Fantasy Anthology Guidelines – “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns”


We now have an OPEN call for the high fantasy anthology “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns”.


  1. We have received enough stories EXCEPT ones featuring wyverns. No additional stories will be considered where they are not the focus.
  2. We will only accept those stories emailed as text in the email OR .txt, .doc, .docx formats.
    1. All attachments will be destroyed if not accepted.
    2. All attachments MUST contain the submission title, the author’s name, the author’s contact information (email as minimum)
    3. Email address is
  3. We will not accept stories by mail or post. If we receive these they will be destroyed at once.
  4. All stories must be original and unpublished anywhere
    1. If accepted TANSTAAFL Press will take first English publication rights
      1. Note that reprint rights are yours as are first publication in alternate languages, however the value of reprints is low as are the likelihood of getting anyone to reprint.
      2. This publication is likely the only location where you will likely be paid for this piece.
  5. Stories must be less than 8000 words. Any story over 5000 words must be exceptional to be considered.
  6. Stories considered for “Of Witches, Warriors, and Wyverns” must be high fantasy.
    1. We will not accept urban fantasy, or combinations of technology and fantasy.
      1. To be clear, no technology beyond waterwheel or windmill.
    2. Any work that starts with or has as a major component a dream sequence will be rejected without a response.
    3. We also advise against any of the following
      1. Write-ups of your role playing sessions.
      2. Any story that has something that makes someone invincible.
      3. Avoid werewolves and vampires.
  7. TANSTAAFL Press will attempt to get to submissions as quickly as possible, but make no commitment to how quickly. Our target is to have this work available by GenCon 2020 thus we must be complete with story selection nlt November.
  8. TANSTAAFL Press will read submissions until we have our target word count, which at this time is circa 70K words.

Payments / Renumeration

“Of Witches, Warriors and Wyverns” will pay for each story used at $0.025 per word. Authors who’ve published with TANSTAAFL Press before will receive $0.03 per word.

TANSTAAFL Press will pay upon the finalization of three criteria:

  1. Acceptance of your edited work
    1. This means if there are changes requested that they have been completed.
  2. Signed contract with TANSTAAFL Press for publication of this work
    1. Come see our tentative contract. It hasn’t been fully vetted but it will be close.
  3. All works for publication have been accepted and signed.
    1. That is, we will pay you when we have the full manuscript in hand.
    2. You will not have to wait for TANSTAAFL Press to actually publish.

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