Tesseracts, a long-running series of SF anthologies published by EDGE Science Fiction & Fantastic Publishing, has announced an open call for its 19th book, and its theme is an intriguing one:
“Superheroes! Supervillains! Superpowered antiheroes. Super scientists. Adventurers into the unknown. Costumed crimefighters. Mutant superterrorists. Far-future supergroups. Crusading aliens in a strange land. Secret histories of covert superspies … and more! We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!”
The anthology is co-edited by Mark Shainblum, creator of the classic Canadian superhero Northguard.
Note that this is a regular fiction anthology, not comics. Payment for short stories is $50 for stories up to 1,500 words, rising to a maximum of $150 for stories up to 5,000 words, and $160.00 for stories up to 6,000 words. Payment for poetry is $20.00 for each poem, up to a maximum of 2 pages in length. Deadline for all submissions is February 2, 2015. For more information, visit Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen.