night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand."
~Frederic Lawrence Knowles
Update: Yes, we are still open
to submissions. Yes, we are behind for a few reasons. Yes, we are planning on publishing this antho as soon as it's full.
If you haven't heard from us yet, you are still under consideration. Thank you for your patience!
Walking Down the Sky: Volume 1
Cold Moon Press is excited to announce guidelines for the first volume of their annual anthology, Walking Down
The Fun Stuff
Volume One (to be subtitled later) will focus on the full moon as viewed by other cultures, such
as the Cold Moon in December (or January, depending which culture you explore). What would happen in your story during Hungry
Ghost Moon? Who would your main character meet during the Moon of Winds? (If you need help getting started, use your search
engine to find "full moon names," and you'll find plenty of ideas!). Poetry and art submissions should also incorporate
We want stories for each month of the year, and one bonus
story, for a total of 13 titles. We prefer urban fantasy, fantasy, science fiction, and horror. While the tone of this anthology
is dark (and we are ok with not-so-happy endings), we are trying to keep this rated PG-13. Therefore, work that is explicitly
sexual or violent would be best suited for a different publication.
If your story is exceptional and we have already filled the space for the month you are exploring, we may still be interested
in publication. We are opening a short story line for the press this fall. Your work may be considered for this. More details
will be available soon!
The Mechanical Stuff
The guidelines are as follow:
should be between 3,000 - 10,000 words. Query first for longer work.
may be up to 28 lines.
- Art should be 300 dpi or higher. Submit
as a .jpg.
- Writing should be submitted in Word documents with .doc
file extensions. Make sure your last name and story title are in the file name (for example: Jones-StoryTitle.doc).
- Art should also be submitted with your name and title as the file name.
- Use Times New Roman, 12 point font.
- Documents should be double spaced only (Single space ok for poems). Indicate new paragraphs with an indent. Indicate
section breaks using three centered asterisks.
- Title page should
include your name, pen name, address, email address, and phone number. Also include your website address, if applicable.
- Include a brief bio with your submission. Feel free to be creative! Also, include a
sentence or two which explains the moon name and/or culture of your story.
The Business Stuff
This collection will go to print
fall 2012. We open for submissions until full.
We want one-time
rights to the work for both print and e-book. Original stories only (no reprints). Payment is $10 per short story, $5
per poem or art submission we use. Additionally, contributors receive one copy of the book and a
discount on additional copies they purchase. We also strongly encourage authors to help promote the book by listing a buy
link/cover art (provided by the publisher) on their website or social networking site.
Submit stories to email@example.com.