Freedom Forge Press is now accepting submissions for its inaugural anthology. Forging Freedom will feature fictional short stories, non-fiction accounts, and essays of up to 5,000 words on the broad topic of individual freedom and liberty.
We are looking for inspirational non-fiction accounts of people who have had to earn their freedom, defend it, or have lost it and had to regain it. For example, individuals who have left a home country to escape political or economic restrictions and find a better life by starting over have a story to tell. Have you or someone you know ever stood up to the government on an issue of fundamental freedoms? (Fictionalized true stories accepted.)
We will also consider works of fiction. Stories and accounts may be from all political leanings as well as apolitical leanings; may take place in any setting or time period (past, present, or future) on planet earth. Science fiction will also be considered, but if an other-worldly setting is used, it should be identified early in the story. All genres will be considered except for erotica. Compelling, well-written stories stand the best chance of success. Examples may include (but are not limited to) stories with characters such as Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark and Dagny Taggart as protagonists or perhaps George Orwell’s cautionary 1984 with characters such as Winston, Julia and O’Brien. Gaining freedom as a happy ending or losing it as a cautionary tale fits what we are looking for.
We will also consider essays written on the topic of individual freedom and liberty. Essays should be written in an accessible style that is easy for a reader to relate to and should be specific and personal rather than general and academic. Brilliant essays that are not accessible to a general audience and focus too heavily on academic techniques will receive a pass in favor of more accessible prose.
This work is intended for general audiences, so keep your submissions at a PG-13 rating. Submissions should be compelling, easy-to-read, and relevant to a wide audience.
Please send your submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format using double-spaced 12-point font to submissions <at> freedomforgepress <dot> com
Stories will be short-listed on a rolling basis, but final decisions will not be made until after the deadline. Submissions will close on January 31, 2013 but may be extended if needed to fill the anthology to an acceptable level. Please, no simultaneous submissions or reprints—works must be original and not previously published in electronic or print format.
Payment for accepted works will be a contributor copy, plus a $10 advance payment against royalties earned. In addition, contributors will have the opportunity to purchase copies at a contributor discount for personal use or to sell for self-promotion purposes. Royalties will be calculated as 40% of net price received per book sold after expenses are paid and will be distributed to contributors with each contributor receiving one share per accepted work.
All payments will be submitted in USD funds via check or PayPal approximately 45 days after book publication.
The book is slated for release July 4, 2013.
Publisher states the preceding terms as a good faith approximation of the anthology project and may, at its discretion, amend the terms, including payment arrangements, as necessary up to the point where contracts are mutually agreed to and signed by contributors and publisher.