Let There Be Dragons
[Anthology Tentative: Not yet open]
Anthologist: Eileen Wiedbrauk
Anthologist's Note: If you've managed to ferret out this page, then I applaud your internet sleuthing. This page isn't currently linked to any others or being advertised; search engines can still find it, so I presume that's how you got here. The information below is, for the time being, parked -- that is, not moving, presently not going forward (or in reverse, for that matter) but may one day start moving again. I still think it would be a fun anthology to edit. It would also mean a great deal of behind-the-scenes work for which funding would need to be secured first. I've heard from many that they've used the information herein as a story prompt, and if that is your goal, I wish you happy writing. Should this turn into the kind of project that one can submit one's writing to, I will post details at that time.
Drakon, Draconem, Dragons. Symbols of awe and wonder. A physical representation of man’s struggle with the unknown and unknowable. A beast that demarcates the line between what is safe and what is uncharted and dangerous on every map that said simply “here be dragons.” The creatures speculative fiction readers have fallen in love with generation after generation, whether they were kind and noble creatures or terrifying, fanged serpents ready to rip off our heads.
I challenge you to create your own dragon-story of awe and wonder. For this challenge I place no limits except that it must be under 10,000 words and that the dragon element must be key to the story. It is my hope to see dragon-stories not just treated as second-world fantasy but as urban/contemporary fantasy or science fiction (look out Bruce Banner, here comes the radioactive lizard we call The Dragon Hulk!). Dragons in steampunk. Dragons in space. Dragons in Chicago. Dragons in the Piggly Wiggly. Dragons wherever your heart desires and your mind can wander.
I lay no preconceived notions on what is or is not a “dragon” — it’s up to the author to define and describe it within the course of the story.
Does it breathe fire? Does it have wings? Is it a serpent? Does it fly? Does it swim? Is it scaly? Furry? Is it a marsupial, mammal, bird, reptile, or alien? Does it fit in a tea cup or is it so large it can barely nestle inside the University of Michigan football stadium? Where does it come from? Is it a secret or an open secret or as integrated a part of life as electricity in the western world? Does it like humans? Does it eat humans? Is it a creature or a concept? Is a dragon an animal or a person... or is a person a dragon? Is it a myth or beast, a corporation or entity, artificial intelligence or a pet? Is it friend or foe or fiend? A figment of the imagination, a hallucination, a vision, a promise, a warning? — The answer is yes. The answer is: Author’s Choice.
Some notes to consider: Since I'm asking writers to (re)define what a dragon is in the body of each story, the fastest way to receive a form rejection will be to have a dragon that we can’t accurately envision; there are no shortcuts or shorthand descriptive tools when one person’s dragon is another person’s Furby. Or gecko. Or … hopefully the point has been made.
Story must be able to stand alone without confusion, but may be part of a larger world/series the writer has written in previously. Also, story must be in English.
Rights and compensation: Hold yer dragons! This anthology is not yet open to submissions. Specific details (like what our author payment budget is) are still hatching! We do know: previously unpublished works preferred; we will look at reprints but no previously anthologized stories. Seeking 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 life of the anthology.
Length: Under 10,000 words.
Submission method: Hold yer dragons! This anthology is not yet open to submissions. Specific details are still hatching!
Simultaneous submissions = okay. Multiple submissions = no.
Updates to this anthology will appear here as details hatch and firm up.