Reclamation Project: Year Two Call for Submissions!

“The world belongs to us now. The humans were amazing, but their day has passed. Oh, there’s still a few of them out there, trying to take back the world they squandered. But without claws? Without fur? Without scent? Heh. Good luck to ‘em.”

The Reclamation Project: Year One was the first foray into shared-world tales of future fantasy and solarpunk from some of the brightest stars of anthropomorphic literature. Year Two hits the ground running as the healing world of Ambara Down deals with catastrophe, assassination, and betrayal. As their flying cities begin to fail, humans must find a home on this new Earth, among the sentient animals that are its inhabitants. Love and danger, power and promise, and a world to win or lose in the balance!

Casablanca Meets Thundarr: The Barbarian

…With a Touch of Studio Ghibli

The world of The Reclamation Project is designed to provide a wide variety of avenues for storytelling.

  • Intrigue? Every community on the planet is a world to itself, isolated by geography, species, or old rivalries and competition for resources. The Reclamation Project—a handful of high-technology human enclaves who seek to establish order from their floating cities—are either benevolent unifiers or thieving tyrants, depending on who you ask.
  • Beauty? This is a world of skyscrapers overrun by kudzu, of pearlescent-skinned airfish floating in the twilight mists, and dragonflies the size of a bus. A thousand different intelligent species, uplifted to sapience during a lost age, come together, mingle, fall in love, and build communities with unique and vibrant cultures.
  • Mystery? How the world of The Reclamation Project came to be is not entirely known, even by those who study it the most diligently. A great dark age between the days of High Humanity and the beginnings of the Reclamation Project has left tantalizing clues and rampant speculation, but precious little proof.
  • Weird powers and wild action? This is a world of superscience that can be indistinguishable from magic. Reclamation Teams and desperate treasure-hunters explore ancient and crumbling vaults for lost technology, under the order of AI hiveminds. Slavers and bandit kings carve out petty kingdoms and form nation-alliances in the hopes of competing with or one day even taking the fight to the Reclamation Project.

How Does a Shared-World Anthology Work?

If your story is accepted for the anthology, you grant us (The Gneech and FurPlanet) permanent but non-exclusive rights to include that story and any characters or elements you’ve created for it into the Reclamation Project setting and derivative works, and those elements thus become available to other creators also working in the setting. You still own the character or element and may create works of your own with those things that do not reference the setting.

Think of it like Into the Spider-Verse: if you write us a story about a cheetah bounty hunter named Javenar, then Javenar will always be part of the setting and other writers will also be able to use her in their stories, but we own A Javenar, not THE Javenar. The point is to build a sandbox with lots of cool elements for creators to play with.

This model was inspired by the Thieves’ World series by Robert Lynn Asprin. If you’re familiar with how that works, you’re good to go.

Story Requirements and Submission Guidelines

Setting Info/Other Reference: The Reclamation Project Wiki. You may also e-mail to request access to the “anthology bible” working document to participate in brainstorming with other creators on the project.

We’re looking for excellent general audience, furry stories between 3,000-15,000 words that fit into the themes and aesthetics of the book. Besides the setting wiki, there is also an “anthology bible” that your story will have to conform to before its final inclusion in the book. If accepted, the elements in your story will become part of the setting and available for writers contributing to future projects. We are eager to hear from marginalized voices and LGBTQA+ perspectives.

General Audience: Danger, adventure, romance, all of these are terrific elements! But we are not looking for erotica and fair warning, your editor is squeamish so extreme violence is a good way to get your story rejected. Do not include rape or explicit torture scenes of any kind.

Furry Stories: Humans are an important element of the setting but even in stories in which they may be ascendant or victorious, they are supporting characters. Furries should be your protagonist characters and the stars of the show.

The Themes and Aesthetics: Rebirth, regrowth, integration, transformation, adventure, building a new world from the bones of the old. Hope in the face of difficult challenges. Gonzo ’70s Van Art Craziness. Your story does not need all of these—although that would probably be a wild ride—but it should definitely have some!

I’m Not Sure My Story Will Fit! If you have confidence that it’s a good story and are willing to make it fit, submit it! If you are absolutely wracked with indecision, query with a synopsis.

Please send submissions as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in Standard Manuscript Format to himself@gneech.com with a subject line that reads: SUBMISSION: “Story Title” – word count. (For an example of Standard Manuscript Format, see this essay by William Shunn. For help with writing a cover letter, check out this excellent advice from Strange Horizons.)

  1. Length: Between 3,000 and 15,000 words, but we will consider more or less for excellent submissions.
  2. Multiple Submissions: Keep it reasonable; two or three stories at a time is probably okay; ten isn’t.
  3. Reprints: Yes, but include information about where the story was previously published and be sure you retain the rights. We’re more interested in stories that will be new to the majority of our audience, and you must be willing to revise to the setting bible if necessary.
  4. Simultaneous Submissions: No. If you send a story to us, please don’t send it anywhere else until you hear back from us.
  5. Response Time: You should get at least some kind of response within 8 weeks of submission, in order to have time for access to the setting bible and any necessary revisions.
  6. Payment: 1/2 cent per word and one contributor’s copy.
  7. Deadline: October 31st, 2020
  8. Expected Release Date: Late 2020 or early 2021, TBD

Submission call: FANG Volume 11 — Fantasy

We are proud to announce that FANG Volume 11 is now open for submission. The theme for this volume is “Fantasy.” If it fits within the broad description of the fantasy genre, it could have a place in FANG. Some examples of style and subgenre choices include Sword and Sorcery, Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, traditional High Fantasy, or some new combination. Show us your creativity and let’s make magic together

FANG is an M/M erotic furry anthology (it should go without saying, but to be very clear, this includes trans men). All stories must center around at least one anthropomorphic animal character and contain erotic content.

Please adhere to the following submission guidelines:

Story length is between 2,500 and 10,000 words. Please query to fanganthology[at]gmail.com (Subject line: QUERY) if you plan to exceed this limit, and the editors will discuss it with you.

Multiple Submissions–Please limit yourself to no more than 2 submissions.

FANG’s editorial team works via comments and track changes in Microsoft Word. We understand that not everyone is capable of adhering to this as industry standard. If you cannot work this way, please inform the editorial team in your cover letter as to what software you use.

Please follow Standard Manuscript Format in your submission. (Please note, you do not need to submit your story in a monospace font, nor do you need to convert italics to underlining).

Reprints–Please query the editors directly about this topic.

Simultaneous Submissions–We are not accepting submissions that are also under consideration by another publication (even another FurPlanet publication). Submissions that have been rejected elsewhere are fine.

We will NOT accept:

  • Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.
  • Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18
  • Incest
  • Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction
  • Snuff or Necrophilia
  • Bestiality

We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices.

We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies.

Please send all submissions to fanganthology[at]gmail.com with the following formatting:

a. Subject Line: SUBMISSION: “Story Title” | Word Count

b. Your message body will function as your cover letter. Please include the following information:

  1. Your legal name
  2. Authorial name/fandom name (How you want to be listed on the story and in the table of contents)
  3. A two (2) sentence summary of the story
  4. Any other information you want the editors to have
  5. Please do not submit a separate, attached file as your cover letter. Place the information in the body of the e-mail

Publication/Work Schedule:

  • Submissions Open: 1 Jan, 2020
  • Submissions Close: 1 Apr, 2020
  • Acceptance/Rejection: by 15 Apr, 2020
  • Release Date: Anthrocon 2020

Payment:

  • ½ cent per word and a contributor copy of the publication

FANG is a FurPlanet/Bad Dog Books Production | Sparf has had numerous short stories published in fandom venues, including multiple volumes of FANG, and began the editorship of FANG with volume 10.

FANG Volume 10 – Transitions

We are proud to announce that FANG Volume 10 is now open for submission, with new editor Sparf and guest editor Kyell Gold. The theme for this volume is “Transitions.”

Everything in life transitions from one stage to another: relationships, personality, jobs, you name it. What happens when the way you view someone changes? Does it lead to steamier places, or to a cooling off? Maybe someone is transitioning into single life, or away from monogamy in their relationship. Maybe society is in transition around the characters. The theme is broad, so show us what it means to you.

FANG is an M/M erotic furry anthology (it should go without saying, but to be very clear, this includes trans men). All stories must center around at least one anthropomorphic animal character and contain erotic content.

Please adhere to the following submission guidelines:

1)     Story length is between 2,500 and 10,000 words. Please query to fanganthology@gmail.com (Subject line: QUERY)  if you plan to exceed this limit, and the editors will discuss it with you.

2)     Multiple Submissions–Please limit yourself to no more than 2 submissions.

3)     Reprints–Please query the editors directly about this topic.

4)     Simultaneous Submissions–We are not accepting submissions that are also under consideration by another publication (even another FurPlanet publication). Submissions that have been rejected elsewhere are fine.

5)     We will NOT accept:

  • Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.
  • Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18
  • Incest
  • Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction
  • Snuff or Necrophilia
  • Bestiality

We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices.

We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies.

6) Please send all submissions to fanganthology@gmail.com with the following formatting:

a.      Subject Line: SUBMISSION: “Story Title” | Word Count

b.     Your message body will function as your cover letter. Please include the following information:

                               i. Your legal name

                             ii. Authorial name/fandom name (How you want to be listed on the story and in the table of contents)

                           iii. A two (2) sentence summary of the story

                           iv. Any other information you want the editors to have

                             v. Please do not submit a separate, attached file as your cover letter. Place the information in the body of the e-mail

Publication/Work Schedule:

  • Submissions Open: 1 May, 2019
  • Submissions Close: 31 July, 2019 at midnight Pacific Time
  • Acceptance/Rejection: by August 31, 2019
  • Release Date: Midwest FurFest 2019

Payment:

  • ½ cent per word and a contributor copy of the publication

FANG is a FurPlanet/Bad Dog Books Production | Kyell Gold has previously edited the anthology X and is the author of over twenty books and as many short stories. Sparf has had numerous short stories published in fandom venues, including multiple volumes of FANG.

ROAR 11 Submission Call

ROAR 11: Innovation is Now Open to submissions.

We are interested in underrepresented voices. If you have personal experience relevant to your story, feel free to mention it in your cover letter. For instance, if your story is about a space unicorn and you are a space unicorn (or a research biologist who studies space unicorns), let us know. We welcome and will be looking for diverse voices. We are not interested in stories that give voice to racist or sexist ideologies. We are not interested in stories that involve rape in any way. We’re very serious about this; that’s why it’s in bold.

We’re looking for excellent general audience furry stories on the theme “INNOVATION.” If you have an excellent story, but you’re not sure it fits the theme, give it a try. We can be generous in how we interpret “Innovation,” but all stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks — as long as it’s excellent. Though, the editor does have a preference for stories where the animal nature of the characters matters — if the reader can’t even remember the species of the characters by the end of the story, then that’s not a good sign.

Please send submissions as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in Standard Manuscript Format to ROARanthology(at)gmail.com with a subject line that reads: SUBMISSION: “Story Title” – word count. (For an example of Standard Manuscript Format, see this essay by William Shunn. For help with writing a cover letter, check out this excellent advice from Strange Horizons.)

Length — Between 2,000 and 18,000 words. Query if longer or shorter. We tend to prefer stories between 4,000 and 10,000 words.

Multiple submissions — Keep it reasonable; two or three stories at a time is probably okay; ten isn’t.

Reprints — Yes, but include information about where the story was previously published. We’re more interested in stories that will be new to the majority of our audience.

Simultaneous submissions — No. If you send a story to us, please don’t send it anywhere else until you hear back from us.

Response time — Most final decisions won’t be made until after the deadline, but all stories should receive a response by March 1st.

Payment — 1/2 cent per word and one contributor’s copy.*

Deadline — February 1st, 2020

Expected release date — July, 2020

Rights — Exclusive rights for a period of twelve months following the first date of publication, and nonexclusive rights to all publication of the Work in perpetuity.

Publication of a non-reprint story used the First World English rights.

The ROAR anthologies are a FurPlanet production. The editor for ROAR 11 is Mx. Madison Keller, who previously co-edited “The Daily Grind” and “Tales From the Guild: World Tour.”

The Reclamation Project — Year One

“The humans were amazing, in their day. Our world is layered over theirs, and the bones of the old one still poke through. On a clear morning you can see what’s left of one of their cities out in the bay… Huge buildings, tens or hundreds of stories high, standing precarious and mostly-uninhabitable, their flooded streets under twenty feet of water. But the humans’ day has passed. Oh, there’s still a few of them out there, trying to take back the world they squandered. But without claws? Without fur? Without scent? Heh. Good luck to ‘em.”

The Reclamation Project is an anthology of furry stories in a shared world, a fantasy setting of a post-cataclysmic but ultimately optimistic future. Drawing elements from solarpunk, sword and sorcery/sword and planet, and super-science adventure tales, The Reclamation Project tells the story of this future world by focusing on the stories of the furs who live in it. It is intended to be the first in a series.

This anthology will be edited by John “The Gneech” Robey, creator of the Suburban Jungle web comic series. Full details on this anthology and its submission process can be found on his website, here: http://gneech.com/reclamation/