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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Authors wanted - FAQ's & rules

Thanks to everyone who has already contacted me regarding the Lyndsey Roughton anthology, it's really appreciated.

I've put together a FAQ/rules list which hopefully covers all the questions - if I've left yours off, please hit me in the comments or email me directly at jhsked (at)

Do we get paid?
Unfortunately not - this is a donated story anthology for an ebook for a fund-raiser. You will be sent a full PDF of the book as an authors copy.

Can I send you poetry/microfiction/short-shorts?
Yes, yes and yes!

What is the word limit?
We're trying to aim for an upper limit of  3000  5000 words. If you are slightly over, send it though - as long as it doesn't hit the realm of novella we'll look at it.

What genre are you looking for? Is there a theme?
We're concentrating on horror and fantasy as a genre. Think the supernatural with any sort of spin on it you'd like, as long as it isn't animal torture or hard-core porn.
It could be anything from a haunted ashtray to a chain-smoking unicorn - if it's a printable story and you are happy to donate it, we'd like it.

Do I need to be published/self-published already?
No, not at all. You also keep the rights to your story, so you can go out and re-publish it where-ever and when-ever you'd like.

Can I send a story that's already been published?
As long as you have the rights to the work, we'd love it. If you've been published through a magazine/publisher and not self-published, please check to make sure you can re-use it.

What is the time-limit to submit?
Please submit by 2 June 2012.

When will the collection be published?
Due to the time-constraints Lyndsey is under - the current diagnosis is anything from 3 to 24 months left - we  aim to have the book up on Amazon by the end of June.

How do I submit?
Please send submissions through as an attachment on a word document to jhsked (at) Please also include a short bio about yourself, and any other work you have available - this will go into the book as a bit of a showcase for you.


Thanks again for the wonderful support you've already shown - it means a lot!


  1. You may want to make a post about this in the Indie Book Club too JH. There might be a couple people willing to contribute some shorts for a good cause like this. Good luck with it and when it hits shelves let me know and I'll do a blog feature to try to bring more awareness. Since I'm not a writer it's the best I can do.

  2. Hi Scott - great idea, thank you! And any help on this is really appreciated.

  3. I hope you don't mind, but I posted a link to the IBB site's page for this on our Northwinter Press Facebook Page. If you'd rather, I can take it down, but I wanted to help in any way I can.

  4. Hi Malcolm - I don't mind at all - thank you for doing this! Anything that spreads the word will help, and it's very much appreciated.