For those of you unfamiliar with the website I write both articles and interviews for—Fantasy Faction—there’s an exciting bit of news to share, that might have passed you by, if you’re not in the FF loop. Aside from being a fantastic forum for the discussion and sharing of anything and everything within the SFF genre, the website offers a gargantuan wealth of information and reference for readers and writers of fantasy alike. But that’s not all. Fantasy Faction boasts excellent interviews with top-name authors from both within and without of the UK (where the webmaster lives). Add to that the friendliest, liveliest forums, with welcoming, engaging members, and you have yourselves a damn good website.
Barely a year old, and Fantasy Faction is a moving and shaking name in fantasy networks—and it’s about to get about a million percent better.
They’re releasing an anthology.
Plans are in motion over at Fantasy Faction, to produce an anthology of everything from short stories written by prominent authors, to articles from genre experts. Needless to say, it’s going to be pretty swish, and reach the very height of epic. And what’s best is that there will be an open competition for short story submissions. Yep, that’s right; some unpublished writers will get their stories published in this anthology, alongside the very impressive list of authors that are lined up to contribute. Now that, you must admit, is beyond epic.
In fact, it got me thinking about submissions. Basically, I really need to submit to places! But, I find it so hard to write short pieces. Still, I have done it before, and I can do it again. The last time I submitted anything, it was the most redundant piece of utter codswallop, and it was politely overlooked. Hell, I don’t blame them. But, that was some time ago, and I learned from the experience and since then, think I have some notion of how to write a short story—far better than submitting a chapter of a novel, dressed up as a short story. Trust me; that doesn’t work. If it’s a novel excerpt, reads like a novel excerpt, sounds like a novel excerpt, it’s probably a novel excerpt.
Alternatively, if you’re not a writer and simply a reader, then you should watch this space for updates about the anthology—and the progress blog, when it goes live—and support it when it drops for publication, not only so Fantasy Faction can carry on doing what they are doing (money raised is intended for the server costs), but so you can read a damn good collection of fantasy-related awesome.
Full details can be found in Overlord’s (Marc Aplin) forum post.