HC Anthology 1
Call for Submissions
Attention authors and artists! Rick Griffin is planning to publish an anthology set in his Hayven Celestia (HC) universe and wants you to submit your creations for inclusion in this book.
The Hayven Celestia (HC) is a shared universe created by Rick Griffin and Gre7g Luterman. Though the universe features vast empires and amazing technologies, the stories set in HC tend to be about the slaves and underdogs that unwillingly prop those empires up with their labor.
Ideally, story submissions should be in the 3k-18k range. If you would like to submit a shorter or longer story, please inquire first. Accepted submissions will pay out 0.5¢/word on publication.
Art submissions should be either full-bleed, full-page spreads or full-bleed two-page spreads. Please consult the artwork layout templates first before you create your masterpiece! Accepted submissions will pay out $20.00 on publication.
Multiple submissions are allowed so long as the number of submissions is kept reasonable—like three, please, not ten. Send in your best, not everything you've ever produced.
Each contributor will receive one contributor copy, but you may purchase additional advance copies for a reduced price and resell them.
Stories and artwork should be set in the HC and feature the races it contains. You may add your own race or races to the universe, but their design and depiction will need to "feel" consistent with the rest of the HC. Readers are unlikely to believe that a race of stone-skinned, clothes-wearing wizards belong in the HC, for example. If in doubt, please inquire first.
Crossing over existing characters from other universes is acceptable if you have rights to use the character and if the character's race is—or can be made—generally compatible with the other races of the HC, but you must treat the character as if it were a new HC character. If your writing presumes that the reader already knows your character's history or backstory, your submission will get rejected.
The anthology will be targeted at an adult audience, so adult themes and situations are welcome, but it will not include any porn, fetish material, or generally objectionable content. Your characters may suffer during the course of your story, for example, but if the writing seems to be targeted for the enjoyment of sadists, it will be rejected.
As a shared universe, you may include existing HC characters into your submitted stories, provided that you can do it respectfully and in a manner consistent with how the character has been portrayed in previous stories. Ateri, for example, is a brave starship captain who will make any sacrifice to ensure the survival of his crew. If your story is about a maniacal tyrant of a captain, don't name him Ateri. Make up your own character. You will maintain copyright to your creations, but by joining this shared universe you will be allowing other creators to use your characters too—again, so long as they do so in a consistent and respectful way.
Note this doesn't mean you have to accept other authors' creations as canon. If one author writes about Ateri's death and another writes further adventures for him, so be it.
Submission deadline is October 15, 2019 and my goal is to have the book published by January 15, 2020.
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