Abaculus closed to submissions

In case anyone was wondering, the submission deadline for Abaculus 2008 has passed. June 1 was the official last day to get your entries in, and no, we do not accept late manuscripts.

Please be patient with us, as we will announce all winners at the same time, and will respond to all others at the same time as well to make sure we can read through all subs before making any decisions.

We did receive a lot of entries this year–and by that I mean a LOT. So it will be a big job going through all of them, but from what my readers have told me so far there are quite a few good ones to choose from.

Thanks to all who participated, and good luck.

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Now accepting submissions for Abaculus 2008

The annual collection will include authors from all levels of writing. Some professional, others unseasoned. It doesn’t matter. If your story is the best, then it’s in. Stories include science fiction, fantasy, and horror that capture the essence of each genre in their most heightened and original forms. International entries are welcome. Please be sure to follow ALL of the below guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines below may result in your storybeing immediately rejected.

Considered genres:

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We will not consider any other genre.

Terms and specifications:

1) This work must be original and your own. If you are chosen, you will be required to sign a written contract stating that you own the copyright to work and give us permission to print the work.

2) You must be over 18. If not, you must provide written consent by a parent or guardian.

3) Leucrota Press reserves the right to edit the manuscript as needed.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Plot and Setting
Character Development
Originality
Author’s voice and delivery

Rules:

1) Short stories only, between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Include word count at the beginning.

2) Content must be written for a mature, well-read audience. No children’s stories.

3) Your name and title of work must appear in the top right corner of every page. Print only one white paper,one side only. Please use black ink, and an easily readable serif font.

3) We do not accept emailed submissions for Abaculus. Emailed submissions will not be read or returned.

Submissions must be mailed to:
Abaculus Anthology
Leucrota Press
P.O. Box 647
Poway, CA 92074

4) You may enter as many times as you like. You may mail multiple submissions together, but each story must have its own cover letter, and be separated by a band or paper clip.

5) If you wish to have your story returned if rejected, please enclose a SASE (with sufficient postage) and a note in your cover letter that you want the manuscript
returned.

Submission Timeline:
Submissions will be accepted now from March 1 to June 1 of each year. No late submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be received by the closing date – not postmarked, so make sure you send in your submission plenty of time ahead.

Prizes:
That year’s “Editors’ Pick” will receive $100, and 5 copies of the printed book. All other contributors will receive one book copy and recognition on our website.

Winners will be notified no later than August 21 of that year. Book copies will be distributed on first print.

If you have any questions or comments, email abaculus@leucrotapress.com.
You may also visit our web page at http://www.leucrotapress.com/submissions.html to view more details and full submission guidelines.

Abaculus 2008 short story anthology opening soon

The annual collection will include authors from all levels of writing. Some professional, others unseasoned. It doesn’t matter. If your story is the best, then it’s in. Stories include science fiction, fantasy, and horror that capture the essence of each genre in their most heightened and original forms. International entries are welcome. Please be sure to follow ALL of the below guidelines. Failure to follow the guidelines below may result in your storybeing immediately rejected.

Considered genres:

Science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We will not consider any other genre.

Terms and specifications:

1) This work must be original and your own. If you are chosen, you will be required to sign a written contract stating that you own the copyright to work and give us permission to print the work.

2) You must be over 18. If not, you must provide written consent by a parent or guardian.

3) Leucrota Press reserves the right to edit the manuscript as needed.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

Plot and Setting
Character Development
Originality
Author’s voice and delivery

Rules:

1) Short stories only, between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Include word count at the beginning.

2) Content must be written for a mature, well-read audience. No children’s stories.

3) Your name and title of work must appear in the top right corner of every page. Print only one white paper,one side only. Please use black ink, and an easily readable serif font.

3) We do not accept emailed submissions for Abaculus. Emailed submissions will not be read or returned.

Submissions must be mailed to:
Abaculus Anthology
Leucrota Press
P.O. Box 647
Poway, CA 92074

4) You may enter as many times as you like. You may mail multiple submissions together, but each story must have its own cover letter, and be separated by a band or paper clip.

5) If you wish to have your story returned if rejected, please enclose a SASE (with sufficient postage) and a note in your cover letter that you want the manuscript returned.

Submission Timeline:

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 to June 30 of each year. Please, no submissions before opening date, and no late submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be received by the closing date – not postmarked, so make sure you send in your submission plenty of time ahead.

Prizes:That year’s “Editors’ Pick” will receive $100, and 5 copies of the printed book. All other contributors will receive one book copy and recognition on our website. Winners will be notified no later than August 21 of that year. Book copies will be distributed on first print.

If you have any questions or comments, email abaculus@leucrotapress.com.

You may also visit our web page at http://www.leucrotapress.com/submissions.html to view more details and full submission guidelines.

Abaculus available for pre-order

targetimageashx.jpgAbaculus 2007 is available for pre-orders. You can order through Amazon.com or through Borders.com, and hopefully soon B&N.I’m having trouble with the Amazon staff (big surprise) about the book description and general info, because as of right now, a lot of it is missing. I’m hoping they’ll come to their senses and have everything right by tomorrow’s release date. If any Abaculus contributor would like to order directly through us, you can do that too. We’ll even throw in a hefty author discount. Just contact us via email as soon as possible if you’re interested. Thanks everyone for your support on our first book. It really has been a pleasure. 

Abaculus contributor copies

A note to all Abaculus contributors –

Because of the recent fires in San Diego, the printer is a bit backlogged, and will not get to our print run for another week. Because of this, your contributor copies are a little late, but they will be on their way soon.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@leucrotapress.com.

Disturbing writing prompts

I get the question of “how to overcome writer’s block” more than you’ll ever know. So, to help out a bit, below is a list of ten strange, unique…disturbing…prompts to help kick your butts in gear if you’re in a writing slump, carefully put together by our editors and strange-but-surprisingly-helpful friends.

**Note. This list is odd, and not meant for young adult or children fiction. Please be aware. There, we warned you.**

1. You wake up in your college dorm bathroom. The only light is that filtering through the filmy windows high above the showers. You’re alone. You try the door, only to find yourself locked in. Then you realize that it’s the first morning of Thanksgiving break, and since the dorms were cleared out and locked, you’re stuck for the next four days. How do you entertain yourself?

2. You’re at home. You just got out of the shower, when the bathroom door starts shaking. A seven-inch long spider leg comes exploring under the crack at the bottom of the door. What’s worse, it’s got your spouse’s wedding ring looped around it’s hairy appendage…

3. You accidently run over the next door neighbor’s seeing-eye dog. How do you tell the nine-year old owner?

4. Back in the bathroom. You’re sitting on the toilet, and you hear a splash, even get a few droplets spattered your behind. You look down – your penis just fell off.

5. You come home from work early to find your dog reclined on the couch with a bottle of Jack Daniels and a cigarette.

6. Write an 800 word story about a small, red-headed boy named Claire. Though he’s nearly 13 he looks to be pushing eight, has a fear of anything that flies (especially hummingbirds) and is allergic to chocolate, peanut butter, wheat, strawberries, milk, and latex. He only has one limb (you get to choose).

7. You find a business card left under your windshield wiper that says: “Population controller and problem solver. 15% discount to all new customers, and an extra 10% for maltreated husbands.”

8. You’re at the hospital for your mid-term ultrasound. The doctor’s face pales and steps out of the room for a moment, muttering something to someone before he turns his attention back to you. With a slight frown, he twists the monitor so you can see. Your 20 week old baby has a five inch neck and a tail.

9. You’re falling asleep at your desk when your nose starts itching. You sneeze, and an earthworm slips out.

10. Imagine yourself inside of your favorite movie. Kill off the main character and take over his love life.

New cover update

Abaculus has been edited and resubmitted, we should get the final proof by Friday to review.

Here’s an image of the updated cover:
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