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 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 fund TFYB 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.