So I’ll be open to submissions from March 15 through March 31 for the Women Destroying Fantasy issue. Here are some of my wants and a couple of things that will turn me off.
- I want fantasy that showcases the amazing emotional range of the genre and the spectrum of forms it can take.
- I’ll want at least one tearjerker and one humorous piece.
- I’ll want something that draws on fairytale or myth, but which does so in an amazing, interesting, and fresh way, and I’m hoping to find something that feels urban fantasy-ish as well, also in a fresh and interesting way.
- Fantasy that often hits well with me: superheroes, non-cutesy talking animals, linguistic-related, the weird.
- I like language: make yours wonderful, but never at the cost of the story.
- Your character should make me care about their fate (and for this issue, probably a female protagonist is, quite frankly, probably going to be a better fit).
- I’ll want at least one piece with an utterly amazing landscape, that immerses me in a fantasy world that delights my heart.
- Diversity does matter to me. It doesn’t trump quality, but when you’re going to be up against the very best, score your points where you can.
I don’t want retellings of D&D adventures. Or pirates. I really don’t like pirates (got exposed to an awful lot of fantasy pirate stories while at Fantasy Magazine) and I’m not particularly fond of zombies. Typos are another big turn-off: proofread your work.
This is not a time to go for the low-hanging fruit or play it safe. I have four, count ’em, four slots. Send me something — but make it the very best you have, something that is unique to your voice, something that you and only you could write.