Thursday, October 22, 2015

Trivial & Sub Op

I was at BAM the other day picking up the new Mary Balogh book when I saw a big display of adult coloring books. Since I keep reading about these things online I decided to have a look. For all the other old people out there who don't get it, they're just book versions of the old DoodleArt posters from the seventies (and here's how old I am -- I actually colored in the entire Jungle edition poster back in the mid-70's.) I still don't get why they're so popular, but since I like to draw Zentangles I'm not going to judge.

World Weaver Press has an open call for their upcoming Siren-themed spec fic antho: "Sirens, the fourth title in Rhonda Parrish's Magical Menageries anthology series from World Weaver Press featuring Fae, Scarecrow, and Corvidae, is seeking submissions right now.

Greek mythology describes the Sirens as being charismatic monsters; part bird, part woman, with enchanting voices whose songs either lure men to, or foretell, their deaths. In Roman mythology they play a similar role but shift their domain to the sea and take the form of mermaid-like creatures. Mythological Sirens such as these come with a capital ess; there are only a small number of them, they have names, Godly parents and occupations. Those Sirens are welcome within the pages of this anthology, but so are their lower-case sisters.

In Sirens, we will honor and share stories of historical Sirens, but we’ve equal room for modern re-imaginings and will be giving matching space to both avian and aquatic varieties.

Whether from the sea or sky, sirens are beautiful, dangerous and musical, and we’re open to works that exemplify as well as those which defy those expectations.Sirens will be a book full of tales that evoke a vast spectrum of emotions toward these maidens, empathy, disdain, sorrow, awe and anger. I want stories of wretched and cursed sirens who fight against the roles imposed upon them and tales of those who revel in them. I’m hoping for pieces re-telling or playing upon the traditional myths and others which create their own mythologies, and all the little niches in between.

We are looking for speculative stories up to 7,500 words long.

Rights and compensation: Payment: $10 and a paperback copy of the anthology from World Weaver Press. We are looking for previously unpublished works in English. Seeking first world rights in English and exclusive right to publish in print and electronic format for six months after publication date, after which publisher retains nonexclusive right to continue to publish for the life of the anthology.

Open submission period: August 15 - November 15, 2015

Length: Under 7,500 words

Submission method: Email story as a .doc or .rtf attachment to fae [at] worldweaverpress [dot] com. Subject line: Sirens Submission: TITLE

Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no."

For more information, see their guidelines page.


  1. Just popped in to say Thanks! It's probably a decade since when - as Zornhau - I was a regular commenter on this blog. However your posts backwhen on plot and structure greatly influenced my fledgling literary career. So thanks!

  2. Thanks for stopping in -- you've been busy. :) Glad I was able to help, too.

    1. Oddly I was reminded about you when guest blogging on Charles Stross site - we used to call you Scary Wordcount Lady. Glad you're still around - I'll try to drop by more often.