Guidelines for Bloodbond
As always, we’ll keep it simple yet entertaining.
Bloodbond is a biannual magazine edited by Karen Otto and published by Alban Lake Publishing in May and November. The format is full-sized, perfect-bound magazine, 8 1/2 by 11, color cover and b&w interior. Cover price is $9.95 unless it is a special double issue. Subscriptions are $19 for one year, $36 for two years. Magazines and subscriptions are available in our bookstore.
Bloodbond publishes short stories, poems, art, and articles, reviews, and interviews, all related to vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. We are especially interested in stories that combine science fiction with these topics, and that take place on or in relation to other worlds. Stories absolutely must have the following: characters the reader cares about, plots and subplots, and settings that draw the reader into them. Must have. Stories are always about characters, first and foremost. The blood and moon and whatnot comes afterwards, as a sort of side effect. Your story should take us into the world of the vampire, were-critter, or shapeshifter, and should take us into the mind and experience of your protagonist.
Submit your work to bloodbondalp at yahoo dot com [you’ll have to combine this e-mail address, please]. In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted [if poems, just put “poems.”] E.g., “Submission: Asimov Nightfall.” Submit your story or article as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment. Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment. Submit art as a jpeg attachment.
Note: Put your contact information in the upper left corner of your manuscript AND in your e-mail. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript. Contact information example is:
1101 Kaboom Street
Mushroom, NY 12117
paypal [if any]: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
Bloodbond considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.
We consider stories of 1200 words or less to be flash fiction, and we pay $8 for originals, but have no interest in reprints. As flash fiction is not our preferred medium, we will publish a maximum of one per issue, if we must at all.
Bloodbond considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue. We do not consider scifaiku or related forms.
Bloodbond considers color cover art and interior art. We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. It’s often best if the artist has a gallery we can browse; just send us the link, and we’ll check it out and get back to you.
Bloodbond considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with science, science fiction, or fantasy. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic–vampirey or werewolfy or movie, or book, or person [interview]–and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. Note: if you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair, but be accurate. Also note: reviews of movies need to be timely.
We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.
There you have it. Again, we must insist on guideline compliance. Now, let’s see whatcha got.