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Announcing the Darkleian Times anthology ezine volume 1 – Tales of speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy and horror that blur the boundaries of what is and what isn’t.

There’s not enough great speculative fiction. There can never be enough. Hence, the Darkleian Times – an independent quarterly (at least) e-zine of crackingly good speculative fiction. We are looking for speculative short fiction up to about 5000 words for inclusion in the first issue. If this goes well, there will be a second. And a third. And so on…..

Here’s the theme for volume 1, your brief if you like:

Imagine a world in which everything and everyone is monitored….

That’s it. Best imaginationing hats on.

The details:

Publication Date: 15th December 2011 (or thereabouts)

Publication format : eBook, generated and distributed through Smashwords

Word Length : Short fiction 2000 to 5000 words.

Guidelines: Short works of speculative fiction containing some or more elements or sensibilities of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, alternate history, folklore, and/or related ‘nonrealist’ genres and subgenres. No, I’m not sure what this all means either. I’m not overly keen on excessive porn, or graphic violence. Not that I’m a prude – it just limits your market, man! Also, sword and sorcery fantasy (unless served up with a side-dish of pure ‘speculative fiction’ twist) probably isn’t going to find a place here.

Rules: No reprints. Original, unpublished fiction only. No simultaneous submissions.

Payment : No advance. Shared royalties on sales.

Rights : First rights, electronic.

Submit: .doc or .rtf files only please.

Deadline for submission: 30th November 2011

Go to it. Email submissions and/or questions to I’ll try and respond to each and every submission within 3 days.

N.B. I’ve had a couple of emails worrying that this is just a flash-in-the-pan, here-today-gone-tomorrow WordPress blog. Bah, they say. Why should I submit to you. Fair point. However, go here :

We’re currently builiding our site ‘proper’ if you like. However, given the length of time it takes to pull an anthology together, we’re using this WordPress blog as a stop-gap, temporary, communication vehicle to get the word out while we’re developing the content and the site. Hence we’re going to release the anthology onto a pucka, honest to goodness, proper, professional web vehicle for all things Speculative Fiction. The Darkleian. Oh yes.

And, you might note, that there will be a sister companion to the Darkleian Times – Sinistrate Manifestoes, First Folio, will be opening for submission very soon.