Borderlands Press

since 1989

Conferences and Workshops

Stoker Award Winners:

Stoker Award Winners

Peter Straub: 5 Stories

Peter Straub: Lost Boy Lost Girl

Peter Straub: In The Night Room

Tom Monteleone: The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association

Borderlands 5: edited by Elizabeth E. Monteleone and Thomas F. Monteleone

Dark Voices
is a unique series featuring the short fiction of dark fantasy writers. Each volume is comprised of a chapbook and a recording of the author reading his or her own work. Every recording contains original music written especially for each selection in the series, and has been engineered to highest industry standards.  Writers scheduled to appear in the series include Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson, Beth Massie, Matt , Craig Shaw Gardner, Brian Keene, Gary Braunbeck, and others.
Dark Voices
For more information, click here.

The Adversary Cycle
Adversary Cycle

F. Paul Wilson's Adversary Cycle is now available from Borderlands Press. Also available is a handsome case to hold all 6 books!

Each Case is hand made, fully lined, bevel-framed artwork, leather, and gold-stamped.

This is the Adversary Cycle Mural created by the popular artist Caniglia especially for our set of limited editions of the 6 volume Cycle. The mural is integrated into a hand-made ALL LEATHER DISPLAY CASE for the entire set of books. When all six volumes are placed in the case, the mural will be visible across the spines of the books and continued on each side of the case. A beautiful, unique item.

More info about the Adversary Cycle books and the case can be found here.

Little BooksLittle Books
The "Little Books" series features a themed set of stories for each book, written by world-renowned horror authors. More information about this series can be found here.

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Fallston, MD 21047


Borderlands Press Boot Camp

"This past weekend I spent three days in Baltimore attending the first (2005) Writers Boot Camp put on by Borderlands Press. My evaluation of that experience? -If you are serious about your writing and have the opportunity to go next year, don't miss out. IT WAS THAT GOOD."

Joe Nassise, President HWA

Read what past Boot Camp Attendees have said

Read Matthew Warner's article from Hellnotes about the Borderlands Boot Camp   Elizabeth Monteleone talks to Cemetery Dance about the Borderlands Boot Camp

If you want to make a quantum leap in your writing career,

Attend the 9th

January 28 — 30, 2011

Place: Marriott Burkshire Hotel, Towson, MD 21204

Accommodations are 2-room suites at a REDUCED convention rate

2 Sessions—Novel and Short Fiction—each session accepts 16 to 20 participants who qualify.

Any and all genres acceptable.

You will be expected to log in many hours of intensive analysis and criticism from your peers and the four guest instructors who will be guiding you through all the major elements of writing fiction.

You will be required to read (in advance) the submissions of your fellow workshop participants. (ALL OF THEM)

Your weekend will comprise of :

  • lecture (not a lot)
  • round table critiques (definitely a lot)
  • analysis by the instructors
  • Q&A panel discussion
  • readings (of your work)
  • a special exercise or maybe more...

Think you’ve heard enough?

In addition, you will receive a general understanding of the state of modern publishing—that is where and to whom to submit your material, the real deal on editors and agents, the characteristics of the genres, the perception of the difference between mainstream and literary fiction, and even a few words on marketing and publicity. Have your questions ready.

You will learn all the basic elements of writing and the processes needed to finish your manuscript and have it ready for submission to the market place. But more importantly you will get the much needed FEEDBACK that is often the missing factor which contributes to the success (or failure) of many writers.

Each instructor has a specific area they will be emphasizing. If you’ve never experienced a piece of fiction deconstructed (especially your own) and analyzed in a high-intensity workshop setting, be prepared to learn things about you, your writing, and  your ability to tell a good story.

You will discover this workshop is primarily concerned with analysis and criticism—

that is, learning how to give it out,
and more importantly,

how to take it.

Professional writers learn early on the ability to receive and implement critical feedback is the most important element contributing to the improvement of their craft, and the ultimate key to their success.

 You will get feedback by your peers and some  of the following instructors:
(all AWARD Winners AND professionals!)

Gary Braunbeck

Mort Castle

Ginjer Buchanan, Sr. Editor, Berkley Putnam

Richard Chizmar

Douglas Clegg

Jack Ketchum

Elizabeth Massie

David Morrell

Jaime Levine, Sr. Editor, Grand Central Publishing

Thomas F. Monteleone

Thomas Tessier

F. Paul Wilson

Douglas E. Winter


As Noted Previously:

You will be expected to critique your peers. This is the time when you must be honest, thorough, and unbiased. The round-table discussion format of this workshop depends upon each writer participating to the fullest extent.  We cannot emphasize this enough.


Short Fiction
To qualify:
Submit writing sample of up to 2,500 words
(not necessarily the story you want work-shopped)

To qualify:
Submit first two chapters of your novel.
 (not necessarily the novel you want work-shopped)



If accepted, your Short Story

(up to 5K words) to be work-shopped

must be sent to us by:

September 15, 2010:


If accepted, your novel proposal must include

—up to 35 opening pages of your nove l(of that, preferably comprising 2 to 3 chapters) Times New Roman 14pt, Double Space, Story title and page number  must appear on every page

—synopsis or chapter outline of remainder

—brief but encompassing list of major and secondary characters and their biographies

and mus be sent to us by:

September 1st, 2010

Short Fiction $995.00
Novel $995.00

NO Refunds -- payment plans are availble.

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