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Submission Guidelines

Borderlands 6

Edited by Elizabeth E. & Thomas F. Monteleone

Manuscripts ONLY (14 pt, Double Spaced, Times New Roman, numbered & your name on EACH page)


1st page list your contact info.

Let the story speak for itself.

Borderlands Press
PO Box 61
Benson MD 21018

Closed for submissions : October 31, 2011

Accepting: 15 to 20 stories

Response: via email (no SASE unless you want your ms. returned) Editions:

  • signed limited edition (250 numbered)
  • e-book

This a non-themed anthology which carries on the tradition and high standards established by the first five volumes in this series. It is the intention of the editors to publish new, original, short fiction, which pushes the limits of what is being done in darkly imaginative fiction. If you are published in Borderlands, you will be part of the expedition to open the gates to new literary territory, and you will help scorch a path through the jagged landscape of the imagination unbound . . . and all those other cool metaphors.

You don’t need to read a Borderlands story on a stormy dark night, with glowing embers banked in the fireplace, and a cruel wind howling across the moors. The stories we want can be read under the clear light of day and pure reason, and they will still knock you around and put a new rhythm in your head. Which means: we are not looking for any of the traditional bug-bears and boogeymen. No ghosts or vampires need apply. No zombies, no werewolves, no mummies, succubi, or Hitchcockian spouses with plans to do in their mates. In other words we don’t want stories employing any of the familiar symbols or icons which have defined the genre.

Having said all that, we believe you’ll have a far better chance of selling us your story if you have sampled previous volumes of this anthology series.

Please check our website ( periodically for updates on the status of the anthology’s progress.

Simultaneous submissions okay (if you sell it before we get to it, it’s our loss)

NO Reprints

Length: up to 5,000 words (unless by previous arrangement)

Payment: .05 cents per word for the limited edition; e-book royalties are based on 50% of retail e-book price and shared by all contributors on a pro-rata basis. Royalties will be calculated quarterly and payments disbursed when a contributor’s share exceeds $20 in any quarterly accounting.