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It's been a while since this blog last had a Friday Market Alerts post, and longer still that it was actually on a Friday. Let's get back into the swing of things. This summer looks to be studded, spangled and bedazzled with a multitude of exciting calls for submissions. Today's handful span the gamut of genres, formats, and media, starting with...

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The 2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Baen Books is proud to announce the inaugural Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, to be given at this year’s Gen Con to the best piece of original short fiction that captures the spirit and tradition of such great storytellers as Larry Correia, Robert E. Howard, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Andre Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, David Weber and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

This will be a particularly interesting contest for Gen Con attendees. Gen Con, the huge annual gaming convention held each summer in Indianapolis, generally runs a small track of panels and workshops for writers. This addition to their writing-and-publishing offerings is a big one.

In brief, you are invited to email in your original work (no reprints), in English, of no more than 8,000 words by Monday, June 30 at 11:59 EDT. Please see the guidelines (via the above link) for very important details about formatting your submission--judging will be blind, so all identifying information must be removed from the manuscript.

They want to see "adventure fantasy with heroes you want to root for," in any permutation--modern or medieval, secondary world or right-here-right-now, swordswingers and tricksters and mages and priests, "damsels in distress, or damsels who can't be bothered to be distressed."

Baen editorial staff will do the judging. Final entries will be also judged by author Larry Correia. Full disclosure: Larry Correia has recently been very politically outspoken in the realms of science fiction and fantasy publishing with regards to the industry's movements towards diversity. You may remember him from his leading role in the "Sad Puppy Slate" Hugo nominee fiasco (and if you don't like the results of his campaign, or maybe you do, remember that you, too, can be eligible to cast a vote by [purchasing a supporting membership] to LonCon3!). Your Examiner confesses to a certain hesitance in the face of his stated opinion that fiction which includes non-straight-white-cismale-genderbinary characters is by definition "message fiction" which will kill your sales and bore your readers. But your Examiner also thinks it would be awesome if the contest was flooded with well-written, page-turning entries starring genderqueer pansexual fantasy heroes of color.

In any case, as mentioned above, Correia will only be one of several judges. Also, the award ceremony will be held at Gen Con 2014. How cool is that?

Blue Mountain Arts open to holiday submissions

Your neighbor and mine, Boulder-based Blue Mountain Arts, is always accepting poetry and other writing that would be appropriate in greeting cards. But now is a special time: we've entered the "Christmas and general holiday" portion of their seasonal calendar. If you have a poem that would make a great greeting card for a holiday that happens during the "dark time of the year" (from a northern hemisphere perspective, anwyay), you have until July 15, 2014 to email or mail it in. See guidelines, linked above, for instructions on submissions and what to expect in terms of response time.

Payment is $300 per poem for worldwide, exclusive rights to use it in a greeting card or other products, and $50 for one-time use in a book.

Despite that many holidays that fall within the theme of this seasonal call are religious in nature, Blue Mountain Arts specifically does not want to see "religious verse," and considers terms like "gift" and "angel" to be overused. They want something unique, something that represents genuine emotions and experiences on the topics at hand. Again, read their guidelines for an idea of what they want and what they don't want.

This particular market alert comes to your courtesy of Cindi Myers's Market News Blog for May 28. Cindi Myers is a Colorado author of romance and women's fiction, an avid skier and knitter, and the curator of a bimonthly blog bringing you the latest market news from all across the wide, wide publishing industry. Check out the latest entry for more calls for submissions and an update on Myers's latest novel.

Lamplight Volume 3

Lamplight, a quarterly magazine featuring literary dark fiction, is currently in the middle of a reading period that will end on July 15, 2014. They do not accept "stories with the following: vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex." Other than that, the field is wide open. Take a look at their Volume 1 to get a taste of what they do. It's free!

Payment is a flat $150 per short story (2,000-7,000 words) and $50 for flash (1,000 words or less). Works between 1,000 and 2,000 words long? "Send it over and we can talk."

Reprints are OK so long as the rights they're looking for have reverted to you and are available: "We are asking for non-exclusive, worldwide, serial rights to your work for both electronic and print. We want to publish it, we don’t want to own it."

Lamplight uses Submittable to manage submissions. Submittable requires you to create an account (free of charge) before you can submit your story, or log in to your existing account if you've got one.

Regarding the politics of calls for submissions, anthology editors, and the opinions of editors (and contest judges) in the context of representation and privilege dynamics, here's a fantastic essay by Charles Tan about why the opinions of an editor and/or the language in a call for submissions matters. The relevance of this to Larry Correia's position as judge of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award finalist is left as an exercise to the reader.

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