The Fox Spirit Book of… Love
Do you have something to say about love?
Love is patient, love is kind, love is blah blah blah. So many clichés, so little time. Everyone wants to tell you what love is, how we should love, who we should love, how long it lasts, but what does love mean to you? What would you do for love? Is it a moment or a lifetime? Does it make heroes or villains of us? What can it cost? What is done in its name?
Here at Fox Spirit we believe love comes in all shapes, shades, flavours, and sizes and we want to hear about it; This anthology initially called for romantic love, but we recognize this is not everyone’s experience and would also like to include aromantic love. Please note, we do not want stories of familial or parental love, how much we love our pets (we do, but not for this book) or similar. We are looking for stories that carry the spark of love, the feeling that can make life seem worthwhile, that can be as simple as a sprinkle of sugar or that gives us meaning and drives us on even when all hope seems lost.. The ending might be bleak (although we don’t mind a happy ending, not one bit!) but the motive is the key. As much as we enjoy them, we’re not looking for erotic trysts or hefty old clichés (unless you’re spinning them); we want to hear stories about love as a force of nature, whether it be a full-blown storm or a breath of fresh air… or maybe even a fetid stench!
No creepers, no peepers, no inappropriate sleazers, no bigots, and absolutely no bestiality. Consent is sexy AF.
We are a genre anthology – fantasy, horror, science fiction and everything inside and around those. We encourage experimentation, poetry, drabbles, flash, short stories. Whatever. We are setting a word limit of up to 5000 (increased from 3500) words. Get to the point and make it happen!
We absolutely and actively encourage stories outside heteronormative dogma. Love is love.
So, as the Bard once said, PLAY ON.
Update: We had some requests for clarifications
Reprints – we will consider them but will need to know where and where they were previously published and we are looking for original pieces mainly.
Sexy stuff – It’s not an erotica anthology and that’s not what we want, but sexy stuff that is integral to the telling can be included.
Multiple subs – you can send us more that one story but we will only include one by an author, with a possible exception around drabbles and other very short works.
I would also like to add the anthology editor will be blind reading so the stories come into me (Aunty Fox) and I will be putting clean versions (as in no name etc) into a file for consideration.
The business bit from Aunty Fox:
Accepted stories will get £15 and a print copy of the book (ebooks will also be made available). Exclusivity is 12 months from acceptance, this is so that if for any reason things are delayed you still get your rights back on time.
We won’t be making any decisions until after the closing date of 30th September 2020. Our beloved Rev will then need some time for reading and deciding. Publication will be Spring 2021.
As always Fox Spirit would love to hear from writers of colour, members of the LGBTQ+ community, disabled writers, and other under-represented groups.
Submissions to email@example.com as usual and please check our submission guidelines for standard format and file type information.
General Submissions Policy
NB: All submissions to be sent to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ unless otherwise stated
Fox Spirit is a small press and works on a profit share basis in most cases. We publish ebooks, print on demand and some limited edition print runs.
Anthologies we usually pay up front for stories with no profit share.
How we work.
Fox Spirit is a small press, we work on profit split, our terms for single author works will be 65% to the author 35% to us, but we will be taking all out costs for cover art, editing etc out of our %, so you get you % of every sale. We sell via Amazon using print on demand and KDP. We also make ebooks available via our website.
As a small press we are working on a limited budget and limited range so if you have expectations of retiring from your dayjob on book income you need to talk to someone much bigger. If we are interested in your title we will be happy to discuss expectations in more detail.
Any open calls will be posted on the blog pages of the website and included in our newsletter.
Please read the submission guidelines below carefully as submissions not adhering to them will be rejected.
We ask for: First World English (for the print book), First World Electronic (for the eBook), and Anthology rights. We also require rights to special editions, omnibus editions or anthology editions where appropriate.
For anthologies we require one year’s exclusivity from the submission deadline unless otherwise agreed.
We only accept reprints where stated within the call or invitation.
For novels, novellas and single author collections rights reversion is available after 12 months from publication, on exchange of letters at no cost to the author. If publication has been unreasonably delayed then release can also be arranged.
Please read with care to ensure your submission is considered!
Email email@example.com unless otherwise stated in the call details
Subject of your email must be ‘submission’ and the relevant call eg ‘novella open call’ or the title of an anthology eg ‘Piracy’. I may be receiving submissions for several projects at once and it needs to be clear what you are submitting for. So an email title should look like ‘submission: piracy’
Document title should have the story name and your name or initials for easy identification.
The story document itself needs your name, email and the name of the call you are responding to at the top, then the title of the story and the name you want it publishing under followed by the text of the story.
The email must contain your real name, your writing name if different and the title and synopsis of your submission (no more than 100 words)
In the case of novellas and short stories please submit a completed document, for novels initially a one page outline and the first chapter.
Documents must be in .doc (word) , .odt (open office) or .rtf (rich text) formats
We are developing a house style, please format your document appropriately
- Fonts for proofing: use something easy on the eye like Palatino, Calibri or Times New Roman, nothing with too much of a flourish.
- Dialogue: ‘Single quote marks’ around speech, “rather than double”, which can be used for quoting within speech.
- Lines & Indents: Single line break for a new paragraph, two for a bigger break in time using the same POV, and one either side of a line with *** in the middle for a shift in scene or POV
- Elipses: Hi… Will do just fine.
- Line spacing at 1.5