A few months ago, the Magic: Expanded Multiverse project released Fragments: An Alara Anthology, an illustrated ebook of short stories set on Alara, all written by fans of Magic: The Gathering. It was the first project of this kind that has ever been undertaken by fans of the game.
Now, we want to do it again.
And we want to do it with your help.
Right now, we have a number of short stories set on the plane of Innistrad. While we're happy with the number and quality we have so far, we want this anthology to be a bit longer and more comprehensive than Fragments.
So, we're issuing an open call for stories set on Innistrad. We'll vote on the stories we get, decide whether they make the cut, put together a cover and some illustrations, and in a few months we'll release the anthology online just as we did with Fragments.
I've got a set of questions and answers at the bottom of this post, but before we get into that let me give the basic information for how to submit your stories.
You can e-mail us at email@example.com,
Or you can join us on the Expanded Multiverse forums.
And, of course, if you have any questions feel free to send them to us here!
Now, let's talk about what this anthology will be like.
- What Is The Structure Of The Anthology?
Like Fragments, this anthology will be divided up into chapters. This time, the chapters are based upon the three seasons of Innistrad: the Harvest Moon, the Hunter's Moon, and the New Moon. Harvest Moon represents a darkening of the world, Hunter's Moon represents things going from bad to worse, and New Moon represents an end to the long darkness. These seasons approximate both the structure of the Innistrad block (Innistrad, Dark Ascention, and Avacyn Restored) and the corresponding year when Avacyn was trapped in the Helvault.
- What Are You Looking For?
Anything, really--poetry and prose are both acceptable, and you can write about any subject you want.
We have a dearth of stories for New Moon, though, so stories from that time period might have less competition. Furthermore, we have a handful of vampire stories and a LOT of werewolf stories, so anything about ghasts and ghouls will similarly have a leg up. Those are the slots we're trying the hardest to fill.
That said, if you have a really fantastic, original take on werewolves, and it's so dark that it can't go anywhere but Hunter's Moon... well, if it's good writing, we're not going to turn it away!
- How Canonical Should This Be?
Well, one of M:EM's major rules is that we don't mess around with major canonical characters, so the Planeswalkers of the set, and major characters like Thalia or Gisa and Geralf, are probably off limits.
We also want this to stick with the established material for Innistrad. Did you know, for example, that werewolves are the product not of werewolf bites but witches' curses? If not, you might want to check out the Planeswalker's Guide to Innistrad! That should answer most questions you have about the plane.
- Will Acceptance Mean Automatic M:EMbership?
Normally we consider getting voted into our archives to be the equivalent of a vote of confidence in an author's abilities, so we just automatically grant M:EMbership to such authors.
For a big open call like this, though, we don't expect you to take on the voting duties and other random assorted work that goes along with M:EMbership, especially if you don't have an interest in joining the Wizards forums. And from our perspective, we tend to know new applicants through the forums fairly well, and have worked with them on drafts or larger projects, whereas this open call will bring in writers not familiar to us.
So, we're handling things like this: you don't HAVE to apply for M:EMbership to get into this anthology. However, you CAN apply separately, and we'll hold a vote on whether or not we think you show promise as a team member. This isn't a strict procedure, of course, and our intent is to be as flexible as possible. This is the first time we're trying something like this, so I'm sure there will be some bugs to work out.
- What If I Do Art Rather Than Write?
Fragments almost solely relied on illustrations from Wizards of the Coast. While that made for a snazzy looking book, it also both makes me a little uncomfortable (since we're on shaky ground copyright-wise here) and seems like a disservice to the many talented fan artists that follow Magic.
So, consider this an open call for artwork as well as stories. If you want to work on specific stories, shoot us an e-mail or a private message, and we'll work something out.
- This Title Is Stupid, Why Are You So Stupid?
HOW ABOUT YOU SHUT THE HELL--sorry, sorry, I just... I just have trouble with titles and...
Actually, the truth is, this is a working title that I came up with in like five minutes, so I guess consider this an open call for title suggestions as well!
- When Are Submissions Closed?
To Be Determined. Let's call this a Rolling Admissions Process--we'll close submissions when we get close to our target of roughly 25-30 works, and evaluate new submissions as they come in. Once we get up there, we'll close submissions, grade the last few, send out another open call to the artists, and get to work on the final draft of the anthology. Sound good?
- I Can't Think Of Any More Questions.
Send your stuff in, folks! I know the Magic community is positively oozing with creativity; let's put that creativity to work!