Tales From the Year Between is NOT like any other anthology. You aren’t submitting a story for us to publish — you are applying to be part of the creative team behind a pirate-themed book of loosely connected writing. Contributors create a shared world together and use it as the setting for their stories.
We will be playing with the genre as well, so be prepared for Jack Sparrow, but also steam-punk sky-pirates, astroid hopping space-pirates, and cutlas wielding elven mages!
We are interested in ALL styles and genres of writing, from short-stories and flash-fiction to poetry, journal entries, letters, faux-academic articles, recipes, music scores, and more. We want it all!
What We're Looking For
Each contributor will submit up to 5,000 words, which can be one traditional short story or several shorter pieces.
Before we begin writing, you will need to be available to play a world-building, storytelling “game” in mid-late May (exact dates TBA). You won’t have to commit to specific hours, but you will need to put aside a few minutes over a couple days to take your turn.
We value flexibility, creativity, creative chaos, and fun!
Tales From the Year Between
is like a literary journal crossed with a massive game of D&D run by an improv troupe.
Payment & Funding
We are funding this edition through Kickstarter, and author payments will be tied to that campaign. At the start, we are NOT paying for submissions. However, once we’ve raised enough money to pay for the cover and publication costs, our stretch goals are for paying contributors. Depending on the success of the Kickstarter, we will pay you zero, $10, or $20 for your writing.
At a bare minimum, you WILL appear in a professionally published book. Look at our other series of books to see the quality of work. If we invite you to join, your work will be available not just as an eBook or on Amazon, but in print through Barnes & Noble and any other bookseller.
This is not a traditional submissions process. You aren’t sending us a story to see if we want to publish it. Rather, you will apply to be a contributor—if we ask you to join and you accept, you’re in. You’ll get a giant welcome email with all the logistics, you’ll help build the world, then you’ll write something for the final book.
Submissions close April 20th, 10 PM EST
Send a sample of your writing to email@example.com, with a subject of “APPLICATION TO VOLUME 3."
In your email, please tell us a little about yourself and why you’re interested in joining Volume 3 of the Year Between. We are looking for a diverse group of writers--if you bring any life experiences or part of your identity to your writing that you’d like to share with us, please do.