1. Catherine Walder: The Kambubulag
2. Eliza Victoria: Salot
3. Don Jaucian: The Different Degrees of Night
4. Marguerite de Leon: K-10 Mushroom
5. Tyron Caliente: Dark Moving Houses
6. Dominique Cimafranca: People’s Champ (English version)
7. Rommel Santos: Best Served Cold
8. Karren Sena: Lullabies
I also solicited a number of stories from a few writers:
9. Adam David: Snip
10. Carljoe Javier: Demon Gaga
11. Ed Geronia: The Summoner
This, plus Karl de Mesa’s excerpt of The Magdalene Fist, will make the anthology an even dozen. (Or maybe that should have been 13?)
1. The release of the Estranghero Press offerings is scheduled quarterly– or as close as possible to release four online anthologies or collections a year. As such, the call-outs will be done two to three months before the actual release (i.e. publication) of the anthologies. Send in your works within the set reading period by then.
2. The anthologies or collections will handled by a guest editor for the particular release. However, the overall series editor will be yours truly.
3. The stories of future online anthologies or collections will depend on the themes proposed in the call-outs. These themes will depend on the discussions with the guest editor. However, Estranghero Press is open to suggestions on possible themes, topics, subject matters, etc.
4. The anthologies or collections will primarily be short stories of speculative fiction in nature. However, Estranghero Press is open to collections of non-fiction or critical essays on other possible themes and topics.
5. Given that Estranghero Press is striving to become a platform for Filipino speculative fiction on the Internet, we will be limiting our solicitation of works from Filipinosm whether living in the Philippines, outside the country, or of Filipino blood.
Unfortunately, though we would want to publish material from non-Filipinos, we want to concentrate first in giving a voice to Filipino writers online. One day, we would want to come up with publications that is open to all speculative fiction writers regardless of nationality. But not right now.
6. Estranghero Press is a paying market, i.e. PhP500 per published piece. Given that this is done all out of the editorial pocket without much regard to advertising at the moment, the payment is all we can afford. But we’ll get around to fixing the bloody business plan and hopefully we can raise the rates.
(This is also one reason we are limiting my submissions from local writers because- aside from we can’t match the pay of international publications– we can at least the local writers in person until we get around to fixing up the Paypal account.)
Further guidelines to follow once we come up with more…
Despite pressure to get in with the social networking crowd, I’ve managed to withstand joining places like Facebook and Twitter. Alas, I figured that having accounts in these places will help our little online press. (Thank goodness I already have multiply and livejournal accounts.)
As such, I’ve created a Facebook page for Estranghero Press. Though as of the present, I can’t do much on it because I’m working at the office and my work PC doesn’t allow updates. Just search for ‘estrangheropress’, yes?
Whether you’re commemorating the dead or celebrating with the spirits, here’s something interesting to think about. After writing about secondary fantasy worlds, I thought that we should breath easy, take a step back– and think about the remains of the year left to us.
More precisely, think about what ‘demons’ will be haunting our dreams, our lives and our sleep when the year 2010 rolls around, like that ghost on the shoulder of the protagonist in Shutter. Remember that scene? You know the one.
(To be exact, the scene starts at 6 minutes, 32 seconds. Enjoy!)
After that, tell us about them: the garden-variety demons from hell with plastic forks and spongy tails, the ones in your head that come out to play at midnight, the spirits that make up most of your lives like a Frankenstein monster– write your story and send it to us. Let out all those things that will be haunting you in 2010 and share the horror.
“Demons of the New Year: Horror from the Philippines, edited by Joseph Nacino & Karl de Mesa” will be published electronically to make this collection of stories available to a wider international audience. Through this anthology we will be able to show the world that the Filipino writer can create worlds with the best of them.
This collection of stories will be an anthology about demons– but don’t let that stop you from coming up with a really good idea about what constitutes your ‘Demons of the New Year.’ Like I said in an earlier post, don’t let a particular idea stop you from writing a good story.
1. As works of the imagination and speculative fiction, the theme is the title: ‘Demons of the New Year’. Works of horror will be preferred.
2. Stories must cater to an adult sensibility. However, if you have a Young Adult story that is particularly well-written, send it in.
3. Stories must be written in English.
4. Stories must be authored by Filipinos or those of Philippine ancestry.
5. We will accept only original unpublished stories.
6. First time authors are welcome to submit. Good stories trump literary credentials anytime.
7. No multiple submissions. Each author may submit only one story for consideration.
8. Each story’s word count must be no more than 7,500 words.
9. All submissions must be in Rich Text Format (.rtf – save the document as .rft on your word processor) and attached to an email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions received in any other format will be deleted unread.
10. The subject of your email must read: DNY Submission: (title) (word count); where (title) is replaced by the title of your short story, without the parentheses, and (word count) is the word count of your story, without the parentheses. For example – DNY Submission: The Fields of Marikina 4500.
11. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes your name, brief bio, contact information, previous publications (if any).
12. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2010. After that date, final choices will be made and letters of acceptance or regret sent out via email.
13.This anthology will be made available online. Target publishing date is January 30, 2010.
14. Compensation is Php500 for every accepted story.
Kindly help spread the word. Feel free to cut and paste or link to this on your blogs or e-groups – and send your story in.
I’d like to reiterate that it’s up to you define the story’s ‘demons’ but I’d rather keep it vague so that you can have a free field. But make it scary, okay?
Go read it and tell us what you think! And don’t forget to spread the word!
The main site for estrangheropress is still under development but this will soon follow. Kudos to my co-editor Dean, Dom for site support and tech advice, and Tyron for designs. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially to the writers!
Set up to announce speculative fiction anthologies written by Filipinos, you can check out current and future offerings of estrangheropress on this site. You can check us out at Facebook here and Twitter here.