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Don’t forget, for those interested in submitting to the Weird Wild West anthology, tomorrow is your deadline!

Whether you’re talking about the wild frontier, the Final Frontier, the literary frontier, or all three at once, The Weird Wild West edited by Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw pushes those boundaries. This collection takes all those things you love about genre fiction and marries it to that western grit we cut our teeth on as kids with classics like The Lone Ranger, Kung Fu, and The Wild Wild West.

Featuring stories by John Hartness, Diana Pharaoh Francis, James R. Tuck, Gail Z. Martin, RS Belcher, Robert E. Waters, Jonathan Maberry, David Sherman, Tonia Brown, Misty Massey, and six authors yet to be selected.


All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, in .doc or .docx format. Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions, and please, no reprints.

We seek stories of the Wild West in all its glory but with that delicious left turn into weirdness.  The stories must be related to, inspired by, or set in a Western setting, whether on Earth, in a fantasy world, or on another planet. Let your imagination run free figuring out what dangers the frontier folk might face from magic or science (or both!)

A couple of disclaimers here – we’re definitely not looking for hard erotica.  If there’s sexual behavior in your story that drives the plot along, that’s fine.  If the only point to your story is sex, please reconsider submitting it.

eSpec Books and its editors do not support the marginalization or discrimination of any individual or group due to any trait, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, or orientation. We seek to produce fiction that is respectful and in good taste. While individual characters in that fiction may be shown in or see others in a less than favorable light, as any individual might in life depending on their choices and behaviors, our projects will never support the derogatory representation of any particular group or messages that encourage such viewpoints.

Authors receive a 1% royalty share of the profits from both the kickstarter and on-going sales, plus 2 comp copies and a 50% discount on purchased copies.

RIGHTS: We are asking First time print and electronic world rights in the English language, one year exclusive, three years non-exclusive. Once the agreement transitions into non-exclusive you are free to shop it elsewhere as a reprint, but please note that you will be limited to markets that accept reprints, and most will not want to accept a story that is still in print elsewhere. Please take this under consideration when submitting your work.

Submissions close March 31, 2015.

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