anthologies

— call for submissions —

ladies & gentlemen, all ye inhabitants of dastaan world, writers of all things fiction!

Hear ye, Hear ye! Let it be known to all writers throughout the land that Dastaan World is seeking story submissions for publication in its anthologies. Read on, and discover everything you need to know to successfully submit your stories, and increase your chances of getting published.

Now, we know this is not how it’s usually done but doing what you’re supposed to do is no fun, is it? We are, therefore, going to render open multiple anthologies at once. No longer do you have to wait for your preferred genre. You can pick and choose or submit to every anthology, all at once.

So, dust off your keyboards, sharpen your quills, and put those incredible minds and hands to work writing short stories and flash fiction.

why you should submit

Dastaan World’s anthologies will be published through Lulu and Amazon in both print and digital formats. Every contributing author will receive a free digital copy following the publication.

For each published anthology, we will invite a select panel of judges comprised exclusively of authors. They will rate and rank all stories [except their own], and determine the best story from each volume.

The author of the best story from each anthology will receive USD 50 in prize money, and an exclusive interview with Dastaan World Magazine.

[The winning author’s story in the next immediate anthology, if any, will be removed from consideration.]

Every author who has six [6] stories accepted for publication between April, 2019 and March, 2020 will receive USD 100 in prize money, and a dedicated author page on the Dastaan World website where they can promote any and all of their work.

Please note: Flash fiction, micro fiction, and poetry submissions will not count towards the six [6] stories accepted. However, those anthologies will still be voted on, and the winner of the best story/poem will receive similar rewards to those of other anthologies.

what you should submit

You will find all open anthology calls here, both current and upcoming. Please make sure you read carefully and understand all submission guidelines before you submit your work.

Please note: All deadlines and target publication dates are subject to change in cases where an anthology fills up earlier, or later, than expected. Announcements will be made accordingly here, and on our Facebook page: Dastaan World

It is not a requirement for publication in our anthologies but we do still encourage all contributing authors to join our community on Facebook. You can follow this link, and apply to join the group: Dastaan World – Magazine

athena: inaugural anthology

To kick things off, we will accept short stories in any genre – from Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Romance and Tragedy, and from Horror and Mystery to Adventure, Dystopia, and Historical Fiction. For this anthology, we are open to any and all stories.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th February, 2019

Target Publication Date: 30th April, 2019

artemis: fantasy anthology

We are looking for high fantasy, sword and sorcery, legendary heroes, wizards and witches, orcs, dwarves, and most importantly, dragons. Bonus points for dragons, battle scenes, and epic settings, armour, and weapons.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th March, 2019

Target Publication Date: 31st May, 2019

hephaestus: sci-fi anthology

We are looking for parallel universes, multiple Earths, inter-planetary and inter-galactic alliances, trade, and warfare, and aliens more creative than little green or blue humanoids. Successful submissions will veer off sci-fi tropes, and attempt to entertain in ways new and surprising. 

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th April, 2019

Target Publication Date: 30th June, 2019

hades: horror anthology

Please try to avoid haunted cottages, exorcisms, and possessed dolls unless you are certain you can contribute something entirely surprising. Instead, give scary back to vampires, witches, and werewolves. Bring mummies back to life and/or research creatures from different mythologies who are not your typical ghosts and disembodied spirits.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th May, 2019

Target Publication Date: 31st July, 2019

aphrodite: romance anthology

Romance will always, of course, be essentially about two people meeting and falling love with each other. You can still be creative with it though. Use fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction settings, and maybe begin in the middle where your characters are already in the throes of romance but find their love challenged by unique trials and tribulations.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th June, 2019

Target Publication Date: 31st August, 2019

hermes: flash fiction anthology

We will accept stories in any genre – from Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Romance and Tragedy, and from Horror and Mystery to Adventure, Dystopia, and Historical Fiction.

Word Count: 500 to 1,500 words

Submission Deadline: Until We Accept 72 Submissions

Target Publication Date: Not Long After We Accept 72 Submissions

ares: warfare anthology

We want nations, species, even planets, at war with each other. Massive armies and battles. Again, you can use fantasy, sci-fi, and historical settings to set your stories apart. Bonus points for the use of epic armour and weaponry, and mythological/fantastical/alien/futuristic races and creatures.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th July, 2019

Target Publication Date: 30th September, 2019

hestia: micro fiction anthology

We will accept stories in any genre – from Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Romance and Tragedy, and from Horror and Mystery to Adventure, Dystopia, and Historical Fiction.

Word Count: 100 to 300 words

Submission Deadline: Until We Accept 144 Submissions

Target Publication Date: Not Long After We Accept 144 Submissions

apollo: poetry anthology

Details to be revealed soon!

hera: royal anthology

Magnificent castles and ornate palaces in gorgeous kingdoms. Intrigue and politics at court. Royal family drama and scandals. The loves, lives, and laments of Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses. We want it all, and we want you to surprise us in new and exciting ways.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th August, 2019

Target Publication Date: 31st October, 2019

demeter: women’s anthology

Successful submissions will be stories revolving around strong women who brave the straits of circumstance, and undergo trials and tribulations with their heads held high. Think matriarchies, warriors and shield-maidens, the Amazons, leaders, and inventors and creators. Please try to avoid rape and suppression. Instead, give your female lead[s] unique and creative challenges.

[These are stories about women but not necessarily by women. Male authors are equally encouraged to submit.

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th September, 2019

Target Publication Date: 30th November, 2019

dionysus: dystopia anthology

A world ravaged. A species on the brink of extinction. The challenges they face: unprecedented. The stories for this anthology can be but don’t have to be about Earth and humans. Incorporate fantasy and sci-fi at will, as long as you produce things unexpected. Bonus points for characters who worry and try to do something about the really important things, such as preserving their species’ knowledge, reproduction to increase population, and the identification and/or development of sustainable food sources. 

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th October, 2019

Target Publication Date: 31st December, 2019

poseidon: voyager anthology

We want the ocean and the wide open seas. We want pirates and Viking raiders, sailors and explorers. We want ships, shipwrecks, treasures on the ocean floor, and epic naval battles. Bonus points for incorporating mythological/fantastical creatures into high seas piracy and Viking raids.  

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th November, 2019

Target Publication Date: 31st January, 2020

zeus: divine anthology

We are looking for new and unique stories about the old gods and goddesses: from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and/or Norse mythologies. Bonus points for using two or more different mythologies in one story. Re-imagined myths are acceptable if they are done in fresh and interesting ways.  

Word Count: 3,000 to 10,000 words

Submission Deadline: 15th December, 2019

Target Publication Date: 28th February, 2020