: For eBook release only. We distribute via Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital. We’ll be accepting anywhere from 60-100 drabbles, depending on the volume of submissions.
How to Submit: email your story/stories to insignia.drabbles(at)gmail.com. Include ‘Japanese Drabbles’ and your pen name in the subject line, and a cover letter and short author bio (with 2 links only) in your email. You may send up to 3 stories together (in separate Word doc/docx files please). Please list them in your cover letter to confirm they are all received and get read.
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, send us a tweet @InsigniaStories, or contact us via The Insignia Series Facebook page.
We look forward to reading your submissions, and thank you for your support of our series.
(Duotrope listing was updated on Aug 21. Basic call info only. PLEASE always follow the criteria listed on this page first).