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2019 Spring Anthology: In the Stars & Snapped

The themes of the 2019 Spring Anthology are: In the Stars and/or Snapped   Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it.   Please read these submission guidelines carefully.   You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial.   Who may participate   Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories.
Submission Guidelines   Submission Date: May 15th, 2019   Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology.   Non-Poetry No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words. Each story posted as its own submission Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000 Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000
Poetry Up to five poems Posted as a single submission (a collection) Each poem posted as its own chapter
Submission Procedure *Please read carefully*   Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps: Contact @Valkyrie via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting  Valkyrie* Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories? Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team. Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live. Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page. *NEW* Each theme will have it's own category. When providing the URL for your story in the announcement thread, please state which theme your story best represents. [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly
Extensions   Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. Please do not send a message the day an anthology is due requesting an extension, these will not be granted. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology.   Story Titles   Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed.   Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings   Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask.   Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story falls within this type of content please alert Valkyrie when you send the PM requesting the final proof.   Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies.   Editing   All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor.   Copyright   As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2019 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission.   However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks.   If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2019 Gay Authors Spring Anthology: In the Stars and/or Snapped, and include a link back to GA if possible.   If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

2018 Fall Anthology Wrap Up

Sorry all, I know that this was supposed to post this morning, but the CenturyLink nationwide outage has affected us and made doing much of anything next to impossible. Hubby managed to get our mobile hotspots working so that I could post the wrap up blog. We had 17 brand new stories for your enjoyment from a variety of authors. Hopefully you've had a chance to read all the offerings, and there's something for everyone, but if you haven't, here's a master list for you of all the 2018 Fall Anthology entries. Don't forget to leave authors a comment, and if you have a few extra moments, a story review would be wonderful!  Thank you to all the Authors and their teams, the Anthology Proof Team for giving the stories a final polish, and Mann Ramblings for the Anthology banner! I also wanted to take a moment to thank @Cia for helping out with this anthology, and @Graeme for organizing next years theme selection!  If you missed it, next years themes will be as follows:   2019 Spring Anthology
Due: May 15, 2019 In the Stars Snapped   2019 Fall Anthology Due: November 15, 2019 Fall From Grace Raincheck   Now, with that all being said, let's take a look at the complete story listing for the 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions.  Happy Reading!!!!!           Tomorrow Carlos Hazday   One Little Snowflake Bhopper2   The Death, Life and Suicide of Tommy Crouch by Tarek Donohue Mikiesboy   Lifting the Veil Headstall   Jealousy CassieQ   Culled Parker Owens   Leading the Way Puppilull   A Bad Way to Wake Up WET Part 2 Myr   Superhero Surprise Cia       A Taste of Amnesia AC Benus   A Place To Live northie   Martin Pop, Fixer Comicfan   Wounded Comicality   A Tempest in a Teapot Myr   Igneous Valkyrie   Castle Dark Cole Matthews   A Bad Way to Wake Up WET Part 1 Myr     2018 Fall Anthology Support Team   Anthology Coordinator Renee Stevens   Anthology Coordinator Assistance Cia Graeme   Tech Support Myr   Proof Team Cia Rec Valkyrie Parker Owens   Anthology Banner Creation Mann Ramblings

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions - Set 4 *NOW LIVE*

Well, this is it. The last of the anthology stories is finally live. Today's installment brings you three different authors. Don't forget to leave a review to let the authors know what you think and how much you appreciate their contributions to the anthology. In case you missed any of the previous sets, I've included the links below.    Fall Anthology: Set 1 Fall Anthology: Set 2 Fall Anthology: Set 3   Now, let's take a look at Set 4!!!       Castle Dark Cole Matthews     A Bad Way to Wake Up WET Part 1 Myr       A Bad Way to Wake Up WET Part 2 Myr     Superhero Surprise Cia   Well, there you go. The posting of the 2018 Fall Anthology is complete. If you fear you've missed a story, or two, don't worry. Join us next week for the Anthology Wrap Up, where I'll post links to all the stories that are in the anthology. Again, don't forget to leave the authors feedback!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions - Set 3 *NOW LIVE*

It's that time again! Hope you're ready for another round of anthology stories. If you missed the first two sets, you can find them at the links below:   Fall Anthology: Set 1 Fall Anthology: Set 2   Now, lets take a look at what we have for Set 3!     Culled Parker Owens     Leading the Way Puppilull       A Tempest in a Teapot Myr     Igneous Valkyrie   Well, that's it for this week!  Make sure to join us next week for the final set of the 2018 Fall Anthology stories. It looks like we'll have three final stories to finish things off, 1 by @Cole Matthews and 2 by @Myr. Don't forget to leave the authors feedback!  Enjoy!

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions - Set 2 *NOW LIVE*

Who's ready for some more anthology stories? Did you like and comment on the 4 posted last week? In case you missed them, you can check out the first set in last week's blog post. So whose wonderful stories do we have for you this week? Well, let's take a little looksie, shall we?     The Death, Life and Suicide of Tommy Crouch by Tarek Donohue Mikiesboy   Lifting the Veil Headstall   Jealousy CassieQ       Martin Pop, Fixer Comicfan   Wounded Comicality   So there you go, this week's round of stories!  Don't forget to like and comment after you're finished reading.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions - Set 1 *NOW LIVE*

Welcome, welcome, welcome!  Hope you've come to do some reading!  As decided via the poll, we're going to try a new way of posting the anthologies this go around. Might be a good thing as we have a pretty good sized anthology this time as well. At first glance, it looks like the anthologies will post in four sets. We're starting with the first set this week and then will post a set every week until they're all posted. Hopefully this new way of posting will garner a bit more feedback for all of the awesome authors who participated in this anthology. Each set will contain stories from both topics. I'll try my best to go in the order received, but please bear with me if they post out of order. Thanks all, and enjoy reading. Don't forget to leave all these great authors some feedback!     Tomorrow Carlos Hazday     One Little Snowflake Bhopper2       A Taste of Amnesia AC Benus     A Place To Live northie     So there you go!  The first four stories of the 2018 Fall Anthology. Happy Reading!!!!  

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Announcement: 2019 Anthology Themes

First off, a huge Thank You to @Graeme for handling the theme selection for me this year!  We had a lot of great theme suggestions, but only four could be our 2019 GA Anthology themes. Thank you to everyone who voted. Before we get to the themes for next year, a quick reminder. You only have a few days to get your anthologies to the proof team for the 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions. You can use one or both themes in your anthology entry, but you will have to pick which one you'd like your story to be put under. Just make sure you have them to the proof team no later than November 15th!!!! You can check out the guidelines here!  Now, let's take a look at next years themes!   2019 Spring Anthology
Due: May 15, 2019 In the Stars Snapped   2019 Fall Anthology Due: November 15, 2019 Fall From Grace Raincheck  

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

2019 Anthology Theme - Final Round of Voting

The final round of voting for the 2019 anthology themes is now open. The previous voting identified the 13 most popular themes, so it's now time to narrow that down to a final set of four themes. To do this, three polls have been set up to allow all authors and poets to indicate how they feel about each of the 13 themes by giving them a number from 1 to 5, with 1 being least liked and 5 being the themes you like the most.   Three polls have been set up because of limitations in the forum polling system, so please remember to vote in all three polls. The links to the polls can be found below.   Poll #1 Poll #2 Poll #3   Polling will close on Friday 19th October, USA time, and the winning themes announced soon afterwards.

Graeme

Graeme

 

2019 Anthology Theme Voting

Thank you to everyone who has suggested themes for next year's anthologies. We're now able to start the process of voting for which themes we'll be using. This will be a two step process, with the first step being to reduce the number of selections to a managable number for the final round of voting.   Step 1 I have created a thread (see link below) in the Private Anthology forum for all authors and poets to vote on which of the suggested themes they believe they could write something. Feel free to pick as many themes as you like, as what we're doing to trying to identify the themes that will inspire the most people.   Step 2 Once we have a short list of themes that members have indicated they could write to, we'll have a second round of voting to narrow that short list down to the final four themes.   Dates The first round of voting is now open. The poll will automatically close on 29th September. That gives everyone just over a couple of weeks to vote for what themes they find inspiring.   Once we have the short list of themes, the second round of voting will commence shortly afterwards, with the voting closing (and the anthology themes for next year being identified) in the second half of October.   Okay, that's it for now. Please review the list of anthology theme suggestions and let us know which ones you think you could use. Don't worry too much just yet about which ones you like -- we'll do that in the second round of voting.

Graeme

Graeme

 

Anthology Flashback Redux - Get Ready

Hello everyone!  We're going to be starting up our Anthology Flashbacks in fall next week.  Please take this opportunity to follow this blog!  We only have 11 Followers at the moment   For Writers, some important topics are in this blog.  Please be sure to check them out if you missed it:     This flashback did not get a lot of love, so since you missed the last opportunity to read and review some great stories, check them out now!  

Myr

Myr

 

Anthology Theme Selection And Fall Themes Reminders

We will be resuming our weekly anthology flashbacks on Thursday, Sep 6.   In the meantime, we wanted to remind everyone that you now is the time to suggest themes for next years' anthologies. You can do so here:   Also, the Fall Anthologies are due on November 15, 2018. The themes are: Fight Back and/or Good Intentions   You can find more details on requirements here:  

Myr

Myr

 

2019 Anthology Theme Selection

It's time to start working out what themes we'll use for the 2019 anthologies!   A thread has been created in the Gay Authors Anthology forum to allow members to post their suggestions for next year's anthology themes. The detailed rules are in that thread, but in summary:   Each member can suggest up to five themes Each theme is to be no more than three words in length. Themes that exceed three words will be disqualified Do not use a theme that's already been used. Past anthology themes can be found here Only themes posted in the 2019 Anthology Theme Suggestion thread will be eligible. Please do not post your suggestions in this blog   You can post your suggestions up to the 7th September when the thread will automatically lock. Once it's locked, the themes will be collated and then we'll ask our authors to vote on which themes they would like for next year.   I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!

Graeme

Graeme

 

Anthology Flashback: Summer 2012 - Choices

Welcome to another week of Anthology Flashbacks.  This week brings back to the summer of 2012...       Do you like these weekly flashbacks?  Let us know in the comments below.  Click Follow on the Anthology News Blog at the top of the page.  And, of course, be sure to review stories to let the authors know how you felt about their stories!

Myr

Myr

 

Anthology Flashback: Spring 2012 - It Wasn't Me

The first thing I need everyone to do today is click on the Follow Button.   This blog is something Authors should be following as a great way to participate in the community.  Whether it is writing an anthology story or two or three for the Fall Anthologies or reading the ones below and leaving a review, participation is a great way to get yourself or your stories in front of more people.  And in case you need this... *hint* *hint*   This week's flashback brings us up to Spring of 2012 with the topic of It Wasn't Me!      

Myr

Myr

 

Spring Anthology: Now or Never & Encounters *Now Live*

I know a lot of people have been looking forward to the release of the Spring Anthology. Luckily, the wait is over! Nine new stories have now been released for your enjoyment. I hope you find something you enjoy and don't forget to leave the author's a review to let them know what you think of their work! Thank you to all the Authors and their teams, the Anthology Proof Team for giving the stories a final polish, and Mann Ramblings for the Anthology banner! A special thank you to Valkyrie who took over pairing authors with members of the proof team. Thank you!!           It Was Supposed to be a One-Night Stand JayT   An Accidental Clarity Menzoberranzen   No Escape Puppilull   Feeling Blue Timothy M.         Life's Decisions northie   Touch CassieQ   Ace Valkyrie   Disco Camping jfalkon   The Sphinx CarlHoliday         2018 Spring Anthology Support Team   Anthology Coordinator Renee Stevens   Tech Support AJ Myr   Proof Team Cia Rec Valkyrie craftingmom Parker Owens   Anthology Banner Creation Mann Ramblings

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back & Good Intentions

*Note: As I will be gone in the near future, for an extended period of time, if you have questions regarding the anthology, please copy @Cia into any PM until further notice.* The theme of the 2018 Fall Anthology is Fight Back and/or Good Intentions Feel free to interpret these themes in any way you want. The anthologies are not exclusive, but inclusive, so don't worry if you think your entry has only a tangential link to the theme. If you are inspired, then write a short story, poem or play, and submit it. Please read these submission guidelines carefully. You may address these themes in any style or genre you choose. Be as creative as you want to be with the themes. However, please note that this anthology is an anthology of short stories. By definition, a short story must stand alone and not require reading a prior story. It therefore cannot be a chapter in a serial. Who may participate Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. However, submission to GA Stories requires that you be a member here at GA so you can be assigned as the author. If you have author status (which is free and you can get after five posts in the GA forums), you can submit stories. Submission Guidelines Submission Date: November 15th, 2018 Please Note: Submission date is for submission to the Anthology Proof Team. Proofreads should take no more than 72 hours once you have been paired with a proofreader, if you have not received your story back within 72 hours, please contact Renee Stevens via PM. If you send your stories in within the last 48 hours of the deadline, you have 48 hours after receiving it back to upload it in order for it to be included in the Anthology. Non-Poetry No Story Limit: Each story submitted must meet quality and editing guidelines and only one story can be under 1,000 words.   Each story posted as its own submission   Minimum Word Count Per Story: 1,000   Maximum Word Count Per Story: 25,000 Poetry Up to five poems   Posted as a single submission (a collection)   Each poem posted as its own chapter Submission Procedure *Please read carefully* Once your story is complete and has gone through your beta and editing team, please complete the following steps: Contact @Valkyrie via PM. Include in the PM the following information: Title, original editor, genre, synopsis, word count, and excerpt in the body of the PM. Attach your story file. You will be paired with an editor from the Anthology Proof Team who will perform a final proof for the anthology and return the file to you. *Please Note: The Anthology Proof Team is not meant to take the place of an author’s normal editing team so all entries MUST be edited prior to contacting  Valkyrie*   Once you receive your proofed file, complete your edits and submit your story into GA Stories, for help, please read How do I upload my anthology entry into GA Stories?   Make sure the story is unpublished by clicking BOTH the publish sliders, one for the chapter and one for the story itself   Select “Fiction” as the category. It will be moved to the correct category by the anthology team.   Mark your story as COMPLETE. Only completed stories are allowed in the anthologies   Please note that once you submit a story it will NOT show up in your list of stories until the anthology has gone live.   Copy the URL for your story and provide Renee Stevens with the URL via the announcement thread so that your submission may be checked to ensure it has been submitted correctly and meets submission guidelines. This also ensures that it will get moved to the anthology category. Please give the URL to the STORY page, not the chapter page.   Each theme will have it's own category. When providing the URL for your story in the announcement thread, please state which theme your story best represents. [*]Please do a visual check of your story once it has been uploaded to ensure that it uploaded correctly Extensions Occasionally things happen that prevent an author from meeting the deadline. If you should find yourself in such a predicament, PM Renee Stevens, before the deadline (not the day of or after), and something may be able to be worked out. Please contact Renee only if you need an extension; requests will only be considered when requested by the author personally. However, if the same author is consistently asking for extra time, extensions may no longer be granted for that particular author. Deadlines exist for a reason. The Anthology Team needs time to prep the anthology to go live and extensions, while occasionally warranted due to unforeseeable circumstances, add to the already hectic workload. If you have NOT made arrangements with Renee prior to the deadline, your Anthology will not be included. Please do not send a message the day an anthology is due requesting an extension, these will not be granted. You are welcome to post your story on your own and include a story note stating that it was originally meant to be part of the anthology. Story Titles Please do not use the anthology themes or your GA Username as a title. Be as original as you can. In case of duplicate titles within the anthology, we will request that titles be changed. Unacceptable entries & Content Warnings Entries that are obviously unedited (containing many errors), are overly graphic, or which are deemed to have unacceptable content will be either declined outright, or changes may be requested as a condition of entry. For information on what is considered to be unacceptable, please see the Story Content Rules FAQ. If you still have questions, ask. Please include a Content Warning in the story notes if your story contains sensitive content. Examples of sensitive content: abuse, especially graphic/extreme abuse or child abuse, in-scene graphic violence, suicide attempts/themes, allowable incest, etc... if you're unsure that your story falls within this type of content please alert Valkyrie when you send the PM requesting the final proof. Previously posted stories (whether at GA or elsewhere) are not eligible for inclusion into the GA anthologies. Editing All entries MUST be edited prior to being sent to the Anthology Proof Team. If you need an editor, please visit the Writing Support Requests forum to request one. There are editors who prefer to edit only one shots, such as anthologies. Please make sure to state that your story is for the upcoming anthology. Also, please make sure to follow the guidelines when requesting an editor. Copyright As with all content in GA Stories, the rights remain with the individual authors. Your story will post with a simple 2018 copyright notice, using your GA user display name. If you have another preference (for example, a different name, or a Creative Commons license, or specific copyright wording you'd like to use), please include that with your submission. However, with this anthology, by submitting your story, you are giving GayAuthors.org first worldwide rights with 14 days exclusivity. What that means is you are giving GayAuthors.org permission to archive your story on its website, distribute it via RSS, kindle, iphone, ipad, eyeball…. And you agree not to publish it anywhere else for 2 weeks. If you later decide to post your story at another site, please mention at the beginning or end of the story that it was first published as part of the 2018 Gay Authors Fall Anthology: Fight Back and/or Good Intentions, and include a link back to GA if possible. If you have any questions, please contact Renee Stevens via PM or via the Anthology Blog or Forum.

Renee Stevens

Renee Stevens

 

Anthology Flashback: Spring 2011 - People Are Strange

It is time for another Anthology Flashback.  This week we are featuring Spring 2011 's People are Strange anthology.   Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th     Would you mind taking the time to leave a review for our writers?

Myr

Myr

 

Anthology Flashback: Winter 2010 - Haunted

This week's flashback brings us back to Winter 2010.  Haunted.  Check them out:       Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th

Myr

Myr

 

Anthology Flashback: Summer 2010 - Out of This World

Authors, take note, there is a deadline fast approaching for the Novella Contest!  We are also 6 weeks out from 2 anthologies!  Contests 2018 Summer Novella Anthology - Due April 15th, 2018   Anthologies 2018 Spring Anthology: Now or Never - Due May 15th 2018 Spring Anthology: Encounters - Due May 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Fight Back - Due Nov 15th 2018 Fall Anthology: Good Intentions - Due Nov 15th   This week's Anthology flashback is from Summer of 2010.  The theme is Out of This World:     Our authors really appreciate it when you read and review!  Would you mind taking the time to review a few of these stories?

Myr

Myr

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