Showing posts with label Grantswood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grantswood. Show all posts

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Hello, May!

Here in Wisconsin, where we are living through the ghost of spring and terrified that this is a harbinger of another brutal summer, things are otherwise stomping along.

Updates on the projects:

1. Emeraude is temporarily closed for submissions. We are beginning to assemble the 2013 edition. It should be live by 31 May.

2. Moon Hollow continues to accept submissions, and when we finish assembling Emeraude, we will assemble Moon Hollow.

3. Grantswood is temporarily closing. We'll talk about our publishing philosophy in a minute, and why we have made that choice.

4. Uneasy Bones is still reading. If you have not heard from us, we have not decided on your piece, and if you have heard from us, then yes, we will still be publishing, and we are still accepting submissions.

5. Flash Pan is still reading, accepting, and publishing upon acceptance.

We believe it is important to have open-ended submissions for one-shot projects like Grantswood. It's been our experience that when you put a deadline on a project, you sometimes get a subset of works that might not have been accepted for that particular volume if you'd had a wider number of submissions (This would be one of the reasons for Moon Hollow--we can redirect submissions there). However, it also means that some projects might struggle.

Grantswood is such a project. We are firmly committed to that genre and that project, but it rarely receives a submission. Therefore, we are no longer going to actively work on it, as trying to scare up submissions for it takes time away from other projects,. Too, submitters who have received acceptances would, we are sure, like to see their works in print. Authors who have had pieces accepted for this work will be offered the choice of publication in the exemplar or Moon Hollow, whichever we deem more appropriate, or may withdraw their works from our publication queue.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Status Update

A report card, if you will.

Submissions for Grantswood:

Acceptance rate: currently 30% for all types of submissions.

Gender of submitters (based on name association only): about even

Submissions for Moon Hollow:

Acceptance rate: currently 70% for all types of submissions

Gender of submitters: about 60-40.

Please note that we do not really care what your gender is in terms of acceptance. We are tracking because we are curious, that's all. We'd like to see a balance that reflects nature rather than culture.

The slush pile is empty. That makes us sad pandas. However, if you has submitted something and not heard back from us, please query to uncommonmoon at yahoo dot com. Please use the tag [query] in the subject line.

We are considering different PDF delivery hosts. Google Docs does have a public publication option, but we are not very happy with the way that it delivers the document, and have not yet been able to identify an alternate setting that would eliminate the features we don't like. We are considering Scribd,, and Ubuntu One. Free is key, as always, and all these have delivery systems that we like. We expect we will also look at CreateSpace and Smashwords, but for now, we are just interested in a system that will nicely deliver a PDF, as PDF is a standard that is not tied to digital management, particular platforms, or specific programs.

The call for submissions for Flash Pan is being developed, as is the website. We decided that this would be an ongoing web-based periodical publication with an occasional best-of print anthology. The print anthology will also accept submissions of new flash fiction and art. We are really liking having art in our publications.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Now Available!

The Grantswood exemplar volume is now available! We've plans to expand it--one of the definite benefits of an online anthology is the flexibility to increase content--but we have the first volume available now!

Read it here!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Grantswood Revisited

We have a few nice art submissions for Grantswood, and it occurred to us that we could put together an exemplar issue, in a manner of speaking.

What does that mean?

Well, in 1613 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra published a work known, in English, as The Exemplary Novels. This book contains a variety of novellas that are intended to be more than cracking good stories. They are intended to instruct the authors of the era in precisely what a good novel should be. Miguel de Cervantes' most well known work is Don Quixote, but The Exemplary Novels are, in Elise's opinion, vastly more entertaining.

In the spirit of this lesser-known Cervantes work, we are putting together a first volume of Grantswood as a sort of exemplar. Why we didn't think of that beforehand, we don't know. Still, it's a fun idea, and we are combing the public domain for things we believe are good examples of the works we are looking for. When we reviewed the call for submissions, we realized that a little more clarity might be in order. If you are out there writing the dark fiction of the Midwest, the term "Gothic" may not be the first thing you think of when you are looking for a venue to share your work.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Call for Submissions: Grantswood


About 2 years ago, Elise started bemoaning the lack of a "Midwest Gothic" movement. She was sure that the style was out there, but no one seemed to be doing anything to recognize it. We thought about this, and we thought about this, and at about the same time we were just thinking about it, someone else started doing something about it. Great ideas never exist in a vacuum, and because of the work being done over at Midwestern Gothic and Midwest Gothic Stories, we feel like there is now enough awareness of the style to put out a call for our own anthology dedicated to the Midwestern Gothic. We don't mind following such excellent examples.

Therefore, Moon Hollow Press is pleased to announce an open call for submissions to Grantswood. This call is open until filled.

What We Are Looking For: Fiction, poetry, and art in the Midwestern Gothic style. We are willing to consider some magical realism or supernatural elements in our selections, but we are not looking for straight-up fantasy or horror that happens to be set in the Midwest. Neil Gaiman's American Gods might fly here, but "Cthulu in Chicago" is too far down the scale for this publication. We have created an exemplar volume. You can read it here.

Submitters should have a connection to the North American Midwest, and works should be set in the Midwest, although we will consider an exceptional story featuring a Midwesterner living elsewhere.

We are looking for previously unpublished works. We are not accepting reprints for this anthology. We are hoping to promote the works of new as well as established writers. Therefore, we'd like all submissions to be fresh out the gate.

Submitters retain copyright for their individual works and most reprint rights should their work be selected for publication. We will be acquiring your first electronic publication rights, and we will have the copyright on the anthology. We will retain the right to reprint one time only in a "Best Of" anthology.

By submitting to Grantswood, you are indicating that this is your original work and that we have permission to publish your piece should we select it for publication. This is not a trick phrase, however; we are only interested in assuring that you are submitting your work with the intent to be published if accepted. It won't actually be printed without further correspondence between the submitter and the publisher. Our acceptance/rejection time is quick, so we do not allow simultaneous submissions for this publication.

FICTION: We are looking for works that fall between 250-7000 words. Submitters may submit no more than 7000 words. This can be all in one story, or we will consider up to three works that do not exceed 7000 words in total.

POETRY: We are looking for works between 3-30 lines, and will consider up to 3 poems per submitter.

ART: We are currently negotiating with an artist for the illustration for this volume. However, we welcome and encourage additional submissions. We will consider up to 2 items per submitter.

PAYMENT: Submitters whose works are chosen for publication will receive an electronic copy of the anthology. There is no further payment at this time.

However, the editors, Elise and Kora, will each pick a single submission and award a small monetary prize. You must have a Paypal account to accept the prize, otherwise, the prize is forfeited. The prize is awarded at the discretion of the editors.


1. Electronic submissions only.

2. Poetry and prose submissions are being handled through Submittable. It's easy to use and your account is free. The link appears after the formatting instructions, below.

2a. The attachment should be set in 12 point Times New Roman (or a similar serif font). Fiction should be double spaced. Poetry can be single spaced. The file should be saved in .rtf format. Anything else may be returned unread. Make it easy for us to read it.

2b. Identify your document. Include your real name, the title of the piece, the word or line count, and the number of pages in the upper right corner. Set the footer of the document with your name and the page numbers. You get our undying love if your footer doesn't just number the pages, but indicated the total number of pages, as well, like so: "Clampett, page 1 of 3." If you are using a pseudonym, center it under the title of your piece.

2c. If you are submitting multiple pieces, they should all be included in the same document. You will only be allowed to upload one document. Clearly indicate where one piece begins and the other piece ends.

2d. The last section of the document should tell us a little about you! Give us your real name, your pseudonym should you wish to use it, your website should you wish to have traffic sent there, and a 3 line bio that includes information on your connection to the Midwest. NO MORE THAN 100 WORDS for bio. BIO MUST INCLUDE YOUR CONNECTION TO THE MIDWEST. Please avoid laundry lists of prior publications, because those won't help you here. Laundry lists of prior publications will be removed!

Ready to go? Submit to Moon Hollow Press

And when you are finished, please consider tracking your submission at Duotrope!

3. Illustration or photography may now also be submitted through the Submittable link above. Please do not send anything over 120 dpi and in excess of 600 pixels in its largest dimension. If we need something more detailed, we will contact you. Do not watermark your files; as they will be reviewed on-screen from the Submittable account, there is no need to identify the file. If we decide to use it, you will just have to send us a copy without the watermark, anyway.

3a. In your cover letter, BRIEFLY describe your submission ("2 pictures taken in Detroit"). Then, tell us a little about yourself. Give us your website should you wish to have traffic sent there, and a 3 line bio that includes information on your connection to the Midwest. NO MORE THAN 100 WORDS for bio. BIO MUST INCLUDE YOUR CONNECTION TO THE MIDWEST. Please avoid laundry lists of prior publications, because those won't help you here. Laundry lists of prior publications will be removed!

PUBLICATION FORMAT: Electronic Publication. At this time, we are planning to put an excerpt on-line for free download, and the full-length publication for sale via (We reserve the right to change this, but will ensure that an electronic version of the whole thing is available to all whose work is accepted.) Proceeds from the sale will be directed to the prize pool.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Looking at 2012 projects, as 2011 ends.

We have several projects in mind. We are not looking at particular markets, yet, since we don't have a commitment to sales. Of course, one does not start a venture like this without the down-the-road goal of a self-sustaining business, so we will likely evolve that way, but we are also committed to giving alternate business models a try, and while we are doing that, we are producing compendiums and anthologies and collections in accordance with our wide range of interests.

At this time, we are developing two projects. We are looking at getting at least five projects in process in 2012, with one or two started to cross us into 2013. So we will continue to toss ideas and eventually choose three-five more projects, but the two we know we will be calling for in 2012 are:

1. Flash Pan -- flash fiction of up to 750 words. There will be small prizes related to several topics (topics TBA).
2. Grantswood -- prose, poetry, and art in the Midwestern Gothic style.

We also expect to produce at least one speciality publication, a follow up to Marauders of the Waterways.