Submission Call: Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction

Please note: Submissions for this anthology are now closed. To those who submitted something, thank you. I will be working my way through the remaining stories in the coming weeks. I received a total of 68 stories for consideration.

Solarwyrm Press is seeking short speculative fiction stories for its tentatively titled “Amok” anthology.

The main requirement is that stories must be set somewhere in the Asia-Pacific region — from India to Hawaii, and everything in between (as far north as Mongolia and south as Australia/New Zealand)*.

For the purposes of this anthology, speculative fiction is defined as science-fiction, fantasy, or horror, set in the real world, with elements that go beyond our current most-agreed-upon view of the world. Alternate history (e.g. What if Korea won the space race?) is also acceptable, and stories may be set in the past, present, and/or future.

Do you have a story where the Japanese had a zombie army that invaded the Philippines in World War II? A future-tech story with China as the main world power? A love affair between a mermaid and a Hindu in India? A ghost haunting a Muslim family in Malaysia? A dystopian New Zealand, where they’re the only country that survived the apocalypse? These are the types of stories we have in mind. Hopefully these ideas help inspire you. Don’t feel constrained to them!

Consideration is especially given to a diverse array of characters, at the very least within the anthology, if not within individual stories. We’d like to see racial and religious diversity, which should be easier to include with the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as characters who fall somewhere on the QUILTBAG spectrum, or are generally not limited to protagonists who are straight, white, abled men in their 20s or 30s.

Whilst racism may be explored in stories submitted, if the overall sentiment is that one race (or religion) is better than another, your story will not be accepted.

*Full list of countries/island regions accepted:
American Samoa, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaiian Islands, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, North Korea, Palau, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna.

Hawaii may not be technically considered part of the region, but it is in the Pacific Ocean and the editor has a soft spot for the islands, so stories set there will be considered.

If you have another location that you think ought to be included that is not on this list, please query the editor first.

Submission Guidelines

Please send your submissions by email directed to Dominica Malcolm at You may submit up to 3 stories for consideration.

Your attached story should be a .doc, .odt, or .rtf file and must be formatted with double spacing. Times New Roman font is preferred.

The subject line should read “Amok Anthology Submission/YOUR SURNAME/TITLE/WORD COUNT”

Please also indicate the location(s) used in your story within the body of your email.

Word count: Between 1,000-8,000 words.
Deadline: November 30th, 2013.

We will endeavour to notify all writers accepted for the anthology by December 31st, 2013.

Rights and Remuneration

The author will retain copyright of the work. Solarwyrm Press requests first print and digital publication rights, exclusive for 3 months from publication. After that, the author is free to accept publication elsewhere, post the story to their blog, or anything else.

Stories may be edited for minor spelling, grammar, or formatting issues. Stories with major spelling and grammar issues will be rejected.

The author will receive 1 paperback copy of the anthology, and be paid at the rate of 1/2 a cent per word, which equates to a maximum of US$40.

This anthology will also be crowdfunded and promoted in conjunction with editor Jax Goss’s Precocious Children anthology. Feel free to consider submitting to both.

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Things are happening!

Here’s a bit of a roundup of various things that are going on.

Fae Fatales

I am very nearly wrapped up with the Fae Fatales project. The special backers’ editions will be in the post next week, the book is available on Createspace, and will soon be available on Amazon, and as an eBook. It has been a very steep learning curve for Solarwyrm, and for me, but I have learnt a lot and I think our next project will be all the smoother for that.

I want to take a minute to talk about this book and what it means to me, personally. It’s obviously very special to me, as Solarwyrm’s inaugural anthology, but it’s also something I am very proud of in its own right. I love crowdfunding as a model, and am thrilled that we managed to do it successfully. But it’s more than that. The book itself is really a piece of art. Every single story in it is fantastic in its own right, and the artwork our artists did for it is all absolutely beautiful. As a whole, Fae Fatales is incredibly inclusive. I did not set out to make a diverse anthology, not specifically, and yet that’s what happened. The book includes LGBT characters (almost as many as the straight/cis ones, which is awesome). There are people of colour between its pages. And I love that that just happened. I love that I didn’t have to set out to do it. Clearly the writers from whom I drew these stories just see the world that way – diverse, colourful. That makes me incredibly proud.

In addition to that, the artists and writers themselves are drawn from multiple countries and backgrounds. The Travelling Book concept  only works precisely because we are scattered across the globe. And how awesome is that? I love living in the future.

The website

I’ve been doing a lot of work on the website. There is now a “People of Solarwyrm” section, with bios for all the people that have been involved with the Press thus far – writers, artists, designers. There is also the beginning of a “Books” section, which so far only has the one on it. But give me time. 🙂

Precocious Children

There is a call for submission for Solarwyrm’s next project. If you’re a writer, have a look.




Call for submissions: Precocious Children in Adult Stories

NOTE: Submissions for this anthology are now closed. If you submitted a story, you should hear back from me within the next month. If you haven’t heard anything by the beginning of 2014, please feel free to get in touch. 

Solarwyrm Press is calling for submissions for an anthology of stories involving precocious children. These are not supposed to be children’s stories. What we’re looking for here are child protagonists in adult stories. The more twisty and creepy and strange, the better.

There is a long history of precocious children in literature who don’t quite fit in. Mary from The Secret Garden is my personal favourite, but there are hundreds. Annie, Anne of Green Gables, Hermione. Zero in Holes. I could go on.

What we’d like to see here are smart child characters, but not in children’s stories. I like to keep these things open to let people play, but I always like to be surprised, so go for twisty. Humour is welcome, but black humour will probably be a better fit.

Sexual themes and violence are okay if they’re required by the story, but gratuity will disadvantage you.

This will be a crowd-funded paying gig. We will Indiegogo it, much like we did with the last one. Should this succeed, stories will be bought at a flat rate of $50 a story. The maximum number of stories that will be accepted will be 20. This is a totally crowdfunded and crowd-sourced project, so please spread the word as wide as you can!

Suggested word count is between 1000-7000 words, but that’s not a hard and fast rule, so much as a guideline. If you’re going to break it, make sure you do it exceptionally well.

Please submit stories as a .doc or .docx file to Ideally 12 point with a clean font (Times, Calibri, Ariel, or something similar) and 1.5 spacing.

The author will retain copyright of the work. Solarwyrm Press requests first print and digital publication rights, exclusive for 3 months from publication. After that, the author is free to accept publication elsewhere, post the story to their blog, or anything else.

Stories may be edited for minor spelling, grammar, or formatting issues. Stories with major spelling and grammar issues will be rejected.

Submissions close 30 November 2013.

Fantasy Noir on Indiegogo

Good morning from really-not-sunny-yet New Zealand!

I am up at disgusting o’clock to launch the Indiegogo campaign for our amazing first project – a collection of Fantasy Noir stories.

Go and order your copy here!

The anthology is really good – I am very pleased with the quality and range of stories it has in it. I can’t wait to share it with people! It contains work by: Dominica Malcolm, Everett Warren, Tom Trumpinski, Kate M. Allen, Jas Templet, Jem Pauler, Jax Goss, Jeremiah Murphy, Dan Heichel and S. Bell.

Don’t miss it!

Get your copy booked NOW!

You can also like the book on Facebook.

And Solarwyrm Press now has a FB page too!