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Retro-pulp wants you

12/11/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Write SFF? Then this new anthology needs your fiction.

All-Star Stories and Wheatland Press have announced an open reading period for All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, a new retro-pulp anthology to be published in late 2004, edited by David Moles and Jay Lake.

What they're looking for

The title of the anthology pretty much says it all, but let's start with what they're not looking for. While a sense of humor is always welcome, they're not looking for parody - particularly self-parody or pastiche (they're especially not, it should be noted, looking for Led Zeppelin stories.)

They're looking for pulp stories with a literary sensibility and literary stories with a pulp sensibility.

And - this being a themed anthology - they're looking for Zeppelins. Stories that do not include at least one Zeppelin, dirigible, blimp, aerostat, or similar lighter-than-air vessel will be rejected out of hand.

Submissions can be of any length, but they prefer stories between 2,000 and 8,000 words. They will pay 5 cents per word on acceptance, up to a maximum of $400, for First Print and Electronic World Anthology Rights. (You will note that this means it is probably not in your best interest to send them anything much longer than 8,000 words.) Authors will also receive two author's copies on publication. They intend to respond to all submissions by April 18th, 2004.

Electronic submissions will be deleted unread. If you are submitting from outside the US and would like them to make an exception to this rule, please send a query first, to

All-Star Stories and Wheatland Press will be accepting submissions from January 1st through February 16th, 2004.

Manuscripts postmarked before or after will be discarded unopened. They will not accept reprints, simultaneous submissions, or multiple submissions. Please follow standard manuscript formatting conventions: cleanly typed or printed, double-spaced, in a 12-point monospaced font such as Courier. (If you have any doubts as to what constitutes standard manuscript formatting, they recommend you consult Vonda N. McIntyre's manuscript preparation guidelines, available at

Please make sure every page has on it your name and the title of the story, or a comprehensible abbreviation thereof.

Send your manuscript, by postal mail only, to:

David Moles,
All-Star Stories
3518 Fremont Ave.
N. #524 Seattle,
WA 98103-8814

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