New* Story Free to Read at Shimmer and Anathema Submissions

Free Fiction to Read at Shimmer

For those who’ve been waiting for “And in That Sheltered Sea, a Colossus” to go free to read at Shimmer, that time is now! :D

You can read the story here.

The story’s part of Shimmer #36 (which came out in March, hence the asterisk on “new”), which is a fantastic issue with some absolutely beautiful stories in it. And if you want to support Shimmer and pick up a copy you can purchase one, or a subscription.

And while I feel a bit like a broken record saying this, for anyone who isn’t already aware: “And in That Sheltered Sea, a Colossus” is part of a story cycle loosely called Titan and Serpent. It follows chronologically after “Until There is Only Hunger” (which appeared in Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling). The stories in that cycle all work as individual set pieces, so you can read either first.

There are four other stories currently written in that cycle, with more planned. Still trying to sell the other four, but in the meantime you can read those two stories, and I’m calling that a win. :D

Anathema Submissions Reopening Soon

The other half of this post is that Anathema is open to our next round of unsolicited submissions come May 1st!

In just two short weeks we’ll be settling in to start reading for Issue 2. Personally, I’m hoping for a heavy influx of submissions. It’s always more fun editing an anthology or an issue of a magazine when the choice of what to include is made more difficult by virtue of a wealth of amazing work. :)

We talked a little bit about what we want to see this time round in this blog post. But, honestly, as long as you’re a queer POC/Indigenous/Aboriginal creator we want to see your fiction, non-fiction, and art. (As long as it has some speculative element.) Our full submission guidelines can be found here.

By all means spread the word. And if people are curious how to talk about what Anathema does or just want a sense of what kind of content we gravitate to, you can read the entire first issue for free here.

And this is the part where I remind everyone that Anathema is always free to read, but we do also offer individual issues and subscriptions for sale because that’s how we raise money to pay for content. You’re welcome to spread the word on that, too. ;)

That said, feedback on the story and/or Anathema is always welcome. It’s great to hear how people react to the projects I’ve got on the go. Both writing and editing anthologies and magazines are about creating dialogue, so I always love when people engage with something I’m involved in. (In the case of Anathema that’s a joint effort with Andrew Wilmot and Chinelo Onwualu, so credit when that one works is due to all three of us.) :D

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