Candlemark and Gleam is proud to announce an anthology of Alternate History: Substitution Cipher, a collection of tales of deceit, betrayal, and espionage, in worlds that could have been our own.
Sun Tsu said: “The end and aim of espionage in all its five forms is knowledge of the enemy; this knowledge can only be derived from the double agent.” The crucial knowledge a spy obtains can change the course of history; or show, through a dark mirror, the shape our own world could have taken.
We invite authors to submit completed original stories of between 6,000 and 20,000 words, in any genre appropriate to espionage: psychological or action thrillers, war stories, dystopias, and picaresques are equally valid submissions. All stories must take place on an alternate Earth, and the changed timeline must have some bearing on the plot of the story. Any historical time period and geographical area is acceptable, from the invention of war up to the present day.
Original stories are preferred. Please query for reprints.
No simultaneous submissions please.
For multiple submissions, please query first.
Submissions open: October 17, 2011
Submissions close: January 15, 2012
Anticipated publication date: July 2012
Electronic submissions only. Please send your story as an RTF or DOC attachment to kaye.chazan [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line: SUBMISSION: Title of Story.
Please ensure your story file includes your contact details, including postal address and email address.
Please submit only final, proofread copy.
Payment will be a flat $75 and two contributor copies of the print book (the anthology will be published in both print and digital form). There will be a bonus payment when/if the anthology sells 1,000 copies in print.