Raconteur Press

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OPEN SUBMISSION CALLS FOR RACONTEUR PRESS, 2023-2024

Guidelines for all our anthologies:

5,000 to 8,000 words. Length and genre are negotiable, as long as the story fits the concept, and is entertaining.   Any submission must be in Times New Roman, 12PT, double spaced, with your name, title of the story, and your email on it. Please name the file as [STORYTITLE]-[YOURLASTNAME]—[ANTHOLOGYTITLE] Send in a .docx format.  Please attach the file to your email, no links. Please see the submission guideline graphic on the Raconteur Press Facebook page. 

Raconteur Press will hold the rights for one year after publication, after one year the rights will revert to the author, but we continue to pay you as long as the anthology is selling. Authors receive an equal percentage share of the proceeds from the anthology, along with the Press, our editors, and administration. Yes, you read that right. We don’t take 80% off the top and split the 20% left over between all the authors. We’re all in this together. This is why our anthologies are limited to ten stories.

IMPORTANT: PLEASE do NOT submit stories until the date the call opens. We don’t want to hang on to your piece for longer than necessary. You might find another market for it, or it decides to grow into a novel, or…..so go ahead and write it, but tuck it away, and revisit it before submitting. 

Raconteur Press uses Pubshare (pubshare.com) to distribute payments and handle tax forms for anthology authors, so authors who contribute must have a free pubshare account.

IMPORTANT: when you set up your Pubshare account you MUST choose the method by which you want to receive your royalties. There are currently two choices: PayPal at the beginning of each month, or paper cheque each quarter. BE SURE that you have chosen a method of payment and input the required information. If you don’t Pubshare will hang on to your royalties until you choose and method of payment and input the required information.

Submit to: racpresssubmissions[at}gmail.com

(Questions about our publishing schedules can be addressed to racpressproduction[at]gmail.com)

 

All Will Burn, Volume 2

Is now closed for submissions. And wow, did we get a bunch! Thank you!
Contracts: 12/16/23
Publication: 1/12/24

Steampunk!

This is now closed for submissions!

Contracts: 12/30/23
Publication: 1/26/24

Giant! Freakin! Robots!
With Guest Editor Dr. James Young

This is now closed for submissions–and y’all knocked it out of the park!

Contracts:1/13/24
Publication: 2/9/24

Pinup Noir, Volume 3

Closed for Submissions, and many thanks! 

Contracts: 1/27/24
Publication: 2/23/24

Space Marines 3

Now closed, like an invader’s tunnel! Thanks everyone!
Opens: 11/19/23
Closes: 1/19/24
Contracts: 2/3/24
Publication: 3/1/24

Moggies in Space 3

So many kitties! This is closed now. Thank you!
Opens: 12/2/23
Closes: 2/2/24
Contracts: 2/17/24
Publication: 3/15/24

YOU Again? Your Honor Volume 2, The END of the Spurgle Chronicles

Sometimes, things go wrong. Sometimes, they go very, very wrong. And then you’re explaining to the judge where the contraband came from, why the goat is covered in peanut butter, and why the courtroom suddenly smells like a freshly fertilized field.

Opens: 12/23/23
Closes:2/23/24
Contracts: 3/9/24
Publication: 4/5/24

Wyrd West

Witches, and werewolves and cowboys, oh my! Strange things are done in the midday sun, especially when there’s magic around. Tell your tales about monsters and magic in the Old West.

Opens: 1/8/24
Closes: 3/8/24
Contracts: 3/30/24
Publication: 4/19/24

Space Cowboys 5

This anthology series hit a nerve with the reading public. Something about the rugged individualism of the cowboy strikes a chord in us all. A certain romanticism exists in the feeling that cowboys inhabit a simpler world; one that’s clearer, brighter and makes more sense than our day to day existence. Cowboys have a certain reckless reputation and that doesn’t fade away when you move them into space and onto alien worlds. Men and women who face hardships and rope a living out of an unforgiving landscape without waiting for orders from a distant authority. They do what needs to be done and take care of their animals, their people, and themselves.
Opens: 1/22/24
Closes:3/22/24
Contracts:4/6/24
Publication: 5/3/24

Goblin Marketplace

What happens when fairies show up at the farmer’s market? Would you make a deal with a goblin? What would you expect to find at an interstellar market? Let your imagination run and tell us those tales of bargains, bad deals and unexpected treasures.
Opens: 2/6/24
Closes:4/6/24
Contracts:4/20/24
Publication: 5/17/24

Hooves, Sabers & Tracks
With Guest Editor Dr. James Young

Short story must involve some aspect of mounted warfare from antiquity to the modern era. Think “What if Custer had brought his gatlings?” or “What if Leslie McNair has a fatal accident in 1941 and the U.S. has Pershings at Normandy?” Only stipulation is the point of deviation has to be realistic to the technology of the time. If you’re giving the 2nd ACR tri-barrels to defend the Fulda Gap, this is the wrong anthology for you.
Opens: 2/19/24
Closes: 4/19/24
Contracts: 5/4/24
Publication: 5/31/24

Alien Family Values
With Guest Editor Sandra Medlock

Galactic War has disrupted planets, towns, and families all over the colonized cosmos and communities are reeling from the impact. But several colonies have opened their doors to the families and species who have lost their homes and loved ones. Many families have become mixed species by adopting or fostering those that are lost or hurt.These are their stories. Some are touching. Some are humorous. And some are horrifying, because not all blended alien families, adoptions or fosters turn out well.
You get to choose the planetary system and species and describe the galactic upset that leads to this Alien Family Value–or simply jump into the middle of family life. Be sure to describe your family, species, and fosters/adoptees so that the reader can understand the dynamics of the story.
Opens: 3/3/24
Closes: 5/3/24
Contracts: 5/18/24
Publication: 6/14/24

Moggie Noir

Cats. Noir. Spectacular Tail. Go.
Opens: 3/23/24
Closes: 5/24/24
Contracts: 6/8/24
Publication: 7/5/24

Coffee Adventures

The perfect cuppa joe. The nectar of the gods. The safety liquid you hand your partner in the morning. We love the stuff, and can’t get enough. But how did we FIND that amazing bean? We invite our authors to visit our favorite coffee merchant, King Harv’s Coffee, and pick a variety from his amazing list. Then write a fantastical story about the detective work, the journey, the adventure of finding the oh-so-perfect bean. Was there a coffee shop on that asteroid? And where did they get the brew? Don’t limit yourself to this planet! OR SF! Sword and Sorcery works too!

From Dave at King Harv’s Coffee: It all began when we took over the dome at the old South Pole station for  the use as a coffee greenhouse.  As you undoubtedly well know, the coffee was banned from world trade to by that ridiculous Antarctic treaty, and it became clear to us that coffee grown on alternate planets and celestial objects was the only thing that made economic sense. Shockingly this has never been reported on in the main stream media!
Opens: 4/8/24
Closes:6/28/24
Contracts: 7/13/24
Publication: 8/9/24

The Super Generation

In 1955 there was an unexplained cosmic event that granted some people extraordinary abilities.
It was never repeated. Abilities were not passed down to their children. This means that in the not too distant future, the so called “Super Generation” will be nothing but a note in history books.
These are their stories, their memoirs, and how they changed history.
Opens: 5/12/24
Closes: 7/12/24
Contracts: 7/27/24
Publication: 8/23/24

The Big Ones, WWII
With Guest Editor Dr. James Young

Short story must involve some aspect of World War II. Think “What if Force Z had fighter escort?” to “Trinity ends with a ‘click’…then silence.” Only stipulation is the point of deviation has to be realistic to the technology of the time. If you’re giving the U.S.S. Nevada rail guns at Pearl Harbor, this is the wrong anthology for you.
Opens: 5/26/24
Closes: 7/26/24
Contracts: 8/10/24
Publication: 9/6/24

Moggie Noir Volume 2

Cats. Noir. Spectacular Tail. Do it again.
Opens: 6/9/24
Closes: 8/9/24
Contracts: 8/24/24
Publication: 9/20/24

We Be Trippin’

If you’ve watched our #RaconteurRoadTrip adventures in the North Texas Troublemakers Facebook group, you know we’ve had some…interesting adventures. So why not do an anthology? Tell us travels full of hijinks and strange circumstances, danger, humor, and odd encounters as we journey through the universe, the neighborhood, or across town.
Opens: 6/23/24
Closes: 8/23/24
Contracts: 9/7/24
Publication: 10/4/24

Wyrd West Volume 2

Because we KNOW we’ll get a bunch, here we go with Volume 2! Witches, and werewolves and cowboys, oh my! Strange things are done in the midday sun, especially when there’s magic around. Tell your tales about monsters and magic in the Old West.
Opens: 7/6/24
Closes: 9/6/24
Contracts: 9/21/24
Publication: 10/18/24

Coffee Stories Volume 2

Because we KNOW how many of us drink the stuff—we’re going to need TWO volumes of this one. The perfect cuppa joe. The nectar of the gods. The safety liquid you hand your partner in the morning. We love the stuff, and can’t get enough. But how did we FIND that flavorful bean? We invite our authors to visit our favorite coffee merchant, King Harv’s Coffee, and pick a variety from his amazing list. Then write a fantastical story about the detective work, the journey, the adventure of finding the oh-so-perfect plant. Don’t limit yourself to this planet! OR SF! Sword and Sorcery works too!

From Dave at King Harv’s Coffee: It all began when we took over the dome at the old South Pole station for  the use as a coffee greenhouse.  As you undoubtedly well know, the coffee was banned from world trade to by that ridiculous Antarctic treaty, and it became clear to us that coffee grown on alternate planets and celestial objects was the only thing that made economic sense. Shockingly this has never been reported on in the main stream media!
Opens: 7/27/24
Closes: 9/27/24
Contracts: 10/12/24
Publication: 11/08/24

December Titles TBA

Yep, we’re holding open a couple of spaces at the end of the year. July has a special surprise, and we get some great ideas as we go along, so we’ll fill those in as we go.