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Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness 141

A project of Mythic Delirium Books (see other related projects)

About

The anthology's literary focus is on the high end, and it is open to the full range of the speculative and fantastic genres. Editor Mike Allen says: "Clockwork Phoenix is a home for stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the ways they cross genre boundaries, that aren't afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques. But experimentation is not a requirement: the stories in the anthology must be more than gimmicks, and should appeal to genuine emotions, suspense, fear, sorrow, delight, wonder. I will value a story that makes me laugh in its quirky way more than a story that tries to dazzle me with a hollow exercise in wordplay. The stories should contain elements of the fantastic, be it science fiction, fantasy, horror or some combination thereof. A straight psychological horror story is unlikely to make the cut unless it's truly scary and truly bizarre. The same applies to a straight adventure fantasy or unremarkable space opera -- bring something new and genuine to the equation, whether it's a touch of literary erudition, playful whimsy, extravagant style, or mind-blowing philosophical speculation and insight. Though stories can be set in this world, settings at least a hair or more askew are preferred. I hope to see prose that is poetic but not opaque. I hope to see stories that will lead the reader into unfamiliar territory, there to find shock and delight."

Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and StrangenessUnited States

Submission Period

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. 

Genres

FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Slipstream, Weird/New Weird.
HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Slipstream, Weird/New Weird.
Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Slipstream, Weird/New Weird.

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Quirky.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 1 x per year.
P Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

Payscale

We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionP + Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece. Royalties.

Submission Types

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  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No NoText format submissions

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Dates

Date Added:
04 Jun 2007
Last Updated:
04 Dec 2016