The Magic of Imagination
“Is that where daddy is?” Lidia asked.
“No, miss,” Henry responded in his digital but pleasing robotic voice. “That is Venus. It’s very bright because it’s so close to the Earth.” He reached up, guiding Lidia’s small hand slowly until he stopped in the right place. “There. That is where Pluto would be right now. It’s too far away to see without a telescope, miss, but your father is there.”
“Do you think he’ll find aliens, Henry?”
Henry shrugged. “I’m afraid I couldn’t say miss,” he slowly stroked her hair as she began to fall asleep. “With the wonders we’ve already discovered, who knows? Perhaps that’s where all the unicorns have gone.”
Lidia smiled. She liked unicorns.
What We Want
The world can be a big and frightening place for a child but we dream and imagine better worlds, magic, wonders, and more to help brighten our perspective and to remember that there can always be better ways. We want you to build stories of wonder, of science fiction, of fantasy, for the children who are eager to read, to find that wonder in reading, and to learn about the world and find things that spark their own imagination and dreams. These stories will be short, we’re aiming for ages between 9 and 13, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be rich, full, and wonderful stories that show how amazing robots are, that wizards have an affinity for silly hats, or anything else you can imagine. Take your mind back to those wonderful, carefree days of youth, park yourself by your favorite tree on a summer day, and dream those quiet and beautiful dreams to share with the youth of today.
Lead editor for this publication is Marcie Lynn Tentchoff.
Spaceports and Spidersilk is a 5.5×8.5 paperback book and will be published three times a year in February, June, October.
The word count of your story should be between 800 and 2,000 words. We will be somewhat flexible on the word limits. Of course, story quality usually overrides word count limitations, usually. Priority is given to original work but reprints will be considered if there is room for them.
Poetry should not be longer than 20 lines but this is a bit flexible depending on the actual word count of the poem.
We’d love to feature some art in the book as well as on the cover. Interior art will be published as black and white.
Pay rates for original stories is $6 while any reprints will be paid $3.
Poetry pay rates are $2 for original works and simply a copy of the book for reprints.
Interior art will receive $5 while cover art will be paid $12.
Each author will also receive a copy of the book their work appears in and a discount on more copies at a rate of 25% off plus shipping and handling.
How to Submit
Submit your work to [email protected]
Be sure to put SPACEPORTS and the title of your story in the subject line. As we use this address for most of our anthologies now, we need to know which anthology you are submitting to.
Here’s an example: “SPACEPORTS – The Wizard’s Glass”
Submit your story as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment.
Submit poems either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.
Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.
Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.
CONTACT INFORMATION EXAMPLE
J.H. Tobin Word Count: 5772
14 N Moore St
New York, New York 10013
paypal [if any]:[email protected]
If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. This is because it can cause problems with both reading and editing your submission. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable. It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.