Guidelines Trail of Tears

Guidelines for “Trail of Tears: A Science Fiction & Fantasy Anthology”

In “Trail of Tears,” we want to examine the nature of the relationships between native inhabitants and the human settlers who come to live on their world. The title, obviously, is taken from the story of the forced resettlement of Native Americans by the U. S. Government. History repeats—and the idea here is that it will also repeat on other worlds, if given the chance.

[And yes, we would regard something like the Holocaust as suitable for Trail of Tears—however, this must occur on some other world. SF/F, right?]

Note: It is conceivable that someone could write an acceptable story that takes place here on Earth—past, present, or future. However, stories that take place on other worlds will be given priority.

It will be necessary to SHOW the effects of the resettlement, as it pertains to the events and circumstances in your story. Avoid TELLING. Actions have consequences—SHOW those.

Develop your character[s]. Make us care what happens to them. Yes, sure, you care. Your task as a storyteller is to make US care.

We will also consider THEMATIC SF/F poetry—related in some way to the theme of forced population displacement. Thematic poetry should—even must—develop in the reader a powerful emotional response.

This anthology is open to submissions as of 1 February 2018. It will close when filled—could be a month, could be a year.

Now for the vital statistics:

STORIES:

  1. Word count for prospective stories should be between 4K [tight-ish] and 10K [loose-ish]. Remember, there MUST be a science fiction or fantasy or futuristic aspect to the story. We are not looking for flash fiction.
  2. Do not put headers or footers of any kind on your submission.
  3. The first page of your manuscript must contain your mailing address; the word count of the story; and if you live outside the United States, your Paypal addy or instructions on how to pay you if your story is accepted.
  4. Indents are to be 0.25”. Double-space your manuscript. DO NOT use bold-face or underscores. If you want italics, use italics. Use a hard return at the end of each paragraph [this includes single lines of dialogue].
  5. Submit your story as an RTF or Word attachment [do NOT submit IBOE] to alpanthologies at yahoo dot com. Be sure to put TRAIL OF TEARS and the title of your story in the subject line. NB: As we use this address for most of our anthologies now, we need to know which anthology you are submitting to. If we don’t know, we will probably just delete your submission out of hand, without response.

POETRY:

  1. There is no line or word count for poetry. However, in poetry, less is usually more [the same is true-ish for almost any kind of writing].
  2. Do not put headers or footers of any kind on your submission.
  3. The first page of your manuscript must contain your mailing address; the word count of the story; and if you live outside the United States, your Paypal addy or instructions on how to pay you if your story is accepted.
  4. Submit your poem as an RTF or Word attachment [do NOT submit IBOE] to alpanthologies at yahoo dot com. Please submit only one poem at a time. Be sure to put TRAIL OF TEARS and the word POETRY in the subject line. NB: As we use this address for most of our anthologies now, we need to know which anthology you are submitting to. If we don’t know, we will probably just delete your submission out of hand, without response.

Okay, now the good stuff:
1. We are looking for 6 stories and 3 poems for this anthology.
2. We will try to acknowledge receipt of submissions within two days. Actual response time is probably going to be between six weeks to three months.
3. Story payment is $30; poem payment is $8. If your story or poem is accepted, you will also receive a contributor’s copy.

Lead editor for this anthology is Karen Otto.

Queries should be directed to alpanthologies at yahoo dot com.