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Andrew Hook
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 06:57 am:   

The Elastic Press website will be updated with these shortly, but here are the guidelines for the next Elastic Press anthology to be published in November 2008. Get scribbling now :-)

Anthology Guidelines - "Subtle Edens - The Elastic Book of Slipstream"

This book will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. To be edited by Allen Ashley. To be published as an original paperback by Elastic Press in Autumn 2008.

General Information:

All works must be original to the author(s), not under consideration anywhere else and not previously published. Any quotations from other people's work must be either public domain, approved by the quoted author or fall under the "body of a review" copyright allowance. As a general rule: Write your own material, don't rely on someone else's!

Fiction:

Allen Ashley has made the following provocative statements:

"Slipstream is essentially a 1990s and noughties extension and subtle reconfiguration of New Wave science fiction."

"How do I define science fiction? Somewhere between 1967 and 1974."

Slipstream uses the tropes and ideas of science fiction, fantasy and horror but is not bound by their rules and will often make those elements only a minor feature of the story rather than its raison d'être. Likewise, a plot and set-up may appear conventionally literary but fall outside the staid boundaries of the mainstream.

Slipstream may start off with a science fictional or broadly realistic appearance but then take a sideways step into its own unique microcosm or socio-psychological state. Slipstream writers may sometimes experiment with form, presentation and the usurpation of traditional techniques but these are not ends in themselves. As with all great literature, Slipstream is concerned with people, perceptions and the human experience. Slipstream contains and proudly maintains a strain of solipsism and encourages the individual viewpoint and the unique vision. We appreciate the sentiments behind the recent coining of the phrase "The New Weird" but reject this notion as limiting and somewhat off-target.

In a sound bite, Slipstream is somewhere between the literary aspirations of the mainstream and the pulp excitement of genre fiction.

Slipstream is a living genre. J. G. Ballard called science fiction the true literature of the twentieth century. Here in the noughties, we believe Slipstream is a vital genre and is the only true literary response to the challenges of the new millennium.

As you can see, Allen is already halfway through his anthology introduction. But then again, maybe Slipstream is the genre that ultimately defies easy categorisation. Throw off the constraints of branding, marketing and labelling! Make Slipstream what you believe it to be.

How to Submit Stories:

If all the above hasn't put you off - and it ought to have done, folks! - then we'd really like to read your work. Stories should be written in English, be original, unpublished, not under consideration elsewhere and no longer than 5000 words in length. Standard presentation rules apply. Please send "Disposable" paper copy plus C5 stamped addressed envelope. We can reply by email if you prefer. Overseas contributors: we will only reply by email. The editor prefers to relax on a sofa and enjoy reading a hard copy of your opus - he was brought up on books, you know. For email submissions, please query first to check what mood he's in.

Send your manuscripts to: Allen Ashley, Editor - "Subtle Edens", 110 Marlborough Road, Bounds Green, London N22 8NN, England.

Please allow 8 weeks response time.

Please email Allen if you have any queries about this anthology, no matter how trivial or, indeed, testing!

For email queries to Allen: editorsubtleedens@hotmail.co.uk

For general Elastic Press business such as purchasing Elastic Press books, email Andrew Hook at elasticpress@elasticpress.com or visit www.elasticpress.com.

Presentation Guidelines for the Novice:

Typed; double spaced; white paper; black ink; one side of paper only; title and author name at head of each page; page number on each page; word count on final page or title page; manuscripts in English. Use a conventional, legible font such as Times New Roman, Arial or Courier New set at 12 or 14 pitch.

Non Fiction:

We will be publishing a few non-fiction articles within the body of the book but all of these have now been commissioned.

Please Note:

General Submissions open from Friday 1st June 2007.

If you send anything before this date, we shall throw it in the recycling bin and put a pencil reminder against your name.

Submission period closes: on Friday 29th February 2008 or when we're full, whichever is appropriate. Watch the Elastic Press site for regularly updated information.

You will be paid for your work in copy / copies of the book. Elastic Press receives no Lottery or Arts Council funding and is completely independent from any multinational media organisations. We survive because discerning readers buy our books. Thank you.

Background:

- Tell me about Allen Ashley.

Allen’s 1997 novel "The Planet Suite" (TTA Press) is considered by many to be the definitive Slipstream novel. His debut short story collection "Somnambulists" (Elastic Press, 2004) was short-listed for a British Fantasy Society Award. In 2005, he edited "The Elastic Book Of Numbers" (Elastic Press). In 2006 he published his second short story collection "Urban Fantastic" (Crowswing Books) and a much-anticipated non-fiction and criticism collection "The Days of the Dodo" (Dodo London Press). At the British Fantasy Society's annual convention - Fantasycon - in September 2006, Allen received the BFS award for "Best Anthology" for his editorship of "The Elastic Book Of Numbers". He is currently revising "The Planet Suite" for an updated reprint, along with several other projects.

- Elastic Press, they're quite well known, aren't they?

Yes, and well respected. Andrew Hook founded Elastic Press in Autumn 2002 with the remit of publishing short stories by important new authors whose work largely defied the easy categorisation of narrow definition mainstream publishers. Elastic Press has an open, forward-thinking ethos and is proud to have published debut stories and collections by significant though as yet sometimes under-appreciated authors. This is the here and now and the near future; Elastic Press does not deal in the arcane.

With their titles having been regularly short-listed for prestigious awards, Elastic Press made the great leap forward in 2005 and won two British Fantasy Society Awards - Best Anthology ("The Alsiso Project" Ed. Andrew Hook) and Best Small Press.

Bite Size Guidelines:

"Subtle Edens - The Elastic Book of Slipstream" - anthology.

Allen Ashley requires:

Original Slipstream stories up to 5000 words.

Payment: via Contributor copy / copies.

Response Time: 8 weeks.

Opening date: 1st June 2007.

Closing date: 29 February 2008.

Send "Disposable" hard copy manuscripts to:
Allen Ashley, Editor - "Subtle Edens", 110 Marlborough Road, Bounds Green, London N22 8NN, England.


As a special deal for anyone submitting to this anthology we are discounting copies of our previous anthology, “Extended Play: The Elastic Book of Music”, from the usual price of £6.99 to £5.00. To make use of this offer, send a cheque payable to “Elastic Press” with your submission, adding p&p of £1.50 for UK orders, and £4.00 for overseas orders. Naturally, taking up this offer has no bearing whatsoever on whether we accept your story.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 02:30 pm:   

Subtle Edens is now full and here's the line up:

Please note that contributors are listed in alphabetical order; the actual sequencing of the book will be decided at a later date.

non fiction:

Pompous Editorial by Allen Ashley
Nomads of the Slipstream (article) by Jeff Gardiner

Fiction:

Darkroom by Nina Allan
Overturned by Neil Ayres and Aliya Whiteley
My Copy of Robinson by Daniel Bennett
The House Benath Delgany Street by Scott Brendel
Conspiracy Courts the Maiden by Toiya Kristen Finley
Out of Time by Gary Fry
Phobophila by Jeff Gardiner
Gods' Country by Ari Goelman
Nose Piercing by D. W. Green
Man, Who Consider The Cosmos by S. J. Hirons
Alouette by Joel Lane
Luxury Flats by Josh McDonald
And Zero to the Bone by Mike O'Driscoll
Saxophony by Marion Pitman
The Upstairs Room by Kate Robinson
Adrift by Ian Shoebridge
Mind-Forged Manacles by David Sutton
Welcome to Rodeomart by Steve Rasnic Tem
Silent Emergent, Doubly Dark by Richard Thieme
Icarus in Nouvelleville by Douglas Thompson
Jasmine by Andrew Tisbert

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