#52 Open Call for the Arcane Arts Anthology

Well met, my friends!

On Monday my Kickstarter campaign to create and publish a science fiction and fantasy short story collection was successfully funded thanks to the generosity of family, friends, and other awesome people.

In addition to the contributions by the featured indie authors, I am looking for story submissions. Here are the details of the open call:

Stories can be submitted in either American English or German until the 31st of January 2016. At least three of the eleven stories will be contributions of this open call.

The length of the stories should be around 5000 words, but anything in the range of 4000-7500 words is acceptable.

We are looking for whimsical, family friendly stories that could be shelved in the fantasy and science fiction section of a book store. The theme of the anthology is “Arcane Arts,” which should be reflected by the submitted stories.

If your story is accepted we will buy non-exclusive world anthology rights in English, German, and translations, as well as audio and ebook anthology rights in English, German, and translations.

Since the Kickstarter campaign did not reach any stretch goals, the advance payment is €50. The advance payment has already been earned out by the Kickstarter campaign. Royalties will be based on 25% of the ebook cover price and 10% of the trade paperback cover price. Royalties will be paid out every June and December. The total royalties will be divided by the number of stories to yield the royalties per story that are paid out to the authors.

Please send your story to arcane.arts.stories@gmail.com with the subject line “[ARCANE] STORY TITLE – YOUR NAME” in Microsoft Word (.DOC), Rich Text Format (.RTF), or ascii text (.TXT) format.

Ideally your document should use the following settings: 1.5 times linespacing, 2 cm (0.7874 inch) margins all around, page width 15.24 cm (6 inches), page height 22.86 cm (9 inches), line indention 1.25 cm (~ 0.5 inch), font size 12 point, justified text, headings should be bold, centered, 18 point.

Here is a Microsoft Word File with the above mentioned format that you can use as a template: Arcane Arts Template.

Please include the following information in the body of your e-mail: the title of your story, your name, your pen name that will be used in the anthology, phone number, and short biography.

Pursue your dreams and see you next time,


EDIT#1: It was pointed out to me that other anthologies do not require exclusivity, so I removed that clause. It was only there in the first place, because I did not want to acquire infinite exclusivity.

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4 thoughts on “#52 Open Call for the Arcane Arts Anthology

  1. K. L. Hallam January 20, 2016 at 18:55

    Hello. What is the estimated response time on submissions? Thank you.

    • Kai Herbertz January 20, 2016 at 19:45

      Hi Karen,
      my apologies for the missing information! I thought I had copied that from the Kickstarter campaign, but somehow I must have missed it. Here is the time schedule:
      30th of November 2015: end of Kickstarter campaign
      31st of January 2016: end of open call submission period
      30th of April 2016: notification of successful open call candidates
      31st of May 2016: completion of revisions
      31st of August 2016: completion of copy edit
      14th of December 2016: tentative release date of the anthology

      So everyone who has submitted a story will hear from me on the 30th of April at the latest. I did receive your story, but so far I did not have time to read any of the submissions. Most likely I will wait until the end of the submission period.

      Thank you for the question and for submitting a story :)

      All the best,


  2. Michelle Proulx January 27, 2016 at 18:53

    Reblogged this on Michelle Proulx — The Website and commented:
    A reminder that you have a few days left to submit your Sci-Fi/Fantasy story to Kai Herbertz’s Arcane Arts Anthology project! Open call for stories ends on Jan 31. Check it out :)

  3. K. L. Hallam February 4, 2016 at 14:55

    Thank you, Kai. all the best.

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