Alternative War

B Cubed Press is pleased to announce an open call for Alternative War.  A critical look at War and what it does to us.  This book will be edited by Bob Brown and Debora Godfrey, the team that brought you the best selling Alternative Apocalypse.

If you wonder what perspective the editors bring, I refer you to War, written by  Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1969:

Oh no-there's got to be a better way
Say it again
There's got to be a better way-yeah
What is it good for?
War has caused unrest
Among the younger generation
Induction then destruction
Who wants to die?
War-huh

What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing

Does this mean we will not accept military Sci-Fi?  No, but it means that it will be tested against the criteria that the writing be good, and carry an understanding of the cost of war. In terms of what we are looking for, think openly about the concept of war and conflict from origin, to back stage, to the field of conflict.  The setting is open anywhere in time and space.  As anyone who has read Churchill will know, war is much more than the fighting.

 This book will be part of the best-selling Alternatives series.  We will be accepting stories, poetry, and essays from now through March 1, 2021.

Story length for our books average about 2200 words but have ranged from 100 to 7500 words. However we only use one or two stories over 5,000 words and our advice is to keep it under 5K, unless we communicate in advance.  Reprints are accepted, but we hold them to a higher standard and limit them in number.

 Submissions should adhere to SFWA formatting guidelines https://www.sfwa.org/2005/01/04/manuscript-format/. It’s always good to make an editor happy.

For the first time we are using Moksha, submissions are accepted at https://bcubedpress.moksha.io/publication/alternative-war.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST.  

Payment.  We pay 2 cents a word and Royalties.  A writer share goes to the ACLU as well.  Shorter submissions can opt for a lump sum payment W/O royalties.

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Bob at Kionadad@aol.com.

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Essay

A narrative that you don't classify as a story. Under 2,000 words will have more chance of success.

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Flash

Up to 1000 words

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Poem

Poem. Length is left to the discretion of the poet, but anything more than 5,000 words has less chance of success.

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Story

Preferably under 5,000 words. We choose few stories longer than that.

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