Aug 22 2010

Superhero anthology looking for submissions

Jay Faulkner is looking for superhero story submissions between 2500-8000 words long.  (For longer submissions, query first).

  • Genre: anything with superheroes.  “This can be pure comic-book style heroes, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc but the central theme / characters in the story MUST involve superheroes.”
  • Deadline: October 31, 2010.
  • Pay: none.

Submission details here.  Thanks for pointing this out, Matt.

23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Superhero anthology looking for submissions”

  1. Trollon 22 Aug 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Interesting, I think I’ll try it!

  2. Ragged Boyon 22 Aug 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Sounds like fun! I’ll look into it.

  3. Wingson 24 Aug 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Oh, I’d love to do this…Now I’ll have to think up a new idea for it. I do have “What You Are in the Dark”, but that’s experimental.

    – Wings

  4. B. Macon 24 Aug 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I think that a relatively short piece for a nonpaying anthology is probably one of the best places to experiment. I assume that the acceptance rate will be pretty high because I don’t think there will be hundreds of viable stories submitted for this. Wild guess: 5-10%*.

    *Which is a high acceptance rate in publishing. Professional publishers are deluged by unsolicited submissions and accept considerably less than 1% of them.

  5. Matton 24 Aug 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Oh man, my kingdom for a 5% acceptance rate. I mean, go and look at the numbers on a site like…and a 1%-2% acceptance rate is considered “above average.” I understand Duotrope’s numbers are not perfect…but sheesh…even if you feel like you have a terrific story, it’s up to someone else to decide!

    Still, I’ve found short stories are a great way to “play” in certain worlds without committing yourself to the grind of churning out a novel (which can take a several months to a year for a first draft, not to mention the added time for revising, revising, and revising again). I recently switched hours at work and have found it difficult to commit to putting together a novel. Instead, I’ve dabbled in short stories.

    I was really spoiled…the first two I submitted got accepted. Since then, crickets!

  6. Ragged Boyon 25 Aug 2010 at 1:24 am

    At least you have experience in the field. I’m about to charge out there with everything I have and lay it on the battlefield. I hope I can make it!

  7. Wingson 26 Aug 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I want to try this so badly! I wish I had a good original short concept…

    I wonder if one of my sidestories would qualify? I mean, most of them can stand alone without the novel information to back them up.

    – Wings

  8. Matton 28 Aug 2010 at 10:41 am

    Ragged Boy…

    That’s right, baby! Charge out there and show ’em what you’ve got!


    I bet one of your side stories would work, with a little tweaking. For example, you may have to add a little more background info or play with the continuity or something like that to help it make sense for a reader unfamiliar with your world. But as B Mac mentioned, an anthology like this is a great place to experiment and I encourage you to submit.

  9. Wingson 28 Aug 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Scratch that, I actually FOUND a story!

    In a small city first discovering superheroes, one rebellious vacuum salesman with powers over probability and a flair for the dramatic takes it upon himself to spit in the eye of the mundane world around him – by becoming the city’s first supervillain. Too bad there aren’t any superheroes around…any competent superheroes, that is.

    It would take place in the same universe as TSBLAD and the revamped HTSTW, falling somewhere in between chronologically. Whatcha think?

    – Wings

  10. Ghoston 28 Aug 2010 at 8:36 pm

    That sounds like a great idea. Good luck and I hope you get it published.

  11. Wingson 28 Aug 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I figured that so many people have already done the incompetent-badguy angle, but I haven’t seen any incompetent heroes versus competent villains yet. Especially is said villain is the sort to hold up a bank, then give up midway though since no heroes bothered to stop him.

    – Wings

  12. Ghoston 28 Aug 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I hadn’t even though of the incompetent hero angle. I just really loved the idea of a “rebellious vacuum salesman” turning supervillain simple because he is having a midlife criss or is soo bored with his own life that he feels the need to fill the viod in a supervillainless town. It really is brilliant, and I have to say you have a knack for coming up with some of the wildest and most twisted ideas ever.

  13. Wingson 28 Aug 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I’ll take that as a compliment. 😉

    I always felt sorry for those poor door-to-door salesmen. People hate them so much…

    Aidan: Our probability manipulating “hero”. A bored young vacuum salesman in a city where nothing happens. Buys a so-called “superhero suit’ on the Internet, encounters some of the craziest wannabe heroes the world has ever known, and robs banks for the kicks.

    Mallory: Our Genre Savvy* vacuum buyer. Smart enough to figure out that the guy with an overly complicated carpet-cleaning device and his sales pitch written on the back of his hand is also the guy who keeps holding up banks and hiding the stolen goods in increasingly ludicrous places.

    At the moment, I’m unsure whether to leap straight into the supervillain scene or show Aidan as a door-to-door salesman first. Indecision will be the death of me one of these days.

    – Wings

  14. Ghoston 29 Aug 2010 at 6:05 am

    I think you should start with bored Aidan, and let readers get an idea of with he is like before you show him robbing banks. That what the readers will be more sympathetic towards him when he starts commiting crimes.

  15. Ragged Boyon 29 Aug 2010 at 9:47 am

    Ghost, are you going to do a story?

    I’m thinking about making Ninth Circle Shuffle for this but that could be a bit far off for a superhero story. Either way I’ll probably do a story with Agent Finesse. Now what do I want to happen?

    A competition! I want my hero (Finesse) and my villain (Javelin) going head-to-head. No henchmen, just two minds battling out for something. Time to build.

  16. Ghoston 29 Aug 2010 at 10:16 am

    Ragged Boy,
    I would really love to, but I honestly don’t know if I could have something ready in time. I am not exactly the fastest writer in the world, and I usually take forever to develop idea. Let me explain how my story creations process works. First I build up an idea. Then I assume it is crap and rework the idea some more. After all that, I let someone else take a look at it, and if they like it I assume it is still crap because they were lying just to be polite. Finally, I scrap the idea and work on something else until I feel guilty about wasting so much time on something I just abandoned. So I pull it out of the crap pile and try to see if I can make it work. Not exactly to most time effective way writing, but its the way I work. I might look through the crap pile and and see if there is something I can use to whip up a short story with.
    So I don’t want to sound ignorant, but what do you mean by Ninth Circle Shuffle?

  17. Ragged Boyon 29 Aug 2010 at 5:37 pm

    It was a story I was planning not too long ago featuring Agent Finesse (another character of mine). It was basically a story of a black market bust gone terribly wrong when some magic artifacts activate and force Finesse into a trial against the Devil himself.

    I’ve since scrapped it.

    My process is similar to yours. I come up with and throw story ideas quite frequently thoughout the day. Chronic daydreaming, gift or curse?

    In fact, I’m already planning another story. Starring Ragged Boy*; a featureless, living doll whose only goal is to help humanity. He finds it difficult because everyone things he’s a freak and shuns him. I don’t plan on him being a sad character so the story won’t be bogged down with brooding and musing. It’s sort of an abstract superhero story.

    * No Mary Sue alert. The similarity in names is the only thing we share.

  18. Ghoston 29 Aug 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I blame my creative insecurities on my parents, they didn’t support my artistic side at an early age:). So Ninth Circle Shuffle is kind of like Charley Daniel’s song “The devil went down to Georgia.” It sounds like a pretty cool idea and so does the Ragged Boy story.

  19. Wingson 29 Aug 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I’m a fast writer when I’ve got an idea. However, I have absolutely zero motivation, meaning that I don’t need a writing muse to give me ideas so much as a person who will throw things at me when I stop writing. 🙂

    – Wings

  20. Ghoston 29 Aug 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Yeah I am the exact opposite wings. I would love to spend my days writing and researching facts for my stories. Unfortunately, I lack the spark of originality that you have been gifted with. Or maybe my problem is that I have experience so many superhero stories, whether in print or on film, that I just see all those stories instead of my own.

  21. RBon 29 Aug 2010 at 8:24 pm


    You should try Write or Die. If you’re really steadfast put it on Electric Shock mode to keep you going.


    I blame my creative insecurities on my parents, they didn’t support my artistic side at an early age:).

    I share your sentiment. My mom didn’t know I could draw until like 3 years. Haha. Check my DA account. RaggedBoy.

    “Life itself holds no need for compromise.”

    It’s a bold quote, but I thing it summarizes me and my art. I’ve always had a strong imagination and I love to daydream. As an artist and a writer I’m trying to get my storytelling ability to match my awesome imaginative power. That’s my motivation

  22. Wingson 30 Aug 2010 at 10:15 am

    My parents are relatively supportive of my writing, although I know my mother wishes I’d go back to writing fairy tales (I was seven, Mum!) instead of superheroes.

    Eh, I get crazy ideas at the most inopportune times. I think I was supposed to be a more serious writer’s muse, but something went wrong and I ended up a dysfunctional writer instead. XD

    – Wings

  23. Ghoston 30 Aug 2010 at 11:44 am

    Umm…. so I guess my sarcasm doesn’t translate well to the internet. I was just joking about my parent. I mean they were never supportive of me doing creative things, but they never discouraged me either. Sometimes my father’s pragmatism can be indirectly discouraging, like when he told my grandfather I was majoring in basket weaving in college (even though I am a pre-law psychology major). But for the most part I was just joking. I probably am so insecure with my writing simply because its crap, but hey all sorts of interesting thing grow out of manure. HA!

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