Anthology Call

Submissions for this anthology are now closed.

White Cat Publications, LLC. is pleased to present the submission guidelines for its first anthology, Airships & Automatons, edited by Charles P. Zaglanis.

Pay: .05 per word first publication/ .01 per word reprint plus a contributor copy of the book. If translations are made, writers will be paid .01 per word and 1 copy for each version.

Format: Trade paperback and eBook.

Deadline: Submissions for this anthology are now closed.

Word count: 5,000 words preferably.

Setting: We seek steampunk stories featuring strong characters, exciting plotlines, and automatons and/or airships. We don’t want the latter to be mentioned in passing; they should be central to the plot. We aren’t shooting for any particular mood with this book. Dystopian, humorous, pulp, Lovecraftian, upbeat or dark— all have a place here. Please don’t feel constrained to write in a Victorian setting.  It’s steampunk, push the boundaries. We’re looking for that certain flavor of writing that’s hard to explain, but obvious when it’s present.  Like most markets, we aren’t interested in erotica or unnecessary gore (I know, I know. I said push the boundaries, but I’m not cutting the checks).

Submit stories in standard manuscript format to No snail-mail. No multiple submissions. Word or .rtf only, no .pdf, .wp, etc. Feel free to send another story after rejection. Please type A&A/Your Name in the subject line. I get a lot of email and this will help me keep track.

Best of luck and we’ll see you in the aether,

Chuck Zaglanis


White Cat Publications, LLC

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66 Responses to Anthology Call

  1. Snarkangel says:

    Can they be original short stories in a setting I intend to expand upon with other stories?

    I’m in the process of finalizing a short novel, but I would love to do some short stories in the same setting. Is this allowable?

  2. Michael says:

    Hi, Chuck

    How flexible are you on the word count?



  3. Vedis says:

    I second snarkangel’s question.

  4. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Yes, that’s not a problem.



  5. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Michael,

    Not as much as I’d like to be. If you start going 1,000 words over/under, it becomes an issue.



  6. Hmmm…Airships & Automatons. So is this Data piloting the Hindenburg?

    This sounds interesting. I already got schmoozed for a steampunk story for Kerlak Publishing’s “Dreams of Steam 3.” Rick’s already after me for one for A&A. Gasp pant wheeze. Guess I’d better revive the keyboard…

  7. How about if it goes over say, 1,200 words, you just pay for 5,000 of them?

  8. Redcoat says:

    Sounds like something I should really try for. I do have a question however, is there a limit on how many submissions there are per person?

    Regards, Redcoat.

  9. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    If I reject you, please feel free to send another another.



  10. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    No, we pay for all of it, but it should be damn good. If I get to many of them, fewer people get into the ToC.

  11. Pedro Iniguez says:

    I have a 4,000 word story that I believe would fit in. I know that it is under the 5,000 line but I wanted to know whether you would be ok with me submitting it before I actually did. Thank you for your time.

  12. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Pedro,

    Thanks for asking, please feel free to send it.



  13. Pedro Iniguez says:

    Thank you so much. Sending it now. I hope you enjoy.

  14. Danielle says:

    I’ve got a story I’d like to submit, but I wanted to know about spacing and formatting for submission. The Standard manuscript says it wants 1 inch margins and double spaced. I want to clarify that this is the formatting you want.

  15. Simon says:

    500/5000 words. Can I get a space held?

  16. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Yes, That would be fine.



  17. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    I don’t hold spaces. You do have a month or two though.



  18. Simon says:

    That works too. Had no idea how long ’till filled’ was is all.

  19. Should I expect an email acknowledging my submission? Just want to make sure it hasn’t disappeared down the wrong intertube.


  20. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Mike,

    I received your story and am considering it for the anthology.



  21. Wayne Helge says:

    Dear Mr. Zaglanis, my apologies for the common question, but curious about an email acknowledgement of the submission. I take it we should not expect one. (I’m asking because I recently queried about another anthology after ~170 days, only to find out my submission was apparently lost!). Thank you for your kind consideration.
    Best, Wayne

  22. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Wayne,

    Please call me Chuck. : ) Normally, I have an auto-response acknowledging submissions at White Cat Magazine, but I have the anthology stuff funneled into my personal email. Honestly, there’s been a lot going on and I didn’t think about it. I checked and your story is in the slushpile.



  23. Vesper says:

    Hi Chuck,

    I was just wondering how long “until filled” might still mean at this point in time, more than 40 days after the anthology call has been placed.

    Thank you for your answer.

    With kind regards,

    Vesper a.k.a. Cora Pop

  24. Justin says:

    Me too. If there is still enough time, I think I’ll submit something too.


  25. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi guys, I’m going to start working on the table of contents August 1st. I have a few key pieces either accepted or strongly in mind, now I have to fill in the gaps.

  26. Justin says:

    Thanks – So you will still accept stories until August 1?

  27. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Rereading my post, I knew what I meant but wasn’t very clear. : ) Yes, I’ll still accept stories until August 1st.



  28. Justin says:

    Thanks for the clarification Chuck. This is great news.

  29. Tim says:

    Can you tell me what kind of audience you cater to? Are your readers primarily adult and prefer a more contemporary style? Is this anthology meant to include several age groups?

    I would like to have a feel for the demographic to avoid writing in a style that is unsuited for the average reader.

  30. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Tim,

    White Cat doesn’t have a YA imprint (yet) so, I’d say we cater to contemporary adults. That said, the main thing I’m looking for is entertainment value. Is there a quality to the story that will enthrall the reader and keep him or her turning pages.



  31. Tim says:

    Thanks for the head’s up! That definitely helps.

  32. Danielle says:

    I am so happy to hear that I still have time to submit the story I wrote! When I email it, is there anything that should be included in the email aside from the attached story?

  33. Hi, Chuck! I know you probably get asked this a lot, but I submitted a story, Clara’s Performance, to you for publishing consideration on the 19th and just wondered if you received it. I might simply be paranoid, just wanna make sure. Many thanks!

  34. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Michelle,

    We received your story and sent a response letting you know. It must have been lost in the aether. : )

  35. Thank you! Yeah, sorry, I didn’t get it. Thanks for your quick response. :)

  36. Vesper says:

    Hi Chuck,

    Sorry to bother you… Like Michelle, I’m a bit paranoid… :-) I was just wondering if you’ve received my story, “The Thing with Feathers”. I sent it in on July 19th.
    Thanks a lot!

    All the best,
    Cora Pop

  37. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Maybe I did…maybe it’s in my final reading pool. : )

  38. Scott says:

    Hello Chuck,

    I just wanted to make sure you got my story, “The Great Airship Robbery”. Like the others, just want to make sure you got it. This anthology sounds fantastic!

    -Scott Almes

  39. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Thanks, Scott, and it is here. : )

  40. Danielle says:

    Hi Chuck,

    I just wanted to make sure you got my story “The Cry of the Wendigo.” I sent it about two weeks ago.

    ~Danielle LeBouthillier

  41. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Danielle,

    It seems I’ve been slacking on my emails. Yes, the wendigo is crying out from my inbox. I think it ate two of the other stories. : )

  42. Danielle says:

    It has a habit of doing that. :)

  43. Stacey Brewer says:

    Are you still taking submissions, and (if you are) how long to you anticipate taking submissions?

  44. Wayne Helge says:

    Chuck, your ongoing communications with the writers via this board has been really helpful. We sincerely appreciate it. Good luck as the deadline approaches, and I’m sure we’re all really excited to see the end-product.
    Best, Wayne

  45. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Stacey,

    We close submissions as of tommorow.



  46. Javacat says:

    Is the deadline tomorrow at midnight (August 1) or tonight?

  47. Barry Nove says:

    Didn’t receive confirmation of receipt of my submission sent July 13th, Knight of the Broken Table. Thought I’d double check before the deadline just in case.
    Thanks, Barry

  48. I’m getting very excited! No matter which way the chips may fall…just being part of the process has been a huge learning experience for me. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Just to see that beautiful cover in print!

    And yes, the communication on this board has been a huge help.

    Good luck!

  49. Nicholas Sikora says:

    Just wanted to leave a thank you for this opportunity.

    Also, I was curious when we could expect to here whether or not we had been accepted into the anthology.

    Thank you for your time.

  50. Tim says:

    I submitted last night and the anticipation is killing me! ;-)

    I can’t wait for this to come out. Honestly, I will buy one whether I make it in or not!

  51. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Barry,

    Yep, you’re in there.



  52. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Thank you, Alicia. I can’t wait either. : )

  53. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    I should be done by the end of the month. Please keep in mind I’m overseeing one established and two upcoming magazines; reading novel submissions; editing upcoming novels; and, according to one disgruntled writer, I “take an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes.” Anyway, everyone will get a email letting them know where they stand. If you don’t hear from me by Sept. 1st, shoot me an email.



  54. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Thanks Tim, at least I can count on you and my dad buying one. And, yes, I got your submission. : )

  55. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Wayne.

  56. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Sorry, even though I signed up to receive posts from here, I’m not getting any. You would have had all day August 1st.

  57. Tim says:

    I am sure you will sell many more than two copies. And since you seem to be very much behind a mountain of work right now, I will patiently await my verdict. Let me know if there is any way I can assist you; you have my e-mail.

  58. Shellie says:

    I am sure the authors included in the anthology will help promote it.

  59. Charles P. Zaglanis says:

    Thanks, Shellie. We sold our first preorder today. : )



  60. Wow. TOC unseen, no less. You have FANS. [smile]

  61. Max Booth III says:

    Will we be receiving rejections, or if we haven’t heard anything by the end of this month, should we just assume that we didn’t make the cut?

  62. Max Booth III says:

    Ha! Never mind. Just saw where you already answered this. Like, right above my own comment. Whoops.